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Bikram Yoga - Scottsdale Living July/August 2011

Bikram Yoga Works Every Part Of The Body, In A 100-Degree Room

Bikram yoga works every part of the body and increases one’s health — all while in a 100-degree room

Yoga reshapes and constructs the body from the inside out. Therefore, the body needs to be heated to be more flexible so it can be reshaped.

And Bikram yoga does just that, unlike any other form of yoga out there.

Bikram yoga, created by Bikram Choudhury, consists of 26 different postures with two sets of each. It is performed in a heated room for 90 minutes and is said to improve emotional, physical and mental health.

The most noticeable difference between Bikram and other forms of yoga is the temperature. Bikram yoga is always performed in a room heated at between 104 and 110 degrees with 40 percent humidity.

The beauty of Bikram is that the order of the 26 postures is universal. No matter what class you go to, you will always spend the first 45 minutes in the standing position working on your heart rate, cardio, balance and strength. The second 45 minutes will be spent in postures that work on your spine and nervous system.

Bikram is designed to help work every part of the body, including muscles, bones, joints, tendons, glands, ligaments and organs.

The order of the positions is especially designed so the body eases into each position and is ready for the different muscles the position works.

“You’re not just thrown into some crazy posture that you’re not warmed up to,” says Andrea Griego, owner of the Bikram Yoga Institute in Scottsdale. “You always know what to expect.”

Bikram is one of the safest yoga practices because of the intense training instructors must go through, which includes completing a nine-week training that requires more than 500 hours of study with Choudhury in order to ensure his methods are properly taught.

During a class, instructors move about the room to make sure students are in the proper form in order to prevent injuries.

While the demographic of Bikram devotees 10 years ago was mostly women, Griego’s school now sees an almost even ratio of men to women.

According to Griego, there are more and more men doing Bikram as more athletes are learning its benefits.

“Athletes are coming in and realizing it helps the longevity of performance in whatever they are doing,” Griego says.

Aside from getting in shape, Bikram has additional health benefits. Bikram helps cure chronic ailments and relieve high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes, herniated disc, scoliosis, insomnia, stress, migraines, depression and anxiety.

For those who have never tried Bikram before, the Bikram Yoga Institute welcomes students of all levels to learn and benefit from this form of yoga. The majority of the school’s students range between 30 to 50 years old, but as more athletes are getting into Bikram, there is an increasing number of younger people starting to join.

There are many different reasons why people start Bikram, but everyone benefits from it.

“If they are consistent with their practice they will receive a benefit,” Griego says. “We want people to come in and do their best and have fun with it.”

For those interested in taking a class, the Bikram Yoga Institute has several different rates. The best deal for starters is the $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga. Classes can also be purchased per class at $17, or you can purchase unlimited month passes starting at $155.

For more information about Bikram Yoga Institute’s schedules and rates, visit www.bikramyogainstitute.com or call (480) 946-2116.

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Bikram Yoga Institute

7620 East Indian School Road, #115
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 946-2116


The Wigwam, litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona’s Tourism Industry Has A Legacy Going Back More Than 100 Years

As one of the largest economic drivers, tourism has helped to shape Arizona’s culture and lifestyle long before it even became a state in 1912.

The Arizona Office of Tourism won’t be releasing 2010s tourism economic impact numbers until July, but in 2009, more than 35 million visitors spent $16.6 billion in Arizona. In addition, the industry generates an estimated $2.4 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues.

To trace the beginning of this industry’s roots, you must go back to the late 1800s, when the railroad finally crossed Arizona (it crossed Southern Arizona in 1881 and Northern Arizona in 1883). Jim Turner, historian and author of “Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State,” says that during this time, the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railway began marketing tours of Pueblo Indian villages in New Mexico and the Hopi villages in Arizona. Harvey’s stamp on Arizona is still evident today, most notably at the Grand Canyon with the continued operation of his El Tovar Hotel, wGrand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011hich opened in 1905.

The Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams was also popular during this time, because for several years it was the closest hotel to the Grand Canyon at 65 miles away. Built in 1891, the hotel is considered the oldest in the state still in operation. It sat vacant for more than 30 years until 2004, when Oscar and Amy Fredrickson bought it and performed extensive renovations following decades of neglect.

“There’s such a niche for this type of business with the historic aspect of Route 66 and the hotel itself,” Fredrickson says.

The tourism market changed drastically in the 1920s. Factories began offering employees two-weeks paid time off, and with the advent of affordable cars and roads crossing the United States, such as Route 66 in 1926, more people began taking cross-country vacations. This was the start of automobile tourism in Arizona, Turner explains, with auto camps and motor hotels popping up every few miles along the entire highway.

