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Arizona repeats as No. 1 state for gun owners

For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state’s self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture.

“Arizona combines strong laws with an unmatched shooting culture and a strong industry presence,” said the magazine, which said it gave the state full points in each of the five categories in which it ranked states.

“I’m very proud of this ranking, most certainly,” said Noble C. Hathaway, president of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association. “Gun shooting is a wonderful, safe sport to be enjoyed.”

But where gun-rights advocates saw cause for celebration, others saw cause for concern, pointing to another No. 1 ranking for the state: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence finding that Arizona is the best state for criminals to get access to guns.

The gun-control group in March put Arizona at the top of its “criminals’ choice” states, which it said have weak gun laws that make it easy for criminals to get their hands on guns.

“In some areas, this ranking is not a bad thing,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said of the Guns and Ammo ranking.

“But when Guns and Ammo magazine and others do not look at the easy accessibility to weapons by people that should not have them, that’s not something we should be bragging about,” he said. “No one should be bragging about that.”

Gallego’s comments came at a Washington event last week, when he was joined by Scottsdale gun shop owner Chris Kitaeff to call on gun dealers to adopt the Brady Campaign’s “gun dealer code of conduct.” Kitaeff asked if being No. 1 on the Guns and Ammo ranking was a good thing.

“I roll my eyes at the Guns and Ammo ranking because some of the criteria and variables on why we’re first, like there’s no law for concealed-carry, didn’t make sense,” said Kitaeff, who owns Newport Firearms.

That was echoed by Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign.

“‘Best’ is not exactly the term I would use for states with lax gun policies like Arizona. ‘Best’ should be reserved for those states that promote responsible gun ownership and gun-sale practices,” Gross said in an emailed statement.

The Brady Campaign rankings were based on dozens of factors in several areas, including background checks, the state’s supply of guns and the amount of gun-related violence and crime in the state. States could get up to 100 points on the ranking: Arizona scored -39.

But one gun-rights activist called the Brady score “meaningless.”

“I see no statistical claim that their claim is true. It’s made up. As with most of their stuff, it’s made up,” said Charles Heller, spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League.

“Don’t penalize the law-abiding for the acts of the guilty, which is what the Brady Campaign wants to do,” Heller said.

The Guns and Ammo report ranked states in five categories, including right-to-carry laws; the ability to own military-looking weapons, or “black rifles”; and the presence of Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground laws, allowing deadly force in some self-defense situations.

Hathaway said the No. 1 ranking is good for the state’s economy as well as its gun owners.

“Personally I feel, come and out and enjoy the guns in our state – come to our events, our competitions,” he said. “Enjoy our hotels, restaurants, weather, take advantage of it all.”

Gallego, who said he is a gun owner, agrees that Arizona should encourage people to visit it for hunting, camping, shooting and fishing, but that the state can do that and still toughen its gun laws.

“There are so many loopholes that need to be closed,” he said.

Kitaeff said he has not seen a drop in business since he adopted the gun dealer code of conduct.

“The funny thing about guns sales is that it’s recession proof,” he said. “Whatever is going on, people seem to like their guns, and us implementing the Brady Campaign standards haven’t impacted our bottom line at all.”

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Wins Gold Tee Award

The AAA Four Diamond Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix has earned the 2014 Gold Tee Award from Meetings & Conventions (M&C) magazine.

One of just 65 resorts honored this year, this highly-respected award is given annually to outstanding golf/meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by the readers of M&C based on their overall excellence.

“This audience of meeting industry’s most respected critics know quality when they experience it – and made their votes count – as they chose the best venues to support their valuable golf events ,” states Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions’ Publisher. “Our entire team salutes the 65 properties worldwide that have distinguished themselves in this industry and earned the Gold Tee honor.”

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort offers a Troon® golf experience at Lookout Mountain Golf Club, and 65,0000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space including the award-winning Different Pointe of View mountaintop restaurant.

For more information on meetings and events at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, visit www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

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Tibshraeny Named Municipal Leader of the Year

American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year.

Mayor Tibshraeny will be featured in the November edition of American City & County, which has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves city, county and state officials who are charged with developing and implementing government policy, programs and projects.

