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Jack Nicklaus, Boccieri Golf Partner to Launch Secret Grip

Jack Nicklaus Boccieri Golf Secret Grip
January 9, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

Boccieri Golf, maker of award-wining equipment such as the Tour-proven Heavy Putter, has tapped Jack Nicklaus to help launch the Secret Grip, a patented technological breakthrough that allows players to easily back-weight their clubs, similar to the way Nicklaus did during his career while winning 73 PGA Tour titles, including a record 18 professional major… Read More →

Cardinals name Keim GM

January 8, 2013 by in Business News | Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have chosen to stay in-house with the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager as the search for a new head coach goes on. The 40-year-old Keim has worked for the franchise for 14 years. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout, became director of college scouting in 2006 and… Read More →

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson set for Phoenix Open

December 19, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

Two-time champion Phil Mickelson and Masters winner Bubba Watson have committed to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The news of the popular PGA players’ participation should be an economic boost for business. The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy — with direct sales tax revenue estimated to be… Read More →

First Tee of Phoenix adds 5 affiliates

December 19, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

The First Tee of Phoenix Executive Director, Hugh Smith, announced that the organization will open new programming sites at all five City of Phoenix golf courses in 2013 including Cave Creek Golf Club, Encanto Golf Course, Palo Verde Golf Course, Maryvale Golf Course and Aguila Golf Course. Expansion will begin at Cave Creek Golf Club… Read More →

Snowbowl will open Thursday

Ski Flap
December 18, 2012 by in Business News | Sports | Travel

A northern Arizona ski resort that got nearly three feet of snow from recent storms is opening this week. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes Thursday at the Arizona Snowbowl. Another ski area, Sunrise Park Resort near Greer, plans to open a day earlier. A winter storm moving into the state late Tuesday into… Read More →

Generating Big Business out West

Westgate Entertainment District
December 18, 2012 by in Dining | Featured | Small Biz | Sports

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location. For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores… Read More →

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Hires CEO

Jay Parry Headshot
December 17, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the appointment of Jay L. Parry to head the organization as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Parry will oversee the Host Committee and will work closely with the NFL to deliver a successful Super Bowl XLIX to the State of Arizona, including driving marketing efforts, developing and… Read More →

Phoenix FC will play games at ASU

Phoenix FC Stadium
December 11, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

Phoenix FC, a franchise member of the USL PRO professional soccer league, is proud to announce a stadium agreement with Arizona State University for the 2013 inaugural season.  The team will play home games at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe beginning in the spring. As part of the deal, Phoenix FC will invest to… Read More →

Youfit Health Clubs expands in Valley

December 7, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz | Sports

Youfit Health Clubs is about to open its 8thnew club in the Valley – its second one in Gilbert. And several more are coming soon. Rick Berks, owner of Youfit, has targeted the Valley for expansion – and he’s making good on his promise.  Youfit Health Clubs ( now has 43 clubs in Arizona, Florida,… Read More →

Legends district partners with Southwestern Eye Center

December 5, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

The Legends Entertainment District, a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, announced a new partnership with Southwestern Eye Center that features the District’s first static super graphic with a 3-D embellishment. The announcement was made by Legends Entertainment District General Manager Judd Norris. “The Legends Entertainment District continues to break the… Read More →

Fulton Homes’ 3-Point Zone raises $10,500

Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight

That swish from the arc is beginning to add up.   Through the first month of the season, the Phoenix Suns have hit 105 three-pointers, banking a cool $10,500 for the Youth Assistance Foundation.  With five months of the season remaining, they are on course to raise more than $60,000 for the non-profit. It’s all part… Read More →

Tour Player Opens Golf Academy

November 30, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

On Saturday, December 1st, the Outback Golf Academy will be hosting a free grand opening event at Western Skies Golf Club in Gilbert, Arizona.  The Academy’s vision is to enhance the coaching experience for all golfers in the Southeast Valley, especially juniors.  The family event will feature free golf clinics by academy staff, live entertainment… Read More →

Call him Dr. Derrick Hall

Evening on the Diamond Presented by University of Phoenix
November 13, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from University of Phoenix. Hall was presented the doctorate on Saturday, November 10 during the graduation ceremony at University of Phoenix in which Hall was the commencement speaker. A photo of the ceremony is attached with Hall alongside University… Read More →

