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Lesa LaRocca

Greystar receives top awards from AMA

Greystar recently received five top achievement awards and industry-wide recognition at the 2015 Annual Tribute event organized by the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA). The AMA presented awards to rental communities and industry professionals that demonstrated excellence related to operating performance, community service, industry experience, teamwork and impact on the properties.

The Arizona apartment industry’s 23rd annual awards ceremony was held on May 14, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center before a crowd of over 1,400 local professionals. Greystar was recognized for outstanding performance in the following categories:

  • Best Team & Community of the Year – Scottsdale Gateway
  • Apartment Manager of the Year – Lori Keough – Residences at Forty Two 25
  • Leasing Consultant of the Year – Nancy Florez – Avana McCormick Ranch
  • Volunteer of the Year – Lesa LaRocca – Managing Director of Real Estate for Greystar
  • Maintenance Supervisor 1-199 Units – Seth Pyle – Ten Wine Lofts

“We take great pride in being honored by the Arizona Multihousing Association,” said John Rials, Managing Director of Real Estate for Greystar. “Our team members go above and beyond every day and have a genuine desire to provide the very best for our residents, clients and the communities we serve.”

San Privada Apartments

AMA Members’ Projects

Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch

Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch

Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch
Developer: P.B. Bell Companies
General Contractor: MT Builders
Architect: Todd & Associates
Location: 105 N. Beebe St., Gilbert, Ariz..
Size: 228 units/Avg. 964 SF
Value: $37.5M
Estimated start/completion: December 2012 to July 2014

Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch is contained on 14 lush acres within the highly sought after Morrison Ranch master planned community. Residences are designed as two-story garden style homes

Vive Distinctive Living

Vive Distinctive Living

Vive Distinctive Living
Developer: P.B. Bell Companies
General Contractor: MT Builders
Architect: Whitneybell Perry Architects
Location: 1901 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, Ariz.
Size: 194 Units/Avg. 972 SF
Value: $33M
Estimated start/completion: December 2012 to July 2014

This community of two- and three-story building configurations is developed on approximately 10.8 acres on the southeast corner of Dobson & Germann roads in Chandler.



Developer: P.B. Bell Companies
General Contractor: MT Builders
Architect: Studio 15
Location: Approximately 6.16 gross acres located on the NWC of 16th Street and Highland Avenue in Phoenix
Size: 248,825 SF, 244 units
Value: $44.5M
Estimated start/completion: Start 05/2014; First Phase 12/2015; Final 04/2016

Escape is a contemporary luxury apartment community consisting of 244 units, 230 in a four story building over podium parking and 14 carriage units. The design will allow for relatively spacious dwelling units, poured-in-place concrete garage, detached garages, and resort-style pool with spa, Amenity tower with residents’ lounge, state-of-the-art exercise facility, and other highly marketable & preferred amenities

Residences On Farmer

Residences On Farmer

Residences on Farmer
Developer: Urban Development Partners
General Contractor: UEB Builders
Architect: Otak
Location: 7th & Farmer streets, Tempe, Ariz.
Size: 31 units on .59 acres
Value: $6M
Estimated start/completion: July 3, 2014, to March 2015

The Residences on Farmer is a four-story, 31-unit tilt-up development building with four live-work units on its ground floor.

San Privada Apartments

San Privada Apartments

San Privada Apartments
Developer: Mark-Taylor
General Contractor: Mark-Taylor
Architect: Mark-Taylor
Location: 1480 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, Ariz.
Units: 296
Value: WND
Estimated start/completion: Fall 2013 to August 2014

Mark-Taylor’s first high-end community in Gilbert, Ariz. is a 296-unit complex, located in the acclaimed Spectrum neighborhood at Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road, offers “walkability” that allows pedestrians to utilize the town’s sidewalks and landscaped paths to access nearby shopping, restaurants and employment. The community is an example of “The Next Generation of Mark-Taylor,” a slogan the company uses to describe the evolution of apartment communities over the last two decades. The unit sizes will be among the largest ever built in the Valley. Additionally, San Privada’s features include those typically found in a modern, custom home, such as granite kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, clean steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, oiled-bronze fixtures, pendant lighting and direct-access garages. Residents will also have access to a spinning studio, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, a social lounge, an outdoor cabana that includes a poolside kitchen, and the quintessential lagoon-style pool setting that has become a recognizable Mark-Taylor trademark over the years

Tom Simplot

Q & A with Tom Simplot, President and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association

Tom Simplot was named president and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) in July 2008. The longtime Phoenix resident has served on the Phoenix City Council, president of the Maricopa County Board of Health, Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, as chair of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Committee and was a member of the Phoenix Housing Commission. He has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa.

