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Az Business names Industry Leaders of Arizona finalists

Az Business magazine is proud to present the Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities they serve. Companies were selected from five key industries:

• Aerospace and defense
• Commercial and residential real estate service contractors
• Food and beverage (non-hospitality)
• Healthcare support services
• Software/data support

Winners will be recognized at an awards dinner that will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Camelback Inn. Here are the 30 finalists for this year’s ILoA Awards:

AppointmentPlus
Leadership: Bob La Loggia, CEO; Debbie James, CFO
Address: 15300 N. 90th St., #100, Scottsdale
Website: appointment-plus.com
What it does: AppointmentPlus is a web-based scheduling software that empowers businesses through configurable online calendars, reminder management, online payment processing and plug-in integration.
How it leads: Scheduling problems cost companies more than $150 billion annually. AppointmentPlus’ software eliminates this problem by offering an easy-to-use platform for online scheduling. AppointmentPlus can take a small company from using paper appointment books to the increased accuracy of online booking. Departments within larger companies can use AppointmentPlus for scheduling trucks at distribution centers or scheduling job candidate screenings.

Avella Specialty Pharmacy
Leadership: Rebecca M. Shanahan, CEO; Prem Goyal, CFO
Address: 1606 W. Whispering Wind Dr., Phoenix
Website: avella.com
What it does: Avella is a national specialty pharmacy offering breakthrough medications, clinical excellence and support to individuals with complex healthcare issues.
How it leads: Avella offers more than just innovative specialty medications. Its clinicians and staff members provide guidance that helps individuals manage complex health conditions like cancer, hepatitis, HIV, infertility and others. Avella partners with prescribing physicians to serve as a valuable member of a patient’s healthcare team. Avella complements these efforts with the latest technology, including mobile health tools that offer convenience to its patients.

Benson Systems
Leadership: Shawn Benson, CEO; James Spiel, CFO
Address: 2065 W. Obispo Ave., #101, Gilbert
Website: bensonsys.com
What it does: Benson Systems’s mission is to be a single-source provider of vital facilities services, system integration and installation, including security systems, fire alarms, air conditioning systems, electrical, plumbing and more.
How it leads: Earlier this year, Benson created a fundraising arm of Benson Systems called the Benson Charities Foundation. Focusing on his passion of youth development and health and wellness, Benson funnels his personal and company community efforts into the Benson Charities Foundation so that he can more effectively support causes that are important to him and his family.

BeyondTrust
Leadership: Kevin Hickey, CEO; Bryce Hancock, CFO
Address: 5090 N. 40th St., #400, Phoenix
Website: beyondtrust.com
What it does: BeyondTrust delivers privileged account management and vulnerability management solutions that reduce IT security risks and simplify compliance reporting across heterogeneous IT environments.
How it leads: One of Hickey’s first, and largest initiatives since his appointment as CEO was the development and launch of the company’s first cloud-based vulnerability scanning solution, BeyondSaaS. This allowed BeyondTrust to offer a more cost-effective security solution and target a new segment of the market. It also created a new space inside the company for innovation to occur — the cloud space.

Burns Pest Elimination
Leadership: Dave Burns, CEO
Address: 2620 W. Grovers Ave., Phoenix
Website: burnspestelimination.com
What it does: Burns Pest Elimination is a full- service commercial and residential pest elimination company. Specialties include scorpions, roaches, ants and rodents, bird exclusion and trapping services. Commercial industries include healthcare, multi-family housing, homeowners associations, call centers, hospitality and food handling.
How it leads: Burns was the first in Arizona to operate a division devoted to locating and exterminating bed bugs by the use of specially trained canines, then exterminating them through both traditional methods and the company’s specially designed Enviro-heat treatment.

Crescent Crown Distributing
Leadership: James “Bubba” Moffett, CEO; Neil Baier, CFO
Address: 1640 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa
Website: crescentcrown.com
What it does: Crescent Crown is one of the ten largest beer distributors in the country, selling and delivering over 27 million cases of beer and other fine beverages throughout Arizona and Louisiana.
How it leads: Crescent Crown holds as a core value the importance of supporting the local community. Crescent Crown employees are past or current board members of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Enghouse Interactive
Leadership: Christoph Mosing, CEO; Doug Bryson, CFO
Address: 2095 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., #110, Phoenix
Website: enghouseinteractive.com
What it does: Enghouse Interactive is a global leader in providing contact center solutions that deliver differentiated customer experiences and maximize the value of every customer interaction.
How it leads: Enghouse is steadfast in both its commitment to and investment in making the Phoenix community its headquarters. Unlike many technology companies, Enghouse boasts an incredibly strong balance sheet and consistent year-over-year growth. Second quarter revenue, for example, was $55 million, an increase of 23 percent over revenue of $44.5 million in the second quarter last year.

Exodyne
Leadership: Ralph Rockow, CEO; Julie Rossignol, CFO
Address: 8433 N. Black Canyon Hwy., #200, Phoenix
Website: exodyne.com
What it does: Dynamic Science, Inc. (DSI), a subsidiary of Exodyne, Inc., has provided defense-related services since 1942 in aviation, test and evaluation, and research and development.
How it leads: DSI was established in 1942 to assist in a crash injury research project at Cornell University. It is know for its longevity, innovative track record, consistency and impressive variety of areas of expertise. The Air National Guard chose DSI to provide air traffic control and navigational aid maintenance services at seven locations throughout the U.S. DSI also expanded into train, bus, and motorcycle investigations.

FacilitySource
Leadership: Bill Hayden, CEO; Richard Montero, CFO
Address: 3600 E. University Dr., #C-1550, Phoenix
Website: facilitysource.com
What it does: Since 2001, FacilitySource has provided high quality alternatives to traditional facility support solutions to multi-location retailers, restaurants and other enterprises.
How it leads: FacilitySource is a leader in the facility management industry because of its unique perspective on integrated facility management. To deliver on this vision, FacilitySource employs industry leading solution components that help its clients operate their facilities in best-in-class fashion. These differentiated solutions include FacilitySource’s applied business intelligence, elite network of service providers, its industry leading software platform — fmPilot and its transaction center.

GPS Insight
Leadership: Robert Donat, CEO; Wayne Holder, CFO
Address: 19001 N. Scottsdale Rd., #400, Scottsdale
Website: gpsinisght.com
What it does: GPS Insight is a leading GPS tracking software provider for commercial and
government fleets.
How it leads: GPS Insight innovates most in its technology and is typically the first to bring new capabilities to the GPS tracking space. The way in which it innovates most, however, is by continuously working with customers and prospects to hear about what they require. By pairing its technology with user requirements, GPS Insight brings its product continuously to the next
level while satisfying existing and future customers.

