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Economist, Real Estate Execs Headline Panel For August AAED Luncheon

 

Michele Pino, commercial, site selection and industrial specialist for Land Advisors Organization, will moderate a panel discussion on “Real Estate, Recovery in 2014?”

Michelle Pino

Michele Pino

during the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED)’s August luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

The panel will feature industry experts Jim Rounds, senior vice president and senior economist for Elliott D. Pollack & Company; Bill Honsaker, managing director for Jones Lang LaSalle; and Pete Bolton, executive vice president and managing director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

The cost of the luncheon is $40 for AAED members and guests and $50 for non-members and late registrants. To register, visit aaedaugust6th.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-2233 or visit aaed.com. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 2 at noon. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID). The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The mission of AAED is to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

 

Nicole Snyder, an associate with DWL Architects + Planners, accepts her EDDE Award as the organization’s Member of the Year.
Snyder was recognized for her work as chair of the organization’s public relations committee. As editor of AAED’s monthly newsletter, she led the process of reformatting the publication, including developing stories, member spotlights, community spotlights and calendar of events articles. She also led the website redesign process and redirected AAED's social media efforts.

Arizona Association for Economic Development Presents Annual EDDE Awards

 

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) announced the recipients of its annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) awards.

The awards were presented during an evening awards dinner at the AAED Spring Conference in Tucson.

rsz_aaedThe prestigious EDDE awards honor individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and also to the economic growth within the state of Arizona. Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED. Overall seven EDDEs were presented.

>> The William Lampkin Award for Long Term Excellence in Economic Development was given to David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

>> Nicole Snyder, an associate with DWL Architects + Planners, was cited as Member of the Year.

>> Barry Broome, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), received the Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community Award. The award for Economic Developer of the Year, Small Community, was presented to Andrew Clegg, formerly of Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.

>> Levi Esquerra, director for the Center for American Indian Economic Development at Northern Arizona University, was recognized as Economic Developer of the Year – Tribal Communities.

>> The award for Large Organization of the Year was presented to Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG).

>> Vada Phelps, executive director of the Southeast Arizona Workforce Connection, covering Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties, was named Workforce Practitioner of the Year.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID). The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.

 

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U of A President to Speak At AAED Luncheon

University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart will be the speaker at the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED)’s May luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, located at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

Hart will discuss the university’s role in economic development throughout the state.
The cost of the luncheon is $40 for AAED members and guests and $50 for non-members and late registrants.  To register, visit http://aaedmay7th.eventbrite.com. For more information, call AAED at 602-240-AAED (2233) or visit www.aaed.com.  The registration deadline is Monday, April 29.  Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

Celina Shands Gradijan

AAED hosts ‘Workforce Solutions for Economic Success’

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will be hosting an economic development forum on Tuesday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

Celina Shands Gradijan, president and CEO of Full Capacity Marketing, Inc., and Ron Painter, CEO of National Association of Workforce Boards, will deliver keynote presentations.

Shands Gradijan is a former American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year and two-time Women who Mean Business finalist. She leads a national consulting firm that specializes in social branding, marketing and communications for organizations focused on workforce and economic development, education and youth missions.

Painter’s organizations are known for producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing collaboratives whose membership includes community colleges, employers, labor, and economic development professionals.

Other featured speakers include Courtney Klein Johnson of Seed-Spot, Greg LaVann of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Council, Sheila Shedd of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Russ Yelton of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

The cost of the symposium is $60 for AAED members, $70 for non-members before March 29; and $85 for late registrants.  To register visit http://aaedapril2nd.eventbrite.com.  For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.   Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

Celina Shands Gradijan

AAED hosts 'Workforce Solutions for Economic Success'

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will be hosting an economic development forum on Tuesday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

Celina Shands Gradijan, president and CEO of Full Capacity Marketing, Inc., and Ron Painter, CEO of National Association of Workforce Boards, will deliver keynote presentations.

Shands Gradijan is a former American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year and two-time Women who Mean Business finalist. She leads a national consulting firm that specializes in social branding, marketing and communications for organizations focused on workforce and economic development, education and youth missions.

Painter’s organizations are known for producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing collaboratives whose membership includes community colleges, employers, labor, and economic development professionals.

