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Universal Technical Institute Chairman White to Retire

After 37 years of service, John White is retiring this December as the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) executive chairman. White will continue to serve as a member of UTI’s board of directors. White retires as the most tenured employee in the company having played a critical role in the history and success of UTI, along with the advancement of technical education overall.

White began changing the world for thousands of future technicians when he acquired Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in 1977; the school had just one building, a handful of students and two instructors.

In the early 1980s, White’s vision guided him to launching a first-of-its-kind training partnership with Harley-Davidson USA. This partnership set the stage for a successful strategy working closely with leading motorcycle manufacturers. Soon after Harley-Davidson, relationships with Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda were also formed, driving the creation and delivery of industry-driven education that best prepares technicians to enter the workforce.

Over the years, MMI became the premier brand and undisputed leader in technician training for the motorcycle and marine industries.  White’s visionary leadership and ability to see the value in partnering with some of the world’s leading manufacturers, as a way to help both students and employers, was revolutionary then and has continued to be the core of UTI’s brand and strategic positioning nearly 40 years later.

In 1997, when MMI and UTI merged, White assumed the role of chief strategic planning officer, in addition to serving on UTI’s Board as vice-chair and co-chair, before becoming executive chairman in 2005. During this time, with UTI’s merger completed, White began thinking of ways to build upon the successful strategy he had launched at MMI and how UTI could do the same with automotive and diesel OEM’s.

Today, it is no coincidence that UTI partners with more than 30 leading manufacturers with their newest partner being General Motors Co.

Before White announced his retirement plans, he made sure that the new partnership he spearheaded with GM became a reality, as UTI has formalized an agreement with GM to develop a 12-week elective training program for UTI students. The program will first be available at UTI’s Avondale campus.

With more than 30 industry-leading brands now associated with UTI, MMI and NASCAR Tech, White’s legacy will continue to positively influence the company and benefit thousands of students and employers across the country for many more years to come.

White has been a generous supporter of the UTI Foundation and a number of other charities, such as the American Red Cross and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. He and his wife reside in Pinnacle Peak.

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Culinary Dropout comes Central Phoenix

Start revving your engines what’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000-urban-square foot spaced dubbed “The Yard” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout, opens its garage doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on February 11th, 2013 on 7th Street just south of Montebello.

Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners have transformed the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership on 7th Street. The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

“We believe Culinary Dropout is the perfect fit for this cool, eclectic 7th street neighborhood, right in the middle of North Central Phoenix,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Founder.  “We hope our new neighbors enjoy the pub style appetizers, favorite dishes like our fried chicken, draft beer and cocktails, with family and friends every day of the week.”

Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will open first at “The Yard” on February 11th followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March.  Plans are also in the works to later add future merchants at the urban center.

Those looking for a way to work up an appetite can join in one of several entertaining lawn games like Ping Pong, Cornhole and Tetherball on “The Yard’s” 1,400-square-foot turf.

“We want ‘The Yard’ to eventually be the place in North Central Phoenix you come early in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our yard, meet for a business lunch, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” said Fox.

Long time Fox Restaurant Chef Andrew Ashmore will serve as the Culinary Dropout’s Chef.  With the guidance of Culinary Dropout Partner, Clint Woods, Ashmore will be the driving force behind the development of the menus and recipes.

“This will be an adventure and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Ashmore.  “I’m excited to start assembling my team and really give some other upcoming chefs a start in the business.”

Fox Restaurant Concepts hired 75 new team members during a job fair held in Mid-January. A series of neighborhood, local business and school/PTO parties will be held for various charities leading up to opening.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th street (Just South of Bethany Home) in Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Phone number: 602-680-4040.

For more information visit http://www.foxrc.com/.

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Culinary Dropout coming to Central Phoenix

Start revving your engines what’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000-urban-square foot spaced dubbed “The Yard” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout, opens its garage doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on February 11th, 2013 on 7th Street just south of Montebello.

Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners have transformed the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership on 7th Street. The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

“We believe Culinary Dropout is the perfect fit for this cool, eclectic 7th street neighborhood, right in the middle of North Central Phoenix,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Founder.  “We hope our new neighbors enjoy the pub style appetizers, favorite dishes like our fried chicken, draft beer and cocktails, with family and friends every day of the week.”

Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will open first at “The Yard” on February 11th followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March.  Plans are also in the works to later add future merchants at the urban center.

Those looking for a way to work up an appetite can join in one of several entertaining lawn games like Ping Pong, Cornhole and Tetherball on “The Yard’s” 1,400-square-foot turf.

“We want ‘The Yard’ to eventually be the place in North Central Phoenix you come early in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our yard, meet for a business lunch, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” said Fox.

Long time Fox Restaurant Chef Andrew Ashmore will serve as the Culinary Dropout’s Chef.  With the guidance of Culinary Dropout Partner, Clint Woods, Ashmore will be the driving force behind the development of the menus and recipes.

“This will be an adventure and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Ashmore.  “I’m excited to start assembling my team and really give some other upcoming chefs a start in the business.”

Fox Restaurant Concepts hired 75 new team members during a job fair held in Mid-January. A series of neighborhood, local business and school/PTO parties will be held for various charities leading up to opening.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th street (Just South of Bethany Home) in Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Phone number: 602-680-4040.

For more information visit http://www.foxrc.com/.