InEight
Leadership: Bill Ponseti, CEO; Jason Trueblood, CFO
Address: 9977 N. 90th St., #200, Scottsdale
Website: ineight.com
What it does: InEight’s technology solutions help companies design, estimate, control and connect all aspects of their capital and maintenance projects, from the back office to the job site.
How it leads: In May 2014, the company introduced the InEight name which represents the vision to empower customers with an innate ability to more effectively manage their capital and maintenance projects from start to finish. More than 500 companies now use InEight products, including some of the largest companies in the engineering, construction and operations; mining; oil and gas; and utilities industries.

Inventure Foods
Leadership: Terry McDaniel, CEO; Steve Weinberger, CFO
Address: 5415 E. High St., Phoenix
Website: inventurefoods.com
What it does: Inventure Foods is a sales and marketing company that focuses on healthy and natural snacks and frozen foods. Its brands include company-owned brands Boulder Canyon, Poore Brothers, Rader Farms, Fresh Frozen Foods andlicense brands including Jamba, Seattle’s Best Coffee, TGI Friday’s, Nathan’s Famous and Vidalia Brands snacks.
How it leads: As a smaller food company, Inventure’s ability to develop unique product concepts that are brought to the market quickly has enable it to compete against some of the industry giants.

Isagenix International, LLC
Leadership: Kevin Adams, CEO; Darren Fujii, CFO
Address: 2225 S. Price Rd., Chandler
Website: isagenix.com
What it does: Isagenix offers health-and-wellness solutions that provide real results, a compelling business opportunity and a global vision of helping people achieve their dreams — physically and financially.
How it leads: Isagenix is a world-class leader in the network marketing industry, offering solutions to transform lives in four key areas: weight loss, energy and performance, healthy aging and wealth creation. With cumulative sales over $2.5 billion, the company is undeniably one of the most successful in the industry.

JDA Software Group, Inc.
Leadership: Bal Dail, chairman and CEO; Marc Levine, CFO
Address: 14400 N. 87th St., Scottsdale
Website: jda.com
What it does: JDA Software is a leader in global supply chain management, offering a broad portfolio of integrated planning and execution solutions and services to help firms manage the entire supply chain through any channel.
How it leads: A powerful cloud delivery platform enables JDA customers to achieve and maintain long-term value from their software investments. From rapid deployment to ongoing optimization services, JDA Cloud customers benefit from the synthesis of technology, support, system management, and industry and solution expertise.

Maverick Healthcare
Leadership: Robert Fahlman, CEO; Jeff Reynolds, CFO
Address: 4601 E. Hilton Ave., Phoenix
Website: preferredhomecare.com
What it does: Maverick provides multiple value-based in-home services.
How it leads: In December 1997, Preferred Homecare started as a small company with 27 employees and 9 branch locations in Arizona and set a course to grow organically. Preferred Homecare also set forth a plan to grow through acquisitions and purchased Park InfusionCare in Texas in 2007; Centura, a hospital-based durable medical equipment company, in 2010; and LifeCare Solutions, a home healthcare provider in 2011. The company now has nearly 2,000 employees in more than 60 locations.

OneNeck IT Solutions
Leadership: Phil LaForge, CEO; Clint Harder, chief technology officer and general manager of managed hosting and cloud services
Address: 5301 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale
Website: oneneck.com
What it does: OneNeck delivers tailored, end-to-end enterprise-class IT solutions, including everything from engineering and managing IT infrastructure to enterprise resource planning (ERP) application management, managed services, cloud services and Tier 3 data centers.
How it leads: An ERP system isn’t just a software application. It is a platform upon which businesses are run and OneNeck is the leading ERP managed hosting provider for mid-market companies.

Option 1 Healthcare Solutions
Leadership: Rick Winterich, CEO; Al Charlesworth, CFO
Address: 2460 E. Germann Rd., #18, Chandler
Website: option1nutrition.com
What it does: Option 1 is a tube feeding and medical nutrition provider that combines outstanding care, clinical expertise and a wide variety of products to support its patients.
How it leads: Option 1 has developed a program that is much more than simply delivering supplies.  Option 1 has studied and strived to create a program that outperforms other enteral therapy providers in both patient care and cost savings. Its model is focused on the patient’s needs rather than business convenience or internal cost savings.

Parchment
Leadership: Matthew Pittinsky, CEO; Robert Colletti, CFO
Address: 6263 N. Scottsdale Rd., #330, Scottsdale
Website: parchment.com
What it does: Parchment is an education technology company that makes it easier to request, verify and share educational and professional credentials electronically.
How it leads: Parchment’s advanced technology platform takes people’s transcripts, degrees, licenses and certifications and helps turn them into realized opportunities. Parchment is changing what has become an archaic process of credentials management. Parchment’s challenge is trying to educate students, professionals and organizations on how the company can save them time and help them with their goals by managing their credentials quickly and securely on-line.

Parker and Sons
Leadership: Paul E. Kelly, CEO; Erika Doyle, controller
Address: 3636 E. Anne St., Phoenix
Website: parkerandsons.com
What it does: Parker and Sons, celebrating its 40th year in business, is a leader in the HVAC and plumbing industry.
How it leads: At the heart of its success is Parker and Sons’ value system, which it calls its SPIRIT values — Service, Performance, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork. The leaders of Parker and Sons say the company’s success is driven by team members who not only care, but care enough to do the right thing and go the extra mile.

Paul Johnson Drywall
Leadership: Cole Johnson, CEO; Bernd Linzbach, controller
Address: 1720 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix
Website: pauljohnsondrywall.com
What it does: Paul Johnson Drywall is a family-owned drywall contractor providing services to single-family, multifamily and commercial projects throughout the Southwest.
How it leads: Earlier this year, the company implemented a classification initiative in conjunction with the Department of Labor and reclassified 1,325 workers as W-2 employees and hired another 627 W-2 employees. PJD and the Department of Labor collaborated to develop and implement the construction-industry-focused effort, which addresses classification and overtime issue of traditionally piece-rate trades by providing industry best practices.

