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East Valley Partnership will host SRP forum on water

East Valley Partnership, a coalition of civic, business, educational and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix, is hosting a Salt River Project lunch forum, “Keeping Water Flowing” beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, located at 60 E. 5th St. in Tempe.

Attendees of the SRP Forum event will hear remarks from Governor Doug Ducey, SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, and Sarah Porter, director of Kyl Center on Water Policy at Morrison Institute. 

“Arizona’s vitality comes from sound management, responsible action and finding smart solutions to complex problems. That’s especially true when it comes to how we manage our water,” said Governor Ducey. “Water is one of the most dynamic components of our state, and a crucial player in the health and strength of our economy – it’s imperative that we have our fair share. I look forward to working with our state’s leaders to protect this precious resource and ensure a prosperous future for Arizona.”

Governor Ducey will address the important role dependable, renewable water supplies have played in Arizona’s history and how water is essential for Arizona’s economic future.

“SRP has long understood the critical connection between economic development and dependable water resources,” said SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, “and we are eager to work with Governor Ducey to tackle these issues.” 

The SRP Forum is open to the public. Individual registration is $75 for East Valley Partnership members and $100 for non-members. Table reservations can be made for $1,000 for members and $1,250 for non-members. Presenting sponsorship is available for $3,500.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested online at www.EVP-AZ.org  or by phone at 480-834-8335 ext. 201.

East Valley cities come together over startup culture

The definition of a startup depends on who’s answering. The general consensus does seem to be a new, small company. The threshold of being a startup and a young business can be defined by revenue, company size, an acquisition or a new office space. What’s more important, experts say, is the environment that comes with having a “startup culture.”

It’s a burden multiple cities are shouldering, from Chandler’s Gangplank to SkySong in Scottsdale. A classic example is Infusionsoft’s expansion through different locations in Gilbert before landing its most recent location in Chandler. Heliae, which started at ASU Tech Park before relocating to SkySong and finally Gilbert — in a span of three years — is another example of cross-city commitment to retaining a startup. Gangplank co-founder Derek Neighbors says that even though one city lost the company to another, there’s still an idea that at least Infusionsoft stayed in the East Valley. Cities are now collaborating just to keep companies in Arizona. Once a startup company leaves Arizona, Neighbors says, it probably won’t come back. It’s just less expensive for a company to move to its chosen headquarters when it still only has a few employees.

Tanga.com, which made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies, is now moving into a business park in Chandler. The company, which has grown about 220 percent over the last few years, has increased its employee base from six to 35. For Neighbors, it comes back to culture.

While local success stories pave the way for growing companies, Neighbors says about 30 percent of the companies that use Gangplank’s educational resources, business services or co-working space leave Arizona. While some of the motives include a perceived lack of knowledge capital or lack of understanding of tech-related products, there are also a few real estate-related issues at play.

“There are many reasons a startup will chose to expand, but those reasons are outside of the control of the community,” says Gilbert’s Economic Development Director Dan Henderson. The city is hoping that the 3.3MSF mixed-use development Rivulon will attract more venture capitalists to Gilbert, and thus money to invest in the start-up culture.

“Our citywide goal is to attract, retain and grow business and industry. Working with entrepreneurs and developers, we’re able to meet needs of early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. In that community development focus, there is a diversity of real estate options,” says Henderson.

One issue developers and brokers should keep in mind, Neighbor says, is that these startup companies are looking between 2KSF and 6KSF of office space — not 40KSF. The other issue, he says, is that startups can’t sign five-year leases. There is no telling how fast a company will grow and how real estate demands will evolve over the time of a five-year lease. It’s much easier to find that space in San Francisco, Portland or Seattle, says Neighbors. Developers here, he says, don’t understand startups.

“It’s about having a full ecosystem,” he says. “Whether it’s co-working places or incubation places for two-person companies to start and grow and having a place for them to move into their next stage of 30, then 100 or 200 employees. As a region, we need to have that full spectrum to be collaborative as cities and commercial real estate partners.”

Henderson says Gilbert has looked at offering incubating, co-working and accelerator models to help entrepreneurs during different stages of their growth. It has also made the SizeUp tool available to companies that want to evaluate a product’s competitiveness and target market.

About half of ASU SkySong’s incubator businesses are startups. Developed by Plaza Companies, SkySong has become one of many East Valley hubs for the startup culture.

