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Maracay announces home plans for active adults

Maracay Homes announced a new collection of home plans designed exclusively for the active adult market. The Freedom Collection was developed in partnership with KTGY, a national architectural firm, known for innovation in design for the active adult buyer.

“More than a third of our buyers identify themselves in the active adult demographic,” said Andy Warren, President of Maracay Homes. “They are a sophisticated consumer that demands innovative designs tailored to their lifestyles. KTGY helped us design a collection of homes that address the unique needs of this demographic.”

With the Freedom Collection, Maracay Homes incorporated specific features known as Universal Design into the homes.  Universal Design supports the active adult lifestyle through subtle design cues that add convenience and ease to living.  Features such as one-story homes, split master bedrooms, wider hallways and doors, sitting showers, raised ovens and dishwashers and storage within reach.

The active adult buyer is also known for their entertaining and socializing lifestyles.  Maracay designed the Freedom Collection home plans to flow easily from the grand entranceways to the large entertaining kitchens and outside into the resort style backyards.  Home functions such as ‘snore’ rooms or caregiver rooms can be accommodated through Maracay Homes’ signature flex design options.

In addition to innovative features and appealing aesthetics, Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program, offering the latest energy-efficient technologies and sustainable building practices, is incorporated into these new plans. These design elements, components and appliances offer the latest in comfort and performance as well as cost savings.

Maracay Homes will debut the Freedom Collection at DMB Associates’ new active adult community, Victory at Verrado, in January 2015.  The Freedom Collection ranges from 2,200 square feet to 2,600 square feet.  Maracay Homes was one of only four builders selected to construct homes at Victory. Visit www.maracayhomes.com for more information.

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Maracay Homes joins TRI Pointe in blockbuster deal

Phoenix-based Maracay Homes announced that it has combined with TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. (NYSE: TPH) (“TRI Pointe”) as part of the merger between TRI Pointe and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (“WRECO”), which counts Maracay Homes in its family of builders. The transaction, one of the largest in homebuilding history, is valued at approximately $2.8 billion. It positions TRI Pointe as one of the top 10 largest public homebuilders in the United States by equity market capitalization based on the closing price of TRI Pointe common stock on July 3, 2014.

“We are excited to announce that the transaction with TRI Pointe has officially closed and that we are part of a dynamic and highly respected group of companies,” said Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes. “The ability to tap into the financial strength of our new parent company while still remaining an active decision maker at the local level will give us a heightened capacity to grow our operations in the Arizona market.”

“With the success of this completed merger, TRI Pointe is well-positioned as a leading homebuilder focused on some of the nation’s most attractive housing markets,” said Doug Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of TRI Pointe. “Having built a stellar reputation for innovative design and outstanding quality over the more than 20 years it has operated in the Arizona market, Maracay Homes will continue to be led by the exceptional local, executive team that has helped build its standing as a market leader. Like TRI Pointe, Maracay Homes’ success is largely driven by its entrepreneurial spirit and ability to make decisions on a local basis. That philosophy will stay in place, as Maracay Homes will continue to craft customizable, energy-efficient homes that deliver comfort, style and sustainability.”

Maracay Homes’ beautiful single-family homes are designed for the way premium buyers want to live. The company will continue to offer its suite of proprietary processes and tools, which include FlexDesign® and LivingSmart®, to increase home buyers’ customization options.

Maracay Homes is one of the five WRECO homebuilding companies that have joined TRI Pointe as part of the larger merger with WRECO. With complementary geographic footprints, the new TRI Pointe companies, which will continue to operate under their respective brand names, include:

Maracay Homes – Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
TRI Pointe Homes – Northern and Southern California and Colorado
Pardee Homes – Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada
Quadrant Homes – Puget Sound region of Washington State
Trendmaker Homes – Houston, Texas
Winchester Homes – Washington, DC metro area and Richmond, Virginia

The leadership at all levels will remain focused on executing a disciplined homebuilding strategy, including securing new opportunities for growth. Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, will remain as Chairman of the TRI Pointe Board of Directors, which has been expanded from seven to nine directors. The merger with WRECO is expected to provide TRI Pointe with significantly enhanced scale, with more than 3,400 new home deliveries and $1.6 billion in revenue on a historical combined basis over the past twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
President
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager
Intel

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Attorney
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
President
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
President
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
President
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
President
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
President
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
CEO
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
Mayor
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
CEO
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Mayor
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Partner
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
Mayor
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Mayor
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Mayor
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Mayor
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
Mayor
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
President
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President
Abengoa

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
Mayor
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Councilmember
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
Mayor
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
Councilmember
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
President
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
Power-One

Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
President
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise

GENERAL COUNSEL
Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

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Maracay Invests $4M in Arizona Living Collection

Maracay Homes unveiled a new generation of home designs comprised of forty-six entirely new plans organized into eight separate series as part of their New Arizona Living Collection.  A result of over $4 million in investment and more than two years of research and market observation, the new designs address the unique needs, preferences and lifestyles of the post-recession Arizona homebuyer.

