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Chacopulos among Top 100 Women Financial Advisors

Theresa Chacopulos, Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President – Investments, at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, was named to the prestigious 2013 Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list.  Chacopulos was number 8 on the list.  This is her 6th time making the list.

The list, published annually, provides readers with a comprehensive, objective look at the top women advisors as determined by the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for their firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices.  Barron’s magazine is one of the industry’s leading publications.

Chacopulos has consistently been recognized for her client service standards at Wells Fargo Advisors where she’s been named a “Premier Advisor.”  The Premier Advisor program honors those advisors who are meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors’ highest standards of excellence.  Earlier this year, she was also recognized as one of Barron’s 2013 “Top 100 Financial Advisors” in the country, where she was ranked the number one advisor in the state of Arizona.  In 2011, she was inducted into Research Magazine’s “Advisor Hall of Fame.”

Chacopulos has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for 25 years and has 29 years of experience in the industry.  She is very involved in her community, choosing to dedicate her time to the Phoenix Zoo and Autism Speaks.  Her office is located at 8601 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. Scottsdale, AZ  85253.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 'Stars of the Industry' Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 ‘Stars of the Industry’ Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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‘Best Social Media Marketing Theory’ honored

Research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence announced it received a 2013 Bees Award for its proprietary Social Media Effectiveness Index (SEI) in the category of “Best Social Media Marketing Theory.”

SEI is a ranking methodology developed by Blueocean Market Intelligence that measures a company’s social media effectiveness with a singular, representative score. It takes a business’ key metrics into account, such as a brand’s share of voice, customer engagement rate, customer touch rate, number of brand influencers and advocates, and net sentiment.

“Most companies use popular traditional analytics tools to measure social media efforts. However, those tools rely on unreliable data, inaccurate sentiment analytics and a lack of in-depth analysis,” said Blueocean Market Intelligence Chief Executive Officer Kumar Mehta. “Blueocean’s SEI model was built to help companies move beyond basic data and generate actionable insights derived from refined social intelligence.”

The Bees Awards is the first international social media competition honoring communication and marketing professionals. Practitioners in more than 50 countries have submitted entries since the awards program’s inception in 2010.

Blueocean Market Intelligence utilized its SEI to compile a 2013 ranking assessing the social media effectiveness of global Fortune 100 companies. The company plans to compile and publish the second biannual ranking later this summer.

“It’s critical that companies understand and monitor the social media landscape, and develop a tangible process to measure their return and achieve accelerated growth,” said Mehta. “With SEI, companies can completely align their activities with core business objectives, create impact across all functions to drive growth and profitability, and harness the true potential of social media.”

To learn more about Blueocean’s Social Media Effectiveness Index and download a case example based on a leading technology brand, visit www.blueoceanSEI100.com.

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'Best Social Media Marketing Theory' honored

Research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence announced it received a 2013 Bees Award for its proprietary Social Media Effectiveness Index (SEI) in the category of “Best Social Media Marketing Theory.”

SEI is a ranking methodology developed by Blueocean Market Intelligence that measures a company’s social media effectiveness with a singular, representative score. It takes a business’ key metrics into account, such as a brand’s share of voice, customer engagement rate, customer touch rate, number of brand influencers and advocates, and net sentiment.

“Most companies use popular traditional analytics tools to measure social media efforts. However, those tools rely on unreliable data, inaccurate sentiment analytics and a lack of in-depth analysis,” said Blueocean Market Intelligence Chief Executive Officer Kumar Mehta. “Blueocean’s SEI model was built to help companies move beyond basic data and generate actionable insights derived from refined social intelligence.”

The Bees Awards is the first international social media competition honoring communication and marketing professionals. Practitioners in more than 50 countries have submitted entries since the awards program’s inception in 2010.

Blueocean Market Intelligence utilized its SEI to compile a 2013 ranking assessing the social media effectiveness of global Fortune 100 companies. The company plans to compile and publish the second biannual ranking later this summer.

“It’s critical that companies understand and monitor the social media landscape, and develop a tangible process to measure their return and achieve accelerated growth,” said Mehta. “With SEI, companies can completely align their activities with core business objectives, create impact across all functions to drive growth and profitability, and harness the true potential of social media.”

To learn more about Blueocean’s Social Media Effectiveness Index and download a case example based on a leading technology brand, visit www.blueoceanSEI100.com.

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Clees Among ‘Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2013 list of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the fifth consecutive year that he has been selected by clients and colleagues for inclusion in the Most Powerful list.

