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Phoenix ranked No. 1 for energy efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Phoenix the Number 1 big-city local government in the nation for energy efficiency. The Council lauded the city for achieving its 2015 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in local government operations and then resetting its targets to be even more stringent.

The City of Phoenix shared the Number 1 ranking for local governments with Denver and New York. The overall energy efficiency ranking for Phoenix was 18th out of 51 large cities.

“When it comes to energy efficiency, the City of Phoenix leads by example. We don’t ask others to do what we aren’t willing to do ourselves,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “So it was gratifying – but not surprising – to see our local government lead the nation in energy efficiency.”

Stanton added, “Our goal as a metropolitan area is to break into the top 10 and ultimately top this list in all categories in the coming years, and we are heading in the right direction.”

Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, Arizona Organizing Committee Co-Chair Brad Wright, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira and Arizona Organizing Committee Co-Chair Win Holden.

Sky Harbor unveils football championship countdown clock

With 195 days and counting until the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and several Valley mayors and city leaders, unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This clock will mark the days, hours and minutes until Arizona shines on center stage with the kick-off of the big game.

“The countdown for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship has officially begun. This marks another milestone for the AOC and the community as we prepare for one of the most exciting times in Arizona’s sports history,” said Brad Wright, co-chair of the Arizona Organizing Committee. “Everyone traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor will see the clock and know that Arizona is the destination for the biggest celebration of college football.”

Located in Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers, the digital clock is illuminated on a 55 inch high-definition LED screen at the west end of Baggage Claim. An additional countdown clock will soon be illuminated on east end of Baggage Claim.

“The first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship was a major success, and we expect an even bigger and better experience for fans when the Valley hosts the second National Championship in 2016,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “That phenomenal fan experience begins at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which serves as the gateway to the Valley for the thousands of fans traveling in to attend the game. This clock is our way of showing how much we look forward to welcoming them and providing a world-class experience.”

The second ever College Football Playoff National Championship will be played on January 11, 2016, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the Valley’s first time hosting the game which debuted in its new format last year in Arlington, Texas.

More than 85,000 people are expected to visit the Valley of the Sun for the game and surrounding festivities. Phoenix Sky Harbor will serve as the gateway to the events, and provide easy access to Valley-wide activities. The PHX Sky Train® connects with Valley Metro Rail to provide a quick, convenient, and seamless ride from the airport to downtown Phoenix, where a multi-day fan festival called Playoff Fan Central will be held, giving fans the opportunity to be a part of the national championship experience.

Valley leaders in attendance at the countdown clock unveiling included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira.

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SimonCRE adds Peter Krahenbuhl as Project Manager

PeterKrahenbuhl_web-picCommercial real estate developer SimonCRE added Peter Krahenbuhl as Project Manager to assist with the development responsibilities of SimonCRE’s growing portfolio of projects. SimonCRE currently has over 50 projects in the pipeline valued at over $100 Million, creating thousands of jobs across the country.

Krahenbuhl will work closely with the Vice President of Development coordinating as well as other team members and will be responsible for tracking project timelines, submittals and file management.  He will be vital in the daily planning and processes associated with successfully driving projects from inception to completion.

“We are pleased to add another talented professional to our dynamic team,” says Joshua Simon, president and founder of SimonCRE. “Peter has a variety of commercial real estate skills and experience that will really attribute to the growth of the company.”

Krahenbuhl has experience in condo conversions and was vital in the planning of several multi-family condominium developments in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Flagstaff totaling over $100 million dollars in sales revenue.  He also brings site selection, acquisitions knowledge and several other tenant representation brokerage and leasing experience to the position.

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UMOM New Day Centers elect Lauren Stine to board

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Lauren Stine has been elected to the UMOM New Day Centers‘ board of directors.

Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. The organization aims to prevent and end homelessness, and it works to give people opportunities to gain the skills they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave.

Stine is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She represents health care providers and professionals, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and direct sales companies in cases involving contract disputes, alleged fraud, deceptive advertising, and general litigation matters. She also assists clients in special action and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts.

Stine received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.

Author Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix, is chairman of The Nonpartisan Movement's 501c4 in Arizona.

Partisan system: Is it working? Is it fair?

The evidence says that we should be optimistic about the future.  Through innovation, entrepreneurs and dynamic businesses, we are on get verge of driverless cars, new energy sources, a cure for cancer, extending human life and untold millions of other wonderful discoveries.  Here in Arizona we have an amazing potential for job growth and an expanding economy. 

If businesses and entrepreneurs are our greatest hope, our political system is our greatest threat.

Burdensome regulations, a mounting $17 trillion debt, the possibility of not extending the debt ceiling, and destroying the good faith and credit of the United States. The failure to pass immigration reform.  An educational policy where one party continues to cut spending while the other wants more money but fights any meaningful reform to hold the system accountable.  And Arizona elected leaders pass laws that make us the ridicule of the nation and cause us real losses in economic development.

The partisan system provides incentives to elected officials to look out for small factions within their political parties, while ignoring the broader interests of the full public they represent.  With gerrymandering, stacked districts and low turnout primaries, special interests have disproportionate power over the majority.  But it doesn’t have to be this way!

The partisan system is exactly what the Founders of the United States of America wanted to avoid. They warned us about it.

Before he left office, President George Washington warned his countrymen about parties: “The common mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

Washington and his fellow Founders believed that wise leaders focused on the public interest are most likely to appear if they avoided the divisiveness of “faction” created by political parties.

To any wise person today, it is clear that we have moved far away from the ideal framed by our Founders.

Our Founding Fathers challenged the status quo, asking two key questions about the Monarchy: “Is it working?” and “Is it fair?”  These are two questions Americans across the country are asking about today’s Partisan System. 

Disdain for the partisan process is evident as large numbers of regular Americans are abandoning the two political parties and registering as nonpartisan, independent, or unaffiliated.  In Arizona, independents comprise the largest segment of the electorate: 35% of registered voters. And this number is more than 3 times as high as it was 30 years ago. Furthermore, national surveys indicate that 70% of the newest voters – 18 year olds – are registering as independents. In time, independents will be a majority of voters.

Washington’s warnings have become reality.  The partisan system is not working. 

Satisfaction with Congress is at an all-time low, while candidates from both parties drive towards the ideological fringes.  A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll last summer found that despite the steady pace of hiring, 76% of adults lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life than they do—an all-time high. The only issue that ranked higher than the economy as a major problem in a recent Gallup poll was the lack of leadership.  It also showed the partisan system was failing on immigration, education and healthcare.

The failure is the most evident when it comes to debt and deficits.  A $17 trillion debt eventually will result in the need to raise the yield to attract new investors.  This will reduce tax revenue and thus other governmental services.  American corporations, viewed as riskier, will face increased costs to borrow, which will increase costs for goods and result in inflation.  The net worth of homeowners will decrease as the cost of borrowing money to purchase a home increases.  The American people are right.  If nothing changes, our future generations will experience a lower standard of living.  Is that working?

