April 2010 Archives

12 Steps to 2012: Having The "Drug Talk" With Your Kids

Drug Talk
by in Mental Health

If you’re like most people these days, you are thinking to yourself, “How in the world did it get to be January of 2012?” While time seems to pass quickly, the New Year also brings a renewed hope for what is to come over the next 12 months. Some people will want to lose weight,… Read More →

Courting The Locals Could Be The Key To Keeping Arizona’s Struggling Tourism Industry Viable

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For years, state tourism and hospitality enjoyed a healthy dose of success. As the population boomed, so did travel, with out-of-state visitors increasing steadily from 2002 through 2007. But the recession, coupled with a decline in corporate meetings, made 2009 a very difficult year for the tourism and hospitality industry. Arizona resorts and hotels that… Read More →

First Job: Dan Beem, President of Cold Stone Creamery and Kahala International

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Dan Beem President, Cold Stone Creamery/Kahala International Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My first job was as a bartender at TGI Fridays when I went away to college. It was such a great experience and taught me how to multitask and handle stressful situations calmly. It also helped… Read More →

Regions Bistro & Bar Highlights Recipes From Around The Country

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With a brand new location in Scottsdale, Regions Bistro & Bar is serving American comfort food in style. In fact, it’s serving the type of homestyle cooking that would make Mom proud. Every month, one page in the menu changes to represent food from a different region (get it?) of the United States — from… Read More →

Greening The Supply Chain: ASU’s Sustainability Consortium Is Working To Create More Sustainable Products

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Almost every company is feeling pressure to report on its sustainability, i.e. the environmental and social impacts due to its operations. As stakeholders look at whether these obligations are being upheld, the emphasis has been on a company-level assessment of performance. Internally, companies audit their environmental management systems according to standards such as the International… Read More →

Global Negotiations: New Executive Certificate Program Coming Online

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With globalization accelerating at an exponential rate, acquiring the knowledge and capability to achieve sustainable business success is paramount. It is important for executives to develop their understanding of cross-cultural negotiation tactics, and discover their power position and power approach for successful business. “Global negotiation courses and cross-cultural communication are the two main focuses for… Read More →

Summertime Cool: For Temporary Relief From The Arizona Heat, Check Out These Neighboring Attractions

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Summertime is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to plan a summer escape. Luckily, you don’t have to go far: the Southwest is full of fun, exciting destinations no matter what your vacation style. From the beaches of Southern California to the mountains of Colorado, there’s something for everyone right here in our own… Read More →

Arizona’s Local And Regional Banks Are Facing More Distressed RE Loans

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The recent New West Era of Arizona’s fast-growth economy from 2004 through 2007 is now expansion-cycle history. Having faced the Great Recession and what Alan Greenspan called a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami,” we now plan to resume positive economic growth in 2010. Since late 2008, Arizona has lost more than 200,000 jobs. Commercial real estate (CRE)… Read More →

Demand Is Challenging The Wireless Communications Market

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The growth of the wireless communications industry over the last decade has been explosive. In 2009 alone, approximately 1 billion mobile phones were sold worldwide — more than 13 million of which were iPhones. Last year, Research in Motion (RIM), the name behind the wildly popular BlackBerry smartphone, reported that in just 10 years it… Read More →

Steve Randazzo, Owner Of Randazzo’s Home Systems, Is A Self-Described ‘Gadget Guy’

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Steve Randazzo Randazzo’s Home Systems Title: Owner Est: 2005 | www.randazzoshomesystems.com “I love music and sound systems, I love movies, TV and presenting those formats for overall enjoyment.” – Steve Randazzo, Randazzo’s Home Systems Steve Randazzo describes himself as a “gadget guy.” His love of music, movies and television has been the foundation of his… Read More →

CEO Series: Ron Butler

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Ron Butler Arizona Managing Partner Ernst & Young What were some of the challenges the professional services industry encountered during the recession and what are the challenges during this recovery period? Some of the early challenges we had, just like all companies, were reacting to change. And it wasn’t change that was gradual, it was… Read More →