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Greater Phoenix export market heats up

Greater Phoenix is now responsible for 68.3 percent of the state’s exports – up from 65.4 percent in 2014 – Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay announced in a presentation to the Mayor and City Council.

Citing growing trade with Mexico, exports in the Phoenix metro area and the rest of Arizona are up sharply – more than 12 percent — while exports are declining throughout the rest of the country, Mackay said.

The progress report was delivered at the request of Mayor Greg Stanton, who set the goal to double Phoenix’s exports to Mexico by 2020 and double all exports by 2025. The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that ProMexico, the Mexican government’s global economic development agency, will open a trade office in Phoenix. Phoenix has opened a trade office in Mexico City and Stanton led nearly a dozen trade missions to Mexico since 2012. He will lead a delegation of Arizona mayors on another in October.

“Yes, it’s outside the normal realm for cities to engage in international affairs, but we had to grab the bull by the horns,” Stanton said of City of Phoenix efforts to boost exports. “We don’t have a choice, this is about our economy and creating jobs here locally. Exports will become an increasingly large part of our local economy and we need to continue our efforts full throttle.”

Mackay noted that Arizona is home to nearly 7,500 companies in the export marking creating 93,000 “traditionally pretty high-wage jobs.”

“The Mayor and this council are the ones paving the way,” Mackay told the Council.  “Not many other cities are doing this level of activity. It’s not just staff, you are on those trade missions and it’s having an impact.”

Through Stanton’s initiative and a partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, companies have been participating export readiness boot camp ExporTech since February.  Mackay reported that four of the first cohort of seven companies – Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, Dibble Engineering, Exos, Inc., Cavco Industrices– are now exploring export opportunities with Mexico.

The second cohort of ExporTech companies, which grew from seven to eight and now has a waiting list, started earlier this month.  It includes Cereus, Sun West Engineering, Inc., Movement Interactive, NeoLight, AguqSac, Old School Motorcycle Company, Prime Solutions Group and Wamore, Inc.

Stanton and the City’s Community and Economic Development Department continue to work with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, JP Morgan Chase, the Arizona Small Business Association and others to carry out the Phoenix Metro Export Plan.  The comprehensive regional export plan was the product of more than a year’s work, and it will serve as a roadmap to regional success.

“The recent announcement of the ProMexico office opening in Phoenix, and Mayor Stanton’s commitment to ensuring strategic alignment with Mexican government leaders and corporate executives, have really helped improve our trade relations in the region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The Mayor and his economic development team have made it a priority to increase Phoenix’s export position, and the results have been incredibly encouraging.”


Andy Romance to lead water team

Dibble Engineering added the new addition of Andy Romance, PE, as Senior Project Manager. Andy’s 29 years of progressive civil engineering design experience is combined with public policy-making government leadership and organizational management achievements. Andy’s diverse expertise will lead Water/Wastewater teams to best meet client needs and goals.

Prior to joining Dibble, Andy was Principal Engineer and Owner of Mountain Standard INC, Highline Civil Engineering in Payson, Arizona. Andy is a registered Civil Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Northern Arizona University.

Marina Heights is a development partnership between Ryan Companies and Sunbelt Holdings. Fellow Valley Partnership member Cushman & Wakefield was awarded the leasing assignment.

A valley of partners

Partner-to-partner transactions building up the valley
one project at a time

When Valley Partnership was founded 27 years ago, it was on the principles of responsible development. It has since grown to thousands of members throughout the commercial real estate community — from subcontractors to some of the largest developers in Arizona.

Eastmark includes a partnership between DMB Associates and Marham COntracting Co.

Eastmark includes a partnership between DMB Associates and Markham Contracting Co.

“In 2014 and beyond, Valley Partnership developer companies are the leaders of almost every major commercial real estate project announced, including Marina Heights, the numerous announcements of deals at Eastmark, and Liberty Center at Rio Salado,” says Valley Partnership President and CEO Richard Hubbard.

The members have rallied behind the idea of partnership, Hubbard says.

