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Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

Spirit of Enterprise Award Finalists named

Arizona is still recovering from the Great Recession, and many local businesses are playing a key role in the comeback. Today, some of the state’s best companies are being recognized as finalists for the 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

The prestigious awards recognize firms for creating jobs, boosting our economy and delivering great customer service. Past winners include well-known names like Cold Stone Creamery, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit (Discount Cab), as well as fast-growing businesses, such as Infusionsoft.

“We look for Arizona businesses that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship,” explains Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We also want to see innovation, a positive internal culture, and an impact on both our economy and our local community.”

The 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Award finalists are:

• Clean Air Cab (Mesa) – a family-owned, eco-friendly cab fleet with consistent 100-percent annual growth and a Happy Ride consumer guarantee, sourcing more than 83 percent of its business needs from local providers and donating to local charities, including the ONE Community Foundation for advancing the rights of the LGBT community.
• Endless Entertainment (Tempe) – an events production and consulting company started by a college entrepreneur at ASU that has been lauded by Inc. magazine, has a strong customer-service focus, and has worked with a range of clients from San Diego Comic-Con and the X Games to the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Target and Zappos.
• Ersland Touch Landscape (Phoenix) – a state-of-the-art landscape maintenance company with more than 30 years of experience, a complete customer “feedback log,” an Adopt a Highway commitment, work with nonprofits, and more than 400 residences and 20 homeowner associations as clients.
• India Plaza/The Dhaba (Tempe) – a small, minority-owned one-stop shop for all things Indian, including an award-winning restaurant, a marketplace and an education center, with a low staff turnover rate, a no-questions-asked return policy, and vegetarian, gluten-free and environmental initiatives.
• IO (Phoenix) – a firm focused on data-center technology, services and solutions that are defined by software, instead of physical locations, with more than 650 global clients, including Goldman Sachs and LexisNexis, as well as two patents and a focus on energy efficiency.
• I-ology (Scottsdale) – a woman-owned technology company offering Web design and related services that features close client relationships, heavy community involvement, and no management hierarchy, where all employees have the chance to participate in revenue sharing, stock options, flexible schedules and industry events.
• The James Agency (Scottsdale) – a boutique, full-service advertising and public relations agency specializing in high-end brands, which was started by a 25 year old and now boasts flexible work schedules, no outsourcing, annual pro bono clients and last year’s revenue of more than $2 million.
• Kitchell (Phoenix) – a 100-percent employee-owned commercial builder, developer and program manager launched 65 years ago, which now has more than 850 employees, international operations, innovations like virtual construction, an internal leadership program, significant charitable contributions, and a focus on safety, work quality and customer satisfaction.
• Melrose Pharmacy (Phoenix) – an independent pharmacy that offers fast, personalized service, contributions to the March of Dimes and other charities, and involvement in community issues, as well as achieving business goals of $2.7 million in sales by its third year in business and a 119-percent increase in net income so far this year.
• Potter’s House Apothecary (Peoria) – a pharmacy specializing in compounding, with its own continuous-quality-improvement program and patient seminars, which reached its three-year business plan projections in just 18 months and became one of fewer than 15 Arizona pharmacies with accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

The finalists from the W. P. Carey School for the Student Entrepreneurship Award are:

• Anthony Gonzales/Force Impact Technologies – Gonzales, who just graduated with his MBA, has made headlines as a finalist in Entrepreneur magazine’s College Entrepreneur of the Year competition with his grant-winning, ongoing development of FITGuard, a mouthguard designed to indicate when an athlete should be removed from a game for possible head injuries/concussions, as well as a matching smartphone application that can provide results to a diagnosing physician.
• Paige Corbett/PetSitnStay – Corbett was working as a kennel assistant and attending business school, when she came up with the idea to start an online service to connect pet owners with pet sitters and in-home care options as an alternative to less personal commercial boarding facilities.

Winners will be announced at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 21 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Hundreds of business and community leaders attend the annual event. Also, new this year, an entrepreneurship workshop will be held right before the awards luncheon. There, top W. P. Carey School faculty members will talk about what tools and techniques you can use to advance your business.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to attend, call (480) 965-0474, e-mail wpcentrepreneurship@asu.edu, or visit www.wpcarey.asu.edu/spirit.

The Spirit of Enterprise Awards are just one focus of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center recently introduced the Sun Devil Select competition to honor ASU alum-owned or alum-led businesses, as well as the Sun Devil Igniter Challenge to help fund student businesses. The center also offers companies a chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while allowing students to get hands-on business experience. It is a gateway to access other ASU business resources. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities.

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St. Joseph’s and Barrow’s add new board members

The Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation recently elected two new members for Fiscal Year 2015. The new board members are:

Barry Berman, of Scottsdale, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in business administration, a major in finance and a minor in accounting. He began his career as an equity trader at The Milwaukee Co. and Loewl & Co. Berman joined Robert W. Baird and Co. Inc. in 1974 as senior vice-president and director, working there for 32 years before his retirement in 2006.

Greg Valladao, of Phoenix, is a senior managing director at Cushman and Wakefield. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and history from Tulane University in New Orleans and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. For the past 30 years, he has used his extensive retail, sales, management and legal expertise to become a well-respected commercial real estate executive with a reputation as a regional retail expert.

The Board of Trustees of Barrow Neurological Foundation (BNF) recently added three new members and elected a slate of officers. The new members are as follows:

David Farca, of Scottsdale, is president of ToH Design Studio. Farca was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, a degree in medical imaging infrastructure from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Farca built a medical imaging business in Mexico that grew into one of the industry’s largest government suppliers. In 2000, he sold the business and moved to Scottsdale, where he and his wife, Mavi, opened ToH Design Studio.

Michael Hecomovich, of Scottsdale, is the founder and chairman/CEO, Global Marketing Services. Hecomovich earned a bacheolor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and business development for a wide range of organizations—from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures.

William R. Metzler, of Scottsdale, is the co-founder and principal of West Coast Capital Partners. Metzler received bachelor’s degrees with honors in accounting and real estate finance from the University of Arizona. He is a senior with the American Society of Appraisers and a certified public accountant. He has previously served as the managing director of New York-based ING’s Investment Banking Unit and Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Group.

BNF board officers are as follows: Chair—Michael Haenel, Phoenix, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial Industrial Services Group; Vice Chair—Dan Pierce, Phoenix, president, Kitchell; Treasurer—Karen C. McConnell, Phoenix, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; and Secretary—Michael R. King, Phoenix, founding partner, Gammage & Burnham.

St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation are nonprofit support foundations dedicated to raising funds for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Each foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders who serve on a voluntary basis. More information is available at SupportStJosephs.org, SupportBarrow.org or at the Foundations of St. Joseph’s on Facebook.

Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
Vanguard

Chandler Regional Hospital

Kitchell finishes 171KSF patient tower at Chandler Regional

Kitchell recently completed a 171,000-square-foot expansion at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, adding 96 beds and bringing the hospital’s bed count to 339, while adding and expanding comprehensive services.

The ICU at Chandler Regional Medical Center

The ICU at Chandler Regional Medical Center

“Chandler Regional is truly a community hospital with more than 50 years of history in the East Valley,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The City of Chandler is growing at 1.7 percent per year which adds approximately 5,000 new residents annually.

