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Living social: Promoting individual and professional brand

Remember when Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” was published in 2013? There were many tips for advancing one’s career, but one of the top five, as selected by Forbes, is to form a lean-in circle with one of the book’s online “circle kits.” In essence, it encouraged finding a group of other professional women with whom to share best practices and professional stories.

For women who work in commercial real estate in the Phoenix Metro, that group already exists as Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women, more often referred to as AZCREW.

From its monthly luncheons to its Black and White Affair, golf tournament and mentorship programming, AZCREW encourages its male and female members to build a community within the industry that’s welcoming and fosters a gender-neutral equality.

Decades before the dawn of social media, a professional network could only be built within the workplace and through networking groups.

AZCREW is one of the first such groups that catered to all women in the industry regardless of trade. AZCREW, which is celebrating its 30th year as part of the global CREW Network, hosts annual and monthly events where members can network in a professional environment.

The landscape of networking and professional awareness is changing with the increased adoption of social media, and members of AZCREW are looking more seriously at how this can integrate into existing promotion.

The Greater Good

Without visiting your company’s website, can you recite its mission statement or slogan? Can you pull its logo’s shades out of a color wheel? How about sharing some history behind your company’s origins?

Most employers have made it a policy to familiarize employees with their branding — what the company does and is working to project to potential clients.

However, in a day and age where some networking is moving to social media outlets, it begs the question of just how important it is to brand yourself as an individual?

In 2012, CREW Network surveyed 234 members and 16 executive level women using the Leadership Potential Indicator assessment tool by MySkillsProfile. The objective was to find the leadership strengths and deficiencies of its members. On average, members ranked highest in “monitoring quality” and “focusing on business.” Its lowest ranked categories were “taking risk” and “relating and networking.”

Strengthening its membership’s skills in the latter categories are a focus of the organization’s recent white papers.

Face Time Versus Facebook

AZCREW members seem to be immune to the status quo. Members of AZCREW say a perk of joining the organization is its in-person networking.

When Lincoln Property Company’s Krystal Dill was accepted to AZCREW four years ago, she joined the PR/Outreach committee. It allowed her to promote herself with a microcosm that could be applied to her business environment and the larger industry.

“Being involved in this reputable organization can provide countless direct and indirect results of self-promotion in combination with growing your network of high-quality colleagues,” she says.

Dill says in-person networking comprises about 80 percent of all professional connections, while digital networking is the remaining 20 percent.

AZCREW President-elect Christie Veldhuizen, vice president of operations at DTZ, says the split is more 90-10 for her.

“Personally, I prefer in-person networking…but I do like that through LinkedIn I am able to stay connected with people I am introduced to,” she says.

It’s more important, she says, for her company to have online promotion.

“For DTZ, online promotion through our company website and social media is very important and something we continue to expand,” Veldhuizen says. “However, I understand that with company success there are more opportunities for individual success, so promoting one is not mutually exclusive to promoting the other.”

Dill, who handles marketing for LPC says there is room for improvement.

“I greatly support social media outlets as a marketing source, communicator to the masses and promotional tool for professional purposes,” Dill says. “Personally, I have not yet utilized them to their fullest. While the outlets serve as a great supplement for networking and promotions, the in-person touches and interactions will always be essential.”

Tuned in, Linked up

According to Pew Research Center’s Internet Project Survey in 2014, half of all LinkedIn users have college educations. This is the first time such information has been reported. More than half of all adults who use the internet are active users of two or more social networks. While Facebook is the most popular of the social media sites, Twitter and LinkedIn have seen jumps in usage by adults year over year since 2012. In fact, according to the study, LinkedIn is the second-most used social media network after Facebook.

“The thought leadership in CRE on social media seems male dominated, so room exists for female voices in the conversation,” says Barbi Reuter, COO of Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, and Tucson CREW and CREW National board member. “I’m surprised not to see more, as we are typically connectors, and engagement is key to success in the social sphere. I do see a higher presence for women in LinkedIn than Twitter. Women’s voices are more predominant in Twitter in the retail and marketing spheres, than in finance and pure brokerage.”

