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ABA Member Spotlight: Marty Hedlund

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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 →

How To Master LinkedIn

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Crystal Washington, owner of CWM Enterprises, is a social media guru. She has helped large companies such as Google and Microsoft harness the utility of the Internet’s networking tools and find freedom from any hesitation professionals have about promoting themselves on a limitless stage. Here are her top tips for women in commercial real estate.… Read More →

2015 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate

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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

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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

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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 →

Living social: Promoting individual and professional brand

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Remember when Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” was published in 2013? There were many tips for advancing one’s career, but one of the top five, as selected by Forbes, is to form a lean-in circle with one of the book’s online “circle kits.” In essence, it encouraged finding a group of other professional women with whom… Read More →

AZCREW: CREW Network Pays it Forward

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A lot can happen in 15 minutes. Advice can be offered. New appointments saved. Minds can be changed. Coffee can be retrieved between meetings. For many executives, time is priceless. Time is how many members of AZCREW “pay it forward” these days, through mentorship programs and networking functions. However, AZCREW’s national parent, CREW Network, has… Read More →

John McCain to attend Valley Partnership breakfast

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Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, August 28. This month’s program will feature an update on the Valley’s restaurant driven development, including a look at the underlying economic factors at play and how adaptive reuse has become a driver for development. The panel will feature Matt Pool, owner… Read More →

Ghana legislative delegation cultivates ties with CCIM

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Commercial real estate is booming in Ghana as its economy expands through national and global commercial real estate investments. A delegation of Ghana Parliamentary leaders met with the CCIM Institute, Aug. 5–7, to learn more about the U.S. licensure requirements and CCIM education for commercial real estate professionals. The legislators plan to introduce new laws… Read More →

ABA-AGC apprenticeship program to fill talent shortage

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The house, the cabin, the cars and the company. Dean Lundstrom lost it all when he declared bankruptcy in 2010. Twenty-six employees were out of work. His company had been awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. At a point, though, Lundstrom says he knew it was too late to save his business. However, knowing… Read More →

Mid-year Phoenix retail update

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Halfway through 2015 brings good news on the Phoenix retail front with vacancy and absorption continuing to improve. Current vacancy in Phoenix has reached single-digits for the first time in 15 quarters, it is now 9.9%. This is a 400 basis point improvement from the third quarter of 2011 when the vacancy rate was 14%.… Read More →

CREW Network holds an open door for women

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AZCREW may be celebrating its 30th anniversary as a CREW Network chapter, but its sister chapter to the south has only been around since 2003. Barbi Reuter, a charter member of CREW Tucson, has held numerous roles in CREW Tucson, including two stints as director of the board and is currently serving a two-year term… Read More →

Candid Camera: Joe Snell captures the big picture of Tucson

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Usually when people are trying to get inspired, they look up. That may not be the case concerning Tucson and its surrounding areas in the near future. Joe Snell, president and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, says Southern Arizona is celebrating its best year since 2007. With news of HomeGoods, Comcast and LCMS moving… Read More →

Second quarter 2015 brokerage reports

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With the closing of the second quarter and first half of 2015, brokerages around the Valley provided their numbers and predictions for the last and next six months in various commercial sectors. Q2 OFFICE REPORTS Cushman & Wakefield CBRE C&W|PICOR Marcus & Millichap DTZ Colliers (Office) Colliers (Medical Office) JLL Q2 INDUSTRIAL REPORTS C&W|PICOR CBRE… Read More →