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Jonathan Levy joins Sperry Van Ness

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy has joined Sperry Van Ness as an associate advisor and will work closely with veteran office brokers Justin Horwitz and Nicole Ridberg in the leasing and sales of office listings in Arizona.

Levy brings experience in real estate sales, land acquisitions, construction management, property management and real estate marketing strategies to the team. He previously worked with the City of Avondale and acquired extensive knowledge in the zoning and planning departments.

“Jonathan is going to be a tremendous asset to Sperry Van Ness and the office team,” said Horwitz. “Initially, he will be focusing the majority of his time towards the leasing effort at Metro Executive Park, but long term, we foresee Jon being a very productive agent in this business for years to come.”

Levy graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a B.S. in regional development.


Komen Phoenix Introduces Director of Programs

The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has hired Phoenix resident Lee San Miguel as its Community Health and Mission Programs Director. In this position, Lee will oversee the Komen Phoenix Affiliate’s current and future mission programs, including grant making, community outreach, education programs, community partnerships and public policy initiatives.

“During the course of my career, I have been involved in community health initiatives and have truly enjoyed it,” says Lee. “I’m excited about this position, which offers me the opportunity to make a difference in our community, from creating new and innovative community partnerships to enhancing breast cancer services and programs throughout central and northern Arizona.”

Lee’s previous experience incudes 10 years of development and coordination within the City of Avondale, five years with Arizona’s Department of Health Services and more than 10 years of community service in Colorado. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York, a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Planning from Metropolitan State College in Colorado. In addition, Lee is a certified facilitator and mediator.

“Lee’s strong background in creating successful, inclusive community teams, as well as his personal integrity and empathy for others, makes him well qualified to lead Komen Phoenix’s mission initiatives,” says Beverly Kruse, Komen Phoenix Executive Director. “He is also known for being an innovative problem solver, a skill that is extremely helpful in today’s economy and changing healthcare landscape.”

As Community Health and Mission Programs Director, Lee is responsible for helping Komen Phoenix meet the community’s breast health needs. He will lead the affiliate’s biennial community needs assessment and help develop strategic plans to close breast health gaps throughout central and northern Arizona. Lee will also represent the Affiliate among community organizations, public policy makers, volunteers and donors.

Lee lives in central Phoenix with his wife Kathy. The couple has two children and five grandchildren.

RED Awards 2012 - iPic Theater

RED Awards 2012: Best Retail Project, iPic Theater /Tanzy/Salt

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Retail Project was iPic Theater /Tanzy/Salt.

Best Retail Project

iPic Theater /Tanzy/Salt

Developer: iPic Theaters
Contractor: A.R. Mays Construction
Architect: TK Architects
Size: 50,000 SF
Location: 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Completed: January, 2011

iPic TheaterThe iPic Theater $6M retail project, an innovative movie and dining experience, took less than five months to complete at Scottsdale Quarter. The construction team overcame several challenges to produce a unique retail experience: limited scheduling, and weight restrictions involving acoustic concrete slabs. Working with an out-of-state architect and owner on this new prototype also presented challenges for the construction team. Changes were made from the beginning until almost opening day. Amenities include LED lighting around the radius  of the shimmer screens, which adds to the theatrical ambiance. At Salt, patrons sit at an oval-shaped bar set before a 28-foot-tall backlit wine bottle display.


Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

American Sports Complex- Retail Center

Developer: City of Avondale
Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc.
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Size: 20,000 SF
Location: 755 N. 114th Ave., Avondale
Completed: September, 2011

Video by Cory Bergquist

RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

EcoAvenues Earth Day Celebration, Green Scene

EcoAvenues Earth Day Celebration

As Earth Day approaches, companies are celebrating with events — both active and educational — that get residents into the “green” spirit. One such celebration is the EcoAvenues 2011 2nd annual collaboration of the Southwest Valley event.Green Ecoavenues blog 2011

On Saturday March 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College, families can enjoy a FREE day of activities that promote ways to see the latest in environmental products and services.

Hosts of the event include EcoAvenues, Buckeye Valley Chambers of Commerce, EMCC and the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.

EcoAvenues is a collection of cities and chambers that work together to help communities strive toward a sustainable community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about energy sources, hybrid emission transportation, recyclable building materials, innovative “green” technologies, locally-grown organic foods, and much more.

Kids will be able enter a kid-friendly zone full of fun-filled youth activities such as bike rodeo, face painting, eco-crafts, science project competition and live animals from the World Wildlife Zoo.

Bringing together businesses, organizations and volunteers help the Southwest Valley be an independent, more sustainable and healthier environment — guiding the lives of those in it to be better protected.

If you have e-waste — electronic equipment nearing end of use such as fax machines, computers and cell phones, Goodwill Industries will collect them and accept donations.

New and innovative technology exhibitors will display unique and organic products to enhance our everyday living and increase public awareness.

Showcase your company or city by contributing to being green.