Other featured speakers include Courtney Klein Johnson of Seed-Spot, Greg LaVann of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Council, Sheila Shedd of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Russ Yelton of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

The cost of the symposium is $60 for AAED members, $70 for non-members before March 29; and $85 for late registrants.  To register visit http://aaedapril2nd.eventbrite.com.  For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.   Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

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Retail: It’s a New Reality

As municipalities all across Arizona have seen their general funds strongly impacted over the last several years due in part to significant drops in sales tax revenue, the importance of a vibrant/strong retail sector has once again taken on a prominent role.

With Arizona cities in some instances relying on retail sales taxes for up to one-third of their general fund revenue, there is today a quiet, but forceful emphasis – particularly in rural areas – being placed on economic development professionals to make sure their programs help retain and attract new retail businesses to their communities, with the progressive municipalities leading the way.

In addition to the general fund ramifications of retail sales tax collection, another significant new reality of the retail sector has been recognized.  Todd Sergi, co-chair of the AZ/New Mexico Alliance for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), said the stigma of retail jobs being associated only with unattractive, part-time or low-paying jobs is changing.

“With bankers, pharmacists, medical professionals and other non-traditional retail businesses more commonly becoming a part of the new, redefined mainstream shopping environment, the retail sector is now creating well-paid jobs not traditionally seen before,” Sergi said.

The recession in Arizona provided examples in many instances of what a well-designed, well planned center does, or does not, look like.  Successful retail centers have common themes.  Municipalities have realized what it takes for retailers to have success in their cities, including ample parking, un-obscured visibility and easy access from the surrounding streets and easy-to-see signage.  These elements are routinely found in the more highly occupied centers that fared better through the economic down cycle.
Sergi said, “Everyone realizes that a hard-to-get-to retail center hidden behind large over grown landscaped settings with bad signage and limited parking is a lose-lose.  We don’t need more empty buildings.”

Fortunately, the design and planning barriers for retailers to enter a market have been noted.  Lessons were learned.  Statewide, both elected leaders and municipality staff have seen first-hand examples where dated or onerous policy cost their communities opportunities for new sales tax revenue.  The demand and competition to attract those businesses, in some instances, sent potential new entrants to neighboring communities viewed as more reasonable and forward thinking.

The retail industry has been adapting, as well.

Garrett Newland, vice president of development for Macerich, said we are seeing these adaptations every day with continuing anchor changes and new retail concepts.
“Retail is reinventing itself right before our eyes,” he said.  “What malls look like today is vastly different than what we saw in the ‘80s and ‘90s and it doesn’t matter if it’s a super-regional mall or a corner strip center.”

With empty stores and some poorly designed centers dotting Arizona’s retail landscape, a number of existing centers will have to be retrofitted, or possibly redeveloped, to make them assets to the community that can be counted on to generate needed sales and/or real estate tax revenue.

The evolution of retail e-commerce is also changing the face of retail.

An ICSC report recently indicated that retail e-commerce has grown seven-fold since 2000 and at its current growth rate will double again by 2016.  Legislation that requires e-commerce retailers to capture sales tax dollars for government coffers to some degree may level the playing field for the bricks and mortar retailers.

But even so, to remain competitive the storefront of tomorrow is changing.  Retailers now understand the need to integrate their physical and on-line presence, how to balance the product search, selection, transaction and delivery processes desired by today’s consumer and the ability to offer a variety of delivery and return options.

Michael P. Niemira, vice president, chief economist and director of research for ICSC, said the partnerships being established between the private and public sectors, the ability of retail to adapt and meet the needs of today’s customers and the willingness of economic developers to embrace retail bode well for the future economic success of each of our communities.
Eric Larson is president-elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and board chair for the Scottsdale area Chamber of Commerce. AAED and ICSC will co-present a retail symposium Jan. 8 in which these topics will be discussed in detail by those quoted and others, as well as presentations made by representatives of new/expanding Arizona retailers.  For information, call (602) 240-2233 or visit www.aaed.com.

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AAED plans tribal symposium

Arizona Association for Economic Development to Host Symposium:
“Rising to New Heights: Tribal Economic Development Impact in Arizona”

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host a symposium, “Rising to New Heights: Tribal Economic Development Impact in Arizona,” Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, located at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

Luncheon keynote speaker will be Jonodev Chaudhuri, counselor to the assistant secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, who will address “Emerging Opportunities for Business Collaboration” between the federal government and tribal businesses and will highlight examples of successful partnerships among government and business partners.

