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LifeLock adds key player to product and technology team

LifeLock, Inc., a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services, announced that Peter Levinson has joined the company as senior vice president of product and technology.

“We’re delighted to have Peter join LifeLock. He brings visionary leadership and broad experience, particularly in the mobile space, to our product team,” said LifeLock President Hilary Schneider. “He will play an important role in ensuring that we’re offering innovative and convenient services to consumers.”

As senior vice president of product and technology, Levinson will lead the company’s identity theft protection services, further developing LifeLock’s core product suite by leveraging the company’s data network and innovating new products across devices. He joins other recent additions to LifeLock’s leadership team, including Schwark Satyavolu, executive vice president of product and technology, and Ty Shay, chief marketing officer.

“Identity fraud is a rapidly evolving issue for consumers, affecting millions of people every year,” said Satyavolu. “Our goal is to make identity protection easier for consumers.”

Previously, Levinson led consumer-facing products at White Sky, a mobile security and commerce application company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his time at White Sky, Levinson led a product team that provided identity solutions with security and commerce capabilities for partners. Prior to that, Levinson led product management for global search user experience at Yahoo!, Inc., where he introduced a cross-platform re-design for a global consumer audience.

A recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research found that fraudsters stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers last year. With a new identity fraud victim every two seconds, identity theft is a problem for many consumers.

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LifeLock gives back to its local communities

LifeLock, Inc. launched its inaugural day of volunteerism, where, as part of their regular work schedule, employees leave their desks, roll up their sleeves and give back to local communities in a day of service. All of LifeLock’s 675+ employees are invited to join the event, called “Do-Gooder Day,” across office locations in Tempe, San Diego and Mountain View, Calif.

“We’re proud to be putting our values into action during this day of service on the tenth anniversary of our company. It’s one of the many ways we’re invested in our local communities and contributing our expertise where there is a need for a helping hand,” said Todd Davis, chief executive officer of LifeLock.

The company’s social responsibility mission is to help keep families safer in an always-connected world. In addition to providing services that help members gain some peace of mind, LifeLock is also focused on volunteerism and giving back to communities in ways that further its mission. With the first Do-Gooder Day, LifeLock is making tangible strides in key areas of focus, including providing education to help protect against identity broadly in local communities.

Highlights of the day include:

Sojourner Center: The Tempe based Center is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States and is committed to transforming lives. Employees will sweep, mop, dust and organize the Donation Center and Education Center. They’ll also maintain vacant apartments.

Second Harvest Food Bank: With its Cypress Center in San Jose, Second Harvest is a trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger, providing food to nearly a quarter million people ever month. Volunteers will sort food at the food bank’s warehouse.

Boys and Girls Club San Diego: The San Diego chapter of the Boys & Girls Club provides children’s programs that drive academic success, character development and healthy lifestyle programs. Volunteers will be assisting staff, helping out with transportation and cleaning facilities.

“Volunteerism and giving back has been an integral part of our company from its inception. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a decade of being in business than dedicating a day of service to our nonprofit partners that give so much to the community,” said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock.

As part of the company’s commitment to help fight identity theft, LifeLock trains law enforcement, victim advocates and collaborates with a variety of non-profit organizations to help consumers establish positive habits to combat identity threats. For example, LifeLock partnered with the nonprofit FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) to provide free training to law enforcement throughout the United States and has reached more than 11,000 law enforcement officers, representing more than 4,000 agencies in all 50 states. LifeLock also partnered with the nonprofit National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) to provide training to victim advocates throughout the United States. LifeLock’s partnerships with non-profit organizations focus on parents of pre-teen children, foster children, and victims of domestic violence, who may be at higher risk of identity fraud. Since 2014, LifeLock has partnered with the National Parent Teacher Association to teach good digital citizenship and online safety habits for children.

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Growing tech firms reflect emerging Arizona business sector

Don Hawley is the quintessential product of Silicon Valley. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, became a serial entrepreneur and founded and developed many successful technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

So why is he doing business in Arizona?

“Arizona is infinitely more business friendly,” said the founder, chairman and CEO of Scottsdale-based Innovative Green Technologies, which creates environmentally friendly products that reduce emissions and save users money. “Favorable tax rates make it less costly to do business in Arizona compared with California, which is attractive to newer companies that have to watch their pennies. Arizona is also blessed with Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, which supply a constant stream of high-quality young talent, which is a great resource.”

Hawley isn’t alone. The recently expansions of Zenefits and Weebly into the Valley and the emergence of Valley-based WebPT and Infusionsoft as technology powerhouses reflect an exploding techn industry in Phoenix that is transforming the state’s economy.

“The technology ecosystem in Arizona has never been more robust and these recent business attractions are going to become more commonplace,” says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “One of the vital attractions for startups in the Silicon Desert as compared with Silicon Valley is the drastically lower cost of living, especially in the area of housing. The word is getting out about Arizona.”