This new tower and the services we’re able to provide as a result, exemplifies the city’s growth. We’re proud to be expanding to serve the health care needs of our community.”

The $125-million project began in December 2011, will add more than 200 new employees. The five-story addition includes 96 inpatient beds; an expanded emergency department with additional patient rooms, four trauma bays, two helipads and an expanded radiology department; expanded surgical services with six new operating rooms; and a new and expanded Intensive Care Unit with 32 beds.

Chandler Regional is the latest project in the growing portfolio by the design-build team of Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow Partnership. The team is also responsible for several renovations and additions at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus in Henderson, Nev., and is also working at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional first opened its doors in 1961 with 42 beds, 25 employees and 91 volunteers at what is now McQueen Rd. and Chandler Blvd. The facility moved to its current location in 1984 and by 1996 received $40 million in bonds which was used for major expansion over the next 10 years. In 2002, the hospital added a 140,000-square-foot tower that included a women’s center, outpatient diagnostic imaging, and dedicated emergency CT and MRI.  By 2011, the hospital added two new labs and an additional nine-bed holding unit to its Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The following year, Chandler Regional opened a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 12 private patient rooms featuring overnight accommodations.

The hospital began operating as a Level I Trauma Center in March 2014 after being granted provisional designation by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Official designation is expected later this fall.

The Villas at San Dorado

Luxury multifamily development opens in Oro Valley

Almost a year after breaking ground, Mark-Taylor has opened its first luxury multifamily development in Pima County, the Villas at San Dorado. The community is part of a mixed-use development set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Located at the southeast corner of First Avenue and Oracle Road (10730 N. Oracle Road), the 24-acre development marries an exclusive residential rental community with a walkable shopping destination in the shadows of gorgeous Pusch Ridge. The project is a joint venture of well-known apartment developer Mark-Taylor and longtime commercial developer Kitchell, who is overseeing the retail component.

The 274-unit community features the most spacious apartments in Southern Arizona, offering one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans averaging nearly 1,100 square feet. The Villas’ features include some you may only expect to see in a modern, custom home, such as kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, dual-vanity sinks, pendant lighting, and private garages.

The “main street” style retail component is a multi-use center featuring a grassy civic space that can be utilized by the Town for chili-cook offs, farmer’s markets, etc. A series of interconnected pathways and ramadas between the retail and residential developments lends to walkability, and a grand entry monument on Oracle Road promotes the ‘resort-style’ sense of arrival.

“With shopping and dining next door, this development becomes truly one-of-a-kind,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina.

The Villas will feature the largest fitness facility in the industry at more than 4,000 square feet, a spinning studio, virtual personal trainers, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, the quintessential lagoon-style pool that has become a Mark-Taylor trademark, and a guard-housed porte-cochere main entry gate.

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Kitchell acquires 20-acre parcel near Sky Harbor

Kitchell Development Company acquired nearly 20 acres at Interstate 10 and 28th Street, just south of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix for an industrial development.

“Over the years we have developed several types of commercial projects including retail business parks, and multifamily, depending on the market climate,” said Senior Director of Development Ryan Cochran. “We’re expanding our presence in the industrial market, and this property is an ideal location for that type of development.”

Scottsdale-based Aspen Group has an ownership interest in the venture. Aspen Group has been an active developer of shopping centers and master-planned communities over the past 20 years.

The 19.85-acre site is south of Interstate 10 at the northeast corner of 28th and Elwood streets, a premier location due to its freeway access and visibility, low vacancy rates in the submarket, and strong tenant demand. The acquisition was made in three separate transactions, with the joint venture represented by John Werstler of CBRE, who will also handle marketing of the property. The development will consist of one or two buildings totaling 250,000 to 290,000 square feet.

According to CBRE’s quarterly market report, the overall industrial vacancy rate in the Phoenix metro market is 11.12 percent, with positive net absorption in each quarter over the past four years. There has been 3.7 million square feet of net absorption of industrial space through the second quarter of 2014.

“We’re bullish on the local industrial market and believe metro Phoenix will remain a viable distribution alternative to the coastal markets,” Cochran said.

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

It takes two

Valley principals host young professionals in inaugural advocates program

A look around the room at a Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast (FMB) reveals a who’s who of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. You’ll see seasoned professionals sitting next to up-and-comers, and though these are an effective networking tool, Valley Partnership took the concept to the next level.

It created the Valley Partnership Advocates Program for young professionals. The program is a nine-month-long course for a “class” of 20 people under the age of 35 to meet with a new industry leader every month.

The inaugural program began last August and has included sessions hosted by prominent figures from DMB Associates, Inc., Vestar, Arizona State Land Department, Ryan Companies, Sunbelt Holdings, Evergreen Development, ASU and Macerich/WDP Partners. Many of the sessions were hosted by board members, including one held during a board meeting. “I did not understand the power of Valley Partnership and the people behind it until I attended that board meeting,” says advocate Nicole Mass, 35, Kitchell’s director of marketing.

The feeling is mutual. Bruce Pomeroy, founding principal at Evergreen Devco, has worked in the industry for 40 years. During that time, he has trained many young hires and has taught classes for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Pomeroy says of the session he hosted at Centerpointe in Goodyear that “the ‘students’ were very engaged and asked good questions.”

“I believe the most important issue was that the advocates wanted to spend more time with the developers during each monthly event,” says Vice President and General Counsel to Maven Universal Brett Hopper, who helped design the program. “We want to provide the advocates a greater opportunity to interact with senior executives and create long-lasting relationships.”

Stephanie Stephens, 27, marketing and project coordinator at Buesing, says the mentors emphasized the importance of getting involved in the real estate community. That typically starts with something as simple as the monthly Valley Partnership breakfasts, where Stephens heard about the program. Easton Mullen, 37, started his general contracting company Mullen Construction and Development in 2006 and has since built capital with the goal of becoming a developer. The advocates program, he says, created a foundation of contacts to use while his company evolves. “You can’t call these people up on the phone,” he says, “but if you’re part of the program, you can.”

The mentors encouraged community involvement and engagement within Valley Partnership’s committees and leadership roles. CBRE Sales Assistant Chris Marchildon, 28, was approached by board members at the suggestion of CBRE Executive Vice President Barry Gabel, about joining Valley Partnership’s Advocates Program.

sidebar“One of the first things I was told in this business was to ‘be a sponge,’” he says. “The second was to develop as many good relationships as you can along the way. Through the program, I was certainly provided the opportunity to learn success stories from the ground up as well as the chance to ‘soak up’ as much information as I could.”

Recent Denver transplant Kelly Kaminskas, 34, senior vice president at FirstBank, used the advocates program as an introduction to the industry. “It would have taken me years to piece together the information I received by being part of this group,” she says.

Tuition is $150. Applications are available on Valley Partnership’s website through July.

Kitchell donates 100 pairs of shoes to burn camp

Young burn victims attending this year’s “Camp Courage” in Prescott will be greeted their first day of camp with a new pair of athletic shoes, thanks to a generous donation from Kitchell.

