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Educare Arizona names new directors

The Educare Arizona Board of Directors has appointed two new members: Leela Brennan and Mitch Moore.  Brennan, an experienced communications professional, has had the opportunity to partner with some well-known brands and personalities, including GoDaddy and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons. She is currently the Director of Marketing & Communications for Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG).  Brennan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and a Master’s degree from City University of London, and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and their son.

Mitchell Moore, a current member of Score Finance, LLC, has years of experience in fiscal management and leadership for Arizona organizations.  He serves several civic organizations including as a Fellow of The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Suns Charities 88, Mesa Leadership Training and Development, and the East Valley Partnership.  In addition to Mr. Moore’s professional experience he brings a true passion for youth education and dedication for improving Arizona.

John Scola, CEO of Educare Arizona stated “We are privileged to welcome Leela and Mitch to the Educare Board of Directors.  They each bring a unique and critical perspective to the work of Educare, and they will complement our current directors extremely well.  Together, we will change the conversation about early childhood education in our state.”

A 501(c) (3) charitable organization, Educare Arizona is part of a national network of Educare schools that is dramatically changing the life trajectories of thousands of children growing up in families facing the greatest obstacles to success and changing the way America thinks about early education. Educare Arizona is made possible with the public/private support of founding partners: Balsz Elementary School District, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Ibis Foundation of Arizona, Southwest Human Development, The Steve Nash Foundation, Whiteman Foundation and other local and national foundations.

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GoDaddy, Total Solutions properties sold in SE Valley

  • W-EH El Dorado Holdings JV VII, LLC purchased El Dorado Tech Center, a flex/back-office facility, for $18.6 million. The buyer, a joint venture formed by Everest Holdings, LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, and Walton Street Capital, LLC of Chicago purchased the180,480 square foot property located at 2299 W. Obispo Avenue in Gilbert, AZ. The seller of the building was J.L. Bates, LLC.

DTZ Executive Managing Directors Mike Haenel and Andy Markham, SIOR, Senior Vice President Will Strong, Senior Managing Directors Paul Boyle and Rick Danis, Vice President Marc Tuite and Associate Phil Haenel facilitated both sides of the investment transaction.

  • KH Chandler, LLC, a private investor, purchased a ±168,750 square foot warehouse/distribution property at 6920 West Allison Road in Chandler, AZ, for $4.1 million. Total Solutions, LLC will be relocating and expanding its operations to the project located in The Lone Butte Business and Industrial Park on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

6920 Allison Road_Front ViewDTZ Senior Vice Presidents Steve Mardian and Pete Klees and Vice President James Harper facilitated the REO sale on behalf of the seller, a financial institution.

Chandler-based Total Solutions partners with companies to provide all facets of outsourcing fulfilment, warehousing, distribution, transportation and corporate services. With the move to the Allison Road property, the company will be doubling its size. Built in 1983 and renovated in 1994 and 2005, the warehouse/distribution building sits on 12.28 acres with a fully fenced yard. The building features a 6,500 square foot office build out, 12 dock-high loading and five grade-level doors. The new owners will renovate the facility significantly.

The Lone Butte Business and Industrial Park is located within the Gila River Indian Reservation and is located at the confluence of Interstate10 and the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway. The park, which has been in operation since 1968, sits on approximately 800 acres and has more than 50 tenants.

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BestCompaniesAZ hosts Career Event for Women

BestCompaniesAZ is hosting its annual Career Event for Women Tuesday, April 28th, offering an array of positions to qualified candidates from more than a dozen of Arizona’s most progressive, award-winning companies. 

The career fair is being held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Western Spirit:  Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, in Scottsdale, AZ 85251. The BestCompaniesAZ Women’s Career Event is free to attend but advance registration is required by signing up at http://bit.ly/BCAZWomensEvent415.

At the hiring event, job seekers will find a roster of award-winning companies offering hundreds of open positions, at all levels, in the fields of finance, IT, engineering, healthcare, customer service/client relations, sales and hospitality. Sponsoring companies must have earned at least one prestigious state and national workplace award to participate, and most have earned many,  such as Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, CareerBuilder’s Top Companies to Work for in Arizona, Arizona’s Best Companies to Watch, FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® in America, FORTUNE Most Admired Companies, Military Times Best for Vets Employers, US Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best and other “military-friendly” company awards.

On Apr. 28th, registration and networking takes place from 2–3 p.m.  Speaker presentations are scheduled from 3–4 p.m.  Local author and banking executive Nicole Corning, and authority on women returning to the workplace, will be the featured speaker at 3 p.m. Additional networking takes place from 4–5:30 p.m.  Throughout the afternoon, company spokespersons will give short presentations on their workplaces, growth opportunities and corporate cultures. 

Featured companies include: Charles Schwab, Dignity Health Arizona, Synchrony Financial, USAA, GoDaddy, Hyatt Regency-Phoenix, Medtronic, Vanguard, ClearCall Solutions and Enterprise.  In advance of the event, the nonprofit Career Connectors has volunteered to offer free coaching and resume services to all registered career event candidates.

Denise Gredler, CEO of BestCompaniesAZ, says, “There is a huge demand for skilled customer service and sales personnel in Arizona.  If you’re feeling stalled in your career, looking to change direction or are returning after a leave, exploring starting positions at choice companies might be worth considering. These starting or lateral positions often evolve quickly into supervisory or management roles, particularly since most of these hiring companies are in strong growth industries and promote from within their own ranks first.  With time to learn the culture, develop new skills and build relationships, employees who choose this career path often enjoy the many perks that a top-notch company can provide while setting themselves up for management positions.”

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RED Awards 2015: Developer of the Year

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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Developer of the Year: Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Ryan Companies US, Inc., developed one of the coolest projects of the year (GoDaddy Global Technology Center), and is currently co-developing the largest office project in Arizona (Marina Heights). The two-story, 150KSF GoDaddy design-build was Ryan Companies’ ninth project constructed at the ASU Research Park, showing a dedication to fostering development that will influence innovation and economic development in Arizona. As serious as that sounds, that project features a slide and an indoor race track as well as many other amenities end users look for to snare a Millennial worker — and a RED Award. In November, Ryan Companies US, Inc., was named General Contractor Mentor of the Year by the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona for exceeding its M/WBE contractors spending goal by more than 207 percent in 2014. This created more than $18.5M in growth revenue to M/WBE companies.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Office Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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GoDaddy Global Technology Center

Developer: Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Contractor: Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Architect: PHArchitecture (Shell) ; SmithGroupJJR (Interior)
Size: 150KSF
Location: Tempe
Completed: September 2014

The office landscape is changing in many ways, with a strong skew toward playfulness. The GoDaddy Global Technology Center, with its sand volleyball court, basketball court, soccer field, rock climbing wall, high-end cafeteria, workout room, indoor slide between the second and first floor, bright colors, modern design and a race track for employees to “race” to meetings on pedal-carts. It’s hard to believe the original RFP looked for a “down and dirty” call center, as Patrick Hayes of PHArchitecture called it. Once construction shifted to this workplace wonderland, it only took nine months before moving employees in. The building will bring 450 jobs to the center, which will bring 1,300 people to the 12.61-acre campus on the ASU Research Park.

