Mentalist and illusionist Simon Winthrop, an award-winning magician considered one of the best in the world, will engage, entertain and interact with guests at the 2015 AWEE After Dark, a casual, no-black-tie evening of appetizers, signature cocktails, friends and live and silent auctions on Friday, April 10 from 5:0-10 p.m. at The Clayton on the Park at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd in Scottsdale.
Individual tickets are $150 and are available at the website, www.awee.org.
Winthrop is not just a world-class mentalist, he wrote the book on it – literally – and has dazzled and mystified the world’s elite, from Richard Branson and Warren Buffet and the CEO of Google to Clive Owens and the Crown Prince of Bahrain.
Co-chaired by Nicole Spracale, Nicole Spracale Consulting, and Carol Campbell, Campbell HR Consulting, primary sponsors are First Solar, First Services Network and B-On the Obvious. Additional support is provided by Campbell HR Consulting, Merchants Information Solutions and Nicole Spracale Consultilng. Leticia Frye is the auctioneer.
Additional sponsorships are available.
For more information, visit www.awee.org.
Lucky Man Concerts is presenting the Pot of Gold Music Festival, scheduled for March 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th, 2015 at Tempe Beach Park. The event is an extension of the annual St. Patrick’s Day music festival that has been produced at this same site since 2005.
The all-ages events begin Friday 430pm; gates 3pm, Saturday and Sunday at 115pm; gates 1230pm and Tuesday at 430pm; gates 3pm.
Single-day tickets for the festival are available for purchase at $49 (plus ticket and order fees) at www.potofgoldmusicfestival.com, the Marquee Box Office, by phone (480-829-1300), Bookman’s locations, Zia Record’s stores and Headquarters in Tempe.
Two stages will set up within the Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre.
Full Line up and times listed below:
FRIDAY, MARCH 13 (MAIN STAGE/ SIDE STAGE)
430-530pm JOYWAVE (MS)
530-630pm FUTURE ISLANDS (SS)
630-730pm BLEACHERS (MS)
730-830pm GIRL TALK (SS)
830-930pm AWOLNATION (MS)
930-1030pm – CHROMEO (SS)
1030pm- 1145pm BASTILLE (MS)
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 (MAIN STAGE/ SIDE STAGE)
115-2pm AER (SS)
2-3pm GRIEVES (MS)
3-4pm TRIBAL SEEDS (SS)
4-5pm HOODIE ALLEN (MS)
5-6pm THE EXPENDABLES (SS)
6-7pm DIRTY HEADS (MS)
7-8pm KONGOS (SS)
8-915pm -SLIGHTLY STOOPID (MS)
915-1015pm SCHOOLBOY Q (SS)
1030-1145pm – KENDRICK LAMAR (MS)
SUNDAY, MARCH 15 (MAIN STAGE/ SIDE STAGE)
115-215pm GRIZFOLK (SS)
215-315pm – BIG DATA (MS)
315-415pm KNOX HAMILTON (SS)
415-515pm NEW POLITICS (MS)
515-615pm ECHOSMITH (SS)
615-730pm -REBELUTION (MS)
730-830pm MILKY CHANCE (SS)
830-10pm – FALL OUT BOY (MS)
TUESDAY, MARCH 17 (MAIN STAGE ONLY)
430-5pm RITE TO REMAIN
All bands and lineup are subject to change.
For more information:
On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, ASU is hoping that the results will be different than they
were 18 years ago for its football team. At 3:00 P.M./6:00 P.M. E.T., ASU Rugby will seek to exact revenge against Ohio State Rugby at the 2nd Annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast for a football loss the Sun Devils suffered at the hands of the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl with a national championship on the line.
Ohio State fans remember January 1, 1997 as day of victory and school pride, while Arizona State fans remember the day as one of the most heartbreaking in the history of the university’s athletics. On that day, one of the most dramatic finishes to a college football bowl game unfolded on the gridiron at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils football team, coming off an 11-0 season and ranked #2 in the AP College Poll, entered the game brimming with confidence. Led by senior quarterback and Heisman Award finalist Jake “The Snake” Plummer, the Sun Devils sought the university’s first football national championship. The season’s results justified the team’s expectations for the 1997 Rose Bowl. On its way to an undefeated season, the Sun Devils had even held the 1996 College Football National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers scoreless in a 19-0 victory.
OSU also had high expectations for the 1997 Rose Bowl. The team finished the season with a 10-1 record and was ranked #4 in the AP Poll. OSU Football head coach John Cooper was also no stranger to the Sun Devil athletics program. Cooper had led the Sun Devils from 1985 to 1987. Additionally, the Buckeyes quarterback Joe Germaine was a Mesa, AZ-native who had even spent one year at Scottsdale Community College before transferring to Ohio State.