Kitchell shoes burn victimsThe company purchased, sorted and labeled 96 pairs of shoes for the campers, mostly teens, who attend the annual camp. Many of the children are from backgrounds in which new athletic shoes are a luxury. The camp is offered through the Arizona Burn Foundation, part of the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

“It’s difficult for us as builders to deal with the intense summer heat in Phoenix, but for burn victims the effects are much more profound, because their skin suffers heightened sensitivity to sunlight,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “It’s great that these young kids can go to cooler climates, escape the heat, and just be regular kids.”

Kitchell shoesCamp Courage gives young burn survivors strength and confidence to face an often unaccepting world, helping their scars “disappear,” if only for a short time. Campers reunite with friends, and make new ones with those who share similar experiences of physical and emotional scarring resulting from severe burn injuries. The program offers activities such as hiking, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, rappelling and more. The majority of the children who attend camp are from Arizona. This year there are also four children from Calgary, Canada and two from Hermosillo, Mexico as part of the Sister Cities program.

Kitchell’s focus on safety is built into its culture and values, and the opportunity to make sure the camp attendees had safe footwear was a natural fit. Company representatives loaded the supply truck with the shoes, sunblock and lip balm prior to the kids departing for camp.

The Arizona Burn Center is a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence providing comprehensive and individualized care for patients and families who suffer from burn injuries. It is Arizona‚s only nationally verified burn center, which means it has met all the requirements to be called a burn center and offer the best and most progressive burn care available in the United States.

Sprouts, WEB

Sprouts to open at Prescott Valley Crossroads

Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open at the Prescott Valley Crossroads power center on June 4. The 27,994 SF Phoenix-based specialty follows the October 2013 opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods’ 35KSF store. Other large retailers soon to join the successful center are a 23KSF TJ Maxx and a 10KSF ULTA Beauty store. Both stores plan to open in late summer or early fall. The three retailers will join Sam’s Club, which opened in 2010. Negotiations are continuing with other regional and national retailers.

Phoenix Commercial Advisors’ Greg Laing, Teale Bloom, and Cameron Warren represent Kitchell Development Company, the project developer, in leasing the Prescott Valley Crossroads. Dan Gardiner of Phoenix Commercial Advisors represented TJ Maxx and Sprouts Farmers Market in negotiations.

Located 80 miles north of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the center sits on a premium location in Prescott Valley, along Highway 69.  The 800KSF power center offers retail, services, big box, and dining opportunities and will serve the greater Prescott and Prescott Valley areas.  Jeff Allen, President of Kitchell says the center “is one of the last premier locations in the area for large tenants.”

Kitchell developed both the north and the south sides of the highway. The shopping center occupies all four corners of the intersection which sits 1,000 feet above the town on Glassford Hill, providing great visibility for retailers locating there. The north side of the highway offers 444KSF of retail anchored by Home Depot, Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby.

Home building permits in Prescott Valley tell the story of the area’s rapid growth. According to the Town of Prescott Valley new home permits increased from only 21 permits being issued in 2010 to 259 new build permits issued as of November 2013.  Housing growth is one of the factors retailers consider when looking at trade areas in which they might add new stores.

According to Bloom, “Area housing growth has helped drive retailer interest. Demand from retailers and restaurants for the balance of the shopping center has also increased with every reported new retailer committment in the center. There will be other announcements of great retailers to come.”

According to Gardiner, “The tenant mix in Prescott Valley Crossroads has become formidable. The strong lineup of retailers in complimentary categories will make this a true regional draw for the surrounding residents, and one of the top shopping centers in northern Arizona.”

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Honoring excellence in corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy.
Az Business magazine is recognizing the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards). The 30 finalists and winners were honored Thursday, January 16 during a ceremony and dinner at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix. Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

Melissa M. Buhrig
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Western Refining
Since 2005, Buhrig has served as a founding member of the Western Refining legal department. Her responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, and securities matters for the company. Prior to joining Western Refining, Buhrig was a shareholder in Barfield Law, a Miami, Florida-based boutique firm representing commercial insurers and business leaders in corporate and litigation matters. Before that, she was a founding member of the satellite litigation department in the Naples, Florida office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cirsi, a national law firm.

Carolann Bullock
Human resources legal attorney
Intel Corporation
Bullock joined Intel in Chandlers as an HR legal attorney in 2010 following an extremely successful career in private practice. Bullock joined Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in 1995 and was elected a shareholder in the firm just four years later. When she departed for Intel and the new challenge of an in-house legal role, she was chair of the firm’s well-respected Labor & Employment Practice Group. While in private practice, Bullock’s practice was devoted to counseling and defending employers faced with claims of sexual harassment, disability, gender, age, race, wrongful discharge and employment-related tort and contract claims.

Lawrence Cuculic
Vice president and general counsel
Best Western International, Inc.
Cuculic manages the legal department for Best Western, the largest hotel chain in the world, in a manner that is efficient, effective, and respectful. Cuculic is also actively involved in managing strategic direction, providing guidance on corporate legal issues, board and board committee matters and managing relationships with external counsel. Since his arrival at Best Western, Cuculic has been thrust into various complex litigation, including IP and antitrust class action matters. Through his guidance, Cuculic spearheaded legal victories for Best Western that resulted in a complete mitigation of damages.

Bob Desmond
Chief intellectual property counsel
Honeywell International, Inc. – Aerospace
Desmond is the chief IP counsel for Honeywell Aerospace, a $12 billion business unit of Honeywell International Inc. which has more than 7,000 employees in Arizona. Honeywell Aerospace’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, summarized Desmond’s contributions to Honeywell Aerospace as follows: “Bob has developed a world-class intellectual property process within Honeywell Aerospace. He has not only refined and improved our intellectual property portfolio, but also created a sustainable process for refreshing its contents and ensuring the true business value of the IP is being properly realized. He has set the standard for Honeywell and the broader aerospace industry.”

Ruth Franklin
Corporate contracts counsel
ON Semiconductor
Franklin leads an international team of six member,s including both lawyers and contract professionals who are charged with negotiating semiconductor manufacturing sales agreements with customers throughout the world. These negotiations can span many months and typically involve describing every aspect of the manufacturing and supply processes within ON Semiconductor. Franklin is fond of saying that this is a job she is passionate about because it uses all the various areas of expertise that she has built up over her career: detailed lawyering, strategic planning and tactical negotiations.

GoDaddy in-house legal department
GoDaddy
GoDaddy’s legal team is led by General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Nima Kelly. GoDaddy’s 13-lawyer legal team counsels this rapidly-growing Internet company as it accomplishes its mission of empowering its customers to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. GoDaddy currently serves more than 12 million paying customers worldwide with 4,300 employees working in 21 states and eight countries. Under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, GoDaddy’s legal department has been re-engineered to efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice at the pace needed to keep up with its business partners. Divided into Intellectual Property, M&A/International, Litigation/Employment, Agreements and Internet Policy functions, its lawyers work as a cohesive team and are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves,” become intimately involved with their clients’ day-to-day activities and help them accomplish their business goals. Issues range from the serious (patent litigation and international expansion) to the sublime (the Super Bowl ads and talent agreements with Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg and Ke$ha for the annual blowout Holiday Parties). The team also works to develop effective and responsible Internet policy for GoDaddy and the global online community.