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GoDaddy hires new SVP of digital identity

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has named Lauren Antonoff, a highly respected software industry veteran, as Senior Vice President of Digital Identity. Antonoff bolsters GoDaddy’s management team with considerable experience building easy-to-use software that helps people get their best work done.

Antonoff joins GoDaddy from Microsoft where she has been leading the SharePoint team since 2011. Antonoff spent 18 years at Microsoft in a number of leadership positions across SharePoint, Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Outlook Express for Mac. While there, she founded the Step-Up program, designed to increase the number of women in senior management roles by helping participants become stronger candidates for these roles.

“The best software companies are those that truly understand the needs of their customers and design applications that meet those needs as simply as possible,” said Antonoff. “GoDaddy already has amazing relationships with its small business customers. I can’t wait to deliver simple, fast, mobile software that will help them successfully navigate new technologies and business models.”

Antonoff will lead GoDaddy’s Digital Identity division, which is focused on enabling small businesses to create and manage all aspects of their digital identity. Most small businesses today still have a dotted and disconnected presence across the Web — from their own websites and email to social, review sites, listings, search engines and marketplaces. GoDaddy’s goal is to enable small businesses to seamlessly manage this experience, enabling them to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures.

“Lauren has been where we want to go. She has built a multi-billion dollar product line by developing seamlessly integrated product suites that are designed around the user experience,” GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving said. “Beyond her exceptional technology background, I’m excited about Lauren’s proven leadership in helping women achieve their full potential in the workplace. We’ve made solid and visible progress in this area, and Lauren’s sure to help accelerate that.”

Antonoff attended the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a dozen patents. She will be based out of the company’s San Francisco office.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S.A., GoDaddy has facilities across 14 other locations including Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa and California in the U.S.A. Globally, GoDaddy has locations in Mexico, Brazil, U.K., Canada, Netherlands, Singapore and India.

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Best, worst, cutest Super Bowl 49 commercials

Aside from the Super Bowl itself, the commercials are the most exciting part of the big game day. While some companies such as GoDaddy and Budweiser unveiled their ads prior to the game, there were still plenty of reactions to go around. Puppies and emotions were two themes in commercials this year. According to NFL Research, a 30-second slot for a Super Bowl commercial for 2015 is $4.5 million. That’s a steep hike from $4 million last year. Ads were only $42,000 for the first Super Bowl in 1967.

Best
Budweiser never seems to be a let down with their commercials. This year was no exception with their #BestBuds campaign. In addition to a number of other commercials, Budweiser centered their ad on a Labrador puppy. Their star pup gets lost and finds his way back home with some assistance from the trademark Clydesdales.

Cutest
Microsoft
Microsoft pulled off an interesting commercial that demonstrated how their technology is working in real life. Their profile of Braylon O’Neil provoked awes with the touching story.

Tear-jerker
Nationwide
Nationwide really pulled a plot twist on their commercial. The bit starts out with a young boy who talks about all the things he’ll never do, which is expected out of young children. The real twist came when the boy announced he couldn’t do these things because he had died. While it grabbed people’s attention, it was definitely a mood-killer.

Most Inspiring
Toyota
Car commercials are hard to pull off, but Toyota nailed it this year. Their minute slot featured U.S. Paralympic snowboarder and former “Dancing with the Stars” guest Amy Purdy. The combination of audio from Muhammad Ali and the visuals of Purdy provided a stunning visual experience.

Most Clever
BMW
“Allison can you explain what Internet is?” Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel star in BMW’s commercial that revolves around how far technology has come. Starting twenty-one years ago, the two attempt to explain what internet is to their viewers. Fast-forward to present day and Couric is still asking for help wit new technology. “Allison, can you explain what i3 is?” The commercial leaves off on a high with Gumbel asking Couric if she can twerk.

Funniest
Turbo Tax
Turbo Tax took taxes back to their roots with a spoof of the Boston Tea Party. While the Tea Party ended on calm terms in the commercial, we all know that’s not how it ended in history. At least the Patriots fans didn’t celebrate by throwing tea into the harbor when they won the Super Bowl.

Most Disturbing
Squarespace
This ad was something we looked up after the commercial aired. Squarespace’s commercial features Jeff Bridges advertising for his website, Dreaming with Jeff. Overall, the commercial left the majority of viewers trying to figure out what happened.

Biggest Let down

GoDaddy
GoDaddy—one of the few who previously released ads, GoDaddy faced backlash last week over their intended commercial that featured Buddy the dog returning home only to be sold off. Animal rights activists were furious over the fact that the commercial poked at puppy mills. GoDaddy campaigned Buddy extremely well. The fact that the cute Labrador pup was nowhere in the video was a huge let down. Brand woman Danica Patrick was nowhere to be seen either.

Most Important
One of the most important commercials that aired during the Super Bowl wasn’t a commercial at all but rather a PSA. This was the first time ever that the NFL took time to air a PSA. The slot focused on domestic violence, a topic the NFL dealt with early on in the season with players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

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GPEC names Chris Camacho new CEO

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors unanimously selected Chris Camacho as the organization’s fourth president and CEO during a special meeting today.

Camacho has served as executive vice president of GPEC since joining the organization in 2008. He oversaw the organization’s top line performance measures, including domestic and international business development and market strategies. Camacho has also served as a primary conduit to Maricopa County and cities in the region.

“Chris is one of the leading economic development professionals in the country and unquestionably the best candidate for the position,” said Don Smith, GPEC board chairman and CopperPoint Mutual president. “His proven leadership acumen and depth of experience will enhance the momentum of the organization and propel our work forward. Following an extensive evaluation, the Board was confident in the strength of our leadership succession plan. Chris has the full support of our communities and stakeholders.”

Over the course of his career, Camacho has earned regional and national recognition. This month, he was recognized by Consultant Connect as a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America. He has served as president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and was named Economic Developer of the Year by the organization in 2011. Both the Phoenix Business Journal in 2012 and Development Counsellors International in 2013 recognized him as one of the 40 under 40.

“I am fully invested in seeing the future sustainability of our region supported by significant business growth and collaborative economic development initiatives,” said Camacho. “I am humbled by the board’s decision and the outpouring of support I have received from the community. Greater Phoenix has become home to me and my family.”

During Camacho’s tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of 174 companies, creating 26,688 jobs and $2.2 billion in capital investment. Notable projects include Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin and General Motors, among many others.

Previous GPEC CEOs include Ioanna Morfessis, Rick Weddle and the most recent president and CEO, Barry Broome.

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Hiring military veterans adds competitive edge

During his military career, Capt. Eric Engquist negotiated mortar attacks, roadside bombs, ambushes and rocket grenades in the Iraqi desert, employing strategic planning and problem solving skills under extreme pressure. After eight years as an Army infantry officer, Engquist left the military to join corporate America, bringing those skills with him.