D-Backs CEO earns Goldwater award

Evening on the Diamond Presented by University of Phoenix
November 9, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and will be honored at the 29th Noche de Gourmet Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Wrigley Mansion. The Goldwater Community Service Awards, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a community leader with… Read More →

Gov. Brewer will start race at PIR

SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500
November 7, 2012 by in Business News | Politics | Sports

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. As the Honorary Starter, Governor Brewer will wave the green flag to start the AdvoCare 500, as well as greet the drivers during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. “We… Read More →

Spirit of Enterprise winner: Daphne’s Headcovers


Daphne’s Headcovers earned the The Spirit of Enterprise Overcoming Adversity Award this year at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards. When Jane Spicer was 10 years old she told her mother that she wanted a sailboat. Her mother told her she had to earn the… Read More →

Phoenix AIDS Walk and 5K raises $327K

October 31, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Healthcare | Sports

More than 6,000 participants walked, ran and strolled with their dogs in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 21 to raise $327,379 for 19 Valley-based HIV/AIDS service providers.  Since 2007, AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run has raised more than $1.6 million, which has been evenly distributed by Aunt Rita’s Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that organizes… Read More →

Fulton Homes, Suns Reunite For Three-Point Zone

Shannon Brown
October 30, 2012 by in Business News | Real Estate | Sports

Twenty-three feet, nine inches is the distance that makes Fulton Homes, the Phoenix Suns and local charities a winner this season. Tempe-based Fulton Homes is reuniting with the Phoenix Suns to revive the Fulton Homes “Proud to own the Three-Point Zone” program, which in years past has provided tens of thousands of dollars to Phoenix… Read More →

Brenly back in the booth for D-Backs

Ian Kennedy
October 18, 2012 by in Business News | Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their new television broadcast team will feature former D-backs manager and Emmy Award winner Bob Brenly as the analyst while current ESPN “Baseball Tonight” and “SportsCenter” host and veteran broadcaster Steve Berthiaume (@SBerthiaumeESPN) will handle play-by-play duties. The announcement was made by D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. Brenly and Berthiaume… Read More →

Schwab Cup ticket sales benefit Scottsdale Healthcare

Tom Lehman w_trophy
October 15, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Healthcare | Sports

It’s great golf for a great cause – fans buying tickets for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship can designate nonprofit Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation as their charity of choice through the Tickets Fore Charity Program. The Champions Tour event is Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 on the Cochise Course at The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale.… Read More →

The Duce to host AZNIA Industry Night Boxing Exhibition

October 13, 2012 by in Business News | Dining | Events | Sports

The Arizona Nightlife Industry Association (AZNIA) presents the “2012 Industry Bar Brawl,” a boxing exhibition that will bring together the nightlife community, on Monday, November 5 at The Duce located at 525 South Central Avenue in Phoenix, Ariz. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Nightlife and bar industry professionals are invited to come together as… Read More →

America’s Sweetest Race Comes to Arizona

October 11, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Sports

Still downing chocolate milk post-workout? Get ready for an upgrade. RAM Racing is bringing the Hot Chocolate 15/5K, also known as “America’s Sweetest Race,” to Scottsdale this December. After completing the 5K or 15K, whatever the battle may be, finishers get to indulge with hot cocoa, chocolate fondue, and other chocolaty treats. On Sunday, December… Read More →

Fox Sports, PIR announce new TV deal

October 8, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Sports

FOX Sports Arizona and Phoenix International Raceway have agreed to a new partnership that allows the regional sports network the ability to showcase Arizona’s premiere motorsports venue. The historic track hosts the Southwest’s biggest racing events and has become one of NASCAR’s fastest and most exciting stops in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Beginning… Read More →

Go Daddy Founder Hosts Bob’s Biker Blast

October 5, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Sports

Bob Parsons might be known as the spirited founder of Go Daddy and one of the most prolific big party throwers in Arizona history, but in just one month the Valley will see a whole new side of Parsons when he kicks off one of his biggest biker events yet. Thousands are expected to attend.… Read More →