Jill Harrison
In-house counsel
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
Harrison has served as one of the corporate counsel at Gore for nearly nine years. She leads the medical device manufacturer’s product liability litigation and counseling practice globally. For much of her tenure at Gore, Harrison also led strategic counseling and litigation in the area of non-competes and trade for Gore’s Medical Products Division and provided extensive employment law counseling and litigation management for sales associates in the division. Harrison also assumed a significant leadership role in developing and implementing an innovative integration program for new legal team members to effectively facilitate their participation in the company’s global legal team.

John T. Jozwick
Senior vice president and general counsel
Rider Levett Bucknall
Rider Levett Bucknall hired Jozwick by contract in 2002 for a temporary assignment analyzing claims made by subcontractors in a major wastewater treatment plant project. As word spread with clients about his expertise in analyzing construction disputes, forensic claims, and construction defects, Jozwick was offered a full-time role. Under his direction, the company’s claims department grew from one temporary contractor to five full-time employees. Jozwick also played a major role in developing advisory services into a significantly profitable service. Today, the advisory service line offers clients risk analysis, claims analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness and dispute avoidance services.

Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network’s legal team
Senior vice president and general counsel
Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network
Kelly has been an in-house lawyer at Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network for the past nine years. By creating an efficient and modern legal department, Kelly has been able to provide advice to everyone from executives to operational employees. His continued innovation led him to improve the SLHN Risk Management Department so that it can effectively manage all of the complex risk that a $1 billion company is faced with. Kelly’s strong leadership is as highly valued as his skills as an innovator. Johnathan Wallach, one of Kelly’s employees, said, “Alan has been a true mentor who actively promotes initiative in all people who work for him.”

Margaret Koppen
Deputy general counsel
Standard Microsystems Corporation
Koppen is Standard Microsystems’ main transactional attorney. Kim Van Amburg, senior vice president and general counsel at Casino Del Sol Resort, said that during her 10 years at the company, Koppen has been able to hone a “specific expertise in negotiating terms of sale agreements with her employer’s customers,” some of which are the world’s largest semiconductor companies. Koppen has been instrumental in “increasing efficiency, production, and accountability without increasing the size of the legal department.” Her contributions to the company have helped double the company’s revenue. She teaches the University of Arizona College of Law’s first-ever contract drafting course, which she developed.

David Koval
Vice president and general counsel
Kitchell
Koval went to Kitchell in 2004 as an employee for one of the company’s subsidiaries, Kitchell Contractors. In this role, he brought credibility to the company through refining legal processes, streamlining and creating uniformity in subcontractor relationships and evaluating the company’s risk. His results earned the respect of everyone at Kitchell and he was eventually tapped by CEI Jim Swanson to oversee all legal activities for the 60-year-old company. Kitchell’s interests include real estate development, commercial construction, program and construction management and air conditioning wholesale supplies.

Erin Lewin
Senior vice president and general counsel
Avnet, Inc.
Lewin leads Avnet’s 98-member global legal department and provides advice and guidance to the company’s business leaders. “Erin has demonstrated her ability to effectively guide a global team that deals with a complex, multinational legal environment while serving as a leader who fosters collaboration and employee engagement for her team,” said Avnet CEO Rick Hamada. In 2013, Lewin’s team oversaw the legal aspects of 12 acquisitions with a combined deal value of $367 million and combined revenue value of $1.2 billion, as well as the divestiture of two subsidiaries.

Kelly LoCascio
Chief compliance office and executive vice president
Angel MedFlight
LoCascio has been with Angel MedFlight, a worldwide air ambulance company, since 2008. In 2008, LoCascio was named one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona and stays involved in the community by volunteering for the American Cancer Society, FreshStart and HomeBase Youth Services. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. In addition to practicing law and volunteering, LoCascio was crowned Ms. Arizona Woman in 2007. This competition is part of the Arizona United States Pageants. She also ecompetes in triathlons.

Michael Mason
Senior counsel, labor and employment
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Mason is a strategic partner helping his internal clients solve legal problems in a changing industry. Mason transitioned two years ago as a shareholder at a large national firm, Greenberg Traurig, to a role with Pinnacle West. Mason often works to build consensus with various teams to reduce the threat of litigation. He challenges external counsel to be creative but cognizant of the costs of litigation. Mason served as the young lawyer representative to the State Bar Board of Governors for several years and currently sits on the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Section for the Arizona State Bar.

L. Richards McMillan
Senior vice president and general counsel
Freeport McMoRan
McMillan has been senior vice president and general counsel of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. since October 31, 2007. McMillan served as senior corporate and securities law attorney of FCX since 1995. The Tulane University Law School graduate joined FCX after a 30-year career with the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P., where he served as partner. McMillan served as head of Jones Walker’s corporate and securities section and also served as a member and chairman of the Jones Walker’s Executive Committee.

David Mulvihill
Vice president and general counsel
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Mulvihill is general counsel of the Make-A-Wish, a national nonprofit organization with 74 chapters that grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A substantial portion of Mulvihill’s time is spent protecting the Make-A-Wish name and trademarks from infringement by sound-alike organizations and others. In connection with these efforts, he has worked closely with various state charity officials, as well as with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Mulvihill was a partner in a firm in Pittsburgh, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.

Carmen L. Neuberger
Senior vice president and general counsel
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
A hospital that is a part of the ever evolving health care environment “requires a knowledgeable talented and dedicated general counsel,” said Debra Stevens, director of marketing and communications for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Neurberger not only possesses the knowledge and talent Stevens speaks of, but she essentially developed the hospital’s entire legal department. During this process, Neurberger was able to create a program which allows the hospital to manage and control its own risk. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments.

Daniel Oseran
Privacy counsel
eBay
Oseran has worked in the information technology and legal fields for more than a decade, ensuring legal compliance, designing network infrastrcuture and managing large project teams. He also enforced information technology laws on behalf of the 5th largest District Attorney’s office in the country, and prosecuted the first state level case of Internet anti-piracy in the United States. Oseran advises business units on developing privacy-protective products, campaigns, websites and other programs. He also manage internal tools to report compliance and communicate policies. Before moving to eBay, Oseran led Paypal’s innovation and continuous improvement of the IT control framework, including the integration of multiple compliance requirements.

John M. Pons
Executive vice president and general counsel
Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Pons has been instrumental in guiding the legal department at Cole in supporting the company’s overall mission in the acquisition, management and disposition of real property. The company has seen tremendous growth, listed on the NYSE and has lined itself up for a merger/acquisition that is poised to make it one of the 15 largest REITs in the United States. Pons’ demeanor and guidance has helped make Cole’s legal department high-functioning, highly collaborative and highly-engaged. Before attending law school, Pons was a captain in the United States Air Force where he served from 1988 until 1992.

Deanna Pickering
General counsel
Lumension Security, Inc.
As the sole in-house lawyer, Pickering manages legal issues across the globe and is often called upon to do the day-to-day legal work, such as customer contract review, that helps the organization save money on outside lawyers. But as the general counsel for a software company with operations in North America and Europe and a sales force throughout the world, Pickering has to help the organization move forward with strategic initiative and work with other executives to manage risk, solve legal issues, and support and direct outside lawyers in a competitive and rapidly changing business environment.