Phoenix Heliparts
Leadership: Tina Cannon, president; Andy Guiterrez, controller and director of HR
Address: 3130 N. Oakland, #110, Mesa
Website: phoenixheliparts.com
What it does: Phoenix Heliparts is a female-owned helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul facility which specializes in custom modifications and integration.
How it leads: Since the company was founded in Cannon’s garage less than 12 years ago, Phoenix Heliparts has become a prime contractor for the U.S. Department of State, Boeing, the U.S. Army and the South Korean army. Phoenix Heliparts has received awards from the U.S. Department of State for superior performance and a supplier excellence award from Boeing.

Plexus Worldwide
Leadership: Tarl Robinson, CEO; Stephen Howard, CFO
Address: 15649 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
Website: plexusworldwide.com
What it does: Plexus Worldwide is committed to providing its ambassadors with life-changing products and a unique and rewarding business opportunity, opening the door to personal and financial success.
How it leads: The Plexus Plan may soon be considered the standard in its industry for sustainable, secure income and growth for distributors. The balance is clear – everything Plexus does, from the compensation plan to its product line to the people its hires, must be both good for the company and good for the ambassadors.

Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC
Leadership: Tom Harrison, CEO; Barry Sullivan, CFO
Address: 800 W. Carver Rd., Tempe
Website: robbietanks.com
What it does: Robertson Fuel Systems designs and manufactures crashworthy and ballistically self-sealing fuel systems for helicopters and ground combat vehicles for U.S. and international customers.
How it leads: Robertson is the acknowledged world leader in fuel containment and ballistic tolerance, having designed, manufactured, and fielded more than 4,500 crashworthy, ballistically self-sealing primary and auxiliary fuel systems for rotary and fixed winged aircraft and ground combat vehicles since 1976.  Robertson systems self-seal against ballistic threats ranging from 7.62mm and .50 caliber Armor Piercing (AP) straight and tumbled projectiles to 23mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) and meet/exceed military crashworthy requirements.

Simpleview
Leadership: Ryan George, CEO; Scott Meredith, CFO
Address: 7458 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson
Website: simpleviewinc.com
What it does: Simpleview offers integrated products and services, including the industry’s most advanced customer relationship management (CRM) and content management system (CMS) platforms, dynamic websites, SEO and interactive marketing.
How it leads: Simpleview provides a comprehensive cloud-based technology platform which connects Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) around the world to travelers, meeting planners, and local businesses. Simpleview is able to exemplify their core competency of helping DMOs attract travelers and drive economic impact through a streamlined sales and marketing processes.

Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona
Leadership: Dave Dexter, CEO; David Lutich, CFO
Address: 1255 W. Washington St., Tempe
Website: sonoraquest.com
What it does: Sonora Quest Laboratories provides award-winning diagnostic testing and information services to physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations and patients throughout Arizona.
How it leads: Sonora Quest Laboratories has more than 2,700 employees statewide and performs more than 75,000 diagnostic tests per day, including the latest and most innovative testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, to name a few. The company is the only healthcare company ever to receive our state’s highest quality award, the Arizona Governor’s Award for Quality.

Sprouts Farmers Market
Leadership: Doug Sanders, CEO; Amin Maredia, CFO
Address: 11811 N. Tatum Blvd., #2400, Phoenix
Website: sprouts.com
What it does: Sprouts is a healthy grocery store committed to healthy living that offers fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices.
How it leads: Recently named one of the top five supermarket chains by Consumer Reports and headquartered in Phoenix, Sprouts employs more than 15,000 team members and operates more than 175 stores in 10 states. Central to Sprouts’ identity is a genuine commitment to responsible retailing, which includes constructing and operating its farmers markets in a way that reduces energy use.

StandardAero
Leadership: Russell Ford, CEO; Mike Scott, CFO
Address: 1524 W. 14th St., #110, Tempe
Website: standardaero.com
What it does: StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of aviation services including engine, component and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, interior completions and paint.
How it leads: StandardAero has multiple strengths that serve as competitive advantages and provide the company with a unique value proposition. Greatest among these is the breadth of services among complementary aviation markets. StandardAero is able to serve a diverse array of aviation markets as a “tip-to-tail” service provider and authorized MRO service center among the top engine original equipment manufacturers.

SunRenu Solar
Leadership: John McDonnell, CEO; Christy McDonnel, controller
Address: 4300 N. Miller Rd., #130, Scottsdale
Website: sunrenu.com
What it does: SunRenu Solar provides installation and contracting services with industry leading solar solutions that accelerate the rate of return on solar investments.
How it leads: SunRenu was named to Solar Power World magazine’s list of the “Top 400 Solar Contractors in America,” landing at No. 197. Specializing in mid-market commercial solar installation and finance, SunRenu has seen exponential growth in a market sector that is shrinking. SunRenu’s growth pattern shows it will grow from $6 million in revenue in 2014 to $10 million in 2015.

Sunstate Equipment
Leadership: Chris Watts, president and COO; Garth Price, CFO
Address: 5552 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Website: sunstateequip.com
What it does: Sunstate provides top quality rental equipment and tools to its customers so they can get the job done safely and efficiently.
How it leads: With the trend toward users outsourcing their construction equipment rentals, Sunstate has successfully navigated the changing face of the industry for more than 30 years. The company is defined by its core values: people, integrity, safety, challenge, empowerment, teamwork and fun. Sunstate’s leadership believes that if they take care of their employees, the employees will take care of their customers.

Universal Avionics Systems Corporation
Leadership: Paul DeHerrera, CEO; Michael Delgado, CFO
Address: 3260 E. Universal Way, Tucson
Website: uasc.com
What it does: Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of avionics systems, used worldwide on aircraft types from helicopters to corporate turbine aircraft and commercial airliners.
How it leads: Universal Avionics credits much of its success in growing the company to its involvement in the community. Most of the company’s initial hiring for its manufacturing workforce was done through a unique program developed in partnership with Pima Community College, Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and others.

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Arizona Office of Tourism launches travel app

Thanks to the release of a new app, people seeking information on Arizona’s travel industry can now access data quickly and easily on their smart phone or iPad. The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is the first state travel office in the United States to launch an app of this kind – one that provides quality, reliable mobile data on the impact of Arizona’s tourism industry on the state’s economy and its residents.

Arizona Travel Impacts, the new mobile version of AOT’s annually published “Arizona Travel Impacts” report, breaks down visitor spending, jobs, direct earnings, and tax receipts generated by the travel industry by state, region, county, and legislative district. The free app includes historical data dating back to 1998 and is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices at tourism.az.gov/research-statistics/economic-impact via Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The data is updated annually.

“Communicating the importance of the travel industry on our state’s economy is critical for us,” said Sherry Henry, director of AOT. “We are thrilled to be at the forefront of providing important and interesting tourism and travel data to stakeholders in an innovative and accessible way through this app.”