“Our region as a whole will be well-served by the kind of economic development that takes place organically within our community, and that’s what the startup culture provides,” says Plaza Companies President and CEO Sharon Harper. “SkySong has played an important role in establishing that culture as well as providing a destination for out-of-state businesses to consider.

“Helping companies grow through incubators has widespread benefits to the economic environment, including job creation and economic impact. Commercial real estate is a component of that — when we are growing companies from within our state, we are creating economic impact without having to rely on companies coming in from outside our state. So it’s another important pillar in our community’s economic growth with significant impact on commercial real estate.”

One brokerage has recently taken a keen interest in placing tech startups. Ryan Bartos, associate director of tenant advisory at Cushman & Wakefield, is a Millennial heading up the Phoenix office’s new C&WTechBeat effort. He and his partner at Cushman & Wakefield, Matt Coxhead, helped place Weebly, from San Francisco, as well as New York-based startup LearnVest into SkySong.

“It’s fun to work with these companies; they have great energy,” Bartos says. “They don’t want traditional office space. They need someone who understands and a landlord who is creative and flexible.”

Sometimes that flexibility comes in a special termination clause or trading abatement requests for lower rent.

“I think it’s  great time for Phoenix, and we’re going to see more firms from California relocate to the Valley,” he says. “With firms moving from the Bay Area at an enterprise level, like Weebly, it further validates that our market is able to sustain that industry.”  


East Valley Partnership hosts Statesperson’s Luncheon

The East Valley Partnership, a business advocacy group dedicated to improve business and quality of life in the East Valley region of Greater Phoenix, is hosting the Statesperson’s Luncheon at noon on Monday, March 30 at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) located at 1601 W. Main Street in Mesa, Ariz.

Attendees of the Statesperson’s Luncheon will hear from Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) and Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-5) on various topics regarding the PHX East Valley. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the two congress representatives questions related to recent bills, immigration, education reform and budget, and the most important issues in their respective districts. 

The Statesperson’s Luncheon is open to East Valley Partnership members and the public. Individual registration is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Table reservations can be made for $600 for members and $750 for non-members. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by March 26 online at www.EVP-AZ.org  or by phone at 480-834-8335 ext. 201.

Final Rendering

Ronald McDonald House Completes $2.1M Capital Campaign

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley.

Renovation has begun on the 12,600 square foot former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, which is expected to open in November. The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health.

The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 2 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen, living and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults and children. When completed, and in combination with the other two Ronald McDonald Houses, up to 79 families will have a home-away-from home every night. The new House will provide 5,840 nights a year.

“We now know it’s possible to be relieved and thrilled at the same time,” said Executive Director Nancy Roach, who has been at the helm of the organization for 14 years and has overseen fundraising and construction of two of the three Ronald McDonald Houses in the Valley. “Being able to serve families in the East Valley has been a longtime goal of ours. The community fully understood that by helping to fund this project, they ensure that families traveling to Cardon Children’s Medical Center can stay close to their children.”

The original Ronald McDonald House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The $2.1 million was secured primarily through private donations from individuals, foundations, corporate supporters and Valley-based McDonald’s owner/operators, who have committed to provide up to $150,000 of required operating expenses for the first three years. The Ronald McDonald House does not receive direct funding from the McDonald’s Corporation, but is generously supported by McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators in Central and Northern Arizona.

Among the largest donors to the project are the Gila River Indian Community, The Kemper Marley Foundation, The Halle Family Foundation, SRP, The Thunderbirds, Ronald McDonald House Charities Global and other generous community donors.

Plans for opening celebrations are underway and details will be announced later this summer.

HKS Architects of Phoenix designed the new house. UEB Builders is the general contractor.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com. For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.


Banner Children’s Academy to open in Tempe

Students with autism, emotional and learning disabilities will have a new place to learn this fall when a nationally-accredited school, specifically established for their needs, moves to a larger, more expansive location in the East Valley. Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health in Scottsdale, opens for classes on Aug. 6 in Tempe.

Formerly known as the Howard S. Gray School, the Banner Children’s Academy is moving to a 15,000-square-foot location, which more than quadruples its size from its Scottsdale campus. The academy is accredited by the North Central Association and approved by the Arizona Department of Education. It focuses on teaching and nurturing emotionally fragile students, including those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The Banner Children’s Academy is for students in fourth through 12th grades.