“Mayor Tibshraeny proves that through foresight and endurance, America’s local leaders can help overcome their community’s problems,” said Bill Wolpin, Editor, American City & County Magazine. “His story is worth sharing in the hopes that others will become inspired.”

This honor is in large part due to Mayor Tibshraeny’s role in economic development and specifically, creating, protecting and preserving the Price Corridor.  The Price Corridor is Chandler’s major employment corridor and has been instrumental in attracting high wage technology jobs to the city.

Price Corridor is home to large corporations such as Intel, Bank of America, PayPal, Microchip Technologies, Orbital Sciences, Rogers Corporation and Wells Fargo. In the past year alone, General Motors, Infusionsoft and Nationstar opened in the Price Corridor.

“Chandler is a leader in the region in job creation and today the Price Corridor is home to an impressive roster of companies,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This success validates our efforts to protect the area from residential encroachment. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the area as Chandler is now recognized as a premier innovation and technology hub throughout the Southwest.”

In addition to his achievements with the Price Corridor, Mayor Tibshraeny is being recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments including; the Four Corner Initiative and Adaptive Reuse Program, creating a healthier community, neighborhood outreach, job creation and University partnerships and transparency through technology.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Earns Platinum Choice Award

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Smart Meetings magazine as a winner of the 2013 Platinum Choice Award. This is the sixth year that the resort has garnered this award.

The resort’s Platinum Choice Award is one of only 130 given to hotels this year. Smart Meetings’ readers selected the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch from among the thousands to be found within all 13 states of the Western U.S., Western Canada and all of Mexico.

Smart Meetings asked its readers to recognize properties that went above and beyond in exceptional service, facilities, amenities, technology and overall meeting experience to make their event a success. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa garnered votes for exceeding expectations and being outstanding in these categories within the region.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Earns Platinum Choice Award

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Smart Meetings magazine as a winner of the 2013 Platinum Choice Award. This is the sixth year that the resort has garnered this award.

The resort’s Platinum Choice Award is one of only 130 given to hotels this year. Smart Meetings’ readers selected the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch from among the thousands to be found within all 13 states of the Western U.S., Western Canada and all of Mexico.

Smart Meetings asked its readers to recognize properties that went above and beyond in exceptional service, facilities, amenities, technology and overall meeting experience to make their event a success. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa garnered votes for exceeding expectations and being outstanding in these categories within the region.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Gold Key Award

For the twenty-second year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine as one of the world’s finest meeting properties. This year, the readers honored 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts as Gold Key winners. The award recognizes the top hotels and resorts providing the finest service and quality in the meetings industry and is a destination that planners look for when considering future meeting sites.

The selected winners were evaluated for the overall staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical/support equipment and the range of recreational facilities. “Gaining the respect of M&C’s readers representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals – The 2013 Gold Key winners have met these tough standards through their dedication and by providing outstanding service,” said Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions Publisher. “The entire M&C staff commends the properties that have demonstrated the qualities and commitment to earn the Gold Key distribution.”

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience. The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests. In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests (seasonally)/groups (year round) and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

 

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Gold Key Award

For the twenty-second year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine as one of the world’s finest meeting properties. This year, the readers honored 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts as Gold Key winners. The award recognizes the top hotels and resorts providing the finest service and quality in the meetings industry and is a destination that planners look for when considering future meeting sites.

The selected winners were evaluated for the overall staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical/support equipment and the range of recreational facilities. “Gaining the respect of M&C’s readers representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals – The 2013 Gold Key winners have met these tough standards through their dedication and by providing outstanding service,” said Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions Publisher. “The entire M&C staff commends the properties that have demonstrated the qualities and commitment to earn the Gold Key distribution.”

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience. The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests. In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests (seasonally)/groups (year round) and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

 

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Gold Key Award

For the twenty-second year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine as one of the world’s finest meeting properties. This year, the readers honored 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts as Gold Key winners. The award recognizes the top hotels and resorts providing the finest service and quality in the meetings industry and is a destination that planners look for when considering future meeting sites.

