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CityScape Phoenix Attempts Pilates World Record

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April 29, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Sports

CityScape Phoenix will attempt to break the world record for biggest Pilates class with 863 participants in celebration of International Pilates Day on Saturday, May 4 with participants lining Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. CityScape Phoenix, in partnership with Gold’s Gym, IMX Pilates Studio, Pilates by Fitness Solutions and Remedy, a Pilates & Massage Studio,… Read More →

Bondurant celebrates his 80th birthday

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April 27, 2013 by in Business News | Events | Sports

Bob Bondurant celebrates his 80th birthday today (April 27), and he’ll be sitting it out — in a race car. The World Champion driver, founder and CEO of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, proudly located on the Gila River Indian Community just outside Phoenix, will enjoy the milestone with wife Pat, family… Read More →

HSMAI member profile: Tiffany Nelson

April 26, 2013 by in Featured | Marketing | Sports

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011. Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Az Business… Read More →

Suns cut ties with general manager

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The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said. “Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue… Read More →

Fulton Homes’ 3-Point Zone helps nonprofits

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April 19, 2013 by in Business News | Nonprofit | Sports

While Monday night was fan appreciation night for the Phoenix Suns, thanks to Fulton Homes the Youth Assistance Foundation and the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) will now divide up $46,000. It’s all part of the Fulton Homes “Proud to Own the Three-Point Zone” program, a partnership between the Tempe-based homebuilder and the Phoenix… Read More →

Biking To Work – Who Needs A Car?

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April 16, 2013 by in Featured | Green | Infographics | Sports

Did you know that Americans collectively make 4 billion trips by bike each year, up from 1.7 billion in 2001? While driving is still most Americans’ primary means of getting to and from work every day, cycling is gaining ground as an option in more and more cities across the United States, and it’s not… Read More →

Four Peaks Makes Mark on Spring Training


This Spring Training season, locally brewed Four Peaks craft beer made its way into the hands and hearts of baseball fans from across the globe—a big step for the Tempe-based company, whose clearly-stated mission is “to craft exceptional beer and be able to share it with good people.” Greg Ross, Director of Marketing at Four… Read More →

Cox introduces NCAA March Madness Live App

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March 19, 2013 by in Business News | Sports | Tech

The NCAA March Madness Live® app now offers Cox Communications’ customers free streaming, live coverage of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship when and where they want it at no additional charge across all tablets, smartphones and desktop computers using a broadband connection. NCAA March Madness Live® features social and interactive components to… Read More →

Small sports mean big business in Arizona

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March 18, 2013 by in Business News | Economy | Sports

This month, Arizona’s Swimming Showcase is anticipated to draw 300 elite high school athletes — along with thousands of family members and fans — from more than a dozen different states to Mesa. The projected economic impact is more than $600,000 in direct visitor spending over the course of the two-day event.  And that’s just… Read More →

Sports Commission names new leader

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March 16, 2013 by in Business News | Legal | Sports

The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC) has named Katie Brown as its new president and executive director. Brown joins PRSC after serving as secretary, general counsel and a member of the PRSC Executive Board for the last six months, and serving as a board member for the past two years. She is a licensed attorney… Read More →

First Job: Sean Currie

March 12, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Nonprofit | Sports

Sean Currie is the executive director of Celebrity Fight Night, an annual gala that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) at Barrow Neurological Institute. What was your first job? I was a promotions ball boy for the Phoenix Pride, a Major Indoor Soccer League professional team. I was only 15 years old… Read More →

Yankees’ GM supports TGen Research

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A top official of the New York Yankees whose father passed from pancreatic cancer has joined a prestigious national panel organized by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to fight this aggressive disease. Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the vaunted Yankees Major League Baseball franchise, has joined TGen’s National Advisory Council… Read More →

Salt River Fields Surpasses 1 Million In Attendance

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February 25, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that Saturday’s sold out crowd of 11,576 pushed the total attendance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick over the one-million mark since the complex opened in 2011. The shared facility between the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies, constructed in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, reached the… Read More →

The Art of Business and Golf

February 18, 2013 by in Featured | Marketing | Sports

Fostering a business relationship, closing a deal, or establishing rapport with current clients sounds much better outside in the fresh air amidst rolling greens than in the boardroom, right? There’s no doubt that the golf course can serve as an extension of your business and can be incredibly beneficial both for your personal sanity and… Read More →

D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

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February 6, 2013 by in Featured | Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets… Read More →

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants’ Official Hotel

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February 3, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans… Read More →

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

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February 3, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans… Read More →

Scottsdale CVB Wraps Spring Training promotion

February 2, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

In an effort to bolster leisure traffic to Scottsdale this spring training season,  the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a variety of targeted ad campaigns in its top feeder markets including Denver and San Francisco. Following the launch of the warm-weather campaign, which featured wrapping three New York subways, the bureau has unveiled… Read More →

Derrick Hall talks business strategy

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January 30, 2013 by in Featured | Sports

Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, talked about change and growth recently at W. P. Carey’s Economics Club of Phoenix luncheon at the Camelback Golf Club. The Club meets monthly to hear from CEOs and prominent businessmen regarding job growth, finance and management. This business-networking mecca is an excellent place to get… Read More →

Popular Camelback trail closed for work

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January 28, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

A trail to the summit of Camelback Mountain is closed until next fall to provide time for renovations to the parking lot and reconstruction of parts of the popular hiking route. Since there is only limited street parking at Camelback Mountain’s Cholla trailhead, Phoenix parks officials are encouraging hikers to explore the city’s other mountains.… Read More →

An open letter to Phil Mickelson

January 26, 2013 by in Blogs | Featured | Sports

Dear Phil, I read your recent comments about the crushing tax burden California has imposed on wage earners like yourself. You said that you might even move out of California. Allow me to suggest Arizona – your former home – as your next home. Though my time playing golf is usually limited to courses where… Read More →

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club opens Jim McLean Performance Center

January 24, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club announced today the opening of the new Jim McLean Performance Center, a 1,600 sq. ft. structure located on the club’s practice tee occupied by Hot Stix Golf and Jim McLean Golf School.  The building offers two hitting bays: one completely enclosed and climate controlled that opens to the practice range via… Read More →

Sporting events pump billions into Arizona economy

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January 20, 2013 by in Featured | Sports

If you build it, they will come. We did. And they have. Over the last decade, the Valley has added Arena, University of Phoenix Stadium, built new spring training facilities, upgraded old ones and visiting sports fans have responded by pumping billions of dollars annually into the economy. And when the Super Bowl returns… Read More →

Suns part ways with Gentry

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January 18, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

The Phoenix Suns say the team and coach Alvin Gentry have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Gentry had coached the Suns since replacing the fired Terry Porter at the All-Star break of the 2008-09 season, compiling a 158-144 record. His 2010 squad, led by Steve Nash, went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference finals.… Read More →