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Member-owned, member-directed ACBA members recap Phoenix's robust small- and mid-size 2014 industrial market activity.

ACBA: Will 2015 be a sticker shock year?

The Arizona Commercial Brokers Association (ACBA) has released its 2014 transaction recap, reporting more than 380 completed industrial sale/lease transactions totaling over 3 million square feet in Phoenix in the past 12 months. Made up of veteran brokers from independent to regional firms, ACBA provides on-the-ground insight about the group’s major client demographic: the mid-market industrial user.

“ACBA members represent the biggest driver of Phoenix’s industrial 2014 real estate year – the mid-market buyer and tenant,” said ACBA President and Voit Real Estate Services Vice President Mike Kasulaitis. “This year we observed an uptick in activity across the board. Taking into account that single-family home sales were negative and foreclosures still loom, we find this encouraging.”

“Among our most active clients, 2014 sales were dominated by end users and institutional money. On the leasing side, the smaller, incubator warehouse tenants occupying 20,000 square feet or less were on a roll,” added ACBA board member and Cutler Commercial broker Todd Hamilton. “Low interest rates, below-replacement pricing and strong local growth will make 2015 an exciting time to be an owner and seller, but it might ring in a ‘sticker-shock’ year for the tenant and buyer.”

Based on market data and trends among his clients, Hamilton expects metro Phoenix’s average 11 percent industrial vacancy rate to fall by 50 or more basis points, to the 10.5 percent range by mid-year 2015. He also anticipates 2015 to set the stage for rent growth, which has remained stagnant for the past five years but that Hamilton believes will increase by 3 to 5 percent in 2015.

For 2014, ACBA members experienced the strongest activity among small and mid-size users. The most active submarkets included Deer Valley, Southwest Phoenix and Central Phoenix.

“Although Arizona has continued to lag most other parts of the country, I do believe we are on the road to recovery, and that 2015 will be more active in all aspects of our economy,” said Carl Johnson, ACBA charter member and Vice President at DAUM Commercial Real Estate. “It’s a funny market now. Inventory is tight but demand is lukewarm. However, as populations grow, housing demand returns and 30 to 40-year-olds recover from recessionary setbacks, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties will most certainly pull out of that stagnant holding pattern.”

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Phoenix Rescue Mission Names New Board Members

Phoenix Rescue Mission announced its new board chair and board of directors for 2014 during its most recent board meeting held on Jan. 16. Mary O’Hanlon will serve as board chair alongside the 14-member board, including three newly elected members.

Since 1952, Phoenix Rescue Mission has been providing Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. O’Hanlon and the new board will work to increase public support of the Mission’s many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.

O’Hanlon, a Paradise Valley resident, previously served as the Mission’s 2013 board vice chair and she has been an active member of the nonprofit’s board for six years. She spent nearly 30 years as founder and president of Barclay Communications, a full-service public relations firm, representing clients on a local, regional and national basis.  The agency’s Feature Film and Entertainment division managed more than 10 motion picture studios and other high profile accounts for several Southwestern states. Under her leadership, Barclay Communications grew to be one of Phoenix’s top agencies, with a client roster that included Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Cirque du Soleil; WWE, Connections Academy, KSLX-FM, KUPD-FM, KDKB-FM, Arizona Broadcasters Association and more.

O’Hanlon’s work as a mentor and community leader is as impressive as her business building. In addition to her work with Phoenix Rescue Mission, she served as a member of Charter 100, Executive Women’s Roundtable and Commercial One. She has also served on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, AWEE (Arizona Women for Education and Employment) and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Bosom Buddies, a nonprofit group offering peer counseling to women with breast disease.

Additional Phoenix Rescue Mission Board Members

In addition to O’Hanlon, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s 2014 board-member roster also includes:

·         David Sanderson, professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Mayo Clinic of Arizona, was elected as board vice chair
·         Ron Eriksson, retired vice president of The Dial Corporation, was re-elected as board vice chair and treasurer of the board
·         Kevin Biesty, government relations director for AZ DOT, was re-elected as secretary of the board
·         Rick Cohen, general contractor and developer, was elected to the board
·         Carl Johnson, past board chair and retired president of Mattrix
·         Paul Reichert, president and CEO of PJ Brands
·         Kathleen Hall, community leader
·         Dennis Pickering, president and CEO of Behcon, Inc.
·         Mike Kuzara, operations manager for DS Waters
·         Paul Senseman, principal of Policy Development Group
·         Nancy Witherall, community leader
·         Brad Richardson, owner of The Legacy Gallery
·         Dan Saban, executive director of Trident Security Systems

For more information, call (602) 233-3000 or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.