To solve this problem, pragmatic Democrats should support entitlement reform to ensure the sustainability of programs they claim to hold dear.  Fiscally responsible Republicans should support reform to restore the good faith and credit of the United States.  Leaders in both political parties understand this, but it doesn’t change anything.  Is that working? 

In a partisan environment all that matters is who has a majority and who wants the majority.  Compromise is avoided to protect partisan causes.  So Democrats oppose entitlement reform and Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, resulting in the possibility of defaulting on the national debt.   Meanwhile, we’re facing an impending crisis of default which would create a crisis as big as the hyper-inflationary period prior to World War II.  Is that working?

This isn’t just a national issue.  Arizona has also been ravaged by partisan politics.  Our partisan process elected Evan Mecham, we grew our state budget to unsustainable levels at the height of the housing bubble, passed SB1070, narrowly avoided the SB1062 embarrassment, and defunded education.  In the past few years, our legislature considered bills that looked like secession movements, questioned the right of the Supreme Court to interpret laws, and opposed higher educational standards.  Is that working?

Why does the partisan system fail to match up with the will of the general public?

It is because many of our elected officials are elected in primaries where less than 5% of the public vote in either primary.  Stacked districts eliminate any real competition in the General Election.  So these politicians never really face a majority of the public.  If they did, they could not sustain these extreme views.  Is that fair?

Out of 435 elected members of Congress, because of gerrymandering, only about 35 districts have real competition in the General Election. That means that in the overwhelming majority of districts, a small minority of people has control over the direction of the United States. Is that fair? 

Meanwhile, voters not registered in a party have fewer voting rights than those who are in a party.  Nonpartisan voters have to re-register every election to receive an early ballot in a primary.   Nonpartisan candidates must collect ten times as many signatures for the same office as their partisan counterparts.  Is that fair?

The most insulting of all is that the parties take taxpayer dollars from independents and nonpartisan voters to fund their primary elections at the same time some are pursuing efforts to prevent those independents from even voting.  Is that fair?

This partisan system is destined to fail.  Our founders called those men who advocated for such a system where the few controlled the many as “tyrants.” 

Arizona needs a system that will grant the right of every voter to vote in every election.  In 2016 the nonpartisan movement will propose just such a measure in Arizona designed to pull people together as opposed to split them apart.

The public understands you can’t be pro-labor if you’re not pro-business.  You can’t be pro-business unless you are pro-education and you can’t be pro-education unless you are pro-funding and pro-reform.  But alas, today our politicians are not accountable to the public, but instead care only for the small factions that vote in their primaries.

As popular business author Jim Collins writes, you must “face the brutal facts” to succeed. The facts are clear. 

It’s time to reawaken American pragmatism, heed George Washington’s advice, and move away from the partisan system that threatens the future of our republic.

 

Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix, is chairman of The Nonpartisan Movement’s 501c4 in Arizona: the Open Nonpartisan Elections Committee. For more information, visit www.openprimariesaz.org.

IO President Anthony Wanger.

Tech-friendly scene makes Arizona a data center hot spot

Phoenix has its head in the clouds.

Digital information—everything from financial and medical accounts to media entertainment and social networks—is now being stored in about 60 high-tech data centers throughout the Phoenix metro area, adding to the state’s growing reputation in the technology industry.

Renewable energy, geo-stability and tech-friendly legislation are a few of the reasons why Arizona has one of the highest concentrations of data centers in the United States, second only to Virginia.

Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, says one of the reasons Phoenix has seen a significant level of data center activity is power availability and competitive pricing.   

“We have very affordable power costs,” Camacho says. “Our utilities have been very flexible in supporting this industry to ensure we have dual feeds from the electrical standpoint. Having affordable power rates has been critical. The other attributes that are important to this industry as to why we have been successful are the level of infrastructure, that’s generally fiber infrastructure, and latency. We’re very favorable to the West Coast in that regard.  So our communities, as well as Cox, Century Link and others, have done a great job extending infrastructure to support this industry.”

Demand for renewable energy

As data centers continue to propagate, the demand for power increases.

A recent survey by Mortenson Construction, one of the leading data center contractors in the U.S., reported 84 percent of responding data center executives, developers and operators believe there is a need to consider renewable energy. Energy efficiency is a top concern and nearly half the survey participants believe improved technology can increase energy efficiency.

“Technology companies like Apple, eBay, Amazon and Google, all of the organizations that store massive amounts of information, tend to have leaders who are highly environmentally conscious,” explains Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council,  “They would much prefer to use renewable energy to power these data centers rather than power coming from a coal-burning plant. It’s less about the economics and more about doing the right thing.”

IO president Anthony Wanger agrees. IO, one of the largest colocation data centers in North America, has created and patented energy efficient data storage modules and operating software. In 2013, APS evaluated IO’s Power Usage Effectiveness ratings and determined the modules were more efficient than the traditional raised-floor data center environment.

In February, IO announced an agreement the company made with APS to be able to offer renewable energy to its customers.   

“We had a break through,” Wanger said. “We were able to negotiate a rate with APS that allows us to buy renewable energy. We were able to get a rate that reflects the scale of our use, and the option for our customers to simply choose to go green. For about a cent and a half more per kilowatt hour they can buy energy that is 100 percent renewable. It’s solar and wind. We have had terrific customer feedback about it.

“It’s important for us,” Wanger continues. “We want to be leaders in dematerialization and we want to be leaders in giving our customers the tools and the choices they need to manage their energy needs. Our very largest customer, Goldman Sachs, is committed to zero carbon.

“We have taken great strides in moving our energy over to renewables. I’m not going to tell 1,000 customers what they have to do,” he explains, adding that if he puts it on the menu and incentivizes it, he believes they will choose it. “We are committed to renewables, we are leaders in energy efficiency, by putting it out there, it’s going to be a needle mover.”

Making it happen

IO began with three businessmen and a foldup table from Costco, Wanger said. The table, signed by the co-founders Wanger, George Slessman and William Slessman, is somewhere in the Phoenix facility as a reminder of how they began.

“I always liked to build things. I have always been fascinated by buildings and real estate and systems and machines,” says Wanger, who comes from several generations of entrepreneurs. “I was brought up in the ‘you make your job, you don’t get a job’ mentality. Sit down. Figure it out. Make it happen. That’s the only thing that works for me.

“We’ve been really fortunate we have a really solid business with terrific institutional backers and terrific institutional customers. We’ve been able to attract some terrific talent. The way we got here is people. When I say make it happen, it isn’t just the three of us, it’s the entire team.

