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Arizona Biltmore unveils new summer of fun

With a chic multi-million-dollar enhancement underway that will bring a sophisticated new look, combined with ramped up guest pampering poolside and increased activity and entertainment options that include everything from DJ Pool Parties and Kids Cooking Classes to guided hikes and Summer Iced Tea, this summer the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is kicking off a new era of luxury at the legendary property.

“Summer will usher in a new era of luxury and guest fulfillment at the Arizona Biltmore to mark our 85th anniversary this year,” said Ben Fusco, Area Vice President, Hilton Resorts and Hotels-Operations. “The first of our newly remodeled guest rooms will come on line, coupled with a dramatically elevated poolside guest experience and an array of new amenities, services and entertainment choices. Yet the Arizona Biltmore will remain affordable with summer rates starting at just $109 per night and an all-inclusive package for two from only $209.”

The fabulous Paradise Pool, with its three pools in one and 92-foot waterslide, will be the hub of the summer scene with DJ Pool Parties, live music, popular foods grilled poolside, and movies watched from floats at Splash Cinema. Guests will enjoy cooling Evian spritzes and other items at the pool along with sunblock, be pampered by Pool Servers delivering refreshing drinks and tantalizing morsels, and receive mini cooling treatments from the Poolside Spa Team. The 15 newly remodeled cabanas will be a highlight of summer at the Paradise Pool featuring a spacious and comfortable indoor sitting area with HDTV and full bath, private patio area with chaise lounges and table and chairs, and special food and beverage service.

The lazy days of summer will be filled with classes, activities and experiences. Wine tastings, Moonlight Yoga, kids cooking classes, salsa-making demos, guided hikes in the adjacent nature preserve, “glow-in-the-dark” golf at night on the putting course, S’mores on Squaw Peak Lawn, fireworks on holiday weekends, summer tennis camp for kids, aqua exercise classes at the Catalina Pool, Beer Dinners in Frank & Albert’s, Summer Tea in the Tea Lounge and more will be part of the summer excitement at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Summer will introduce the new Arizona Biltmore with nonstop fun, activities and entertainment for the entire family complemented by enhanced guest services and amenities,” said Fusco.

The major renovation of the landmark resort, scheduled to be completed in fall 2014, is being implemented in phases with one self-contained building being redone at a time, eliminating disruption and allowing for continuous operation of the resort for the duration of the project. Guest rooms and suites, meeting spaces, ballrooms, pre-function rooms, spa and salon, as well as the prohibition-era Mystery Room, are being re-mastered with a sophisticated new look that recalls the seductive style of the resort’s early years. Modern and refined accommodations are being created while preserving the historic architecture and design that distinguish the grand dame of Phoenix.

Room rates this summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26 through September 1, 2014), start at $109. Best of Waldorf Astoria Summer Rates are from $134 per night and include a $50 resort credit per paid night that can be used for spa, retail, and food and beverage. An All-Inclusive Summer Package, starting at just $209 for two, is an incredible summer getaway deal that includes Classic accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 30% off Spa a la carte services, self parking and Resort Charge. For more information and reservations, call 800-950-0086 or visit online at www.arizonabiltmore.com.

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Top 5 Accommodations: Staycations (Spring-Summer 2014)

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations Staycations! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Staycations

Arizona Biltmore
2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(800) 950-0086
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Stay at this legendary resort this summer, at more than 40 percent off high-season rates. Summer rates are offered May 19 – September 12.

FireSky Resort & Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 945-7666
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FireSky is the perfect staycation location because it evokes nature’s four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and somehow encourages downtime. You can remain horizontal by our pools for days, but also offer golf, tennis, high desert horseback riding and hiking in all directions.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020

(602) 997-262
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With great summer rates, the all-suite Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort features the River Ranch water park with a waterslide, lazy river and putt putt golf. Throughout the summer, the resort offers dive-in movies, water games, arts and crafts and more.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(480) 515-5700
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With great summer rates, why not experience the best of AAA Five-Diamond luxury at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Enjoy casual comfort, renowned personal service, and temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than the Valley below from the resort’s scenic position in north Scottsdale.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix, a Kimpton Hotel
2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 253-6633
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Palmar offers several summer staycation options that are so packed with fun activities that it turns downtown Phoenix into a place to go to get away from it all.

