May 2010 Archives

IFMA Members Reach Out To The Community

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Facility managers are busy people. They’re constantly on the go. But they’re not so harried that they don’t have time to help others. IFMA’s Greater Phoenix Chapter has a history of working with charitable organizations to make life better for those in need. It also conducts projects that directly reach out to people and help… Read More →

Q&A Ted Ritter, President IFMA Greater Phoenix Chapter

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As the economy recovers, how is the International Facility Management Association helping members? We have a strong career resources committee, which is responsible for communicating employment opportunities to both facility managers and our associate vendor base. Employment opportunities that are available are posted to our local Web site, our alliance organizations’ Web sites, as well… Read More →

Tomaso’s Sibling Restaurant, Tommy V’s, Strives For An Italian Tavern Vibe

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Tomaso Maggiore has been the king of fine Italian dining in the Valley since the 1970s. Now, his Tommy V’s Osteria Pizzeria is offering a slightly more casual, but still exquisite, alternative to his signature restaurant, Tomaso’s. “… Tommy V’s felt like a neighborhood dining establishment — a place to relax in after a long,… Read More →

First Job: Mark El-Tawil, President of Arizona Market, Humana Inc.

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Mark El-Tawil President, Arizona Market, Humana Inc. Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My first job was as a pre-opening stock clerk at Kmart. It was in the small town where I grew up and went to college, and Kmart was about the only place an unskilled worker like… Read More →

Human Resources: New Program Will Reward Companies On Their Core Values

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“Successful companies work closely with their management teams and employees … ” As the economy begins to rebound, companies are looking at how they can maintain a competitive advantage. They want to make sure they can hang onto the best and brightest employees once hiring starts ramping up again. Many successful companies will rely on… Read More →

Arizona Medical Centers Provide Opportunities For Doctors To Help In The Wake Of Haiti’s Disaster

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When a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, the video images of the horrifying destruction moved millions around the world to tears. Here in the Valley, the news also moved many physicians to take action and head to Haiti. Four of those doctors making the journey were David Beyda, Grant Padley, Ara Feinstein and… Read More →

Financial Deception Can Flourish In Good Times And Bad

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It is impossible to reflect on the recent recession without thinking of the unearthing of multimillion- and billion-dollar fraud schemes. We shake our heads and ask how it happened. Was it poor investor due diligence, a lack of government oversight, unchecked lending or just greed? But when it comes to fraud, watch out, because emerging… Read More →

Massive Budget Cuts Have Arizona’s Hospitals And Health Care Industry Closing Ranks

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As bad as 2009 was, the health care industry in Arizona is still bracing for the worst. So says John R. Rivers, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA), whose organization, along with others, lobbied unsuccessfully against massive legislative reductions totaling $2.7 billion to the Arizona Health Care Cost… Read More →

AzHHA Expands Its Online Job Board To Encompass The Full Spectrum Of Health Care Jobs

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At a time when economic news is dominated by downsizing and layoffs, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) is expanding its efforts to recruit new employees for positions ranging from janitor to physician. Although the state’s unemployment rate hovers at just under 10 percent, Arizona health care facilities added 1,700 jobs in January alone.… Read More →

A New ASU Lab Asks Whether The Public Has To Give Up Its Privacy To Take Advantage Of New Technologies


Everyone recognizes that privacy is important. But if you look at several issues that have been in the press recently, it seems like we’re always being asked to trade privacy for other benefits — security, convenience or even financial benefits. Arizona State University’s new Privacy by Design Research Lab in the W. P. Carey School… Read More →

Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick, Co-owners Of EnVizon, Launched Their Company Amidst An Economic Slowdown

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Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick EnVizon Title: Co-Owners Est: 2007  | “Even though there’s that recession out there, there’s been more of an opportunity for us in Arizona. It’s a very good market to be in.” – Heidi Paley In April 2007, Heidi Paley took a risk. At a time when the economy was… Read More →

CEO Series: Anthony Marinello

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Anthony Marinello CEO, Mountain Vista Medical Center/IASIS Healthcare What will be the impact of Arizona’s budget cuts on hospitals in particular and the health care industry in general? All hospitals are going to feel the impact. There are several areas: education, economy, jobs, general medical education; and it’s just going to take a big effect… Read More →

A New Home And Remodeling Concept Debuts In Scottsdale

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When Sytek’s Design owner Charlie Sytek was ready to launch his decorative bio-fuel fire business,, the only thing missing was a location. But even in a time when the commercial real estate market was upside down, finding affordable space for a young retail business proved difficult. A New Home And Remodeling Concept Debuts In… Read More →