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HSMAI prepares for Chinese Auction Fundraiser

The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will present the 33rd Annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser & Dinner, celebrating the “Year of the Sheep,” on Friday, June 26, 2015 the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this award winning event will help to support our association’s mission and our continuing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field.

In addition, funds will help support HSMAI’S 2015 “Charity of the Year”. Kitchen on the Street is a faith-based, volunteer driven, nonprofit organization that “turns hunger into hope … one child at a time”. KOS fills the gap – and the stomachs – of children experiencing hunger and poverty. Through partnerships with Arizona schools, KOS provides self-stable, individually portioned meals and snacks for weekend consumption. For many, these “Bags of Hope” become their primary source of food when school is not in session. Check out this extraordinary organization at www.KitchenontheStreet.org.

HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is comprised of nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and chapters worldwide. HSMAI’s mission is to “grow business for hotels and their partners by fueling sales, inspiring marketing and optimizing revenue”.

The 250 member Arizona Chapter was established in 1968 and is the third largest chapter in the U.S. Additionally, the Arizona Chapter was recently honored by HSMAI with a “Best of the Best” award and was recognized as HSMAI’s “Chapter of the Year” in 2011. The chapter offers members a variety of benefits including monthly education programs targeted specifically to sales and marketing and revenue management professionals, a variety of networking and fundraising events and community service volunteer opportunities.

The Chinese Auction is a unique fundraiser combining a silent auction with a live auction.  Each guest receives a list of items to be sold in a live auction and a paddle with an individualized number. Each guest “bids” on an item by placing a quarter in the bucket placed at the center of each table. An auctioneer travels through the dinner announcing numbers indicated on each guests paddle until a Chinese gong is rung.  The number last mentioned before the gong wins the prize.  Money is raised through the through the quarters bid on each item by each guest, the silent auction preceding the dinner and a live bidding auction. This unique auction was conceived by the Arizona Chapter and has been adopted by chapters all over the U.S. 350 meeting and hospitality industry members will attend and support the event. This event has been honored with numerous awards including a “Stars of the Industry” award presented by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association.

Prizes include golf outings, artwork, gift certificates for goods and services, signed sports memorabilia and weekend getaways to various destinations throughout the U.S., Hawaii and Mexico.

Tickets are available for $60 per person or $575 for a corporate table of ten. For more information, call Joanne at 602-240-5552 – all information and registration is at www.hsmai-az.org.

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Thousands attend AZ Big Media’s home, travel shows

Thousands of people got a chance to see the best home services, home products, home furnishings and travel opportunities in one place at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

On March 28-29, AZ Big Media hosted the first Home Furnishing & Design Show and first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show under the same roof.

The combination of the two events was a hit with show-goers.

“People were very happy that they got to see the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners got to see the newest and highest-quality items and services that will help them create their dream homes. And those looking to book their dream vacations were presented with amazing options.”

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine were sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which was held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld. Attendees were also able to attend classes and workshops presented by industry experts.

The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show — sponsored by American Express Travel, Sears Vacations, and DirectBuy — offered hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees were treated to special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

“What was most impressive was the quality of the attendees we had for both shows,” Atkinson said. “It was a very sophisticated audience and they left the shows very happy because we were were happy to give them two shows that gave them great products and services to enhance their lives.”

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Christine Nowaczyk earns national honor

One of the leaders of both the Association for Corporate Growth’s Arizona Chapter and the Valley banking community is being recognized with a prestigious honor.

ACG has named Christine Nowaczyk, Senior Vice President for Bank of Arizona and former President of ACG-Arizona, as a recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Service Award. The award is the highest honor ACG bestows on its members, with Nowaczyk being one of just seven recipients this year out of the more than 14,000 ACG members globally.

Nowaczyk will receive the honor at the 2015 Intergrowth Conference, ACG’s signature global event, which will be held in April in Orlando, Florida.

In a letter to Nowaczyk, ACG’s Chairman of the Board, Doug Tatum, wrote, “This award is a symbol of the admiration and esteem in which you are held by your peers and is the highest honor we award.  I want to join them in saluting you for your leadership and contribution to ACG.  Because of you, ACG is stronger, healthier and more valuable to members than ever before.”

Nowaczyk said she was surprised and gratified by the recognition, and pleased to join the company of such a select group of leaders in ACG worldwide.

“I am very humbled to be recognized with the Meritorious Service Award by ACG,” she said. “While this is an individual award, it was made possible by the many people in ACG-Arizona who have worked tirelessly to advance the organization and its goals for economic growth and development over the years. I would like to thank my colleagues in the organization locally as well as at Bank of Arizona for their support over the years, and would also like to thank ACG for this recognition.”

Nowaczyk leads Bank of Arizona’s corporate banking line of business.  In this role, Christine’s team of professionals advise companies on capital and operating strategies and deliver a full array of banking solutions including debt, syndications, treasury, institutional brokerage and corporate trust services.  Christine serves on the Bank of Arizona Advisory Board, is a member of the Bank’s senior leadership team and represents the organization in the community.

Sanat Patel, current President of ACG-Arizona, said Nowaczyk’s award is extremely well-deserved.

“Christine has been a great friend and professional who has greatly advanced ACG-Arizona in our business community,” Patel said. “I can think of no one more deserving of such recognition, and on behalf of the Board of Directors of ACG-Arizona, I wholeheartedly congratulate Christine for this honor.”

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at more than 14,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 56 chapters in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Arizona chapter of ACG includes representatives from corporate investment and private equity groups, financiers, venture capitalists and supporting consultant services. For more information, visit www.acg.org/arizona.

Bank of Arizona is part of BOK Financial Corporation, a $29 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Okla. The company’s stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (symbol: BOKF). BOK Financial’s holdings include BOKF, NA, BOSC, Inc. and The Milestone Group, Inc. BOKF, NA operates the TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management, MBM Advisors and seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.

