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Royal Palms Offers Labor Day Deals

As summer comes to a close, why not hold onto the last few precious moments and celebrate at one of the Valley’s most luxurious resorts, the Royal Palms Resort & Spa?

The resort is offering a special discounted package (over 60% off a standard room rate of $479) with its DeLuxe Lounging Package, along with live music and special dining offers all weekend long.

Some of the deals:

• DeLuxe Lounging Package (Valid now through Sept. 30, 2014): Purchase two nights, receive the third night free. Plus, receive two Alvadora Spa credits and one $25 T.Cook’s dinner for two credit. Includes:
• Starting at $179/night (after 3rd night is applied).
• Three nights of luxury accommodations
• Two $40 Alvadora Spa Credits (each valid on one regularly priced 50 minute or more treatments)
• One $25 T.Cook’s dinner for two credit
• Early check-in of noon, late checkout of 2pm (based on availability)
• Receive over $100 in value from $179/night!
Restrictions: Resort credits do not include alcohol, taxes or gratuities. Alvadora credit is valid on regularly priced 50 minute or more treatments and gratuity is based on original price and cannot be combined.

Friday, August 29th
• Live music on the lawn from 8pm – 10pm by local band Sugahbeat.
• Happy Hour The Mix Up Bar ($5 sips and bites from 4 – 7pm).
• T. Cook’s three-course Taste of Summer dinner menu for $40 per person.

Saturday, August 30th
• Poolside DJ spinning from 11am – 4pm.
• Live music from Jo Watson and the Birdman at The Mix Up Bar from 7pm – 10pm
• T. Cook’s three course Taste of Summer dinner menu for $40 per person.

Sunday, August 31st
• REVERSE HAPPY HOUR – The Mix Up Bar from 8pm – midnight with $5 sips and bites.
• Poolside DJ spinning from 11am – 4pm.
• Live music from Jo Watson and the Birdman at The Mix Up Bar from 7pm – 10pm
• T. Cook’s three course Taste of Summer dinner menu for $40 per person.

For more information, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com or call 602-840-3610.

Downtown Phoenix, Photo: Flickr, squeaks2569

Phoenix Makes Case to Host Democratic Convention in ’16

City and government officials in Phoenix are currently preparing for a visit Sept. 9-11 from the Democratic National Committee. Phoenix joins four other cities – New York City; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Birmingham, Ala. – as finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The committee of Democratic officials to visit Phoenix makes up the DNC’s Technical Advisory Group, and will assess Phoenix’s viability and readiness to host the convention.

With stiff competition from the other top cities, Phoenix stands out as the only finalist from the West, and offers a host of distinguishing qualities that are sure to pique the interest of visiting officials.

Although historically a red state, Arizona is on the cusp of becoming a swing state with its growing Hispanic electorate.

Phoenix is a majority-minority city, and Latinos make up more than 40 percent of its population. By far, it has the largest Latino community of any of the five finalist cities. As a state, Arizona boasts the third-largest Native American population in the country.

Phoenix is also one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly communities, and earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Mayor Greg Stanton leads Phoenix’s effort alongside Host Committee co-chairs U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly, convention liaison Ann Wallack, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, and business leaders Rick DeGraw and Martin Shultz.

Stanton said that in addition to its diversity, Phoenix’s logistical advantages, amenities and experience hosting large-scale events are important to the city’s pitch.

“We’re really the perfect host city,” Stanton said. “Downtown Phoenix, with the convention center, arena and thousands of hotel rooms, is compact and just minutes from the airport via light rail. Throughout the Valley, we have exactly the kind of venues that are important to making national party conventions a success.”

The nation’s sixth-largest city boasts more than 500 hotels, 60,000 hotel rooms, and 40 full-service resorts. With more than 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the Phoenix Convention Center is one of the largest meeting facilities of its kind in the United States, and is recognized as one of the country’s top 10 convention centers. It is along the city’s light rail line and just seven miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Phoenix is a hot spot for large-scale events and in just six months will host both the Super Bowl XLIX and the NFL’s Pro Bowl. The Valley of the Sun has previously hosted two Super Bowls, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, and plays host to MLB Cactus League Spring Training and the NCAA’s Fiesta Bowl annually.

More than 16 million people visit Greater Phoenix alone each year, making tourism one of Arizona’s largest revenue generators.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention is expected to bring upwards of 50,000 visitors to the host city, and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Phoenix’s bid has earned bipartisan support because city and state leaders – regardless of political affiliation – understand the positive economic impact of hosting an event of this magnitude.