Valley economic developers are doing more than using lower tax rates and promises of sunshine to convince tech companies to relocate here, the state is building its home-grown success stories. A great example is WebPT, which launched its cloud-based physical therapy software in 2008 and has evolved from startup into one the fastest-growing software company in Arizona, creating more than 200 jobs in Phoenix.

“There are great incentive programs available to businesses looking to grow,” says Brad Jannenga, co-founder, chairman, president and chief technology officer at WebPT. “The Angel Tax Credit program offered by the state is a great opportunity for investors to have peace of mind when backing startups and knowing they can take a tax break when doing so. This was a major win for us when we went out for our Series A round back in 2010. Investors were lining up around the block partly because of the early stage success we had, but also largely because of the Angel Tax Credit.”

It’s the success of emerging companies like WebPT that are driving the robust growth of Arizona’s technology sector, says Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).

“What we’ve done on the policy side was working with the legislature and governor so they understand that even though the headlines belong to Apple and Intel and companies like that, it’s the hundreds if not thousands of small and medium technologically based enterprises that have the chance to be the next GoDaddy,” Broome says. “Maybe you get lucky and you get a Google or a Microsoft or maybe an Infusionsoft becomes a Microsoft. Having the ability to get those small companies to go to scale and having the economic development programs and policies in place to help them are where we’ve been most helpful.”

Jannenga credits organizations like GPEC for helping the technology sector grow by tirelessly looking at new ways to diversify the economy and working closely with Arizona’s universities to produce the next wave of talent needed to feed the workforce demands of the technology industry.

But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton put it simply: “WebPT is a game-changer, not only in terms of showing the growth in the tech sector in Phoenix, but growth in the warehouse district in downtown Phoenix.”

Experts say Arizona has actually done a number of things well to build a business environment that fosters innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

“The state has emphasized economic development through support of key economic development groups like the Arizona Commerce Authority and GPEC,” says Jacque Westling, partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix. “(Arizona) has created and maintained some key tax incentives, such as the Refundable Research and Development Credit and the Angel Investment Tax Credit Program, promoted tech transfer from the universities and supported emerging areas of strength such as biotechnology, data centers, energy and other areas.”

Zylstra says having facilities with ready-to-go infrastructure in desirable hot spots such as downtown Phoenix and downtown Scottsdale has been a major part in attracting technology companies to the Valley.
“Knowledge workers like the type of amenities available in these locations,” he says. “When you add Arizona’s ample workforce, low taxes and low cost of doing business, the foundation is very strong.”

Jannenga says the state’s deep awareness of the emerging technology sector and what it means to our state’s economic future has been helpful to WebPT and other early stage companies.

“I think when people began to recognize that we couldn’t rely on the traditional engines that had previously fueled our growth — tourism and migration from colder climates chief among them — to provide the type of jobs we need, it caused a basic shift in how progressive leaders thought about the future,” says Don Pierson, CEO of SpotlightSales, which has developed a sales performance optimization tool.

With the foundation for building a successful technology sector in place, Pierson says he has seen tremendous growth in the software industry and expects that growth to continue.

“I think biofuels are really interesting,” he says, “and I’m always amazed by what comes out of the biotech area.”

Greg Head, chief marketing officer at Infusionsoft, agrees with Pierson that Arizona quickly becoming a center for software businesses.

“Right now, there are thousands of entrepreneurs incubating new innovations, hundreds of software business growing and employing more people and several bigger software companies like GoDaddy, LifeLock, Infusionsoft and WebPT that are growing fast,” Head says. “The Arizona software community is growing up quickly.”

Experts agree that diversifying Arizona’s tech sectors will continue to power its growth. Zylstra expects aerospace and defense and semiconductor and electronics to continue to be strong, “but IT, especially software and data centers, healthcare, bioscience and alternative energy will help lead us into the future,” he says.

“We need to have all tech industries thriving in Arizona,” says Mike Auger, CEO and founder of PikFly, a technology-driven same day delivery network for local businesses. “A focus in one area puts us into a corner. Semiconductors have been great for our state, but that is really what we are known for — we need to be known for all types of tech.”

While Arizona’s growth in the technology arena is impressive, the state must tackle one major issue to maintain that positive trajectory.

“I spend more of my time as mayor in economic development recruiting and retention than I do anything else,” Stanton says. “The reality is this: the companies are concerned about workforce development. Do we have the pipeline of employees that they are going to need as their companies grow?”

Jannenga agrees that Arizona needs to invest heavily into all levels of our education system and diversify our skilled workforce.

“The places where we’re falling short is we’re not delivering the engineering talent necessary for the tech sector to really take off,” Broome says. “We need to make a big move on the production of engineers and make a big move on the production of information communication technology people.”
Broome says that big move can come from anywhere from community colleges to higher education to unique specialty certification programs that are putting students through six-month boot camps and producing a qualified workforce. He cites the Maricopa Corporate College as a unique training program that is developing and delivering customized workforces.