The game was a back-and-forth affair. As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Plummer scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run to put the Sun Devils in the lead with 1:40 left in the game. After starting at their own 35-yard line, Germaine led OSU to one of the most unforgettable game-winning drives in college football history. With 19 seconds left in the game, Germaine threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Boston. Ultimately, the Buckeyes triumphed over ASU, 20-17.
“We want to get payback for our football team, which lost the 1997 Rose Bowl to Ohio State in a heartbreaking fashion. That loss motivates us to achieve more,” said Lane.
On the other hand, Rooney wants to keep up the Buckeyes’ success against the SunDevils. “The word is getting out among OSU alumni living in Arizona about the Rugby Bowl, and we know they’re coming to this unique event. Both alumni and the team want to recreate the 1997 Rose Bowl’s result.”
Are you looking for ways to turn your house into your dream home? Or are you dreaming of finding that ideal getaway that’s the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation? This weekend, you’ll be able to do both with one stop.
AZ Big Media will debut the first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show March 28-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This annual weekend event will showcase hundreds of companies offering thousands of products and services for your home and travel adventures.
The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show offers hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees will be able to take advantage of special discounts and deals from professional vendors.
WHAT: The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show will feature an abundance of home-related items and vendors for any home or remodeling project, as well as ideas and deals to make your travel dreams come true.
WHEN: Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale (16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260)
TICKETS: Free tickets at http://exposaz.com/tickets
2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley and 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker are among the latest commitments to the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open — to be played the week of January 26 through February 1 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.3 million purse, the $1,134,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.
The field now includes 12 players who have combined to win 34 Major championships, including: Tiger Woods (14 Majors), Phil Mickelson (5), Padraig Harrington (3), Angel Cabrera (2), Retief Goosen (2), Bubba Watson (2), Keegan Bradley (1), Stewart Cink (1), Lucas Glover (1), Justin Leonard (1), David Toms (1) and Mike Weir (1). 86 of the top 125 from the final 2014 PGA TOUR Money List have entered the 2015 WM Phoenix Open, including 15 of the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking, with Watson (4th), Jordan Spieth (9th) and Rickie Fowler (10th) the highest ranked players currently in the field.
Keegan Bradley is a former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year award recipient, taking home the honor in 2011 after winning his first Major at the 2011 PGA Championship. Bradley joined Willie Park, Sr. (1860), Francis Ouimet (1913) and Ben Curtis (2003) as the only players to win in their Major debut. Bradley has claimed two other PGA TOUR victories in his career, including the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the 2012 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational. The 2015 WM Phoenix Open will be Bradley’s fourth start at the event. His highest WM Phoenix Open finish came in 2012 when he tied for 15th.
Snedeker began his career in 2007 in spectacular fashion with six top-10 finishes and a win at the Wyndham Championship carrying him to 2007 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. Since then, he has collected five more PGA TOUR wins and five runner-up finishes, including one at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 2015 WM Phoenix Open will be Snedeker’s ninth tournament appearance. He currently sits 18th on the tournament’s all-time money winners list.
Six past tournament champions are currently in the field, including Kevin Stadler (2014), three-time winner Phil Mickelson (1996, 2005 & 2013), Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Kenny Perry (2009) and J.B. Holmes (2006 & 2008).
The personal roadster of Frank Lloyd Wright, famous creations celebrating the 100-year history of a famous Italian design house, champion race car drivers, special feature events with racing legends and much more will all be part of an expanded second annual Arizona Concours d”Elegance on January 11, 2015. The historic Arizona Biltmore will again be the host hotel for this premier automotive event.
A highlight of the show at the iconic resort will be an exhibition of The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright, and among the vehicles will be his 1937 AC 16/80 “Ace” roadster (pictured above). Wright was not only one of America’s most celebrated architects but also a dedicated car enthusiast who is being featured in tribute to his influence on the landmark design of the Arizona Biltmore.
The Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia, honoring the 100th anniversary of the famous Turin design house, will feature the exotic 1954 Fiat 8V, a unique and spectacular example of the coachbuilder’s artistry with an elegant coupé body unlike any other, and two entries by world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles: a custom-bodied 1953 Cadillac once owned by Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth and the exquisite 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car.
A special entry in the Pierce-Arrow class will be one of the most elegant and evocative automobiles of the 1930s classic era, a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. Only five were built and this is one of three known survivors. Introduced at the New York Auto show in January 1933, its revolutionary appearance stunned the crowd with what seemed to be an exciting vision of the future.
