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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.

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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.

Photo by Brittany Dierken

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.”

Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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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.

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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AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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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.

Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Scottsdale’s GoDaddy files for IPO

Web hosting company GoDaddy is filing for an initial public offering.

The company known for its racy Super Bowl commercials says it has 12 million customers and is the largest provider of website domain names.

GoDaddy Inc. also said Monday that company founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures. He will stay on the board. Go Daddy plans to name a new chairman in the next few months.

The Scottsdale company has posted losses the last three years, with a deficit of $199.9 million in 2013. Its annual revenue grew 24 percent to $1.13 billion.

GoDaddy says it plans to raise up to $100 million, but that is likely to change as bankers gauge investor interest.

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Now is the time to invest in Arizona

It used to be when I traveled to different business meetings across the country, people would ask me about Arizona’s politics. While we still have reputation issues to repair, the questions I’ve been getting recently are more focused on the buzz they’re hearing about our growing technology sector.

There’s good reason Arizona is getting noticed for its growth. Over the last five years, Arizona has developed one of the most robust technology entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country. The state is home to five of Deloitte’s 2013 “Technology Fast 500” firms, specifically First Solar, LifeLock, Telesphere, Inilex and GPS Insight. Other startups that have been home grown in Arizona into industry leaders include Axosoft, GoDaddy, iCrossing, Infusionsoft, Insight Enterprises, LimeLight Networks and WebPT.

We were able to accomplish our strong entrepreneurial spirit in part by drawing the attention of the media and the state’s policy makers to the need to diversify our economy away from construction and climate into a knowledge-based economy with higher paying jobs. Our efforts resulted in a tax credit for qualified research and development that is the best in the nation and a successful angel investment tax credit.

A lot of other resources have been invested. Over a dozen business incubators and accelerators call Arizona home, providing resources to support technology entrepreneurs. In addition to graduating a vibrant workforce to fuel quality jobs, Arizona’s world-renowned universities and community colleges are also heavily engaged.

Arizona State University (ASU) runs the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and the ASU SkySong Innovation Center was recently awarded one of the best organizations of its kind in the country. University of Arizona (UA) is helping create the technology of tomorrow in its Bridges/UA Bio Park and UA Tech Park that includes a Solar Zone. UA also participates in Startup Tucson – an organization dedicated to growing a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurship through educational events. Northern Arizona University fosters business growth through it Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and benefits from its affiliation with NASA. All of that bodes well for Arizona’s innovation economy.

Other efforts are focused solely on exciting people about technology and science. We just celebrated the third annual statewide Arizona SciTech Festival with over 300K people attending more than 500 events this year.

And although we have a long way to go, there’s a growing pool of capital. We’re home to two of the largest and top rated angel investor networks in the U.S. ─ ATIF and Desert Angels. The Arizona Commence Authority has created the Arizona Innovation Challenge that awards the most money in the country to the most promising entrepreneurs meeting technology challenges. Grayhawk Capital just raised $70 million in funds for early and growth stage technology investments. And Tallwave Capital recently announced it has deployed $500,000 in capital in early-stage ventures.

The 2010 census reports Arizona’s population at 6.4 million, with a median age of 35.9 years. The predicted growth rates for Arizona by the federal and state government expect that between 1.5 million and 3 million people will move to Arizona by the year 2020. That type of robust regional population growth combined with an improved U.S. economy translates into high potential for investors.

It’s true we enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine each year. But we offer a lot more than golf and spas. Venture capital sitting on the sidelines should put money into promising Arizona high tech firms and startup ventures.

Now is the time to invest in Arizona.

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Fight Night Auction Includes Trip to Space

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most impactful charity events, with XCOR Aerospace, announced today a new space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® to be auctioned off live, Saturday, April 12 at Celebrity Fight Night XX. This package, along with other items up for auction that night, will help raise money for charity at the milestone 20th anniversary Celebrity Fight Night event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

This exclusive package includes space flight training at Air Combat USA of Fullerton, California, a space suit fitting and an actual space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, a two-seat spacecraft. XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Colonel Rick Searfoss will then pilot two separate missions onboard Lynx, one with the auction winner and one with John Corbett, to the edge of space.

The package also includes a pre-flight physical exam as part of the auction winner’s training, a video of the training day experience, a demonstration of a Lynx launch, two first class tickets to Los Angeles and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The XCOR Lynx flight will depart from a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. Lynx will then go through several minutes of weightlessness and gently glide home, for a total time of about 35 minutes of flight.