“You’re going to see continued movement in creating new educational options and a huge infusion of these intermediate training strategies to build the technology sector,” Broome says.

Creating a viable workforce to feed the needs is of the technology industry is a must to maintain the state’s robust growth and quality of life, experts say.

“We either grow the tech sector of the economy or we will fail,” Broome says. “That’s how important it is. It’s where the wages are. It’s where the high-end people are. It’s the part of the economy that is most sustainable. If you’re not building a tech sector, you’re relying on your current industries to remain relevant and we know from history that just doesn’t happen.”

Broome says the Valley has learned from companies like Motorola and General Motors than mature companies in mature industries contract and fade away, so it forces the business community to continually recycle its economic strategy around new industries.

“From my perspective, you’re looking at a make-it-or-break-it situation,” Broome says. “The reason the economy is so sluggish is because it’s waiting for consumption. It’s waiting for government spending and it’s waiting for retail spending and it’s waiting for construction and home buying. When your economy can only recover on that basis, you’re going to continue to have ebbs and flows and dips and falls. Even a place like San Francisco, which has a very difficult business climate because it’s expensive to the point of being unimaginable, its net year-to-year economic growth is much more robust than Phoenix and the rest of the country because its economy is built around talent, innovation and the high-tech sector. If we do a good job and build that out better, there’s no reason why Phoenix can’t be the most exciting community in the United States.”

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Now is the time to invest in Arizona

It used to be when I traveled to different business meetings across the country, people would ask me about Arizona’s politics. While we still have reputation issues to repair, the questions I’ve been getting recently are more focused on the buzz they’re hearing about our growing technology sector.

There’s good reason Arizona is getting noticed for its growth. Over the last five years, Arizona has developed one of the most robust technology entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country. The state is home to five of Deloitte’s 2013 “Technology Fast 500” firms, specifically First Solar, LifeLock, Telesphere, Inilex and GPS Insight. Other startups that have been home grown in Arizona into industry leaders include Axosoft, GoDaddy, iCrossing, Infusionsoft, Insight Enterprises, LimeLight Networks and WebPT.

We were able to accomplish our strong entrepreneurial spirit in part by drawing the attention of the media and the state’s policy makers to the need to diversify our economy away from construction and climate into a knowledge-based economy with higher paying jobs. Our efforts resulted in a tax credit for qualified research and development that is the best in the nation and a successful angel investment tax credit.

A lot of other resources have been invested. Over a dozen business incubators and accelerators call Arizona home, providing resources to support technology entrepreneurs. In addition to graduating a vibrant workforce to fuel quality jobs, Arizona’s world-renowned universities and community colleges are also heavily engaged.

Arizona State University (ASU) runs the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and the ASU SkySong Innovation Center was recently awarded one of the best organizations of its kind in the country. University of Arizona (UA) is helping create the technology of tomorrow in its Bridges/UA Bio Park and UA Tech Park that includes a Solar Zone. UA also participates in Startup Tucson – an organization dedicated to growing a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurship through educational events. Northern Arizona University fosters business growth through it Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and benefits from its affiliation with NASA. All of that bodes well for Arizona’s innovation economy.

Other efforts are focused solely on exciting people about technology and science. We just celebrated the third annual statewide Arizona SciTech Festival with over 300K people attending more than 500 events this year.

And although we have a long way to go, there’s a growing pool of capital. We’re home to two of the largest and top rated angel investor networks in the U.S. ─ ATIF and Desert Angels. The Arizona Commence Authority has created the Arizona Innovation Challenge that awards the most money in the country to the most promising entrepreneurs meeting technology challenges. Grayhawk Capital just raised $70 million in funds for early and growth stage technology investments. And Tallwave Capital recently announced it has deployed $500,000 in capital in early-stage ventures.

The 2010 census reports Arizona’s population at 6.4 million, with a median age of 35.9 years. The predicted growth rates for Arizona by the federal and state government expect that between 1.5 million and 3 million people will move to Arizona by the year 2020. That type of robust regional population growth combined with an improved U.S. economy translates into high potential for investors.

It’s true we enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine each year. But we offer a lot more than golf and spas. Venture capital sitting on the sidelines should put money into promising Arizona high tech firms and startup ventures.

Now is the time to invest in Arizona.

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FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards

Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event.

Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson, executive vice president of finance and CFO, Amtech Systems, Inc.; Dan Behrendt, CFO, TASER International; Jerome Bruggeman, CFO, RMJ Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Christina Cancino, senior vice president and CFO, Arizona’s Children Association; Sandy Catour, CFO, Sitewire; Ed Czemerych, CFO, Liberty Iron and Metal Holdings, LLC; Ward Huseth, CFO, Great Hearts Academies; Joseph Ivenz, CFO, Marcolin USA; Renee Krug, executive vice president and CFO, Clear Channel Outdoor; Thomas C. Lavoy, CFO, Veolia Transportation on Demand;  Shaun McMeans, vice president of administration and CFO, HTG Molecular Diagnostics; David Miller, CFO, Jokake Construction Services, Inc.; Doug Noblitt, executive vice president, finance and accounting, Tallwave; Chris Power, CFO, LifeLock, Inc.; Carlos L. Rojas, CFO, Heard Museum; Ashley Sanders, vice president of finance, Angel MedFlight; Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO, LaneTerralever; Debra Thompson, vice chancellor for business services, Maricopa Community Colleges; Christopher L. Turner, director of finance, GlobalMed; Dennis M. Via, CFO, NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc.; and Shane Wells, Arizona-Nevada market CFO, IASIS Healthcare.

The four winners honored were:

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Thomas B. Fischer, CFO and vice president of finance, OnTrac

Since taking the role in 2000, Fischer has navigated business reorganizations, led the implementation of optimized business practices and collaborated toward the successful launches in five new states, helping to diversify the company’s services and increase customer value. His responsibilities include daily operations of financial and fiscal management.

Impact on OnTrac: In 2013, Fischer coordinated $40 million in new borrowings, which facilitated the buyback of employee stock option plans and the implementation of material handling, as well as allowing for the working capital for increase of business.  More than $20 million has been invested into equipment that will help OnTrac increase its package delivery from 50,000 packages a day to more than 300,000 packages a day. This type of automation significantly reduces the cost of delivery to the company.

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Tom Harris, executive vice president and CFO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Harris oversees all financial operations, risk management, administration, stadium operations and ownership relations. His tenure in this organization and in the industry make him an integral officer in assisting the president and CEO and other executives in guiding the organization to success. His knowledge of the inner workings of local government is essential in the day-to-day affairs of stadium related matters.

Impact on Diamondbacks: Harris spearheaded a 2011 debt refinancing, bond tender offer and line of credit with JP Morgan that reduced long-term debt by $1 million and provides for reduced interest expense and improved cash flow going forward. In 2011, he also spearheaded a modification of the team’s concessions agreement that has significantly improved its concessions revenue share.

CFO of the Year, Public Company

Amin Maredia, CFO, Sprouts Farmers Market

In less than two years, Maredia has established a public company finance function while completing a major strategic acquisition, more than $700 million debt refinancing, and leading Sprouts’ initial public offering efforts. In addition, he designed Sprouts’ finance infrastructure, including implementation of analytical tools, which provide the ability to monitor current and accurately forecast future performance. Maredia has also used his vast retail experience to help Sprouts execute its new store selection process and strengthen its position in the market.

Impact on Sprouts: Maredia has been instrumental in establishing the company’s internal control systems. He is a tireless advocate for transparency in not only financial reporting, but all areas of the operations. He has taken a lead role in developing a delegation of authority policy and code of conduct applicable to all company team members.

CFO of the Year, Nonprofit

Tanya Muñiz, CFO, Valley of the Sun United Way

Muñiz administers all financial operations and analysis. Under her leadership, the annual budget has grown from $50 million to $114 million in five years. United Way has very complex financials and undergoes six audits annually, with consistently excellent results and zero findings. Muñiz oversees a department of 20 employees who have flourished under her leadership. She led the development of organizational scorecards for measuring and managing performance. Customer satisfaction with accounting has increased by 25 percent since she became CFO.

Impact on United Way: Muñiz built a 10-year economic model that enables the organization to better plan its work and serves as a foundation for its strategic plans. The model enables Valley of the Sun United Way to see the effects of multi-year grants and major gifts, as well as recognizing that many expenses are long-term investments requiring up-front financing.

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LifeLock Presents Free Identity Theft Summit

LifeLock, Inc., an industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) will provide a free, one-day identity theft summit for local law enforcement officials in Virginia. The award-winning educational summit will be hosted by the Piedmont Regional Crime Prevention Association on January 23.

“LifeLock’s longstanding partnership with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association provides attendees an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the crime. These summits demonstrate the scope of the crime and provide law enforcement with proven investigative techniques,” said Todd Davis, LifeLock Chairman and CEO.

Attendees of the summit will be presented with in-depth instruction on the technological resources available to assist in identity theft investigations, as well as hands-on learning with tools used by today’s identity thieves, including the use and demonstration of trending technologies and tampering devices.

“Identity theft can often be thought of as a credit card compromise. However, the actual scale of this crime is much larger than that. Criminals can use personal information to commit medical identity theft, IRS tax fraud, employment fraud, criminal identity theft and much more,” said Davis.

The summit is open to chiefs, sheriffs, investigative supervisors, fraud unit investigators, patrol officers and community policing personnel. The training features keynote speaker, Justin Feffer, a 24-year law enforcement veteran.

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YWCA Hosts 2013 Tribute To Leadership Gala

YWCA Maricopa County will Host its 20th annual Tribute To Leadership Gala on February 23, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix at 6:00pm. Guests will be provided an elegant setting to dine and dance to the wonderful Upper East Side Big Band.