Today he is the assistant vice president for military transitions at USAA, a company that has been advising and hiring service members for more than 92 years. Engquist helps veterans entering the workforce recognize the skills they have that may give businesses a competitive edge.

“If companies are looking to hire veterans, it is important to understand the value that veterans potentially bring to an organization and that actually hiring veterans is not to be looked at as charity. It makes good business sense,” Engquist explains. He sites a recent study by the Corporate Leadership Council that says on average, veterans are 4 percent more productive and have 3 percent higher retention rates than their peers who don’t have prior military service.

“When you think about the increased productivity and the increased retention—provided that you have a good cultural fit and you onboard and retain employees well—it will impact the bottom line,” Engquist says.

“Veterans are adept at embracing change and operating in nebulous environments. They are very team oriented and they are results driven,” Engquist says. “All of those demonstrate to companies that hire veterans and have good hiring programs that they make good employees.”

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John McGarrity is the executive director for talent programs delivery with USAA. He says veterans have a tremendous amount of talent.

“I think sometimes people focus on the technical skill they bring to the table but there is a lot there beyond technical expertise. They have been trained to lead. They have been given missions and directives and have been told to execute on those and when they encounter an obstacle they know how to work around that.” McGarrity explains that service members have the ability to adjust to new situations and can easily learn the nuances within an organization.

“Also military members are great risk managers,” he says.  “They know how to walk into an organization and identify those areas that need to be strengthened.”

A recent survey by the University of Phoenix highlights more skills gained in the military that include: responsibility, teamwork, ability to work under pressure, ability to follow instructions, leadership, problem solving, accountability, ability to focus on tasks, communication skills, critical thinking, technical skills, analytical skills and cultural awareness.

But even with this valuable skillset, the survey shows that, although the unemployment rate of military personnel is declining, many veterans may be underemployed. According to the survey, 61 percent of past service members who have held civilian jobs say they have previously been or currently are in jobs beneath their skill sets, with nearly three-quarters saying they accepted a position because they needed a job.

Some companies recognize the value in service members and have programs in place to hire and retain them.

GoDaddy, a leading technology provider dedicated to small businesses, embraces a culture that supports veterans and appreciates their service to country. “GoDaddy has a robust population of veterans across every function of our company,” says Elizabeth Driscoll, vice president of public relations.

That includes the company’s founder, Bob Parsons, a decorated veteran, who was honored with the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Purple Heart for his service with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. The company’s resource program, GoDaddy Veterans, is dedicated to creating a welcoming community for service members and their families, promoting career and skill development, and building a recruiting pipeline across all service branches and rank.

USAA focuses on attracting, developing and retaining veteran talent. Twenty four percent of USAA’s workforce is comprised of veterans or spouses of military service members and the company has set a goal of 30 percent for new hires.

“We have a program called VetNet comprised of former service members and spouses of service members,” Engquist says. “They maintain social networking among like experience individuals, mentor and support one another, and provide visibility and education for employees who don’t have military experience.”

Kim Morton, senior manager of media relations for Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, says some businesses in the Phoenix area, such as TriWest Healthcare, Allied Waste, Republic Services and University of Phoenix are recognized by the chamber as being proactive in veteran hires.

“Our strongest partner and recruiter in the area is the University of Phoenix,” Morton says. “Their support allowed us to expand our employment workshop and resume review offerings. We’re now able to offer full and free workshops and one-on-one resume review at virtually every Hiring Our Heroes event due to the University of Phoenix. Their military division also recruits at our events across the country.”

In addition to recruiting events, Hiring Our Heroes has online resources for veterans seeking employment atuschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes as well as tips for employers to build or improve upon their veteran hiring program at employerroadmap.com.

Hiring our Heroes recently partnered with USAA and the Disney Institute to host a symposium to educate businesses about the advantages of hiring veterans as Corporate America faces an influx of veterans seeking meaningful employment.

“We are in the midst of the largest drawdown in the history of our U.S. military,” Engquist explains. “Between now and 2017 we will see our services shrink to pre-World War II size. About 1.5 million active duty service members and national guardsmen and reservists will be leaving the force and joining corporate America. They are joining an existing 2.8 million service members that are post 911 veterans and half of those are the ages 25-34.”

No private company can meet the needs of these veterans by itself, McGarrity says. “There’s not any company out there that’s going to be able to hire 100,000 veterans. It’s something that we can do together as a body of companies. We can band together and help share best practices, what’s working in our local areas and share that information across companies.”

“These men and women, these veterans, have sacrificed a lot for our country,” McGarrity says. “If we can help in any small way to get one more veteran hired … then we have done something to reward them. We have thanked them for their service. It really becomes about doing the right thing.”

And doing the right thing is what fuels Engquist’s passion for helping others transition. “I’m just like anyone else facing the separation,” Engquist says. So he continues his mission to better arm those service members so they can have a smoother transition, be better financially positioned and better prepared to demonstrate why they are an excellent candidate for a career in corporate America.

 

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 HIRING MILITARY VETERANS

Event: Military Career and Job Fair Presented by BestCompaniesAZ, Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Birdies for the Brave

What: With more than 30 of Arizona’s best award-winning companies recruiting on site, this event will showcase companies that have earned awards such as Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, Fortune Most Admired Companies, “Military Friendly” awards, Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, Careerbuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona and Best Places to Work in the Valley, to name a few.

When: Monday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N, Pima Rd., Scottsdale

Information: bestcompaniesaz.com

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Growing tech firms reflect emerging Arizona business sector

Don Hawley is the quintessential product of Silicon Valley. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, became a serial entrepreneur and founded and developed many successful technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

So why is he doing business in Arizona?

“Arizona is infinitely more business friendly,” said the founder, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Innovative Green Technologies, which creates environmentally friendly products that reduce emissions and save users money. “Favorable tax rates make it less costly to do business in Arizona compared with California, which is attractive to newer companies that have to watch their pennies. Arizona is also blessed with Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, which supply a constant stream of high-quality young talent, which is a great resource.”

Hawley isn’t alone. The recently expansions of Zenefits and Weebly into the Valley and the emergence of Valley-based WebPT and Infusionsoft as technology powerhouses reflect an exploding techn industry in Phoenix that is transforming the state’s economy.

“The technology ecosystem in Arizona has never been more robust and these recent business attractions are going to become more commonplace,” says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “One of the vital attractions for startups in the Silicon Desert as compared with Silicon Valley is the drastically lower cost of living, especially in the area of housing. The word is getting out about Arizona.”

Valley economic developers are doing more than using lower tax rates and promises of sunshine to convince tech companies to relocate here, the state is building its home-grown success stories. A great example is WebPT, which launched its cloud-based physical therapy software in 2008 and has evolved from startup into one the fastest-growing software company in Arizona, creating more than 200 jobs in Phoenix.