It may just be about getting it right.

“Some users abuse social media by utilizing the outlets to post content that is not ‘public worthy,’” says Dill. “Unfortunately, these spammers affect the overall perception of social media in today’s culture. This has led to misunderstandings that using social media is ego-driven and selfish. Social media should be used to be promote confidence and personal publication via meaningful content.

“One of the best aspects of this industry are the incredible women mentors at our fingertips,” Dill says. “Their counsel and expertise has been invaluable as I’ve navigated my way through my career thus far. With their guidance, I have successfully asked for raises and/or modifications for my position. Social media has served as the communication tool to inform the market of my promotion and/or title change(s). These days, I believe this is how most of our network is informed. It creates community and a sense of place among the industry. I should have done those things sooner!”


Arizona Restaurant Week celebrates evolution of Arizona’s taste

Early anticipation for Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, May 15 through the 25, shows how much of a “foodie” town the Phoenix-Scottsdale area is becoming, said Arizona Restaurant Association President and CEO Steve Chucri.

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week celebrates the Arizona food scene with more than 100 restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus between $33 and $44.

There are currently 32 restaurants’ menus available to view at arizonarestaurantweek.com

“Arizona has always had Mexican food and another kind of Mexican food,” Chucri joked. “But it has evolved immensely over the years, especially in the past five.”

Scottsdale has been recognized as the second best “foodie town” by Livability.com, USA TODAY and publications like Forbes.

Arizona is about a decade behind other cities like Montreal, Chicago and Boston, Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca, of FireSky Resort & Spa, said.

Although in 2014, for the second consecutive year, the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast said Arizona will lead the nation in restaurant industry sales growth and projected to post the fastest growth in restaurant jobs in the next decade.

De Francesca said Arizona has all the tools to become better. The wonderful sunny weather allows for open rooftop restaurants and concepts that other cities can’t invest in all year-round.

By bordering California and Mexico, the quality of produce like vegetables and fresh fish also becomes higher.

“(Arizona) it’s diverse. There is strong southwest influence,” De Francesca said. That means chilies, dried peppers and smoked meats, he said.

California is a big window, which has an Asia meets Europe meets North America feel that also influences Arizona’s special cuisine, De Francesca said.

For example, one of De Francesca’s appetizers at the Taggia restaurant is a warm salad made of roasted corn with a spicy sauce, queso fresco, crumbled corn nuts and lime.

Apart from the obvious influences, Spring Arizona Restaurant Week’s restaurants offer Italian, Indian cuisine and even Fondue. Various restaurants will also vegetarian and gluten-free options.

If the Spring Arizona Restaurant Week has not got you excited, there is also an Arizona Breakfast Week in the works, Chucri said.

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week is really a celebration of food, family, what Arizona has to offer and affordable for those 10 days, Chucri said.

“This isn’t going to be a flash in the pan, no pun intended,” Chucri said. “This is going to be long-running and we are going to see more Arizonans embracing Arizona’s culinary fair.”


Knight Among Most Trustworthy Companies

Knight Transportation, Inc., one of North America’s largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, announced it was named one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine.

”Knight Transportation is honored to be ranked on the Forbes Most Trustworthy Companies list with many other well respected companies. Our business is built on a culture of integrity, hard work, and dedication. We are committed to operating our business with a high level of credibility and to bringing value to all of our stakeholders,” said Kevin Knight, Chairman and CEO.

Knight Transportation ranked in the top 10 among mid cap level companies ($1-5 billion annual revenue) with an AGR score of 96 out of 100 points.

Each year Forbes tasks GMI Ratings to review the accounting and governance behaviors of approximately 8,000 publicly traded companies in North America. Several factors are considered such as consistency, accounting transparency, appropriate management practices and lack of high risk events in order to rate companies with an AGR or Aggressive Accounting and Governance Risk score. Companies with the strongest AGRs are sorted based on cap level and ranked according to highest score.

To view the Forbes list, go to Forbes.com.