Attorneys were named to the list based on their excellence in guiding employers through today’s ever-intensifying legal landscape. To make the list, attorneys must receive glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have benefitted from their services and would hire them again. Listed attorneys typically also must have practiced for more than 20 years and have amassed a number of accomplishments, including defending companies in headline-making cases and holding leadership positions within employment groups both in and outside of their firms.

Clees, who has practiced employment law for more than 25 years, represents employers throughout the United States. He also counsels clients on a wide array of state, federal, and tribal compliance laws. He has served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law section, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and the Valley of the Sun Human Resource Association (VSHRA), and as employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups. Clees regularly speaks and trains on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.

Beyond the “Most Powerful Employment Attorney” award, Clees has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2013), including several years in the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers, and is regularly included in Chambers USA (2005-present). He has been included in Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), and this year, was named by Best Lawyers as the Phoenix “Employment Law – Management” Lawyer of the Year. Clees has also been singled out as one of the “The Legal 500.” Locally, Arizona Business Magazine rates him as one of the “Top Attorneys of Arizona,” and the Phoenix Business Journal designates him as a “Best of the Bar.”

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Attorney Recognized as a Top Insurance Lawyer

Jennifer Erickson, a partner of Phoenix law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C has been selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law’ by American Lawyer Media and  Martindale-Hubbell™.

The awards are granted based upon peer reviews. Erickson has achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Erickson handles general insurance defense matters and coverage work, including a variety of tort defense litigation. She represents insurance companies, private businesses and municipalities.

“I like to look at a case as a puzzle or a who dunnit novel,” said Erickson. “There is a cast of characters; some are truthful and some are not. I look for the key to unlocking the puzzle then search for an efficient resolution. I’m always looking out for my client. The more I can teach them, the better they will understand and appreciate why we are doing what we are doing.”

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Ryley Carlock Attorneys Named to Southwest Super Lawyers

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite had 15 attorneys from its Phoenix office selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Each year, no more than five percent of the Southwest Super Lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the honor of Super Lawyers.  Additionally, the designation of Rising Stars is no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico who are 40 years of age or younger, and in practice for 10 years or less. The list of Southwest Super Lawyers® includes shareholders:

• Fredric D. Bellamy – Intellectual Property/Litigation
• James E. Brophy, III – Banking
• John J. Fries – Bankruptcy
• John C. Lemaster – Business Litigation
• Michael D. Moberly – Labor and Employment
• Nathan R. Niemuth – Labor and Employment
• Rodolfo Parga, Jr. – Business Litigation
• Michael P. Ripp – Banking

The following attorneys were selected for inclusion as Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

• Albert H. Acken – Environmental
• Jessica Benford – Business/Corp
• Charitie L. Hartsig – Labor and Employment
• William S. Jenkins, Jr. – Bankruptcy
• Andrew M. Kvesic – Business Litigation
• Andrea G. Lovell – Labor and Employment
• Samuel L. Lofland – Energy

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26 Squire Sanders attorneys named Southwest Super Lawyers

Squire Sanders announced that 26 of its lawyers were recognized in the 2013 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers, among them are:

George Brandon (Super Lawyer)
Business Litigation

Brian Cabianca (Super Lawyer)
Business Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Class Action/Mass Torts

D. Lewis Clark, Jr. (Super Lawyer)
Employment & Labor
Employment Litigation: Defense

Jamie Daddona Brennan (Rising Star)
Business/Corporate
Securities & Corporate Finance

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CFOs Show Growing Confidence in U.S. Economy

During the past year, chief financial officers (CFOs) have grown significantly more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Spring CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that 45 percent of respondents believe the state of the U.S. economy will improve during the next six months, compared to just 31 percent in the fall and 25 percent last summer.

That confidence extends throughout the survey findings, with 44 percent of those surveyed predicting that industry financial prospects will improve during the next six months, compared to 34 percent in the fall. Since last summer, the number of CFOs who believe the pricing or fees charged by their industry will increase in the next six months has jumped seven percentage points to 37 percent. In addition, when CFOs were asked about employment opportunities during the next six months, more than a third (40 percent) said their company’s head count would increase, rising 6 percent from the fall.

“The results of our spring survey are encouraging — particularly with respect to the uptick in expectations for improved financial prospects,” said Stephen Chipman, chief executive officer of Grant Thornton LLP. “Seemingly, steady improvements in key economic indicators, including labor and housing, have helped stimulate greater optimism among CFOs, at least in the near-term.”