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AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

The shining stars of the hospitality and tourism industry were celebrated at the annual Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s (AzLTA) Stars of the Industry awards luncheon, held last week at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

The Stars of the Industry award was created more than 40 years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. While the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same: to honor lodging and tourism employees who best symbolize the quality service of the industry.

The 2013 Stars of the Industry Winners

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jarrod Voeller, Door Captain, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Outstanding Manager of the Year: Michael Cairns, Executive Chef and Director of F&B, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Kim Cole, Director of Public Relations, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Robin Younger, Director of Housekeeping, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Eddie Zrimsek, Assistant Spa Director, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Small Property: Dusty Cox, Server, The Hotel Congress

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Large Property: Peter Genovese, In-room Dining and Pool Server, The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Small Property: Jason Kennedy, Bellman, The Boulders

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Large Property; Otto Valdez, Guest Services Supervisor, Tempe Mission Palms

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Small Property: Lucas Alonzo, Houseperson, Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Large Property: Nilda Staniscia, Uniform Attendant and Seamstress, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Property Achievement awards in five categories were also announced at the event. These awards highlight programs that showcase the involvement of multiple employees and departments which go above and beyond to build a better community internally and externally.

Community Service: Arizona Biltmore

Guest Relations, Lodging: The Boulders, “True Waldorf Committee”

Guest Relations, Tourism: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, “The Navigator Program”

Special Event, One Time: W Scottsdale, “CHILL”

Special Event, Ongoing: The Phoenician, “Discover the Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe and Friends”

Special Event Ongoing, Tourism: Phoenix Chapter of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, “Chinese Auction”

Good Earthkeeping Award: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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Panel Discusses Private Equity Investment in Arizona

The Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona will feature a fascinating look at private equity investment in Arizona and beyond at its Monthly Breakfast on October 8.

The event will feature a panel of four highly regarded experts in the private equity field, who will provide an update on the latest trends in private equity investment in the state and across the country. The panelists include:

• Jerry Henley of Sorenson Capital
• Christopher Roden of C3 Capital
• D. Mark Dorman of Endeavor Capital
• David C. Tedesco of True North Companies

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 8 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom in Phoenix. Registration begins at 7 and the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This dynamic panel should provide some tremendous insight into the state of the private equity market in Arizona and the region,” said Christine Nowaczyk, Board President for ACG-Arizona. “We look forward to hearing their input and learning about what they are seeing in the marketplace and how it impacts our overall economy.”

Tickets for the October 8 event are available for $49 for ACG members and sponsors, and $69 for ACG non-members, if purchased by October 4; and $59 for ACG members and sponsors, and $79 for ACG non-members, if purchased after October 4. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-343-6280.

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St. Luke’s Cardiology Chief Directs Symposium

Promedica International’s Cardiovascular Disease Management symposium is being held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Oct. 4 – 5, 2013. Directed by Richard Heuser, M.D., FACC, chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center and in practice with Phoenix Heart Center, a Physician Group of Arizona practice, Inc., the two-day continuing education conference will center on recent advancements and controversial topics in multiple areas of cardiovascular disease, and present new ideas for tailoring the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual.

This interactive, case-based program combines prestigious speakers and cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine studies to give attendees a practical overview of the optimal methods and management of the informed physicians’ practice, and to discuss and debate the exciting options on the horizon.

“The goal of this summit is to help medical professionals stay abreast of new, innovative studies and approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis and management,” said Dr. Heuser. “This will ultimately result into improvements in patient care and better patient outcomes for those who attend.”

Additionally, attendees will explore advances in cardiovascular device development and delivery of health care to help navigate this difficult new health care environment.

This symposium is designed for primary care physicians, clinical cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, basic scientists, vascular medicine specialists, nurses, perfusionists, cath lab technicians, and other health care professionals with a special interest in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Promedica International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses and perfusionists may also earn continuing education units (CEUs). The cost for physicians to attend is $695 through August 23, and $795 thereafter.  The cost for residents, fellows and nurses to attend is $495 through August 23, and $595 thereafter. For more information, lodging information and to register, visit www.promedicacme.com.