“There are great incentive programs available to businesses looking to grow,” says Brad Jannenga, co-founder, chairman, president and chief technology officer at WebPT. “The Angel Tax Credit program offered by the state is a great opportunity for investors to have peace of mind when backing startups and knowing they can take a tax break when doing so. This was a major win for us when we went out for our Series A round back in 2010. Investors were lining up around the block partly because of the early stage success we had, but also largely because of the Angel Tax Credit.”

It’s the success of emerging companies like WebPT that are driving the robust growth of Arizona’s technology sector, says Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).

“What we’ve done on the policy side was working with the legislature and governor so they understand that even though the headlines belong to Apple and Intel and companies like that, it’s the hundreds if not thousands of small and medium technologically based enterprises that have the chance to be the next GoDaddy,” Broome says. “Maybe you get lucky and you get a Google or a Microsoft or maybe an Infusionsoft becomes a Microsoft. Having the ability to get those small companies to go to scale and having the economic development programs and policies in place to help them are where we’ve been most helpful.”

Jannenga credits organizations like GPEC for helping the technology sector grow by tirelessly looking at new ways to diversify the economy and working closely with Arizona’s universities to produce the next wave of talent needed to feed the workforce demands of the technology industry.

But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton put it simply: “WebPT is a game-changer, not only in terms of showing the growth in the tech sector in Phoenix, but growth in the warehouse district in downtown Phoenix.”

Experts say Arizona has actually done a number of things well to build a business environment that fosters innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

“The state has emphasized economic development through support of key economic development groups like the Arizona Commerce Authority and GPEC,” says Jacque Westling, partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix. “(Arizona) has created and maintained some key tax incentives, such as the Refundable Research and Development Credit and the Angel Investment Tax Credit Program, promoted tech transfer from the universities and supported emerging areas of strength such as biotechnology, data centers, energy and other areas.”

Zylstra says having facilities with ready-to-go infrastructure in desirable hot spots such as downtown Phoenix and downtown Scottsdale has been a major part in attracting technology companies to the Valley.
“Knowledge workers like the type of amenities available in these locations,” he says. “When you add Arizona’s ample workforce, low taxes and low cost of doing business, the foundation is very strong.”

Jannenga says the state’s deep awareness of the emerging technology sector and what it means to our state’s economic future has been helpful to WebPT and other early stage companies.

“I think when people began to recognize that we couldn’t rely on the traditional engines that had previously fueled our growth — tourism and migration from colder climates chief among them — to provide the type of jobs we need, it caused a basic shift in how progressive leaders thought about the future,” says Don Pierson, CEO of SpotlightSales, which has developed a sales performance optimization tool.

With the foundation for building a successful technology sector in place, Pierson says he has seen tremendous growth in the software industry and expects that growth to continue.

“I think biofuels are really interesting,” he says, “and I’m always amazed by what comes out of the biotech area.”

Greg Head, chief marketing officer at Infusionsoft, agrees with Pierson that Arizona quickly becoming a center for software businesses.

“Right now, there are thousands of entrepreneurs incubating new innovations, hundreds of software business growing and employing more people and several bigger software companies like GoDaddy, LifeLock, Infusionsoft and WebPT that are growing fast,” Head says. “The Arizona software community is growing up quickly.”

Experts agree that diversifying Arizona’s tech sectors will continue to power its growth. Zylstra expects aerospace and defense and semiconductor and electronics to continue to be strong, “but IT, especially software and data centers, healthcare, bioscience and alternative energy will help lead us into the future,” he says.

“We need to have all tech industries thriving in Arizona,” says Mike Auger, CEO and founder of PikFly, a technology-driven same day delivery network for local businesses. “A focus in one area puts us into a corner. Semiconductors have been great for our state, but that is really what we are known for — we need to be known for all types of tech.”

While Arizona’s growth in the technology arena is impressive, the state must tackle one major issue to maintain that positive trajectory.

“I spend more of my time as mayor in economic development recruiting and retention than I do anything else,” Stanton says. “The reality is this: the companies are concerned about workforce development. Do we have the pipeline of employees that they are going to need as their companies grow?”

Jannenga agrees that Arizona needs to invest heavily into all levels of our education system and diversify our skilled workforce.

“The places where we’re falling short is we’re not delivering the engineering talent necessary for the tech sector to really take off,” Broome says. “We need to make a big move on the production of engineers and make a big move on the production of information communication technology people.”
Broome says that big move can come from anywhere from community colleges to higher education to unique specialty certification programs that are putting students through six-month boot camps and producing a qualified workforce. He cites the Maricopa Corporate College as a unique training program that is developing and delivering customized workforces.

“You’re going to see continued movement in creating new educational options and a huge infusion of these intermediate training strategies to build the technology sector,” Broome says.

Creating a viable workforce to feed the needs is of the technology industry is a must to maintain the state’s robust growth and quality of life, experts say.

“We either grow the tech sector of the economy or we will fail,” Broome says. “That’s how important it is. It’s where the wages are. It’s where the high-end people are. It’s the part of the economy that is most sustainable. If you’re not building a tech sector, you’re relying on your current industries to remain relevant and we know from history that just doesn’t happen.”

Broome says the Valley has learned from companies like Motorola and General Motors than mature companies in mature industries contract and fade away, so it forces the business community to continually recycle its economic strategy around new industries.

“From my perspective, you’re looking at a make-it-or-break-it situation,” Broome says. “The reason the economy is so sluggish is because it’s waiting for consumption. It’s waiting for government spending and it’s waiting for retail spending and it’s waiting for construction and home buying. When your economy can only recover on that basis, you’re going to continue to have ebbs and flows and dips and falls. Even a place like San Francisco, which has a very difficult business climate because it’s expensive to the point of being unimaginable, its net year-to-year economic growth is much more robust than Phoenix and the rest of the country because its economy is built around talent, innovation and the high-tech sector. If we do a good job and build that out better, there’s no reason why Phoenix can’t be the most exciting community in the United States.”

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GoDaddy casts cute puppy for new Super Bowl ad

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has signed its four-legged Super Bowl star for this week’s commercial shoot with Danica Patrick. He’s cute and cuddly. He’s soft and sweet. He’s also an unproven talent, though he’s demonstrated a dynamic chemistry with the camera at the young age of just nine-weeks and that’s what landed the coveted Super Bowl role.

Now, the loveable canine needs a name and for that part of the multi-million dollar project GoDaddy is calling on you to help. Just recommend names via social media using the hashtag #GoDaddyPuppy before filming starts Thursday.

“We’ve had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas and we’ve even registered a few domain names for the little guy, but we just haven’t landed on one we think is just right, so we thought, why not see what the public can come up with for our little 10 pounds of cute,” said GoDaddy CMO Barb Rechterman.

The puppy’s fellow cast member, Danica Patrick, who has been in more Super Bowl ads than any celebrity in history, has offered up a few ideas, including Harry and Ranger. “The first time I saw him was in an email photo I shared with a few friends and we all just said the same thing…‘AWWWWWW!’” Danica has a puppy of her own named Dallas who has her own Twitter handle. “I’m confident I can talk our GoDaddy puppy into social media too.”