The morning keynote speaker will be Diane Humetewa, special advisor to President Michael Crow, special counsel, general counsel’s office & professor of practice, college of law, Arizona State University.
The cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members and $90 for late registrants. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 28.  Lunch is included.   Please request vegetarian meal in advance.  Call AAED with questions at 602-240-AAED (2233), or visit the AAED website, www.aaed.com.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

AAED Luncheon - Arizona Transportation

AAED Will Discuss Arizona Transportation

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host its June luncheon on Tuesday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, located at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

The topic of this month’s luncheon will be “Roads and Rails: Future of Arizona’s Transportation.” Guest speakers will be Scott Omer, director of the Multimodal Planning Division for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and Tim Kanaval, economic development manager for Pima County.

The two will discuss the economic impact from both the proposed Interstate 11 that would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas and Union Pacific’s new 950 acre classification yard in southern Pinal County.

The cost of the luncheon is $40 for AAED members and guests and $50 for non-members and late registrants.  To register or for more information, call AAED at 602-240-AAED (2233) or visit www.aaed.com.  The registration deadline is Friday, June 1.  Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.

For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

Phoenix AAED

AAED Announces New Board Members

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has announced its new officers and new board members for 2012-2013.

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Teri Drew, regional director for NACOG-EWD

Teri Drew, regional director for NACOG-EWD, has been elected president. Serving with her on the executive committee will be Eric Larson, director of acquisitions for AVB Development, president-elect; Danielle Casey, assistant city manager for the city of Maricopa, vice president;  Julie Engel, CEcD, president and CEO, Yuma Economic Development Corporation, secretary/treasurer; and Chris Camacho, vice president of development for Greater Phoenix Economic Council, immediate past-president.

Newly-elected AAED board members include: Caroline Bowen of SOS Staffing Services and Amanda Jacobs of the town of Oro Valley, both representing metro Tucson, and David Drennon of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Jennifer Graves, CEcD, of  the city of Mesa, who represent metro Phoenix.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

AAED Conference

AAED Conference Will Focus On Healthcare, Energy, Aerospace, Technology

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host its annual Spring Conference, May 9-12 at the Sedona Hilton Resort and Spa in Sedona.  The conference, “Catch Arizona’s Heatwave,” will focus on healthcare, energy, aerospace and technology.

Cost for the conference is: $345 for member-practitioners, $395 for member-providers, and $495 for non-members.  The registration fee does not include accommodations.  Additional details are available at aaed.eventbrite.com or by calling (602) 240-2233.

In addition to educational programming, the conference features AAED’s annual EDDE Awards banquet recognizing Arizona’s top economic developers.

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID).  The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.

The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona.  For more information, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

People to Know 2011 Reception & Awards Ceremony

People To Know 2011 Industry Leaders And Photos

AZRE Magazine’s People to Know 2011 reception and awards ceremony was held on November 10, 2011 at the Scottsdale Waterfront. In attendance was Arizona’s largest local and national real estate audience, including the following People to Know recipients: attorneys, accountants, city planners, property managers, economic developers and brokers.

Throughout the night, we also announced the top 11 industry leaders. Congratulations to our finalists and winners!

People to Know 2011 Industry Leaders

Architects & Engineers

Michael Medici, AIA
President

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersSmithGroup
455 N. 3rd St., #250, Phoenix
www.smithgroup.com · (602) 265-2200

Responsibilities: Managing director and member of the firm’s board of directors, architectural management and design
Years at Company: 30
Years in CRE: 32
Accomplishments: Medici has been with SmithGroup since 1980 and has remained active in managing several of its key projects including TGen, Arizona Biomedical Collaborative, Freeport McMoRan Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, and the POW/MIA Forensic Laboratory at Hickam AFB in Honolulu. He is active in the the community and has served as event chairman of the Annual Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb & Firefighter Challenge; as a member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board; and as past president of ASU Council for Design Excellence. His leadership enables SmithGroup’s Phoenix office to achieve success in the Valley, Arizona and the Southwest.