After downloading the Arizona Travel Impacts app, users can easily access information by clicking on the map to identify a particular county or other geographic area, and then selecting their desired data category from drop-down menus along the top of the screen. All information is presented in clear, colorful graphs and maps, and more detail is available by tapping the screen to select a given year. In just seconds, a user can learn the number of retail jobs generated in Coconino County in 2008 (1,090 jobs) or the statewide spending in campgrounds in 1998 (more than $380 million).

Arizona Travel Impacts screen shotThe impact of tourism to the Grand Canyon State is quite significant. Arizona’s warm weather and exceptional beauty help make tourism one of the state’s top export industries. In 2013, 33.8 million people visited Arizona, and those visitors collectively spent $19.8 billion in the state. The money spent by visitors supports jobs and generates tax revenue, saving every Arizona household $1,100 each year in taxes.

The Arizona Travel Impacts app data is valuable to AOT’s constituents, including members of the media, legislators, tourism partners, destination marketing organizations, statewide economic representatives, businesses and community leaders along with municipal and state officials. AOT created the app in partnership with Dean Runyan Associates, Inc., a market research firm based in Portland, Ore., that has assisted the organization with reliable travel research since 2004.

 

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AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
MZ
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
AECOM
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Architekton
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Gensler
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Intel Corporation
JAVCON
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Kitchell
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
PHArchitecture
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
SmithGroupJJR
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.
West-MEC

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. Click here for more information.

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Cushman & Wakefield negotiates $2.85M sale

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. completed the $2,825,000 million sale of the Charter Palms Apartments, 1220 N. 44th St.

The complex was constructed in 1974 and contains 74 apartment units totaling 60,400 square feet ($46.77 PSF).  The property, which includes five buildings, is 69 percent occupied.

Plaza de Vista, LLC of Tempe purchased the property from Realty Partners Charter LLC of Phoenix.

“The property has quite a bit of deferred maintenance that the buyer plans to take care of while also improving the quality of the asset,” said Brett Polachek, Senior Director with Cushman & Wakefield.

Polachek and Jim Crews of Cushman & Wakefield successfully marketed the property for sale and represented the seller. The buyer was represented by Brock Danielson of K.W. Commercial.

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ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge semifinalists

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

Each year, the ACA awards – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. Recipients receive up to $250,000 in capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

“We congratulate the forward-thinking entrepreneurs selected as our newest AIC semifinalists,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona’s engagement with early-stage companies through its suite of targeted programs continues to spur growth, technology commercialization and capital investment within Arizona’s innovation ecosystem. With more than 1,200 applications received for the AIC since 2011, the program continues to be among the many opportunities available to innovators which have made Arizona a top hub for entrepreneurial activity and startup success.”

The 25 Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Semifinalists include:

• Adosia, LLC, IT – Software, Tempe, AZ
• Allbound, IT – Software, Scottsdale, AZ
• Cactus Semiconductor, Advanced Manufacturing, Chandler, AZ
• CampusLogic, IT – Software, Gilbert, AZ
• Crowd Mics, IT – Software, Mesa, AZ
• Dermspectra, LLC, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Energy Conservation Mgmt., Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Scottsdale, AZ
• EZ Dump Commercial, Advanced Manufacturing, Phoenix, AZ
• HiringSolved, IT – Software, Chandler, AZ
• Iris PR Management, IT – Software, Phoenix, AZ
• Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc., Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale, AZ
• MWI Laboratories, Advanced Materials, Tempe, AZ
• Next Alternative, Inc., Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Chandler, AZ
• Numa Tactical Eyewear, Advanced Materials, Phoenix, AZ
• NuvOx Pharma, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Park Genius, IT – Software, Tucson, AZ
• PoG Technologies, LLC, Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Peoria, AZ
• Pure Chat, IT – Software, Scottsdale, AZ
• RightBio Metrics, Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale, AZ
• Salutaris Medical Devices, Inc., Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Sentinel Internet Systems, IT – Software, Phoenix, AZ
• Smart Service Desk, IT – Software, Chandler, AZ
• Spotlight Software, IT – Software, Peoria, AZ
• Universal Bio Mining, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Zero Shock Seating, Advanced Manufacturing, Chandler, AZ

A panel of expert judges evaluated 154 applications from the Fall 2014 AIC submitted by companies based in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. These companies represent high-value industry sectors that include IT software, IT hardware, bio and life sciences, cleantech/renewable energy, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace and defense.

Every applying company that meets the AIC’s eligibility requirements will receive constructive feedback generated from the rigorous online evaluation and scoring process. All semifinalists also will be considered for participation in Venture Ready, the ACA’s mentor program that connects early stage companies with high-level CEOs to further refine business plans and investor pitches.

The ACA will name its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists in early January and the winners later that same month.

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Ryan Companies named general contractor mentor of the year

“Honored to be recognized for building these lasting community relationships,” is how Senior Project Manager Cindy Olsen described the recognition of Ryan Companies US, Inc. as General Contractor Mentor of the Year by the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona (AMCA) at its 17th Annual Awards Banquet on November 8.

Ryan Companies continues its long history of outreach to and inclusion of M/WBE contractors by setting corporate-wide M/WBE spending goals on all construction projects and exceeding these goals year after year. In 2013, Ryan exceeded its spend goal by approximately 20% and is already on track to exceed its 2014 spend goal by over 207%, including the creation of more than $18.5MM in growth revenue to M/WBE companies.

Ryan Companies President, SouthWest Region, Rick Collins expressed appreciation for the AMCA. “We thank the AMCA for its commitment to developing strong alliances between general contractors and quality minority and women-owned businesses throughout Arizona.”

The AMCA annually presents the General Contractor Mentor of the Year Award to firms that have demonstrated generous support of minority businesses through financial and in-kind contributions, outreach, education development, and providing business opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses as well as the disadvantaged business enterprise community.

The 2014 AMCA award recognizes Ryan’s mentoring achievements, including its Emerging Business Inclusion Program, which features relationship-building opportunities for M/WBE firms with Ryan project managers, cash-flow assistance, and project management and field coordination training.

“As a minority contractor, we are grateful for the opportunities and guidance that has been extended to us by Ryan Companies over the years,” said Dan Puente, President, D.P. Electric, Inc. “Their trust in D.P. Electric has enabled us to not only sustain, but grow as an organization through a tough economy.”