Dude ranches also began operating throughout Arizona, especially in Wickenburg, where at the height of dude ranching popularity there were 13, says Julie Brooks, executive director of Wickenburg’s Chamber of Commerce. Today that number is down to four. Some of the closed dude ranches, she says, have reverted back to private family homes, while others have actually taken on the needs of other industries, such as the transition of Slash Bar K Ranch into The Meadows, a treatment center for addiction and trauma.

Among those dude ranches still operating is the Flying E Ranch, a 19,500-acre working ranch that transitioned into a dude ranch in 1946. In its infancy, the ranch had eight guest rooms, but that has now increased to 17 rooms, including two family houses, for a total occupancy of 34. The original guest rooms still contain their original chairs and lamps.

Many of the Flying E Ranch’s guests are repeat customers, says general manager Andrea Taylor, adding that one of the lessons she’s learned over the years is that guests don’t want anything at the ranch to change.

“I find that I can’t pull away from tradition,” she says. “People have grown to love what they have here. It’s like coming home to grandma’s house.”

The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, which first opened in 1929, also has evolved with the ever-changing needs of tourists. Celebrities were often found at the resort. Marilyn Monroe was quoted as referring to the pool there as her favorite, and Irving Berlin wrote his famous “White Christmas” while sitting by the same pool. The resort has had several additions and renovations since then, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. One of the most recent changes came in 2009, when the Arizona Wing was renovated and renamed Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore. This “hotel within a hotel” offers even more amenities and elite service for those looking for the ultimate in a pampered vacation.

Tourism died down during World War II, Turner says, as everyone was involved in the war effort. But after the war, thanks to savings bonds and the GI Bill, people could afford to travel again. For the next several decades, motor hotels continued to thrive, but the fascination with the Western lifestyle slowly dissipated as destination tourism rose. Picking up in the 1970s and strengthening even today, tourists now seek the ultimate destination vacation experience, especially in areas that promote golf and spas, Turner says.

As the needs and wants of travelers evolved, hotels throughout the state also changed to accommodate them. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, which was originally built as a family home in 1912, transitioned into a guest ranch in the 1920s, and evolved once again in the 1960s, when it became Tucson’s first resort. Today, in addition to deluxe accommodations and luxurious spa activities, the resort also encourages guests to engage in recreational tourism through its nature programs, which include horseback riding and hiking trails.

A more recent example of the continuing evolution of hotels is The Wigwam in Litchfield Park. The Wigwam’s identity has altered several times during its history. Originally built as an organizational house for Goodyear Tire and Rubber executives in 1918, it became a dude rancThe Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011h in 1929, and as with The Westward Look Resort, it later added more deluxe amenities including golf and spa activities. The Wigwam just completed a $7 million renovation in January, a process that was necessary to not only stay current with today’s tourists, but also to prepare for the next generation.

“The Wigwam has been here for almost 100 years because it’s always been the type of property that adapted to different generations and different travelers and how those needs are ever changing,” says Frank Ashmore, director of sales and marketing at The Wigwam.

Sedona has always been a popular city for tourists, as well, due to its red mountain scenery. But in the late 1980s, it became even more well known when it was decided that Sedona had more metaphysical spiritual centers than anywhere else in the world, Turner says. Suddenly people were flocking to Sedona to discern this phenomena for themselves. This continues to be a draw for tourists today and many books can be found on the subject.

Business tourism also has had a large impact on Arizona, especially in the Greater Phoenix area. George Munz, general manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, says 85 percent of the hotel’s guests are staying in town for business. The needs of business travelers, he says, are different from leisure travelers, especially in terms of speed and efficiency. And business tourism, Munz adds, helps boost leisure tourism as well.

“While (a guest) may come to my hotel for business, they may come back and go to the Royal Palms or Camelback Inn or The Phoenician,” Munz explains.

Even sports have played a part in Arizona’s tourism growth. While MLB spring training camps can be found throughout Greater Phoenix, the impact of sports tourism is probably most apparent in Glendale. After the opening of Westgate City Center, Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix stadium, the number of Glendale’s hotels doubled and its occupancy more than tripled, says Lorraine Pino, tourism manager at the Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It was thanks in part to this sports surge that Glendale took the steps necessary to change its tourism office into an official CVB.

“Our tourism literally exploded over the past few years and with that we really needed to have that official designation,” Pino says.

Tourism in the entire West Valley will get to reap the benefits of the Glendale CVB, as Pino and her team will now work to promote all 13 cities in the region.

Debbie Johnson, president and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, says that the efforts of hotels and tourism leaders throughout Arizona has helped mold the state into what it is today and where it will go in the future.

