Author Archives: Noelle Coyle


Arizona Inventors, Innovations Leave Indelible Mark In American History

Arizona Inventors, Innovators - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011
December 9, 2011 by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Arizona inventors and innovations leave an indelible mark in American history Arizona may have been one of the last states to join the Union, but in its first 100 years, it’s been a leader in revolutionizing America. From nature’s mysteries to healthcare miracles, from sports to education and the exploration of outer space, Arizonans have… Read More →

West Valley Cities Are Looking Toward Foreign Trade Zone To Boost Their Local Economies

Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011
August 19, 2011 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

After three years of hard work and dedication, WESTMARC and West Valley city leaders finally saw their labor come to fruition with the formal granting of the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone (GMFTZ) in December. The establishment of the Foreign Trade Zone began following the Foreign Trade Zone Act of 1934. Most FTZs are applied… Read More →

Despite WESTMARC CEO Change, WESTMARC Keeps Its Focus

new WESTMARC CEO
August 5, 2011 by in Economy | Workforce

WESTMARC CEO Change – When WESTMARC entered its 21st year this past January, an announcement was made that few members expected. Jack Lunsford, WESTMARC CEO for the past seven years, announced he would be stepping down for health reasons. In addition to leading WESTMARC in its goals for 2011, the incoming chair, Candace Wiest, suddenly… Read More →

West-MEC’s Aviation High School Trains Teens For Jobs In The Aerospace Industry

West-MEC Aviation High School, Glendale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Young people in the West Valley who have always wanted to work in the aerospace maintenance industry will now have the opportunity with the opening of the West-MEC Aviation High School in Glendale. Aviation High School – The West-MEC program, which provides technical training in a vast array of careers, has grown exponentially since opening… Read More →

Arizona’s Tourism Industry Has A Legacy Going Back More Than 100 Years

The Wigwam, litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

As one of the largest economic drivers, tourism has helped to shape Arizona’s culture and lifestyle long before it even became a state in 1912. The Arizona Office of Tourism won’t be releasing 2010s tourism economic impact numbers until July, but in 2009, more than 35 million visitors spent $16.6 billion in Arizona. In addition,… Read More →

Explore Utah – Summer Getaways: Escape the Arizona Heat

Red Mountain Hike, Utah, Arizona Getaway Destination
June 24, 2011 by in Travel

Explore Utah – It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there? Thanks to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s a plethora of… Read More →

Summer Getaways: Escape the Arizona Heat, New Mexico’s Next Door

Petroglyphs, New Mexico, Arizona Getaway Destination
June 20, 2011 by in Travel

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there? We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite… Read More →

Summer Getaways: Escape the Heat, Nevada’s Just a Few Hours Away

Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Arizona Getaway Destination
June 17, 2011 by in Travel

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there? We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite… Read More →

Summer Getaways: Escape the Heat, Head to Colorado

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado
June 15, 2011 by in Travel

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there? We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite… Read More →

Summer Getaways: An Escape From Arizona’s Heat Is Just A Few Hours Away

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, California
June 13, 2011 by in Travel

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there? Thanks to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s a plethora of vacation spots just… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Economic Council Profiles

The GPEC building in Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
February 25, 2011 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Georgia Lord GPEC Ambassador Chairwoman Former Vice Mayor City of Goodyear As the wife of an Air Force officer, Georgia Lord has experienced myriad of cultures. Little did she know that while with him on assignment in Germany, she would get the opportunity to ride in a blimp bearing, coincidentally, the name of the city… Read More →

Arizona Tourism Alliance

Arizona Tourism Alliance Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson Managing Director Loews Ventana Canyon www.loewshotels.com With 33 years in the industry, Brian Johnson has experienced firsthand the roller coaster ride the tourism industry takes as the economy shifts. Johnson has risen far in his career, working his way up from a dishwasher to his current position as managing director of the iconic… Read More →

Arizona Business Magazine Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

AZ Big Media 25 years

An important lesson in the launch of any business or new product is to learn everything you can about your target consumer, and that’s exactly what Mike Atkinson did when he bought the Office Guide to Phoenix 25 years ago. He approached leaders in the community in such industries as health care and law, and… Read More →

Craig Jackson – CEO Of Barrett-Jackson

Craig Jackson of Barrett Jackson

When Craig Jackson took control of his family’s business, Barrett-Jackson, following the death of his father and brother in 1993 and 1995, respectively, he inherited a company that took in $15 million from one automobile auction. He was ready for the challenge, however, having grown up in the business and working in various roles. Today,… Read More →

David Watson Revolutionizes Tea Industry

Evolution Tea Team

Revolution Tea — the name of the company says it all. In the late 1990s, after watching a rise in tea plarity at his wife’s tea room in Scottsdale, Larry DeAngelis recognized that the tea industry would soon experience a transformation, and he wanted to get involved prior to the “revolution.” In 2001, he was… Read More →