This is one of the most exciting times of the year for AZRE.
Every January, we ask members of the commercial real estate community to help us fill 5-inch binders with nomination forms for the most influential, innovative and exciting developments in Arizona over the last 12 months. A few paper cuts and a two-hour voting panel later, and we managed to narrow more than 100 nominations down to three finalists in 13 categories.
Thank you to everyone who submitted projects and came out to the RED Awards on Feb. 26. For more information about this year’s finalists, turn to page 54.
In this issue of AZRE, you can read about Michael Pollack, of Pollack Real Estate Investments, and his interesting collection and the time when he traded in his drum sticks and a European tour for a career in real estate.
We also explore the West Valley in this issue, from the marriage of sports venues and hospitality developments (page 32) to what’s happening on Loop 303 (page 26). In “Industrial Evolution,” Donna Hogan reports that the West Valley is poised for a land grab (page 30) and how to get a parcel of the action.
Continue on, and you’ll read about construction in Indian country, CoreNet Global Arizona’s new structure and how the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is handling a projected talent shortfall.
Speaking of talent — if you didn’t catch the Brokers for Kids/Agents Benefiting Children action on Feb. 7, read our recap on page 22. It was a fundraising and gaming event of Olympic proportions. And, if you did go, check yourself out in our photo spread!
Enjoy the book, and congratulations, again, to all of the 2014 RED finalists.
Amanda Ventura, Editor
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