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation services using a nationwide network of service centers in the U.S. to serve customers throughout North America. In addition to operating one of the country’s largest tractor fleets, Knight also partners with third-party equipment providers to provide a broad range of truckload services to its customers while creating quality driving jobs for our driving associates and successful business opportunities for owner-operators.


Casino Del Sol Resort Achieves 4-Star Rating

Casino Del Sol Resort, an enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was recently named to the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Recognized for exceptional service and amenities, it is the only casino resort in the state of Arizona to receive the coveted four-star rating.

The overall property was awarded, as well as Hiapsi, the luxurious spa retreat offering treatments inspired by Native American healing rituals, and PY Steakhouse, Casino Del Sol Resort’s contemporary, fine-dining restaurant. The 2014 Forbes four-star rating is the latest addition to the property’s list of accolades. Garnering numerous national and local recognitions, Casino Del Sol Resort is also a AAA Four Diamond recipient, and 2012 and 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner for PY Steakhouse.

“Achieving this honor is a remarkable accomplishment for Casino Del Sol Resort. It is a testament to the countless contributions of our dedicated and passionate team members, and would not be possible without them, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the guests of our award-winning casino resort,” said Jim Burns, CEO of Casino Del Sol Resort.

Since 1958, Forbes Travel Guide ratings have been the gold standard of luxury travel. The requirements are the most stringent in the industry with more than 500 criteria evaluated to determine a star rating.

“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as guideposts for consumers seeking exceptional travel experiences, and our primary mission is to serve the consumer,” said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its star ratings and to view the complete list of 2014 winners, visit www.forbestravelguide.com.

For more information about Casino Del Sol Resort or to book a reservation, visit www.CasinoDelSolResort.com.

Inilex Named to Forbes Most Promising List

Inilex, a leading provider of telemetry solutions for vehicles, has been named to a list of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes magazine. This marks the second time that Inilex has ranked on this prestigious list, which recognizes the fast-growing, private U.S. businesses with brilliant prospects.

Inilex manufactures and sells SkyLINK – an intelligent vehicle recovery system that uses GPS and cellular technologies to locate stolen vehicles in real time. The company has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, gaining a strong foothold among auto dealerships and consumers, expanding into vehicle monitoring and fleet management, and forming strategic partnerships that broaden its reach.

“It’s immensely gratifying to have our company acknowledged by a well-respected organization like Forbes,” said Michael Maledon, CEO of Inilex. “While we’re hugely proud of our top-line growth, our goal has always been to build the foundation for a business that can achieve sustainable growth. With our commitment to providing our customers with industry-leading technology and exceptional service, we’re confident that we have all of the ingredients to succeed over the long haul.”


Inilex Ranks on Deloitte Technology Fast 500

Inilex, a leading provider of aftermarket telemetry solutions for vehicles, today was named to the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ list, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Inilex’s placed No. 441 on the list.

This honor marks yet another major recognition for the company, which continues to experience tremendous growth and market success. Earlier this year, Inilex was named to the Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies, and it placed for the second consecutive year on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the country’s high-growth companies. In addition, Inilex was an honoree of the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) awards held by the Phoenix Business Journal.

“Inilex’s superior technology is the driving force behind our growth. Auto dealers, fleet managers and customers recognize that no other intelligent vehicle services provide real-time, nationwide technology coupled with excellent customer service,” said Inilex CEO Michael Maledon. “We’ve had notable success to date, and we anticipate even more growth as we expand our national network of dealerships, as well as our product lines, and continue to be a force in the telematics market.”

“The 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 companies are exemplary cases of those spurring growth in a tough market through innovation,” said Eric Openshaw, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader.  “This year’s list is a who’s who of companies behind the most exciting and innovative products and services in the technology space. We congratulate the Fast 500 companies and look forward to what they do next.”

Inilex manufactures and sells SkyLINK – the nation’s leading aftermarket theft recovery solution system, which uses state-of-the-art technology to locate stolen vehicles in real time. Inilex also delivers InilexGPS and InilexGPS Fleet, which are customizable platforms for large enterprise accounts to manage vehicle fleets, mitigate risk and track inventories in real time, enabling companies to connect to their mobile assets and workforces.