According to the survey findings, almost two-thirds of CFOs (65 percent) expect the average cost of an employee’s salary to increase during the next 12 months, up from 59 percent in the fall. The total cost of employee benefits, including bonuses (56 percent), stock options (72 percent), 401(k) match (86 percent), and other company-matched retirement contributions (81 percent), are expected to remain unchanged from the year prior.

These findings come on the heels of similar data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, which found that optimism in the performance of the nation’s economy among U.S. business leaders rose from -4 percent in fourth quarter 2012 to 31 percent in first quarter 2013.

While increased optimism among CFOs was prevalent throughout the survey results, they still cite legislative bottlenecks as an area of concern. Almost half of all CFOs surveyed (47 percent) say they are unable to make a major decision that would allow their company to grow because of uncertainty surrounding the funding of the U.S. government. Thirty-one percent of respondents ranked tax reform as the second greatest bottleneck.

Steptoe partner Stephanie Quincy has been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys and among the Top 25 Women in Arizona.

Steptoe Phoenix Lawyers earn recognition

Five partners in Steptoe’s Phoenix office have received individual mentions in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.  The prestigious legal guide identifies the leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.

Fourteen Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers.  The annual list selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the region based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.

In addition to being named to the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, Steptoe partners Floyd Bienstock, Pat Derdenger, and Stephanie Quincy have been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys, and partners Stephanie Quincy and Nancy White have been placed among the Top 25 Women in Arizona for receiving the highest point totals in the nomination, research, and review process.

The following Steptoe lawyers have been recognized in Chamber USA 2013:

· Floyd Bienstock — Litigation: General Commercial (Arizona)
· David Bodney — First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide)
· Lawrence Katz — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Stephanie Quincy — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Steven Wheeless — Labor & Employment (Arizona)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers:

· Floyd Bienstock – Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
· David Bodney – First Amendment, Media, Advertising
· Bruce Converse – Insurance Coverage
· Ben Cooper – Appellate
· Pat Derdenger – Tax (Top 50)
· Dawn Gabel – Tax
· Kevin Hunter – Business/Corporate
· Larry Katz – Employment & Labor
· Kevin Olson – Business/Corporate
· Stephanie Quincy – Employment & Labor (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
· Karl Tilleman – Business Litigation
· Nancy White – Mergers & Acquisitions (Top 25 Women)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been selected as 2013 Southwest Rising Stars:

· Erin Bradham – Civil Litigation Defense
· Robert Vaught – Employment & Labor

Steptoe’s Phoenix office celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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Phoenix Attorney Receives Top Appellate Award

Kathi M. Sandweiss, partner at Phoenix law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C has been selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law’ by American Lawyer Media and  Martindale-Hubbell.

Award recipients are selected based on peer reviews. Sandweiss has achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Sandweiss is head of the appellate law department and has represented clients in Arizona and federal appellate courts. She has filed over 100 appellate briefs and petitions for review in the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona.

“According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our partnership with Cox Business is a great way to show our support to these entrepreneurs that are making a tremendous impact in our community.”

This one-of-a-kind campaign includes a series of 30-second spots produced in English and Spanish, that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. These spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month ofJune. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s newscasts and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“These women embody a true entrepreneur spirit of creativity, dedication and hard work, that positively impacts our community and state’s economy,” said Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications.  “We hope that all the efforts these Latina entrepreneurs are doing to contribute to Arizona’s business growth inspires others to do wonderful things for our state.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Linda Valenzuela, MIA Cosmetics
LindaValenzuela is a make up artist, master stylist, and owner of Mia Cosmetics, a growing force aimed at satisfying the real and fantasy beauty needs of individuals through quality products and services. A professional stylist for over 10 years, Linda’s work has appeared in fashion magazines, catalogues, and runways, including W Magazine, SkyMall and FIDM Prom Web LA. Linda is a popular guest teacher and lecturer at notable cosmetology and art schools, as well as volunteer instructor for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her talent is so hard to miss, that she was chosen to apply make up to President Barack Obama and Maria Elena Salinas – one of the most renowned Latina journalist in the U.S. – during their visit to Phoenix last year.

Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, Paletas Betty
Beatriz Alatorre de Hong is the president and owner of Paletas Betty, an ice cream and cream-pops shop in Chandler andTempe. Founded in 2011, Paletas Betty uses simple from scratch recipes that deliver the freshest experience possible. With classic Mexican flavors and newly invented flavors Paletas Betty is Betty’s way of sharing the happiness sheexperienced as a child eating paletas. This year, Betty is focusing on increasing their presence in existing markets by doing more community events and forming strategic partnerships.

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8 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys make Chambers USA

The 2013 Chambers USA Guide includes eight attorneys from the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The Greenberg Traurig Phoenix attorneys recognized and their practice areas are:

Corporate/M&A: Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough and Quinn Williams
Environmental: Michelle A. De Blasi
Labor/Employment: Leslie A. Klein
Real Estate: Rebecca Lynne Burnham and Lesa J. Storey

Firm-wide, 186 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 33 practice areas are included in this prestigious ranking. Chambers and Partners, publisher of the annual guide, selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world.

“We are pleased that our Phoenix office and attorneys have, once again, been recognized by Chambers for their very extensive expertise and experience,” said Phoenix Co-Managing Shareholder John E. Cummerford. “This is a prestigious honor, particularly as it is based on feedback from peers and clients, and it reflects positively on the quality of our Arizona attorneys.”

The firm has received a number of awards from Chambers and Partners throughout the years, including the Chambers Global Awards 2007 USA Law Firm of the Year, five Chambers Awards for Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, the firm received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate during the Chambers and Partners USA 2013 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awards ceremony held last week in New York.

In the 2013 Chambers USA Nationwide rankings, Greenberg Traurig is recommended for client service in Capital Markets and REITs, and for commercial awareness in Environmental and Wealth Management law.

Sanders & Parks attorneys honored

Sanders & Parks, P.C., an AV-rated boutique firm that prides itself on its expertise and results, announced that 11 of its attorneys have been named 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

Sanders & Parks’ Super Lawyers are Robert Bruno, Winn Sammons, Mark Worischeck, Garrick Gallagher, Robin Burgess and Brett Hager.

Sanders & Parks’ Rising Stars are Jeffrey Smith, Arthur Eaves, Mandi Karvis, Jasmina Richter and Shanks Leonhardt.

Sanders & Parks specializes in complex legal problems in civil, business and insurance litigation, as well as in the areas of medical malpractice defense, aviation law and intellectual property and licensing. Sanders & Parks handles litigation and major transactions for clients both locally and nationwide.

Sanders & Parks attorneys honored

Sanders & Parks, P.C., an AV-rated boutique firm that prides itself on its expertise and results, announced that 11 of its attorneys have been named 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

Sanders & Parks’ Super Lawyers are Robert Bruno, Winn Sammons, Mark Worischeck, Garrick Gallagher, Robin Burgess and Brett Hager.

Sanders & Parks’ Rising Stars are Jeffrey Smith, Arthur Eaves, Mandi Karvis, Jasmina Richter and Shanks Leonhardt.

Sanders & Parks specializes in complex legal problems in civil, business and insurance litigation, as well as in the areas of medical malpractice defense, aviation law and intellectual property and licensing. Sanders & Parks handles litigation and major transactions for clients both locally and nationwide.

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City of Peoria honors BioAccel

BioAccel has received the City of Peoria’s 2013 Economic Development Award for the development and management of BioInspire, a medical device-focused accelerator program. MaryAnn Guerra, BioAccel’s CEO, and Thomas Rainey, Director of BioInspire, will accept the award on behalf of BioAccel’s staff, Board and advisors at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Celebration, May 22, 2013.

A City of Peoria-funded initiative, BioInspire was launched by BioAccel on September 25, 2012. To date, it has supported the recruitment of six new portfolio companies providing advisory services, funding, individual and common laboratory space and support services at the 6,800-square-foot facility in Peoria. Arizona Medical Systems, Hildeez, Kulira Technologies, Nasseo, Yolia Health and Stimwave Technologies are located at BioInspire.

“The next several years will be exciting as the City continues to execute its Economic Development Implementation Strategy and nurture this public-private partnership to support the region’s bioscience industry,” said Scott Whyte, the City of Peoria’s economic development services director. “As the clients at BioInspire grow and prosper, they will graduate from the resource rich accelerator program into their own commercial space within the City. BioAccel was chosen for this award based on their leadership and execution in assisting us in stimulating the local and regional economy, and planting the seeds for future growth.”

BioInspire’s goal is to create knowledge industry jobs and entrepreneurial wealth by supporting viable new medical device companies.