Actor and country musician John Corbett is well-known for his role as Seth Holt in NBC’s hit dramedy Parenthood, and his self-titled debut country album, which climbed to number 42 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

“As an artist, I never for a second dreamed that I could make a living making music. And as a child who was inspired by the Apollo program, I would never have dreamed that the experience of space would be so close at hand–until Celebrity Fight Night connected me with XCOR. To be standing at the threshold of an actual space flight is almost more than I can imagine.”

Colonel Searfoss is both XCOR’s Chief Test Pilot and one of only 100 individuals to actually have commanded a Space Shuttle mission (STS-90). Over his career he has logged 939 hours in space, with 6,000 hours flying more than 79 types of aircraft.

Colonel Searfoss stated that XCOR Lynx is “all of the experiences I had flying the Shuttle, all those phases of flight: the boost, the weightlessness.” But the best part, he added, “is the fact that you’re up in a pilot seat, with me, as opposed to being in the back like a passenger on an airliner. It’s really a ‘Right Stuff’ experience. And I couldn’t be more excited to share the opportunity for this experience with John and Celebrity Fight Night.”

Celebrity Fight Night executive director Sean Currie added that CFN, “now in its twentieth year, could not be more excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime package with XCOR and Colonel Searfoss. This is truly the experience of a lifetime and we are honored that John Corbett is the explorer who will take part in that journey.”

“Because XCOR Lynx is what Commander Searfoss calls a ‘Right Stuff’ experience, it is important to us to work with a celebrity who is not only moved by the idea of a Lynx flight, but also truly gets the vision of space exploration,” said XCOR representative Greg Claxton. “And all of this could not be for a better cause.”

Celebrity Fight Night’s luxury live auction items are one of the most anticipated aspects of the action-packed evening. The coveted auction items are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be bought or found elsewhere. The items often go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, helping Celebrity Fight Night contribute a significant amount of dollars to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Other auction items and packages previously announced include: dinner with Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; dinner with Reba McEntire in her Beverly Hills home; backstage dinner with Michael Bublé, a summer weekend with the Kennedys in Cape Cod; an all-inclusive getaway at a private lodge in British Columbia; a west coast trip on the Patron Tequila Express 1927 Vintage Rail Car; a four night stay with Richard Branson on his private British Virgin Islands Necker Island, for a Leadership Gathering, and more.

Joining Muhammad Ali for this special anniversary milestone will be memorable performances from Michael Bublé, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. During the gala, Bublé, entertainment icon Robert De Niro as well as philanthropist John Paul DeJoria will be honored with Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Billy Crystal will make a special introduction for De Niro; and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. will introduce DeJoria.

Over the past 19 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $87 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call (602) 956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XX sponsors include USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, PRO EM, XCOR Aerospace, ETIHAD Airlines and M Group Scenic Studios.

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Survey: Businesses Not Utilizing Tax Technologies

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, announced findings from a survey of 600 small business owners. The survey explored how small businesses manage their finances throughout the year and the impact that has during tax season. The survey reveals that more than half of small businesses surveyed still use manual processes – typically a spreadsheet or pen and paper – to track finances. In addition, almost 40 percent of these businesses are spending multiple days on tax preparation.

While small business owners are known for being optimistic, confident and passionate about their trade, business functions such as bookkeeping and taxes are seen as burdensome. In fact, 40 percent of small business owners say bookkeeping and taxes are the most unpleasant part of owning a small business, right up there with going to the dentist and public speaking. Additionally, 40 percent of small business owners are only ‘somewhat confident’ in managing business finances and taxes.

“This April, nearly 23 million small businesses in the U.S. will file a Schedule C form, and yet there are still some small business owners who have no idea how much money they owe and have not set aside money for taxes,” said GoDaddy Vice President of Applications Steven Aldrich. “At GoDaddy, we understand how painful tax time is and how critical it is for small business owners to report tax information accurately. We’re committed to empowering the small business owner by providing them with products like GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping, which is both very easy to use and dramatically simplifies tax preparation.”

The survey also indicated that using more sophisticated tools, such as software or online services, to manage finances, seems to give businesses insight into how their business is performing and how to accurately project growth and financial results. For example, a full 60 percent of small businesses using software or online services to manage finances performed as they expected to perform financially, whereas just 46 percent of small businesses that manage finances manually performed as expected.