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Verde Investments buys Superstition Commerce Park

Cassidy Turley has announced the sale of Superstition Commerce Park, a 15.97-acre industrial project west of the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 60 and Sossaman Road. Phoenix-based Verde Investments, Inc. purchased the property for $8.8 million from Delta SCP, LLC. The buyer is an owner/user and plans to occupy the project.

Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Directors Andy Markham, SIOR, and Mike Haenel and Vice President Will Strong negotiated the transaction on behalf of the seller. Lee & Associates represented the buyer.

Superstition Commerce Park includes two existing buildings and ±5.49 acres of fully improved land for future expansion. The existing buildings are a ±49,438 square foot back office building at 7457 East Hampton Avenue and a ±57,793 square foot flex/industrial building at 7465 East Hampton Avenue.

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Topgolf’s Topgolf U Redefines Golf Lessons

Golf entertainment leader Topgolf International, Inc. today launched Topgolf U, a new golf instructional program developed to help grow the game. With lessons starting at $20, Topgolf® aims to attract a wide audience of player hopefuls, from juniors to adults and novices to experts.

Topgolf U combines the fun, high-energy environment of Topgolf with world-class, PGA-certified instructors using the latest mobile video technology from Ubersense to analyze and improve players’ swings. The lessons are being offered at all 10 existing Topgolf locations across the United States. The four types of Topgolf U lessons available include:

• Social Lessons – Priced at $20 for adults and $15 for youth, these 20-minute sessions are offered to anyone in a Topgolf bay who wants just a few quick tips. A video analysis of the student’s swing is emailed at the end of the lesson and is available for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

• Private Lessons – These hour-long sessions feature one-on-one instruction with a golf pro. Topgolf has partnered with sports app leader Ubersense to provide slow-motion video swing analysis. At Topgolf, the flight path of the ball is not simulated – instead, players get to see exactly where every shot lands.

• Weekly Clinics (Player Development Series) – Small group lessons, conducted once per week for four consecutive weeks, bring together players at similar skill levels. Topgolf provides separate development series lesson plans for each level as well as for juniors and ladies.

• Group/Event Lessons – Perfect for corporate entertainment or social parties, this special add-on offers professional instruction as part of the Topgolf private event experience.

“Topgolf is unlike anything else in the golf world, and we wanted to make the lesson experience just as remarkable,” said Topgolf Director of Strategic Partnerships Rodney Ferrell. “By combining the buzzing atmosphere of Topgolf with some of the finest teaching pros in the world using the latest technology, we’ve truly redefined the golf lesson. Put simply, Topgolf is making golf affordable, easy to learn and – most important – fun.”

Topgolf is the only entertainment center of its kind, offering competitive golfing games for all ages and skill levels and advanced technology to track the accuracy and distance of players’ shots. With climate-controlled hitting bays, Topgolf allows fans to enjoy playing the game year-round. The concept has been especially popular among the millennial generation, with more than half of its guests between the ages of 18 and 34. In July, Topgolf was recognized on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel for helping revitalize golf.

Today, Topgolf employs up to three golf professionals at each location. The company has pledged to cover the costs associated with each professional’s PGA dues and certification process.

“The introduction of Topgolf U is one of the most important things this company has ever done,” said Topgolf CEO Ken May. “The program symbolizes our commitment to spreading the love for the game of golf and making it more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. We look forward to expanding Topgolf U and other programs like our Summer Academy for kids, our offerings for high school golf teams, and more. This is just the beginning of the golf programming Topgolf plans to offer.”

For more information regarding Topgolf U, visit www.topgolf.com/lessons.

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NorthMarq arranges $21.4M loan for Lion’s Ridge Apartments

John Kinser, vice president and Luke Donahue, senior vice president of NorthMarq Capital’s Phoenix office collaborated with David Link, senior vice president/senior director of NorthMarq Capital’s Denver office to secure a $21,377,000 construction loan for Lion’s Ridge Apartments, a 114-unit, workforce housing, multifamily development located at 1280 North Frontage Road, Vail, Colorado. NorthMarq arranged the transaction for the borrower, Gorman, Inc., through its relationship with TCF Bank.

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Freeport Industrial Center reaches full occupancy

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. negotiated a long-term lease  at Freeport Industrial Center, 5502 W. Buckeye Ave.   Elontec, an award-winning, woman-owned office furniture, relocation and cabling company, will consolidate its operations and relocate its corporate headquarters to the property. This lease brings the 103,400-square-foot Freeport Industrial Center to 100 percent occupancy.

Elontec has leased 28,231 square feet of space, which is an expansion for the company. Elontec plans to relocate in October from its current corporate headquarters at 5402 W. Roosevelt St.  The company will be consolidating two spaces that total approximately 24,000 square feet and moving operations to Freeport Industrial Center.  Elontec will be hiring additional workers as part of the expansion.

“This space sat vacant for more than 18 months before we were enlisted to market the property,” said Justin LeMaster of Cushman & Wakefield . “Based on our strategic marketing approach and relationships in the brokerage community, we were able to completely negotiate the deal  within two weeks of receiving the assignment.”

LeMaster, Mike Gilbert and Paul Sweetland, SIOR, of Cushman & Wakefield’s industrial division represented the landlord, Environmental Development of San Diego.

Ted Liles of Cresa represented Elontec.

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Bioscience innovators will pitch at White Hat Investors

Bioindustry Associations from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region are coming together to present an opportunity for Angels, Venture Capitalists and Strategic Investors to connect with the biotech and healthcare investment opportunities from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest states at White Hat Investors 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17 and 18, 2014.

“The West was won by innovators, investors, and prospectors who understood the value of discovery and accepted the challenge of investing in new frontiers,” shared Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio). “Now, industry leaders and accredited investors have the opportunity to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at White Hat 2014, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region.”

White Hat Presenting Companies were selected from the region’s emerging innovation leaders in the fields of Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices, and Health IT. Presenting companies are developing lifesaving and life improving innovations that will benefit people today and for generations to come while addressing some of our greatest health challenges including cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, neurological disorders, infectious disease, and more.