Daniel J. Quigley
General counsel
Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise
Quigley began his representation of the Tohono O’odham Nation with respect to its gaming operations in 1995. However, it was in 2003 that the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise created its own in-house legal department and hired Quigley as its first general counsel. Quigley has faithfully represented the Nation’s gaming interests through a time when it has experienced exponential growth. Among his more noteworthy triumphs are the successful campaign for the 2002 Indian Gaming Initiative (passed by Arizona voters in 2002) and subsequent Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Arizona.

Darrell Sherman
Vice president, general counsel, secretary
Taylor Morrison
Sherman joined Taylor Morrison as vice president and general counsel in June 2009 and helped the home builder launch a successful IPO in 2013. He is responsible for the company’s legal affairs including transactions, governance, litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Sherman was general counsel at Centex for four years in the Southwest and Mountain States Regions and associate general counsel at Del Webb/Pulte for five years. Prior to joining the homebuilding industry, he was a finance and real estate attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in its Phoenix office.

James Silhasek
Executive vice president and general counsel
Discount Tire
Silhasek manages the legal and real estate departments and is specifically involved in all real estate acquisitions, matters of taxation and complex business litigation. Silhasek began his association with Discount Tire in 1980, while in private practice, and joined the company in 1988. During his association with Discount Tire, it has grown to become the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer with more than 870 locations in 28 states. Silhasek received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University Law School and a Master’s of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Legal department
The natural and organic grocery chain hired its first in-house counsel, Brandon Lombardi, in January 2012 and he set about assembling an in-house legal department that could provide the needed legal services with the quality, acumen, and responsiveness that he and his fast-paced client demanded. Sprouts’ recent success, including the IPO which was shepherded from commencement to completion by Lombardi and his team, serves as a model for how to aggressively yet responsibly build a business. That success could not have been achieved without Sprouts’ legal department. That this 10-person team did not exist two years ago makes their accomplishments even more impressive.

Karen Stein, IO’s legal department
General counsel
IO
Stein oversees all legal and risk management functions of the company. She holds a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Emory University, an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has practiced law since 1994, focusing on business transactions, licensing, and intellectual property. Before joining IO, Stein practiced at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta and served as the Assistant general counsel for the PGA Tour for 10 years.

Matthew Stockslage
Vice president and associate general counsel
Dignity Health
Stockslage is the senior legal leader for Dignity Health’s Arizona and Nevada service areas, which includes six hospitals — including the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute — and more than 40 affiliated outpatient sites. As one of three regional legal leaders reporting to Dignity’s general counsel, Stockslage supervises a staff of 11 and is the lead attorney for joint venture transactions and relationships across the Dignity system. He has helped implement a restructuring of the Dignity legal department, its work flows, reporting relationships and client accountabilities to facilitate Dignity’s implementation of healthcare reforms and to accommodate its growth strategy to become a national healthcare provider.

Randall S. Theisen
Executive vice president, general counsel, assistant secretary
Western Alliance Bancorporation
Theisen has served as general counsel of Western Alliance Bancorporation and its three bank affiliates includes Alliance Bank of Arizona, BankWest of Nevada and Torrey Pines Bank since February 2006. Theisen joined WAL from Squire Sanders & Dempsey and has more than 20 years of legal experience representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005.” He serves on the Business Law Committee and Consumer Financial Services Committee for the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Michael Walker
Senior associate counsel, labor and employment/litigation
Insight Enterprises, Inc
Walker is the sole litigator and labor and employment lawyer for Insight in the United States and Canada. Insight is a Fortune 500 company that provides hardware, software and related services to business and government agencies. Walker is “stunningly successful” at preventing, resolving, and promptly defending claims that go through litigation in labor and employment, commercial matters and in actions brought by government agencies according to Mark Rogers, association general counsel for Insight. Walker has also been able to reduce spending on several categories of work. “Above all, (he) is a practical problem solver and has excellent business judgment,” Rogers said.

Stuart Zigun
Assistant general counsel
Emerson Network Power
Colleagues say Zigun in the kind of attorney every business wishes it had. Zigun has an exceptional depth of understanding of his clients’ business and products and is intimately familiar with the company’s strategy and direction. In more than 30 years as an in-house counsel, Zigun has never had an agreement he worked on be litigated. This is a testament to his ability to successfully resolve disputes. Zigun, who earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Cornell and his law degree from Boston University, has represented large public companies that include Raytheon, Motorola and Emerson.

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Kitchell, Hardison/Downey Partner for Breast Cancer Research

When they started working together on construction projects several years ago, long before they became part of the same company, Kitchell and hardison/downey construction inc. (h/dc) realized they had common visions, goals and values, resulting in increased work and revenues. But in the past year their shared passion for one particular cause is reaping benefits outside the building industry – for breast cancer research.

At its recent “Build Fore Good” golf tournament at Kierland golf course, the two companies raised nearly $30,000 benefiting the John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center.Golf Tournament Banner, Kitchell

“As the statistics indicate, most everyone knows someone impacted by breast cancer in some way,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “Our companies, while predominantly male, are highly attuned to this issue because of our loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer.”

The tournament sold out quickly with 144 golfers playing in a scramble format. The title sponsor was Blount Contracting Inc., and many other partners and subcontractors that enjoy work relationships with Kitchell and hardison/downey also donated generously to support this year’s cause.

One “Build Fore Good” golfer hit the jackpot, literally, when he left the tournament with an Audi A4 after shooting a hole-in-one. Participants also had the chance to win a hole-in-one Harley Davidson, and an Octane Raceway package by clocking the fastest tee-to-putt play on one of the longest holes on the course.

“We work hard and play hard – and when we play, we want to do it for a cause that’s near and dear to us – breast cancer research clearly hits a nerve with a lot of guys,” said hardison/downey President Pat Downey.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in 2012 breast cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer in among females in Arizona. This is a statistic that mirrors national figures of 119 out of 100,000 women of all races diagnosed with the disease.

The John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center, located at the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley campus, was the first center in Arizona and the second in the country to use digital, low-dose 3D mammography, and currently the facility performs more 3D mammograms than anywhere in the world. Last year the Center performed 26,868 exams and served individuals from more than 200 zip codes. The Center was recently named a Brest Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the national professional organization for physicians specializing in medical imaging. This is a designation held by only 7 percent of the country’s 8,600 breast imaging centers.

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Mark-Taylor, Kitchell Break Ground On Southern Arizona Development

 

A year after opening two successful multi-family developments in Maricopa County, the joint venture of Mark-Taylor and Kitchell has embarked on a unique mixed-use development that brings out the best of their combined experience and utilizes the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The 24-acre development in Oro Valley, being called “San Dorado,” will combine an exclusive residential rental community with a unique shopping destination. The project recently broke ground at the SEC of First Avenue and Oracle Road, in the shadows of gorgeous Pusch Ridge.

Mark-Taylor is designing and overseeing construction of the 274-unit exclusive apartment community, the Villas at San Dorado, while Kitchell will spearhead the retail component.

