May – June 2011 Archives

Edward J. Robson of Robson Communities Talks First Jobs

Ed Robson, Founder of Robson Communities, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Edward J. Robson Title: Founder/Chairman Company: Robson Communities Describe your very first job and what you learned from it. I had several first jobs growing up. I knew at a young age I wanted to make money, so I decided to go door-to-door offering to shovel snow in the winter time for just $2. Then,… Read More →

Dave Forman, Owner, PourMasters Professional Bartending Service

Dave Forman, Owner, PourMasters Professional Bartending Service - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]COMPANY: PourMasters TITLE: Owner WEB:[/stextbox] Dave Forman had a whopping two weeks of experience in bartending when he decided to launch his own professional bartending service, PourMasters, in January 1992. He had been working in management and sales, but after taking a two-week course in bartending, Forman was hooked.  “Bartending seemed like a… Read More →

Centennial Series: Photos Then And Now — Mesa, Ariz.

Centennial Photos Then and Now, Mesa - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” aptly describes the relationship the city of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs share. Major League Baseball first came to Mesa for spring training in 1952. Back then, the Cubs made Rendezvous Park their home until it was razed in 1976 and replaced with… Read More →

Women In Banking: Emily Amparan, Alternative Finance Research

Emily Amparan, Alternative Finance Research - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Emily Amparan is an alternative lending broker at her own firm, Alternative Finance Research. Amparan is using her many years of experience in the banking and finance industry to help lead the Women in Banking group. She is the committee chair representing Women in Banking on the Risk Management Association’s board of directors, and leads… Read More →

New Retail And Restaurants To Attract People To Dowtown Phoenix

CityScape, Phoenix, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

With the opening of CityScape at One E. Washington St., Downtown Phoenix now has an urban-style, mixed-use development where people can eat, shop, meet friends after work, relax at a boutique hotel, and even blow off some steam at the gym or roll a few frames at a bowling center. Developers of CityScape envision retail… Read More →

Q&A Steve Moore, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau

Steve Moore, GPCVB, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Steve Moore President and CEO Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau What is the outlook of tourism in Arizona and the Valley as you see it? Tourism is a $17 billion industry here, and it is strong enough to have absorbed some body blows over the past couple of years. The recession hurt. The “AIG… Read More →

82nd Annual MLB All-Star Game Arrives In Arizona Just In Time

All-Star Game 2010 Festivities, AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

82nd Annual MLB All-Star Game  Arizona catches a much-needed break this summer when the 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game rolls into Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix in July. “It’s a big year for the Diamondbacks,” says Derrick Hall, president of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “We have the opening of the new spring training complex, the… Read More →

The Arrogant Butcher Leaves Patrons 
Feeling Welcomed And Satisfied

The Arrogant Butcher, Phoenix, Ariz., CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

After dining at enough eateries in my life that have rude waiters and sub-par cuisine, I was wary to spend an evening at a restaurant featuring the word “Arrogant” in its name. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Arrogant Butcher dishes out just the right amount of attitude. The newest of Sam… Read More →

Building Achievements Turned Arizona From Frontier Outpost To Thriving Haven

Hoover Dam Construction, 1933-1936 - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

In 1912, when it became the nation’s 48th state, Arizona was a challenging place to live. It was sparsely populated with small communities scattered hither and yon. Travel between towns was grueling. The lower desert was unbearably hot in the summer, and water was scarce and unreliable. Arizona would have had a dim future if… Read More →

New Master Planned Communities Seek To Bring Back Customers

Trilogy at Vistancia, solar homes - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

With the residential market suffering through the Tepid Economic Recovery, homebuilders are devising ways to bring customers back to their new Master Planned Communities. These days, the magic word Is “Green,” as in sustainable. But it also represents energy and money savings for homebuyers. In the Valley, Shea Homes launched its green initiative (Shea Green… Read More →

Westin Phoenix Downtown Offers Business Travelers An Intimate, Relaxing Stay

Westin Phoenix Downtown, CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Welcome to the 11th floor, the first floor of the Westin Phoenix Downtown, a truly distinct experience that will cater to your senses — relaxing and rejuvenating from head to toe and from within and out. As the elevator doors open, you’re immediately engulfed in the Westin’s signature White Tea aroma, and tranquil music soothes… Read More →

Richard Adkerson CEO Freeport-McMoRan Copper And Gold

Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

CEO Richard Adkerson discusses the global Copper market, and how the recent economic recession has affected Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. Richard Adkerson Title: CEO Company: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold How did the recession affect Freeport’s global markets? Copper, which is our primary product, but all of our products actually, is sold on the basis of… Read More →

New Arizona Forward Initiative Hopes To Balance Future Economic Development With Sustainability Concerns

San Tan Valley Sunrise, Valley Forward initiative Arizona Forward

The future of Arizona’s economic development is one that is still being decided. In order to help push Arizona in the right direction, Valley Forward has launched an initiative called Arizona Forward. The more than 40-year-old group brings together business and government leaders to help improve the environment and livability of communities in the Valley.… Read More →

Valley Partnership Annual Community Project

Valley Partnership Community Project, AZRE May/June 2011
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The Valley Partnership Annual Community Project restored the old Phoenix Day playground. The old playground at Phoenix Day was an assortment of aging equipment — it met state standards for safety but wasn’t quite what educators at the inner-city child enrichment center wanted: a fun, vibrant outdoor learning environment for children who usually don’t have… Read More →