The male Golden Retriever was born in California in early October and has five siblings. He’s being trained by a Hollywood trainer who has worked with on-screen ducks, cows, squirrels and yes, dogs over the years. The GoDaddy puppy can “sit” and “stay” already, but is working on a much richer repertoire for his two-day on-location shoot outside Los Angeles. No word on whether he’ll approach the role he was born to play using traditional Method Acting. Kidding!

The Super Bowl ad is called “Journey Home” and will reflect the journey of a small business owner. GoDaddy is not revealing plot specifics, but promises the commercial will be unpredictable and twist conventional Super Bowl advertising in a way that speaks to how GoDaddy helps make small business owners’ lives better by way of easy-to-use technology.

The thirty-second ad is the creative work of Barton F. Graf, whose Chief Creative Officer Gerry Graf has produced eight Super Bowl ads over the years, including the popular E*Trade commercial featuring a monkey and an unexpected punch line at the end.

To get your name in the game for this Super Bowl star, post suggestions to the GoDaddy Facebook page, or via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GoDaddyPuppy. Suggestions are being reviewed between now and Thursday morning.

The GoDaddy puppy name is set to be announced Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET, just before the director calls “action.” Go to GoDaddy’s Facebook page or check Twitter Thursday morning to learn whether your suggestion is headed to the world’s largest advertising stage.

You can post your puppy name suggestions to GoDaddy’s Facebook page, or via Instagram or Twitter.

You can also click here to tweet your #GoDaddyPuppy name suggestions.

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GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Create Online Stores

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today announced the new GoDaddy Online Store, a product designed to make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence and sell products online. GoDaddy Online Store is the latest milestone in GoDaddy’s ongoing commitment to bring quality products and industry-leading platforms to small business owners all over the world.

Many small businesses find the process of building an e-commerce website difficult. Though on average, according to BIA Kelsey, 30 percent of local small business revenues come from online purchases.

“The challenge many small businesses face in successfully creating e-commerce opportunities for themselves is the sheer complexity involved in the set up and management of an online store,” says Abid Chaudhry, Senior Analyst with media research firm BIA/Kelsey. “The goal of GoDaddy’s Online Store is to take complexity out of the equation and enables SMBs to quickly start selling their goods and services online.”

The integrated approach of GoDaddy’s new e-commerce solution allows small business professionals with any level of online experience to successfully build a customized web store. Merchants need only choose their theme, add products and assign descriptions and price points – no coding needed. GoDaddy Online Store also provides a frictionless end-user shopping and checkout experience – even on mobile devices – with built-in payment processing tools to accept payments from multiple sources, including PayPal and all major credit cards. Also included are convenient, flexible shipping options for shoppers, and inventory tracking to help business owners keep track of products.

“Hundreds of thousands of small business owners want to start their e-commerce business every year, but they struggle to find an easy to use, affordable and effective solution,” said Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at GoDaddy. “With the launch of GoDaddy Online Store, we strive to make it incredibly easy for anyone to build a professional e-commerce website, and to enable them to grow and run their business more effectively.”

“We graduated to GoDaddy Online Store and our sales have soared,” said thejonesmarket.com Owner Candis Jones. “Not only is it cost effective and simple, but the customer service has been quick and personable. We have a beautiful website that is consistent with our brand.”

“I immediately fell in love with GoDaddy Online Store,” said theprincessexpress.com Owner Carolyn Pofok. “The process is so easy. Getting started, tracking products and orders, setting up payments, integrating social features – it’s everything a store owner needs built into one!”

To learn how GoDaddy Online Store can help you start selling online now, visit http://www.godaddy.com/ecommerce/online-store.aspx.

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Carrie Martz up for international business award

Carrie Martz was named a Finalist in the Woman of the Year: Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations category in the 11th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 14.  Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend.   The event will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. (and simulcast worldwide) by Biz Talk Radio and taped for a later television broadcast.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

A trailblazer and icon in Arizona’s advertising industry, Martz has been leading her agency and its clients to local, regional and national prominence since 1980. With more than 30 years in the business, her sector experience includes real estate, hospitality, gaming, government, law, nonprofit and technology — to name a few.

Martz sold her Agency to Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy in October 2013. Now Martz Parsons is on a fast track for growth, including two new areas of expertise – digital and video content.

Martz’ tireless drive to learn, master and brand has made her a legend among her clients and has led to numerous accomplishments, such as 2009’s Toy of the Year with Zhu Zhu Pets™ and being named Businesswoman of the Year by the YWCA, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Athena, and a finalist in “Most Generous Company in America” awards by the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and the late Paul Newman.

“This isn’t a job to me, it’s a passion,” said Martz. “To be named a finalist among more than a thousand exceptional women from around the world is quite an honor.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 100 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.  Members of five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during judging October 20-29.

“Every year we receive the most amazing and inspiring stories of achievement from women-owned and –run organizations around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “The first-round judges have told us how delighted they are with this year’s field of Finalists.  We’re looking forward to recognizing them in New York on November 14.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

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10 offices we’d love to work in

How many offices can boast a 15-foot spinning Jumbotron, an entire room devoted to playing golf, a bat pole for riding between floors, a hidden kitchen for creative break times? We can think of at least one! From football fields to double-decker buses, these are the offices we’d love to work in — for at least one day.


DBSI Inc.

DBSI Inc.


DBSI Inc.
Location:
6950 W. Morelos Pl., Chandler, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
DBSI, Inc.
About:
DBSI Inc. works with financial institutions to re-brand and transform their branch locations.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
With its high ceiling and open spaces, DBSI’s headquarters leaves plenty of room to promote creativity and fun at every corner. Some of DBSI’s office highlights include a room called the Ideation Center with a 15-foot TV “Wow Wall” that screens movies and broadcasts sports games while doubling as a secret door to a Collaboratory (aka a “test kitchen”), a golf simulator room and bat pole between floors for a rush of energy before employees return to work.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

DIRTT Environmental Solutions


DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Location:
836 E. University Dr., Phoenix
Architecture/Design Firm:
Phoenix Design One
About:
DIRTT, short for Doing It Right This Time, is a company that creates customizable architectural interiors with tailored prefab for flexible building designs.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
There’s no such thing as a corner office at DIRTT’s factory environment. Not even the executive has a private office. Instead, people sit in the “Fish Bowl” in the heart of the DIRTT factory. Bordered on all sides with a Breathe Wall, employees gets to enjoy the greenery of live plants in addition to daylighting from skylights. Breakfast, lunch and breaks are catered by two full-time chefs in a cafeteria also used for presentations and networking events.

DRP Construction Phoneix Regional Office

DRP Construction Phoneix Regional Office


DPR Construction Phoenix Regional Office
Location:
222 N. 44th St., Phoenix
Architecture/Design Firm:
SmithGroupJJR
About:
DPR Construction is a national technical builder that specializes in sustainable projects.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
SmithGroupJJR turned a 28-year-old, 16,500 SF retail building into the first commercial office in Arizona (and second in the country) to achieve a Net-Zero Energy Building certification. The open-office environment has 58 work stations, nine conference rooms, a gym and locker facility and a zen room for quiet retreat. A Lucid Building Dashboard system shares building energy and utility usage in real time and has a “Vampire Switch” that, when pressed, turns off phantom plug-loads at the end of the day.