One of the greatest champions of auto racing, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, will be an honored guest at the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The British racing legend, who competed in vintage racing events until just a few years ago, is an active octogenarian who travels the world as an acclaimed diplomat for historic motorsports.
Two new featured events this year will be held the day before the Concours, January 10, in the Arizona Biltmore’s beautiful Grand Ballroom:
– The Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) will present a panel of collector-car experts who will discuss the trends of today’s market and what cars will get the most attention at the 2015 RM Auction at the Arizona Biltmore, which draws thousands of collectors and the most exotic and sought after supercars each year. The Arizona Concours d’Elegance will kick off the famous collector-car auction week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The Biltmore marks its 16th consecutive year of auction week involvement in 2015.
– At a special panel discussion entitled Elegance at Speed, three top designers will speak about race car design over the decades, including F1 and Indy Cars designer Nigel Bennett; Peter Brock, best-known for designing the Cobra Daytona Coupe for Carroll Shelby’s team to compete with at Le Mans; and Kip Wasenko, former director of design for GM’s Cadillac Division and designer of Cadillac’s Le Mans Prototype (LMP). The forum will be moderated by former race driver Lyn St. James, the second woman to race the Indianapolis 500 and the first selected rookie of the year in 1992.
Ninety rare and exceptional automobiles are entered in the 2015 Arizona Concours d’ Elegance and will be displayed on the verdant and manicured inner lawns of the legendary Arizona Biltmore. In addition to The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia and Pierce-Arrow, pre-1965 competition Ferraris also will be a specially featured class. Judges will select winners in 17 concours classes as well as a Best of Show. Other special awards will also be presented. Well-known veteran Concours judge John Carlson will again serve as chief judge. Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines, will return as the event’s host and emcee, joined in 2015 by Donald Osborne, veteran collector-car writer and commentator.
The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance again will be a charity event benefitting Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. www.wishaz.org.
Concours d’Elegance tickets are $75. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at www.ArizonaConcours.com.
For more information and hotel reservations, call the Arizona Biltmore at 800-950-0086 or 602-955-6600, or book online at www.arizonabiltmore.com.
As 2014 comes to a close it is important to reevaluate your business model and consider the steps you need to take in the New Year to increase cash flow and boost your bottom line. Cash flow is crucial to a company’s survival. Having sufficient funds on hand will not only ensure that creditors, employees and others can be paid, access to cash is a necessity for business growth.
If you have a CFO or a financial advisor sit down and speak with them. Find out if there are any opportunities for increasing cash flow through restructuring a portion of the company’s assets that may be idle. If you don’t have this option here is a checklist that you can work through to ensure that your business model boosts your bottom line in 2015:
Prepare a realistic forecast
If business is growing, don’t just focus on the top line. Are you controlling costs? Are you ready for expected growth? If sales double, do you need to purchase fixed assets? If so, you need to think about how to finance new assets. Bottom line: forecast not just sales but what it will take to attain the sales.
Evaluate selling terms
Are your terms too generous? Business standards are Net 30 but maybe you offered better terms when you were starting out in order to win new business. Now is a good time to see if the selling terms still make sense. If you can reduce the collection time, that is money in your pocket.
Segment your business
Business is always evolving. For example, a company may have started selling widgets direct to consumers and it is now also selling wholesale. If you add new lines of business you should look at the two sales channels separately. See what is making more money or losing money. It might make sense to set up the wholesale operations under a different legal entity, since payment will probably be on terms. You may need to finance the wholesale business differently than the direct to consumer model, where revenue is typically collected in cash or from credit card payments.
Review your customer portfolio
Who are your best customers and why? Rank customers by profitability and sales volume. Is there a large variance between the most and least profitable customers? If so, why? Analyzing your customers will help you speed up your sales cycle. Being clear on why your customers choose to buy from you and highlighting those advantages in your sales process can aid in reducing resistance and move people to buy more quickly.
Improve the invoicing process
Almost everyone can make improvements to the invoicing process. Every company should strive to get invoices out earlier and double check that they are being sent to the right person. If you only send invoices once a month to an Accounts Payable (AP) PO Box, chances are high that payments are slow. Review and confirm who the correct AP contacts are for all customers. AP tends to be a very transient department, with people are moving into new positions all the time. Make sure your contact is the right one before sending the next set of invoices to the black hole.