Tribute To Leadership, our largest event of the year, will honor those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination, empowering women, and serving as champions to our community. The gala provides funding to support YWCA programs throughout the year; including financial education, advocacy and awareness programs, and essential services for seniors. Please join us on February 23rd to celebrate these amazing honorees. For more information, visit www.ywcaaz.org or call 602-258-0990.

2013 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Jaye Perricone, PetSmart, Advocacy Leader

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Greenberg Traurig, Community Service Corporate Leader

Andy Kramer, Banner Health Foundation, Community Service Nonprofit Leader

Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre, Creative Arts Leader

Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation, Education Leader

Dean Victor Coonrod, MD-MPH, Maricopa Medical Center, Health & Science Leader

Patricia Little-Upah, retired, US Army Reserve, Military or Armed Service Leader

Angela Hughey, ONE Community Media, Public Service Leader

Karen Churchard, Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, Centennial Leader

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, Sports Leader

Julie Sullivan, International Foundation for Education & Self-Help, Racial Justice Leader

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LifeLock Unveils New Facebook App: ‘LifeLock for Life’

LifeLock Unveils New Facebook App: ‘LifeLock for Life’

LifeLock, Inc., an industry leader in proactive identity theft protection has launched ‘LifeLock for Life’, a Facebook application enabling fans to explore different life stages and events to test their security knowledge. Upon answering correctly, users can enter for a chance to win prizes. The foundation of the game educates consumers about the threats looming from infancy, adolescence and adulthood.

“Here at LifeLock, we are always working to educate consumers and advocate for their rights,” said Marvin Davis, Chief Marketing Officer for LifeLock. “LifeLock for Life is an educational and entertaining tool that allows us to reach a wide range of consumers and share information that could potentially benefit them. In addition to the education opportunity, there’s also a chance to win some great prizes, from gift cards to travel vouchers.”

According to the 2012 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy and Research, overall identity theft rates were constant among all age ranges; however the type of fraud did vary between age groups. Being aware of the risks is the first step in combating the rising crime. ‘LifeLock for Life’ will demonstrate how consumers can best protect themselves and their families at every life stage.

The LifeLock Facebook page also provides consumers an opportunity to defend themselves with knowledge. Followers can find the latest identity theft stories and news of what advocates like LifeLock, law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims of identity theft. Fans are alerted about breaking news of identity theft reports, the latest data breaches including tips and advice on how to stay protected and can even submit a request for an identity theft expert to present at their next group meeting.

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/LifeLock.

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LifeLock falls in 1st day of trading on NYSE

Shares of LifeLock fell more than 3 percent in its first day of trading as the online provider of identity theft protection services priced its initial public offering below the anticipated range.

The Tempe company dropped 30 cents, or 3.2 percent, to $8.70 in morning trading on Wednesday. The shares opened at $8.38, down 7 percent from the $9 per share that the initial public offering was priced at. The broader markets were mostly higher.

LifeLock disclosed in a September regulatory filing that it expected the offering of 15.7 million shares to price between $9.50 and $11.50 each.

The offering raised $141.3 million.

LifeLock is offering 15.5 million shares in the IPO, while certain selling stockholders are offering 200,000 shares. LifeLock won’t receive any proceeds from the shares sold by selling stockholders.

The underwriters have a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 2.4 million shares from LifeLock.

LifeLock said in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it planned to use its net proceeds to pay back an outstanding balance for a term loan related to its acquisition of ID Analytics. The company also said it would use part of the proceeds to pay the amounts due to some preferred shareholders and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

LifeLock Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “LOCK” ticker symbol.

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Off Madison Ave, SpinSix merge

Off Madison Ave, a Phoenix-based integrated marketing communications firm, and SpinSix, one of Arizona’s leading creative marketing firms announced they have merged. Total capitalized billings of the company will be in excess of $50 million annually, supported by more than 50 staff members, making Off Madison Ave + SpinSix a drivingforce of integrated marketing in the West.

Off Madison Ave and SpinSix have worked collaboratively in the past, delivering innovative solutions for shared clients. With similar cultures and visions, each Arizona advertising agency was looking to expand offerings and was focused on aggressive growth – making this an ideal merger.

Notable details of the Off Madison Ave + SpinSix merger include:

· Agency offerings fall into complementary areas of marketing, giving the combined company and its clients a full spectrum of services andin-depth expertise.

· Given different marketing focus areas of Off Madison Ave and SpinSix, all staff will be retained.

· There are no account conflicts, allowing the service of existing clients including Arizona Office of Tourism, CVS Caremark, FileMaker, LifeLock, Nike, Spenco Medical and more.

·    The new company name will be Off Madison Ave + SpinSix. Over time, the company plans to evaluate the benefits of a combined name.