“The economic benefits in Phoenix would be especially key because the convention would take place before Arizona’s tourism season really kicks off,” Wallack said. “Our community is prepared to make sure convention visitors have a special experience, and we’re thrilled to show the DNC all we have to offer.”

During the site visit, the DNC’s Technical Advisory Group will tour the convention center and US Airways Center, as well as top destinations in the region. The historic Orpheum Theatre will be among the unique venues showcased as potential sites for party caucus meetings during the convention.

The Technical Advisory Group is expected to make a decision on the host city at the end of 2014 and announce its decision in 2015.

For more information on Phoenix’s bid, visit www.phx2016.com.

legal

Fennemore Craig Attorneys earn recognition

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015© – Lawyers of the Year.

“The firm’s reputation has been built on our attorneys’ continued commitment to excellence,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are honored to be recognized by the legal community and to be included in this prestigious listing.”

The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office were named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 – Lawyers of the Year:
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law
• Timothy J. Berg – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law
• Lauren J. Caster – Natural Resources Law
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates

The following Fennemore Craig attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015:
• Amy Abdo – Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Robert D. Anderson – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John J. Balitis – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Timothy J. Berg – Appellate Practice; Communications Law; Energy Law; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Utilities Law
• Rhett A. Billingsley – Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• Patrick J. Black – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• Kevin J. Bonner – Litigation – Construction
• Timothy J. Burke – Antitrust Law; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Litigation – Antitrust
• Aaron Cain – Corporate Law
• Christopher L. Callahan – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Lauren J. Caster – Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• George T. Cole – Leisure and Hospitality Law; Real Estate Law
• Louis F. Comus, Jr. – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
• C. Webb Crockett – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
• John F. Daniels, III – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
• Theresa Dwyer-Federhar – Appellate Practice
• Rita A. Eisenfeld – Trusts and Estates
• Phillip F. Fargotstein – Litigation – Environmental
• Andrew M. Federhar – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Municipal; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Scott M. Finical – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
• Margaret R. Gallogly – Natural Resources Law; Water Law
Donald R. Gilbert – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Stephen A. Good – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gregg Hanks – Real Estate Law; Tax Law
• Roger T. Hargrove – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Ray K. Harris – Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent
• David N. Heap – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Lori Higuera – Employment Law – Management
• Neil H. Hiller – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Patrick Irvine – Appellate Practice; Native American Law; Tax Law
• Norman D. James – Energy Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law
• John Randall R. Jefferies – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction
• John E. Kofron – Construction Law
• Jay S. Kramer – Real Estate Law
• Neal Kurn – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Marc H. Lamber – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• T. James Lee – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Laura A. Lo Bianco – Corporate Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Don J. Miner – Real Estate Law
• Kendis Key Muscheid – Non-Profit / Charities Law; Tax Law
• Mark A. Nesvig – Real Estate Law
• Douglas C. Northup – Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
• Christian M. Olson – Non-Profit / Charities Law
• Sharon J. Oscar – Real Estate Law
• John M. Pearce – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Michael J. Phalen – Land Use and Zoning Law
• Janice Procter-Murphy – Appellate Practice; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Jane A. Proctor – Trusts and Estates
• Cathy L. Reece – Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Robert P. Robinson – Real Estate Law
• J. Barry Shelley – Corporate Law; Tax Law
• Gerald L. Shelley – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Kenneth J. Sherk – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Mediation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Heidi Kimzey Short – Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
• Cynthia L. Shupe – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Ronald J. Stolkin – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Sarah A. Strunk – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mining Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
• David E. Vieweg – Real Estate Law
• Susan M. Wissink – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Published in almost 70 countries around the world, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

health

Arizona Telemedicine Program names advisory board

The award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the Arizona Health Sciences Center of the University of Arizona has announced the appointment of the National Advisory Board of the Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPSSM), to be held Oct. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

The 24 nationally recognized thought leaders and health-care innovators have made major strides in the telemedicine arena. Members of the board are:

• Joseph S. Alpert, MD, professor of medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson; editor-in-chief, The American Journal of Medicine

• David C. Balch, MA, chief technology officer, White House Medical Group, Washington, D.C.