Seek ways to save
You may consider deferring founders’ compensation. Making this temporary move will free up cash, and in most cases your business will more than pay you back in the long run. Eliminate unnecessary expenses such as online or print subscriptions you are not reading, these cash flow negatives can help give a slump a much needed boost. Give your customers incentives to build a long term relationship with you by offering annual discounts. Try offering a one month discount to them for paying a year in advance.
The first quarter of the year can be busy, especially when you are trying to establish new practices, while staying on top of everyday demands. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, set realistic objectives outlining what you can and cannot do. Begin by preparing a realistic forecast, and remember the mantra, “Fail to prepare; prepare to fail.”
PHX Architecture has completed designs for a new doughnut shop near Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus- Fractured Prune Doughnuts. The shop is located in Tempe on Veterans Way and College Avenue inside of the new University House residential high rise. The shop is expected to open in late January, just in time for the Super Bowl.
Fractured Prune, a unique doughnut shop based out of Ocean City, Maryland has become extremely popular in many states, and has prompted the expansion of locations into Arizona. The doughnut shop is known for their wonderful flavor combinations and unique name, which came from the story of the founder named Prunella Shriek, who is known by “Fractured Prunella” after breaking bones while competing athletically. The creative name and backstory along with the customized doughnuts provide for a truly unique experience soon to quickly take off in the Arizona area.
The Fractured Prune is a unique doughnut concept, where customers pick their own flavoring combinations for their doughnuts. With 19 different glazes and 13 different toppings, the flavors can range anywhere from marshmallow- bacon to blueberry-graham cracker and many more. According to their website, there are 155,648 flavor combinations possible, which includes their bestselling doughnut the OC Sand, which is a combination of honey glaze, cinnamon and sugar. This exclusive doughnut shop can turn even the most skeptical into doughnut lovers!
The design team was headed by PHX Architecture’s own Maurita Walker, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and constructed by Salcito Construction. Other locations expected to be completed in January around the Valley include a Cityscape location in downtown Phoenix, and a Westgate location next to the AMC Theatres, both of which are expected to be completed in time for the Superbowl.
Dust off your dancing shoes, shimmering party hats and get ready to bid farewell to 2014 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona! This year, both venues are ringing in the New Year with live headline performances, all-you-can-eat buffets and a variety of entertainment options.
New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to count down the clock and ring in 2015 when the property hosts its Annual New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party on Dec. 31. The resort will kick off the holiday soiree with dinner followed by the musical performance of the Legendary Soul Man, Sam Moore, and local favorite Boogie Knights. Fans will be entertained as the Grammy Award winner performs a collection of his greatest hits including “Soul Man,” “Hold On! I’m Coming” and “Plenty Good Lovin.” A live DJ will also keep the party going in the Salt River Grand Ballroom all night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Package options:
• Sam Moore and Boogie Knights concert $99 per person
• New Year’s Eve dinner and concert $150 per person
New Year’s Day Brunch at Talking Stick Resort
Make the first day of 2015 unforgettable by attending Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch on Jan. 1. Kicking off at 10 a.m., the four-hour brunch will be every foodies dream and will include breakfast pastries, seared chicken breast, shrimp and crab gumbo, million dollar pork belly, a smoothie station, herb rubbed New York strip and dessert tray. A signature omelet station and iced seafood display featuring crab claws, poached shrimp and honey smoked salmon will also be included.
New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch options:
• Adults $65
• Children (five to 12-years old) $22.95
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz
Celebrate the New Year in style! On Dec. 31, Talking Stick Resort will host Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz. Hosted in the two-story Showroom, the black tie celebration will epitomize the essence of glamor and will include two full bars, cocktail specials, a complimentary appetizer buffet and the sounds of The HIPNOTIX, an acclaimed five-member band performing a variety of genres including pop, funk, Top 40 and R&B. There will not be a dull moment as DJ KILO entertains guests with his dance-infused set list during intermission. Free valet parking will also be available as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest are encouraged to wear semi-formal to black tie attire. Doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734. For a limited time, attendees can also take advantage of a special $259 hotel room rate for New Year’s Eve by calling 1 (866) 877-9897 and use the code “RAVEN”.