“Make it happen. That really is the moral of our whole story here. These data centers didn’t build themselves. These folks didn’t employ themselves. The capital didn’t raise itself. The customers didn’t identify and sign themselves. This is hard work.

He suggests that in order for Arizona to continue growing its reputation in the technology arena, it, too, will take hard work.

“If Arizona wants to continue its fantastic growth it’s going to be because it chooses to, not because it happens automatically. I feel very positive about Phoenix and Arizona’s prospects, but I think we have to be careful not to take things for granted,” Wanger says. “It’s a very competitive economy. I think we would be well advised to be purposeful in our recruiting and the way in which we create a climate where risk takers can take risks.”

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Wanger and his partners at IO, which now has six locations around the globe, were among some of the early risk takers in the data center industry.

“We grew up with the GoDaddy guys. If you go back 10 or 15 years ago, they were in data centers. We were in data centers. There was another guy in data centers and that’s about it,” Wanger says.

According to a market overview analysis by CBRE, today there are about 60 data centers in the Phoenix metro area, including colocation operations and those used by individual companies. An additional 21 greenfield sites have been identified mostly in the East Valley for build-to-suit data centers.

Even with the explosion of data centers in Phoenix, Wanger says he is seeing a trend toward consolidation.

“We are moving away from square footage to more power in less space with shared highly utilized banks of computers,” he says. “I think that the Internet went from 400 markets globally to 200 to 50 markets. I think it’s on its way to being in 12 markets globally. That’s mega consolidation. We are doing everything we can do in our power to make sure Phoenix is on the winner side of that equation.”

Tech magnet

Energy affordability, access and renewable options are sited as reasons for locating power-intensive data centers in Phoenix, but there are more.

Geo-stability is an important factor when deciding a data center’s location. Arizona is free of natural disasters, making it an appealing locale.

“We don’t have hurricanes, or earthquakes or tornadoes or floods or any of those things that jeopardize a data center. We are a very sound place from that standpoint,” Zylstra says.

Moderately priced real estate with relatively low property taxes and legislative incentives sweeten the pot.

“A lot of economic policies in the legislature have supported both enterprise use and colocation centers,” Camacho says. “More recently there was legislation in the last few years that provided a sales tax exemption on server and IT equipment. That was one of the last pieces of the puzzle of being a great market in terms of allowing this market to grow and making it competitive against California and these other states.”

According to CBRE, “The financial impact of this law to a 1 MW tenant’s bottom line could be as much as $6 million to $7 million in tax credit savings over a 10-year period.”

Camacho continues, “There are tax credits available for companies of a certain investment scale, so, in a certain investment threshold, when they meet that level of capital investment, they are eligible, assuming they are going to use significant renewable energy resources, to obtain a corporate income tax credit.”

(subhead)The future

Locating data centers here is often an introductory step for some of the larger companies to test the business waters and learn about the Phoenix area.

“We’ve spent a lot of time working to support colocation operations in the market that are already here,” Camacho says. “And we are working as diligently as we can as we travel outside this market and showcase Arizona marketplace to prospective users. We’ll showcase IO data centers and Digital Realty Trust and others that are in this region with the goal of inducing these tenants to come and utilize colocation space and drive new investment and job creation at the same time.

Proximity to California has made it convenient for companies with corporate headquarters on the West Coast to locate their data centers here. “It encourages them to visit and to learn more about the operating environment. Then our goal is to talk further with them about future operational expansion. It could be back office, IT, or technology centers. Data centers and data storage are generally their first foray into evaluating this market on the office side.

“Once you become a nerve center where companies store data, then you start seeing a lot of these colocation tenants that are in these major facilities evaluating opportunities for back office expansion which generally comes with more job creation,” Camacho says.

CBRE reports a high quality of life and low cost of living have encouraged back shop operations for companies such as Wells Fargo, American Express, PayPal, Yelp and others to locate here.

“Companies tend to aggregate around each other,” Zylstra says. “At some point you get to a critical mass that people recognize and they want to be affiliated with it, connected to it.

“The recent Apple announcement is a watershed moment for us,” Zylstra says, referring to Apple’s plans to locate a data center in Mesa. “Apple is the most innovative company on Earth today. It’s the most successful company on Earth. When that kind of company makes a commitment here in Arizona it suggests that we have come into our own. I believe it is an important milestone in becoming known for technology.”

As the technology sector continues to grow, it is important to attract quality talent, he says.“ The greater the reputation the easier it is to attract and retain talent and that’s your competitive asset in a digital economy,” he says.

Drawing in talent is important, Camacho agrees, but he also says it is important to provide a continuing pipeline of trained talent in IT and technical services through our local educational system.

“That’s what is going to make this industry successful,” Camacho says. “We can see that pipeline coming through our Maricopa Community Colleges and the four-year systems that can meet the demand.

“Even though they are not large employers, there’s a very significant level of indirect technology job creation associated with these data centers. On average, you can provide anywhere from two to four indirect jobs for each of the jobs created within the companies themselves.”

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‘100 Days of Summer’ returns to LUSTRE Bar

Recently named one of the best hotel rooftop bars by USA Today, LUSTRE Bar in Downtown Phoenix plans to keep things cool this summer with events nearly every night of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with a pool and cabanas that offer sweeping views of the city skyline, craft cocktails, an energetic vibe and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

During the 100 Days of Summer, these weekly events run through Labor Day:

Mondays

  • Industry Appreciation Day
  • Pool opens at noon
  • Happy hour all day for those with a valid industry ID or business card.

Tuesdays

  • Orangetheory Fitness Outdoor Series
  • 6pm – 7pm
  • $10 entry fee (includes a $10 food and beverage credit)
  • Free entry for hotel guests and Orangetheory members.
  • Orangetheory is bringing their popular workout to LUSTRE for this outdoor fitness series! The 60-minute workout is designed to push you into the “Orange Zone” to burn calories and give you noticeable, lasting results. Guests can mingle and enjoy cocktails and bites after the class.

Thursdays

  • Up on the Woof!
  • Rooftop happy hour with your pooch.
  • Food and drink specials from 5pm – 8pm.

Fridays

  • Live at LUSTRE
  • Pool opens at 11am.
  • A guest DJ will spin tunes every Friday night from 8pm until midnight.

Saturdays & Sundays

  • LUSTRE Pool Party
  • Pool opens at 11am
  • Saturday: DJ from 2pm – 6pm and 8pm – midnight. Sunday: DJ from 1pm – 6pm.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis and plenty of fun in the sun.

