Author Archives: Peter Madrid

About Peter Madrid

Peter Madrid has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry as an editor and reporter at USA Today, Kansas City Star, Tucson Citizen and Arizona Republic. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Ryan Companies: "Building Lasting Relationships"

For 75 years, Ryan Companies U.S., Inc. has been “building lasting relationships,” as the company motto proclaims. The Phoenix office, a year shy of celebrating two decades in Arizona, has made its own footprint on the state’s development landscape, building its own lasting relationships. Ryan opened shop in Phoenix in 1994 to coordinate the construction… Read More →

AZCREW Q&A: Jackie Orcutt, Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Q: Professionally, what does it mean to you to be a member of AZCREW? A: Commercial real estate is a wonderful field in which to work, but it is no secret that historically there have been far fewer women in the industry than men. My membership has introduced me to so many inspiring people — men… Read More →

Q&A: AZCREW President Karen Halpert

Q: AZCREW is celebrating 30 years in 2015. How has the local organization helped shape the landscape of commercial real estate professionals in the Valley? A: AZCREW facilitates business networking, enabling members to build their network. We create opportunities for our members to work together and offer a way for them to give back to… Read More →

Cultivating and Connecting: AZCREW

As the business environment in commercial real estate is changing, so is the mission and vision of AZCREW, the Valley group comprised of professional women in the industry. Leadership development, education, networking and business development are but a few of the organization’s building blocks. Building a strong member base, embracing social media and branding are… Read More →

Q&A with Casey Potash: President, IIDA Southwest

by in Business News

Q:  Are IIDA Southwest members seeing a trend in a certain type of commercial design? A: Although this trend has been happening nationally for quite some time, environmentally friendly design is definitely becoming more prevalent in the Southwest. There are more readily available eco-friendly products and clients are starting to embrace the benefits of designing… Read More →

Tucson Market Update: Q&A with Joe Snell

Q&A with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities President & CEO Joe Snell Q: TREO recently launched a new economic development strategy focused on strengths of diagnostics in Southern Arizona. How important are biomedical sciences to economic development? A: Our bioscience assets, particularly in the field of diagnostics, are world class. It’s no secret that the size… Read More →

IIDA: Making Life Better Through Design

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Community. Collaboration. Compassion. Creativity. Four words that describe what the International Interior Designs Association (IIDA) Southwest chapter — comprised of City Centers Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Albuquerque — represents. The commercial interior industry is all about creativity. With more than 350 members of all levels, the Southwest chapter — those in Arizona specifically —… Read More →

Valley’s housing market healthy

Net Zero, housing market

With the Valley’s housing market healthy again, developers and builders of industrial and office properties are hoping to ride the wave. With the recession (hopefully) a distant memory, the industrial sector has sprinted out to the lead. “Industrial projects have significantly outpaced office projects in our pipeline,” says Andrew Geier, executive vice president at Layton… Read More →

Tucson Market Update: Building for the Future

Just as Arizona State University construction projects are springing up around the Valley, the same can be said for the University of Arizona down the interstate in Tucson. And just as ASU’s building bonanza is touching all parts of the Valley, UA’s growth is being felt all over Tucson. • Old Main on the UA… Read More →

After Hours: Stephen Kovach

by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine

Vice President Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler With Kovach for 15 years Born and raised in Tempe Graduated from ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction Wife Drew; 2 children ages 2 and 4 Responsibilities: Strategic direction of the company, preconstruction and product development Favorites: Music — Anything that’s clean with a good beat. Big music… Read More →

Office/Industrial: Money in the Market

As recent as two years ago, commercial foreclosures were affecting the markets and underlying property values. Then talk surfaced that the “blue blood” money was back and looking to make deals. Fast forward to 2013: Is this still the case? “In regards to office and industrial, the ‘blue blood’ is very active in the marketplace,”… Read More →

After Hours: Kari McCormick of Kitchell

by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine

Director of Client Services — Native American Division Kitchell, Phoenix With Kitchell for 2 1/2 years Born in Scottsdale Received bachelors in Business Administration from ASU; attended Fuller Theological Seminary Husband Terry Fong;  son, AJ (26), daughters, Kassi (21), Hunter (12), newly adopted foster child; stepdaughter, Nici (31); 2 grand daughters; Great grandfather (maternal), Joseph… Read More →

Project News

Adaptive re-use project coming together at 7th and Osborn Work is progressing by the team for Old School O7 consisting of Wetta Ventures as developer, RSP as architect and designer and Chasse Building Team as general contractor for a July turnover of a new ground-up mid-century inspired building and a reimagined church and school building in Central… Read More →

Arizona Investment Broker Nominated To Be Next CCIM President

Nick Miner

  The CCIM Institute has announced the candidacy of ORION Investment Real Estate Vice President, Nick Miner, CCIM, for the position of 2014 First Vice President, a 3-year term that culminates in the 2016 Institute Presidency. The election will take place at the CCIM Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 24 in Denver. Only the… Read More →

Rivulon Ramping Up: With Construction Set For Fall, Gilbert Project Poised To Move Forward

  Gilbert is one of the fastest-growing residential communities in the nation. It is only fitting that a scene of such dynamic growth is the home of what is poised to emerge as one of the region’s most promising new commercial developments: Rivulon. Developed by Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI), the real estate development affiliate of… Read More →