“With the New Arizona Living Collection, Maracay Homes has taken a fresh approach to home design for Arizona,” said Andy Warren, President and CEO at Maracay Homes. “The plans not only keep pace with current lifestyle trends, they anticipate home owner experiences and preferences in 2013 and beyond.”

Building on the customization that Maracay Homes’ FlexDesign® program already provides, the New Arizona Living Collection is a mix of housing choices and amenities designed to attract buyers across all demographics.

“The unique new features of the New Arizona Living Collection homes are so intuitive home buyers may wonder how they previously lived in homes without them,” Warren said.   Features like an “owner’s entry”—with cubbies for personal items and a technology station for docking cell phones and electronic devices—replace the traditional laundry room entrance through the garage. Most laundry rooms have moved from the garage entrance to behind the master closet. A secret passageway allows homeowners to access the laundry room from the master closet, creating a more efficient way to manage laundry and housekeeping needs.

Generation suites have been added for multi-generational households. Expansive bonus rooms provide space for the hobbyist. Large islands are at the heart of open kitchens designed for connectivity and socializing. In lieu of formal dining rooms or home theaters are flexible working nooks, serving as a casual home office or study room. Jack-n-Jill Baths are convenient for family’s growing needs.  Outdoor living rooms integrate nature into the home, expanding everyday living spaces beyond the four walls. Spa-like master bathrooms elevate homes from simple to sophisticated.

Six architectural styles celebrate Arizona influences with Spanish, Mission, Hacienda, Prairie, Craftsman and Italiante design themes. Exterior design details such as front courtyards or wrap-around porches provide a varied streetscape not dominated by a front wall or garage door.  Architectural details are not dedicated to front elevations only. Rear roof designs create a diverse rear-elevation yard-scape.

In addition to innovative features and appealing aesthetics, Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program, offering the latest energy-efficient technologies and sustainable building practices, is incorporated into these new plans. These design elements, components and appliances offer the latest in comfort and performance as well as cost savings.

Maracay Homes employed a consumer-centric, multi-faceted approach to the design. Through dialogue with customers, input from sales associates and interviews with post-recession homebuyers, Maracay Homes understood the consumer needs first and then translated the ideas architecturally to create innovative and functional space arrangements.

“In the post-recession housing market, consumers are seeking as much value as they can afford while maintaining the ability to have choices in their home design preferences. The New Arizona Living Collection demonstrates Maracay Homes’ grasp of specifically how Arizona buyers want to live now, in a post recession world,” Warren said. “More than just a place to spend time, they desire a home that effortlessly conforms to and even improves their lifestyle. They demand convenience, connectivity, affordability and work/life balance. They also want their home to match with our indoor-outdoor Arizona-style of living. And they want their homes to be beautiful!”
Maracay Homes developed the New Arizona Living Collection in partnership with two award-winning, national architecture firms, BSB Design and D33 Design.

The New Arizona Living Collection home plans are debuting at Maracay Homes’ new communities opening this year including Vaquero Ranch & Artesian Ranch in Chandler, Lyon’s Gate and Bridges in Gilbert, Eastmark in Mesa, Montelena and Villagio in Queen Creek, Los Vientos & Calderra at Palm Valley in Goodyear, and The Reserve in Peoria.  Visit www.maracayhomes.com for more information.

SRP Study Reveals How Businesses Reacted, Adapted To Economy

GPEC helps region build solid foundation amidst economic downturn

The economic downturn rattled almost every industry in Arizona at its foundation.

“The recession served as a necessary wake-up call for both the Valley and the entire state,” says Andy Warren, CEO of Maracay Home and Greater Phoenix Economic Council board member. “In the years leading up to the recession, many people in Arizona had a mindset that economic expansion was invulnerable to setbacks. The recession has changed that mindset.”

But in the middle of the unstable economic environment, analysts would have a hard time identifying Arizona as one of the states that was hit the hardest by the economic downturn if they looked only at GPEC’s success during that time.

In fiscal year 2012, GPEC helped 36 companies expand or relocate to the region — the most in the economic catalyst’s 23-year history. That topped GPEC’s previous record of 31 companies, which it set in 2011, giving GPEC its two best years when times were toughest and competition for companies was at its most fierce.