“Arizona wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the tourism industry we have,” she says. “I really believe (tourism) is what makes Arizona so special.”

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011

Banner Health Center Maricopa, AZRE July/August 2011

Medical: Banner Health Center – Maricopa


Developer: Banner Health
General contractor: DPR
Architect: SmithGroup
Location: SWC of Alan Stephens Parkway and Porter Rd., Maricopa
Size: 40,000 SF (Phase I)

The $17.2M Banner Health Center will be located at The Wells retail center. It will be built in phases that will allow the center to expand to more than 80,000 SF. Phase I will build-out more than 40,000 SF with space for 18 physicians and ancillary services such as X-rays and lab services. Completion is expected by 2Q 2012.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2011
AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

Doug Pruitt: His Retirement & Accomplishments

Doug Pruitt - AZRE Magazine July/August 2011As president and CEO of Sundt Construction, Doug Pruitt is responsible for landmark building projects in the United States and abroad. As he prepares to retire in September after 45 years with the Arizona-based company, it’s the little things, he says, to which he’s looking forward.

“I’ve had a great career and fortunately I have enjoyed getting up every day and working,” says Pruitt, who steps down Sept. 29. “I hope to spend more time with my lovely wife (Becky) of 43 years and have our kids and grandkids join us often. I plan to hit a few golf balls, as well. It will be very different for both of us, but we are looking forward to it.”

Perhaps it’s only fitting that on his 45th anniversary and final year with the firm — he joined the employee-owned business in 1966 — Sundt is the nation’s 45th largest construction company, according to Engineering News Record. Sundt reported revenues of $1B in 2010. It has Arizona offices in Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson, plus offices in California, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas.

But it’s the leadership and direction of Pruitt, who prefers to take a low-profile approach, that have put Sundt on the map as one of the top general contractors in the nation. Asked what he’s most proud of, Pruitt doesn’t hesitate in his response: It’s the Sundt Foundation that was started about 10 years ago.

“The Sundt family had a long history of contributing to our society in many ways, but we hadn’t created an environment that encouraged our employees to get involved in charitable giving and volunteerism,” Pruitt says. “The Sundt Foundation has given them that opportunity. They have really risen to the occasion, and through a combination of their gifts and the company’s matching funds, the foundation has been able to award grants totaling more than $4 million. Employees have also volunteered thousands of hours. I’m extremely proud for what they have done.”

Pruitt’s retirement comes at a critical time. The commercial real estate industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Great Recession. However, Sundt has been able withstand the economic downturn better than other general contractors, but it isn’t immune to the industry’s peaks and valleys. The industry was flourishing when Pruitt served as executive vice president and manager of the building division, as well as in 1992, when he assumed the position of president and CEO.

“Construction is a very cyclical business and as the economy cycles we are usually hit a lot harder than most industries,” Pruitt says. “In this recession, the general economy saw an unemployment rate at approximately 10%. However, in the construction industry it hit 24%.

“Sundt has had its share of ups and downs during the many years that I have been there. I have now been through six recessions and Sundt has been very resourceful at adapting to the different markets, and moving around the globe to keep our revenue up and survive.”

These days, it’s rare for one person to spend more than a handful of years — let alone an entire career — in one place. Besides running the company, he has authored articles and chaired national and state committees. Pruitt is a board member with the Arizona Commerce Authority, and in 2009 was president of the Associated General Contractors of America, the trade organization for commercial contractors.

“My theme for my year as president was, ‘Dare to Challenge — Dare to Change,’ ” Pruitt says. “I chose that theme because our industry has seen very little productive growth compared to other industries, and I really wanted us to challenge our industry to change.”

Pruitt’s retirement this fall marks a new chapter in terms of his role with Sundt and in the community. He will remain a member of the board of directors at Sundt, and he will continue serving as a board member of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

He offers these parting words: “Think about it. There is nothing that goes on in our society that doesn’t go through our industry. We build the homes you live in, the streets, highway and bridges you drive on, the hospitals you are treated in, the schools and universities you are educated in, the power plants that generate your electricity, and the list goes on. What an awesome job.”

For more information on Doug Pruitt and Sundt Construction, visit Sundt’s website.

AZRE Magazine July-August 2011

AzHHA Conference - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

AzHHA Conference Addresses Challenges Facing Health Care Industry

The health care industry has undergone its fair share of challenges in the past, but 2011 has proven to be an exceptionally tough year. The difficult climate has set the stage for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s (AzHHA) Annual Membership Conference, which will tackle the challenges head-on with the all-too appropriate theme, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

“This year’s conference theme is applicable to many of the challenges facing the health care community today … including the implementation of health care reform, shrinking revenue streams, and the state and national budget woes,” says LeAnn Swanson, vice president of education services for AzHHA. The conference also will cover relevant topics such as advocacy, patient safety and quality, and governance.