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Arizona’s hospitality industry embraces global market

Arizona has the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Sedona, but to promote these natural wonders to international travelers is no walk in the park.

To showcase Arizona around the globe, it takes detailed research, strategic planning, effective branding and marketing, a global network of industry professionals — and the power to erase any lingering negativity associated with the state.

Despite several years of bad publicity surrounding controversial immigration policies and other proposed legislation that darkened the state’s reputation, Arizona is experiencing an increase in tourism.

“We definitely try and share with everyone we come into contact with that we are a more progressive community than the state is known as being,” says Joanne Hudson, public relations specialist for the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Certain markets, especially the Mexico visitor, have been negatively affected the last few years from the state laws and policies that have come out,” Hudson says. “We share that we are a very welcoming and open community and try to get them here to experience it. Once they get here, they really do sense and feel that. They realize it isn’t what they see and hear in the news.”

Rachel Pearson, vice president of community and government affairs at the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, says, “We are traveling around the world connecting with customers and clients, trying to reinforce who we are as a destination, who we are as a state and ensuring that people understand that we are a very welcoming destination. We offer some unique, rich experiences that you can’t have anywhere else.”

Beyond the state’s scenic beauty, Arizona’s diversity, especially the Native American and Hispanic cultural influences, appeals to international travelers, explains Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

The rich multi-cultural experiences and gorgeous scenery, combined with outdoor activities, vibrant cities, fine dining and shopping, attracts millions of visitors and brings in billions of dollars.

Industry leaders are looking toward the future with optimism as they strategize how to attract even more world travelers.

“Arizona Office of Tourism has been active in the international market for years starting with Mexico and Canada, and overseas with partners in the United Kingdom, Germany and France,” Henry says, “and just three years ago we launched into emerging markets of China and Brazil.”

MEXICAN INFLUENCE

Currently, Mexico tops the charts for international travel into Arizona. At the height of the controversy surrounding Arizona’s immigration policies, the influx of Mexican travelers decreased. But statistics from 2013 show a rebound with a total number of Mexican visitors to Arizona at more than 3.6 million. Other countries that rank high on the list are Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and France with 1.1 million visitors collectively. Total international travelers in 2013 reached roughly 5.3 million.

The Arizona tourism industry has been proactive in reaching out south of the border and developing programs to promote and facilitate travel in Arizona.

Jessica Stephens, director of public relations at Visit Tucson, says travelers from Mexico bring in close to $1 billion a year in southern Arizona alone. Visit Tucson has two visitors centers in Mexico that help with hotel reservations and other concierge services. They also help expedite border crossings with a program developed with customs and border patrol that allows pre-approved travelers to obtain a fast pass. This makes traveling to Arizona a 12-minute trip instead of waiting in a car for hours.

Other Arizona cities and convention and visitors bureaus have pooled resources to fund trade offices in Mexico. Today, Henry says, the discussions no longer reflect the challenges of the past, but instead focus on the future. “It’s all about how we can be better partners and how can we develop that area that has such great potential.”

FOCUS ON CHINA

Arizona is now setting sights on China, the number one traveling country in the world. Henry explains that there is so much potential for growth in the emerging markets of China and Brazil, which is also topping the international travel charts. She pointed to a partnership with Brand USA, the marketing arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce designed to develop travel interest in the United States, as essential to increasing global awareness.

“We think Arizona has such appeal,” Henry says. “International journalists are amazed at what they see when they are here, and they bring the stories back to their countries.”

Barry Nakano, director of business development with PacRim Marketing Group and a board member of the Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International Arizona Chapter, knows the Asian markets. He recognizes the potential of the China market and points out that other Asian markets also impact our economy. According to the Arizona Office of Tourism statistics, Japan and the Republic of Korea brought in more visitors than China in 2013.

“There’s definitely a lot of interest today in the China market and understandably so. Their 1.3 billion population presents enormous potential and the recent decision by the U.S. government to extend Visa validity for visitors from China should accelerate the growth of that market. We shouldn’t overlook however, that Japan is still the second largest overseas feeder market to the U.S., and South Korea and Taiwan markets continue to grow. Japanese, in particular, have been traveling overseas a long time so tend to be more independent and willing to explore new destinations.”

INDUSTRY PREPARES

Nakano offers practical advice for those in the hospitality industry as they prepare for the influx of international travelers.

“The most efficient and cost effective way to reach Asian travelers is online and providing information in the language of the traveler is important,” he says, adding that websites should be an essential part of any marketing toolkit. “When creating an international language website, make sure the content is developed by professionals, not by translation software that has difficulty conveying intangibles we promote in travel like experience and atmosphere.

“For hotels, it’s also important the online booking engine is in the target language to make it easy for travelers to complete reservations, which is the ultimate goal.”

One thing to note when targeting travelers from China is their spoken language is Mandarin and their written language is called Simplified Chinese so any written information should be in that form.

He continued to offer tips for hotels. “To attract Asian travelers, it’s important to show cultural sensitivity and make them feel welcome. Including small touches in guest rooms like slippers and Chinese tea, along with coffee, will be appreciated and can go a long way. Offering other amenities like Asian-language TV channels, newspapers, area maps and dining menus will make guests feel comfortable after they arrive and can also be used as selling points to show you care.

Henry is already seeing changes at the Office of Tourism and in the state. “We’re finding that Arizona is becoming more globally aware. On our staff we have staff members who speak Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese for the folks coming in from Brazil. We are in a global environment now. The whole world has changed and everybody is beginning to think globally.”

Michelle Oden-Huebner, CMP, president of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Arizona Chapter, says the hospitality industry has always been one that supports diversity and inclusion.

As Arizona increases its global visibility, it needs to continue to show that the state is inclusive and promotes diversity in the workplace and marketplace, Oden-Huebner says.

