Executive Q&A Archives

How to MacGyver your infill projects through the city

Adam Baugh, a zoning and land use attorney at Withey Morris, PLC, and pioneer of infill restaurant projects across the Valley, says these projects require “a lot of MacGyvering to get them through the city.” When it came to repurposing and adapting older buildings like an old motorcycle/car dealership into a restaurant like The Yard,… Read More →

Vixxo software brings power of analytics to asset management

by in AZRE Magazine | Executive Q&A

In less than a year since Vixxo opened in March, CEO and President Jim Reavey has transformed the way to approach facility and asset management services by using the latest technology, data analytics and employee networks. What powers Vixxo — a Scottsdale-based tech and analytics company — is a technology platform and support network that… Read More →

Designing a better tomorrow: Q&A with AIA Arizona President

With more than 20-years of experience in architecture, Caroline Lobo, president of American Institute of Architects Arizona, brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience to AIA in its efforts to promote the architectural profession through the strength and participation of members. In addition to her role as president, Lobo is also the founding… Read More →

Q&A: Valley Partnership’s Cheryl Lombard talks politics

Cheryl Lombard

It’s been a little more than a year since Cheryl Lombard took over as Valley Partnership’s president and CEO. In her role, Lombard is responsible for leading and managing Valley Partnership, including developing and executing strategies, and managing the association’s resources, expertise and leadership initiatives. AZRE sat down with Lombard to talk about her challenges… Read More →

Gould Evans celebrates 20 years in Phoenix

Gould Evans

This has been a big week for Gould Evans Phoenix. On Friday, the nationally recognized design and planning firm earned a 2016 PRIDE (Professional Recognition of Interior Design Excellence) Award in the category of commercial space under 10,000 square feet. The awards were presented by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). And this week, Gould Evans Phoenix celebrates… Read More →

NAIOP Arizona: Blood, Sweat, and Years

At the helm of NAIOP Arizona, directing it into its fourth decade, is Voit Managing Director Tom Johnston. He has worked in commercial real estate for 19 years and been a member of NAIOP for most of them, he says. “When I first became a member, it was a rocking four years. Everything was grandiose,”… Read More →

The Rental Renewal: Q&A with Tom Simplot

Tom Simplot, president and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association, has watched the hottest commercial sector light the way for new developments during the darkened years of recovery. Even though there are thousands of new units in the pipeline, Simplot weighs in on the cooler markets, the Class-A flood and important legislative wins. With the… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Richard Karber

Richard Karber CEO, Karber Corporation (K corp) Years in construction: 20 Years at current company: 1 Years as an ABA member: 10 Role at K corp: My primary roles are to establish the vision and strategy for K corp, build culture, hire great people and make the coffee on Tuesday. What’s one thing everyone should… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Dennis A. Caldwell, Jr.

Dennis A. Caldwell, Jr. Project manager Caldwell Construction Years in construction: 16 Years at Caldwell: 13 Years as an ABA member: 1 Role at Caldwell: I am the face of the firm. I handle marketing, business development, client interaction and manage projects. What’s one thing everyone should know about your company? We’ve only been focusing… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Fred Knapp

Fred Knapp Vice president, Tucson, CORE Construction, Inc. Years in construction:  37 Years at CORE: 6 Years as an ABA member: 6 Role at CORE: Business development, project director and local liaison between owners, staff and subcontractors. I also, direct support and coordinate community service projects. What’s one thing everyone should know about your company? Since 1937,… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Marty Hedlund

Marty Hedlund Sr. vice president and Southwest district manager, Sundt Construction, Inc. Years in construction: 32 Years at Sundt: 31 Years as an ABA member: Since the beginning! Sundt was involved in the merging of AGC Building Chapter and the ABC organization into the ABA. Role at Sundt: I lead about 100 talented employee owners… Read More →

2015 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate

The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the… Read More →

Jody Pokorski – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

Jody Pokorski Partner and real estate practice leader, Snell & Wilmer Years in the industry: 30 Jody Pokorski has been behind some of the biggest deals in the Valley. She represented Arizona State University in the State Farm headquarters in Tempe deal that has become the largest office development in the state. A few years ago,… Read More →

Vicki Williams – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

Vicki Williams Senior vice president, commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona Years in the industry: 25+  Since 2004, Vicki Williams has been her company’s go-to person for commercial real estate at the largest bank headquartered in Arizona. Williams’ banking career began in New York for the Chase Manhattan Bank. She then joined a community bank in Phoenix,… Read More →