The industry is seeing a cultural paradigm shift in the multihousing sector. How is that manifesting in Arizona?
The Great Recession created a cultural shift in consumer attitudes about a lot of things: saving money, spending within your means and being flexible to move when needed. Many home buyers discovered that owning a home was not a cash machine and that ownership can be an anchor on your lifestyle and a drain on your wallet. Very few apartment units were built in Arizona between 2009 and 2011, and we actually lost rental units during that time period (due to obsolescence and condo conversions, etc.). To keep up with this change in lifestyle and future growth, apartment developers are building at a pace not seen since the early 2000s, and occupancy rates are near their highest ever.

I’ve heard some people are concerned that with the increased interest in multihousing living preferences that the single-family home/residential market will be hurt and the rest of the real estate industry will be harmed in the process. How is the industry currently adapting to accommodate these changes?
Developers adapt to market conditions or they go out of business. A large number of foreclosed single-family homes were put into the rental market, and we have a large number of rental condominiums. Developers who turned to condo-conversions 10 years ago might now be building apartments. If anything, home builders learned that it was not prudent to have so much land in inventory and to build far fewer speculative homes. There will always be a large market for single-family homes, and what we are now building are lifestyle choices for the consumer.

The way Phoenix manages its apartments (through REITs, investment firms) differs from other major cities, such as L.A. How is that to our advantage/disadvantage given the market right now?
Metro Phoenix is a large market, and therefore has a large number of national and international apartment management companies. Just 20 years ago, most apartments in Arizona were locally owned and managed by small companies. The presence of REITS and publicly traded companies translates into more equity for future development, and has also transformed residential property management into a profession. As the industry has become more sophisticated, our residents have felt the difference in a positive way.

What kind of legislative decisions have affected the AMA and its members? Are there any issues that will need to be addressed in the near future?
In recent years, the legislature has addressed several key issues for the apartment industry. This past year was the expansion of the Arizona Department of Real Estate Advisory Board to include a multi-family representative. The legislature has also addressed property rights issues, and even the recent sales tax reform will provide a tremendous regulatory improvement for the industry, and ultimately, residents.

Managing hundreds, if not thousands, of apartment units across the state requires consistent laws, a transparent bureaucracy and uniform enforcement. When one city or justice of the peace interprets an ordinance in a unique manner, it causes confusion to residents and owners alike. Successful businesses want to play by the rules, and our goal is to help create a level playing field.

What kind of trends are you seeing within the sector (in what ways is Arizona still leading the way in recovery)?
It seems that Baby Boomers and Millennials both love freedom of choice and living in a more urban environment. Walkability is important as are nearby restaurants, nightlife choices and amenities within the community. Even our suburban cities have adopted this lifestyle choice, and we see new apartments in areas that historically only wanted single-family homes. The day of living in a “McMansion” is over for many people, and downsizing is key. New apartment communities reflect this as do older communities which have upgraded to “retro chic.” In Central Phoenix, communities built mid-century are now as popular as mid-century homes. Residents want something unique yet comfortable, and they don’t need excess square footage to accomplish that.
Mayo Medical Schools Expands to Arizona

UA College of Medicine Accredited Through 2022

The medical education program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, designed to train the next generation of highly skilled physicians dedicated to improving patient care and advancing the state of medical knowledge, has earned accreditation through 2022, a full eight-year term.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation authority for MD programs in the United States and Canada, announced the decision and identified a number of institutional strengths within the college that are distinctive and worthy of emulation. The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA).

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson graduates 115 medical doctors each year and is led by Interim Dean Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, who also serves as UA senior vice president for health sciences. The college’s medical education program is led by Kevin Moynahan, MD, deputy dean of education.

In January, more than 100 faculty, students, administrators and staff from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson (UA COM – Tucson) met with the LCME survey team during its site visit to determine accreditation eligibility.

“This achievement would not have been possible were it not for the tremendous leadership, teamwork and effort put forth by all. We are grateful to our UA COM – Tucson LCME project leadership team, to those students, faculty and staff who participated in the survey visit, as well as to the numerous students, faculty and staff who participated in the COM self-study process,” said Dr. Moynahan.

In addition to awarding the college accreditation for a full cycle, the 19 LCME members, who are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members and medical students appointed by the AAMC and AMA, determined that the college has a number of institutional strengths:

· The LCME found that the student-developed and student-administered Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program, implemented by the UA College of Medicine in 1979, provides an exceptional number and variety of community service and service-learning opportunities for medical students. The CUP program provides UA medical students the opportunity to gain clinical experience by working with medically underserved populations. CUP was described by numerous medical students as a major influence in their decision to attend the college.