The survey results also reveal that:

  • Almost half (46 percent) of small business owners reported they do not work with an accountant.
  • Of those small business owners who do work with an accountant, 47 percent see their accountant once a year at tax time or only when they have a question or need help.
  • In the last 12 months, nearly a quarter of small business owners said they had lost track of whether a customer has paid them or not, or could see it happening in the future.
  • 32 percent of small business owners do not set aside money throughout the year to pay income taxes.
  • 12 percent of small business owners have no idea how much they will owe in income taxes, while 74 percent reported that they usually know the “ballpark” of what they owe, while just 15 percent know exactly how much they owe.

GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping empowers small businesses, helping them monitor business metrics easily and enabling them to be more prepared and organized at tax time. The tool helps small business owners manage taxes, create, send and track estimates and invoices, track sales and expenses, as well as profits and loss, and categorizes transactions into IRS categories, among other capabilities.

“As entrepreneurs, small business owners are responsible for a number of business tasks, including marketing, inventory management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll – all of these different areas that large companies have dedicated departments and specialists for,” said Danni Ackerman, founder of The Danni App. “It is imperative that we find tools to help us become experts in these areas. GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping has been an absolute godsend for me, helping me stay organized and manage my business’ finances effectively and efficiently.”

To learn about GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping, visit: http://x.co/GoDaddyOB.

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Christine Jones Talks to American Subcontractors Association Panel

On Tuesday, the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona hosted a gubernatorial candidate panel to discuss policies vital to economic development and improvement of the business environment for the construction industry. Former Go Daddy Executive Vice President Christine Jones, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and State Senator Al Melvin participated in the panel.

“In order for Arizona to become an economic powerhouse, it is imperative that our next governor understand the nexus of business and policy,” Jones said. “Today’s panel offered very distinct visions for the future of our state and I was honored to share my background as a policy maker and business leader to outline my plans to grow our local economies, create jobs, and stand up to the federal government on issues such as overregulation. I would like to thank the American Subcontractors Association for hosting today’s substantive discussion on economic development, an issue of critical importance to Arizona’s future.”

Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Foss Institute Receives $100K grant from Parsons

The Joe Foss Institute (JFI) announced a $100,000 grant from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will help promote civics education in select urban Phoenix schools through a unique partnership between JFI and Elevate Phoenix. Funds will help expand the reach of the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism program to 10,000 Phoenix students, provide curriculum resources for students in the character education program and will allow the organization to purchase much needed laptops.

“Support from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation will allow this partnership to better prepare the students we serve to become civically-engaged and responsible community members,” said Dr. Lucian Spataro, JFI president and CEO. “These students are the future leaders of our communities and country. With the support of Bob and Renee Parsons we are better able to ensure students have the tools to fully understand their civic duties, their rights and responsibilities as American citizens, the importance of public service, and America’s core values.”

Since 2001, JFI has worked to advance civics education in schools and help bridge the learning gap created by the emphasis and funding for proficiency in the hard sciences – science, technology, engineering and math. Elevate Phoenix works with students in grades 2-12 who struggle with gangs, drugs, dysfunction and generational poverty by providing high-quality supplementary education. The program seeks to increase the number of students graduating and entering post-secondary schools, as well as preparing them to become civic-minded and responsible adults.

“Students in the Elevate Phoenix program have a 90% high school graduation rate and an 85% postsecondary entry rate historically over 32 years with over 30,000 students nationally. Locally in just four years, we are at 98% graduation and 90% postsecondary entry rates,” reports Elevate Phoenix Executive Director Tim Cleary.

“Renee and I believe every person deserves a shot at the American dream – but, to achieve the American dream you have to understand what it means to be an American,” said Bob Parsons.  “By failing to teach the significance of our civic duties and the rights we possess as Americans, the education system is under-preparing students for their societal responsibilities. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation is investing in the future of this community by enabling Valley schools, through the Joe Foss Institute and Elevate Phoenix, to effectively reintroduce civics education.”

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee. To date, the Foundation has awarded $28 million in critical funds to charitable organizations. Though best known as the founder of GoDaddy, Parsons is also the founder and CEO of more than seven Greater Phoenix Area businesses and is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Purple Heart Medal.