One of the cornerstones of the school’s mission is to help their students prepare for life after high school. With the school’s move, there are renewed focus areas to help students develop practical work skills following graduation. Specific educational program focus areas include videography, culinary arts, agriculture, exotic animal care and computer skills.

“Our programs emphasize practical living and work skills which are critical for preparing students for life beyond high school,” said Dave Bachmann, an instructor at Banner Children’s Academy, who has taught at the school for more than 30 years. “That’s where the school and its new, expanded offerings will have huge impacts on the community and the kids who attend the school. Most of the students who graduate from our school take the skills they have acquired here and expand upon them in vocational and college settings.”

With two instructors per classroom, the academy’s student-teacher ratio is six-to-one. Classes focus on individualized learning plans tailored to meet the specific needs of the student. All instructors at Banner Children’s Academy are certified in both special education and in specific subject areas. Enrollment scholarships are available through the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship and Arizona Scholarship funds.

The new campus, located at 1410 West 10th Place in Tempe (south of University and Priest drives), includes a teaching kitchen, a science lab, an auditorium, an apartment unit to help teach independent living skills, an animal habitat learning center and a self-sustaining organic garden.


CORE Institute Opens 5th Physical Therapy Location

To support its growth and complement their orthopedic practice in the East Valley, The CORE Institute announced it has opened a new Physical Therapy location on the Banner Desert Medical Center campus at 1450 S. Dobson Rd. Suite A-302 in Mesa.

“The CORE Institute is excited to expand our physical therapy services to effectively serve our patient’s needs,” said Dan Neal, PT, MSPT, Vice President of Physical Therapy of The CORE Institute. “Expanding our physical therapy services will allow patients to receive a continuum of care from the clinic through the physical therapy, thus allowing us to track results and utilize best-in-class care to promote optimal outcomes for our patients.”

The CORE Institute has six clinic locations and five physical therapy locations across the Valley and accepts most insurance plans. Mesa Physical Therapy is open from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To make an appointment or for more information, call 1.866.974.2673 or visit www.thecoreinstitute.com.


Maracay Homes Opens 14th New Community for 2013

Maracay Homes celebrates the opening of two new East Valley neighborhoods at the Bridges of Gilbert master-planned community in Gilbert this month, where all-new floor plans with thoughtfully designed features await buyers eager to purchase a home in one of metro Phoenix’s most popular residential areas.

Prospective buyers are invited to virtually tour Arch Crossing at Bridges at Gilbert and Trestle Place at Bridges at Gilbert at www.MaracayHomes.com. Models also will be open for in-person tours starting from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th, at the neighborhoods, located on Ocotillo Road, east of Higley Road.

With its abundant recreation paths, neighborhood parks and family-friendly amenities, The Bridges at Gilbert is the perfect setting to showcase Maracay Homes’ New Arizona Living Collection of all-new contemporary home designs featuring more convenience, connectivity and choices. Arch Crossing offers six one- and two-story designs from the Insignia Collection, ranging from 1,980 to 3,769 square feet. A broad selection of features, such as spacious great rooms for centralized gatherings, walk-in kitchen pantries for additional storage and a secret passageway from the master closet to the laundry room, anticipate the lifestyles of today’s buyers. Bonus suites, 3-car garages, wrap-around porches and more, depending on the plan, complete the layouts.

Maracay Homes’ Trestle Place neighborhood at The Bridges at Gilbert, meanwhile, features one- and two-story plans from the New Arizona Living Collection’s popular Hallmark Collection. Front courtyards, expansive great rooms, walk-in pantries, bonus/teen/game rooms, generation suites and casitas, Jack-n-Jill bathrooms, 3- and 4-car garages and more, depending on the plan, are available in these spacious homes, which range from 2,302 to 4,152 square feet.

Home plans – which buyers can customize according to their individual needs using Maracay Homes’ FlexDesign® options – have been created with residents’ needs in mind. Each home in these two Gilbert new home communities are ENERGYSTAR® certified and built according to Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for maximum performance and cost efficiency.