FITCH Phoenix Studio

FITCH Phoenix Studio


FITCH Phoenix Studio
Location:
16435 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 195, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
FITCH
About:
FITCH is a global design consultancy founded in 1972 in the UK.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
The FITCH studio, nestled in the Scottsdale Promenade, a shopping center that offers a unique architectural setting inspired by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. What makes the LEED Silver office unique, inspiring and innovative is the group’s namesake. FITCH has a 1962 Route Master bright red double-decker London bus in its lobby. The bus was purchased in Los Angeles, dropped the engine and was completely restored by FITCH staff. The labor of love was completed with a fully functioning conference space on the lower portion and a lounge complete with television on the upper portion of the bus. It even hosts an annual British American Parliamentary Group meeting.

Godaddy

Godaddy


Godaddy
Location:
ASU Research Park, Tempe, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
Patrick Hayes Architecture, SmithGroupJJR (Interior)
About:
GoDaddy is an internet domain registrar and web hosting company.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
The GoDaddy project is full of unique and quirky design features. It has an indoor go-kart/bicycle track; a slide that goes from the second to first floor (and is rumored to be six-degrees steeper than Google’s slide); several game areas for employees to refocus; a yoga studio and fitness center; it has an innovative workspace layout with meandering walkways and wide open spaces; the break room features 12’ x 30’ glass doors that open up allowing the inside and outside spaces to flow; site amenities include a soccer field, several multi-purpose sport courts (including a shaded basketball court) and electric vehicle charging stations.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity
Location:
3501 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
DKP Architecture
About:
An international, non-governmental and nonprofit organization dedicated to building homes that are affordable and address the issues of poverty housing.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
“Habitat for Humanity is a functional, pragmatic organization and its new Tucson office captures the same spirit,” writes Sundt Construction’s Kurt Wadlington. A repurposed 1940s grocery store, the working environment was created for Habitat’s employees, volunteers and community and with a design emphasis on collaboration. The office’s signature element is its “House with the House.” This freestanding indoor pitched roof structure greets visitors and provides a communal conference area. The office also includes a children play area and open office areas held below the roof structure to preserve the high volume bowstring wood trusses of the original structure.

InfusionSoft

InfusionSoft


InfusionSoft
Location:
1260 S. Spectrum Blvd., Chandler, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
Balmer Architectural Group
About:
Infusionsoft is a private company that offers an e-mail marketing and sales platform for small businesses, including products to streamline the customer lifecycle, customer relationship management, marketing automation, lead capture, and e-commerce.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
Infusionsoft’s headquarters, located in a 90KSF, two-story office building in the middle of Chandler’s tech hub, is anything but stuffy. The office is built around a 40-yard indoor football field that acts as a central gathering place for company-wide meetings, department chats and a place to throw around a Frisbee or football. With a design focus on company culture, Infusionsoft features a fully stocked cereal bar, massage chairs, a game room, gym and showers. One popular feature is in the auditorium, which has a removable wall made up of blocks that can be removed to connect the auditorium with the rest of the office space or placed to create intimacy and privacy.

Recruiting.com & Jobing.com

Recruiting.com & Jobing.com


Recruiting.com and Jobing.com
Location:
1375 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 300, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
hayes/architecture interiors inc.
About:
Jobing.com is an employment website focusing on local recruiting in 18 U.S. cities. Recruiting.com offers companies software and technology that helps in the hiring process.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
This office space was a consolidation of Jobing.com and Recruiting.com’s headquarters with the end goal of a functional, motivating work environment. Want to have a meeting from a ceiling-suspended collaborative workspace? Park it in one of the two floating benches known as “huddles,” where you can host clients, video conferences or collaborative sessions. From the interesting wallpaper to the entertaining lighting and the collection of PEZ machines, Jobing.com’s space was designed to be as varied and diverse as its employees. From environments that cater to working out, napping, collaborating or working independently, there’s a spot for every kind of work style.

Rose Law Group

Rose Law Group


Rose Law Group
Location:
7144 E. Stetson Dr., Ste. 300, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
Gensler
About:
A full-service business law firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose Law Group is one of a handful of law firms embracing modern office design. After Rose Law purchased a space with two pre-existing suites, it engaged Gensler to design a cohesive floor. The two suites were brought together with a circulation loop, the center of which holds a “collaboration lab.” Gensler also worked to maximize the number of private offices along the perimeter of the building and accomplished this by increasing the number of offices from 8 to 28. Salvaged materials during the process were re-used for other areas of the project, such as flooring, shelving and reception millwork.

ViaSat

ViaSat


ViaSat
Location:
2040 E. Technology Circle, Tempe, Ariz.
Architecture/Design Firm:
Gensler
About:
ViaSat is a global satellite technology company based in San Diego, Calif. It Tempe office will be used for operations.
THE HIGHLIGHTS:
Despite being designed around engagement, connection, familial culture and exterior amenities, ViaSat’s Tempe operations building will have a 95 percent closed office environment. The office, smaller than a standard space, is broken up into private work spaces with glass fronts. Every “team cluster” has a front porch, which is a collaborative space for individuals. The office has a large gathering space designed as a place for meetings and a connection to the basketball and sand volleyball courts as well as outdoor meeting spaces.
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BestCompaniesAZ Hosts Women’s Career Event

BestCompaniesAZ is hosting a women’s career event on October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the GoDaddy Global Technology Center – the new state-of-the-art facility in Tempe, Arizona. Here you can meet with GoDaddy Customer Care recruiters, enjoy a tour of the new facility and explore career opportunities as an Internet Sales and Service Consultant, Billing Sales and Retention Representative and Hosting Support Consultant.

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, opened the stunning 150,000 square foot facility last week. It’s a specially-designed two-story workplace located in the sprawling ASU Research Park in Tempe. The employee-friendly amenities include a fitness area, locker rooms, yoga room, game center, indoor-climbing wall, a go-kart track, relaxation stations, a putting green, plus GoDaddy bicycles, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts, as well as a soccer field, eco-friendly features and a giant slide from the second-floor office area into a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs.

“BestCompaniesAZ is proud to support and promote GoDaddy’s growth and mission in advancing women in technology,” says Denise Gredler, CEO BestCompaniesAZ. “We invite all women who are passionate about technology and helping small businesses to come out Wednesday to the Career Event.” You’ll learn why GoDaddy’s more than 4,000 employees have voted this Arizona-headquartered company a FORTUNE Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona and an Arizona Most Admired Company.

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving has been an advocate for women in technology throughout his professional career. One of his first moves after taking over as GoDaddy CEO last year was to hire CTO Elissa Murphy, who has since created the GoDaddy Women in Technology network, a professional development and networking program. He is also a longtime supporter of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as the Society of Women Engineers.