• Rashid Bashshur, PhD, senior adviser for eHealth, eHealth Center, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor

• Anne E. Burdick, MD, MPH, associate dean for telehealth and clinical outreach, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

• Robert “Bob” Burns, commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission, Phoenix

• Daniel J. Derksen, MD, director, Center for Rural Health; professor of public health policy; University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Tucson

• Charles R. Doarn, MBA, editor-in-chief, Telemedicine and e-Health Journal, family medicine, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

• Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences; interim dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; professor of medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona

• Robert A. Greenes, MD, PhD, professor of biomedical informatics, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix

• Paula Guy, chief executive officer, Global Partnership for Telehealth, Inc., Waycross, Ga.

• Deb LaMarche, associate director, Utah Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City

• James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, professor, pediatric critical care, University of California – Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento

• Ronald C. Merrell, MD, editor-in-chief, Telemedicine and e-Health Journal, emeritus professor of surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

• Thomas S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, associate vice chancellor and professor, family and community medicine, University of California – Davis Health System, Sacramento

• Marta J. Petersen, MD, medical director, Utah Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City

• Joseph Peterson, MD, chief executive officer and director, Specialists On Call, Reston, Va.

• Ronald K. Poropatich, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh

• Lisa A. Robin, MLA, chief advocacy officer, Federation of State Medical Boards, Washington, D.C.

• Brian Rosenfeld, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Philips Telehealth, Baltimore, Md.

• Jay H. Shore, MD, MPH, associate professor, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado, Aurora

• Joseph A. Tracy, MS, vice president, telehealth services, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.

• Wesley Valdes, DO, medical director, Telehealth Services, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah

• Nancy L. Vorhees, RN, MSN, chief operating officer, Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, Wash.

• Jill M. Winters, PhD, RN, FAHA, president and dean, Columbia College of Nursing, Glendale, Wisc.

“This is the first national meeting addressing telemedicine service provider issues. It’s long overdue!” said Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, ATP director and SPS honorary co-chair.

SPS will focus on building partnerships for bringing quality medical specialty services directly into hospitals, clinics, private practices and even patients’ homes. The goals are to improve patient care and outcomes and to increase market share for both health-care providers and telehealth service providers they partner with.

The convention is co-hosted by the ATP, the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center and the Four Corners Telehealth Consortium, which includes the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the Utah Telehealth Network.

More information about SPS is at www.TTSPSworld.com.

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Tamale Festival coming November 15th

On November 15th, 2014, the 79th Annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner will move into its new event location at The Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix and present an exciting day of family-friendly festival activities.

Presented by APS and organized by Friendly House, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization that has proudly served the local community since 1920, their annual Tamale Dinner is the longest continuously running fundraiser in Arizona. Now with a new location and challenge to expand the event offerings, Friendly House hopes to bring a day of fun to downtown Phoenix from noon to 10pm. “Last year, we ventured into a partnership with 16 Valley Mayors to compete in the inaugural ‘Battle of the Tamales,’” says Lourdes Sierra, Tamale Dinner Chair. “This year, we are seeking Mayoral support again, only now with even more entertainment for attendees of all ages.”

Event committee members are striving to secure the participation of approximately 12 Valley Mayors, who will each in turn identify a selected hometown restaurant to showcase their tamale offerings to event-goers. These vendors will sell tamales of various types (chicken, pork, beef, etc.) along with side items to attendees. A selected number of restaurants offering unique twists on traditional tamales will be invited to participate in the festival as well.

At the event, a main stage will be erected at the corner of 5th Street and Van Buren, facing a large grass area where attendees will be encouraged to lounge all day to watch bands, dance troupes, and other entertainment in between bites of tamales and related Mexican fare. A beer garden will be set up under a picturesque cluster of trees, adjacent to another large grass area where a majority of the tamale vendors will be positioned. VIPs will enjoy access to a lovely tiered promenade of the Arizona Center, where a private bar, catering stations, and other surprises await.

The Friendly House will raise funds through sales of tickets, beverages, sponsorships, and a portion of tamale sales. Collectively, the money raised from the Tamale Dinner & Festival will provide tools and resources for individuals of all ages that participate in their stellar programs which fall within four pillars: Education (Helping Children & Adults Succeed in Education), Family Services (Improving Families Health & Wellness), Immigration (Providing Legal Service, Outreach and Advocacy), and Workforce Development (Increasing Financial Stability and Workforce Readiness).