“Portfolio companies will play a vital role in Peoria’s economic development through their scalable businesses and the products derived from their innovative research. BioAccel provides critical support for that effort by providing proof-of-concept and seed funding, flexible office and lab space, and business and regulator advisory services. This significantly increases their chances of success,” Guerra said.

BioAccel’s interdisciplinary team manages a rigorous client selection process complemented by an expert advisory council that approves final selection of prospective company applications. The Council of Advisors includes senior managers from Medtronic, Covidien, West Valley Bancorp, HLM Partners, the City of Peoria and capital sources among others.

BioAccel was established to stimulate the development of technologies and spin-off companies based on research conducted at other public and private institutions and by local entrepreneurs.

BioAccel is a nonprofit organization dedicated to translating life science discoveries into new business opportunities that drive economic development. Since its founding in 2009, it has invested close to $2.5 million into companies and projects that have secured over $12.6 million in follow on funding thus far. For more information visit www.bioaccel.org.

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GlobalMed Named Finalist for Ethics Award

GlobalMed, worldwide leader in real-time healthcare delivery systems, announced it has been chosen as a finalist for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Business Ethics Award for 2013. This is the first time the company has applied for and been named a finalist for the award, which was established in 2002.

“As a business owner who values highly the community in which I live and work, I am thrilled to be considered a finalist for this award,” stated Joel E. Barthelemy, GlobalMed Founder and Managing Director. “There is no doubt that ethics are vital to running any business successfully. As a leader in our industry, we have an obligation to our customers, our vendors, our employees and to the community at large to conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity in all aspects of our business.”

In February, GlobalMed was announced as one of 15 Arizona companies named as finalists for the award. In April, GlobalMed representatives Brad Schmidt, Director of Global Marketing Development; and Neal Schoenbach, Director of North American Business Development, participated in a video interview to discuss the significance of the nomination.

“For a company where the core is integrity — walking the walk is what we do — it’s just exciting to be a part of it,” said Schoenbach.

GlobalMed develops integrated telemedicine solutions for healthcare providers and corporate health programs that lower costs, increase access, enhance the quality of care and improve patient satisfaction. From a broad array of connected medical devices to patient data workflow systems, GlobalMed’s solutions enable complete patient encounters, from the patient location to the doctor, via the cloud, to anywhere around the world, across a full range of healthcare specialties.

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Polsinelli Attorneys named to Southwest Super Lawyers

National law firm Polsinelli congratulates 17 attorneys from its Phoenix office who have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This year’s honorees include Phoenix Managing Partner Edward F. Novak and shareholder Andrew B. Turk, who was selected for his first time. Novak was selected again in the Arizona Top 50 of all Arizona Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Each year, the designation of Rising Star is more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico who are 40 years of age or younger, and in practice for 10 years or less. The list of Southwest Super Lawyers includes several shareholders reaching across multiple practice areas:

• Troy B. Froderman – Insurance Coverage
• Marty Harper – Business Litigation
• John J. Hebert – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
• Thomas K. Irvine – Real Estate
• Lucas J. Narducci – Energy & Natural Resources
• Edward F. Novak – Criminal Defense: White Collar
• Leon B. Silver – Business Litigation
• Andrew B. Turk – Business Litigation

The following attorneys were selected for inclusion as Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

• Ryan A. Berry – Mergers & Acquisition
• Jonathan G. Brinson – Insurance Coverage
• Brian M. Flaherty – Construction Litigation
• Melissa S. Ho – Criminal Defense: White Collar
• Nathan Kunz – Business Litigation
• Wesley D. Ray – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

New additions to Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013:

• Andrew S. Jacob – Business Litigation
• Rebecca N. Lumley – Business Litigation
• Jamie D. Cole – Mergers & Acquisition

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ACAA honors Hildebrand, Schmaltz, Grijalva, Torres

Ginny Hildebrand, who is retiring this year as President and CEO of the Arizona Association of Food Banks, and Tim Schmaltz, Executive Director of the Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, have been named the 2013 Margie Frost Champions Against Poverty by the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA).

This is the first time that two recipients will share the award named for Margie Frost, the longtime community activist and creator and former director of the East Valley Men’s Center, a facility for homeless men re-entering society.  Frost, the 1990 Mesa Woman of the Year and recipient of the 1995 Alma Blew Award for Most Outstanding Service to Humanity, died in 2006.