Following the two-day symposium, physicians are invited to attend the Phoenix Transradial Summit, on Oct. 6, in the same location. For more information and to register, visit www.pameas.org.

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St. Luke's Cardiology Chief Directs Symposium

Promedica International’s Cardiovascular Disease Management symposium is being held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Oct. 4 – 5, 2013. Directed by Richard Heuser, M.D., FACC, chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center and in practice with Phoenix Heart Center, a Physician Group of Arizona practice, Inc., the two-day continuing education conference will center on recent advancements and controversial topics in multiple areas of cardiovascular disease, and present new ideas for tailoring the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual.

This interactive, case-based program combines prestigious speakers and cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine studies to give attendees a practical overview of the optimal methods and management of the informed physicians’ practice, and to discuss and debate the exciting options on the horizon.

“The goal of this summit is to help medical professionals stay abreast of new, innovative studies and approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis and management,” said Dr. Heuser. “This will ultimately result into improvements in patient care and better patient outcomes for those who attend.”

Additionally, attendees will explore advances in cardiovascular device development and delivery of health care to help navigate this difficult new health care environment.

This symposium is designed for primary care physicians, clinical cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, basic scientists, vascular medicine specialists, nurses, perfusionists, cath lab technicians, and other health care professionals with a special interest in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Promedica International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses and perfusionists may also earn continuing education units (CEUs). The cost for physicians to attend is $695 through August 23, and $795 thereafter.  The cost for residents, fellows and nurses to attend is $495 through August 23, and $595 thereafter. For more information, lodging information and to register, visit www.promedicacme.com.

Following the two-day symposium, physicians are invited to attend the Phoenix Transradial Summit, on Oct. 6, in the same location. For more information and to register, visit www.pameas.org.

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‘Deal of the Year’ Recognized at May 7 Event

Maybe it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. Or maybe it did. Either way, it’s about to enter the spotlight.

It’s the “Deal of the Year,” an award given by the Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona to recognize a deal or transaction that took place in Arizona in the past year that had a beneficial impact on the companies involved. The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 and $500 million of revenue that closed in calendar year 2012.

The Deal of the Year Award will be given out on May 7 at a dinner at the Arizona Biltmore. The ACG signature event begins with a networking session at 4:30 p.m. and culminates with the award presentation starting at 6:45 p.m.

The three finalists for Deal of the Year are:

• Alerion Capital Group’s purchase of Apex Microtechnology, a leading designer and manufacturer of high power, analog products with more than 2,000 customers. Apex’s amplifiers act as bridges between voltage sources and precise movements and positions or other accurate functions.

• Endeavour Capital purchased Arizona Nutritional Supplements, an industry leader in a the development of vitamins, minerals and supplements. The sale included an injection of capital that will allow ANS to expand its product offerings.

• The Wicks Group’s acquisition of McMurry, Inc., a leading Phoenix-based advertising and marketing firm. McMurry has a 25-year track record in custom publishing and content, and the sale resulted in the creation of a new company called McMurry/TMG with a strong presence in Arizona.

“Many of the transactions that fuel Arizona’s economy take place under the radar screen, but involve substantial investment in our state and its companies,” said Christine Nowaczyk, Board President for ACG-Arizona. “This award is a way to recognize and encourage investment and business activity involving Arizona companies, and celebrate some of the accomplishments and hard work of the many professionals who are involved.”

The award criteria are:

  • Deal-making that either created or demonstrates a real potential for substantial return on investment
  • Deal-making that evidences the unlocking of value and/or contribution to the strategic development of the business
  • Deal-making that produces a wider business impact, such as the development of new markets, products, services and/or technologies and the creation or retention of quality employment opportunities in Arizona
  • Deal-making that reflects a high level of professional expertise in the design of the transaction and tested creativity and deal-making skills in completing the transaction
  • At least one company involved in the transaction must be headquartered or have a majority of its operations in Arizona

Tickets for the May 7 event are available for $135 for ACG members and $149 for ACG non-members, and may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-343-6280.

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'Deal of the Year' Recognized at May 7 Event

Maybe it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. Or maybe it did. Either way, it’s about to enter the spotlight.

It’s the “Deal of the Year,” an award given by the Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona to recognize a deal or transaction that took place in Arizona in the past year that had a beneficial impact on the companies involved. The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 and $500 million of revenue that closed in calendar year 2012.