The goal of the event, which will take place Oct. 20-21 at the Buttes Resort in Tempe, is to engage AzHHA’s members and keep them educated about pertinent issues affecting the industry. This year’s timely message is sure to make an impact on the audience of chief executive officers, hospital administrators, physician and nurse leaders, hospital trustees, operational leaders and all other members of the hospital family.

“Arizona hospitals and health systems find themselves in a time of both challenge and change,” Swanson says, “and the 2011 annual membership conference is designed to help your organization meet these challenges and changes head-on with instructive knowledge and a hopeful spirit.

“The conference is brimming with energizing and stimulating speakers providing the latest information and insights on the issues you care most about, to ensure your time away from the office is time well spent,” Swanson adds.

The event will begin with a keynote session titled, “From Success to Significance,” presented by Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and chairman of a national retail company. Qubein brings with him a rags-to-riches story of perseverance and business triumph, and will share a powerful message about the fundamentals that contribute to success.

“We are in difficult times and the future is challenging on many levels,” Qubein says. “Today’s health care professional is faced with a myriad of hard decisions that demand tenacity and experience.”

Following Qubein’s keynote will be the conference’s general session titled, “Healthcare Reform: Where are We Now, Where are we Going?” presented by Len Nichols, PhD., the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and a professor of health policy at George Mason University.

Joe Tye, CEO and head coach of Values Coach, a consulting, training and leadership coaching company, will lead the informative session “The Florence Prescription (for hospitals and health care)” that will challenge audience members to reignite the spirit of the electrifying Florence Nightingale and her health care pioneers. Tye promises to bring his audience back to basics by reminding them of the importance of focusing on things such as employee engagement and patient satisfaction.

“They will learn specific strategies for building a culture of ownership, which is ultimately the only sustainable source of competitive advantage,” Tye says. He adds that attendees “will be challenged to think as deeply about the cultural blueprints of their hospitals as they do about blueprints for new buildings.”

John Foley, founder and president of CenterPoint Companies, which provides business performance training to Fortune 500 corporations, professional associations and educational organizations around the world, will close out the conference with a presentation on maximizing performance excellence.

There are also a few changes in store for the 2011 event. The conference no longer will feature an awards luncheon and instead will introduce the Honoring Our Professionals of Excellence (HOPE) Award. Deserving members of the health care community will receive recognition for their work, including a Caregiver Award, presented to an individual or care-giving team that has shown commitment to the delivery of quality care; and the Healthcare Leader Award, given to a deserving hospital executive or trustee who has demonstrated a history of noteworthy leadership at the state and/or national level.
The highly informative conference has been a benchmark event for AzHHA, helping to keep members educated and ready to face the challenges ahead.

“Times are difficult and budgets are tight, but your team still needs continuing education to stay current on the latest regulations and trends in the health care industry,” Swanson says.

Fortunately, AzHHA’s educational outreach efforts don’t end with the annual conference. The organization also hosts a multitude of webinars and other events throughout the year to keep their members informed and prepared in the dynamic health care industry.

“I have a depth of admiration for AzHHA and its members and I am most grateful for the continuing valuable work that they do to contribute to a better tomorrow for us all,” Qubein notes.

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AzHHA’s 2011 Annual Membership Conference

Oct. 20-21
The Buttes Resort
2000 Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ 85282



Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011


Sarah's Place, AZRE July/August 2011

Multi-Family: Sarah's Place


Developer: Glencroft
General contractor: McShane Construction Company
Architect: Orcutt | Winslow
Location: 6670 W. Butler Dr., Glendale
Size: 15,000 SF

The project is a 24-unit senior housing residence on the existing Glencroft senior living campus in Glendale. Sarah’s Place will include 60 rooftop solar panels purchased through a grant from SRP. In addition to individual living spaces, common areas will include a living room, dining area, activities area, library, two kitchens and a den. Completion is expected by 4Q 2011.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2011
University of Arizona Plaza Centro, AZRE July/August 2011

Education: Plaza Centro


Developer: OasisTucson (Capstone Communities, operator)
General contractor: TBD
Architect: Aleks Instanbullu/SmithGroup
Location: 4th Ave. and Congress St. / 2 S. 4th Ave., Tucson
Size: 380,000 SF residential/25,000 SF retail

The University of Arizona student-housing project includes two 11-story towers and another site with 3 stories residential. The $50M project is expected to break ground in 1Q 2012 with completion expected in 3Q 2013.

AZRE Magazine, July/August 2011