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AZ Business Magazine July/August 2013

AZ Business Magazine July/August 2013

Lenore Grobstein: 1944-2013

Michael GossieIt’s fitting that in this issue of Az Business magazine, where we profile the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business,” we also remember a dynamic colleague who influenced everyone at AZ Big Media, which publishes this magazine and
seven others.

Lenore Grobstein, who passed away on June 26, was vice president of sales and marketing for Ranking Arizona, our nearly 500-page annual publication that ranks Arizona businesses based on the outcome of the largest business opinion poll in
the state. She started at AZ Big Media in 2003.

Lenore was small in stature, but big in personality. If Ranking Arizona focused on individuals, there are several categories in which Lenore would rank No. 1. Most feisty. Most fearless. Most fiery. Most fun. And now sadly, most missed.

Rest in peace, Lenore.
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Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief

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AZRE Magazine July/August 2013

AZRE Magazine July/August 2013

Smashing glass ceilings with a sledge hammer

Peter Madrid

AZRE magazine is all about awe-inspiring projects that are made of steel and glass, but sometimes, though, lost is the fact that there are talented professionals behind these incredible projects.

Something else that’s often forgotten is that many of these talented professionals are women.

The July/August issue of AZRE recognizes — and salutes — the many talented women in Arizona’s commercial real estate industry.

Although commercial real estate has been a male-dominated industry for years, the women that have been successful have done so because they are impressive performers. This includes women who are bank vice presidents, renowned real estate attorneys, presidents of construction companies and owners of architectural firms.

  • For the second straight year we’re profiling Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women, or AZCREW, as the group is better known. Included is a Q&A with President Karen Halpert of Cole Real Estate Investments and a look at the benefits of belonging to this fine organization.
  • For the first time, we are producing a section with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southwest chapter, many of which its talented members are women. President Casey Potash of KI & Pallas Textiles gives AZRE readers a glimpse of her group.
  • What’s the Arizona Builders’ Alliance going to do without Carol McMullen, who is retiring after 30 years of mentoring and educating those in the construction industry? Executive Director Mark Minter bids a bittersweet farewell.
  • Voices of other women leaders include those of Molly Ryan Carson, a vice president at Ryan Companies US, Inc., and Kari McCormick, director of client services Native American Division at Kitchell. The Industry Leaders of 2013, chosen from our People to Know publication, also include three women.

How’s that for smashing the glass ceiling with a sledge hammer?

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Peter Madrid, Editor

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