Hildebrand and Schmaltz, consistent and powerful advocates in the effort to reduce or eliminate poverty in Arizona, will receive their awards at the ACAA Statewide Conference (Strengthening Communities through Innovation, Investment, Inclusion) on Friday, May 10 at 11:15 a.m. at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree.

The ACAA Leadership Award selection committee also will recognize:

• U.S. Representative Raul M. Grijalva with the 2013 Legislative Leadership Award for “his representation of the people of Arizona in helping to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by poverty,” according to ACAA Executive Director Cynthia Zwick.

• Pastor John Torres (JT) with the 2013 Beating the Odds Award for his “personal accomplishments and in beating the odds to overcome many challenges and obstacles to improve his life and give back to the community,” Zwick said.  Pastor JT overcame drugs, alcohol, gangs and prison to serve local social service and faith-based organizations in the West Valley.

Heart in Hand Awards, annual recognition of the contributions of individuals across the state in the battle to end poverty, will be presented to:

• Jack Davis, by the City of Phoenix Human Services Department

• Alice Tipton, by the Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA), Pinal County

• Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way, by Maricopa County Human Services Department

• Ana Robles, City of Somerton, Desert Valley Senior Center, by Western Arizona Council of Governments

• Reverend Rula Colvin, by Gila County Community Action Program

• Scott Coverdale, Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona, by Pima County Community Action Agency

• Harvey Grady, by Northern Arizona Council of Governments

• Elizabeth Archuleta, Chair, Coconino County Board of Supervisors, by Coconino County Community Services.

The two-day ACAA Statewide Conference features keynote addresses by Elizabeth Archuleta, Chair, Coconino County Board of Supervisors; Jennifer Brooks, State & Local Policy Director, Corporation for Enterprise Development; and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona.

Break-out sessions include key principles of Motivational Interviewing (Denise Beagley, Magellan Health Services of Arizona), Asset Building Strategy (Luis and Francisco Cervera, eMoneyPool), Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practice and Intro to the ROMA Next Generation Center of Excellence (Kelly McGowan, ACAA, and Sandra Mendez, National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), Building Healthy Client/Customer Relationships (Moe Gallegos, City of Phoenix Human Services Department), Mental Health 101 for Caseworkers (Denise Beagley), Create a Social Media Plan You Can Manager (Elise Peterson, Meridian Designs & Creations), Creating Hunger Free Communities (Amy Schwabenlender, Vice President Community Impact, Valley of the Sun United Way), Building an Effective Issue Campaign (Serena Unrein, Arizona PIRG), A Place at the Table Screening and Discussion (Ellen Teller, Food Research & Action Center); Becoming an Excelling Community Action Agency (Russ Spain, Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, Idaho Falls, ID); Viewing of “The Line” and Discussion (Laura Penny, Director, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona); Affordable Care Act (Matt Jewitt, Children’s Action Alliance); and Save Our Home Arizona (Mickey Breen, Arizona Department of Housing, Save our Home Arizona).

For information or to register, visit www.azcaa.org or call (602) 604-0640.

Pamela Overton Risoleo

31 Phoenix Greenberg Traurig attorneys earn honors

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP with 50 Arizona-based attorneys, has 22 attorneys on the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. In addition, the publication also named nine Greenberg Traurig attorneys as Southwest Rising Stars.

“We are extremely proud of this independent recognition by Super Lawyers,” said John E. Cummerford, a co-managing shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office. “The professionals included on this list are exceptional and truly deserving of this honor. I’m proud of the strength and local roots of our Phoenix office which is supported by our firm’s national resources and global reach.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters organization, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.

Six Greenberg Traurig attorneys were also recognized on the “Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers” list. They are: Brian H. Blaney, Rebecca L. Burnham, Robert S. Kant, Jeffrey H. Verbin, E. Jeffrey Walsh and Quinn P. Williams.

Three Greenberg Traurig attorneys were included in the Super Lawyers “Top 25 Arizona Women” list. They are: Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Stacey F. Gottlieb and Pamela Overton Risoleo.