For all of its 14 years in business, Off Madison Ave has been profitable and has seen double-digit revenue growth during many years. SpinSix puts up equally impressive numbers, with 17 profitable years – every year of its operation. Both companies have evolved and have innovated to remain at the forefront of digital marketing’s best practices, paying particular attention to developing proprietary tools and technologies to plan, monitor and measure client outcomes.

Scottsdale-based CKS Advisors, LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Off Madison Ave and SpinSix in the transaction. The closing of the transaction builds on CKS’s reputation of working with leading advertising and digital marketing firms.

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ASBA Celebrates Entrepreneurs

The Arizona Small Business Association ( ASBA ) and the U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA ) will kick-off national Small Business Month in May by announcing Arizona’s small business award winners at the 19th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 1. The luncheon will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and, notably, LifeLock Chief Executive Officer Todd Davis will provide the keynote address on how a gutsy, spur of the moment marketing decision turned the Arizona-based startup into a two million plus customer phenomenon.

“It’s an honor for the Arizona Small Business Association to recognize these exceptional Arizona businesses,” says Rick Murray, chief executive officer of ASBA. “They represent the very best in innovation, business and entrepreneurial spirit that Arizona has to offer, and exemplify the great business leadership that is contributing to our state’s strengthening economy and excellence.”

“Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona. “These men and women are the risk takers, the innovators and the employers that power our economy and daily serve our communities in business and as local leaders.”

Recipients of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards represent small business achievements across the state.

Small Business Person of the Year: Zeferino Banda, owner of Banda Group International (BGI) of Chandler

• Small Business Exporter of the Year: Dr. Manuel Padilla, President of Geotechnical Consulting and Testing Systems (GCTS) of Tempe

• Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: AGM Container Controls of Tucson

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Virgilia Kaur Singh, CEO of MIB Consultants of Scottsdale

• Minority and Small Business Champion of the Year: Lea Marquez Peterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber

• Women in Business Champion of the Year: Janet Marcotte, Executive Director of the YWCA in Tucson

• Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Tom Shambo of the Microbusiness Advancement Center’s Small Business Development Center of Tucson

• Financial Services Champion of the Year: Karen Goettl, Vice President and Regional Loan Operations Manager of Western Alliance Bank of Phoenix

The “Small Business Person of the Year” award recipient, Zeferino Banda, will represent the State of Arizona during national Small Business Week in Washington D.C. May 20-26.

At the awards luncheon, ASBA will also reveal the winner of its “amAZing Small Business Video Contest.” The contest began accepting video submissions in March which answered the question, “My small business is amAZing™ because…” The contest is open to all Arizona small businesses through Friday, April 20. Contest submission details can be found at www.asba.com/amazingbusiness. The event will also feature a video booth where attendees can stop by and tape a video about their business on site.  Each attendee will receive a copy of their video after the event to use however they would like.

Join the celebration honoring these small business leaders on May 1st at 11am-1:30pm at the Arizona Biltmore Resort (2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ). To register, visit www.asba.com/enterprise or call 602-306-4000.

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The New York Giants: The Giant's History

Credited with introducing the city of New York to football, the New York Giants have a history that is nearly as big as the team’s name.

Wellington Mara, at only the age of 14, along with his 21-year old brother Jack, took ownership of the five-year-old team in 1930 only to become the world’s youngest football team owner. Their father Tim Mara was the first owner who bought the team for a reported $500.

One of the first notable games, dubbed the “Sneakers Game,” was in 1934 where the Giants beat the Chicago Bears 30-13. The game was played in nine-degree weather, and the players were given basketball shoes to increase traction on the icy field.

Six years later, World War II comes and brings along with it many challenges for most National Football League teams. Losing many players to military service, many teams had to take desperate measures to keep the sport alive, including merging two different teams into one. The Giants, however — as their name implies — were bigger than these challenges and managed to not only survive through the War years, but also make it to three NFL championship games.

The next decade, the 1950’s, looked even more promising for the Giants as they recruited Tom Landry, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff and a few other players who would redefine the team, the NFL and football at large. Coached by Hall of Famers, these and other players also landed Hall of Fame recognition for their performance for the Giants.

Gifford, who played for the team from 1952 to 1964, holds the Giants team record of 788 touchdowns. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL four times. In 1953 and for the first (and only) time in the NFL, he was named to the Pro Bowl as both a defensive back and an offensive back in the following year. During his career, the Giants caught up to the NFL Championship five times and won the world championship in 1956.

The team lost many of their key players in the 1960’s, a decade that marked a turning point for the Giants. A series of repeated injuries and retirements left the team weary and uncertain through the decade and well into the 1970’s. During the ’70s, the Giants finished in last place or next-to-last eight times. This long history of losing, however, ended in 1986 with the team’s first appearance on the Super Bowl since 1956.

Four years later, the dramatic 20-19 score won the Giants their second Super Bowl over the Buffalo Bills, and three years later, in 1993, the team now had a co-owner, after 60 years of sole ownership by the Mara Family. The co-owner, Preston Robert Tisch, was a native of New York City and a lifelong fan.