The “main street” style is a multi-use center that will house a unique list of retailers and restaurants, in addition to incorporating a few acres of grassy open space, which could be utilized by the town for chili-cook offs, farmer’s markets, etc.

There will be a series of interconnected pathways and ramadas built between to two developments, as well as a grand entry monument built on Oracle Road to promote the “resort-style” sense of arrival.

“This location in and of itself is quite an attractive place to live and warrants an upscale apartment community, but by offering a unique place to shop and dine next door, this development becomes truly one-of-a-kind,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “Walkability to this degree is a very rare feature in the Arizona market.”

The Villas at San Dorado will provide the most spacious apartments in Southern Arizona, offering one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans averaging nearly 1,100 SF. The Villas’ features include some you may only expect to see in a modern, custom home, such as kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, dual-vanity sinks, pendant lighting, and private garages.

“It’s difficult to compare apartments today versus those built even 10 years ago. The interior finishes have clearly been taken to another level, but the amenities offered within the community rival those of professional gyms and spas,” Brozinasaid.

The Villas will feature the largest fitness facility in the industry, a spinning studio, virtual personal trainers, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, the quintessential lagoon-style pool that has become a Mark-Taylor trademark, and a guard-housed porte-cochere main entry gate.

The rental community is expected to open for leasing in the Spring of 2014, along with many of the retailers.

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After Hours: Kari McCormick of Kitchell

Director of Client Services — Native American Division
Kitchell, Phoenix
With Kitchell for 2 1/2 years
Born in Scottsdale
Received bachelors in Business Administration from ASU; attended Fuller Theological Seminary
Husband Terry Fong;  son, AJ (26), daughters, Kassi (21), Hunter (12), newly adopted foster child; stepdaughter, Nici (31); 2 grand daughters; Great grandfather (maternal), Joseph P. Allyn served as one of the original Associated Justices on the Supreme Court of the Arizona Territory appointed by Abraham Lincoln; (paternal), Territorial Secretary Richard C. McCormick served at the same time in 1800s

Favorites:

Sports/Teams — College, ASU 1st and UA 2nd (my dad played football there so I have to support them as well). I root for our local teams: Diamondbacks, Suns and Cardinals, but I love watching a great soccer or tennis match.
Music — Eclectic from alternative, hard rock, jazz and blues. Saw Carlos Santana and got to meet the band; it was incredible!
Destinations — Loved traveling to Australia seeing the Great Barrier Reef, an ancient rainforest and spending time at Ayers Rock. My husband is from the Fiji Islands so we will be traveling there this summer to attend a wedding. A European trip is on our near to-do list, but I would love to visit Viet Nam, Galapagos Islands, and Africa.
Activities — Golf, tennis, reading, and traveling with family

What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

Veterinarian or marine biologist.

What accomplishment you are especially proud of?

Having kids that have grown into kind, independent and balanced human beings making their own mark in the world. Parenting is the toughest job and you never know if you’re doing it right, you just hope and pray you don’t mess it up too bad. Professionally a highlight would be serving my second term on the National Indian Gaming Association Executive Board. You are nominated and elected by your peers, which makes this so special. I was awarded the 2012 Great Women of Gaming Rising Star Award which again was from a nomination of peers, so I feel really blessed to have so many wonderful colleagues who I admire and respect.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I used to do competitive kick boxing, I was an early elementary school teacher and I attended seminary with intentions of becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Advice:

Received — It all comes out in the wash. When you can’t control the behaviors and actions of others, you can spend your time fighting the chaos or you use your energy to create justice through your own actions.   At the end of the day, people will judge you not on the words of others, but on your actions and integrity by which you live.
To Share — Because 90% of my work is with tribes and tribal development, the question I get asked the most is why is working with tribes so different? I always advise anyone interested in working with tribes to first and foremost understand, tribes are sovereign nations. Just as any foreign government they are fully empowered to form their own governments, create laws and are charged to create an environment of well-being in education, health, economic development for their members to thrive. Because of this, tribal development can be (ital) very challenging because it’s not all about profit and bottom-line cost. There is a much deeper sense of responsibility toward future generations and well-being of whole communities with any development. Once you understand and respect the sovereignty, and that each tribe is very different in their structure and way of doing business, it can be one of the most gratifying markets with immeasurable intrinsic rewards knowing that what you do can change communities.

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Mark-Taylor Celebrates 4 Victories at AMA Tribune Awards

 

The mantel at Mark-Taylor got a little heavier after this year’s Arizona Multihousing Association Tributes dinner, as the company was honored with four awards including the prestigious Developer’s Award for its Parcland Crossing community.

“These wins reinforce what we already know – we have great properties and committed, loyal team members who make these spectacular places to live,” said Mark-Taylor President Dale Phillips.

Parcland Crossing in Chandler was presented with the Developer’s Award, the recognition that caps the night’s festivities at the AMA’s annual event. The Developer’s Award honors the best new community developed between 2011 and 2012.

The 383 unit-project was a collaboration of Mark-Taylor and Kitchell Development, and was built at a pivotal time in Arizona real estate, as one of the first new large-scale, luxury rental communities to be built in more than two years.

Parcland Crossing has surpassed occupancy goals and is anticipated to reach 90%-plus occupancy just 12 months after opening in July 2012.

San Marbeya in Tempe was recognized as the Best Team and Community built between 1994 and 2004; Azul in Gilbert was recognized as the Best Team and Community built between 2005 and 2012; and Mark-Taylor’s Director of Service Support, Roger Nahrgang, was named the Regional Maintenance Supervisor of the Year.

In selecting the honorees, judges of the Tributes Awards consider factors including professional presentation, industry experience, industry education, problem-solving capabilities and impact on the properties.

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Greg McCormick joins Kitchell as Healthcare Project Director

 

Kitchell has hired Greg McCormick as Project Director in the Healthcare Division.

A 28-year industry veteran, McCormick previously worked for Gilbane Building Company, Turner Construction Company and Summit Builders.

“Greg brings a wealth of healthcare construction experience to Kitchell,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth.

“His commitment to superior customer service and relationships is known throughout the Valley and his skill set and deep knowledge is a great complement to our team of dedicated healthcare construction professionals.”

In the Valley, McCormick played a critical role in the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Central Utility Plant and pharmacy remodel projects, the Biltmore Medical Mall OSC-TI project, the replacement Forensics Hospital at Arizona State Hospital, among many others.

His construction career has taken him to California, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

 

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Kitchell-Built Banner Health Center to Open in Queen Creek

 

Banner Health will open its first medical facility in the Town of Queen Creek on May 1, with the Banner Health Center offering primary care, basic imaging and lab services for adults and children. Kitchell served as general contractor.

The Center, at 21772 S. Ellsworth Loop Rd., will join Banner Ironwood Medical Center in San Tan Valley in providing medical services to the region.

Staff physicians will include a family practitioner and pediatrician, with more physicians already planned as the center grows with community needs.

It includes 18 exam rooms, and its electronic medical records are accessible from all Banner hospitals and facilities.

“Banner Health already enjoys a great relationship with the southeast Valley community through Banner Ironwood Medical Center,” said Jim Brannon, CEO for Banner Medical Group. “We are so pleased to bring additional Banner caregivers close to home for these valued neighbors.”

