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Are You Fueling or Poisoning Your Body?

In today’s culture of skinny jeans and pencil skirts, the choice of diet meals and drinks can appear to be an alluring solution to achieving body image expectation. Snacks, drinks, and meals line grocery store shelves labeled as “sugar-free” and “low calorie.” Sounds like a simple choice, right?  After all, processed sugar isn’t recommended by doctors as a vital part of our daily intake. So we grab the sugar-free drink and then pour it down our throats sometime between the grocery store exit and the car ride home.  Often unknowingly, we have just spent our hard-earned money on what might be poison for our bodies.

In order to create something sugar-free that still appeals to the sweet-tooth, chemical substitutes are often used. It tastes like sugar, smells like sugar and acts like poison. The reality is that chemical sweeteners are toxic to our bodies. The chemical substitutes hit our bloodstream and are recognized as criminal intruders. The human body, being the incredible system that it is, knows not to let these toxins reach the vital organs such as the heart or brain, so the body sends signals to engulf and smother the toxins. Genius! Unfortunately, that barrier that our body creates to defend itself is also known as fat. Fat is one of the body’s defense mechanisms against toxic exposure.

We are exposed to hundreds of harmful toxins daily, through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the cosmetics we use.  It takes less that 30 seconds for toxic chemicals found in our skincare to be absorbed by every organ in our body, triggering internal organs to fight off invaders.  The result? We are tired, bloated, diseased, acne-prone and energy-deficient. The human body has a magnificent system of defense, but with so much toxic exposure, organs are compromised in executing their main functions, such as fighting off disease. This results in frightening health statistics – such as that 1 in 3 women are predicted to have cancer in their lifetime. Disease prevention, vitality and health begin and end with toxic exposure.

We cannot control every toxin in our environment, but we can make wise choices in our food and cosmetic usage.  When we are educated on toxicity, we have the power to give our body the best chance towards health.  So let’s take a step back before we dive into the snack aisle and grab at the advertised “better for you” sugar-free soda pops and microwave dinners. Chemical substitutes are not a god-send; they are a piece of the puzzle in America’s downward health spiral. Let’s choose to empower our bodies. Let’s choose health, wholeness, and hope. Health begins with the small choices of today.

For sugar cravings, I recommend Arbonne’s naturally sweetened chocolate, mango-pineapple, or lemon Fit Chew.  This savory treat satisfies the sweet tooth and helps to control cravings and balance blood sugar with adaptogenic herbs.  Visit cvogt.myarbonne.com to learn more about non-toxic cosmetic and nutrition products.

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Bascom Arizona Closes 432-Unit Luxury Apartment Community in Phoenix, Arizona

Bascom Arizona Ventureshas acquired Arcadia Cove Apartments, a 432-unit luxury community located in Phoenix, for an undisclosed price. Bascom Arizona Ventures worked with Brian Eisendrath and Brandon Smith of CBRE to arrange the financing for the purchase. Steve Gebing and Cliff David from Marcus & Millichap represented the buyer and seller on this transaction.

Built in 1996, the property consists of twenty-five two -and -three -story buildings with two chlorine-free mineral swimming pools and two spas. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center, controlled access gated entry, many common area Wi-Fi hot spots, barbecue grills, and detached garages. Arcadia is located in the prized Arcadia neighborhood in the heart of metropolitan Phoenix, at one of the busiest north/south thoroughfares.

Mark Brotherton, Portfolio Manager for Bascom Arizona, comments, “Arcadia is a prime candidate for property wide upgrades to capitalize on the recovering Phoenix multifamily market. We are excited about our newest acquisition and look forward to commencing our value add program as soon as possible. Arcadia Cove is our 10th acquisition that we have completed in the past 12 months in the state of Arizona.”

Bill Wright, Asset Manager for Bascom Arizona Ventures, adds, “Bascom will recapitalize the property with exterior and interior renovations which will equip Arcadia Cove with one of the best amenity packages in the submarket. We look forward to creating value for our new residents.”

About The Bascom Group, LLC: The Bascom Group, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, and non-performing loans and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, improving revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom has completed over $8.0 billion in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions since 1996 including more than 220 multifamily properties and 60,000 units. Bascom currently ranks among the top 50 multifamily owners in the US. Bascom’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Southern California Industrial Fund, Rushmore Properties, Bascom Portfolio Advisors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Investors, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, and the Realm Group. Bascom’s subsidiaries also include Premier Business Centers, the largest privately held executive suite company in the US.

After Hours: Catherine Alcorn, CR Engineers

>> Catherine Alcorn

President of CR Engineers, Inc.

With CR Engineers for 19 years

rsz_catherine_alcornBorn and raised in Phoenix, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University

Husband John; daughter Audrey, 8; son Anthony, 5

>> Responsibilities

Alcorn manages the business and serves as senior electrical engineer for Aviation, Water/Wastewater, and Recreational Facilities.

>> Favorites

Sport/teams: Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins.

Music: Blues, classical rock, and any Johnny Cash song.

Destinations: Happy Jack, Ariz., and Portland, Maine, in the summer. I’d like to visit Italy, Australia, and go on an African safari.