Arch Crossing and Trestle Place at The Bridges at Gilbert are among 11 new-home communities Maracay Homes is opening throughout Arizona this year, and are expected to be welcome additions to the East Valley new homes landscape. With easy access to both the Loop 202 San Tan and Superstition freeways, The Bridges at Gilbert community is within easy driving distance of a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and employment opportunities.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Maracay Homes sales representative Shelly Miller at 480-458-7160.


Valley doctors seek women for clinical trial

Two East Valley doctors are working with Radiant Research to conduct a stage III clinical trial that will assess an investigational treatment for Female Orgasmic Disorder (FOD). Women experiencing FOD typically have trouble achieving a satisfying completion during sexual intimacy despite adequate arousal. Recent studies show that as many as one in four women are affected by this condition; however, there are currently no FDA-approved treatments for FOD.

Dr. Debra Wickman, Co-Founder of SHE, Sexual Health Experts in Gilbert, along with Dr. Randall Severance, Principal Investigator for Radiant Research, will be testing an intranasal testosterone gel that aims to treat FOD on an as-needed basis. SHE, part of the MomDoc family of practices, is the only clinic dedicated to sexual health in Arizona. Radiant Research is a comprehensive research company supporting the biopharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries. They have conducted more than 8,900 clinical and consumer trials.

For this clinical trial, researchers are seeking women between the ages of ages 18 – 65, who are generally healthy, in a sexually active relationship and have not experienced an orgasm in the past six months.   The trial will be conducted at SHE, which is located at 1760 East Pecos Road (Suite 516), Gilbert, AZ 85295. Participants may be eligible for compensation.  For more information, call 866-429-3707. The SHE clinic is unique in its focus on the mind-body connection.  A gynecologist and clinical psychologist team to diagnose and treat sexual health.

Dr. Debra Wickman is a gynecologist certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After several years in private practice she completed a post graduate fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a certified menopause practitioner and has experience in prescribing hormone therapy and treating problems related to aging, menopause and sexual concerns.

Dr. Shannon Chavez is a licensed clinical psychologist with a certification in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders. She completed her post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California where she worked with individuals and couples dealing with sexual compulsive behavior ad sexual health concerns.

SHE joins other practices under the MomDoc umbrella: Drs. Goodman and Partridge, OB/GYN in the valley for over thirty years; MomDoc Women for Women, a practice with all female providers; Healthy Pregnancy Perinatology, specializing in high risk pregnancy; Mi Doctora, a fully Spanish speaking women’s healthcare practice; MomDoc Midwives, where midwives provide excellent hospital based deliveries.




Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and day spa near the Cardinals’ training facility.

“It has been my dream to open a day spa, salon and ink studio ever since I left the NFL, “ owner David Barrett said. “With the opening of D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink we will bring a new offering to the area that fills the luxury salon and spa niche in the East Valley,” he said.

D’Antonio’s caters to the East Valley’s high-end clientele with a new salon, spa, and ink studio. The sleek interior is finished with dramatic designer fixtures and features a canary and pewter color scheme throughout. This lavish day spa is accessorized with eye-catching artwork, dramatic decor and glamorous chandeliers. D’Antonio’s is designed to balance masculine and feminine energy with a design that appeals to both men and women.

D’Antonio’s Day Spa offers clients a combination of services ranging from professional hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, licensed estheticians, and a body art/tattoo artist. D’Antonio’s offers women’s haircuts, color, and extensions as well as a range of men’s hair design options. A full service nail salon is also available as well as facials, peels, waxing and massages. Part of D’Antonio’s signature services includes scalp massage therapy using luxurious hair oils blended with aromatic herbs and florals custom blended for the salon.

D’Antonio’s also offers a high-end tattoo studio, the first of its kind in Arizona. This luxury, appointment-only atelier is ideal for elite clientele who want their ink done by top artistic talent in chic and private surroundings. With body art becoming increasingly popular, an upscale art gallery-type studio is becoming ever more prevalent and desirable.

Located just minutes from the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility, D’Antonio’s is geared towards serving East Valley residents with a high-end day spa and salon experience. D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink sets a new standard in the luxury salon and spa market. D’Antonio’s is scheduled to open in early August.

To learn more about D’Antonio’s Day Spa or to make an appointment visit their website: www.d-antoniosdayspa.com or call 480-878-4860 to schedule an appointment.