50th and 51st Day of Summer

  • Patriotic Pool Party
  • Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5
  • Pool opens at 11am.
  • $10 entrance fee for non-hotel guests. Free entry if you show your UBER receipt.
  • A guest DJ will spin tunes from 2pm – 6pm and 8pm until midnight on 4th of July and from 2pm – 6pm on July 5. Table tennis, cornhole and champong are available for unlimited fun in the sun.
  • Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com (search for LUSTRE 4th of July)

100th Day of Summer

  • Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
  • Saturday, Sept. 5, Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7
  • Pool opens at 11am.
  • $10 entrance fee for non-hotel guests. Free entry if you show your UBER receipt.
  • A guest DJ will spin tunes from 2pm – 6pm and 8pm until midnight on Sept. 5, from 2pm – 6pm on Sept. 6 and 1pm -5pm on Sept. 7. Table tennis, cornhole and champong are available for unlimited fun in the sun.
  • Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com (search for LUSTRE Labor Day)

Summer Hotel Packages at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Extend your summer fun with a stay at Hotel Palomar Phoenix with summer packages that run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • 100 Days of Summer (rates from $109/night):  Includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and 10 percent off all spa services and food and beverage at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails or LUSTRE Bar.
  • Urban Eats (rates from $149/night): Includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and a $50 food and beverage credit to use at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails or LUSTRE Bar.
  • The Suite Life (rates from $155/night): Includes 20 percent off all suites.
  • Park it at The Palomar (rates from $119/night): Includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and $10 valet or self-parking.
  • Uber Package (rates from $129/night): Includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two cocktails from LUSTRE Bar and, for Uber members, a free ride up to $20 to or from the hotel for new and existing riders.  

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633  

To book a cabana at LUSTRE Bar, call 480-478-1707 or see more details at www.lustrerooftopgarden.com. To learn more and to book a room at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or call 602-253-6633.

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16 Arizona companies make Fortune 1000 list

Sixteen Arizona-based companies earned spots on the Fortune 1000 list, a reference list of the 1,000 largest American companies, ranked on revenues alone.

The 16 Arizona companies on the Fortune 1,000:

  • No. 108 Avnet, Phoenix
  • No. 137 Freeport-McMoRan, Phoenix
  • No. 323 Republic Services, Phoenix
  • No. 386 PetSmart, Phoenix
  • No. 493 Insight Enterprises, Tempe
  • No. 502 Northern Tier Energy, Tempe
  • No. 593 Swift Transportation, Phoenix
  • No. 645 Magellan Health, Scottsdale
  • No. 683 Pinnacle West Capital, Phoenix
  • No. 692 First Solar, Tempe
  • No. 722 ON Semiconductor, Phoenix
  • No. 726 Amkor Technology, Tempe
  • No. 735 Taylor Morrison Home, Scottsdale
  • No. 746 Apollo Education Group, Phoenix
  • No. 762 Sprouts Farmers Market, Phoenix
  • No. 957 Meritage Homes, Scottsdale
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Randy Johnson will get first key to the City of Phoenix

Mayor Greg Stanton will present Arizona Diamondbacks legend and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson with Key to the City during a public ceremony at Noon, this Friday, June 5 at City Hall.  The “Big Unit” will be the first person to ever receive a Key to the City of Phoenix.

Johnson was the World Series Most Valuable Player on the 2001 Diamondbacks team that brought the city its first-ever major sports championship, and earned four consecutive (of his career total five) Cy Young Awards wearing an Arizona uniform.  The southpaw will become the first player to wear a D-backs hat on his plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26.

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East Valley Partnership will host SRP forum on water

East Valley Partnership, a coalition of civic, business, educational and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix, is hosting a Salt River Project lunch forum, “Keeping Water Flowing” beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, located at 60 E. 5th St. in Tempe.

Attendees of the SRP Forum event will hear remarks from Governor Doug Ducey, SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, and Sarah Porter, director of Kyl Center on Water Policy at Morrison Institute. 

“Arizona’s vitality comes from sound management, responsible action and finding smart solutions to complex problems. That’s especially true when it comes to how we manage our water,” said Governor Ducey. “Water is one of the most dynamic components of our state, and a crucial player in the health and strength of our economy – it’s imperative that we have our fair share. I look forward to working with our state’s leaders to protect this precious resource and ensure a prosperous future for Arizona.”

Governor Ducey will address the important role dependable, renewable water supplies have played in Arizona’s history and how water is essential for Arizona’s economic future.

“SRP has long understood the critical connection between economic development and dependable water resources,” said SRP CEO and General Manager Mark Bonsall, “and we are eager to work with Governor Ducey to tackle these issues.” 

The SRP Forum is open to the public. Individual registration is $75 for East Valley Partnership members and $100 for non-members. Table reservations can be made for $1,000 for members and $1,250 for non-members. Presenting sponsorship is available for $3,500.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested online at www.EVP-AZ.org  or by phone at 480-834-8335 ext. 201.

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Banner Alzheimer’s Institute gets $10M in new funding

The Alzheimer’s Association, GHR Foundation and Fidelity Biosciences Research Initiative announced $10 million in new research funding to Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), Phoenix, Arizona, to support a groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial that will launch later this year.

The funding, to be paid over five years as part of a broad public/private partnership, supports and extends the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API) APOE4 trial. The study is focused on determining whether therapies targeting amyloid proteins in the brain may prevent or delay the emergence of Alzheimer’s symptoms in people at particularly high genetic risk for developing the disease at older ages.

The new funding will support three aspects of the API APOE4 trial that otherwise would not be possible: (1) brain PET imaging at the start of the trial and two-year follow-up in 125 participants each year, (2) a sub-study to evaluate two remote genetic counseling approaches, and (3) expansion of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry for the APOE4 trial.

“The goal is to accelerate the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease,” said Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer. “Through efforts such as API, the Alzheimer’s Association envisions a time when we will have effective treatments to slow or stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks; plus preventive strategies and gold-standard care for all people affected by Alzheimer’s.”

The Alzheimer’s Association led the effort to bring the three funding organizations together. The award to API includes a $5 million lead gift from the GHR Foundation, a private family foundation.

API is led by BAI’s executive director, Eric Reiman, M.D., its director, Pierre Tariot, M.D., and one of its principal scientists, Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D.

“We are extremely grateful to these three organizations for their extraordinary support,” said Dr. Reiman. “These funds will not only help make it possible to evaluate two promising Alzheimer’s prevention therapies, but to do so in a way that will help the field find treatments that work as soon as possible.”

API was established to rapidly evaluate potential new treatments in people prior to developing clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s who, based on their age and genetic background, are at highest risk of developing symptoms of the disease, including the API APOE4 trial and the Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease Trial. That study is evaluating an investigational anti-amyloid therapy in 300 cognitively normal members of an extended family in Colombia, South America that includes carriers of a rare genetic mutation causing them to develop Alzheimer’s by about age 45. API is committed to sharing trial data and biological samples with the research community to help find better ways to test prevention therapies in the future, and to clarifying the role of APOE genetic testing and disclosure.