“Tourism is one of the largest export industries in the State of Arizona, providing funding for education and vital services in local communities,” she says.  “This makes Arizona more attractive for new businesses to relocate to the area, thus creating more job opportunities.  The more business we bring into our state, the more money we have to support the greater community improving and increasing services for residents in Arizona.”

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ACG names finalists for ‘Deal of the Year’

Three finalists have been named for an award recognizing the most significant mergers and acquisitions transactions in Arizona.

The “Deal of the Year” is an award given by the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) to recognize a company or private equity firm for their accomplishments regarding a merger, acquisition or capital market transaction.  The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 million and $750 million of revenue that closed in calendar year 2014.

The three finalists for the award are:

• Vonage’s purchase of Scottsdale-based Telesphere Networks in a $114 million transaction. 

• Merz Pharma’s purchase of Mesa-based Ulthera, Inc. in a $600 million transaction. 

• Evergreen Pacific Partners’ purchase of Phoenix-based Vantage Mobility in a transaction valued between $50 million and $100 million (exact amount not disclosed for confidentiality reasons).

The Deal of the Year Award will be given out on March 10 at a dinner at the Arizona Biltmore. The ACG signature event begins with a networking session at 5 p.m. and culminates with the award presentation starting at 6:45 p.m.

“The three transactions nominated for Deal of the Year are ones that helped drive Arizona’s economy in 2014,” said Sanat Patel, Board President for ACG-Arizona. “These transactions have a profound effect on our economy, and this award is a recognition of the individuals and companies that were involved in helping move our state and our region forward.”

 

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 March 10 event are available for $135 for ACG members and $155 for ACG non-members if purchased by midnight on March 3, and $155 for members and $175 for non-members after the 3rd. They may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-448-3981 or e-mailing acgarizona@acg.org

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at more than 14,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 56 chapters in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Arizona chapter of ACG includes representatives from corporate investment and private equity groups, financiers, venture capitalists and supporting consultant services. For more information, visit www.acg.org/arizona

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Get free tickets for Home Furnishing & Design Show

AZ Big Media is preparing to host Scottsdale’s biggest home furnishings and design show.

“The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners are going to see the newest and highest-quality items, unique countertops and floors and meet upscale designers that will help them create their dream homes.”

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $5 at the door or you can click here to get free tickets. This annual weekend event will showcase the best of Arizona’s home furnishing and interior design industry and will be open to the general public.

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine are sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which will be held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld.

Hand selecting only top-of-the-line exhibitors to participate, the Home Furnishings & Design Show will strategically target the luxury home buyer market, showcasing hundreds of home furnishings, materials and professional services in the only show of its kind in the Southwest. The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature valet parking, upscale food and beverages and seminars for both the public and design professionals.

All exhibit spaces will be reserved for high-end designers and retailers, trade showrooms and professional service providers. The Home Furnishings & Design Show will raise awareness for professional interior design and products not always available to the public. ASID and IFDA will serve as ambassadors for the show and also facilitate seminars and an “ask the professional” program.

For more information or to get the latest information about the show, call (602) 277-6045 or visit http://exposaz.com/.

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Aerospace & Defense Forum will discuss best practices

Members of Arizona’s business community are invited to the Jan. 13 meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Forum, where attendees will learn how to successfully work with Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) from a quality perspective. The event is hosted by the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig at the firm’s Phoenix office.

Bill Valencia, director of Boeing BDS West Region Supplier Quality Operations, will lead the discussion on Boeing BDS’ current activities, supplier product quality strategies, as well as how documentation changes to AS9100 and AS9102 will impact industry suppliers. Valencia also will highlight The Boeing Company overall, and the difference between Commercial and BDS will be covered.

WHAT: Doing Business with Boeing (BDS) from a Quality Perspective

WHERE: Greenberg Traurig, 2375 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015; 7 – 7:30 a.m.: Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking; 7:30 – 9 a.m.: Meeting

COST: A&D Forum Member: Free; Non-member: $30 (before Jan. 6) and $40 (after Jan. 6)

RSVP: Members and non-members must register to attend. To register click here

SPEAKER: Bill Valencia, director of Boeing BDS West Region Supplier Quality Operations

Dennis Dahlen, senior vice president and CFO for Banner Health; Gary Dalke, CFO for Western Refining, Inc.; Lawrence Eisel, CFO of Total Transit; and Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO of LaneTerralever.

FEI Arizona honors CFO of the Year winners, finalists

The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) handed out its annual CFO of the Year Awards Thursday during a ceremony at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

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The CFO of the Year Awards are given to professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. This program provides many benefits to the business community by highlighting the important roles that financial executives play within the region.

Earning 2014 awards were Dennis Dahlen, senior vice president and CFO for Banner Health in the nonprofit category; Gary Dalke, CFO for Western Refining, Inc. in the public company category; Lawrence Eisel, CFO of Total Transit in the private company category; and Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO of LaneTerralever in the private company category.

Here is a closer look at the winners:

Dennis Dahlen:  Dahlen oversees the financial operations of an organization with more than $5 billion in revenue, including all treasury functions related to investment management and capital development. Dahlen’s work with executives throughout the company ensures that realistic budgets are established and budget goals are met or exceeded.
Dahlen’s impact on Banner Health: Under Dahlen’s leadership, financial pro formas have been reliably solid foundations for Banner’s expansions in Arizona. They have included construction of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Banner Ironwood Medical Center, new towers at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Estrella Medical Center; the acquisition of Sun Health (two hospitals and a research center), Arizona Regional Medical Center and Casa Grande Regional Medical Center; and the development of the Banner Health Network.