D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink

2040 S. Alma School Rd. Suite #22

Chandler, Arizona 85286

(480) 878-4860

Banner Good Samaritan

E.V. residents can preview Banner Health Center

East Valley residents and visitors can be among the first to see the new Banner Health Center at a free “Community Preview” from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the center located at 1435 S. Alma Road, south of the Loop 202 between West Pecos and West Germann Roads.

Participants can hear the opening remarks and join in the dedication at 8:30 a.m., followed by a celebration including healthy snacks, giveaways, children’s activities and information about Banner Health facilities and services. Community members are invited to meet the center’s primary care physicians and staff, tour the new center, and even make an appointment to see a physician.

Banner Health Center in Chandler will open for patient care on Wednesday, Aug. 7 starting at 7 a.m. Staff physicians will include two pediatricians, three family medicine physicians and one internal medicine physician with plans to increase in the future. Along with 18 exam rooms, basic imaging and laboratory services are also available on site for added patient convenience.

Banner Health Centers accept most insurance plans. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with same day and next day appointments available. Concierge staff answers the phones one hour before and one hour after center hours. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (480) 668-1600.

The center will offer a wide range of services including:
·         Well-child checkups and immunizations
·         Adult physcials
·         Care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma
·         Treatment for ear aches, sore throats and infections
·         Sports injury and fracture care
·         Minor skin irritation treatment
·         Cuts and suture removal

The Banner Health Center in Chandler is the third of four in the East Valley to open after a shared groundbreaking on Oct. 25, 2012. Banner Health Center in Queen Creek opened May 1; a center in Gilbert opened May 22 and another will open in East Mesa in early September. An additional Banner Health Center opened in Goodyear within the planned community of Estrella on July 10, joining the existing Banner Health Centers in Peoria/Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye in the Verrado Community, Maricopa, and South Loveland, CO.


Eastmark Grand Opening on June 1

The first new large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years will hold a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 to showcase its first phase of residential homes and the first phase of the Eastmark Great Park. Eastmark, located in the heart of the East Valley, is a vibrant new community focused on creating a connected life for its residents, employers and visitors.

To debut Eastmark to the public, DMB is planning a day of festivities that will include music throughout the parks system, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages to encourage the community to discover the lifestyle at Eastmark.

Tours of 20 new home models from seven homebuilders will be available to guests. Every home design in Eastmark features a new floorplan.

Eastmark’s phase one builders are:
Maracay Homes
Mattamy Homes
Taylor Morrison
Woodside Homes
Ryland Homes
Standard Pacific Homes
Meritage Homes Corporation

At the grand opening, visitors will be able to explore The ‘Mark, Eastmark’s Visitors and Community Center, enjoy the first 10 acres of the Eastmark Great Park, 11 neighborhood parks, piazzas and plazas and landscaped, tree-lined streets and parkways. Trollies and pedicabs will take guests around the community to enjoy outdoor concerts, kite flying and other demonstrations, food trucks and refreshments throughout the day.

“Eastmark is one of the most thoughtfully designed communities in the country. In our planning, we’ve artfully blended residential areas, employment cores, recreation and commerce to complement each other,” said Dea McDonald, DMB’s Senior Vice President and Eastmark’s General Manager. “Eastmark’s grand opening will give guests an opportunity to engage in ‘Life in Motion’ and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and exciting looks at this community which is unlike anything else in Arizona.”

WHAT: Eastmark’s Grand Opening – Life in Motion
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013
WHERE: Ray and Ellsworth Roads in Mesa
COST: Admission is Free


Ongoing Fun
Star in the Eastmark Ad Campaign – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Eastmark Great Park
DJ – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Eastmark Great Park
Tillerman at Leisure World Yacht Club Demonstrations – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Eastmark Great Park Lake
DMB Community Life Block Party – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Kinetic Park
Summer Snowplay– 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Cambium Court
Face Painting – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Cambium Court
Food Trucks Open – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Eastmark Great Park
Udder Delights
Aji Mobile Food
Sandra Dee’s Kitchen
Kinetic Point
Gourmet Command Center
Liberty Biscuit
Figueroa Green
Goodness Gracious Great Balls and Sliders
JG Superweenie

10:00 a.m.
Yoga in the Park – 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Selenium Park
Jodi Light and The Shining Star Band – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Cambium Court
Arizona Sport Coalition Soccer Demonstrations – 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Lincoln Square