The Deal of the Year Award will be given out on May 7 at a dinner at the Arizona Biltmore. The ACG signature event begins with a networking session at 4:30 p.m. and culminates with the award presentation starting at 6:45 p.m.

The three finalists for Deal of the Year are:

• Alerion Capital Group’s purchase of Apex Microtechnology, a leading designer and manufacturer of high power, analog products with more than 2,000 customers. Apex’s amplifiers act as bridges between voltage sources and precise movements and positions or other accurate functions.

• Endeavour Capital purchased Arizona Nutritional Supplements, an industry leader in a the development of vitamins, minerals and supplements. The sale included an injection of capital that will allow ANS to expand its product offerings.

• The Wicks Group’s acquisition of McMurry, Inc., a leading Phoenix-based advertising and marketing firm. McMurry has a 25-year track record in custom publishing and content, and the sale resulted in the creation of a new company called McMurry/TMG with a strong presence in Arizona.

“Many of the transactions that fuel Arizona’s economy take place under the radar screen, but involve substantial investment in our state and its companies,” said Christine Nowaczyk, Board President for ACG-Arizona. “This award is a way to recognize and encourage investment and business activity involving Arizona companies, and celebrate some of the accomplishments and hard work of the many professionals who are involved.”

The award criteria are:

  • Deal-making that either created or demonstrates a real potential for substantial return on investment
  • Deal-making that evidences the unlocking of value and/or contribution to the strategic development of the business
  • Deal-making that produces a wider business impact, such as the development of new markets, products, services and/or technologies and the creation or retention of quality employment opportunities in Arizona
  • Deal-making that reflects a high level of professional expertise in the design of the transaction and tested creativity and deal-making skills in completing the transaction
  • At least one company involved in the transaction must be headquartered or have a majority of its operations in Arizona

Tickets for the May 7 event are available for $135 for ACG members and $149 for ACG non-members, and may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-343-6280.

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Women Investing In Women announces summit plans

Women Investing In Women announced that their Inaugural Women Investing in Women Summit, at the Arizona Biltmore on 12/12/12, will bring together over 150 professional women from across the Valley to discuss important issues and opportunities, build new relationships and celebrate our accomplishments in 2012.

Anu Bhardwaj, WIIW’s founder stated, “I appreciate all the support from our valued sponsors, luminary speakers, and community partners that are helping bring the Women Investing In Women Summit to Arizona — by supporting our mission of creating a cohesive platform for women in Financial Literacy, through education, entrepreneurship and providing access to capital markets”.

Kathy Lynn-Cullotta, co-president of 85 Broads Phoenix, said “We are very excited to help support the WIIW mission and be a partner in bringing this wonderful event to the women business owners in Arizona.”

WIIW Summit topics on 12-12-12 will include Impact Investing with guest panel Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder of Pipeline Fellowship; Michelle Mace, ASU Women & Philanthropy; Jackie Sturm, Intel’s global strategic initiatives.

Continuing the WIIW Summit with a luncheon conversation about Board Diversity and women’s participating in the  2020 Women on Boards Campaign which is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women directors on U.S. public company boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020.  Our Arizona Summit keynote speaker Dr. Mary Walshok, founder of Global CONNECT / Dean of the UCSD Extension School and the Summit discussion will be led by Shelly Esque, Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and include Joanne Flynn, Managing Director, Phoenix Group International.

The One Day summit Educational Track’s will include a variety of speakers and topics including Branding Your Brilliance, Women’s Access to Capital, Women’s Angel Investors in Arizona, Women Entrepreneurs Building New Companies Faster, The Lean Launch pad Way, and Pitching like a Rock Star with Candace Klein, founder of SoMoLend.

WIIW 2012 Summit Sponsors and Partners include Intel, Venture Catalyst Private Equity Partners, 85 Broads Phoenix, Premier Media Service, Nautilus Group / New York Life, 2020 Women on Boards, NetGains America, Quarles & Brady, The Valley Girl Show, Arizona State University, NAWBO, AZBIO, MBAWI, Global CONNECT, Women & Philanthropy, SEEDSPOT, Thunderbird Online.