The API APOE4 trial is focused on how two investigational anti-amyloid therapies may prevent or delay the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms in a population known to be at high risk for the disease because of their age and genetic status. Specifically, participants in the trial must be age 60-75 and carry two copies of the APOE-e4 gene that greatly increases their risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

The trial will test two different potential therapies to see if one or both can prevent the development of memory and thinking symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The first treatment is an active immunotherapy aimed at triggering the body’s immune system to produce antibodies that block different forms of the amyloid protein, which many researchers believe plays a critical role in the development of Alzheimer’s. The second drug is designed to prevent the production of amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain to form plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. The trial will involve about 1,300 research participants. Pending regulatory approval, the study is planned to begin in the late 2015/early 2016 in sites in North America and Europe, and last five years.

The new funding will support three aspects of the API APOE4 trial:

• Tau PET imaging, amyloid PET imaging, and FDG-PET imaging at baseline and two-year follow-up in 125 participants each year to determine if the two treatments change tau PET measurements and are associated with a therapeutic benefit. Tau protein helps maintain normal cell structure. In people with Alzheimer’s, tau in the brain becomes abnormal and forms tangles, one of the characteristic features of Alzheimer’s.

• The expansion of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, which provides information about Alzheimer’s prevention research and is intended to support enrollment in the APOE4 trial and other prevention trials.

• Evaluation of two remote genetic counseling approaches using telephone versus real-time videoconference counseling. This will include measuring the psychological, behavioral and cognitive effects of APOE genotype disclosure in people who underwent both types of genetic counseling.

“Because participation in the API APOE4 trial requires knowledge of one’s genetic status, we need to determine how to best communicate the genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s as well as how to counsel individuals on what this risk means,” said Dr. Tariot.

In September 2013, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced an initial commitment of $33.2 million in partial support for the API APOE4 trial. In July 2014, BAI announced a partnership with Novartis, which is providing its two investigational treatments and financial support. In its NIH grant applications, BAI committed to obtaining $15 million in philanthropic and in kind contributions. To support the API APOE4 trial, $5 million has been obtained through donations to the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. The $10 million award from the Alzheimer’s Association, GHR Foundation and Fidelity Biosciences Research Initiative completes Banner’s commitment for this trial.

Health Resolutions to Make Before the New Year

HonorHealth-affiliated NOAH receives $1.2 million grant

HonorHealth-affiliated NOAH, or Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health, was awarded $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources Administration to help increase access to affordable, quality primary care services for low-income, underserved and special populations.

Through this grant, HonorHealth Desert Mission clinics will become a new access point of NOAH. This includes the Desert Mission Community Health Center, Children’s Dental Clinic and Marley House Behavior Health. Desert Mission is an organization of charitable and community services whose purpose is to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable community members and help them reach their full potential for health and self-sufficiency.

“This is excellent news for our patients and community, and will allow us the resources to provide additional and more comprehensive services for Desert Mission clients,” said Marcia Mintz, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation president. The John C. Lincoln Health Foundation’s fundraising through corporate and individual sponsorship helps to support Desert Mission programs and services.

Community health centers like NOAH provide a medical home for patients in need so they can receive coordinated care. They help improve public health, reduce the burden of non-urgent care services in hospital emergency rooms and provide needed services such as free immunizations for uninsured children.

Currently, four community health centers throughout the Northeast Valley are operated by NOAH:

• Cholla  Health Center, Scottsdale

• Palomino Health Center, Phoenix

• Balsz Health Center, Phoenix

• Heuser Family Medicine Center, Scottsdale

A mobile NOAH health bus also visits local groups, residential group homes for the elderly, businesses and schools to provide health programs.

NOAH clinics are designated federally qualified health centers. NOAH is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization governed by an independent community-based board.

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MLB, Diamondbacks will host diversity summit

Major League Baseball announced that it will partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks to co-host the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit in Greater Phoenix in March 2016.  The event, which will be held during Spring Training for the first time, will provide attendees with exclusive access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office.

Various elements of the MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on March 8th and 9th (2016) at Chase Field, the Regular Season home of the D-backs, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair.  It provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers regarding employment and business opportunities. Features of the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit will include event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. 

 “Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in hosting the 2016 Diversity Business Summit, our first during Spring Training,” Commissioner Manfred said. “Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our industry.  As fans gather in anticipation of the 2016 Championship Season, we will be proud to offer unparalleled access and networking toward the pursuit of business and employment opportunities within our game.”

“Arizona is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are honored to host this summit next year at a time when all eyes are on us,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who serves on MLB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We recognize the great importance of a diverse work force and supplier base and we are proud to help lead the way in expanding those opportunities in baseball and making this the best summit to date.”

The D-backs were recently named to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Circle of Excellence as an organization that spends more than $1 million annually with minority- or women-owned businesses. Additionally, the team works closely with the African-American, Native-American and Hispanic communities, each of which are expected to be involved in the upcoming summit.

     The previous three MLB Diversity Business Summits were held during the Regular Season calendar in Chicago (2012; co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox), Houston (2013; co-hosted by the Houston Astros) and New York (2014; co-hosted by the New York Yankees).  In total, the three previous MLB Diversity Business Summits attracted more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States.

     For more information and to save the date, visit MLB.com/diversitysummit. Please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).

Arizona Public Service recently completed work on one of the largest transmission construction projects in the west - a 500-kilovolt (kV) power line that connects Phoenix to Yuma.

APS completes huge transmission project

Arizona Public Service recently completed work on one of the largest transmission construction projects in the west – a 500-kilovolt (kV) power line that connects Phoenix to Yuma. The project will bolster the reliability for Yuma area customers and the entire desert southwest.

The 110-mile transmission line runs from the Hassayampa substation (near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station) to the North Gila substation in Yuma. Aptly called HANG2, the $200 million project is the second route connecting the Valley to Yuma.

“When planning for Arizona’s energy future, we look out 10 to 15 years to ensure our customers always have the reliable energy they have come to expect from APS,” said Pat Dinkel, APS Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “HANG2 is essentially like adding a second extension cord to our customers in Yuma. Residents and business owners in the area will have an ample supply of reliable power to run their businesses and be comfortable in their homes, even as Yuma continues to grow.”

Construction planning for the HANG2 line began more than a decade ago, as Southwest Arizona’s population began to rapidly expand. According to census data, Yuma County’s population has increased by 27 percent since 2000, making it the third fastest-growing area in the United States.

APS understood the essential need to increase the capacity to bring electricity into Yuma County. The HANG2 line meets this need.

“Whether for new power lines or power plants, the long lead time associated with planning and construction means APS must always be looking years ahead to meet current and future power needs,” said Dinkel. “This is part of our obligation to ensure a reliable energy supply for our customers — a role we take very seriously, and embrace throughout the state.