The Banner Health Center in Queen Creek is the first of four in the East Valley to open after a shared ground-breaking on Oct. 25, 2012. Banner Health Center in Gilbert is scheduled to open on May 22, followed by a center in Chandler in early August and one in East Mesa in early September.

An additional Banner Health Center will open in Goodyear within the planned community of Estrella on July 10, joining the existing Banner Health Centers in Peoria/Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye in the Verrado Community, Maricopa, and South Loveland, CO.

Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and East Valley residents are invited to attend the Banner Health Center Community Preview Event scheduled April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center.

Just the facts:

>> Project started: Oct. 25, 2012

>> Project budget: $10.7 M

>> General contractor: Kitchell Contractors

>> Architect: HMC Architects

>> Total Acreage: 11.7 acres

>> Phase I: 21,052 SF, 32 exam rooms (16 will open with the center; 16 additional rooms are being built but not yet equipped or staffed)

>> Phase II: 63,980 SF, 64 exam rooms

Jerry Ackerman

Kitchell Promotes Jerry Ackerman to Project Director, Healthcare Division

Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth announced that Jerry Ackerman has been promoted to Project Director.

Ackerman has been with Kitchell since 2006 and has found a home working on projects for Banner Desert Medical Center.

“Jerry’s leadership style and personality has made a great impact,” Whitworth said. “His attention to detail is exemplary and he naturally embodies the ‘What You Do Matters’ philosophy, one of the pillars of Kitchell’s vision and values.”

Ackerman received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and has been in the construction industry since 1993.

In addition to working on projects for Banner Health, he has also worked on Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital (Leonardtown, Md.), and Calvert Memorial Hospital (Prince Frederick, Md.), among others.

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Kitchell Completes Early Childhood Development Center for Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

 

Kitchell recently completed the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s H’man ‘Shawa Early Childhood Development Center in Northeastern Maricopa County, about 35 miles northeast of Phoenix.

The 15,500 SF building accommodates infants, preschool, pre-k and kindergarten children with nine classrooms. H’man ‘Shawa, translated from Yavapai, means ‘the little children.’ Integrated into the daily curriculum for all children are elements of local and native culture, including Yavapai language instruction.

Members of the Fort McDowell Tribal Council, including President Dr. Clinton M. Pattea, students, families and Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh were on hand for the grand opening festivities of the facility, which was funded by the Tribal Government.

The project, a BITCO-Kitchell joint venture, represented a return to the Fort McDowell Yavapai community for Kitchell which has helped remodel and expand the Tribe’s nearby casino, commonly known as “The Fort.”

 

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Workshop Helps Industry Understand Nuances of Working in Indian Country

 

With 22 recognized tribes in Arizona, each with their own governance, leadership and protocols, working within the American Indian community and in Indian country has become an enviable skill in the business world.

Kitchell has found through first-hand experience that the best way to approach tribal work is by aligning with those who understand the culture, and accepting that patience, strong listening skills and non-verbal cues are critical to the American Indian way of doing business.

These were just a few of the messages shared with construction industry representatives at Kitchell’s Cultural Awareness Workshop, an annual event that brings together Kitchell employees, subcontractors and partners to help everyone better understand the nuances involved in working with tribal communities, regardless of the type of the vocation or project.

“I learned only through personal experience that sitting respectfully and listening at their pace was a skill I had not mastered,” said Kitchell Native American Division Business Development Manager Kari McCormick.

“We’re so used to filling space with words – and that was something I had to adjust when working with the Navajo Nation – respectfully listening, and waiting for them to finish sharing their thoughts.”

This insight and others were shared by Kitchell and the nationally known experts that the company engaged to facilitate the workshop – Jeff Thompson, who has spent 32 years working in Indian Country, and Robert J. Miller, a professor from Lewis & Clark Law School who has practiced American Indian law since 1993.

Unlike the direct communications approach favored by many of today’s successful business leaders, those operating in Indian Country rarely ask direct questions as a matter of course, especially when anticipating a negative answers. By mastering listening skills, the experts shared, you should understand their point of view and anticipate outcomes.

“Allow time to process and let the story evolve,” Thompson said. “No one wants to hear negative answers.”

Another tip that seems to be universally accepted in any business situation: use humor. “Someone in a management or supervisory role should use humor, preferably self-deprecating humor, as a leveler. It’s a very powerful tool.”

 

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Bernardo Joins Kitchell as Operations Manager

Kitchell announced it has hired Bryan Bernardo as Operations Manager.

Based in Phoenix, Bernardo will oversee operations, with a focus on lean construction, on Kitchell job sites in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas, as well as operations throughout Kitchell’s offices.

Prior to joining Kitchell, Bernardo worked for The Weitz Company for 25 years, most recently serving as Managing Officer of its Southwest regional office based in Arizona.

“We are thrilled to have Bryan join the Kitchell family,” said Kitchell President Dan Pierce. “His proven successes, especially applying Lean principles to cut costs and eliminate waste, will be a great asset.”

 

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Patient Experience Simulation Lab Inspires Conference Attendees

Attendees of the 2012 Healthcare Design Conference held recently at the Phoenix Convention Center were privy to a unique showcase: the first “Patient Experience Simulation Lab” allowing small groups of designers, hospital administrators and other healthcare stakeholders to experience a virtual tour of unfriendly design features compared to an actual tour of a “patient-empowered room.”

The full-scale model was the result of a design competition that the Institute for Patient-Centered Design held to gather best practice ideas from healthcare designers. The winning submission, created by Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater, came to fruition with the help of DWL Architects + Planners which created the construction documents, i-Frame Building Solutions which provided the walls for the room model, and Kitchell which built the mock-up.

“We are empathetic builders – looking at each project by putting ourselves in the patient role,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth. “That’s why participating in this project was so intriguing.”

The project was built in two short days in a 2,000 SF space, leaving room for facilitated discussions and a virtual experience alongside the model. The popular workshops, which took place throughout the conference, engaged a diverse group of patients, designers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders in a collaborative exchange for improving the patient environment of care.

Featuring color selections indigenous to Arizona – even a back-lit picture window that emulated a grassy hospital courtyard area — the room allowed participants to experience the inpatient room from the perspective of the end users, moving about the space while assuming the role of the patient or family member in a pre-determined scenario. Feedback from the sessions will be included in ongoing research that will result in new evidence-based design tools for patient room design.

“This room is not the patient room of the future; but, rather a laboratory for examining the impact of design features on the patient experience,” said the Institute’s Tammy Thompson. “We were able to usher through those who are responsible for building hospitals and share patient insights in a collaborative environment, providing powerful feedback from practicing nurses, real patients and their families.”

 

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Kitchell celebrates Casino Arizona Bingo Hall Expansion

Bingo fans have a new place to play — thanks to the new 1,000-seat bingo hall built by Kitchell — at Casino Arizona at the 101 and McKellips in Scottsdale.

The 26,000 SF addition represents the reintroduction of bingo into the gaming operations of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), which also owns and operates the Four-Diamond rated Talking Stick Resort.

Tucson-based Seaver Franks Architects designed the state-of-the-art Bingo Hall.