Sign up today to attend 12-12-12 Women Investing In Women at Arizona Biltmore a Full Day Program is only $175 Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner all the Educational Tracks and Summit Access.

Women Investing in Women is a branded platform of high impact educational programs and public-private partnerships emphasizing financial literacy and entrepreneurship by women for women, globally.  These programs will be held internationally to provide continuing education to address the need for high quality online content and interactive event formats that foster broader access to capital for women and the growth of women-led businesses.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyard

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Wins Awards, Heads On Tour

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, a winery located in Cottonwood, is changing the wine industry one prestigious award at a time. The San Francisco International Wine Competition awarded Arizona Stronghold’s 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon a Double Gold medal.

Arizona Stronghold’s Double Gold was one of only 27 Double Gold medals awarded out of the 4,556 wines that were entered into the competition. The submitted wines hailed from more than 29 countries.

Arizona Stronghold took home six other awards in addition to its Double Gold and has won more than 20 awards for its wines just this year.

Since the label’s inception, Paula Woolsey, director of sales, says her two favorite awards to date include the Double Gold from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, co-chaired by Tasting Panel Magazine, and a Gold medal awarded to Tazi 2010 by Sunset Magazine.

“The quality of judging is unsurpassed,” Woolsey says, “and I respect both of these publications immensely.”

Due to its numerous awards from local and international competitions, Arizona Stronghold is making quite an impact on Arizona’s wine industry, according to the Arizona’s Wine Tourism Industry Survey conducted by Northern Arizona University’s Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center.

According to the survey, the wine industry is boosting Arizona’s economy by creating jobs and bringing money into the economy through wine tourism — with Arizona Stronghold a major player. Because the brand distributes its wines on an international level, this helps build a reputation for Arizona wine across the globe. The winery’s tasting room is also the third most popular in northern Arizona.

Woolsey says that the wine industry is a great business to get into in Arizona because the climate is extremely conducive to both growing grapes and making wine. She adds that she has nothing but high hopes for the wine industry.

“It’s a real deal here; a whole big cultural movement,” Woolsey adds.

And the movement doesn’t stop there. Arizona Stronghold and its winning 2010 Dala Cabernet Sauvignon are heading on a Grand Tasting Tour across the country. Its first stop? The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Thursday, September 6.

During the tour, attendees are able to participate in a grand tasting in which they were able to taste all the Double Gold winning wines. They will also have the opportunity to attend wine seminars, a mixology seminar and a cooking demonstration.

Arizona Stronghold wines are currently available in 40 states, four provinces and in Australia. For more information about Arizona Stronghold, and to learn more about its tasting rooms, visit azstronghold.com.

Arizona Stronghold
1023 N. Main St., Cottonwood
(928) 639-2789
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Arizona Biltmore Names New Catering Team

The Arizona Biltmore has appointed a new catering management team bringing more than 30 years of experience to the landmark resort.

The new director of catering is Karen Doan, who comes to the resort with a background in professional catering experience in the upscale market that spans two decades, including a previous stint at the Arizona Biltmore as catering manager for eight years.

The new assistant director of catering is Stacey Shapiro, who has been the Arizona Biltmore’s senior catering sales manager since 2005.

For the past 10 years, Doan has operated her own highly regarded event planning company, Karen Doan Events, LLC, located in Scottsdale, where her commitment and involvement in every detail of every event has earned her a reputation as one of the premier and most popular event planners in Arizona.

Ms. Shapiro started her hospitality career in California with Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in 1998 as a meeting concierge, and was later promoted to assistant banquet manager. In 2003, she joined the catering department at the Arizona Biltmore as catering sales manager then became senior catering sales manager two years later.

The new catering team has assumed responsibility for one of the largest resort catering operations in Arizona, handling numerous social events, galas, weddings and other events year-round.

“I treat every event as a work of art, where fresh ideas, distinct style, and seamless execution are vital elements of the process,” said Doan “This is joyous work,” she added, “because it is a true partnership of many professionals who bring the event to life in the most creative, respectful and enduring way.”