On September 17th, over 400 life science industry leaders will gather to view a company showcase, browse a student discovery zone and listen to presentations from local life science entrepreneurs on the BioAccel Best of the Best Stage from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center. Free and open to the general public, it presents an opportunity for members of the community to connect with the region’s fastest growing innovation sector. The public pre-event will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by the AZBio Awards gala (registration required) honoring life science pioneer Roy Curtiss, III, PhD; Charles Arntzen, PhD, the Arizona State University Researcher who, with his team, played a key role in the development of ZMAPP, the experimental Ebola drug given to two health workers who were sickened by the deadly virus earlier this year; W.J. “Jim” Lane, Mayor of the City of Scottsdale for his work in developing the Scottsdale Cure Corridor; innovative educator Miles Orchinik, PhD of the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University; Jack B. Jewett of the Flinn Foundation for leadership of the longest running statewide bioscience development initiative in the United States; emerging technology leaders SenesTech, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, and Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals along with the 2014 Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

White Hat events continue on September 18th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix with presentations by privately-held life science companies presenting to attending representatives of family offices, investment funds, corporate investment/business development professionals for life science oriented firms (strategic investors), granting foundations, venture capital firms, and accredited investors. In addition to great company presentations in the areas of Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Health IT, White Hat includes THREE general sessions featuring panel discussions on the investment environment from the perspective of Angels, Strategic Investors, and VCs.
Presenting Companies were selected from the Rocky Mountain Southwest’s emerging innovator leaders in the fields of: Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices and Health IT and include:

• Aviratek, LLC
• Breezing
• Calimmune, Inc.
• CardioCreate, Inc.
• Convoy Therapeutics
• DiscGenics
• Elutin Vascular Inc.
• EndoShape, Inc
• Fluonic
• Imagenonics LLC
• Iron Horse Diagnostics
• INanoBio
• Kalos Therapeutics
• Kulira Technologies
• Meditope Biosciences, Inc.
• MSDx
• NeuroRecovery Technologies, Inc.
• NuvoMed
• NuvOx Pharma
• Pediatric Bioscience, Inc
• Portable Genomics, Inc.
• MedTalk Companion (Real Phone Corp)
• Recursion Pharmaceuticals
• RiboMed Biotechnologies
• Savoy Pharmaceuticals
• SenesTech
• Skylit Medical
• Sonoran Biosciences
• T-MedRobotics
• Valley Fever Solutions
• ValveXchange
• ViroCyt
• VisionGate
• Yolia Health

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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
Vanguard

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Future Coronado Commons sold to SRM Development

Cashen Realty Advisors announced the sale of a 1.37-acre residential parcel located at 329 E. Coronado Road in the Alvarado Historic District Area of Phoenix. The parcel is zoned R-4 and has approved plans for 20 three-story townhome units. The property, destined to be the Coronado Commons, sold for $1,323,000 and is one of the first projects approved under the new City of Phoenix Urban Infill Program. Unit sizes are between 1,779 SF and 2,330 SF and construction costs are estimated to be $3.6M.

 

The seller in the transaction was the Gutkin Family represented by Josh Landers of Commercial 33 Brokerage in Phoenix. The buyer in the transaction was SRM Development, principals Mike Smith and Don Allison. The buyer was represented by Cashen Realty Advisors.

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Alter Asset Management named PM for Corridors

Alter Asset Management (AAM) has been awarded the contract to provide comprehensive property management services for the 80-acre Corridors – Phoenix mixed-use park.  Comprising four buildings totaling 164,410 SF, the park was recently acquired by Adler Realty Investments, Inc. Samuel F. Gould, President of AAM, made the announcement.

Adler Realty Investments, Inc. (Adler) is a real estate investment firm with over $750 million in acquisitions since its inception in 1996. Adler’s real estate portfolio currently consists of over 3 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and multi-family residential properties as well as land for development throughout the western United States.

“We are delighted to acuire buildings of this caliber and wanted to maintain the high level of care to our tenants,” said Alan Sher, Executive Vice President, Adler Realty Investments, Inc. “Alter Asset Management’s staff led by Judy Privett, Vice President of the Western Region, has been superb through the acquisition process, providing due diligence expertise and assuring continuity of service to our tenants.”

We are excited to continue to be the stewards of the Corridors-Phoenix portfolio,” said Gould. “The park continues to attract entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 businesses and it shows no sign of abating. Phoenix is expected to add 53,000 jobs annually between now and 2016, driving demand for Class A office space in the strategic Deer Valley submarket.”

Located on the southeast corner of I-17 and Pinnacle Peak Road, Corridors is just two freeway exits north of the Loop 101 Freeway.

Established in 1971, Alter Asset Management provides third-party property management and leasing services in selected markets for private investors. institutional and corporate , including such renowned firms as Northern Trust Bank, Harrison Street Real Estate, Sentinel Real Estate Corporation, and Washington Capital Management.

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Penco Properties buys Harris Park Professional Plaza

Commercial Properties, Inc., Arizona’s largest locally owned commercial real estate brokerage, announced the sale of Harris Park Professional Plaza.  Tyson Breinholt and Shane McCormick of CPI’s Tempe Office Group represented both the buyer and seller in this transaction.

The 27,864 SF, Class B office building is located at 1550 E McKellips Road in Mesa, Arizona and has frontage on McKellips Road, just west of Gilbert Road.

“This transaction came together from my relationship with the out-of-state investor, Penco Properties, who was actively seeking replacement properties for some 1031 Exchange funds. Fortunately, Harris Park Professional Plaza completely met the needs of my client with 100 percent occupancy and a solid tenant history,” said Breinholt.

Harris Park Professional Plaza is a 100 percent leased, multi-tenant office building built in 2001 which was formerly owned by Harris Park Prof Plaza, LLC. Commercial Properties Incorporated picked up the property management account, and Breinholt and McCormick have retained the leasing of the property.

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Lincoln Property Co. acquires Freeport Distribution Center

Lincoln Property Company (LPC) has acquired the two-building, 219,240-square-foot Freeport Distribution Center industrial project in southwest Phoenix. Freeport Distribution Center is located at the northwest corner of Buckeye Road and 51st Avenue, just minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The project is a close-in infill site offering immediate connectivity to the I-10, I-17 and Loop 303 freeway. It boasts a strong tenant roster that includes Nestle North America and two Canadian-based, construction industry credit tenants: Moulding & Millwork (a subsidiary of Metrie) and Hardwoods Specialty (a subsidiary of Hardwoods Distribution, Inc.)

LPC purchased Freeport Distribution Center from Atlanta-based IDI Gazeley Brookfield Logistics Properties and California-based BlackRidge Real Estate Group. Brett Tremaine, Anthony Brent, Ryan Martin and Tom Simmons from HFF represented the seller. LPC will provide exclusive property management services for the new acquisition.

“Phoenix’s southwest Valley is an extremely sought-after industrial real estate submarket,” said Lincoln Property Company’s Executive Vice President David Krumwiede. “Freeport Distribution Center is a great example of the submarket’s strength and its potential to become even stronger as its key assets continue to stabilize.”