“The Community is pleased to offer a new venue of entertainment for our guests,” said SRPMIC Vice President Martin Harvier. “Our partners on the project have built and designed a facility that will be enjoyed by all.”

“This is an exciting day for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Kitchell’s Native American Division Vice President Brad Gabel. “We are thrilled to have played a role in bringing this facility to life, a great entertainment addition to the area. Good luck to all the bingo players out there!”

Kitchell, which has constructed several buildings for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, applies its innovative approaches to quality assurance, safety, value engineering and environmental protection — among other industry-leading practices — to a wide range of construction and program management projects in the hospitality, healthcare, corrections, utility, renewable energy, retail, performing arts and academic communities.

Its specialized divisions and subsidiaries include commercial, healthcare, Native American, custom homes, FDI planning consultants, environmental services and American Refrigeration Supplies.

 

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Q&A: President Dan Pierce of Kitchell

Q&A: Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell

Q: Technology is playing an important role in today’s construction market. What are some of the latest advancements you’re seeing utilized to make building better?

A: We’ve seen remarkable advances with respect to building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The capacity to share information efficiently has enhanced our ability to collaborate with owners and architects. Tablets, iPads, laptops and smartphones are commonplace — the line between design and construction has blurred. And I’ve been very impressed with the caliber of the young people who have chosen construction as a career. Their aptitude in leveraging the various technologies are enhancing our capacity to service our customers.

Q: How has Kitchell developed such a strong presence in healthcare?

A: I think that we’ve managed to develop strong relationships with our customers over the years. For example, we have worked on the hospital campuses that are now part of Banner Health since 1962. Those types of relationships have helped us anticipate many of the challenges that face healthcare providers in our marketplace. We see ourselves as strategic partners.

Q: Are you seeing signs of promise in Arizona’s commercial construction industry?

A: Despite Arizona’s oversupply in most market sectors of the built environment and the fact that we will likely be lagging most areas of the country in terms of economic recovery, we are seeing more activity in 2012 with a number of our design partners. Our development company is also seeing more activity. I see that as a very positive sign and I am optimistic.

Q: How has Kitchell managed to stay successful during the past five years?

A: Because of our diversity, we have been able to remain nimble and adaptive to the marketplace. This is what makes us unique. The size of our company — and the fact we’re employee-owned — is perfectly suited to be fluid and flexible, to be able to adjust workloads to exactly where we need to be at any given moment.


Dan Pierce has had a hand in the construction of numerous commercial projects throughout the Southwest, and has been with Kitchell for more than 30 years, having joined the company right out of college. As President of Kitchell Contractors, Pierce oversees divisions, including everything from renewable energy and healthcare to custom homes and medical technology planning.

Pierce has a bachelor’s degree in construction from Arizona State University. He served on the Accreditation Review Board and the Department Advisory Council when the construction management program was established at Northern Arizona University. An ASHE-Certified Healthcare Builder, he is on the Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, has served on the Board of the Foundation for Blind Children and is involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

For more information on Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell, visit Kitchell’s website at kitchell.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

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Technology Revolutionizes Hospital Construction

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” — R. Buckminster Fuller 

With apologies to the sage Buckminster Fuller, the technology that is being developed for hospital construction is being done so for all the right reasons: to enhance quality, increase speed, decrease waste, save money and boost safety.

On the current, and extensive, renovation of Chandler Regional Medical Center, which features 180,000 SF of new construction anchored by a 5-story tower, Kitchell is harnessing the latest technologies, and refining new ones, that will continue to evolve as hospital construction unfolds until the opening in spring 2014. The project began with evidence-based design of the re-envisioned hospital featuring a triangle- shaped bed tower and a complete reorientation of the entrance.

Some of the challenges facing the hospital construction team include reorienting the main entrance, extensive infrastructure work, upgrading the central plant, doubling the emergency room and an intricate kitchen renovation — all while patients continue to receive uninterrupted care with no risk of infection. Fortunately, Kitchell has teamed with other professionals eager to utilize the latest technology to streamline the building process while enhancing quality and preserving safety. And it certainly helps that the entire hospital construction team is committed to tearing down the traditional “wall” between the design and construction sides, which is a win-win-win (owner, designer, construction firm — not to mention the building’s inhabitants) for all.

An integrated hospital construction team was established from the start that includes owners, architects, engineers, facility users, subcontractors and suppliers. Here are some tactics the team is deploying to achieve success:

  • Virtual model created three years out
    From the beginning, Kitchell, architect Orcutt | Winslow, Van Borem and Frank, Paragon and LEA Engineers designed and coordinated the project utilizing the most up-to-date BIM software. Integrating Archicad and REVIT into a federated model of the building (include an accompanying image) yielded a virtually constructed facility three-plus years in advance of the tower receiving its first patient.
  • Continuous collaboration courtesy of the Human Factor
    At the job site, a free-flowing workspace complete with design studios and interactive spaces facilitates innovation and consolidates the creation of intellectual property and management of construction. All of the hospital construction project’s principal players are empowered to make decisions and to commit resources on the spot, all in the same room, to keep momentum moving forward. Work studios are defined by activities to be tackled, not disciplines. This co-location “no silos” approach breaks down traditional barriers between engineers, designers and construction personnel while stimulating dialogue and innovation.
  • Lean and streamlined
    Each step of the building process is analyzed to promote continuous and reliable workflow throughout and identify ways to avert possible clogs in the project stream. As the project moves from design to construction, Kitchell is using the earlier planning and knowledge of technology to make the construction process as lean as possible. Pull planning, bringing subcontractors into the scheduling process, has been critical.Early BIM planning is setting the stage for prefabrication of interior corridors, systems and bathrooms. This is not your grandfather’s prefabrication — this is highly sophisticated off -site, controlled building of highly complex and technical components which, once built, are literally “plug and play.” The philosophy behind this strategy is to maintain quality and increase speed of construction while decreasing waste.
  • Full-scale (foam or wood) mock-ups
    Kitchell will construct a full-scale mock-up of the prefabrication areas to demonstrate not only what the finished rooms will look like but also what it will feel like to physically experience the spaces. Even the smallest details were designed in REVIT to enhance the authenticity of the final mock-up.
  • In the field
    Vela Systems enables real time data to be gathered and tasks assigned and transmitted right from where the work is happening via Kitchell’s mobile application on iPads. There is no distinction between in-the-office and in-the-field. RFIs, submittals, project specifications, drawings, etc. are available to everyone — including owners and subcontractors — for immediate, actionable information. Being able to identify and communicate potential issues saves time- and labor-intensive, costly rework caused by incomplete or old information.
  • BIM kiosks — 24/7 access to information without a computer
    Once the construction of the new patient tower is in full swing, several BIM kiosks will be activated so subcontractors will be able to pull up documents and the latest coordinated models throughout the hospital construction. These are all housed in a digital archive.

Decades ago, even just a few years ago, the type of technologies deployed to make design and hospital construction a seamless, flawless process were virtually unheard of. But without these advancements, the world of commercial design and construction would involve much more guesswork and risk. In today’s building world, the right technologies are being deployed for the right reasons.

For more information on Kitchell and their hospital construction projects, visit Kitchell’s website at kitchell.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012