· The LCME also noted the development and implementation of an effective system of confidential and easily accessible personal counseling for its students, assisting them in adjusting to the ongoing emotional demands of a medical education. The UA COM – Tucson counseling program received high praise from students in the 2013 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, in the independent student analysis and in conversations with students during the survey visit.

· In addition, the UA COM – Tucson Societies Program provides a strong longitudinal experience with a trained faculty mentor. Mentors are chosen from among the college’s most distinguished clinician-educators who teach students interviewing, physical examination and patient care skills at the patient bedside, helping students to develop clinical thinking, documentation and presentations and professionalism skills.

The LCME defines areas of strengths as those that reflect an aspect of the medical education program that has been shown to be critical for the successful achievement of one or more of the program’s missions or goals or a truly distinctive activity or characteristic that would be worthy of emulation.

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities and leading-edge patient care. Together with the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, the two colleges are Arizona’s only MD degree-granting institutions serving as a health care resource for the state and its people.

Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967, with an initial class of just 32 students, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson today has graduated more than 3,900 physicians. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff and alumni continue more than 45 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.

Liv Avenida, IPA Management, which won the Developer’s Award for Best Community built in 2012-2013.

AMA honors communities, leaders at annual Tribute Awards

The multihousing industry has had a remarkable year of renewed optimism in the housing and rental markets. The Arizona Multihousing Association brings apartment industry leaders together for one night a year at its annual Tribute Gala to celebrate the successes of the teams, individuals, volunteers and communities that are best in class.

On Thursday night, a sold out crowd of more than 1,200 apartment industry leaders from around Arizona gathered for the annual Tribute Gala to learn who would be honored as the best individuals, teams, and communities from the list of finalists. These winners were judged in a competitive judging process and the 22 winners were selected from the more than 400 statewide nominations.

This year, the AMA added a few new categories including one for best renovated property and affordable community.

“As the apartment industry continues to grow in Arizona, we are seeing large investments in renovations and in affordable housing for workers. It’s important for our industry to recognize these new housing options and the influence these communities have on the greater community,” said Tom Simplot, President and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

2014 Arizona Multihousing Association Tribute Award Winners


Developer’s Award for Best Community Built 2012-2013:
Liv Avenida, IPA Management

Renovated Community of the Year:
Camden San Marcos, Camden Property Trust

Affordable Community of the Year:
Escala Central City, Allison-Shelton Real Estate Services, Inc.

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Prior to 1995:
The Place at Forest Ridge, MC Residential

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Between 1995-2005:
Mirabella Village, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Between 2006-2013:
Serafina, Fairfield Properties, L.P.

Best Team & Community of the Year Outside the Valley:
The Woods, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.


Industry Partner of the Year:
Adam Greco, Burns Pest Elimination

Industry Partner of the Year Tucson:
Tim Furnas, Valley Protective Services

Volunteer of the Year:
Greg Morehead, Fairfield Properties, L.P.

Volunteer of the Year Tucson:
Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.

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Paradise Valley Hospital to Treat Obesity

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face today.  According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, more than 64 percent of adults in Arizona are overweight, with 24 percent suffering from obesity.  In Maricopa County alone, about 200,000 individuals suffer from Severe Obesity.

Last month, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its decision to formally recognize obesity as a medical disease. In doing so, the AMA joins numerous other medical organizations and government agencies which have either officially recognized obesity as a disease or asserted such through their leadership representatives.

In mid-August, Abrazo Health will open its comprehensive bariatric surgery center at Paradise Valley Hospital in collaboration with Dr. Kurt W. Sprunger of the Phoenix Bariatric Center.  Dr. Sprunger and his team are dedicated to the proper treatment of those suffering with obesity who have for too long endured criticism and discrimination and felt frustration and shame after the failure of inappropriate and ineffective treatments.

Dr. Sprunger sees the decision by the AMA as a significant milestone in helping to remove societal misconceptions about obesity and improve access to proper medical care for the millions of Americans struggling with this disease, including the 24 million Americans suffering from Severe Obesity and its serious related conditions, for whom bariatric surgery has proved to be the most effective and lasting treatment.

The services offered by Paradise Valley Hospital and Phoenix Bariatric Center will help Arizonans suffering from obesity to reverse the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, infertility and a host of other medical conditions associated with obesity and reduce their risk of certain cancers and heart disease.