January – February 2011 Archives

The Dish: Truffles


Truffles are one of the easiest and most decadent things you can make. They lend themselves well to just about any flavor you can dream up, which makes them a versatile and elegant crowd pleaser.  Truffles — 2/3 cup heavy cream — 12-ounce package (about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips or substitute in any variety… Read More →

SimonCRE, One Stop Voice Relocate to Scottsdale

by in Newsmakers

SimonCRE and One Stop Voice, headed by Scottsdale entrepreneur Joshua Simon, moved into a larger office space this month at a location at Scottsdale and Chaparral roads. The new office space more than doubles the square footage giving some much needed breathing room for the expanding businesses. The purposeful timing of the move capitalizes on market… Read More →

Tucson Law Firm Launches Phoenix Office at Arcadia Gateway Center

4222 E Thomas Road
by in Finance & RE Law | Newsmakers

Zanes Law, a 10-year highly successful firm in Southern Arizona, selected the 90,000-square-foot Arcadia Gateway Center, 4222 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix, for its first office in the Valley. Serving personal injury clients, the firm is led by Doug Zanes, an Arizona injury lawyer, and Claudia Zanes, the CEO. “We chose a location that was… Read More →

Kiehl's Since 1851 Arrives in Scottsdale

by in Beauty | Scottsdale News

The Store Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care preparations, opened its very first retail store in at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Kiehl’s is proud to offer visitors and the Scottsdale community the opportunity to discover the brand’s efficacious skin, hair and body care products, personalized customer service… Read More →

Retail Overview: Big Boxes, Big Decisions


  As a building owner of a vacant big box (or perhaps soon-to-be-vacant), there are a lot of factors that affect the return on your investment and the success of your asset. From our experience in working with owners as they analyze their asset, we have found that one common denominator applies to every situation… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Economic Council Profiles

The GPEC building in Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Georgia Lord GPEC Ambassador Chairwoman Former Vice Mayor City of Goodyear As the wife of an Air Force officer, Georgia Lord has experienced myriad of cultures. Little did she know that while with him on assignment in Germany, she would get the opportunity to ride in a blimp bearing, coincidentally, the name of the city… Read More →

Girlfriend University Isn’t Just For The Ladies

Girlfriend University - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Don’t let the rhinestones, quotes by Madonna, crystal chandeliers and fuchsia touches fool you; Girlfriend University is serious business. Founders Renee Dee, former publisher of Arizona Foothills Magazine, and Jodi Low, a former sales and marketing professional, combined their corporate and entrepreneurial backgrounds to create Girlfriend University as a way for women to grow personally… Read More →

GPEC’s Revamped International Leadership Council Looks To Bring Foreign Direct Investment To Arizona

SkySong is a mixed-use development in Scottsdale with a focus on global industries. - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is sharpening its international approach with an aim toward bringing more foreign direct investment to the state. To that end, GPEC has restructured its International Leadership Committee (ILC). “My vision is to put Arizona on the radar,” says Rudy Vetter, senior vice president of international business development at GPEC.… Read More →

Arizona Tourism Alliance

Arizona Tourism Alliance Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson Managing Director Loews Ventana Canyon www.loewshotels.com With 33 years in the industry, Brian Johnson has experienced firsthand the roller coaster ride the tourism industry takes as the economy shifts. Johnson has risen far in his career, working his way up from a dishwasher to his current position as managing director of the iconic… Read More →

Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program Helps GPEC Bring In The Shining Stars Of Solar

A Rioglass solar facility - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

It makes sense that a city with an average of more than 321 days of sunshine a year is taking the lead in solar, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the energy source’s biggest crusader in Arizona: the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). “I think if you look at comprehensively the way… Read More →

Studies Show That Every Dollar Invested In Tourism Returns At Least Double That Amount

Enchantment Resort in Sedona - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Forests of Saguaro cacti lit by fiery red and orange sunsets, gun-toting cowboys staging shoot-outs, and the Grand Canyon’s striated walls looming over the Colorado River. One would think these distinctly Arizona images could sell themselves. Unfortunately, Arizona’s tourism industry is learning the hard way that it takes more than just the state’s natural beauty… Read More →

GPEC’s President And CEO, Barry Broome Talks About Getting The Valley’s Economy Back On Track

Barry Broome, GPEC president and CEO - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Give us a look ahead at Greater Phoenix’s major industries. The emergence of solar and renewable energy has been, and will continue to be, a big opportunity for us. We need to learn, as a market, how to be involved in new technology initiatives. There are going to be wins, losses and volatility, but the… Read More →

Arizona Launches Innovative Media Campaign To Bring Back Tourists

Monument Valley in Arizona, part of the Arizona Office of Tourism's new marketing campaign - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Arizona has gotten a bad rap as of late, with the added national backlash from the passage of SB 1070 making it even tougher for the state to climb out of the recession. But the Arizona Office of Tourism is fighting back, and it has only one word for you — monumental. It’s part of… Read More →

Q&A Bill Pepicello, GPEC Chairman And University Of Phoenix President

Bill Pepicello, chairman of GPEC and president of University of Phoenix - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

What are your top goals as chairman of GPEC? First, and foremost, my goal is to build on the momentum that Michael Bidwill, GPEC’s immediate past chairman, and Barry Broome, GPEC’s president and CEO, have driving the region toward new high-quality jobs. … I also want to expand on their vision and ideas to build a… Read More →