Krumwiede quickly engaged LPC’s property management team to capitalize on the project’s potential, and is looking for additional opportunities across the Southwest to do the same. “As a medium-size bay project, Freeport provides a nice balance to our regional portfolio. It is a welcome part of our company’s continued growth.”

“Freeport Distribution Center allows LPC to do what we do best, which is to bring a good asset up to its maximum value,” added Lincoln Property Company’s Director of Management Services Alisa Timm, who oversees a more than 6.5 million-square-foot management portfolio for the company’s Desert West Region. “We do this by providing the services that today’s owners need most: financial savvy, positive relationships and creative ideas that keep tenants and buildings at the top of their game.”

Located on approximately 11 acres at 5240 and 5302 W. Buckeye Road in Phoenix, Freeport Distribution Center includes one 135,114-square-foot industrial building and one 84,126-square-foot industrial building. The project features 25 – 28-foot clear heights, ESFR sprinkler system, front-load configuration and 240 – 260-foot shared truck court.

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Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board

Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest.

Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock of Paradigm Technology, Inc.

The four new Advisory Board members bring nearly 100 years of collective business experience and each has a strong commitment to community service in Arizona serving a diverse range of industries.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that these respected leaders have joined our Advisory Board,” said Jack Barry, president and CEO of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona Region. “I look forward to their insights and counsel as we continue to expand our footprint in Arizona.”

The new board members join Jack Barry; Michael Lofton, owner and CEO of The Lofton Companies; Dianna Morrow, CFO Stotz Equipment; Rick Grayson, owner and CEO of Coffee Reserve; Dan Nahom, CFO of Smart Practice; Vickie Wessel, president of Spirit Electronics, LLC; G. Thomas Eggebrecht, president and CEO of Bonds Alarm CO, Inc, and Stephen Marsh, chairman and chief credit officer of Enterprise Bank & Trust on the Advisory Board.

The new Advisory Board members bring a diverse mix of business experience from various industries.

Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer: Beyersdorfer serves as Corporate Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations for Western Refining, Inc., and previously worked for companies across the country in Houston and St. Louis. Jeffrey earned his Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jason Funk: Funk joins the Advisory Board as the board president. He is president of Western Window Systems where he has worked since 1999 while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business Management at Arizona State University. In 2012, Funk was selected for the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list and is active in many business and community organizations including the MVP Foundation, which helps better the lives of children and families in need.

Bill Lavidge: Lavidge is the owner of The Lavidge Company, a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency based in Phoenix. Bill has held leadership positions for numerous organizations included KAET Public Television, the ASU M.B.A. Council and the Phoenix Suns Charities. Bill earned both his Masters of Business Administration and undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and has also taught as a faculty associate in the university’s marketing department.

Craig Rock: Rock is the founder and president of Paradigm Technology, Inc., a company delivering adaptive business models to fit a client’s IT solution needs. Prior to creating Paradigm Technology, Inc., Craig worked for Telos Corporation, Compushare Communications and Ticketmaster Corporation. Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the Pendergast Education Foundation, a scholarship program investing in future teachers in the Pendergast community. He also serves on the board of the YMCA of Scottsdale and as a committee chair at the Arizona Science Center.

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Department of Defense honors APS

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that Arizona Public Service (APS) of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. This year’s recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.

“I’m honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “Guardsmen and Reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our Citizen Warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families.”

APS was nominated by Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Michael Rich from the 13th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division/Adjutant General. He highlighted the company’s “Troops to Energy Jobs” initiative, which accelerates the hiring of Guardsmen and Reservists and provides support to those employees and their families. APS has created an employee-led group, VETRN (Veteran Engagement Transition Retention Network), that promotes corporate support and recognition for members of the Guard and Reserve. In addition to sponsoring military and veteran organizations, the company also maintains contact with deployed service members, sending care packages overseas and offering assistance to families at home.

The 2014 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26:

Arizona Public Service
Phoenix, Arizona

AT&T
Dallas, Texas

Capital One
McLean, Virginia

CH2M-WG Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho

General Mills, Inc.
Golden Valley, Minnesota

J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
Grand Junction, Colorado

Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles, California

N.H. Department of Environmental Services
Concord, New Hampshire

PNC Bank
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Shofner Vision Center
Nashville, Tennessee

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Triumph Pharmaceuticals Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, Utah

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CBRE reports recent Tucson transactions

CBRE’s Tucson office has released the following recent leasing transactions for the greater Tucson area:

Ridgewood Associates, a full-service public relations and integrated marketing communications firm, has leased 2,378 square feet of office space at the Pioneer Building located at 100 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson, Ariz. Ridgewood Associates was represented by David Montijo and Bruce Suppes with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord, Holualoa Pioneer, LLC, was also represented by Bruce Suppes in addition to David Volk of CBRE.

Street Taco and Beer Co. has leased 2,233 square feet of restaurant space at 58 W. Congress in downtown Tucson. The landlord, BC Limited, LLC, was represented by Buzz Isaacson with CBRE’s Tucson office. The tenant was self-represented.

Batteries Plus has leased 1,400 square feet of retail space at Tucson Spectrum shopping center located at 1725 W. Irving Rd. in Tucson. The landlord, DDR Tucson Spectrum II, LLC, was represented by CBRE’s Nancy McClure, Jayme Fabe and Michael Laatsch. The tenant was represented by Steffan Cione with Cione Company.

Arizona Pizza, Inc. has leased 1,500 square feet of retail space at Southgate Shopping Center located at 3346 S. 6th Ave. in Tucson. The landlord, Red Mountain Asset Fund, LLC, was represented by CBRE’s Jayme Fabe. Arizona Pizza, Inc. was represented by Debbie Heslop with Volk Co.

Community Extension Programs, Inc. (CEP) has purchased a 2,760-square-foot office space at La Cholla Corporate Center in Tucson. The Tucson-based non-profit organization, which provides extended care and education and enrichment for schools in Tucson and Oro Valley, purchased the property from Orca, LLC. CBRE’s David Montijo and Jeff Casper represented the seller in the $469,200 transaction. CEP was represented by Esther Empens with Tierra Antiqua Realty.

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Arizona Office of Tourism Partners With Buxton

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is partnering with Fort Worth-based Buxton to develop in-depth profiles of Arizona visitors, at both the state and regional levels.

Buxton’s visitor profiling capabilities will help AOT leaders to:

* increase marketing campaign return on investment,
* better understand visitor potential,
* expand the impact of tourism on local economies, and
* identify ideal media channels to reach future and returning visitors.