More than 60 percent of the attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office are included in the 2013 ranking. The attorneys named Southwest Super Lawyers include: Gil Rudolph, Jeffrey H. Verbin (Banking), David D. Cleary (Bankruptcy), Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough, Quinn Williams (Corporate/Securities), Michelle De Blasi (Environmental), John E. Cummerford, Jerry Fellows, Frank G. Long (Intellectual Property), Laurent R. G. Badoux (Labor and Employment), Nicole M. Goodwin, Stacey F. Gottlieb, Pamela Overton Risoleo, Brian J. Schulman, Peter W. Sorensen, E. Jeffrey Walsh (Litigation), Rebecca Lynne Burnham, Kevin J. Morris, David M. Paltzik and Lesa J. Storey (Real Estate). Southwest Rising Stars include: Greenberg Traurig attorneys Michael L. Aguirre, Logan V. Miller, Katherine A. Swenson and Jeremy D. Zangara (Corporate/Securities), Kimberly A. Warshawsky (Intellectual Property), Dana L. Hooper, Nathan T. Mitchler, Laura Sixkiller and Tracy L. Weiss (Litigation.)

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

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Southwest Super Lawyers honors 9 from Gust Rosenfeld

Gust Rosenfeld announced that nine of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion on the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list.  Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico receive this honor.

The following Gust Rosenfeld attorneys received this honor in 2013:

Peter Collins Jr. (Insurance Coverage) ­ Mr. Collins, based in Gust Rosenfeld’s Tucson office, concentrates his practice in general litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense and coverage, on construction, personal injury, aviation, medical malpractice and products liability claims, including wrongful death.  He represents insurers, manufacturers, contractors, and a variety of businesses and individuals.  He also represents people with serious injury claims.  Mr. Collins has represented trucking and construction companies in wrongful death and injury litigation since 1990.  He earned his law degree from Ohio State University College of Law in 1978.

Gerald L. Jacobs (Real Estate) ­ Mr. Jacobs has focused almost his entire 47-year legal career on real estate transactions and related areas.  He regularly handles all aspects of the acquisition, financing and development of commercial, multifamily residential, large land parcels and mixed-use real estate projects worldwide. From 1990 through 1992, he served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in Washington, D.C.  Beginning in 1998, he spent 19 months in Prague, Czech Republic, as a partner in U.S. law firm, focusing on his international real estate and business practices and handling matters throughout Europe.  Mr. Jacobs is a 1963 graduate of University of Arizona College of Law.

Scott A. Malm (Real Estate) ­ Mr. Malm handles litigation and dispute resolution for businesses and individuals.  He advises and represents title insurance companies and their insureds, escrow companies and escrow agents, lenders, developers, brokers, contractors and similar clients in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level.  Mr. Malm earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Arizona in 1997.

Christopher M. McNichol (Real Estate) ­ Mr. McNichol’s practice emphasizes commercial and real estate transactions, including sale and purchase, development, lease, title insurance and construction issues, and related litigation in these areas.  He is co-chair of the firm’s real estate section.  Also, he handles creditors’ rights matters, including loan workouts, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, deeds in lieu, receiverships, deficiency and guarantor actions, and bankruptcy.  He represents banks, savings and loans, mortgage lenders and brokers, title and escrow companies, real estate brokers and agents, developers, contractors, and individuals.  Mr. McNichol writes and lectures frequently at bar and industry seminars on real estate, litigation and creditors’ rights topics, and is a teacher at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business.  He graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1986.

Sean P. O’Brien (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) – As Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups, Mr. O’Brien focuses his practice on bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors’ rights, and related litigation and appeals.  Mr. O’Brien represents institutional clients, corporations, partnerships and individuals in all areas of creditor and debtor relations.  Mr. O’Brien is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, an American Bar Association-accredited program.  He graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1985.

Richard A. Segal (Business Litigation) – Mr. Segal concentrates his practice on commercial, insurance, and antitrust litigation. He represents insurance companies, financial institutions, businesses and individuals. He possesses extensive experience in both jury and non-jury trials of tort and antitrust cases, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals. Mr. Segal graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1956.

Madeleine C. Wanslee (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) – Ms. Wanslee is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. Her practice focuses on creditors’ rights and related state and federal court litigation, including commercial and consumer bankruptcy, foreclosure, replevin, deficiency and guarantor actions, collections, and loan workouts.  She has handled numerous appeals and argued United Student Aid Funds, Inc. vs. Espinosa before the United States Supreme Court in 2009.  She is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, an American Bar Association-accredited program.  Ms. Wanslee graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1988.

Richard H. Whitney (Estate Planning & Probate) – Mr. Whitney’s practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships and nonprofit organizations.  In particular, he represents clients with intergenerational family issues.  Mr. Whitney received his MBA and law degrees from the University of Arizona in 1963.