PLAYHOUSE 2014

Brookfield donates playhouse to Phoenix Zoo

Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, is helping to raise funds for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation and educational programs for a second consecutive year. The Phoenix-based developer and home builder has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build a unique western themed playhouse for the zoo to giveaway through its annual raffle.

Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities and also a Phoenix Zoo board member stated, “We are proud to be working with the Phoenix Zoo again and hope the playhouse helps raise significant dollars and awareness for worthy zoo programs. This year’s playhouse is really incredible. It’s a miniature western town with a hotel and a jail. The kids will love it!”

The Western Town playhouse is a spacious, two-room, professionally hand-crafted, high-quality, playhouse which will be raffled by the Zoo. Its custom design features old western swinging doors and a wraparound porch. Raffle entries are $20 each or six for $100. They can be purchased at www.phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo, by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services Lobby (admission to the Zoo is not required for viewing or purchasing an entry to win) or on Saturday, Oct. 11 during the Zoo’s Rendez-Zoo event.

The playhouse is now on display at the Phoenix Zoo and is available for viewing during regular Zoo hours. One winner will be randomly selected on Oct. 11 via a computer drawing, the evening of the Phoenix Zoo’s annual benefit, Rendez-Zoo. The winner does not need to be present to win.

In 2013, Brookfield Communities donated a pair of playhouses that helped raise funds for various zoo programs and initiatives. Once again this year, Christoph Kaiser of Christoph Kaiser, LLC and Larry Allen of 33 North Architects designed the playhouse.

“We are pleased that Brookfield Communities and its architect partners are providing this hand-crafted playhouse to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo,” said Bert Castro, president and CEO of Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo. “The playhouses were a big hit last year so we’re looking forward to what this year brings.”

To purchase raffle entries, visit phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo.

football

CORE Institute Donates More Than $10K to sports programs

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced it has donated more than $10,000 to six high school athletic departments in the Peoria and Dysart School Districts. The donations are part of a program where The CORE Institute conducts required sports physicals for high school student athletes and then donates the entire $25 exam cost back to the respective high school athletic program. In addition to donating the collected exam fees back to the schools, The CORE Institute donated an additional $1000 to each of the six schools.

“Participation in team sports is a significant part of High School for students that builds character, teaches teamwork, and improves one’s physical fitness,” said John Kearney, Jr., MD of The CORE Institute. “Our providers and staff are engrained in the community and enjoy giving back, we raise families in this community and we all work with student-athletes already – this is just one way that we can continue to give back.”

Donation amount to each of the six schools are as follows:

• Centennial High School: $2,550
• Willow Canyon High School: $2,400
• Peoria High School: $1,525
• Valley Vista High School: $1,425
• Desert Edge High School: $1,175
• Shadow Ridge High School: $1,100

Every fall and spring, hundreds of Valley area high school student athletes are required to complete a sports physical in order to participate in team sports over the summer and next school year. The CORE Institute plans to offer the high school exam donation program again this fall. Exam dates for fall and to schedule an appointment will be posted later this summer at www.highschoolphysicals.com.

Last year, The CORE Institute was able to raise and donate more than $4,300 to local high schools in the Peoria and Dysart School Districts, which did not include the additional $1000 donation made to each school.

Final Rendering

Ronald McDonald House Completes $2.1M Capital Campaign

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley.

Renovation has begun on the 12,600 square foot former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, which is expected to open in November. The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health.

The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 2 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen, living and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults and children. When completed, and in combination with the other two Ronald McDonald Houses, up to 79 families will have a home-away-from home every night. The new House will provide 5,840 nights a year.

“We now know it’s possible to be relieved and thrilled at the same time,” said Executive Director Nancy Roach, who has been at the helm of the organization for 14 years and has overseen fundraising and construction of two of the three Ronald McDonald Houses in the Valley. “Being able to serve families in the East Valley has been a longtime goal of ours. The community fully understood that by helping to fund this project, they ensure that families traveling to Cardon Children’s Medical Center can stay close to their children.”

The original Ronald McDonald House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The $2.1 million was secured primarily through private donations from individuals, foundations, corporate supporters and Valley-based McDonald’s owner/operators, who have committed to provide up to $150,000 of required operating expenses for the first three years. The Ronald McDonald House does not receive direct funding from the McDonald’s Corporation, but is generously supported by McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators in Central and Northern Arizona.