The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since opening in 1929, when it was crowned the “Jewel of the Desert.” The legendary Grand Dame remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous. Nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the legendary resort offers: 740 guest accommodations; full-service Spa, Salon and Fitness Center; two 18-hole golf courses; six restaurants and lounges including Wright’s at The Biltmore, preparing classic dishes updated with today’s culinary perspective, and Frank & Albert’s serving Arizona comfort food; eight swimming pools including the Paradise Pool with a 90-foot waterslide and swim-up bar; and seven tennis courts. The Arizona Biltmore is a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

For more information and reservations call 1-800-950-0086.

Find out more about Arizona Biltmore at their website at arizonabiltmore.com.

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ASBA Celebrates Entrepreneurs

The Arizona Small Business Association ( ASBA ) and the U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA ) will kick-off national Small Business Month in May by announcing Arizona’s small business award winners at the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1. The luncheon will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and, notably, LifeLock Chief Executive Officer Todd Davis will provide the keynote address on how a gutsy, spur of the moment marketing decision turned the Arizona-based startup into a two million plus customer phenomenon.

“It’s an honor for the Arizona Small Business Association to recognize these exceptional Arizona businesses,” says Rick Murray, chief executive officer of ASBA. “They represent the very best in innovation, business and entrepreneurial spirit that Arizona has to offer, and exemplify the great business leadership that is contributing to our state’s strengthening economy and excellence.”

“Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona. “These men and women are the risk takers, the innovators and the employers that power our economy and daily serve our communities in business and as local leaders.”

Recipients of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards represent small business achievements across the state.

Small Business Person of the Year: Zeferino Banda, owner of Banda Group International (BGI) of Chandler

• Small Business Exporter of the Year: Dr. Manuel Padilla, President of Geotechnical Consulting and Testing Systems (GCTS) of Tempe

• Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: AGM Container Controls of Tucson

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Virgilia Kaur Singh, CEO of MIB Consultants of Scottsdale

• Minority and Small Business Champion of the Year: Lea Marquez Peterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber

• Women in Business Champion of the Year: Janet Marcotte, Executive Director of the YWCA in Tucson

• Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Tom Shambo of the Microbusiness Advancement Center’s Small Business Development Center of Tucson

• Financial Services Champion of the Year: Karen Goettl, Vice President and Regional Loan Operations Manager of Western Alliance Bank of Phoenix

The “Small Business Person of the Year” award recipient, Zeferino Banda, will represent the State of Arizona during national Small Business Week in Washington D.C. May 20-26.

At the awards luncheon, ASBA will also reveal the winner of its “amAZing Small Business Video Contest.” The contest began accepting video submissions in March which answered the question, “My small business is amAZing™ because…” The contest is open to all Arizona small businesses through Friday, April 20. Contest submission details can be found at www.asba.com/amazingbusiness. The event will also feature a video booth where attendees can stop by and tape a video about their business on site.  Each attendee will receive a copy of their video after the event to use however they would like.

Join the celebration honoring these small business leaders on May 1st at 11am-1:30pm at the Arizona Biltmore Resort (2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ). To register, visit www.asba.com/enterprise or call 602-306-4000.

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2012 RED Awards: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Kitchell, DAVIS and Banner Health captured top honors Thursday night as Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine held the 7th Annual, 2012 RED Awards (Real Estate and Development) to recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2011.

The event drew more than 400 CRE professionals to the Arizona Biltmore as winners and honorable mentions were selected from a record 116 nominations received in 12 project categories and individual and team broker categories.

Kitchell was named General Contractor of the Year; DAVIS was Architect of the Year; and Banner Health won Developer of the Year.

2012 RED Awards category winners:

Best Education Project: Grand Canyon University Arena; Best Hospitality Project: Westin Downtown Phoenix; Best Industrial Project: Dunn-Edwards Phoenix; Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Best Multi-Family Project: Devine Legacy on Central; Best Office Project: Fountainhead Office Plaza; Best Public Project: Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities; Best Redevelopment Project: Adelante Healthcare Surprise; Best Retail Project: iPic Theater/Tanzy/Salt; Most Challenging Project: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; Most Sustainable Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters; and Best Tenant Improvement Project: Limelight Networks.

Merit Award winners were OASIS Hospital (Healthcare) and P.L. Julian Elementary School (Education).

Broker of the Year honors went to Jay Hoselton, Cushman & Wakefield, Individual Leasing; Ken Elmer, Commercial Properties Inc., Individual Sales; Bo Mills and Mark Detmer, Cushman & Wakefield, Team Leasing; and Tyler Anderson and Sean Cunningham, CBRE, Team Sales.