Activities: Alcorn loves to spend time with her husband, kids, and three dogs. She also enjoys volunteering at her kids’ school.

>> What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

As a daughter of an electrical engineer who founded CR Engineers in 1985, I always knew I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and be an electrical engineer.

>> What accomplishment are you especially proud of?

My husband and I have successfully continued the family business after my father’s passing in 2001. With our office close to our home in Fountain Hills, we maintain active participation in all our children’s activities and schools.

>> What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a gourmet cook. My favorite dishes include smoked duck and andouille sausage gumbo.

>> Best business advice you’ve ever been given:

The greatest mistake an executive can make is to be afraid of making a mistake.

>> Advice you’d share with people:

Stay humble and curious. Maintain a hunger to always learn more. Build a vision for your life and set your goals to reach them.


Most Challenging Project 2010

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Moenkopi Legacy Inn is the first hotel constructed on Hopi tribal land in 50 years. The architecture was a fine balance of modern construction technologies and products used, with local construction materials and methods that have been handed down through the Hopi people for many generations. The construction team faced many challenges during the construction of the hotel, including learning how to work with Hopi tribal laws and ordinances governing construction. Other challenges included securing power and natural gas to the site. One unexpected challenge came in the form of a low water supply. In order to prevent depleting water from the local villages for construction, Brycon had a 21,000-gallon water container, along with a high-flow pump system, brought up from the Valley. In addition, water was trucked in daily from Flagstaff to keep the tank full.

Developer: Moenkopi Developers Corp.
Contractor: Brycon Construction
Architect: Jarratt Architecture
Broker: Rural Community Innovations: Michael Utter
Size: 61,800 SF
Location: Tuba City
Completed: December 2009

Honorable Mention: 3900 Camelback Center Most Challenging Project 2010

Developer: Ryan Companies US Inc.
Contractor: Ryan Companies US Inc.
Architect: PHArchitecture
Broker: Grubb & Ellis: Jeff Wentworth
Size:185,000 SF
Location: 3900 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: December 2009

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Developer Of The Year 2010

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Honorable Mention for Best Retail Project: Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Honorable Mention for Most Challenging Project: 3900 Camelback Center

A well-respected developer and contractor in the Valley and beyond, Ryan Companies is a proven leader when it comes to creating memorable projects. The company was founded in 1938 by James Henry Ryan, and has consistently grown and expanded over the past 70 years.

The company cultivates a culture of respect and service through its projects, and delivers value by being lean and green. Since opening its Arizona office in 1994, Ryan has delivered more than 50 high-quality developments that bring opportunity, economic investment and consumer choice. And the company has given back to the community in big ways through volunteerism — such as the Valley Partnership Annual Community Project.Developer of the year 2010

By the early 2000s, it was clear Ryan had established itself as fulfilling a need for complete, design-build, development and management services in Arizona. Its list of customers grew with projects for Del Webb, Honeywell, DMB, Dial Corp., Motorola, Avnet, ASML and Edwards Jones. In 2001, Ryan was recognized by Ranking Arizona as the No. 1 Commercial Developer. Today, the Arizona office has grown to 85 employees and has completed 13 MSF of development.

While striving, planning, working, succeeding, and delivering the best building and real estate solutions for local businesses, a simple Ryan family ethic endures: in good times and in bad, for employees and for customers, the company always works to do the right thing.


AZRE Red Awards March 2010 | Previous: Tenant Improvement | Next: Architect of the Year

RED Awards 2010 - AZRE Magazine March/April 2010

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, AZRE | Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine presented the 5th Annual RED Awards — Arizona’s most comprehensive annual real estate awards. The reception honored the Biggest, Best and Most Notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2009. The top projects were announced and awards given to the developer, general contractor, architect and broker/teams of each winning project. All of the award winners and honorable mentions were featured within a special award section published within the March/April 2010 issue of AZRE Magazine.

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

Best Education Project:


ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Honorable Mention:

Ironwood Hall

Best Hospitality Project:


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Honorable Mention:

aloft Hotel

Best Industrial Project:


Rockefeller Group Distribution Center

Honorable Mention:

Spectrum Ridge, Phase I

Best Medical Project:


Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Honorable Mention:

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Tower

Best Multi-Family Project:


Grigio Metro

Honorable Mention:

Ninety Degrees Paradise Ridge

Best Office Project:


One Central Park East

Honorable Mention:

Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best Public Project:


Surprise City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility

Best Retail Project:


Scottsdale Quarter

Honorable Mention:

Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Best Re-Development Project:


300 M

Honorable Mention:

Phoenix Country Club Modernization

Best Tenant Improvement Project:


Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

Honorable Mention:

Arcadia Gateway Reimaging

Most Challenging Project:


Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Honorable Mention:

3900 Camelback Center

Most Sustainable Project:


Appaloosa Branch Library

Honorable Mention:

Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott

Developer of the Year:


Ryan Companies US Inc.

Architect of the Year:



General Contractor of the Year:


McCarthy Building Companies

Brokerage Team of the Year for Leasing:


CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team of the Year for Sales:


Cushman & Wakefield

For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables or attendance, please email events@azbusinessmagazine.com or call (602) 277-6045.

AZRE Magazine March/April 2010