May 2009 Archives

Thunderbird School Of Global Management Continues To Deliver In-Demand Education


Managers consumed with maximizing short-term profits and the value of their stock options have destroyed billions of dollars in shareholder and taxpayer money. A culture of greed lies at the root of this economic meltdown that has seen banks collapse, markets tank and unemployment rates soar. The aftershocks of this global disaster continue to claim… Read More →

First Job – Michelle Kerrick

Michelle Kerrick

Michelle Kerrick Managing Partner Arizona Practice Deloitte, LLP Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My very first job was waiting tables at a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Flagstaff during high school. My sister and I had signed up for a ski trip to Utah, but I needed to… Read More →

CEO Series: Bob Matia

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey What impact has the current recession had on the legal profession? With the credit markets being down as much as they were this time around, the flow of corporate legal business was definitely affected more than in past recessions. A lot of people view law firms as… Read More →

J&G Steakhouse Makes The Former Mary Elaine’s Location Its Own

Prime Bone In Ribeye

Over the past two years, the dining scene at the Valley’s top resorts has undergone an extreme makeover. The most high profile of those makeovers took place at The Phoenician, where that staid first lady of dining for 20 years, Mary Elaine’s, was shuttered last year. Now occupying the spot where Mary Elaine’s once stood… Read More →

Construction Companies Can Be Exposed To Lawsuits When Assisting The Government During An Emergency

construction companies

Imagine that you own a construction company and one of your employees comes in and tells you that the two largest buildings in town have collapsed. You receive a phone call a few days later from a government official who informs you that the police and fire department need your construction company to send heavy… Read More →

Infrastructure Companies Are Big Winners Under Plan To Jumpstart Economy

Stimulus Effect

Construction companies, big and small, figure to be the primary beneficiaries of some $4.2 billion in federal stimulus money that will flow into Arizona in the months ahead. But economists and industry officials say businesses across the board will share in what could be a spending bonanza. Clearly not everyone is in construction. Yet, as… Read More →

Changing Investment Management Firms Can Be Costly

Investing man

Patience, it turns out, can be indeed a virtue — especially for retirement plan sponsors. Sunil Wahal, professor of finance at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and his co-authors compiled a database of hiring and firing decisions made by more than 3,700 plan sponsors between 1994 and 2003. The… Read More →

A Voyage Of Discovery In Phoenix


Facing a down economy, shrinking budgets and significant pressures to outperform the year’s commitments, how do you find time for sustainability? Let’s face it, if there is no payback within the current year, it’s unlikely you can get capital or modify your operating budget to make any kind of significant difference toward a green program,… Read More →

Travel Company Sells Self-Guided Cycling And Hiking Tours Throughout Europe

Loren Siekman

Loren Siekman Discover France Adventures Title: Founder and general manager Est.: 1994 | If trekking through the countryside of France is your idea of a dream vacation, then Discover France Adventures is your ticket to a satisfying holiday. Discover France Adventures, based in Scottsdale, is an adventure travel company that sells self-guided cycling and… Read More →

Hidden Health Care Tax Hits Workers

Hidden Tax Revealed Chart

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) and the Arizona Chamber Foundation are joining forces to stop what we call a hidden health care tax on businesses and consumers. According to a study released by the Arizona Chamber Foundation, which is associated with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona employers and the state’s… Read More →

Nursing Shortage Still Plagues Arizona’s Health Care Industry

Nursing Shortage Still Plagues Arizona’s Health Care Industry

Arizona’s nursing shortage is a very serious problem and it is not going away any time soon. The state is going to need approximately 49,000 new registered nurses by 2017 to keep pace with population growth, RNs retiring and nurses lost to attrition, according to the Arizona RN Shortage: 2007 Results, a report published by… Read More →

Arizona’s Health Care Industry Must Adapt To New Compliance Procedures In 2009

pill to swallow

The current economic downturn and the prospect of dramatic changes to the nation’s health care system under a new administration are making 2009 one of the most challenging years ever for Arizona’s medical industry. If that weren’t enough, however, our state’s hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic and out-patient centers — and the physicians who serve them… Read More →