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Package options:
• Advance tickets are $65 per person; $125 per couple
• Day of event tickets are $75 per person
• Booth or table for four with bottle service is $700 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and four admission tickets
• Booth or table for six with bottle service is $850 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and six admission tickets
New Year’s Eve Party at Degree 270
Visit Talking Stick Resort’s 14th floor and ring in the New Year at the highest nightclub in the Valley, Degree 270. Ring in the New Year with a live DJ playing top hits throughout the evening. Revelers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains, party favors, a spacious dance floor and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m and VIP bottle service is available. For more information, call (480) 850-8702. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Degree 270 New Year’s Package options:
• Six drinks or beverages, party favors and champagne toast for $100 per person
New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona
Head to Casino Arizona on Dec. 31 and revisit the era of leg warmers, shoulder pads and big hair during the property’s Ultimate 80s Dance Party. Hosted in the Showroom, the extravaganza will include a delicious dinner followed by dancing and performances by the acclaimed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix known for her whip and leather attire, will have the crowd in an uproar as they share comedic commentary in between their musical renditions. Audiences will feel as though they’ve traveled back in time as the performers take on 80s classics such as Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and many more. A dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight are also included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Casino Arizona New Year’s Package:
• General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
• Standing room only show tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve at Arizona Room Patio Grill
Relive the 90s at Casino Arizona’s Arizona Room Patio Grill on Dec. 31 with six-member live band, Empire Records. Covering a collection of 90s anthems like Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in A Bottle,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” just to name a few, guests can honor the New Year with old classics. The party will include a dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and show and the concert begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Arizona Room Patio Grill New Year’s Package options:
• General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
• Standing room only tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 square property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 98,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) seeks nominations for its 2015 IMPACT Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding Valley businesses and the positive impact they’ve made on the Greater Phoenix business community.
Nominations — which can come from anyone in the community — are open from now until January 9, 2015, and can be submitted through the Chamber’s website. Two businesses — one with fewer than 250 employees and one with 250 or more employees — will be honored in each of the four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence and Response to Adversity. An IMPACT Business of the Year will be selected from among the four category recipients in each business sector and will be announced at the 28th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 13, 2015.
Since 1987, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has recognized local companies that demonstrate superior levels of success while maintaining extensive community involvement, that excel entrepreneurially, that have survived tremendous adversity or that contribute to the Valley’s economic vitality. The GPCC encourages community members to nominate a deserving business — or even their own business — that has a strong footprint in the Valley that are deserving of special recognition.
“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has celebrated some of the finest Valley businesses over the past 28 years and it is an honor to continue this great tradition,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of local companies who continue to innovate and set new standards that positively impact the greater Phoenix business community.”
Our economy continues to slowly improve, with the healthcare and biosciences industry having the most potential for local employment growth. That was just one of the positive signs that came out of last week’s Economic Outlook 2015, presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) and Cox Communications. Nearly 800 business leaders attended the 32nd annual event at the Arizona Biltmore on Friday, September 5, 2014, to hear an analysis of the state’s economic challenges and what opportunities lie ahead for Arizona’s economy.
Attendees gained insight from local, national and global economic experts, including presentations by Dr. Quincy Krosby, Chief Market Strategist at Prudential Annuities, local Valley economist Elliott Pollack of Elliott D. Pollack & Company, and financial markets expert Jim Huntzinger of BOK Financial.
In an exclusive GPCCTV video, Pollack points out the positive developments he sees and why continued economic growth will be slow for Arizona.
Stated Pollack, “I’m more optimistic than I was a year ago. The housing market is going to improve and continue to grow, but very slowly. While it’s a little disappointing in the housing market, overall it’s not a bad picture. There is no recession on the horizon. Consumer confidence surveys are really starting to improve in a meaningful way. But essentially, things are moving forward.”
Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer of BOK Financial, provided a national perspective of the economy and his impression of improving economic indicators, the impact of events overseas and the outlook for the markets.
“I feel pretty confident about the way the economy is setting up right now,” said Huntzinger. “The U.S. economy is stable and improving. The auto industry is doing quite well. The retail industry is doing OK. Manufacturers are improving. We have a slow-growing, but deliberate economy that’s gaining some steam.”
Prudential Annuities Chief Market Strategist Dr. Quincy Krosby, a former diplomat with an impressive career in international finance, provided a global perspective and discussed the current status of industries abroad, future economic drivers and the role Phoenix plays in the global economy. In this exclusive GPCCTV video of Dr. Krosby, she shares how events on the other side of the globe can impact the entire world and American economies.
“A healthy global economy is good for all countries…we’re always optimistic,” stated Krosby. “Terrorism is the biggest worry in a volatile climate, but the U.S. economy is resilient.”
Cox Communications once again showcased its mobile technologies with the Cox Media Mobile Survey, which asked attendees at Economic Outlook 2015 to share their sentiments via text message on local industry growth, national policy and local industry growth.
Thirty-three percent of attendees who responded said that the healthcare and biosciences industry has the most potential for local employment growth.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents indicated that their number-one concern next year from an economic perspective was election results, while 25 percent of survey respondents indicated that international unrest was their top concern.