”This project was a huge undertaking, and not just because of its size. The transmission line was constructed in some of the most isolated parts of the state, across remote locations of the southwest desert, and through the rugged terrain of the Laguna and Muggins Mountains – with an emphasis on core APS values of contractor and employee safety, and on environmental sensitivity and care.”

Construction on HANG2 began in August 2013. The largest transmission construction project completed by APS in more than 25 years, the benefits for customers extends well beyond Yuma, essentially increasing reliability for the entire desert southwest.

To see a video of crews constructing the HANG2 line, click here.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

Zeke Barrera is one of the many Amazon associates who take advantage of Amazon’s Career Choice Program and the new onsite classroom. He recently finished a course in computer technology offered through Maricopa Corporate College and taught in the new onsite classroom.

Amazon expands in Phoenix with onsite classroom

Arizona State Representative Diego Espinoza and administrators from Maricopa Corporate College joined Amazon leadership and associates at a special event to formally open its new Career Choice Classroom. The Career Choice Program is an innovative benefit that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether they are related to a career at Amazon.

The onsite Career Choice Classroom, an exciting new addition to this fulfillment center, is a dedicated classroom to make it even easier for associates to take advantage of the Career Choice Program.  Bringing the same amenities you would find on a college campus into the fulfillment center saves Amazon associates the need to worry about transportation, commute times, or fitting class into busy work and life schedules.

Since the onsite class program launched in 2014, Amazon has been proud to partner with local institutions including Maricopa Corporate College to provide associates with a wide variety of classes at the fulfillment center.

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Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made “impressive jumps” and surged ahead, according to a report released Wednesday.

The second biennial ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy of the largest 51 cities in the nation saw Phoenix slip from 15th to 18th place, despite finishing among the leaders in some areas rated by the council.

“Phoenix is still pretty strong,” said ACEEE research analyst David Ribeiro. “It’s doing well in various places being a leader in energy efficiency and local government operations.”

But Ribeiro said Phoenix could not keep pace with impressive gains by other cities such as Washington, D.C., which jumped from seventh to third overall in the rankings. Despite those gains, Ribeiro said most of the cities still have room for improvement.

He was one of several authors on a Wednesday conference call to release the report. The authors said that energy efficiency is crucial to city life and helps create jobs within the community.

The report rated the 51 largest cities in the country in five categories: energy and water utilities, building policies, transportation policies, communitywide initiatives and local government operations.

Boston finished first overall with 82 points out of 100. Phoenix got 44 points out of 100 this year, just slightly better than its overall score of 43.5 points in the last ranking two years ago.

Phoenix’s best performance was in the local government operations policy category, where its score of 11.5 out of 28 points tied the city for first place with New York City and Denver.

Those three cities were cited for their policies to improve energy efficiency in city government, procurement, and asset management.

Ribeiro said Phoenix saw its biggest gains in transportation policies, where its scores improved from 5.5 to 9 points out of 28 in the 2013 report.

The report noted that in 2015 Phoenix achieved its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent below the 2005 levels. According to the report, the city still wants to apply energy-efficient measures including building retrofits that ensure the maintenance and conservation of buildings.

In other areas, however, the city had room for improvement. In the ranking on communitywide initiatives, for example, Ribeiro said Phoenix could benefit from having an energy saving goal for the community as a whole and not just for the local government.

Officials with Arizona Public Service did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the report Wednesday. But a Tucson Electric Power spokesman said utilities regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission, like his and APS, provide programs to help customers save energy and cut their utility costs.

“We support these policies because our customers love them, it helps them to save energy,” said Joe Barrios, the TEP spokesman.

A CLOSER LOOK

Falling Phoenix
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked 51 cities’ energy efficiency in five areas. Phoenix got 44 points out of 100, dropping from 15th place two years ago to 18th today. The city’s scores:

  • Local government operations: 11.5 of 15 points
  • Communitywide initiatives: 3 of 10
  • Building policies: 11 of 29
  • Energy and water utility policies: 9.5 of 18
  • Transportation policies: 9 of 28
    Overall score: 44 out of 100 possible
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Fennemore Craig attorneys recognized by Chambers USA

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced that 22 attorneys were selected to the prominent Chambers USA 2015 and the practice areas of Environment (including water rights) and Real Estate were listed in band one in Arizona. The Real Estate practice was also listed in band one in Nevada.    

“The success of our firm is built on the skill and character of our people – and the commitment of those people to the clients we serve,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored and gratified to see our people and practice groups recognized in the prestigious Chambers USA legal directory.

Fennemore Craig attorneys recognized by Chambers USA 2015 include:

  • Robert D. Anderson, Environment: Water Rights
  • John J. Balitis, Labor & Employment
  • Michael E. Buckley, Real Estate
  • Aaron Cain, Corporate/M&A
  • Lauren J. Caster, Environment: Water Rights
  • Phillip F. Fargotstein, Environment (including Water Rights)
  • Andrew M. Federhar, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Margaret R. Gallogly, Environment: Water Rights
  • Donald R. Gilbert, Labor & Employment
  • Stephen A. Good, Corporate/M&A
  • Gregg Hanks, Real Estate
  • Norman D. James, Environment (including Water Rights)
  • Jay S. Kramer, Real Estate
  • Erwin D. Kratz, Labor & Employment
  • Douglas C. Northup, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Michael J. Phalen, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Dan R. Reaser, Gaming & Licensing
  • Heidi K. Short, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Ronald J. Stolkin, Labor & Employment
  • Sarah A. Strunk, Corporate/M&A
  • Susan M. Wissink, Corporate/M&A
  • Jeffrey P. Zucker, Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate

Michael Buckley, Gregg Hanks, Norman James, Jay Kramer, Ronald Stolkin, and Jeffrey Zucker were ranked in Band 1 for their specific practice area. Band 1 is the highest ranking for an individual to receive by Chambers USA and this ranking is based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

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CEO takes spotlight as knoodle celebrates ‘Sweet 16’

rosariaAs knoodle, the full-service advertising agency celebrates its “Sweet 16” anniversary in business in the Valley of the Sun, we ask CEO Rosaria Cain 16 questions about life as a “Mad Woman.”

1. You famously opened the agency 16 years ago with Fulton Homes, and they’re still your biggest client. How do maintain that relationship and keep it fresh after16 years?

As an agency, we NEVER take Fulton Homes for granted. Every other week, we present at least three new ideas to Doug Fulton – Creative, Media, PR, and Digital – and by consistently setting the bar higher, Fulton expects only the best – and we deliver.

2. What’s the best day at knoodle?

Any day we pick up a new client is a great day.

 3. Any regrets?

Yes, opening an office in San Diego is probably my biggest mistake – to the tune of $200,000.

4. Who’s your hero?

Scott Cain, my superhero husband, and business partner. He’s smarter than I am, and more patient – and singularly focused.