Inilex Named to Forbes’ List of America’s Most Promising Companies

Inilex, a leading provider of automotive theft recovery and telemetry systems, has been named to the prestigious Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list. Selected from thousands of applicants, Inilex was recognized by Forbes as one of 100 privately held up-and-comers with strong sales and hiring growth, exceptional management teams, sizeable market potential and strategic partnerships.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Inilex has experienced substantial growth in the past year, rapidly gaining momentum among auto dealers and consumers, and continuing to expand its line of advanced vehicle-recovery solutions. It has assembled a strong management team and built upon the success of its flagship SkyLINK vehicle-recovery solution with the introduction of both consumer and fleet monitoring services.

“Being named to this impressive list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies is a honor that recognizes the accomplishments of our entire team,” said Michael Maledon, CEO of Inilex. “Our development team has delivered state-of-the-art technology, and our sales and support teams have done an exceptional job in building loyalty with our customers.  As we move into 2013, we are poised to expand our market share of customers looking for the most advanced theft recovery and asset management solutions in the automotive industry.”

Inilex was also recently named to the Inc. 5000 list, which identifies fast-growing companies.

Forbes received applications from thousands of companies vying to be named ‘America’s Most Promising.’ To select and rank the list, Forbes evaluated a slew of variables to determine the companies’ trajectories.  It refined its search by partnering with CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data research firm that specializes in assessing private companies. CB Insight’s Mosiac software scans 45,000 sources to measure a company’s health. Mosaic gathered those myriad signals into a final score that Forbes uses as an initial guide in producing the list. After verifying sales numbers, speaking with each company and debating their merits and blemishes, Forbes produced its final ranking.


S.T.A.R.S. Receives Gold Best in Biz Award

Sleep Testing and Respiratory Services (S.T.A.R.S.) received top honors in this year’s Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. The company’s Director of Human Resources, Kara Chase, was honored with a Gold Best in Biz Award for Human Resources Executive of the Year.

Chase was recognized for her integral role in the 2011 S.T.A.R.S. asset purchase, and for her leadership and management as head of Human Resources for S.T.A.R.S. and its sister companies, Heartland Health and Clinical Research Advantage.

“Kara Chase has been instrumental in the success of S.T.A.R.S., Heartland Health and Clinical Research Advantage,” said Mark S. Hanley, Chief Executive Officer of S.T.A.R.S. “She was responsible for leading a series of initiatives to safeguard each company as it grew. This enabled us to manage our unprecedented growth while upholding our high standards for quality and service.”

More than 400 entries were received in this year’s awards program, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2012 were determined by an independent panel of 32 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as ABC, Businessweek, Computerworld, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Examiner, Financial Times, Forbes, FOX News, Hartford Business Journal, IDG Ventures, IEEE Institute, Inc., Insight Media, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Network World, The News and Observer, PC Magazine, ReadWriteWeb, South Florida Business Journal, Tech-Gaming, Techtalk, Upstart Business Journal, USA Today and ZDNet.

Orvin & Drake

CRA Receives Gold Best in Biz Award

Clinical Research Advantage (CRA) received top honors in this year’s Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. CRA received the Gold Award for Business Development Department of the Year.

Casey Orvin, Vice President of Business Development, and Amanda Drake, Director of Business Development, were recognized for their achievements in helping the company grow to become the largest and most therapeutically diverse integrated site network in the clinical trials industry.

“Casey Orvin and Amanda Drake have been vital to CRA’s substantial growth over the past couple of years,” said Mark S. Hanley, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Through their efforts, the number of clinical trials conducted by CRA increased by nearly 150%, and it continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.”

More than 400 entries were received in this year’s awards program, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2012 were determined by an independent panel of 32 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as ABC, Businessweek, Computerworld, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Examiner, Financial Times, Forbes, FOX News, Hartford Business Journal, IDG Ventures, IEEE Institute, Inc., Insight Media, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Network World, The News and Observer, PC Magazine, ReadWriteWeb, South Florida Business Journal, Tech-Gaming, Techtalk, Upstart Business Journal, USA Today and ZDNet.