Global risks were also on everyone’s mind, with 26 percent of survey respondents citing political and social instability as the top global risk, while 18 percent of respondents indicated that fiscal crises in key economies were high on their radar.
Full results of the Cox Media Mobile Survey are available, along with the presentations and interviews from Economic Outlook 2015, at http://www.phoenixchamber.com/eo2015.
The GPCC has been hosting this event since 1982, and uses it as an opportunity to bring the community together to learn about both the global and local economic indicators. The Chamber’s Economic Development Annual Report was also presented during Friday’s event. The report communicates the Chamber’s commitment to support community businesses in their efforts to grow, retain and expand and can be found online at www.phoenixchamber.com/yearinreview.
“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with a strong community partner like Cox Communications to present the state of the economy from a local, national and international perspective to business leaders across the Valley,” stated Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Although Arizona’s economic recovery remains on a slow, but steady path as the presenters stated at this year’s event, I am confident that Arizona will see continued improvements in job growth, consumer spending and economic development in 2015.”
Added Sanders, “In collaboration with the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s PHOENIX FORWARD>> initiative will deliver a strategic and sustainable, economic development plan. This initiative focuses on strengthening and growing existing business in three key industry sectors: Health Care & Biosciences, Transportation & Logistics and Advanced Business Services. Together, we will remove barriers to success for the region’s businesses and grow Arizona’s economy from within.”
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 29 of its Phoenix attorneys – and a total of 169 Quarles & Brady attorneys nationwide – have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
Quarles & Brady Phoenix attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas are:
• Scott M. Berg (Banking and Finance Law)
• Brian R. Booker (Commercial Litigation / Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
• Joseph A. Drazek (Environmental Law / Litigation – Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
• Steven P. Emerick (Corporate Law / Equipment Finance Law / Securities / Capital Markets Law)
• Nicole France-Stanton (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants)
• Jeffrey B. Fugal (Tax Law)
• Jeffrey L. Gage (Real Estate Law)
• Diane M. Haller (Real Estate Law)
• John A. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation – Bankruptcy)
• Robert P. Harris (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
• Christian J. Hoffmann III (Corporate Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities / Capital Markets Law / Securities Regulation)
• Eric B. Johnson* (Employment Law – Management)
• Don P. Martin (Commercial Litigation / Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants / Litigation – Banking and Finance / Litigation – Real Estate)
• Matthew Mehr (Banking and Finance Law)
• Roger N. Morris (Health Care Law)
• P. Robert Moya (Corporate Law / Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law / Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Securities / Capital Markets Law)
• Daniel L. Muchow (Environmental Law / Natural Resources Law)
• John Maston O’Neal (Commercial Litigation)
• Jon E. Pettibone (Administrative / Regulatory Law / Employment Law – Management / Labor Law – Management)
• James A. Ryan (Bet-the-Company Litigation / Commercial Litigation / Tax Law)
• Edward Salanga (Commercial Litigation / Litigation – Construction)
• Brian Sirower (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation – Bankruptcy)
• Derek L. Sorenson (Real Estate Law)
• Peter A. Terry (Banking and Finance Law)
• James A. Ullman (Franchise Law)
• C. Bradley Vynalek (Commercial Litigation)
• Jacque N. Westling (Banking and Finance Law / Corporate Law)
• Lori L. Winkelman (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
• Jeffrey H. Wolf (Franchise Law)
* Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.
NASCAR released the 2015 Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule and Phoenix International Raceway will once again host two NSCS race weekends next season.
PIR’s spring event weekend, headlined by the Camping World 500, moves two weeks later, to March 12-15, is scheduled to be broadcast on FOX. In the fall, PIR will continue to host the final race in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 weekend November 12-15, and will be broadcast on NBC.
“I’m delighted that Phoenix International Raceway will once again be able to host an exciting NASCAR weekend in the spring,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. “The March 15th date will give fans a great opportunity to sample so many attractions in the Valley as well as enjoy our great weather that time of year.”
The move of PIR’s spring race weekend to mid-March promises to provide race fans and teams with fantastic weather, and the new date coincides with the Spring Break schedule for most Arizona K-12 school districts, making it a great family entertainment option. The race weekend also falls during Spring Break at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.
Season tickets for the 2015 season at Phoenix International Raceway are on sale now beginning at $99. Tickets are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the PIR ticket office.
Each season ticket includes admission to all NASCAR races during both event weekends, along with great savings over individual ticket prices. Season ticket holders also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase parking passes, pre-race pit passes and Budweiser ROLL-BAR passes at discounted prices. Other exclusive benefits to season ticket holders include the first opportunity to upgrade or change seat locations each year and the opportunity to purchase additional race tickets at the discounted season ticket holder price.