Dan Reeves, hired in 1993 as head coach, brought back the Giants to the Super Bowl. The 1990’s started the team’s yet existing success with the NFL’s most promising coaches, like Jim Fassel, and the Pro Bowl players, like Eli Manning.

The Giants continue to keep Americans on their toes with their more recent Super Bowl Victory last weekend. The team scored 9 points in the first quarter, none in the second and 6 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, leaving them only four points ahead of the defeated New England Patriots.

To see who the Giants will be playing against and where, see the Spring Training Schedule. 

2012 ACC Awards Reception

Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards Reception (PHOTOS)

Nearly 300 in-house counsel attorneys and professionals congregated at The Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix on January 12, 2012 for the first annual 2012 Arizona Corporate Counsel.

Attendees from ON-Semiconductor, Grant Thornton, Ogletree Deakins, LifeLock, Barrett-Jackson and many more notable law firms and businesses shared a wonderful evening with AZ Business Magazine and AZ Big Media, where we recognized and celebrated the winners in each category for extraordinary legal skill and achievement across a full range of in-house responsibility, exemplary leadership and their contributions to the Arizona community at large.

We hope everyone enjoyed your evening, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Thank you to our sponsors and presenters,
and congratulations ACC Award winners!


Photos from the 2012 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards reception:

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Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards 2012 Winners

In-House Counsel of the Year in the Government/Public Sector:
Jane Alfano, Senior Executive for SRP Agricultural Improvement and Power District

In-House Counsel of the Year – Nonprofit:
Cindy Sehr, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert

In-House Counsel at a Small Private Company:
Virginia Llewellyn, Barrett- Jackson

In-House Counsel for a Large Private Company:
Christopher Kevane, Rural/Metro Corporation

In-House Counsel of the Year for a Small Public Company:
David Glynn, OneNeck IT

In-House Counsel of the Year for a Large Public Company:
Mark Rogers, American Corporate Counsel – Arizona Chapter Arizona

Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year:
Clarissa Cerda, LifeLock

Litigator of the Year:
Mark Larson, Honeywell

Up-and-Comer of the Year:
Lukas Grabiec, Intel

In-House Law Department of the Year:
ON-Semiconductor

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Best of the Best Awards 2011: Advertising, Marketing & Media

Winner: KPNX-TV, Channel 12

KPNX, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 12 News is Arizona’s leading source for local news on television, online with top-viewed website azcentral.com, and on-the-go with text and video available on mobile devices. With the combined resources of NBC News, The Arizona Republic and USA Today, 12 News is consistently the first choice for information whenever a major story breaks. 12 News is one of the top-performing NBC affiliates in the country, with ratings that frequently exceed the network’s national average. With a long history as the leader in innovation, 12 News was the first to deliver a local newscast in high-definition. Whenever and wherever consumers want quality news and information, 12 News is positioned to meet their needs.

Year Est: 1953
Weekly Audience: 1.1M
Principal(s): John Misner

12 News Logo,  AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 200 E. Van Buren Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1212
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Finalist: News Talk 92.3 KTAR

KTAR, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 What started as one radio station 88 years ago has now evolved into one of the state’s leading media companies, delivering content to not only radios, but also cell phones and Internet browsers. KTAR’s news team is one of the largest in the state and is the winner of the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for journalistic excellence. In the world of sports, KTAR is the play-by-play home of the state’s most popular teams. And, when it comes to on-air personalities, KTAR is the place to interact with the biggest names in news and sports talk. Also, its commitment to the community has generated more than $3 million in listener donations to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.
Year Est: 1922
AZ STAFF: 100
Principal(s): Scott Sutherland
KTAR News Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 7740 N. 16th St., #200
Phoenix, AZ 85020
602-274-6200
www.ktar.com



Finalist: The Lavidge Company

Lavidge Company, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 Lavidge Interactive’s roster of clients includes Massage Envy, LifeLock and Phoenix International Raceway, just to name a few. This specialized division is made up of creative strategists, marketers, software engineers and developers. Together, they work to create websites, online marketing campaigns, mobile apps, digital assets, social media strategies and more — transforming businesses that merely exist on the Web to Digital Magnets that profit on it. Also known as Internet Marketing Agency, Lavidge Interactive is a division of The Lavidge Company, an independently owned full-service advertising, interactive and public relations agency serving local, regional and national clients since 1982.
Year Est: 2006
AZ STAFF: 18
Principal(s): Bill Lavidge
Lavidge Company Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 2777 E. Camelback Rd., #300
Phoenix, AZ 85016
480-998-2600
www.lavidge.com


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2010 Most Admired Companies Winners – Social Responsibility

The Social Responsibility category recognizes companies that excel in corporate giving, volunteerism, philanthropic efforts, and/or “green” initiatives.

