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Spirit Airlines Joins Phoenix Sky Harbor

Spirit Airlines announced today that it will begin operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on October 24. This news comes on the heels of the US Airways, now the New American, increasing the presence of the largest airline in the world in Phoenix and of Volaris Airlines announcing nonstop flights to Mexico starting October 19.

“Phoenix is open for business,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Our economy continues to grow with more visitors and clients traveling to our city and investing in our region. America’s Friendliest Airport serves as a hub of economic growth for Phoenix and we welcome expanded flight options at Sky Harbor.”

Spirit will fly nonstop daily to Dallas/Fort Worth beginning October 24 and add daily service to Chicago O’Hare and Denver International beginning November 7.  DFW is currently served by American/US Airways with 14 daily flights; O’Hare is served by American/US Airways and United with 5 daily flights; Denver is served by US Airways, United, Southwest and Frontier with 24 flights per day.

“These additional flights are evidence that the city and the airport have weathered the tough economic times and are ready for growth,” Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos said. “With their strong presence in Latin America, we hope that these are the first of many domestic and international cities that Spirit will serve from Sky Harbor.”

Spirit Airlines is based in Miramar, Florida and allows customers to save money on travel by offering ultra low base fares with a range of optional services, allowing customers the freedom to choose the extras they value. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet currently operates flights throughout the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean. The airline will move into Sky Harbor’s north concourse in Terminal 3.

“Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport fits Spirit’s growth strategy by continuing to take customers to the big cities they want to go to at an affordable price,” said Spirit’s Senior Director of Network Planning, Mark Kopczak.  “We look forward to serving even more travelers to and from the Phoenix area with Spirit’s ultra low fares and optional add-ons for a total price that’s tough to beat.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is among the top 10 busiest airports in the country, with over 1,200 daily nonstop flights to 100 destinations.

“We are delighted to welcome the airline into the Phoenix Sky Harbor family, and to offer passengers additional options to some of their favorite destinations,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Danny Murphy.

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HomeSmart International Expands Network into Texas

Real estate firm HomeSmart International continues its nationwide growth with the opening of its newest franchise in Cedar Hill, Texas. Based in Phoenix, HomeSmart began franchising two years ago, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry.

HomeSmart CEO and President Chuck Lemire believes this new partnership will continue the international growth of HomeSmart and provide great brokerage services through the franchise owners leadership and experience in the Dallas Forth Worth region. Dallas Fort Worth is one of the top five economic markets in the United States and HomeSmart is the number one independent brokerage firm in the Southwest.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Cedar Hill franchise owners Jonathan Cochran and John Gerhardt bring a unique mix of experience to HomeSmart. Cochran served in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer before entering the civilian work force as a real estate agent, while Gerhardt worked as a real estate agent for seven years before partnering with Cochran.

“After learning about HomeSmart and gathering an understanding of what the franchise offers for our clients and for our agents, my business partner [Gerhardt] and I chose to purchase a HomeSmart franchise and begin our new direction in real estate as HomeSmart franchise owners. It was an excellent choice,” said Cochran.

Gerhardt adds, “I have always had a passion to help others and real estate offers that opportunity in unique ways. My family and I are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we embark on this new endeavor with HomeSmart.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also positions its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing the agents to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States, with offices throughout ten states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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Texas homebuilder Gehan enters Arizona market

Gehan Homes, a Dallas-based homebuilder, announced the grand opening of its first community in Arizona, Hacienda at Greer Ranch in Surprise. One of the top 30 builders in the U.S., Gehan Homes is introducing a new series of homes targeted to the move-up homebuyer. A model home is now open at 11520 N. 156 Lane in Surprise where homebuyers can see the six new floor plans and 18 new front elevations that are exclusive to the Phoenix market.

“Our opening at Greer Ranch is a vote of confidence in the Phoenix market, which has clearly rebounded and where we see positive signs for the longer term health of the housing market,” said Tim Gehan, CEO of Gehan Homes. Gehan Homes will build in four Valley-wide communities during 2013.

The award-winning builder is drawing on more than 25 years of experience to meet buyers’ everyday living needs. Committed to delivering homes that are “Designed for Your Life,” Gehan offers a broad selection of hundreds of design options for discerning buyers.

“A Gehan home is one that fits the energy and flexibility of modern life,” Gehan said. “The new floor plans at Greer Ranch are designed for today’s lifestyles and feature open floor plans that better connect family members, three car garages and flexible spaces that can be personalized to meet a variety of individual needs.”

Homebuyers can choose from 66 homesites at Gehan Homes’ Hacienda at Greer Ranch community with energy-efficient floor plans ranging from 2,001 to 3,947 sq. ft.  Gehan Homes chose to build in Greer Ranch for several reasons, including its proximity to hiking trails, parks, shopping and more. Streetscapes are tree-lined and all of the homes are within walking distance of the Excelling Sonoran Heights Elementary School in the Dysart school district. With prices starting at $247,990, Gehan’s stylish Greer Ranch homes are perfect for active families who value being able to personalize a new home to fit their lifestyle.

Similar upscale homes will be built in the Vistancia, Palm Valley and Bridges of Gilbert communities by the end of 2013.

For information about Hacienda at Greer Ranch, call (623) 584-0903 or visit www.gehanhomes.com.

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Polsinelli Shughart Shortens Firm Name

Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April, 2013.

The firm’s February 2009 combination with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy was preceded by several smaller mergers and acquisitions. The firm has added over 150 attorneys in the four years since the Shughart Thomson merger. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“While our legacy firms and our history provides our foundation, we have become more than the sum of our parts. Most importantly we are all one firm today and our clients already refer to us as Polsinelli,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast.”