A new feature for PIR season ticket holders the 2015 is the Zoom Pass. The Zoom Pass, a hard plastic credential, will replace individual grandstand tickets and will grant the season ticket holder access to all races throughout the event weekend.
Phoenix has hosted a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the spring every year since 2005, and the new date marks the fourth change in PIR’s slot on the NASCAR schedule during that time. PIR has hosted the second race of the NASCAR season in each of the last four years.
The fall race at Phoenix International Raceway has been a fixture on the NASCAR schedule since 1988, and continuing a longstanding tradition, the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 will be the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced today that seven attorneys from the firm’s Arizona offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. The 2015 list was compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review survey that included more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
The Arizona-based Ogletree Deakins attorneys appearing on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America© list include:
• Joseph T. Clees (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management)
• L. Eric Dowell (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Leah S. Freed (Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Mark G. Kisicki (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• James K. Mackie (Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Tracy A. Miller (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
• Tibor Nagy, Jr. (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Best Lawyers® has also named Kisicki as the 2015 Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Phoenix, and Nagy as the 2015 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Tucson. The publication awards this honor to a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.
Firm-wide, 184 Ogletree Deakins attorneys were named to the Best Lawyers© list. Many earned recognition in multiple categories—144 were named under the Employment Law – Management category; 104 were named under the Labor Law – Management category; and 105 were named under the Litigation – Labor and Employment category.
Roshka DeWulf & Patten, a Phoenix-based business law firm representing clients in litigation and regulatory issues, said four attorneys have been honored as 2015 Best Lawyers®.
The Best Lawyers in America is the longest-running peer-review publication in the legal profession, now in its 20th edition. Attorneys who are recognized as Best Lawyers® are confidentially evaluated by their peers. Attorneys from Roshka DeWulf & Patten who received the 2015 honor are:
· Michael Patten – communications law, energy law, and administrative/regulatory law. In addition, Patten has been honored as Best Lawyers’ 2015 Phoenix Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
· Paul Roshka, Jr. – commercial litigation, litigation – regulatory enforcement (SEC, telecom, energy), and litigation – securities.
· John DeWulf – bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, and litigation – securities.
· J. Matthew Derstine – bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and litigation – bankruptcy.
“We’re very honored to receive this recognition, as it’s a testament to our entire team’s breadth of knowledge and experience,” said Roshka. “We are extremely committed to our clients and hold ourselves to very high professional and ethical standards.”
To learn more about Roshka DeWulf & Patten attorneys and practice areas, visit www.rdp-law.com.
Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015© – Lawyers of the Year.
“The firm’s reputation has been built on our attorneys’ continued commitment to excellence,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored to be recognized by the legal community and to be included in this prestigious listing.”
The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 – Lawyers of the Year:
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law
• Timothy J. Berg – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law
• Lauren J. Caster – Natural Resources Law
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates
The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015:
• Amy Abdo – Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John J. Balitis – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Timothy J. Berg – Appellate Practice; Communications Law; Energy Law; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Utilities Law
• Rhett A. Billingsley – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• Patrick J. Black – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• Kevin J. Bonner – Litigation – Construction
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Litigation – Antitrust
• Aaron Cain – Corporate Law
• Christopher L. Callahan – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Lauren J. Caster – Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• George T. Cole – Leisure and Hospitality Law; Real Estate Law
• Louis F. Comus, Jr. – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
• C. Webb Crockett – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• John F. Daniels, III – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
• Theresa Dwyer-Federhar – Appellate Practice
• Rita A. Eisenfeld – Trusts and Estates
• Phillip F. Fargotstein – Litigation – Environmental
• Andrew M. Federhar – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Municipal; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Scott M. Finical – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
• Margaret R. Gallogly – Natural Resources Law; Water Law
Donald R. Gilbert – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Stephen A. Good – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gregg Hanks – Real Estate Law; Tax Law
• Roger T. Hargrove – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Ray K. Harris – Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent
• David N. Heap – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Lori Higuera – Employment Law – Management
• Neil H. Hiller – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Patrick Irvine – Appellate Practice; Native American Law; Tax Law
• Norman D. James – Energy Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John Randall R. Jefferies – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction
• John E. Kofron – Construction Law
• Jay S. Kramer – Real Estate Law
• Neal Kurn – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Marc H. Lamber – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• T. James Lee – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Laura A. Lo Bianco – Corporate Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Don J. Miner – Real Estate Law
• Kendis Key Muscheid – Non-Profit / Charities Law; Tax Law
• Mark A. Nesvig – Real Estate Law
• Douglas C. Northup – Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
• Christian M. Olson – Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Sharon J. Oscar – Real Estate Law
• John M. Pearce – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Michael J. Phalen – Land Use and Zoning Law
• Janice Procter-Murphy – Appellate Practice; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates
• Cathy L. Reece – Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Robert P. Robinson – Real Estate Law
• J. Barry Shelley – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gerald L. Shelley – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Kenneth J. Sherk – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Mediation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Heidi Kimzey Short – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
• Cynthia L. Shupe – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Ronald J. Stolkin – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Sarah A. Strunk – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mining Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
• David E. Vieweg – Real Estate Law
• Susan M. Wissink – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Published in almost 70 countries around the world, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010.