Attorneys

Michael E. Tiffany
Managing Attorney

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersTiffany & Bosco PA
2525 E. Camelback Rd., 3rd Floor, Phoenix
www.tblaw.com · (602) 255-6000

Responsibilities: Managing attorney and head of the real estate practice group
Years at Company: 40+
Years in CRE:
30+
Accomplishments: In addition to his duties as managing attorney, Tiffany concentrates in the area of commercial transactions, primarily in strategic planning, business solutions, real estate and finance. His accomplishments include closing HUD insured loans for more than 170 multi-family housing projects on behalf of borrowers, for an aggregate loan amount in excess of $2.2M; and preparing a development agreement between a landowner and the Town of Buckeye as a form for future development agreements. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association. He is active in with the Thunderbirds and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse of Maricopa County.

Don J. Miner
Director

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersFennemore Craig PC
3003 N. Central Ave., #2600, Phoenix
www.fclaw.com · (602) 916-5000

Responsibilities: Focuses on various aspects of commercial real estate
Years at Company: 14
Years in CRE: 32
Accomplishments: Miner was the buyer’s counsel in sale of a portfolio of $101M of loans secured by residential real estate mortgages, and the seller’s counsel in the sale of an 832-acre farm for development of a master-planned community. He was the landlord’s counsel in negotiation and documentation of a 115,000 SF office lease, and tenant’s counsel in negotiation of a 130,000 SF office lease. He represented the ground lessee and developer in the negotiation and drafting of a 65-year ground lease covering 37.5 acres of Native American reservation land for purposes of the development of a commercial sea water aquarium, a butterfly pavilion and related entertainment and restaurant uses. Miner is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003-2011.


Brokers

Anthony J. Lydon
Managing Director – Industrial/Supply Chain Logistics Solution

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersJones Lang LaSalle
3131 E. Camelback Rd., # 400, Phoenix
www.us.joneslanglasalle.com · (602) 282-6300

Responsibilities: Manages and directs the industrial supply chain marketing for institutional property owner clients and serves as an advocate for corporate occupiers of space
Years at Company: 1
Years in CRE: 30
Accomplishments: Lydon has spent his 30-year career focused on the industrial commercial real estate sector. In that time, he has become one of Phoenix’s most accomplished industrial brokers. In the last 18 months alone, Lydon has directed some of Phoenix’s top industrial transactions, bringing jobs and capital to the market via deals like the 1.4 MSF Amazon.com lease and the long-term, 153,000 SF Schoeller Arca Systems lease. Lydon has been recognized as a Top Industrial Broker by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), named a CoStar “Power Broker” and a NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year. He is a 25-year SIOR Designee, as well as a member of the Jones Lang LaSalle Global Supply Chain Group. On a personal note, Lydon is part owner of a Michigan-based Class A minor league baseball team.


Developers

Kurt Rosene
Senior VP

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersAlter Group
7500 N. Dobson Rd., #151, Scottsdale
www.altergroup.com · (480) 302-6600

Responsibilities: Manage development, leasing and acquisitions for the Western Region
Years at Company: 20
Years in CRE: 24
Accomplishments: Rosene has led The Alter Group to accomplish remarkable things in Phoenix during the past 10 years. After opening the office a decade ago, he has helped solidify the company as one of the premier developers in the Valley. Nationally, Rosene has been able to develop more than $1B worth of real estate in 24 states. His expertise and level of customer service have led to numerous repeat clients. He’s earned the respect of the entire industry and made friendships throughout the country. Recently The Alter Group and John F. Long Properties of Phoenix announced a joint development of three major business parks in the West Valley totaling in excess of 1,500 acres. It is expected to create an estimated 65,000 jobs.


Economic Developers

Christine Mackay
Economic Development Director

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersCity of Chandler
P.O. Box 4008, Chandler
www.chandleraz.gov/ed · (480) 782-3030

Responsibilities: Directs economic development division, implementing programs to increase and diversify City’s economic base
Years at Company: 14
Years in CRE: 19
Accomplishments: Mackay has been with the City of Chandler for 14 years. During the past five years, she has helped locate or expand more than 145 companies in Chandler, and brought more than $8.9B in capital investment into the community. She was instrumental in helping land the $5B Intel Fab 42 chip manufacturing facility. In 2007, she was named the Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community, for the State of Arizona by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). In 2010, Mackay was named Leader of the Year in Economic Development-Public Policy by the Arizona Capital Times. She has spent most of her career in commercial real estate. Before coming to Chandler, she was in private sector commercial real estate where she was the research director for a commercial brokerage firm.