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Ryan Companies to Build $27M, 150,000 SF Global Technology Center in Tempe For GoDaddy

 

Ryan Companies US, Inc. is the developer, design builder and property manager, and PHArchitecture is the architect behind a $27M, 2-story, 150,000 SF technology center in Tempe for Web host GoDaddy.

The new building is part of expansion that is expected to generate hundreds of quality, new jobs for Arizona-based GoDaddy.

“This is an extremely important project for Ryan Companies because it continues and strengthens a long-standing business relationship with ASU Research Park and ASU Foundation, as well as begins a new business relationship with GoDaddy,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Construction Vice President of Development.

“We are proud to be a part of the continued business growth in Tempe.”

The leasing team will consist of  Mike Haenel, Jeff Wentworth and Andy Markham of Cassidy Turley (landlord broker) and Chuck Nixson of CBRE (tenant broker).

Joining Gov. Jan Brewer for the announcement at Arizona State University Research Park were GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as well as officials with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The ceremony included Gov. Brewer and Irving “cementing” their footprints at the property – symbolizing the tech giant’s expanding footprint in the Valley. The new building is expected to open in 2014.

“GoDaddy is a true Arizona success story,” Gov. Brewer said. “It started with a handful of people and a dream. Now, GoDaddy is among the largest Valley employers. Year after year, it is ranked as one of the metro area’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ and GoDaddy has expanded each of the 16 years it has operated in our state.

“This is a great example of the type of company we had in mind when we championed legislation two years ago aimed at putting our economy on the right track. The hard work is paying off, and we are proud to have played a role in helping keep GoDaddy firmly-rooted in Arizona.”

The GoDaddy Global Technology Center will provide a creative new space for 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer-care representatives. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. GoDaddy currently employs more than 3,400 people worldwide, with a significant portion of the personnel based in Arizona.

“GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world,” Irving said. “GoDaddy is changing people’s lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses — and this new facility is a key piece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it’s in the hub of the state’s technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead.”

“Tempe is thrilled to welcome Go Daddy and its talented employees to our community,”  Mayor Mitchell said. “They are a great fit for our community, where 20% of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome Go Daddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future.”

“The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world’s leading research universities,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen.

“Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all.”

 

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GoDaddy hires tech veteran as CEO

GoDaddy, the world’s largest registrar of Internet domain names, on Tuesday said Microsoft and Yahoo veteran Blake Irving will become its CEO on Jan. 7.

He replaces Scott Wagner, an appointee from private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts who has been serving as interim CEO since July. KKR, Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures bought Scottsdale-based GoDaddy in 2011, at which time founder Bob Parsons stepped down as CEO.

Irving worked at Microsoft Corp. from 1992 to 2007, ending up as the vice president in charge of the Windows Live online services. He joined Yahoo Inc. in 2010 as chief product officer.

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GoDaddy looks to fill 200 jobs

In an effort to fill more than 200 job positions, web hosting provider GoDaddy announced on Friday it will host a career fair next week in Phoenix.

The move follows GoDaddy’s initiative last July to expand its staff at its Iowa customer service center by 300 employees.

The fair will be held on October 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, located at 1011 W. Holmes Ave.

Among the positions GoDaddy is looking to fill are software developers, IT professionals, business-intelligence and customer-service representatives.

The job fair is just another indication of how rapidly GoDaddy is growing. The company was recently listed on the Inc. 5000 list, ranking at #2862, showing an 80 percent three-year growth rate and $894.3 million in revenue for 2011.

The Scottsdale-based hosting company has been revered for the overall quality of its workplace experience. In 2009, GoDaddy achieved its sixth consecutive listing among the “Valley’s Best Places to Work“.

One position that has yet to be filled for the long term is CEO. Former CEO Warren Adelman stepped down in June, with KKR Capstone executive Scott Wagner filling in for the interim while the board searches for a permanent CEO.

A full list of job postings can be viewed at GoDaddy’s website.

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Bob "GoDaddy" Parsons To Debut First Annual Bob’s Biker Blast

Most of us know Bob Parsons as the founder of GoDaddy, the industry’s leading web hosting site, or the mastermind behind of some of Arizona’s biggest parties in history; but there’s a side to him not everyone may know about — he loves motorcycles.