Gary Dalke: Dalke is one of Western Refining’s founding executives and is responsible for all finance, treasury, tax, accounting, and information system activities throughout Western and its affiliates. Dalke is also a critical member of the executive committee, responsible for establishing company goals, performance metrics, and monitoring mechanisms.
Dalke’s impact on Western Refining: In the fall of 2013, Dalke guided Western through a spin-off of the company’s logistics assets via an initial public offering of a new entity — Western Refining Logistics, LP — and acquisition of the general partner and 38 percent of the limited partnership of Northern Tier Energy LP, both within a 31-day period. Dalke led by example, demonstrating a dedicated work ethic, calm demeanor, command of accounting principles and financial market prowess. Each of these attributes were critical to successful completion of these extraordinary accomplishments.

Lawrence Eisel: In his first five years, Total Transit’s revenue has nearly quadrupled. Eisel has been heavily involved in strategic planning, business planning, budgeting and working capital management to support this phenomenal growth.  In addition, Eisel has been successful in developing a strong relationship and credibility with the company’s banks to finance this growth.  He has also coordinated all risk management activities for the organization.
Eisel’s impact on Total Transit: Eisel has implemented several changes that define showcase his vision, including implementation of a balanced scorecard process, establishing an internal audit function and coordinating a significant estate planning project that will ultimately save millions in future tax liabilities. Most recently, to combat a tighter insurance market and increasing auto liability premiums, Eisel and his team successfully identified alternative insurance designs and created a captive insurance entity, which will control the costs of the company’s auto liability risk.

Richard Skufza: Skufza works closely with the CEO and other executive leadership to accomplish corporate strategic objectives. He is one of three key contributors to the development and execution of LaneTerralever’s’s corporate strategy while maintaining important external relationships with banks, clients, external auditors and suppliers.
Skufza’s impact on LaneTerralever: Over the last nine months, Skufza led the integration of the accounting, management information and telephone systems into one unified system and was instrumental in bringing the two cultures and two offices of E.B. Lane and Terralever into one office. Skufza’s prior initiatives include online recruiting and employee orientation process; an enhanced performance evaluation process in order to align corporate values, mission and vision throughout the organization; and employee training and staff development with the introduction of E.B. Lane University.

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Finalists announced for Arizona Deal of the Year

The Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter has announced the finalists for its prestigious “Deal of the Year” Award, which will be presented at the organization’s Southwest Mergers & Acquisitions Conference on May 14-15.

The three finalists are:

— The merger of E.B. Lane and Terralever into LaneTerralever, which was nominated by JDB Capital Partners, LLC.

— Recapitalization of QK, Inc. by Cave Creek Capital, Stewart Capital and Seacoast Capital, nominated by Greene Holcomb Fisher.

— Sale of Pinto Valley Copper mining and milling operations and related railroad company, nominated by Polsinelli.

The Southwest Mergers & Acquisitions Conference will conclude with the presentation of the ACG-Arizona 2014 Deal of the Year Award, a coveted honor given annually to a company or private equity firm in recognition of their accomplishments in Arizona’s mergers and acquisitions or capital markets marketplace. The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 and $750 million of revenue that closed in the 2013 calendar year.

Additionally, the conference program will include exceptional speakers and content for the business community, including:

— Breakfast Keynote with Jim Huntinger of BOK Financial

— Breakfast Keynote with Anthony LeBlanc of the Phoenix Coyotes

— CEO Panel Discussion in Morning Breakout Session

— Lunch Keynote with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, economic policy expert

— Afternoon breakout sessions featuring Private Equity and Credit Market updates

“We are pleased to be able to recognize these three exceptional transactions which have had a positive effect on Arizona’s economy,” said Sanat Patel, President of the ACG-Arizona Chapter Board of Directors. “These are perfect examples of how middle-market transactions are helping create economic growth and job development in our state and the country as a whole.”

Endeavour Capital’s purchase of Arizona Nutritional Supplements was recognized as the 2013 Deal of the Year last year.

The conference will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, where a room block for attendees is available. Registration is $310
for ACG members who sign up in advance and $410 for non-members. At-the-door registration is $365 for members and $465 for non-members.

The conference will kick off on May 14 at 1 p.m. with a Golf Event at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. The golf event is open to all registrants for the conference and is $195.

Conference sessions will take place on May 15, and will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast featuring Huntzinger and LeBlanc as breakfast keynote speakers. After the morning CEO panel, lunch will be served and the Keynote Luncheon Speaker will be Holtz-Eakin.

A distinguished policy advisor, academic, and strategist, Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin is skilled at forecasting policy changes on the horizon and recommending sound strategies for mitigating risk to your industry. He has served at the highest levels of government concerned with economics and is well-known on Capitol Hill and in Washington’s top think tanks. Having been involved in policy, politics, campaigns, and elections, he addresses economics from all points of view with his well-rounded expertise.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.acg.org/arizona, e-mail the chapter at acgarizona@acg.org, or call 602.448.3981.

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FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards

Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event.

Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson, executive vice president of finance and CFO, Amtech Systems, Inc.; Dan Behrendt, CFO, TASER International; Jerome Bruggeman, CFO, RMJ Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Christina Cancino, senior vice president and CFO, Arizona’s Children Association; Sandy Catour, CFO, Sitewire; Ed Czemerych, CFO, Liberty Iron and Metal Holdings, LLC; Ward Huseth, CFO, Great Hearts Academies; Joseph Ivenz, CFO, Marcolin USA; Renee Krug, executive vice president and CFO, Clear Channel Outdoor; Thomas C. Lavoy, CFO, Veolia Transportation on Demand;  Shaun McMeans, vice president of administration and CFO, HTG Molecular Diagnostics; David Miller, CFO, Jokake Construction Services, Inc.; Doug Noblitt, executive vice president, finance and accounting, Tallwave; Chris Power, CFO, LifeLock, Inc.; Carlos L. Rojas, CFO, Heard Museum; Ashley Sanders, vice president of finance, Angel MedFlight; Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO, LaneTerralever; Debra Thompson, vice chancellor for business services, Maricopa Community Colleges; Christopher L. Turner, director of finance, GlobalMed; Dennis M. Via, CFO, NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc.; and Shane Wells, Arizona-Nevada market CFO, IASIS Healthcare.