5. What’s the biggest difference between the ad game in 2015 and how it was in 1999?

It’s now a millennial digital game that has changed the marketing world – and set it on its ear.

6. You’ve been an elite marathon runner and still work out – what’s the correlation between fitness and success for so many CEOs?

I’m in the business for the long run. It’s never about how you run the first five miles. It’s about how you approach the long race.

7. It’s been said that you’ve never met a dress, handbag or shoes that you didn’t like! What’s your latest purchase?

I don’t purchase clothing – I collect! My latest find is an authentic, Flower Child dress from 1969 and it’s a remarkable example of vintage couture that I may never wear ….

8. What advice would you give to the Rosaria of 16 years ago?

Never start an ad agency without having worked in one first!

9. Now that MAD MEN is off the air, did it really depict this industry, or just indulge in a fantasy of what early Madison Avenue was really like???

It was fun show, and I loved it. It’s really just an historic look at what we do now. Don Draper drinks much more than he works, and now, for good or bad, it’s just the opposite.

10. ]Favorite quote?

“Rewards go to the bold.” – Rupert Murdoch

 11. Campaign that you’re most proud of?

“I am kidney,” for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.

 12. Lowest low?

Closing our San Diego office (See above).

13. What campaign do you wish you would have worked on?

There’s so many nationally and internationally that have helped to shape my vision, but here locally I’m still a fan of the early Riester “Tumor causing, teeth staining, smelly, puking habit” work

14. Any advice for people looking to get into this game?

Work as many internships as possible – in as many facets of the business as possible

15. What are reading right now?

“The Baker’s Daughter,” by Sarah McCoy. 

16. What’s next?

Creating a bigger, better knoodle. We’re running a marathon – and we have the people to take us to the next stage in our evolution.

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Foster financial clarity before wedding, expert warns

With June coming up, wedding season is fast approaching.  Couples of all ages are working out the final details before they walk down the aisle. However, older or more financially settled people, who may be on a second (or third) marriage, may need to take a few additional steps to ensure the well-being of their children, their retirement savings or their business, while providing a foundation for a lasting marriage.

“When people get married later in life, they typically have more assets and more responsibilities to consider than newlyweds in their 20’s,” said Mary Martuscelli, West Region President of the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Phoenix. “To have a strong marriage and prevent future issues, it is important for couples to be open and up front about their financial obligations and concerns before going into marriage.” 

Martuscelli recommends starting with a conversation about your priorities and obligations, including when you want to retire, if you need to pay for a child’s college education or if there are any major purchases or donations you want to make. You need to make sure that you understand each other’s saving and spending habits, so there are no surprises. It may make sense to sit down with a financial advisor or a couples’ counselor to provide a third party perspective and ensure that no important topics are missed.

When you have assets going into a marriage it is also a good idea to discuss a prenuptial agreement.  “If you did not trust each other, you would not be getting married,” says Martuscelli. “However, a prenup is an important step for securing your future and that of your children or business. It is not something that you can afford to leave to chance.”

Depending on where you live, marriage could negate previous estate plans that you already have in place, which also makes the discussion of wills and trusts an important part of marriage plans . New couples must take care of each other, but also need to ensure the continued wellbeing of children and other dependents. Spend some time assessing your new needs with your financial advisor. Your estate planning should be updated to reflect your new priorities and protect your new spouse and any dependents.

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Quarles & Brady recognized in Chambers USA 2015

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 10 attorneys from the firm’s Phoenix office have been ranked in the 2015 edition of the esteemed Chambers USA directory.

They are:

• Joseph A. Drazek – Environment (including water rights)              

• Steven P. Emerick – Corporate/M&A     

• Diane Haller – Real Estate            

• Don P. Martin – Litigation: General Commercial

• Brian K. Moll – Corporate/M&A

• Roger Morris – Healthcare          

• Jon E. Pettibone – Labor & Employment               

• Stephanie J. Quincy – Labor & Employment        

• James A. Ryan – Litigation: General Commercial               

• Derek L. Sorenson – Real Estate    

“We are honored to have our attorneys recognized for their excellence by Chambers,” said Kimberly Leach Johnson, firm chair of Quarles & Brady. “The rankings provide an affirmation of the firm’s sustained efforts toward excellence.”

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CityScape hosts official Phoenix Comicon closing party

Attention all comic-enthusiasts who want to be a part of the total fandemonium that is Comicon! Just two blocks away from the Phoenix Convention Center, CityScape Phoenix is hosting the official Comicon Closing Celebration: Comic-Conclusion…The Final Level.

For the event, CityScape will transform into a majestic gamer’s dream with an Arcade Alley, Pop-Culture Dace Party, Cosplay (Costume) contests and more. CityScape will be the ultimate, final destination to the four day convention.

Details include:

  • Official Comicon Closing Celebration: Comic-Conclusion…The Final Level at CityScape Phoenix
  • Sunday, May 31 from 4pm-9pm
  • Three rounds of Cosplay Contests begin at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
  • Cosplay Contest Finals begin at 8pm.
  • Chalk Art interactive “Grand Entrance”
  • Selfie photo opp
  • Pop-Culture Dance Party
  • Arcade Alley
  • Prize giveaways
  • Live music
  • Heroes vs. Villains Party at Copper Blues
  • Retailer and restaurant discounts (see attached)
  • FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For additional information, visit http://www.cityscapephoenix.com/ or call 602-772-3888.

Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic concussion program in Phoenix.

Youth football tackles concussion issues

Brian Brooks still remembers the first time he watched his son sustain a head injury playing tackle football. The hit left 10-year-old Carson down on the field, injured – and Brian with a parent’s worst nightmare.

“Of course, my first impulse was to run down to the field immediately,” Brian said. “It was very hard the first time that happened, watching my kid lay there.”

When Carson eventually came off the field, Brian had a decision to make. Years ago, Carson might have missed no time at all, with his coaches eager to rush him back onto the field. But the world of football has changed over the last decade. Head injuries and their long-term ramifications have overhauled long-held beliefs in the sport, making the decision of how long to sit kids out after an injury difficult for parents.

“There were still games remaining in the season,” Brian said. “We ended up erring on the side of caution and having him miss at least two full games.”

Head injuries in collegiate and professional football have come under intense scrutiny the last few years, and attention has trickled down to the youngest levels of the sport. Many argue youth tackle football has the biggest responsibility of all, as the heads and bodies of young players are still forming.

“The younger brain is more vulnerable to concussion,” said Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic concussion program in Phoenix. “Simply because our brain is made up of billions of wires, most of which are insulated. And it takes awhile to lay down that insulation on all of those wires. A lesser degree of trauma, of blunt force, would produce a concussion in a younger person and it takes longer for them to recover.”