10:30 a.m.
Change on Three Jazz Group – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Lumiere Garden
White Crane Tai Chi Instruction – 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Radiant Grove

11:00 a.m.
Yoga in the Park – 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Selenium Park
Rock Lobster Band – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Kinetic Point
Brad Zinn Magic Show – 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Cambium Court
Arizona Sports Coalition Soccer Demonstrations – 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Lincoln Square

11:30 a.m.
Jodi Light and The Shining Star Band – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Cambium Court
Center for True Harmony Wellness – Stress Management – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Lumiere Garden
White Crane Tai Chi Instruction – 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. – Radiant Grove

12:00 p.m.
Yoga in the Park – 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. – Selenium Park
Arizona Sport Coalition Soccer Demonstrations – 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. – Lincoln Square
Change on Three Jazz Group – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lumiere Garden

12:30 p.m.
Rock Lobster Band- 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Kinetic Point
Brad Zinn Magic Show – 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Cambium Court
White Crane Tai Chi Instruction – 12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Radiant Grove

1:00 p.m.
Yoga in the Park – 1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Selenium Park
Jodi Light and The Shining Star Band– 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Cambium Court
Arizona Sport Coalition Soccer Demonstrations – 1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Lincoln Square

1:30 p.m.
Sirocco Jazz Group – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lumiere Garden
White Crane Tai Chi Instruction- 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Radiant Grove

2:00 p.m.
Rock Lobster Band– 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Kinetic Point

2:30 p.m.
Night Groove Band – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Cambium Court
Center for True Harmony Wellness Relaxation Techniques – 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Lumiere Garden

3:00 p.m.
Sirocco Jazz Group – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Lumiere Garden

3:30 p.m.
Rock Lobster Band – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Kinetic Point

4:00 p.m.
Night Groove Band — 4:00 p.m. – 5 :00 p.m. – Cambium Court


Shea Homes reports steady sales for Q1

Shea Homes saw its sales hold steady through the first quarter of 2013, with its West Valley communities seeing higher than normal sales. Close to two thirds of the sales for Q1 came from Shea’s West Valley communities in Peoria, Buckeye, and Litchfield Park, which is a turn from the boom of its East Valley communities.

“Our overall traffic is up and sales have remained steady from last year, which was a huge recovery over 2011,” said Ken Peterson, VP of Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes. “We have seen hot spots in the West Valley- specifically our luxury homes at Vista Montaña in Peoria, where home prices have averaged $600,000.”

Shea’s two newest product lines, luxury homes and luxury villas, have shown tremendous growth so much so that an additional 23, out of a total of 43 homesites, were opened at Vista Montaña II earlier this year and the luxury villas are being expanded to a new community breaking ground in Verrado later this summer. The new community, called Vallarta at Verrado, will feature 63 homesites with luxury villa floor plans similar to Shea’s Vistancia community; Caletas at Blackstone.

Shea has been active in the East Valley as well, specifically San Tan Valley and Gilbert, where its innovative product SPACES at Evans Ranch has only one inventory home left. Evans Ranch was opened in May 2012 and has sold out ahead of projections. Shea Homes is currently building 9 models at Marbella Vineyards opening late-summer and getting ready to break ground for models at their Bridges communities in Gilbert. With close to 500 lots soon available and showcasing a completely new approach to homebuilding Shea Homes continues to challenge industry standards.

“Our homes at Marbella will be something the Valley has never seen before in homebuilding, it will completely redefine the concept of how the industry has built homes in the past,” said Peterson. “This summer will be an exciting one for us.”


BASIS Selects Eastmark for Its Next East Valley School

The nationally renowned charter school BASIS has selected Eastmark for its next East Valley campus. Construction on BASIS Mesa at Eastmark commences in March 2013.  The new school is set to open fall 2013.

“BASIS is our first 5-12 educational partner and a perfect fit for this community.  Eastmark’s central location in the East Valley will give hundreds of children more opportunities to earn a world-class education, which is a tremendous value for kids, their families and our region’s future workforce,” said Dea McDonald, Senior Vice President of DMB Associates and General Manager of Eastmark.

“Every DMB community features education and lifelong learning among its Community Life pillars, which are empowered by partnerships that extend far beyond the classroom.  We’re delighted to bring to future residents and neighbors this charter school option in the early phase of Eastmark,” added McDonald.