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Parsons will kick off the first annual Bob’s Biker Blast on October 20 at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles from 10 a.m. to midnight. It’s projected to attract thousands of attendees, making it one of the biggest biker events to date.

Parsons is an avid motorcycle rider and is using the event to promote the grand opening of Go AZ Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Training Facility.

The must-see spectacles of the day, though, are public demonstrations of the first-ever, commercial application of a motorcycle simulator Bob's Biker Blastthat was originally created for the U.S. military. It allows a rider to feel what it’s like to actually ride a motorcycle all within the safety of the simulator.

“If you have never ridden a motorcycle before, this is your chance to get a really good idea of what it’s like without actually getting on a moving bike,” Parsons says in a press release. “You won’t find a motorcycle simulator like this outside of a few military bases.”

The all-day event includes live music, food and a variety of activities. Concert gates will open at 4 p.m. starting with a Fear No Ice Thrill Show followed by a concert featuring 38 Special and George Thorogood. Tommy Flanagan, who currently plays “Chibs” from Sons of Anarchy, will also make an appearance from noon to 7 p.m.

Admission is free to all riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license and is good for the rider plus one guest. There is a $20 fee for all others that will be donated directly to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For more information about Bob’s Biker Blast, call (480) 905-1903 or visit hdofscottsdale.com or goaz.com.

 

If You Go: Bob’s Biker Blast

Where: Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles dealerships off Frank Lloyd Wright and the 101
15500 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
When: October 20, 2012, 10 a.m. to midnight
Contact: (480) 905-1903

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GoDaddy Founder Hosts Bob’s Biker Blast

Bob Parsons might be known as the spirited founder of GoDaddy and one of the most prolific big party throwers in Arizona history, but in just one month the Valley will see a whole new side of Parsons when he kicks off one of his biggest biker events yet. Thousands are expected to attend.

The 1st Annual Bob’s Biker Blast will be held on October 20, 2012 at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles from 10 a.m. to midnight. Parsons, who acquired both dealerships several years ago, has grown the business and is now giving back to the motorcycle community.

The all-day event will feature the grand-opening of Go AZ Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Training Facility, including public demonstrations of the first ever commercial application of a motorcycle simulator that was originally developed for the United States Military. Feel what it’s like to go at top speed and make hair pin turns, all within the safety of the motorcycle simulator.

“If you have never ridden a motorcycle before, this is your chance to get a really good idea of what it’s like without actually getting on a moving bike,” said Bob Parsons. “You won’t find a motorcycle simulator like this outside of a few military bases. We own the first commercial simulator and now we’re even hearing from private agencies who want to use it.”

The day-long event includes live music, food and activities at the dealerships as well as a special appearance by Tommy Flanagan, “Chibs” from Sons of Anarchy, from Noon to 7 p.m.  Concert gates open at 4 p.m. featuring a Fear No Ice Thrill Show followed by a concert by rock legends 38 Special and George Thorogood.

Free admission to all riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license.  Endorsement is good for the rider plus one passenger.  There will be a $20 fee for all non-riders with 100% of that being donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Bob’s Biker Blast is located at the Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles dealerships just off Frank Lloyd Wright & the 101 at 15500 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For more information call 480-905-1903 or visit us online at http://www.hdofscottsdale.com/ or http://www.goaz.com/index.htm.

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GoDaddy Taps Deutsch For New Era Of ‘GoDaddy-esque’ Advertising

GoDaddy commercials: love them, or not … the edgy, slightly inappropriate TV commercials have helped make the Web hosting provider and domain name registrar a world leader on the Internet and a household name with mainstream audiences. Now, GoDaddy is announcing plans to evolve the iconic brand with a new marketing effort set to debut during the Olympics NBC broadcast. The campaign is titled “Inside / Out” and was created by the New York office of Deutsch Inc.

Considering GoDaddy’s well-documented marketing success over the years, signing an outside agency is somewhat of a risk. While critics historically panned the TV ads, GoDaddy leveraged the buzz, using “Push to Web” advertising to attract website visitors and convert them into customers.

GoDaddy’s Super Bowl campaigns have been produced in-house for the last seven consecutive years and are credited with helping grow new domain name market share to more than 50 percent worldwide.

“We are teaming up with Deutsch because we think the team there ‘gets us’ and can help take GoDaddy to the next level,” said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Barb Rechterman. “They understand our story and we think working with Deutsch is going to be an important step in GoDaddy’s brand evolution.”