“These developers use Valley Partnership partners for all construction disciplines related to the project including planning, design, architecture, general contracting, engineering and even law and accounting,” Hubbard says. “Many of those ‘partner-to-partner’ transactions have come from long-standing relationships created through Valley Partnership. I would say that every level of partner in Valley Partnership, from board member to sole proprietor, is participating in the current commercial real estate building activity in the Valley.”

Some companies, such as Evergreen Devco, take the partner-to-partner very seriously.

Valley Partnership Chair of the Board Doug Leventhal is the principal and COO of Evergreen Devco. Though Evergreen has focused much of its recent work in Denver, the company finds exclusive value in partnership with fellow VP members for Arizona projects.

“I can say that for all our Arizona work, we tend to work exclusively with the companies that see the value in Valley Partnership and either are active members or active sponsors,” Leventhal says. “Our general contractors, for example, need to be members or sponsors almost as a prerequisite to getting our business. Our architects, engineers, attorneys and title companies need to be members of Valley Partnership — or have a good reason why they are not! It’s important to Evergreen that we collectively support Valley Partnership since we all benefit from its mission to promote responsible development in the Valley. We are all connected in this unique way.”

Liberty Center at Rio Salado is a partnership between Liberty Property Trust and Markham Contracting Co.

Liberty Center at Rio Salado is a partnership between Liberty Property Trust and Markham Contracting Co.

That unique connection, as DMB Associates President Charley Freericks sees it involves Valley Partnership’s advocacy role for developers as well as a genuine passion for making Arizona a great place to live.

“Valley Partnership understands that real estate isn’t the only driver of the economy,” says Freericks. “We are the beneficiaries of a strong and growing economy and it’s in our interest to make this a great place to live.”

Freericks, who has been a member for 10 years, served on the board of directors, was chairman in 2009, and has sat on multiple committees.

Most of DMB Associates’ partners at the developers’ 6,000-acre masterplanned community of Eastmark – and around the Valley – are Valley Partnership members, Freericks says.

“Over the years, we have worked with so many contractors, consultants and service providers who are members it would be hard to name them all,” he says. “In fact it might be difficult to find any that aren’t members.”

Valley Partnership has multiple avenues for paving those partnerships. There are 10 committees, including one for an annual golf tournament and a community building project. One of the most popular and frequent member events, is the Friday Morning Breakfasts — a monthly morning panel discussion about an industry trend featuring local experts.

Freericks reflected on a breakfast about the impact and trade partnership Arizona has with Canada as a particularly helpful one for his masterplanned communities of Eastmark and Victory at Verrado, which target Canadian homebuyers.

“Valley Partnership attracts important speakers and hosts debates of candidates for state and local offices which helps me make better informed decisions,” he says. “The Valley Partnership advocacy team was a huge help to the Fighter Country Partnership efforts to bring the F-35 mission to Luke. This will impact our economy for generations to come. Valley Partnership’s role as the champion for moderate regulation has impacted all of our properties over the years and will continue to do so.”

Heather Markham, vice president of Markham Contracting Co., says her company has been a member of Valley Partnership since 1992 and is also a Stewardship Sponsor. Markham has attended breakfasts for the last five years and is one of the students in Valley Partnership’s inaugural Young Advocates Program. As a co-chair of the Community Project Committee, Markham says she also appreciate’s Valley Partnership’s commitment to networking and giving back to the community.

“I believe this involvement in the community is critical personally as well as professionally for everyone,” she says.

Markham has been self performing grading, paving and wet utilities civil infrastructure in the Southwest since 1977. Though Valley Partnership has only been around since 1987, Markham says the company has worked with many current Valley Partnership companies for nearly four decades. Partners include DMB Associates (Verrado and Eastmark), Macerich (Sonoran Crossing), Sunbelt Holdings (Vistancia), APS, Grayhawk Development, Lennar, Vintage Partners, MT Builders, HilgartWilson, Pulte, Atwell, Dibble Engineering, Wood Patel & Associates, Hoskin & Ryan, Siteworks, Speedie & Associates, Trench Shore Rentals, Alliance Bank of Arizona and Cemex.

“Valley Partnership plays a very strong role in responsible development of the commercial real estate community and provides an excellent venue for all the stakeholders in the process to come together and discuss issues and concerns as well as success stories,” she says. “This promotes strong partnerships between cities, counties, towns, state, land owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers and every trade partner involved in making Arizona a great place to live and work.”