The four winners honored were:

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Thomas B. Fischer, CFO and vice president of finance, OnTrac

Since taking the role in 2000, Fischer has navigated business reorganizations, led the implementation of optimized business practices and collaborated toward the successful launches in five new states, helping to diversify the company’s services and increase customer value. His responsibilities include daily operations of financial and fiscal management.

Impact on OnTrac: In 2013, Fischer coordinated $40 million in new borrowings, which facilitated the buyback of employee stock option plans and the implementation of material handling, as well as allowing for the working capital for increase of business.  More than $20 million has been invested into equipment that will help OnTrac increase its package delivery from 50,000 packages a day to more than 300,000 packages a day. This type of automation significantly reduces the cost of delivery to the company.

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Tom Harris, executive vice president and CFO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Harris oversees all financial operations, risk management, administration, stadium operations and ownership relations. His tenure in this organization and in the industry make him an integral officer in assisting the president and CEO and other executives in guiding the organization to success. His knowledge of the inner workings of local government is essential in the day-to-day affairs of stadium related matters.

Impact on Diamondbacks: Harris spearheaded a 2011 debt refinancing, bond tender offer and line of credit with JP Morgan that reduced long-term debt by $1 million and provides for reduced interest expense and improved cash flow going forward. In 2011, he also spearheaded a modification of the team’s concessions agreement that has significantly improved its concessions revenue share.

CFO of the Year, Public Company

Amin Maredia, CFO, Sprouts Farmers Market

In less than two years, Maredia has established a public company finance function while completing a major strategic acquisition, more than $700 million debt refinancing, and leading Sprouts’ initial public offering efforts. In addition, he designed Sprouts’ finance infrastructure, including implementation of analytical tools, which provide the ability to monitor current and accurately forecast future performance. Maredia has also used his vast retail experience to help Sprouts execute its new store selection process and strengthen its position in the market.

Impact on Sprouts: Maredia has been instrumental in establishing the company’s internal control systems. He is a tireless advocate for transparency in not only financial reporting, but all areas of the operations. He has taken a lead role in developing a delegation of authority policy and code of conduct applicable to all company team members.

CFO of the Year, Nonprofit

Tanya Muñiz, CFO, Valley of the Sun United Way

Muñiz administers all financial operations and analysis. Under her leadership, the annual budget has grown from $50 million to $114 million in five years. United Way has very complex financials and undergoes six audits annually, with consistently excellent results and zero findings. Muñiz oversees a department of 20 employees who have flourished under her leadership. She led the development of organizational scorecards for measuring and managing performance. Customer satisfaction with accounting has increased by 25 percent since she became CFO.

Impact on United Way: Muñiz built a 10-year economic model that enables the organization to better plan its work and serves as a foundation for its strategic plans. The model enables Valley of the Sun United Way to see the effects of multi-year grants and major gifts, as well as recognizing that many expenses are long-term investments requiring up-front financing.

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Arizona Community Foundation awards $25K to AFHP

The Arizona Community Foundation has awarded the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) a $25,000 grant to implement a statewide public awareness and education campaign for young women about the importance of taking B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects.

Research consistently shows that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies is among women 18 to 24, a population with the lowest awareness of the benefits of folic acid and its role in preventing birth defects.  Folic acid has been proven highly effective preventing birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs), which affect the brain and spine.

AFHP will use the funds to activate the Project B Aware campaign, first piloted in 2010 in Phoenix-area high schools by the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter and the Arizona Department of Health Services through a one-time federal grant.

The result of the pilot program was a 50 percent increase in knowledge about folic acid among participating high school students.

“Young women, particularly those who are low-income, are at high risk of unplanned pregnancies and at higher risk of having a baby born with an NTD due to their lack of knowledge about folic acid,” said AFHP CEO Brenda “Bré” Thomas.  “Despite being described as an ‘astounding public health silver bullet’ by a 2008 Gallup poll, only 39 percent of women ages 18 to 45 take folic acid daily.”

Research shows that lack of awareness and lack of advice in recommending foliate supplements before and during pregnancies is the primary reason young women don’t take folic acid.

“This important funding from the Arizona Community Foundation will enable us to use the previously created March of Dimes Folic Acid 400 curriculum to reach a much broader statewide audience with this critical health information,” Thomas said.
AFHP will use the March of Dimes-developed curriculum that has been adapted for teens.
The Project B Aware program includes a folic acid pre-test administered to all students and teachers, a PowerPoint presentation about folic acid with interactive student participation, a post-test, a list of foliate-rich foods and information about the importance of taking folic acid daily, and a survey to assess the presentation.

AFHP will recruit and train folic acid educators, identify and coordinate program presentations at specific high schools and administer the pre-and-post tests.  The program ends in April 2014.  AFHP will partner with Kappa Delta Chi sorority to provide the folic acid education.

AFHP expects to complete presentations to approximately 1,400 students.
For more information about the Arizona Family Health Partnership and Project B Aware, visit www.arizonafamilyhealth.org or call (602) 258-5777 in Maricopa County and (888) 272-5652 outside Maricopa County.

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HSMAI hosts 31st Annual Chinese Auction

The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will present their 31st Annual Chinese Auction, celebrating the “Year of the Snake,” on Friday, June 21, 2013 the beautiful DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this event will help to support the association’s mission and its continuing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field.

In addition, funds will help support HSMAI’s 2013 “Charity of the Year” — Kitchen on the Street. Kitchen on the Street, a faith-based, volunteer driven, nonprofit organization, turns hunger into hope … one child at a time.  What does hunger look like? Look into the eyes of one of the hundreds of children served by Kitchen on the Street each week and you’ll know. Hunger is a growing crisis for many children in America. 17 million children in the United States suffer from food insecurity! Kitchen on the Street fills the gap — and the stomachs – of children experiencing hunger and poverty. Through partnerships with Arizona schools, KOS provides pre-packaged, child-friendly food for evening and/or weekend meals. For many, these “Bags of Hope” become their primary source of food when school is not in session.

HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is comprised of nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and chapters worldwide. HSMAI’s mission is to “grow business for hotels and their partners by fueling sales, inspiring marketing and optimizing revenue.”

The 250 member Arizona Chapter was established in 1968 and is the third largest chapter in the U.S. Additionally, the Arizona Chapter was honored as the 2011 International “Chapter of the Year.” The chapter offers members a variety of benefits including monthly education programs targeted specifically to sales and marketing and revenue management professionals, a variety of networking and fundraising events and community service volunteer opportunities.

The Chinese Auction is a unique fundraiser combining a silent auction with a live auction.  Each guest receives a list of items to be sold in a live auction and a paddle with an individualized number. Each guest “bids” on an item by placing a quarter in the bucket placed at the center of each table. An auctioneer travels through the dinner announcing numbers indicated on each guests paddle until a Chinese gong is rung.  The number last mentioned before the gong wins the prize.  Money is raised through the through the quarters bid on each item by each guest, the silent auction preceding the dinner and a live bidding auction. This unique auction was conceived by the Arizona Chapter and has been adopted by chapters all over the U.S. 300 meeting and hospitality industry members will attend and support the event.

Prizes include golf outings, artwork, gift certificates for goods and services, signed sports memorabilia and weekend getaways to various destinations throughout the U.S., Hawaii and Mexico.

Tickets are available for $60 per person or $575 for a corporate table of 10.

For more information about the event, contact Joanne Winter at 602-240-5552 or visit the chapter website at http://www.hsmai-az.org/.

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HSMAI member profile: Tiffany Nelson

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011.

Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Az Business is profiling some of those HSMAI members who are driving Arizona’s economy.

Tiffany Nelson
Senior business development director
TPC Scottsdale/PGA Tour

What attracted you to the hospitality industry? “Golf is my passion and to be able to do what you love every day, I don’t ever feel like it’s work.  My office is a golf course — it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Biggest challenge: “The economy. When the economy is down, people don’t travel, which hurts our industry,but when it’s up, the industry thrives.  It’s a double edge sword being tied so directly to the economy.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected amongst my peers as the hospitality sales and marketing person of the year.”

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HSMAI member profile: Lynn M. Flosi

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011.

Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Az Business is profiling some of those HSMAI members who are driving Arizona’s economy.

Lynn M. Flosi
Corporate sales manager
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

What attracted you to the hospitality industry? “All of the opportunities to assist guests and clients in creating outstanding meeting and or events. I never would have thought that I would make so many friends along the way.”

Biggest challenge: “As amazing as our destination is, sometimes it is a challenge to overcome the negative media our industry has had to face these past few years.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Being the president of the HSMAI Arizona Chapter for 2012.  It truly has been an amazing year. We were able to offer and grow our  mentorship program with the hospitality students in our collegiate chapter and we selected a new charity of the year.  The partnerships that were developed in our chapter this past year have been so rewarding and making a difference for all who are involved.”

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Q&A with HSMAI president

Penny Allphin, the national sales manager for the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, is president of the Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry — including positions with Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Carefree Resort & Villas, and Radisson Poco Diablo Resort — to her leadership role with HSMAI.
Az Business had the chance to talk with Allphin about her background and where she sees the hospitality industry growing in the future.

Az Business: What attracted you to the hospitality industry?
Penny Allphin: I have been in the hospitality industry since I was 17 years of age, so I would have to say I grew up in the industry.  There are never two days alike and there is never a dull moment – which keeps it exciting.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge in the hospitality industry?
PA: Right now it would be the economy; it has slowed down the group meetings and with Arizona being a destination and relies heavily on conventions, conferences and tourism – the industry has definitely felt the impact.

AB: What has been you most meaningful professional accomplishment?
PA: There has been so many; right now I would say becoming the president of HSMAI, being the face and the voice for an industry that I am passionate about.

AB: What is some about you that would surprise most people?
PA: I enjoy doing home improvement projects, not afraid to play with tools.

AB: How did you become involved in HSMAI Arizona?
PA: It was totally be accident. I was attending a function for tourism and Dick Degnan, HSMAI International Hall of Fame member, asked if I was going to the Chinese auction, that is the event of the year. I knew nothing about the event so he invited me and my colleague.  I have been involved ever since.

AB: What differentiates HSMAI from other tourism-related professional groups?
PA: The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.

AB: What are your goals as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: This year my theme is M.A.G.I.C. – “Making Another Great Industry Comeback.” We as sales and revenue professionals in Arizona need to be the best in the country, we need to put Arizona back on the map for meeting, conventions and conferences – we have slated amazing speakers and programs to educate and inspire to continue to sharpen our skills.

AB: What kind of legacy do you hope to leave after your term as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: Passionate.  She lives and leads passionately.

Allphin

Q&A with HSMAI president

Penny Allphin, the national sales manager for the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, is president of the Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry — including positions with Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Carefree Resort & Villas, and Radisson Poco Diablo Resort — to her leadership role with HSMAI.
Az Business had the chance to talk with Allphin about her background and where she sees the hospitality industry growing in the future.

Az Business: What attracted you to the hospitality industry?
Penny Allphin: I have been in the hospitality industry since I was 17 years of age, so I would have to say I grew up in the industry.  There are never two days alike and there is never a dull moment – which keeps it exciting.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge in the hospitality industry?
PA: Right now it would be the economy; it has slowed down the group meetings and with Arizona being a destination and relies heavily on conventions, conferences and tourism – the industry has definitely felt the impact.

AB: What has been you most meaningful professional accomplishment?
PA: There has been so many; right now I would say becoming the president of HSMAI, being the face and the voice for an industry that I am passionate about.

AB: What is some about you that would surprise most people?
PA: I enjoy doing home improvement projects, not afraid to play with tools.