Last May, Dodick attended the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where President Barack Obama spoke. On his way home, Dodick thought about the lack of research when it came to youth sports and concussions. Once back in Phoenix, he reached out to the most influential youth league, Pop Warner.

“I felt like while we were studying concussion in collegiate and professional sports,” Dodick said. “There wasn’t much going on in terms of youth sports. So I felt it was time to reach out to Pop Warner to determine what their concussion policy was, what their sideline protocol was, how their athletes were cared for after a concussion.”

Pop Warner immediately responded to Dodick, and, after several meetings, a partnership was formed between the youth league and the Mayo Clinic. It allows the Mayo Clinic to continue to research tools to diagnose head injuries that have been validated at a professional and collegiate level but not yet at a youth one. Pop Warner players are now also baseline tested before the season begins, testing players’ vision, balance and cognitive skills so medical professionals can spot a head injury quickly during the season.

“Baseline testing should happen every single year,” Dodick said. “It gives us a sense of how their brain is functioning at their baseline. So if they are concussed we’ll be able to at least judge them compared to their baseline and we’ll know when they get back to their baseline level of functioning.”

In 2012, Pop Warner became the first youth football organization to limit the amount of contact a team could have during practice. Players are no longer permitted to participate in full-speed tackling drills when lined up farther than three yards apart.

“Pop Warner was really ahead of the curve,” said Mike Funkhouser, vice president of Superstition Pop Warner. “A good method of curbing some of the concussions came from a national limit on contact in practice. They limited the amount of contact to a third of the weekly practice time.”

The new partnership allows Pop Warner to make even more improvements in dealing with head injuries. With the help of Dodick and the Mayo Clinic, a return-to-play protocol has been instituted. Injured players are now evaluated by a cognitive specialist, balance expert and neurologist before there is any decision made about when they can return to the field. The Mayo Clinic sees children as young as 8 as part of the program.

“If a player is injured on a weekend, they call a hotline and we get them in on Monday,” Dodick said. “The last thing we want is for them never to be evaluated, their symptoms go away, they feel back to normal, then they go back to play the next weekend and they get reinjured. Because that could be devastating. Not only could it be fatal in rare instances but it could lead to symptoms that persist for weeks, months or years. I’ve seen plenty of that.”

The national focus on concussions has made parents of young football players more aware of the dangers of the sport. Brian remembers the hesitation on his part when Carson, the youngest of three brothers, first asked if he could play tackle football. Even for a father of three, the idea of his 7-year-old throwing on pads gave him pause.

“Absolutely there was hesitation,” Brian said. “And I’m not a squeamish guy.”

But not everyone feels the same. One obstacle doctors have to deal with is parents who want to rush their children back to action. Dodick received multiple concussions playing youth hockey and has been asked by parents why he won’t give approval for their child to return to play since he suffered no long-term repercussions from head injuries. Other parents will cite athletes who played collision sports and ended up with no long-term effects from concussions.

“I still think there’s a general lack of understanding of the implications of concussions,” Dodick said. “You can understand why they’re saying that. But that’s kind of like saying, ‘I know lots of people who smoke who never get lung cancer. Can I condone smoking?’ No, of course no … I also can’t tell you if when children are concussed, how many are going to develop prolonged concussion syndrome that’s going to affect their ability to perform in sports as well as academically.”

The partnership appears to have had a positive effect on young athletes. Now 14, Carson Brooks is playing in Superstition Pop Warner, after playing several years in other organizations. He suffered a second head injury while playing in Pop Warner, and his father noticed a marked difference in the way his injury was treated the second time.

“With the second injury, it was more than just one EMT looking at him,” Brian said. “With the Mayo Clinic being involved, you’re going to have a more educated set of eyes watching him. I actually mentioned to the coach how much more regimented their concussion program was.”

The biggest difference Brian noticed with Carson’s injury and within the league itself is a culture shift in which coaches, parents and players acknowledge safety as the primary focus.

“It’s clearly about the safety of the athlete,” Brian said. “I think they’re creating a culture where it’s not cool to say, ‘Oh just suck it up and get back in there.’ Instead it’s about nurturing these players to make sure they’re healthy. I think that’s a great thing.”

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Southwest Super Lawyers: Jaburg Wilk

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk has seven attorneys listed as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers. The 2015 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers magazine lists attorneys –Lawrence Wilk, Neal Bookspan, Roger Cohen, Mitchell Reichman, Lauren Garner and Nathan D. Meyer as “Southwest Super Lawyers.” Laura Rogal is a “Southwest Rising Star.” 

Recognition is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in Arizona. The selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations and independent research. Candidates are evaluated on numerous indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

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Sky Harbor offers Memorial Day travel tips

Memorial Day weekend is the start of the busy summer travel season. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport anticipates Thursday, Friday and Monday as the busiest travel days with passenger traffic about 15-20 percent higher than an average day. America’s Friendliest Airport® offers you the following tips for your holiday travels:

Use our best kept secret – Pick-up and drop-off at the 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train® station.  This convenient option allows you to avoid the busy terminal curbs. The station features Early Bag Check and kiosks where you can print boarding passes. It is only a five-minute ride from the station to Terminal 4 and a seven minute ride to Terminal 3. There is a free cell phone waiting lot at the station and four-hour parking meters for those who would like to ride the train into the Airport to meet their party. To access the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway, exit at 44th Street and head south. The PHX Sky Train station is on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Washington.

A handy service – Early Bag Check.  Travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest or United can check their bags before they arrive at the terminals and avoid the ticket counter lines. The Early Bag Check service is available at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station® and at the Rental Car Center. The service is free, though airline bag fees apply. For hours of operation and more information, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck.

Added convenience at a discounted price – Prepaid Discount Parking is an easy-to-use online reservation system that gives travelers the ability to book and prepay for parking in the Terminal 2, Terminal 3, or Terminal 4 garages. Those using Prepaid Discount Parking should take a ticket when entering the garage, then present the ticket and the prepaid parking confirmation (printed or on a smartphone) to the cashier upon exit. To reserve parking, visit skyharbor.com.

A special note about Terminal 3 Construction is underway on Terminal 3 modernization.  As a reminder, Spirit and Sun Country Airlines relocated earlier this spring to Terminal 2. Additionally, the north inner lanes of Terminal 3 are closed.  This impacts drivers entering Sky Harbor from the West. Drivers can still use the north outer lanes for pick-up and drop-off, but should watch for detour signs, proceed with caution, and give themselves extra time.

More tips:

·        Always give yourself extra time. Arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight departs, especially if you are parking in economy areas or checking bags.

·        Be sure to look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport. A forgotten weapon can cause you delays, hassles, and even fines. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.

·        For updated information on parking lot and garage availability, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot or call our 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.

·        Visit skyharbor.com on your smartphone or tablet to access our mobile website to find out which restaurants and shops are near your gate as well as other Airport information.