Financiers & Accountants

William L. Spart
Senior Vice President

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersWells Fargo Bank – Real Estate
8601 N. Scottsdale Rd., #200, Phoenix
www.wellsfargo.com · (480) 348-5333

Responsibilities: Business development for Wells Fargo
Years at Company: 21
Years in CRE: 30
Accomplishments: Spart, a 30-year veteran of commercial real estate finance, has witnessed the ups and downs of the industry firsthand. Perhaps that’s why he has taken a leadership role. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, Spart has been active with NAIOP (as a board member), Valley Partnership, Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers (as a member). Spart is a regular speaker at public forums around the Valley and was a member of the 2010 NAIOP roundtable in AZRE Magazine. In his position at Wells Fargo, he manages a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate loans and lenders.


General Contractors

Hamilton Espinosa
National Healthcare Leader

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersDPR Construction
222 N. 44th St., Phoenix
www.dpr.com · (602) 808-0500

Responsibilities: Developing DPR’s strategic healthcare vision
Years at Company: 13
Years in CRE: 21
Accomplishments: Espinosa, LEED AP, brings more than 20 years of construction industry experience to DPR. Based in Arizona, Espinosa is key to building the company’s healthcare experience locally and nationally. Instrumental in building more then $3B in healthcare projects, including the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, his reputation of producing results and developing long-term working partnerships is acknowledged throughout the industry. DPR is one the country’s top technical builders and has been ranked among the Top 50 general contractors in the U.S. for the past 10 years. Espinosa serves as vice chair of the St. Joseph’s Foundation board and is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation board.


Property Managers

Mark Stromgren, RPA
Vice President, General Manager of Real Estate Services

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersNorthMarq
1110 W. Washington St., #110, Phoenix
www.northmarq.com · (602) 254-5790

Responsibilities: Oversees 600,000 SF of Class A office space, including three buildings which are 100% occupied
Years at Company: 4
Years in CRE: 25
Accomplishments: Stromgren joined NorthMarq when the organization acquired his previous employer, Opus Property Services, a move that doubled its portfolio to 60 MSF. For nearly 10 years, Stromgren served as a senior property manager with Opus West Management. Prior to that, he was a general manager with LaSalle Partners. He is an active member of BOMA and NAIOP. He was recently elected to serve as president of BOMA Greater Phoenix for the 2011-2012 board year. He is also a past president of the chapter and has served on the board of directors for 13 years. In addition, he has earned the organization’s RPA designation. He is aso a LEED AP and holds real estate brokerage licenses in Arizona and Colorado. He earned a BS degree from UCLA.


Subcontractors

Daniel Puente
Founder & President

People to Know 2011 Industry LeadersD.P. Electric Inc.
6002 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
www.dpelectric.com · (480) 858-9070

Responsibilities: Provides the necessary planning, organization, direction, coordination and control to meet company growth
Years at Company: 20
Years in CRE: 30
Accomplishments: Big events lit up the offices at D.P. Electric. Puente, founder and president, was awarded the W.P. Carey Spirit of Enterprise Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award, and the company celebrated its 20th Anniversary — growing from a firm with four electricians in a garage to a multi-million dollar local success story. Puente is a strong supporter of education and training aimed at fostering personal and professional growth within his organization. He acts as a mentor to educate small minority-owned businesses within the community. He oversees all aspects of the company, including profitability, staffing, marketing efforts, and customer and vendor relations.


Up and Comers

Kimberly Mickelson
Marketing Associate

People to Know 2011 Industry Leaders

Small Giants
4531 N 16th St #124, Phoenix
www.smallgiantsonline.com · (602) 314-5549

Responsibilities: Social media, proposal development and website management for clients
Years at Company: 2
Years in CRE: 8
Accomplishments: Not only is Mickelson one of just three Certified Social Marketing Specialists in the Arizona, she is also heavily involved in the commercial real estate industry. With SMPS Arizona, she is an active member, programs committee member, publicity committee member and social media chair. She is also moderator for the SMPS Twitter account and is in charge of blog submissions for the Building Arizona blog. She is an active affiliate member of AIA Arizona, and an active young leaders group member of ULI. She has coached and trained many organizations and individuals on valuable emerging marketing practices. She recently received the 2010 SMPS Arizona Chapter Rising Star Award. Her desire to make an impact goes beyond personal accomplishments or within her work with Small Giants.


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