AB: How did you become involved in HSMAI Arizona?
PA: It was totally be accident. I was attending a function for tourism and Dick Degnan, HSMAI International Hall of Fame member, asked if I was going to the Chinese auction, that is the event of the year. I knew nothing about the event so he invited me and my colleague.  I have been involved ever since.

AB: What differentiates HSMAI from other tourism-related professional groups?
PA: The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.

AB: What are your goals as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: This year my theme is M.A.G.I.C. – “Making Another Great Industry Comeback.” We as sales and revenue professionals in Arizona need to be the best in the country, we need to put Arizona back on the map for meeting, conventions and conferences – we have slated amazing speakers and programs to educate and inspire to continue to sharpen our skills.

AB: What kind of legacy do you hope to leave after your term as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: Passionate.  She lives and leads passionately.

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HSMAI presents 31st Annual Chinese Auction

The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will present their 31st Annual Chinese Auction, celebrating the “Year of the Snake,” on Friday, June 21, 2013 the beautiful DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this event will help to support our association’s mission and our continuing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field.

In addition, funds will help support HSMAI’s 2013 “Charity of the Year” – Kitchen on the Street. Kitchen on the Street, a faith-based, volunteer driven, nonprofit organization, turns hunger into hope … one child at a time.  What does hunger look like? Look into the eyes of one of the hundreds of children served by Kitchen on the Street each week and you’ll know. Hunger is a growing crisis for many children in America. 17 million children in the United States suffer from food insecurity! Kitchen on the Street fills the gap – and the stomachs – of children experiencing hunger and poverty. Through partnerships with Arizona schools, KOS provides pre-packaged, child-friendly food for evening and/or weekend meals. For many, these “Bags of Hope” become their primary source of food when school is not in session. (http://www.kitchenonthestreet.org/).

HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is comprised of nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and chapters worldwide. HSMAI’s mission is to “grow business for hotels and their partners by fueling sales, inspiring marketing and optimizing revenue”.

The 250 member Arizona Chapter was established in 1968 and is the third largest chapter in the U.S. Additionally, the Arizona Chapter was honored as the 2011 International “Chapter of the Year.” The chapter offers members a variety of benefits including monthly education programs targeted specifically to sales and marketing and revenue management professionals, a variety of networking and fundraising events and community service volunteer opportunities.

The Chinese Auction is a unique fundraiser combining a silent auction with a live auction.  Each guest receives a list of items to be sold in a live auction and a paddle with an individualized number. Each guest “bids” on an item by placing a quarter in the bucket placed at the center of each table. An auctioneer travels through the dinner announcing numbers indicated on each guests paddle until a Chinese gong is rung.  The number last mentioned before the gong wins the prize.  Money is raised through the through the quarters bid on each item by each guest, the silent auction preceding the dinner and a live bidding auction. This unique auction was conceived by the Arizona Chapter and has been adopted by chapters all over the U.S. 300 meeting and hospitality industry members will attend and support the event.

Prizes include golf outings, artwork, gift certificates for goods and services, signed sports memorabilia and weekend getaways to various destinations throughout the U.S., Hawaii and Mexico.

Tickets are available for $60 per person or $575 for a corporate table of ten.

For more information about the event, contact Joanne Winter at 602-240-5552 or visit the chapter website at http://www.hsmai-az.org/.

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Waldo named to Next Gen: Emerging Leaders Board

The Andante Law Group announced that Fay Waldo has been appointed to the Next Gen: Emerging Leaders Board for the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Arizona Chapter.  The Emerging Leaders Board encourages and facilitates networking and educational opportunities tailored to those turnaround professionals in the early stages of their careers.

Daniel E. Garrison, managing partner of Andante Law Group said, “Our firm has been involved with TMA for many years, and we are pleased that as a Next Gen Board Member, Ms. Waldo will bring innovative ideas to the association that are important to the younger generation of Turnaround Professionals. Ms. Waldo is a brilliant young lawyer who truly understands what clients need in difficult bankruptcy cases and has much to contribute to TMA and the profession.”

Electric Vehicle were a big hit in 2010 in Arizona

Arizona’s “Green” Future Was Founded In 2010

2010 will probably be remembered more for the challenges it brought than the successes it yielded in our Valley and state. But out of the darkness came some light, and the illumination casts hope for a bright future.

Countless volunteers gave generously of their time, talent and treasury to support green initiatives in our region despite a challenging economy. Their efforts are evident in a range of projects that contribute to the sustainability of our unique desert environment. And their commitment will make our communities stronger, more vibrant places.

Working together, they’re a testament to the power of collaboration representing companies both large and small, government entities, educators, non-profits and concerned citizens. Their individual successes are our collective treasures:

We’re one of five states selected to deploy “smart” charging stations as part of an electric vehicle program by ECOtality and the U.S. Department of Energy. Thousands of charging stations in Phoenix and Tucson will create more green jobs, less pollution and a reduction on foreign oil dependency.

Daily ridership on our 20-mile light rail system exceeded expectations by an average of 58 percent, and a new Adopt-A-Station program promotes use of public transportation. In addition, the city of Phoenix in partnership with ASU, APS and other sponsors received $25 million in stimulus funds to build the Green Rail Corridor Demonstration Project to showcase ways to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.

The Center for Teacher Success was officially launched to improve the academic achievement of Arizona students by elevating the professional performance of their teachers and education leaders. Several non-profits partnered to provide environmental education resources to teachers through workshops, forums and special events.

In the wake of municipal budget cuts, Adopt-A-Park programs have drawn thousands of volunteers to trash pickups, tree plantings and general spruce ups of city recreation areas.  The city of Chandler opened the Paseo Vista Recreation Area, a 64-acre park built atop the closed city landfill; and the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center opened on the banks of the river in Phoenix to connect people with nature.