The plan is for the new ads to be true to GoDaddy’s sense of fun, but engage viewers more deeply around what exactly GoDaddy does to help millions of people and businesses grow their presence online.

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity to take GoDaddy, one of the most recognizable Super Bowl advertiser brands, or Internet brands for that matter, and make it relevant for what it does,” said Val DiFebo, Deutsch NY CEO. “GoDaddy has a phenomenal growth story and delivers a brand of service unlike any of its competitors. Our challenge is to tell that story in a way that is still fun and edgy, but showcases more of GoDaddy’s specific offerings.”

Deutsch Inc. Chairman Donny Deutsch has watched the GoDaddy advertising story unfold over the years, having reported about it on CNBC’s “The Big Idea” and critiqued many of GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercials. “Deutsch is the right agency for GoDaddy at this point in their growth. Look for GoDaddy to be on their typical big stage, with a smart business-focused step change,” noted Deutsch.

GoDaddy’s CMO has been leading the company’s day-to-day marketing strategies and operations since before GoDaddy was registering domain names. “Now is the time for a new era of GoDaddy advertising,” Rechterman said. “One of our strengths has always been a willingness to take risks, especially with our marketing. The new Olympics campaign pays homage to the past success, but spotlights GoDaddy’s technical strength and entrepreneurial spirit.”

GoDaddy serves more than 10.3 million customers worldwide and ranks as the world leader for Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates.

“People know who we are, our Super Bowl marketing has helped make GoDaddy a household name,” said GoDaddy CEO Warren Adelman, who has been with the company for nearly ten years and took over leadership in December. “Our customers think of us as their business partner because of our products, infrastructure and service. What we want to do now is market in ways that tell people more about what we do to help businesses grow online.”

For more information on GoDaddy and Deutsch, visit GoDaddy’s website at godaddy.com and visit Deutsch’s website deutschinc.com.

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The Future Is Now – GoDaddy Launches IPv6 Virtual Dedicated Hosting

GoDaddy is celebrating the World IPv6 Launch and announced IPv6-enabled Linux Virtual Dedicated Servers. This new offering is providing a dual-stack VPS Hosting solution for customers to be prepared for the IPv6 changeover.

Every device connected to the Internet needs an IP address. Be it a personal computer, a mobile phone, a tablet or a thousand servers in an enterprise network, every item online needs a unique identifier. The current solution, IPv4, is running out of addresses for each device. With Internet traffic projected to quadruple between 2010 and 20151, IPv6 enabled services are vital to the continued growth of the Web.

“GoDaddy wants to make sure our customers stay ahead of the technology curve,” said GoDaddy CEO Warren Adelman. “Our customers view us as their IT partner, so we want to make sure the transition to IPv6 is seamless.”

Prior to launching Linux VPS Hosting, GoDaddy had been upgrading its systems to account for the eventual IPv6 deployment. Since October 2007 GoDaddy has completed a number of IPv6 related initiatives, including support for IPv6 AAAA records, Glue records, Dual Stack DNS for customers’ domain names and enabling redundant IPv6 transit from multiple providers.

“Deploying IPv6 ensures the Internet continues to grow and is essential for businesses that want to grow with it,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer at the Internet Society, which is hosting World IPv6 Launch. “After 20 years of development and increasing deployment around the world, IPv6 is ready for business now and, with World IPv6 Launch, IPv6 is the ‘new normal’ for the global Internet. It’s great to see companies like GoDaddy providing customers with an easy way to deploy IPv6 for their services.”

This transition couldn’t happen overnight. GoDaddy handles more than 10 billion DNS queries daily, has more than 5 million hosted websites and more than 53 million domain names under management, so there is a tremendous amount of work and effort required to provide dependable IPv6 support.

“Deploying IPv6 is like upgrading the Internet,” GoDaddy CTO Wayne Thayer states in a blog post about GoDaddy’s IPv6 transition. “Last year, GoDaddy enabled queries over IPv6 for the tens of millions of DNS zones that we host. Since DNS is used to resolve virtually every website on the Internet, IPv6 support is a key component of the overall move to IPv6.”

To learn more about IPv6 Launch Day, visit www.WorldIPv6Launch.org.

To read GoDaddy CTO Wayne Thayer’s entire post about the transition to IPv6, visit Inside.GoDaddy.com.