In its 40-year history Polsinelli has had multiple firm names including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus just before the firm successfully merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy and adopted the combined name of Polsinelli Shughart. The merger added Shughart’s well recognized extensive litigation experience to the firm’s established and growing corporate, healthcare, real estate and financial services practices. Adopting one name reflects true integration of services and firm culture.

“This decision reflects branding trends in legal and other professional services which have emulated longstanding practices in consumer marketing,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Allison Yurman. “From a strategic point of view, building brand equity around one name is more viable, and this change leverages existing name awareness by focusing on the shorthand already in use by clients.”

Welsh said the Shughart merger in 2009 brought critical strength in litigation and Shughart’s long, impressive history in Kansas City since the 1940’s. Many of the original Shughart attorneys hold key leadership positions at Polsinelli as practice group chairs and board members.

“We would not be where we are today without those who joined the firm through mergers and laterally.” said Welsh. “When we first merged with Shughart we all joked that both names were a mouthful. But the core reason for the name change is that it reflects who we are now and where we are headed strategically. We are confident the one name, Polsinelli, is easier for clients and will help us strengthen our national identity.”

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Ashton Woods Tops List of Most Trusted Builders in America

Trust is the new currency by which customers evaluate the merits of new-home builders, according to ground-breaking national research of more than 21,500 new- home shoppers in the Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study SM.

The study finds that three-fourths of customers (76 percent) report that trust is a critical criterion by which they evaluate the merits of a home builder before making a purchase decision, placing significant emphasis on the perceived trustworthiness of home builder brands. “Home builders need to begin to ask themselves how consumers see their brand in regards to trust if they wish to effectively compete in the current marketplace,” said Lifestory Research President and CEO Eric Snider. “We find that the trust held by a customer toward a home builder is playing a central role among home shoppers as they seek to reduce uncertainty in the high-risk decision of purchasing a new home.”

The Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study tracks 133 home builder brands in the top 27 housing markets in the United States.  However, for purposes of examining builders at the national level for this release, a builder brand was included if a builder was in the top 30 builders in the United States and was selling homes in at least three markets.  Based on this, the following brands were included in the national study of the Most Trusted Builders in America: Ashton Woods, Beazer, Centex, DR Horton, David Weekley, Del Webb, Drees, Gehan, Highland (TX), KB Home, KHovnanian, Lennar, M/I, Meritage, Perry, Pulte, Richmond American, Ryan, Ryland, Shea, Standard Pacific, Taylor Morrison, Toll Brothers, Trilogy by Shea Homes, and Woodside.

The Most Trusted Builder in America was Ashton Woods, the nation’s 25th largest builder selling homes in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio and Tampa.  Ashton Woods produced a Net Trust Quotient Score of 111, followed in order by David Weekley Homes (108.5), Trilogy by Shea Homes (106.9), Perry Homes (106.8), Drees Homes (106.8), Meritage Homes (104.2), Highland Homes of Texas (104.2), Taylor Morrison Homes (101.6), M/I Homes (100.8), and Woodside Homes (100.8). Trilogy by Shea Homes also was recognized as the Most Trusted Active Adult Builder in America.

In a shift away from product usage and satisfaction research, Lifestory Research’s investigation focuses on how brands influence the purchase behavior of home shoppers. “We have seen a fundamental shift in consumer psychology that has occurred in response to the massive social revolution that has taken place over the last several years,” Snider said.  “Consumers are referencing customer advocacy organizations less for product information; instead, people are turning to their peers, friends, and digital social networks to garner opinions.  Moreover, in the process of shopping for a home, consumers rely upon their direct experience they have with the multitude of builder brands in a given marketplace.  As a result, we have seen brands rise in importance in the consumer purchase process.”

The study, in its first year, evaluates attitudes from thousands of consumers who are actively in the process of shopping for a new home in one of the top 27 housing markets in the United States.  Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score.  This score is based on the fundamental perspective that every organization’s customer can be divided into three categories: “advocates” are customers who feel a significant trust toward a given brand; “neutrals” are customers who trust a specific brand, but they do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands in regards to trust; and “antagonists” are skeptics who have little, if any, trust in a specific brand.

The most effective way to gauge the trust of a brand is to take the percentage of customers who are trust advocates and subtract the percentage of people who are dis-trusters.  Scores are standardized (using z scores and t scores) with 100 being equal to the overall average.  Scores can array above and below the 100 point average.  Each Net Trust Quotient Score represents the net value of a brand on trust.  A brand with a high positive score is an indication that the brand is trusted by a large portion of the target market.  Conversely, a low score is an indication that the brand is not trusted by the consumer marketplace.

To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have met all of the following criteria:  Household located in the metro area of one of the 27 markets in the study (see link for list of markets), a household income in excess of $50,000, between the ages of 25 and 69, actively shopping for a home during the last 90 days, and with intentions of owning their next home (versus renting).

Detailed information about the study can be found at www.lifestoryresearch.com/builderrankings.

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Scottsdale ranked No. 1 for Republican singles

While Democrats had a big win with President Obama this week, Republicans, do not fret. As a consolation prize for the presidential race, Chemistry.com has released the Top 10 Cities Where Republicans are Still Irresistible. The site reveals where conservatives are in the highest demand online, showing the top U.S. cities where red reigns. Republican singles in Scottsdale receive the most attention, followed by the swing state of Florida and then historically conservative Texas. You can find the full blog post here.

Top 10 Cities for Republicans to find their like-minded match:
1. Scottsdale
2. Jacksonville, FL
3. Dallas, TX
4. Houston, TX
5. Colorado Springs, CO
6. San Antonio, TX
7. Oklahoma City, OK
8. Virginia Beach, VA
9. Raleigh, NC
10 Charlotte, NC