July – August 2011 Archives

Centennial Series: 100 Years of Notable Arizonans

100 Years of Notable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial Series

Arizonans who made a notable impact to Arizona & American history:   100 Years of Notable Arizonans:   Dr. Richard Carmona Served as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General during the Bush Administration Raul H. Castro First Hispanic governor of Arizona; U.S. ambassador to Argentina Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) Labor rights activist; union organizer Barry Goldwater (1909–1998)… Read More →

New WESTMARC President Leverages GPEC Experience To Benefit Organization

WESTMARC Logo - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

In June, Michelle Rider was named WESTMARC president and CEO. On July 1, she officially replaced Jack Lunsford, who had held the post for seven years. For nine years, Rider has held key positions with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). How is the West Valley economy fairing compared to last year? The West Valley… Read More →

West Valley Cities Are Looking Toward Foreign Trade Zone To Boost Their Local Economies

Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

After three years of hard work and dedication, WESTMARC and West Valley city leaders finally saw their labor come to fruition with the formal granting of the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone (GMFTZ) in December. The establishment of the Foreign Trade Zone began following the Foreign Trade Zone Act of 1934. Most FTZs are applied… Read More →

Erika Peterson, Vice President Of Operations, Record Center Innovations Inc.

Erika Peterson, Record Center Innovations - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]COMPANY: Record Center Innovations Inc. (RCI) TITLE: Vice President of Operations Web: www.recordcenterinnovations.com[/stextbox] Protecting sensitive business information is Phoenix-based Record Center Innovations’ (RCI) business. Founded in 1998, RCI provides secure information management and document storage from the day sensitive paper records arrive at its 100,000-square-foot warehouse to the day when those records are destroyed.… Read More →

The State’s Budget Crisis Is Further Straining The Judiciary System

State budget crisis - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

When talk turns to the state’s budget crisis, the discussion almost invariably focuses on the impact funding cuts will have on Arizona’s health and education systems. Among the general public, however, little to no thought is given to the effect budget cuts are having on the state’s judicial system. “The state’s lack of resources promises… Read More →

Arizona Business Financing on the Rise

Arizona Business Financing

Arizona Business Financing: Even as the economic recovery seems stuck in neutral, Arizona business financing is increasing for both large and small firms. “At Arizona Business Bank, we have noticed a resurgent, but cautious, interest from commercial clients in fortifying their working capital lines of credit and discussing owner-occupied real estate plans,” said Toby Day,… Read More →

Glendale CVB Expands Its Mission, Scope By Serving Entire West Valley

Glendale CVB - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Glendale CVB – Whether travelers are visiting for leisure or business, Glendale has blossomed from being considered a one-day destination to a highly sought-after travel experience both nationally and internationally in a single decade. And to successfully market Glendale’s increasing expansion as the host city of sporting and mega-events — as well as the entire… Read More →

West-MEC’s Aviation High School Trains Teens For Jobs In The Aerospace Industry

West-MEC Aviation High School, Glendale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Young people in the West Valley who have always wanted to work in the aerospace maintenance industry will now have the opportunity with the opening of the West-MEC Aviation High School in Glendale. Aviation High School – The West-MEC program, which provides technical training in a vast array of careers, has grown exponentially since opening… Read More →

ASU Report Claims Commercial Real Estate On Upswing, Experts Still Cautious

ASU Report, Commercial Real Estate, AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Is Commercial Real Estate On the Upswing? While many people have been watching the housing-market crisis in the Valley, fewer have paid attention to the situation in commercial real estate. Industrial and office space, retail and multi-family units are among the types of properties also affected by the recent real estate plunge. However, a recent… Read More →

Robert Meyer, President And CEO Of Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Robert Meyers, president & CEO of Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Robert Meyer discusses his very first job, what he learned from it, who his biggest mentor is, and more. Robert Meyer Title: President and CEO Company: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Describe your very first job and what you learned from it. I was a laborer in a forge shop in Toledo, Ohio, making leaf springs for… Read More →

Girlfriend University Inspires Confidence in Women Entrepreneurs

Girlfriend University, Scottsdale, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

After just one year, Jodi Low and Renee Dee, owners of Scottsdale-based Girlfriend University, have turned heads and gained nods from business professionals. Despite the business’ seemingly light-hearted name, its goal is a serious one — to help empower women to be inspirational leaders. “We named the business Girlfriend University because the name completely indicates… Read More →

Online Collaboration Tools Keep Executives Connected And Productive

Online collaboration tools - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

By all accounts, the five-day work week is rarely applicable to today’s business world. For that matter, the standard brick-and-mortar office in which the entire team converges and collaborates Monday through Friday, 9-to-5, is becoming a thing of the past. Even in some of the largest enterprises, teams are spread out from coffee shops across… Read More →

Arizona Hospitals Share Strategies For Recruiting, Retaining Top Performers

AZ hospitals, how to attract top talent, AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

The health care industry in Arizona managed to hold its own during the worst of the recession. But the challenges aren’t over yet. Human resources experts have been warning companies across industries about the next big wave of change as the economic recovery takes hold: retaining the top talent that helped a company survive. In… Read More →

Rick Welts, President And CEO, Phoenix Suns

Rick Welts, president and CEO, Phoenix Suns - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

CEO Rick Welts discusses how the recession has affected the professional sports industry, the sports industry’s role in economic development, the Phoenix Coyotes, and more. Rick Welts Title: President and CEO Company: Phoenix Suns How did the recession affect the professional sports industry? It certainly put pressure on pricing. The Suns haven’t raised prices in… Read More →