Winner: St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Phoenix
Year Est.:
1895
No. of Employees in AZ: 5,342
Recent Award: Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 Hospitals in the nations for neurology and neurosurgery – 2010-2011
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St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center participates in outreach programs that touch local and global communities. By donating medical equipment that can no longer be used at the hospital to Project C.U.R.E., St. Joseph’s helps citizens in more than 120 countries. This program also is one of the many ways St. Joseph’s is a good steward of the global environment. Also, the hospital’s Commuter Options program offers incentives to employees who carpool, bike, walk or use the bus or light rail to get to work. Several recycling programs are in place at St. Joseph’s, and eco-friendly materials, such as automatic faucets and low-impact lighting, are used in the hospital.

St. Joseph’s provides care to the un- and underinsured in Maricopa County through several programs. The hospital helps uninsured patients by running a clinic for students at Crockett Elementary School, and the MOMobile gives prenatal care to uninsured pregnant women. Physicians at St. Joseph’s support a clinic at St. Vincent de Paul that provides medical services to underinsured patients.

In addition, each year St. Joseph’s employees contribute about 25,000 cans of food to the St. Vincent de Paul holiday food drive. About 450 employees participated in the 2010 American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk and raised more than $40,000. St. Joseph’s also hosts seven blood drives annually, and each year these drives maintain or surpass the gold standard goal set by United Blood Services. These programs are only a few examples of the approximately 100 community partners St. Joseph’s works with to bring care to Arizonans in need.


Wist Owners

Finalist: Wist Office Products
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Tempe
Year Est.:
1955
No. of Employees in AZ:
60
Recent Award:
Ranking Arizona’s Best of the Best award – 2010
www.wist.com

Wist Office Products is committed to giving back to the community and the environment. The company has converted more than 70 percent of its customers to using e-bills in order to reduce paper usage. Wist’s truck fleet has been upgraded to a higher emission standard, and a carpooling and ride-sharing program is available for employees to take advantage of. Wist is committed to sustainability not just within the company. It also created the Blue Bin Recycling Program so customers can recycle toners free of charge.

The company also has several structured programs that encourage employees to give back to the community. Ian Wist, the general manager of the company, started Phoenix Forty, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Phoenix youth. In addition to Phoenix Forty, the company has provided the Phoenix Boys & Girls Clubs with backpacks and office and school supplies for members. Also, Wist and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits have a three-year partnership through which Wist gives local nonprofit organizations rebates on Wist’s products.


Lifelock

Finalist: LifeLock
Category:
Social Responsibility
Headquarters:
Tempe
Year Est.:
2005
No. of Employees in AZ:
479
Recent Award:
Arizona Business Leadership Association’s ABL Leadership Award  – 2009
www.lifelock.com
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LifeLock’s companywide belief, “Do what you should, not what you can,” has led the company to create several programs designed to support and educate the community. Every LifeLock employee receives 24 hours of paid volunteer time off. LifeLock strives to provide volunteer opportunities in a variety of activities in order to include all employees’ interests. In 2010, LifeLock aligned with Junior Achievement and HomeBase Youth Services, both designed to help local youth.

LifeLock also donates time and effort to educating law enforcement officials on new ways to protect citizens against identity theft. In 2009, the company partnered with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association to create a series of free Identity Theft Summits. The summits provided law enforcement officials with an arena to share information about preventing the growing crime of identity theft. The success of the events in 2009 led to LifeLock initiating 36 events in 2010.



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2010 Most Admired Companies Award Winners

Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ are honored to unveil the winners of our inaugural Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards.

With 43 winners, we think you’ll agree the awards selection committee has done an outstanding job in determining some of the most admired companies in our state.  Our primary goal in developing this program was to find those organizations that excel in four key areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, social responsibility and customer opinion.  This list features the most prestigious companies in our state, providing us the opportunity to learn from the best.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 69
Recent Award: AIA Kemper Goodwin Award – 2009
WEB: www.a-p.com

AlliedBarton Security Services
Headquarters: Conshohocken, Penn.
Year Est.: 1957
No. of Employees in AZ: 1,047
Recent Award: Brandon Hall Research Award for Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management – 2009
WEB: www.alliedbarton.com
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American Express
Headquarters: New York
Year Est.: 1850
No. of Employees in AZ: 7,219
Recent Award: Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies – 2010
WEB: www.americanexpress.com
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Arizona Charter Academy
Headquarters: Surprise
Year Est.: 2001
No. of Employees in AZ: 61
Recent Award: Elks Lodge Community Partner of the Year – 2010
WEB: www.azcharteracademy.com
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Banner Health
Headquarters: Phoenix
Year Est.: 1999
No. of Employees in AZ: 27,528
Recent Award: Gallup Great Workplace Award – 2009
WEB: www.bannerhealth.com
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BeachFleischman PC
Headquarters: Tucson
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 104
Recent Award: Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For – 2009
WEB: www.beachfleischman.com

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