The town of Gilbert celebrated its 90th anniversary and was named the 17th safest city in America, one of the best places to live in the U.S. and among the best places in the nation to learn.

Several LEED certified projects came online throughout our region, and 12 Valley mayors signed a proclamation by Valley Forward and the U.S. Green Building Council, Arizona Chapter in support of green schools.

Through a preservation-by-relocation effort, the Sandra Day O’Connor House, originally constructed in Paradise Valley as a family home for the former Supreme Court Justice, was undertaken and piece-by-piece, the entire house was deconstructed and transported to Tempe. It was meticulously reconstructed in Papago Park, with a keen focus on historic preservation and environmental sustainability.

Our region overall has become a brighter green in the past year. And it occurred in the worst recession most of us can remember in our lifetime.  As the year closes with winter’s short days and long evenings, we’re reminded that even in the darkness there is light.

2010 CFO Of The Year Awards

2010 CFO Of The Year Awards

The 4th annual CFO of the Year Awards ceremony took place on Nov. 4, at the Fairmont Scottsdale. The awards recognized 28 CFOs for their outstanding performances in their roles as corporate financial stewards. Four overall winners from the categories of private, small public and large public companies and nonprofit organization were recognized. The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International partnered with Arizona Business Magazine to make these awards possible.

CFO Awards recognizing leaders

Joan Brubacher

Gayle Pincus

From left: Jonathan Keyser, Tim Einwechter and Joan Brubacher.

Finalists

From left: Cheryl Green, Joan Brubacher, Ryan Suchala and Mary Jane Rynd of the Virginia G Piper Charitable Trust.

From left: Andrew Ernst, Dan Bacchus, Cheryl Vogt and Joan Brubacher.

From left: Jonas McCormick, David Jackson, Tod Holmes, James Hatfield, Jason Berg and Joan Brubacher.
From left: Jonas McCormich, Tod Holmes and Joan Brubacher.

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Q&A Ted Ritter, President IFMA Greater Phoenix Chapter

As the economy recovers, how is the International Facility Management Association helping members?

We have a strong career resources committee, which is responsible for communicating employment opportunities to both facility managers and our associate vendor base. Employment opportunities that are available are posted to our local Web site, our alliance organizations’ Web sites, as well as to the national Web site. We encourage a very focused level of referrals and networking for our unemployed members, and in conjunction with support from the IFMA corporate entity, suspend dues and meeting fees in support of those who are in most need. … we also have established mentor and buddy systems designed to facilitate the introduction of less involved or new members to the greater community. Our goal is to help each new member get familiar with IFMA and to get the most out of his/her membership.

What are some of the issues IFMA is tackling this year?

The chapter, in collaboration with Arizona State University, is launching the first course (on) facility management (FM) beginning in the fall semester of 2010. The FM operations and maintenance class is one of the foundational areas of responsibility within the facilities management profession, and will provide students with an excellent overview of the scope and breadth of the role. There are no prerequisites to enroll in this class, as long as the individual is a non-degree seeking student; and existing students considering the FM profession can use this course as an elective for their current programs. We will continue to build on the foundation established last year with the Arizona chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC ), which we formally established through a memo of understanding in 2009. For this year, we are collaborating on joint association education throughout the year, as well as two key networking events that are designed to bring the two groups together in a less formal environment.

How do you see IFMA’s role and agenda evolving?

We need to continue to look to our global outreach initiatives to support the philosophies of the association, while also enhancing the growth of facility management around the world. This outreach is governed by a consistent assessment process by senior management that includes resource allocations, situational reviews, competitive advantages and cost-benefit analysis. As evidenced both by our practices and continuing relationship with the USGBC, facility management professionals have long been concerned and engaged in the environmental aspects of the facilities and workplaces they operate, especially from the perspective of energy conservation and high-performance buildings. Strategic facility plans also make the business case for investments in sustainability related initiatives. IFMA, as the premier representative for the profession and its concerns, holistically embraces environmental stewardship.

www.ifmaphoenix.org

Greenbuild

Greenbuild 2009 Arrives In Phoenix

The time has come! Greenbuild 2009 has officially begun. For those unfamiliar with Greenbuild here’s some background information listed on the Web site for the event.

“Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.
Greenbuild 2009 is heading to the American Southwest, a region with unique environmental and social challenges and opportunities, and the imperative is clear: Green building can and must come home to all people, boosting the quality of life on main streets across the country and around the world. Join us at Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix, Nov. 11-13, 2009 and engage in the conversation we must have to bring green to everyone, and bring everyone to green.”

Gov. Jan Brewer and Mayor Phil Gordon have proclaimed the week of Nov. 9-13 as U.S. Greenbuilding Council (USGBC) and Greenbuild International Week.  In separate statements, the governor and mayor cited the work of the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Greenbuilding Council (USGBC) in hosting the conference and expo as well as the mission of the USBGC which is to alter the built environment.

Greenbuild is bringing 25,000 people from 90 countries to Arizona to attend this exciting conference and expo. The expo will showcase more than 1,000 vendors while the conference will offer 125 educational sessions on various green topics taught by local and national industry leaders. Sometimes referred to as the “Super Bowl of building green” Greenbuild is bringing some famous faces to town. Former vice president Al Gore is this year’s opening keynote speaker and singer Sheryl Crow is set to perform at Chase Field as part of the Greenbuild Opening Keynote & Celebration.

In recognition of this significant event hitting the Valley, the Arizona Greenbuild Host Committee and the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC have organized outdoor activities, off site education programs and 18 tours that showcase the best of the sustainable built environment in Arizona.

Several events will also be going on in the Valley throughout the week. From Tempe to Flagstaff, the entire state will be bringing sustainability into the spotlight with fun festivals and events for the public.

www.greenbuildexpo.org

www.tempe.gov/events/greenstreet
www.greenstreetscottsdale.com
www.rooseveltrow.org/greenstreets.html
www.usgbcaz.org