Charles W. Wirken (Appellate) – Mr. Wirken concentrates his practice on two areas: appeals in all areas and business litigation, much of the latter involving disputes in the franchising context. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits. Wirken has been a judge pro tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 1986, and has also served as a judge pro tem of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.  He is a former president of the State Bar of Arizona, a former chair of the State Bar’s Trial Practice Section, and was a founder and officer of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section.  Mr. Wirken is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.

Founded in 1921, Gust Rosenfeld provides legal counsel to individuals, businesses, and governments. Our firm’s attorneys enjoy thriving practices in public law, litigation, finance, real estate, corporate, environmental, employment, creditors’ rights, franchise law, estate planning, and tax. We maintain offices in Phoenix and Tucson.

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Nominate Your Favorite for a Spirit of Enterprise Award

Want to help honor your favorite Arizona company? Nominate it for a 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award.

The awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University recognize some of Arizona’s best businesses for creating jobs, boosting our economy and treating customers right. Past winners include well-known names like Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit (Discount Cab), as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT.

“We’re looking for firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They should have a great story and a positive culture internally, and be exemplary community partners in terms of how they give back.”

You can nominate any company that is:

* A for-profit enterprise in business for at least four years;
* Incorporated, headquartered or having a majority of its business operations in Arizona;
* Employing at least three or more full-time workers;
* Able to demonstrate profitability over the last three years combined.

In addition, one minority-owned business will receive the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

Once a company is nominated, it will have until July 31 to complete an awards application.

The winners of the 17th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards will be announced at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix on Nov. 22. Hundreds of Arizona business and community leaders attend this annual event.

For more information on nominating a company, applying for the awards, or attending the luncheon, call (480) 965-0474 or visit spiritofenterprise.org.

These awards are just one focus of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business experience. In addition, companies can use the center to access other ASU business resources. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities.

Michelle De Blasi

2013 Top Lawyers list: Environmental law

Az Business magazine’s 2013 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from 16 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were put on a ballot and were voted on by their peers in the legal community and the readers of Az Business magazine to determine the exclusive 2013 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers list.

Robert D. Anderson
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
602-916-5455
www.fclaw.com
Anderson practices in the areas of environmental, natural resources and water law and chairs the firm’s natural resources and environmental practice.

Michelle De Blasi
Greenberg Traurig LLP
602-445-8485
www.gtlaw.com
De Blasi advises clients on energy and environmental sustainability, including traditional and renewable energy, climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Carla Consoli
Lewis and Roca LLP
602-262-5347
www.lrlaw.com
The industries which regularly call on Consoli include mines, alternative energy developers, large-scale residential and commercial developers, manufacturers, and investors in these industries.

Peter W. Culp
Squire Sanders
602-528-4063
www.squiresanders.com
Culp practices in the areas of environmental, water and natural resources. Culp was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading individual for environmental matters, including water rights.

J. Stanton Curry
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8222
www.gknet.com
Curry practices environmental law with an emphasis on air quality, Superfund and environmental auditing matters.

Joseph Drazek
Quarles & Brady LLP
602-229-5335
www.quarles.com
Drazek’s practice focuses on regulatory and litigation matters within the Firm’s Environmental Group and spans a variety of industries including mining companies, high technology companies, fenvironmental testing laboratories, and water companies.

Mark Freeze
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
602-257-5215
www.steptoe.com
Freeze is of counsel in Steptoe’s Phoenix office, and has more than 23 years of experience. He practices in the areas of labor and employment law and environmental law.

Karen Gaylor
Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP
602-234-7808
www.jhc-law.com
Gaylord’s practice focuses on environmental and natural resource matters. She has counseled businesses, municipalities, water providers, insurers, and individuals for more than 25 years.

David P. Kimball, III
Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
602-530-8130
www.gknet.com
Kimball is head of the firm’s environmental and natural resources department and is recognized nationally as an expert in all areas of federal, state and local environmental and natural resources law.

Mitchell Klein
Polsinelli
602-650-2303
www.polsinelli.com
Klein has extensive experience working with many state and federal agencies in all areas of natural resource and environmental law.

Lucas Narducci
Polsinelli
602-650-2301
polsinelli.com
Narducci’s practice is focused on various aspects of mining, environmental, natural resources, energy, safety and health law, as well as regulatory counseling and permitting, workplace exposure issues, and workplace safety.

Sheryl Sweeney
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
rcalaw.com
Sweeney practices in the areas of water law, environmental law, electric utility law and special taxing districts. She is chair of the Water, Energy, Resources and Environment practice group at Ryley Carlock.