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Tim Wolfe Joins Dibble Engineering

Dibble Engineering announced Tuesday that Tim Wolfe, PE, has joined the company as a transportation practice leader. Tim worked for 27 years at ADOT where his positions included district engineer, assistant state engineer, project director, project manager, resident engineer and project supervisor. Tim served the last six years as the Phoenix maintenance district engineer where he managed over 5,000 lane miles of urban freeway and oversaw the delivery of a $50M operations and maintenance budget. Tim’s experience with the region’s urban freeway system and his close working relationships with municipal stakeholders improves Dibble’s ability to serve federal, state, county, local and private transportation needs.

As practice leader, Tim is responsible for the transportation practice’s business performance and ensuring conformance to Dibble’s goals in providing quality, timely and value-priced consulting services. He brings 30 years of experience in project management, traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, highway construction, operations and maintenance.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in civil engineering from Arizona State University. He is a registered civil engineer in Arizona.

Greg Haggerty, left, and Kevin Roberts

Dibble Engineering Elects CEO, Principal of Business Development

On Nov. 12, Dibble Engineering’s Board of Directors elected new officers Gregory P. Haggerty, PE, as Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Board and a firm principal, and Kevin W. Roberts, PE, as a firm principal. Haggerty and Roberts will join Kent Dibble, President, and Steve Rex, Chief Operations Officer, as the managing principal group.

Former CEO/Chairman Rich Perry will remain a firm principal and continue to contribute in a mentoring and advising capacity. His priority focus will be on furthering Dibble’s community outreach programs.

Haggerty will be responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the firm. His 20 years of experience includes 18 years with Dibble. Roberts, former Drainage & Flood Control Practice Leader, also with 18 years at Dibble, will be accountable and responsible for the firm’s Business Development and Marketing.

Bob Haneline, Dibble

Bob Haneline Assumes Leadership Role at Dibble Engineering

Dibble Engineering announced Robert K. Haneline, PE, CFM, LEED AP, as Practice Leader for its Drainage and Flood Control Practice on Thursday. Bob brings more than 18 years of experience in the analysis, design and construction of stormwater and floodplain infrastructure, utility infrastructure, and public/private capital improvements.

As Practice Leader, Bob is responsible for the Drainage and Flood Control Practice’s business performance and ensuring conformance to Dibble’s goals in providing quality, timely and value-priced consulting services. He brings strong leadership and experience managing multiple teams to evaluate engineering quality and performance, and ensure client satisfaction.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer, Certified Floodplain Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, and former State Chairman of the Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association.


Kevin Perko Joins Dibble Engineering

Kevin Perko, PE, joined Dibble Engineering as its Southern Arizona Office Leader. Kevin has more than 27 years of experience in multi-million dollar national and regional business development and project management. He has extensive technical knowledge and experience in all facets of civil engineering and construction management.

As office leader, Kevin will lead Dibble’s Southern Arizona business development and project management activities. Based in Dibble’s Tucson office, he is well-known and appreciated for his wide-range of technical knowledge and experience, sound decision making, and excellent business development and project management skills.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered civil engineer in 10 states and a member of ASCE.


Dibble Engineering Announces Opening Of Tucson Office


Dibble Engineering announces the establishment of a new office in Tucson.

Dibble Engineering provides complete civil engineering and construction administration services across eight specialized practices:

>> Airport Infrastructure;

>> Drainage and Flood Control;

>> Water/Wastewater;

>> Infrastructure Rehabilitation;

>> Site Infrastructure;

>> Survey/GIS;

>> Transportation;

>> Land Development.

The new office is at 177 N. Church Ave., #200, Tucson, AZ., 85701.



Dibble Engineering Names Peter Knudson Senior Project Manager For Airport Infrastructure Practice


Dibble Engineering hired Peter Knudson, PE, as senior project manager for its Airport Infrastructure Practice.

Kundson brings more than 27 years of engineering design experience and management of public works projects including airports, roadway, bridge, drainage, water and wastewater.