2012 RED Awards honorable mentions:

Education: NAU Health & Learning Center; Healthcare: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center; Hospitality: Casino Del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion; Industrial: Crescent Crown Distribution; Most Challenging: Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodification; Multi-Family: Phoenix Towers Terrace; Office: UniSource Energy Corporate Office; Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower; Redevelopment: The Q Building at Paradise Valley Community College; Retail: American Sports Complex-Retail Center; Most Sustainable: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and Tenant Improvement: Gap Fulfillment Center.


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2011 Most Admired Companies Awards [PHOTOS]

Held on September 7, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore, The 2011 Most Admired Companies Awards recognized 60 outstanding, local companies for their contributions and impact they’ve brought to the state. The 2011 Arizona MAC Awards, hosted by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, had a turnout of nearly 600 guests, including the winners of the prestigious award based on employee, customer and community opinions and focuses on companies with more than 25 employees.

Christopher Sign, Emmy award winning journalist from ABC 15, emceed the event, engaging the audience with his many “facts of the night.” Guest speakers included Time Bricker, president and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (a member of Catholic Healthcare West); Joe Clees, shareholder at Ogletree Deakins’ Phoenix office; Tammy Weinbaum, Senior Vice President and General Manager at American Express; and Lee Vikre, senior vice president of organizational development and consulting at BestCompaniesAZ.

All of the winners excelled in the areas of customer opinion, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture.

The 2011 MAC Awards spotlighted four companies, including:

International Cruise & Excursions | Customer Opinion (as assessed by customers)
ScriptSave | Social Responsibility (community and environment)
Arizona Diamondbacks | Leadership Excellence
CHW Arizona | Workplace Culture (as voted by employees)

Attendees networked and recognized one another for their commitment to providing a great place to work for their employees, superb customer service, as well as the companies’ influence on its community and the state.

Congratulations, again, to all of our winners! [View the entire list of winners.]


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The Wigwam, litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona’s Tourism Industry Has A Legacy Going Back More Than 100 Years

As one of the largest economic drivers, tourism has helped to shape Arizona’s culture and lifestyle long before it even became a state in 1912.

The Arizona Office of Tourism won’t be releasing 2010s tourism economic impact numbers until July, but in 2009, more than 35 million visitors spent $16.6 billion in Arizona. In addition, the industry generates an estimated $2.4 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues.

To trace the beginning of this industry’s roots, you must go back to the late 1800s, when the railroad finally crossed Arizona (it crossed Southern Arizona in 1881 and Northern Arizona in 1883). Jim Turner, historian and author of “Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State,” says that during this time, the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railway began marketing tours of Pueblo Indian villages in New Mexico and the Hopi villages in Arizona. Harvey’s stamp on Arizona is still evident today, most notably at the Grand Canyon with the continued operation of his El Tovar Hotel, wGrand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011hich opened in 1905.

The Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams was also popular during this time, because for several years it was the closest hotel to the Grand Canyon at 65 miles away. Built in 1891, the hotel is considered the oldest in the state still in operation. It sat vacant for more than 30 years until 2004, when Oscar and Amy Fredrickson bought it and performed extensive renovations following decades of neglect.

“There’s such a niche for this type of business with the historic aspect of Route 66 and the hotel itself,” Fredrickson says.

The tourism market changed drastically in the 1920s. Factories began offering employees two-weeks paid time off, and with the advent of affordable cars and roads crossing the United States, such as Route 66 in 1926, more people began taking cross-country vacations. This was the start of automobile tourism in Arizona, Turner explains, with auto camps and motor hotels popping up every few miles along the entire highway.

Dude ranches also began operating throughout Arizona, especially in Wickenburg, where at the height of dude ranching popularity there were 13, says Julie Brooks, executive director of Wickenburg’s Chamber of Commerce. Today that number is down to four. Some of the closed dude ranches, she says, have reverted back to private family homes, while others have actually taken on the needs of other industries, such as the transition of Slash Bar K Ranch into The Meadows, a treatment center for addiction and trauma.