The selected winners were evaluated for the overall staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical/support equipment and the range of recreational facilities. “Gaining the respect of M&C’s readers representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals – The 2013 Gold Key winners have met these tough standards through their dedication and by providing outstanding service,” said Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions Publisher. “The entire M&C staff commends the properties that have demonstrated the qualities and commitment to earn the Gold Key distribution.”

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience. The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests. In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests (seasonally)/groups (year round) and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

 

 

Clees, Joe

Clees Among ‘Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2013 list of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the fifth consecutive year that he has been selected by clients and colleagues for inclusion in the Most Powerful list.

Attorneys were named to the list based on their excellence in guiding employers through today’s ever-intensifying legal landscape. To make the list, attorneys must receive glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have benefitted from their services and would hire them again. Listed attorneys typically also must have practiced for more than 20 years and have amassed a number of accomplishments, including defending companies in headline-making cases and holding leadership positions within employment groups both in and outside of their firms.

Clees, who has practiced employment law for more than 25 years, represents employers throughout the United States. He also counsels clients on a wide array of state, federal, and tribal compliance laws. He has served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law section, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Affirmative Action Association and the Valley of the Sun Human Resource Association (VSHRA), and as employment law counsel to many industry and trade groups. Clees regularly speaks and trains on labor and employment law topics, both regionally and nationally.

Beyond the “Most Powerful Employment Attorney” award, Clees has been recognized as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2013), including several years in the Top 50 Southwest Super Lawyers, and is regularly included in Chambers USA (2005-present). He has been included in Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), and this year, was named by Best Lawyers as the Phoenix “Employment Law – Management” Lawyer of the Year. Clees has also been singled out as one of the “The Legal 500.” Locally, Arizona Business Magazine rates him as one of the “Top Attorneys of Arizona,” and the Phoenix Business Journal designates him as a “Best of the Bar.”

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Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice honored

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, with more than 50 Arizona-based attorneys, ranked among the top law firms representing investment banks and financial advisors in mergers and acquisition transactions in 2012, according to Corporate Control Alert.

Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice ranked 4th among all law firms representing investment banks and financial advisors in U.S. mergers and acquisitions, with 17 transactions in the 2012 Banker Representation listing, published by Corporate Control Alert, a journal of legal and financial deal-making trends. Firms were ranked by the total number of deals valued at $100 million or more from January 2012 to December 2012. Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice was credited with several high-profile banker representations, including Group Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. in its pending $20.1 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev and ConAgra Foods, Inc. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.

“Ranking fourth among all U.S. law firms affirms Greenberg Traurig is a leading law firm in M&A transactions for investment banking and financial advisory firms,” said Quinn Williams, a Corporate/ M&A shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office.

Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate and Securities/M&A Practice has more than 350 attorneys in more than 30 offices around the world providing counsel and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout Americas, Europe and Asia. Greenberg Traurig’s practice groups and attorneys have been recognized as No. 1 in their respective geographic regions by The National Law Journal, Chambers & Partners, Corporate Board Member magazine, Latin Lawyer magazine and numerous regional and local professional publications and rankings.

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Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice honored

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, with more than 50 Arizona-based attorneys, ranked among the top law firms representing investment banks and financial advisors in mergers and acquisition transactions in 2012, according to Corporate Control Alert.

Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice ranked 4th among all law firms representing investment banks and financial advisors in U.S. mergers and acquisitions, with 17 transactions in the 2012 Banker Representation listing, published by Corporate Control Alert, a journal of legal and financial deal-making trends. Firms were ranked by the total number of deals valued at $100 million or more from January 2012 to December 2012. Greenberg Traurig’s M&A Practice was credited with several high-profile banker representations, including Group Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. in its pending $20.1 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev and ConAgra Foods, Inc. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.

“Ranking fourth among all U.S. law firms affirms Greenberg Traurig is a leading law firm in M&A transactions for investment banking and financial advisory firms,” said Quinn Williams, a Corporate/ M&A shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office.

Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate and Securities/M&A Practice has more than 350 attorneys in more than 30 offices around the world providing counsel and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout Americas, Europe and Asia. Greenberg Traurig’s practice groups and attorneys have been recognized as No. 1 in their respective geographic regions by The National Law Journal, Chambers & Partners, Corporate Board Member magazine, Latin Lawyer magazine and numerous regional and local professional publications and rankings.

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ASU President, Carter earn Veterans awards

Arizona State University President Michael Crow will receive the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s highest award for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.

The Copper Sword award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe. This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Clinical Associate Professor and Arizona State Representative Heather Carter, R- Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state’s veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.

“It’s important to honor veterans’ service to their country with programs and services such as those we’ve instilled at ASU. We work to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have access to services that ease the transition into the civilian and academic environment,” Crow said.

ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans’ benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.

In addition, ASU was named a “Military Friendly School for 2013” by GI jobs magazine, the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor. ASU was named one of the top 30 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2010” by Military Times Edge magazine and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the Veterans Affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus. Two Veterans Affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a Vet Center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASU’s campus to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling  to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.

ASU was also chosen as a University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 that is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.

For more information on ASU’s programs and support services for veteran students, visit http://students.asu.edu/military. For information about the gala, go to www.avhof.org.

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‘Top Lawyer’ voting opens

Voting is now open for Arizona Business magazine’s “Top Lawyers List.” To vote, simply go here:

Top Lawyers

The 2013 list will run in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. You can vote for attorneys who were nominated in these categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Voting will close Dec. 14, 2012. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

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Nominations are open for 2013 Az Business’ ‘Top Lawyers List’

Each year, Az Business magazine publishes its “Top Lawyers List,” which is a guide to the best and brightest attorneys in Arizona. The 2013 list will be published in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. For the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List,” the editorial team is giving each law firm the opportunity to nominate attorneys in each of the following 15 categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Here is how it will work: You can nominate as many as two attorneys in each category. Be sure to include both the attorney’s name and the firm she/he works with. If you nominate more than two attorneys in any given category, the first two listed on your nomination form will be considered as your nominees. You can nominate attorneys in any or all of the 15 categories. Nominations must be submitted via email to Editor in Chief Michael Gossie — michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com — by close of business on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Nominations received after that date will not be considered for the 2013 list.

Once the nomination process has closed, all nominees will be placed on a ballot and voting will take place on our website — azbigmedia.com — from Dec. 1, 2012-Dec. 14, 2012. Attorneys, their peers, clients and associates will have an opportunity to vote. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

Now, it’s up to you. Who do you want to nominate?

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale named Best of the West

Readers of Meetings Focus West magazine have chosen Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa as a 2012 “Best of the West” property in the Western United States, Western Canada and Mexico.  The “Best of the West” award is based on the resort’s quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, service, food and beverage, the availability of technical equipment, amenities, activities and value.  The resort was chosen by top national meeting planners as an outstanding meeting facility for its exceptional service, comfort, charisma and ability to blend business and pleasure, ensuring guests have a unique meeting experience.  Only 50 properties in the Western region were selected for the award.

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience.  The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests.  In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests (seasonally)/groups (year round) and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Best of the West honor

Readers of Meetings Focus West magazine have chosen Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa as a 2012 “Best of the West” property in the Western United States, Western Canada and Mexico.  The “Best of the West” award is based on the resort’s quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, service, food and beverage, the availability of technical equipment, amenities, activities and value.  The resort was chosen by top national meeting planners as an outstanding meeting facility for its exceptional service, comfort, charisma and ability to blend business and pleasure, ensuring guests have a unique meeting experience.  Only 50 properties in the Western region were selected for the award.

Set amidst flowering cacti, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch combines nature, culture and the spirit of the destination with contemporary sophistication and legendary comfort to create a unique southwestern experience.  The resort offers luxurious guestrooms, suites and casitas; the unparalleled Spa Avania; Center Stage Bar; five restaurants; Canyon Market and Camp Hyatt for young resort guests.  In addition, the resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a newly transformed 2.5-acre water playground, world-class tennis, the Native American Learning Center, destination-specific “Experiential Offerings” for leisure guests and a total of 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space.