The BestCompaniesAZ event is free but registration is required to attend: http://bit.ly/BCAZWomensCareer

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GoDaddy, Spree Launch GoDaddy’s Online Store

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, and Spree Commerce, the company powering the technology behind the best storefronts, today announced the GoDaddy Online Store product is ready for public launch. With Spree technology supporting the backend, this new GoDaddy offering will make it truly simple for small businesses worldwide to start selling online using ecommerce.

The companies first announced collaboration in February of this year. The GoDaddy Online Store has been available in beta since. More than 5000 merchants have opened stores and sold millions of dollars of products and services, all over the world.

The GoDaddy Online Store serves small businesses without the technical resources necessary to deploy an eCommerce storefront. GoDaddy selected Spree Commerce as the technology platform for the GoDaddy Online Store after an exhaustive examination of eCommerce technologies on the market. Even while in Beta, GoDaddy is one of the largest Spree Commerce partners, and works closely with the Open Source community to take the platform to the next level.

“We have huge ambition to serve all the underserved eCommerce merchants globally. That means we need a technology platform that can scale to hundreds of thousands of customers, is flexible in meeting global demands, and is always up and running. This is an unbelievably difficult engineering challenge,” said GoDaddy Head of Engineering, Antonio Silveira. “The Spree platform has the underlying capabilities to serve businesses of all complexity, from small merchants to larger businesses. We have used the platform’s flexibility to build a product that is tailored to the small merchants, making it possible for anyone with a great idea to sell online. We are also committed to open source, consistently contributing code back to the Spree community.”

“With our open-source solution as the foundation of the GoDaddy Online Store offering, small and mid-sized businesses will be empowered to reach their customers in new and exciting ways,” said Spree Commerce CEO, Sean Schofield. “GoDaddy has the experience and ability to provide these retailers with an easy-to-use solution that enables them to grow. With capabilities from themes to uploading information about products and images, these customers will be able to quickly manage their online presence, leaving them with more time to focus on building their businesses.”

On Wednesday, October 22nd at 2PM EDT, a co-hosted webinar will detail GoDaddy’s unique contributions to the Spree Storefront including how to make Spree multi-tenant. The webinar will be led by Chetan Patil, Software Architect at GoDaddy.

W. P. Carey School Announces Hall of Fame Members

Two technology mavens and a prominent professor focused on improving our health care will be honored for their accomplishments this month. The three alums will be inducted into the W. P. Carey School of Business Homecoming Hall of Fame at Arizona State University on Oct. 30. Previous inductees come from such diverse organizations as the American Red Cross, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Motorola, Wells Fargo Bank and XM Satellite Radio.

“The new honorees have all blazed a trail in their respective fields, making a difference in their professions, their community and society as a whole,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They also set a great example for our current students that there are no limits on how far they can go in their own career paths.”

The 37th annual W. P. Carey School inductees are:

• Leonard Berry – Dr. Berry, a distinguished professor and well-known author, has devoted his career to studying the marketing and quality of services, with a recent focus on how to improve health care service. He has written 10 books and done extensive work with the Mayo Clinic. He is currently examining how to improve the service experience of cancer patients and their families. Berry has received countless major academic awards and is both a fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a past national president of the American Marketing Association. He is a member of several boards of directors, including for Lowe’s, Genesco and Nemours Children’s Health System. He is a Regents Professor, teaching at Texas A&M University, and he received his Ph.D. from ASU’s business school in 1968.

• Brian Gentile – Gentile’s impressive tech career spans almost 30 years and major global companies, including Apple, Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle), and NCR Corporation. He is a leader in “big data” and cloud computing, who recently built and served as CEO of Jaspersoft Corporation. After TIBCO Software recently acquired the company, Gentile became senior vice president and general manager of its TIBCO Analytics products business unit. He has also been a public governor on the board of the Pacific Stock Exchange, a public member of a New York Stock Exchange committee on ethics and business conduct, and a founding board member for several Silicon Valley startups. He earned his MBA from ASU in 1992.

• Chuck Robel – Tech legend Robel served as chairman of the board of McAfee, one of the world’s best-known computer-security software companies, prior to its multibillion-dollar sale to Intel. He now serves on the boards of directors of GoDaddy, Jive Software, and several other public and private companies. He previously helped to manage about $1 billion in portfolio investments as chief operating officer at venture capital fund Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He has been involved in more than 80 initial public offerings (IPOs) as an adviser, investor and board member. He received his bachelor’s in accounting from ASU’s business school in 1971.

Alumni, business leaders and students will attend the Homecoming Hall of Fame event Thursday, Oct. 30 at McCord Hall Plaza on ASU’s Tempe campus. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested at www.wpcarey.asu.edu/events/2965 or by calling (480) 965-3978.

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New GoDaddy office bridges gap between work, home

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Blake Irving, GoDaddy CEO. Photo by Brittany Dierken

A GoDaddy-themed pedal kart tore through a large banner to initiate the opening of the GoDaddy Global Technology Center in Tempe this morning.

The GoDaddy Global Technology Center has opened its doors to bridge the gap between work and home by constructing a professional environment that allows employees to work hard and play hard.

“This thing [GoDaddy Global Technology Center] is something Arizona has never seen and I am not sure the tech industry has ever seen anything like it either,” said Blake Irving, GoDaddy CEO.

The new “killer tech facility” has many employee-friendly amenities, such as a slide from the top level to the bottom level, a gym, a basketball court, full-service kitchen and game center. Most of the employees’ reactions “have been between disbelief and awe,” Irving said.

“[The GoDaddy Global Technology Center] is just a great place to get work done. It really aligns with the values the company has about joining forces, being exceptional and extraordinary, and working together,” Irving said. “[Employees] said ‘My morale is incredibly high. I feel like I can get a lot more work done here.’”

The 150,000 square-foot tech facility was completed in a record time of 17 months and will house 1,100 employees with shifts going around the clock.

“This is brand new and the first of GoDaddy’s kind. It will have some existing employees, but what they are really trying to do is be the think tank or the pod of developing new products, new sites, and more effective solutions for their customers,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Companies US, Inc. vice president of development.

Location was key when drawing up the designs for this massive facility. GoDaddy partnered with the ASU Research Park that encompasses 320 acres, 125 developed acres, owned and leased by the university through the research park board and foundation. The location offers connection with Arizona State University for hiring, use of research areas, and idea collaborations, according to Carson.

“Being close to ASU and on the ASU Research Park campus is important. Folks know where it is and it is a central location. We’re super convenient to attract that pool of students, 17,000 engineering students and 6,000 matriculating every year in Arizona,” Irving said.

Mark Mitchell, mayor of Tempe, expressed how excited he was to have GoDaddy, a billion-dollar global leader in technology, in Tempe and said, “The caliber of the talent that GoDaddy attracts is going to enhance Tempe as a whole.”