The results of Buxton’s analysis will be presented at the Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism, July 16-18 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“AOT’s goal is to provide precise, research-driven strategies to expand travel activity and increase travel-related revenues in Arizona,” said Sherry Henry, director of AOT. “Partnering with Buxton supports this goal by providing the visitor insights we need to strengthen tourism marketing strategies across the state.”

“Buxton is pleased to support AOT’s tourism development efforts,” said Cody Howell, vice president of public sector solutions at Buxton. “Our best-in-class analytics will provide the insights needed to grow tourism revenues and enhance Arizona’s economy.”

By becoming a Buxton client, AOT will have access to SCOUT®, Buxton’s proprietary web-based analytics platform, giving leaders data and information at their fingertips to analyze visitor profiles for different areas of the state.

Buxton has worked with more than 650 cities nationwide to implement retail and tourism development strategies. Clients include Flagstaff, Arizona; Palm Springs, California; and Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism is charged with enhancing the state’s economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion. For information on AOT’s program of work, research and media plans, visit www.azot.gov. For information about Arizona travel experiences, visit www.arizonaguide.com.

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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Announces Board

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces its Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLIX. The board of directors is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to drive the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.

The Host Committee is a private, non-profit Arizona corporation. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the excitement of the Big Game. The board was assembled in 2013 to begin planning and to garner local corporate support and sponsors.

Board members include:
● Board Chair David Rousseau, president, SRP

● Brad Anderson, executive vice president, brokerage office services, CB Richard Ellis

● Michael Bidwill, president, Arizona Cardinals

● Jose Cardenas, senior vice president and general council, Arizona State University

● David Farca, president, ToH Design Studio

● Jim Grogan, chief operating officer, International Capital Investment Company

● Michael Haenel, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley

● Mike Kennedy, partner, Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (chairman, Super Bowl XLII Host Committee in 2008)

● Dan Lewis, senior vice president, Sovereign Finance

● Jeffrey Lowe, president, MidFirst Bank

● Mary Martuscelli, regional president for the private client reserve, U.S. Bank

● Andrew McCain, vice president and CFO, Hensley Beverage Company

● Patrick McGinley, vice president of property management, Vestar

● Steve Moore, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix CVB

● Jodi Noble, partner, Deloitte

● Jay Parry, president and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

● Earl Petznick Jr., president and CEO, Northside Hay Company

● Ken Van Winkle, managing partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

● KJ Wagner, president and CEO, Willis of Arizona, Inc.

● David Watson, co-founder and managing partner, mybody and president and managing partner, Revolution Tea

● John Zidich, CEO, Republic Media Publisher, The Arizona Republic

“We have an impressive group of business leaders working together to meet the fundraising goals for Super Bowl XLIX and to maximize the opportunity to build the Arizona brand in this unparalleled global spotlight,” said David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. “We want to promote Arizona as an ideal destination for businesses and tourists well beyond Super Bowl XLIX.”

Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University Of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s second Super Bowl in seven years. In Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

For more information on the Board of Directors, please visit http://azsuperbowl.com/about-us/meet-the-team/

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Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen to open in Chandler

Project Name: Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen Chandler
Developer: John Stevenson
General Contractor: True Performance Construction, Inc.
Architect: Tomecak Design
Location: 2100 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler
Size: 1,430 SF
Value: $500,000
Estimated start and completion dates: Completion date: Approx. July 10
Project Description: Premium Quick-Service Restaurant with urban Asian-inspired design offering fresh, healthy, fast and fully customizable meals for dine in, take out, and delivery.

Founded in 2004 as a single store in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Wok Box sets itself apart from other quick service chains by offering innovative, fresh and healthy Asian dishes made from natural ingredients and influenced by the flavors of Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Franchising since 2006, Wok Box has grown to more than 50 stores throughout Canada, the United States and Qatar.

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Country Aire Apartments in Phoenix sell for $2.8M

Neil Sherman and Carrick Sears, multifamily specialists in the Phoenix office of Sperry Van Ness, negotiated the $2,825,000 sale of Country Aire Apartments located at 1701 N. Palo Verde Dr. in Goodyear, Ariz.

The buyer, Univest, Inc of Newport Beach, Calif., purchased the 60-unit complex from Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance & Financial Services Inc. Sherman and Sears represented both parties in the transaction.

Country Aire Apartments is a condominium community developed in 1982 which has historically been operated as a rental apartment complex. The property is individually metered for electricity and all units except one are two bedroom, one bath flats.

“Industrial Alliance foreclosed on this asset in early 2012, and subsequently invested quite a bit of time and money into improving and repositioning the property. At the time of sale it was arguably one of the nicest rental communities in that submarkett,” says Sherman.

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Westin Phoenix named best city experience

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), unveiled the Starwood hotels and resorts voted the best beyond compare by SPG members from around the globe with the release of its 2014 SPG Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts list. The select list featured 67 of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 hotels and resorts, from the golf tees in Arizona to the azure waters of Greece. Members selected their favorite hotels worldwide in the following categories: Best Golf Getaways, Best Beach & Island Retreats, Best Winter Escapes, Best Family Adventures, Best City Experiences, Best Exotic Excursions, Best Small Luxuries, New & Noteworthy, Top 10 China, Top 10 USA Resorts, and Ultimate Top 10. The Westin Phoenix Downtown was named to the list of Best City Experiences.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Exterior Dusk Angle“We are thrilled to be named a Best City Experience hotel,” said Todd Iacono, general manager. “Situated in the heart of a vibrant and resurging downtown Phoenix, our boutique-style urban hotel blends a sophisticated hotel experience with a sense of Westin’s signature elements. Our convenient location to entertainment and sporting venues, hundreds of eateries, and the area’s best theaters and museums, lures guests to our location where they can truly experience the best of downtown Phoenix.”

The annual list recognizes the most loved luxury resorts chosen from more than 200 properties as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio of more than 1,100 destinations globally including The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien and Sheraton resorts. Members vote on the resorts they adore most from the Maldives, to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Phuket and beyond each year to curate a list of must-see destinations of – Best Beach Resorts, Most Romantic Retreats, Best Exotic Escapes, Best Family Experiences, Best Golf Getaways, Best Island Paradise, Best Spa Indulgences, Best Winter Adventures and Best Small Wonders.

“The list allows our well-traveled members to identify their most beloved resorts around the world,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President of Starwood Preferred Guest. “Being recognized by our members as a part of this distinguished list is a true honor for our resorts.”