So how did GPEC achieve such success in a down economy?

“GPEC has distinguished itself as a true public-private partnership where the cities, county and business leaders have a working forum to collaborate around economic development issues,” says Don Smith, president and CEO of SCF Arizona and vice chairman of GPEC’s board of directors. “It also possesses an outstanding research capability that can reliability assist other economic development interests in making successful decisions. The strategies and tactics at GPEC are robust, and comprehensive, covering local, national and global interests on behalf of the state, and the ground game both internationally and domestically is exceptional.”

The economic impact of GPEC’s success is staggering. The 36 companies it assisted in 2012 will create more than 4,000 jobs for the Greater Phoenix region, will generate $178 million of net new payroll, and absorb or build approximately 3.8 million square feet with their phase one investments. Companies GPEC helped relocate to the Valley include CyrusOne, one of the largest data centers in the country, and Silicon Valley Bank, an expansion from California creating 250 jobs at an average salary of $88,000. Advanced business services, general business services, transportation and distribution, manufacturing and healthcare continue to drive the majority of GPEC’s relocation activity, with environmental technologies rounding out the lion’s share.

GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome credits part of his organization’s success to a major policy achievement for Arizona, the Qualified Facilities Income Tax Credit.

“Gov. Jan Brewer, House Speaker Andy Tobin, Senate President Steve Pierce and the entire Arizona legislature have worked hard to improve our business climate as evidenced by the Qualified Facilities Income Tax Credit,” Broome said. “Moving forward, key economic development programs are still needed to compete with other markets to attract high impact, export-oriented companies and investment — working together as we have done in recent years, I have no doubt we’ll get there.”

More than 11 percent of GPEC’s locates were international companies, primarily due to ramped-up efforts on the organization’s foreign-direct investment program and 16.7 percent were from California, another highly concentrated effort with partners throughout the state to draw investment to the Sun Corridor.

“We now have strong consensus that nurturing high quality job growth is our top priority,” Warren says. “Leadership at the state level, municipal level and from the private sector are now fully aligned with a singular focus toward specific growth industries applicable to Arizona. We are creating a fiscal environment where Arizona is fully competitive with other growth-oriented states … This clear mission and focus is on growth industries that will drive the future economy such as healthcare, clean technology, technology, aerospace and defense.”

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GPEC honors Maracay Homes’ president, House Speaker

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) honored Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin and GPEC Board Director Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes, at its annual dinner.

Speaker Tobin was awarded GPEC’s Outstanding Regional Contribution award for his successful legislative efforts to help increase Arizona’s economic competitiveness, particularly with this year’s passage and enactment of HB2815, the Qualified Facilities Tax Credit and 2011’s HB2001, the Arizona Competitiveness Package. HB2815 expanded the Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program to other export-based manufacturers and lowered long-term capital gains taxes. HB2001 created the Quality Jobs Program, reduced corporate income taxes and increased the state’s Research and Development tax credit, among many other accomplishments.

“Speaker Tobin moved the ball forward enormously with the Qualified Facilities Tax Credit, which single-handedly raised Arizona’s competitiveness ranking from last to fourth,” said GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome. “This $630 million program is the most aggressive investment tax credit in the country – a game-changer for the region’s economic development prospects. I’m very grateful to Speaker Tobin for his leadership both at the legislature and within the economic development community.”

Warren received the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in spearheading GPEC’s resource development efforts, including a new focus on multi-year commitments. He was successful in securing 50 percent of private investments for the next three-to-five years, helping to ensure a continued sustainability with GPEC’s key strategic initiatives in the international, science, technology and innovation sectors.

“In the span of just a few years, Andy has catapulted from a Valley newcomer to an exemplary community leader,” Broome said. “His work on GPEC’s resource development efforts has been successful largely because of his enthusiasm and commitment to the work we do diversifying the region’s economy and creating sustainable job growth.”

The dinner, GPEC’s premier annual event, celebrated GPEC’s success in the 2012 fiscal year, including a new record of 36 companies expanding or relocating to the region – the most ever in the organization’s 23-year history. This exceeds last year’s record-breaking 31
companies, making fiscal years 2011 and 2012 the best two years in terms of companies assisted since GPEC’s inception. This year’s dinner was sold out with an all-time high attendance of nearly 600.

“GPEC is proud to recognize Speaker Tobin and Andy Warren as two extraordinary leaders in the Greater Phoenix community,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona and GPEC’s new board chairman. “Both men have done tremendous jobs to cultivate economic growth and further GPEC’s mission and we are proud to celebrate their achievements.”
For more details about GPEC’s successes in FY12, visit www.gpecannualreport2012.com.