The new BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will complement the East Valley BASIS programs.  Because of the strong interest by parents and students, the BASIS Board of Directors agreed there was enough demand to develop another school in the East Valley, explained Craig Barrett, retired Chairman/CEO of Intel Corporation and Chairman of the Board for BASIS Schools Inc.

“Our BASIS Chandler School has had a waiting list since we opened.  DMB brought us the opportunity to develop in their new community, in an early phase of the development, where we could be a true partner.  Its location, easy access to transportation and vision for the future made Eastmark the right choice for us.  We’re eager to grow another top performing school for the region,” Barrett said.

The BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will open with grades 5-10, adding grade 11 by 2014 and grade 12 by 2015. BASIS Mesa may also add K through 4thgrades in ensuing years.  The design and size of the new school will be similar to its Chandler and Phoenix campuses. The campus will be located adjacent to the Eastmark Great Park situated on approximately 4.5 acres. DMB is advancing the development and construction of Eastmark Parkway to meet the timelines of the opening of the charter school.

Families can sign up for the BASIS Mesa at Eastmark interest list at www.basislink.org.

The first phase of Eastmark’s residential development is in the Queen Creek School District.  The district does not have plans to build another campus in Eastmark in the immediate future.

Eastmark will host its grand opening on June 1, 2013 with seven builders offering homes in the first phase of residential development.

BASIS is the top performing school in Arizona with BASIS students ranked highest in Stanford 10 national test scores in both math and reading in 2012.
All BASIS schools are “A” rated by the Arizona Department of Education (“AZEd”).

Approximately 5,000 students attend BASIS schools with campuses in Tucson, Oro Valley, Scottsdale, Chandler, Flagstaff, Peoria and Washington, D.C.  BASIS is also opening new schools in Ahwatukee, San Antonio, and a new K-4 program in Tucson.


Valley media company creatively adapts for 40 years

There’s a quaint studio located in the East Valley that houses beautiful backgrounds, sets and camera equipment that can make any business owner or musician feel like a rock star. With its innovative technology, it is no wonder why so many different customers flock to Image Ave Studios, which is located on the border of Chandler and Gilbert. While the brand-new studios opened just three years ago, this video production company has deep roots in Arizona that go back almost 40 years.

Founded in 1972 by Arizona native James Rinkenberger when he was just out of college, the company started out offering only photography and other media production services. As the business became successful, Rinkenberger discovered an opportunity that would allow him to expand his business and reach more clients throughout the Valley. Rinkenberger decided that in addition to his photography services, he would also offer video production services to local companies.  From this concept arose Video Media Productions in 1975, which strived to create videos for businesses that would increase business-to-business communication.

“The challenge for me was, ‘Does anybody want what I do?’” Rinkenberger said. “I wanted to create clear and concise images to communicate. I have been passionate and overzealous about this topic because visually, in the 1970s, people just were not trained properly.”

The studio quickly made a name for itself in the Arizona business community and soon, Video Media Productions landed big-name clients — including the United States Supreme Court for a campaign to allow cameras in the courtroom; the National Guard during Operation Desert Storm; various cities to promote Senate bills; and with President Ronald Reagan on a public service announcement for the Boy Scouts of America.

As Video Media Productions continued to evolve, Rinkenberger wanted to create a definitive space for producers and their clients. So, in 2009, James founded Image Ave Studios, a company that combined his video and photo companies and allowed both businesses to operate as one entity. Very quickly, however, the company faced challenges because of the economic crisis. Despite the economic setback, Image Ave Studio was able to stay afloat by continuing to think of methods that differentiated itself from the competition.

“Starting in the middle of a recession, it made my company more creative and more efficient,” Rinkenberger said. “It is a whole new world now because there are so many creative kids and they offer their services cheaply. The only difference is that we have more experience with creating and meeting the needs of businesses today. We have had to re-invent ourselves and we have had to find more ways to fit in. Our success back then doesn’t mean anything now.”

Even with early hardships, Image Ave Studios has proved that it can stand the test of time. As Rinkenberger approaches retirement, he hopes his company will live on and that his love and passion will be shared with generations to come.

“My dream for the future of my business is, I’d like to pass the studio down to someone,” Rinkenberger said. “It has to be someone who is passionate and loves making communication processes for businesses like I do.”