Among those dude ranches still operating is the Flying E Ranch, a 19,500-acre working ranch that transitioned into a dude ranch in 1946. In its infancy, the ranch had eight guest rooms, but that has now increased to 17 rooms, including two family houses, for a total occupancy of 34. The original guest rooms still contain their original chairs and lamps.

Many of the Flying E Ranch’s guests are repeat customers, says general manager Andrea Taylor, adding that one of the lessons she’s learned over the years is that guests don’t want anything at the ranch to change.

“I find that I can’t pull away from tradition,” she says. “People have grown to love what they have here. It’s like coming home to grandma’s house.”

The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, which first opened in 1929, also has evolved with the ever-changing needs of tourists. Celebrities were often found at the resort. Marilyn Monroe was quoted as referring to the pool there as her favorite, and Irving Berlin wrote his famous “White Christmas” while sitting by the same pool. The resort has had several additions and renovations since then, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. One of the most recent changes came in 2009, when the Arizona Wing was renovated and renamed Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore. This “hotel within a hotel” offers even more amenities and elite service for those looking for the ultimate in a pampered vacation.

Tourism died down during World War II, Turner says, as everyone was involved in the war effort. But after the war, thanks to savings bonds and the GI Bill, people could afford to travel again. For the next several decades, motor hotels continued to thrive, but the fascination with the Western lifestyle slowly dissipated as destination tourism rose. Picking up in the 1970s and strengthening even today, tourists now seek the ultimate destination vacation experience, especially in areas that promote golf and spas, Turner says.

As the needs and wants of travelers evolved, hotels throughout the state also changed to accommodate them. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, which was originally built as a family home in 1912, transitioned into a guest ranch in the 1920s, and evolved once again in the 1960s, when it became Tucson’s first resort. Today, in addition to deluxe accommodations and luxurious spa activities, the resort also encourages guests to engage in recreational tourism through its nature programs, which include horseback riding and hiking trails.

A more recent example of the continuing evolution of hotels is The Wigwam in Litchfield Park. The Wigwam’s identity has altered several times during its history. Originally built as an organizational house for Goodyear Tire and Rubber executives in 1918, it became a dude rancThe Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011h in 1929, and as with The Westward Look Resort, it later added more deluxe amenities including golf and spa activities. The Wigwam just completed a $7 million renovation in January, a process that was necessary to not only stay current with today’s tourists, but also to prepare for the next generation.

“The Wigwam has been here for almost 100 years because it’s always been the type of property that adapted to different generations and different travelers and how those needs are ever changing,” says Frank Ashmore, director of sales and marketing at The Wigwam.

Sedona has always been a popular city for tourists, as well, due to its red mountain scenery. But in the late 1980s, it became even more well known when it was decided that Sedona had more metaphysical spiritual centers than anywhere else in the world, Turner says. Suddenly people were flocking to Sedona to discern this phenomena for themselves. This continues to be a draw for tourists today and many books can be found on the subject.

Business tourism also has had a large impact on Arizona, especially in the Greater Phoenix area. George Munz, general manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, says 85 percent of the hotel’s guests are staying in town for business. The needs of business travelers, he says, are different from leisure travelers, especially in terms of speed and efficiency. And business tourism, Munz adds, helps boost leisure tourism as well.

“While (a guest) may come to my hotel for business, they may come back and go to the Royal Palms or Camelback Inn or The Phoenician,” Munz explains.

Even sports have played a part in Arizona’s tourism growth. While MLB spring training camps can be found throughout Greater Phoenix, the impact of sports tourism is probably most apparent in Glendale. After the opening of Westgate City Center, Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix stadium, the number of Glendale’s hotels doubled and its occupancy more than tripled, says Lorraine Pino, tourism manager at the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It was thanks in part to this sports surge that Glendale took the steps necessary to change its tourism office into an official CVB.

“Our tourism literally exploded over the past few years and with that we really needed to have that official designation,” Pino says.

Tourism in the entire West Valley will get to reap the benefits of the Glendale CVB, as Pino and her team will now work to promote all 13 cities in the region.

Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, says that the efforts of hotels and tourism leaders throughout Arizona has helped mold the state into what it is today and where it will go in the future.

“Arizona wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the tourism industry we have,” she says. “I really believe (tourism) is what makes Arizona so special.”

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011