GoDaddy is setting a new standard in the workplace and is accelerating at high-speed in innovation. The amenities provide employees with ways to stimulate their imagination and collaborate with each other over a game of ping-pong or coffee in one of the 55 different kinds of chairs. GoDaddy has tried to make the workplace “as comfortable, flexible, and functional as possible for their employees,” Carson said.

“I couldn’t be more proud to have built this facility and to continue having GoDaddy be a fixture in Arizona. It is exactly the type of company we need to retain and attract. It just says so much for our growing economy and who we are,” Carson said.

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GoDaddy Opens Global Technology Center in Tempe

Ryan Companies today joined Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, GoDaddy executives, Arizona State University, government and economic development officials and local business leaders to celebrate the opening of the GoDaddy Global Technology Center at ASU Research Park.

Ryan Companies is the developer for the project and provided design/build services along with its partner, the Smith Group. The GoDaddy facility was the 9th project constructed by Ryan Companies at ASU Research Park.

“The GoDaddy Global Technology Center is exactly the type of project for which the ASU Research Park was created – to provide a best-in-class environment for knowledge-based and technology companies to innovate and for their creative employees to flourish and succeed.  We welcome GoDaddy to the Park and look forward to their interactions with our leading research faculty and entrepreneurial students,” said Dr. Morgan Olsen, President of the Board at ASU Research Park.

“We are so proud to be a part of the team that brought another outstanding project to ASU Research Park. GoDaddy has really set the bar for corporate facilities that support their workforce with this unparalleled campus,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies.

The two-story, 150,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility was built to promote the creative and collaborative spirit that GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is known for. The space includes a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs, a slide into the cafeteria area and plenty of opportunities for fitness and fun including a fitness area, locker rooms, an indoor climbing wall, a go-kart track, relaxation stations, a putting green, a yoga room, large outdoor areas, a shaded basketball and sand volleyball courts and a soccer field.

“I am thrilled to welcome GoDaddy and its employees to our city,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This corporate expansion will ultimately bring hundreds of high quality technology jobs to Tempe and continue the tremendous level of quality job growth the city has experienced in the past year.”

The new GoDaddy facility will house engineers, developers, corporate staff and small business consultants. To date, 200 employees have been hired to work in the new Global Technology Center and 250 additional people will be hired in the coming months.

“This is a killer facility. It embodies our GoDaddy spirit, which is energetic, innovative and passionate. It also supports our company culture and values to be extraordinary, own outcomes and join forces,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “We are here to help our customers succeed and it all starts at our core, with our own employees. This environment is collaborative, fun, open and stimulating – exactly what fuels creativity for our customers, helps us attract top-tier talent and gives us a competitive advantage.”

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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Barb Rechterman – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Barb RechtermanChief Marketing Officer, GoDaddy
Rechterman oversees all facets of corporate marketing, including making GoDaddy’s edgy and viral Super Bowl spots.

Greatest accomplishment: “We’ve gone from a company no one knew existed, to a brand with ‘household name’ recognition in the U.S., to a global powerhouse doing business in 42 markets around the world today.”

Surprising fact: “I ride horses and Harleys.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Most Influential Women.

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GoDaddy Acquires Email marketing firm Mad Mimi

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced it has acquired Mad Mimi, which helps small businesses connect with customers through simple, beautiful and effective email marketing. Mad Mimi’s easy-to-use applications, empathetic and knowledgeable customer care, and robust technology platform made the company a perfect fit for GoDaddy and its expanded offerings to small businesses. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

While email marketing is an effective way to engage with customers, less than one-third of small businesses are using email marketing applications to communicate with and engage customers and prospects. Mad Mimi’s stylish and simple email marketing product helps users easily create, send, share and track elegant and customized email newsletters. With the combination of GoDaddy and Mad Mimi, GoDaddy customers can easily collect customer information and add fresh content on their website, improving customer engagement and search engine optimization.

The Mad Mimi service will continue to be available as a standalone application. GoDaddy and Mad Mimi intend to build a next generation product utilizing the Mad Mimi platform, with availability scheduled for 2015.

“Email marketing is critical. It helps small businesses connect to customers in a low-cost and easy to use way, effectively tapping into existing customer relationships, making the business of business easier,” said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of Business Applications, GoDaddy. “Mad Mimi’s email marketing application is a great solution to provide to our growing base of customers who will benefit from Mad Mimi’s high quality product and overall positive customer experience.”

“We built Mad Mimi with a vision to delight our customers and GoDaddy’s vision to champion small businesses matches Mad Mimi’s,” said Gary Levitt, founder and CEO, Mad Mimi. “Together with GoDaddy, we’re incredibly excited to put simple and lovely email marketing in front of a whole new audience and help that audience discover the beauty and efficiency of marketing this way to customers.”

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GoDaddy Unveils ‘Get Paid’ to Help Small Businesses

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today unveiled Get Paid, a new offering designed to help small businesses ‘get paid’ anytime, anywhere, and by any digital method. Get Paid is the newest addition to GoDaddy’s family of technology solutions, which are designed to make it easier for small business owners to manage their business.

With Get Paid, small business owners can create and send invoices and estimates, accept all payment types on any device, set up recurring invoices, bill expenses back to clients, manage weekly sales and expenses and track billable and non-billable time. Get Paid supports all forms of payment such as credit and debit cards, electronic checks and mobile payments. GoDaddy has partnered with leading solutions – including PayPal, Dwolla and Stripe – to provide Get Paid customers with an easy, one-stop shop solution for receiving payments on mobile phones, laptops and tablets. GoDaddy has done all the legwork, so small business owners can simply use Get Paid and have access to a wide variety of solution options.

In addition to ease-of access to payment solutions, Get Paid also delivers:

> The ability to create, send and track invoices and estimates.
> Acceptance of all payment types – credit cards, debit cards, eChecks (ACH) and PayPal.
> Payments by any method including mobile payments, such as PayPal and online payments such as eChecks through Dwolla and credit cards, with Stripe and PayPal.
> Recurring invoices.
> Time tracking.
> Mileage tracking on mobile phones.
> Automated sales and expense tracking.

Today’s consumers expect flexible, convenient payment options, and small business owners need to offer multiple payment types, while efficiently managing cash flow. With 45 percent of small businesses identifying late payments as a major pain point, it is clear that small business owners need tools to help collect payments.

“We know that getting paid is always top of mind for our customers,” said GoDaddy SVP of Applications Steven Aldrich. “When we heard from customers that they want to offer their clients more ways to pay, we set out to create a best-in-class solution to ensure easy access to all the tools they need to collect payments quickly and efficiently.”

Get Paid not only gives customers access to a simple solution to collect payments, it also gives them around-the-clock access to GoDaddy customer care to help answer their questions in real-time and serve as an always available, trusted resource on how to use new tools and technologies.

Get Paid is available now with costs ranging from $4.99 to $19.99 per month. For more information visit: https://bookkeeping.GoDaddy.com/get_paid

To learn how GoDaddy can help your small business visit: http://www.GoDaddy.com/SmallBusiness.