Image Ave Studios
175 S. Hamilton Place, #115, Gilbert


Fulton Homes’ sales spike

It’s been a good year for Fulton Homes.

The Tempe-based homebuilder has seen a 46 percent increase in sales compared to last year through the week ending Dec. 16.  Although final numbers for the calendar year won’t be calculated for a couple more weeks, Fulton Homes has sold 692 homes so far.  That compares to the 463 homes sold in all of 2011.  Fulton Homes sold 358 homes in 2010.

“The market for new homes is definitely improving,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “We’ve seen increased sales at many of our East Valley communities, which is a testament to the housing recovery.”

Preliminary figures reveal that Fulton Homes sold more than 57 new homes per month for 2012.  The top selling developments include Ironwood Crossing (284 homes), Freeman Farms (217) and Fulton Ranch (109).  Ashcreek has sold 25 homes and Victoria Estates has sold 23 homes.

While the housing market is improving across the board, Fulton Homes set itself apart as the only homebuilder to maintain a consistent presence throughout the recession.  Fulton Homes has several communities in the East Valley, an area of the Valley that is seeing the most significant home-buying traffic.  In addition, Fulton Homes buyers have seemingly endless choices when designing their new home.  Buyers can choose from 5,000 upgrades at the Fulton Homes Design Center, and they have the ability to customize their homes at certain communities by adding a 52-foot garage, or a separate living space for extended family.

2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

2010 HCLA – Health Care Administrator

Honoree: Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA

Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA
Director, Community Integration
Catholic Healthcare West

Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA Director, Community Integration Catholic Healthcare WestAs director of Community Integration for Catholic Healthcare West’s two hospitals in the East Valley, Kathleen Dowler’s role is defined by the hospitals’ missions of serving the poor and disenfranchised, and collaborating with colleagues in the community.

Dowler manages six departments at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, employing a staff of 65, including several managers, nurses, administrative staff, and program coordinators. She is directly involved in creating outreach programs to provide health care services to children and families who would otherwise not be able to receive that care. Dowler also builds relationships with the local social services community to discover ways the hospitals can partner with them.

A registered nurse since 1984, Dowler worked for many years in various maternal child health roles for Chandler Regional Medical Center. In 2002, she became manager of community education, and was promoted to director of community integration in 2006. In just three years, she has expanded existing programs and developed new ones, including a diabetes center, sick kid care, new mom and breastfeeding support groups, a safe sitter class, and prenatal education for teens and Spanish-speaking mothers-to-be.

As part of working with the community, Dowler also is a member of such groups as the National Association of Maternal Child Nursing and the Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Coalition. Last year, she was named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year.

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Finalist: Bryan Gibson

Bryan Gibson
President, South and Southwest Region
Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro

Bryan Gibson President, South and Southwest Region Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro

Bryan Gibson, president of the South and Southwest Region for Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro, directs multi-region operations and provides valuable management insight to more than 5,700 personnel.

He also implements innovative business development plans and performance measures, and has earned a reputation as a significant contributor to business growth. A certified paramedic, Gibson has more than 24 years of experience in emergency medical services dating back to the start of his career in Booneville, Miss. Under Gibson’s leadership, Southwest Ambulance improved customer service to hospitals, care facilities, fire departments and communities. He introduced a system whereby all medical supplies on an ambulance are sorted into sealed bins and replaced at the start of every shift. Gibson also finds time to volunteer. He is an Explorer Program leader for the Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board.

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Linda McCoy, R.Ph., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Linda McCoy, R.Ph., Pharm.D. Director of Pharmacy Yavapai Regional Medical CenterAs director of pharmacy for Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Linda McCoy coordinates and implements patient-focused pharmacy services, is responsible for the department’s daily operations and manages 39 employees.

McCoy’s vision for her department, her hospital and Arizona’s patients is creating an effective and safe environment in which patients can heal. Although she heads the pharmacy department, McCoy maintains a broad knowledge of operations throughout the hospital, including the continuing development of medical and nursing policies and procedures, medical staff bylaws and medical staff committee structures. Throughout her career, which began at Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown, Ohio, McCoy has seized every opportunity to improve patient safety and ensure that Arizonans receive the best care. In addition, McCoy also devotes significant time outside of her workday to advance patient safety initiatives.

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