Industry Insiders Archives

Chandler Regional Medical receives national DBIA award

Kitchell and design-build partner Orcutt | Winslow recently received a highly coveted National Design-Build Project/Team Award from the Design-Build Institute of America for the team’s extraordinary work on Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center’s new tower in Chandler, Ariz. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, Chandler Regional is one of only… Read More →

Drones prepare to take flight in retail facility management

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) also known as drones have captured everyone’s attention. They have been spotted virtually everywhere in recent months. Amazon.com wants to use drones to deliver packages, realtors want to use them to shoot property photos and numerous other industries are considering drone applications. Even the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on… Read More →

AMA: HUD-sight is 20/20

There’s an opening for a high school biology teacher. Hundreds of applications come in for the job, equally split between male and female candidates. Then, the school decides to combine the teaching role with coaching the high school varsity football squad. Suddenly, there’s a huge shift in gender availability and interest in what was originally… Read More →

Legislative Update: digging deep for water

By Cheryl L. Lombard, President and CEO of Valley Partnership   A balanced compromise has been found with Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council to remove street car from the city’s final development impact program. In the July/August Legislative Update, Valley Partnership mentioned our concern of street car being included in the final program.… Read More →

AZRE Source: Commercial land may go up in ‘smoke’

One of the most talked about ballot initiatives this year has been the Arizona Marijuana Legislation Initiative. If it makes it onto the ballot and is approved by voters, the possession and consumption of marijuana would be legal for people 21 years old and older. A 15-percent tax would be levied on the sale of… Read More →

The foreclosable future of commercial real estate

Paul Weiser, shareholder and co-chair of Buchalter Nemer, uses the term “blend and extend” to describe the attitude between landlords and tenants during the recession. This is the dark side of being a tenant-landlord lawyer, he says. This robbed many landlords of their ability to part with tenants who couldn’t afford to pay the full… Read More →

NAIOP retails it like it is

NAIOP, a commerical real estate development group, has historically focused on industrial and office sectors. However, the national organization is extending its membership benefits to more obviously include retail developers and similar commercial professionals. “The organization really started shifting gears more than 10 years ago,” says Thomas Bisacquino, CEO of NAIOP. “It was in 2005… 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 →

How To Master LinkedIn

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

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 →

Living social: Promoting individual and professional brand

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

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 →