As senior project manager, he will oversee the Airport Infrastructure projects and further Dibble’s goals in providing quality, timely and value-priced consulting services. He has extensive experience leading teams of engineers and technicians in project design and construction administration.

Knudson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered Arizona Civil Engineer. During the past 18 years, he has served the City of Mesa CIP program in several important roles, including Assistant City Engineer, Acting City Engineer and, most recently, Deputy City Engineer for Construction.

Bob Haneline

Dibble Engineering Names Bob Haneline Senior Project Manager For Drainage and Flood Control Practice

Dibble Engineering has named Bob Haneline, PE, CFM, LEED AP, as senior project manager for its Drainage and Flood Control Practice.

Haneline brings more than 18 years of experience in the analysis, design and construction of stormwater and floodplain, water resources, utility infrastructure, and public/private CIP projects.

As senior project manager, Haneline will oversee the Drainage and Flood Control projects and further Dibble’s goals in providing quality, timely and value-priced consulting services. He brings strong leadership and experience managing multiple teams to evaluate engineering quality and performance, and ensure owner satisfaction.

He holds a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is a registered civil engineer, certified floodplain manager, LEED AP, and former state chairman of the Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association.


Rebecca Timmer - Kelly Lenhart

Dibble's Timmer Named to Advisory Board; Lenhart Tabbed For Fiesta Bowl Committee


Two Dibble Engineering employees recently were named to a college advisory board and a seat on the Fiesta Bowl Committee.

Rebecca Timmer, corporate relations for Dibble, accepted the nomination to the Wilkes University Mesa Advisory Board for 2013-14. Wilkes University established this board of advisors to better serve the City of Mesa in achieving its educational goals. The Advisory Board is made up of community, education and business leaders.

The Wilkes University Mesa Advisory Board will provide recommendations on a variety of topics including opportunities for enrollment growth, potential partnerships, community service and student internship opportunities, as well as insights into the local region and culture.

Founded in 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wilkes University is a private, higher education institution dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring. In January 2013, Wilkes began offering courses in Mesa towards a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.

Starting this fall, additional master’s degree programs will be offered in Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, English as a second language (ESL), and Classroom Technology.

Dibble’s Kelly Lenhart was selected as one of the 14 Fiesta Bowl Committee members for 2013-2014 season.

Lenhart is a Transportation Project Engineer with Dibble and has more than 10 years of design experience in civil engineering within Arizona. She is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and dedicates herself to giving back to the community through a variety of volunteer and fundraising events.

The Fiesta Bowl Committee is made up of business and community leaders who lead Fiesta Bowl’s fundraising activities and annual events. The committee members work together with the board of directors, sponsors, staff and volunteers to create experiences that promote Arizona’s economic development and give back to the community.

Christine Fanchi

Dibble's Christine Fanchi Named Outstanding Young Engineer of 2013

At the e-Week Gala, the Greater Phoenix Area Engineers Week Committee awarded Dibble Engineering’s Christine Fanchi the 2013 Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year award for her leadership and dedication to the engineering profession.

Fanchi has been a Transportation Engineer with Dibble Engineering for 9 years. She received her Civil Engineering degree from Auburn University and has served her profession and community through her leadership, volunteerism, and enthusiastic determination.

With more than 13 years of Transportation Engineering experience in Arizona, Christine’s experience includes roadway design and traffic design for municipalities across the state. Her professional goals include building stronger business development opportunities through professional organizational opportunities, project contacts, and personal relationships. She is an active member of many professional organizations, including ASCE, ACEC, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

National Engineers Week is dedicated to furthering education and importance of the engineering profession. Greater Phoenix Area Engineers Week was celebrated through educational outreach programs, a science fair event at the Arizona Science Center, and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding individuals in the profession.


Emy Burback

Dibble Engineering Names Emy Burback Marketing Manager

Dibble Engineering named Emy Burback, CPSM, its new marketing manager.

For more than 10 years Burback has been developing and implementing marketing strategies in the professional services industry.

As marketing manager, her focus will be to manage the marketing, branding and communications to further Dibble’s goals in providing quality, timely and value-priced consulting services.

Burback is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and holds the Certification as a Professional Services Marketer. She holds a bachelor of science in International Business from U.S. International University, and a masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.