The game will return to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL announced Wednesday.
The 2015 game will be the third time the Pro Bowl is held in the same city as the Super Bowl. The NFL’s all-star game took place in Los Angeles after the first Super Bowl in 1967, then the two games weren’t in the same city again until South Florida in 2010.
Since 1980, all but one Pro Bowl has been held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the college football home of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
The Pro Bowl will remain a week before the Super Bowl, as it has the last five years. The new format introduced after last season, which scrapped the AFC vs. NFC matchup, will be retained. The new format splits the all-stars through a schoolyard-style draft, a setup loosely based on fantasy sports meant to play toward player egos and the changing ways fans are interacting with the game.
The Pro Bowl after this coming season will take place Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. A year later, the game will be held Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 11th annual SUBWAY® D-backs Fan Fest on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from Noon-4:00 p.m. at Chase Field, with early VIP entry at 11:00 a.m.
The free event will offer fans unprecedented access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field.
Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 fans to Chase Field.
SUBWAY® D-backs Fan Fest highlights expected, include:
- Autograph sessions for kids and adults
- Tours of the D-backs clubhouse
- Photograph sessions with players
- Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Yard Sale
- Inflatables for kids
- Opportunity to hit in the batting cages
- Q&A sessions with the players
- Social Media Zone
Fans can participate this year on social media with @Dbacks and #DbacksFanFest.
Cities like Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, and the other 14 cities that make up the West Valley are capitalizing on the rapid expansion of tourism and hospitality amenities — particularly spring training baseball facilities and other sports-related events — to grab a bigger share of the $18 billion that Arizona’s 37 million annual visitors spend.
As tourism in the West Valley continues to grow, the Glendale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is playing a bigger and more vital role to help drive visitors to West Valley hospitality businesses.
“The region provides the local and out-of-state traveler with an experience like no other,” says Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “We are home to nine Cactus League spring training teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix International Raceway, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, great outdoor festivals, historic districts in each of our cities, performing arts centers and unique shopping venues. And, of course, you can be an astronaut for the day at our Challenger Space Center.”
Despite this diverse range of attractions, tourism is a relatively new industry in the West Valley. As a result, not every community in the area is equipped to implement independent marketing and promotion initiatives. Glendale CVB organizes and facilitates these initiatives, partnering with more than 100 restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, resorts and hotels, and service organizations.
“We work closely with our hotels — such as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Wigwam Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Avondale and many more — to provide lead generation and conference assistance,” Pino says.
Glendale CVB also serves as a liaison to large-scale entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium this summer, and mammoth events such as the Super Bowl, which will return to Glendale in 2015.
“When the Super Bowl was last held in Glendale in 2008, the Glendale CVB was not yet in existence,” Pino says. “But now that our bureau is in place for the 2015 game, the region will be in a better position to capture a greater share of visitor spending.”
Economists estimate that hosting a Super Bowl has an economic impact of $300 million-$500 million on the region.
“In addition, realizing that this mega event impacts the entire metro area and several destinations statewide, the Glendale CVB will be working with other tourism and hospitality organizations throughout the Valley to ensure that we provide the greatest fan experience possible, and to host the best Super Bowl possible,” Pino says.
By the end of 2012, Glendale will welcome yet another visitor destination when the Tanger Outlets Westgate is completed. The 328,000-square-foot retail development will feature 85 brand-name outlet stores and is expected to bring an additional 5 million-6 million annual visitors to the area.
With economic growth in the West Valley expected to continue its upward trend for years to come, Pino insists that communities must work together to realize the greatest benefit from an increasing number of visitors.
“It’s important that we all work together and pool our resources to achieve economies of scale,” Pino says. “This is the very reason the Glendale CVB came into existence: to serve as a regional organization to promote and showcase the 14 West Valley cities and to bring tourism business to the area. This regional approach is what will be needed for our hospitality businesses to continue to grow.”