Among the largest donors to the project are the Gila River Indian Community, The Kemper Marley Foundation, The Halle Family Foundation, SRP, The Thunderbirds, Ronald McDonald House Charities Global and other generous community donors.

Plans for opening celebrations are underway and details will be announced later this summer.

HKS Architects of Phoenix designed the new house. UEB Builders is the general contractor.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com. For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.

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John C. Lincoln Named to U.S. News’ Best Hospitals List

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is included in the 2014-2015 Best Regional Hospitals rankings released by the editors of U.S. News & World Report. It was recognized as high performing in geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery.

“John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is proud of our excellent physicians, compassionate staff and volunteers who are dedicated to providing world-class patient care. We are honored by this recognition, which reflects our commitment to delivering high quality, compassionate care and a satisfying healthcare experience for our patients and their families,” said John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital CEO Maggi Griffin.

In 2004, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital became the first Phoenix hospital to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognition represents high-quality patient care, innovation, technology and evidenced-based practice. The designation is awarded after a rigorous on-site inspection and extensive documentation of nursing practices. John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital was redesignated Magnet in 2009 and 2013.

U.S. News evaluated approximately 4,700 hospitals, which were ranked on 16 specialties. The 12 data-dependent specialties are cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. The four reputation-only specialties are ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology.

According to U.S. News, nearly two million hospital patients every year face surgery or care that poses technical challenges or an increased risk of death or harm because of age, physical condition or infirmities. The rankings provide a tool to help such patients find unusually skilled inpatient care.

For more information, visit JCL.com.

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

Seed Spot seeks best and brightest entrepreneurs

Have an idea that’s going to help make the world a better place? Ever daydream about what it would look like if your vision came to life? Look no further, because Phoenix is home to Seed Spot, a nonprofit business incubator that helps entrepreneurs turn their world-changing dreams into realities. Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to enroll in SEED SPOT’s part-time and full-time venture programs by Friday, Aug. 15.

WHAT: Seed Spot will hold two programs this fall – a part-time (evening) program and a full-time (day) program – for passionate entrepreneurs who want to create socially-responsible, purpose-driven business plans. The part-time program is designed for entrepreneurs who are at the idea or early-concept stage of their venture. Through a 12-week curriculum, these entrepreneurs receive education, training, and support to refine their concept into a business model. This program is offered every Monday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Sept. 8 to Nov. 24.

The full-time program is designed for entrepreneurs who may already have a service, prototype or product in the market, but need support validating all aspects of their business model to raise capital or contributions. Through a 14-week curriculum, these entrepreneurs receive formal education, mentorship, training, pitch practice, and more. This program is offered from Sept. 8 to Dec. 11 (specific hours TBD).

WHEN: The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 15 via www.seedspot.org/apply.

WHERE: Seed Spot, 2828 N. Central Ave., 7th Floor, Phoenix, 85004 (SW corner of Central Ave. & Thomas Road)

WHY: Seed Spot is one of six incubators in the country that focuses on social entrepreneurs – people who launch a product or service that benefits humanity. SEED SPOT provides curriculum, office space and a network
of advisors to help startups with business plan development, financial modeling, branding, marketing, operations, infrastructure and capital formation. Visit www.seedspot.org for more information.

legal

Fennemore Craig Attorneys on State Bar Committees

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced JP has been appointed to the State Bar of Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and Patrick Irvine has been elected to serve a three-year term as an at-large member of the Executive Council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

“We congratulate Janice and Patrick on their appointments to serve the legal community and the State Bar of Arizona,” said Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “Janice and Patrick’s commitment to legal excellence and dedicated service to clients further enhances the firm’s awareness of the continually evolving legal landscape.”

The State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct(“Ethics Committee”) assists the State Bar and its members with questions of professional ethics. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section promotes the awareness and use of dispute resolution methods other than litigation among members of the State Bar; the business, professional and legal communities; and the public at large.

Procter-Murphy practices in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appeals. She currently serves as Corporate Sponsorship chair for the American Cancer Society’s Central Phoenix Relay for Life. Procter-Murphy earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Irvine focuses his practice in litigation and business law, with special expertise in taxation, Indian law, appeals, and arbitration/mediation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judge on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals for over nine years. Irvine earned his LL.M. from the University of San Diego and his J.D. and B.S. from Arizona State University.

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

NIH awards BAI, Mayo $8.3 million

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) renewed funding for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) and Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, longitudinal study of the earliest changes associated with the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The award, an estimated $8.3 million over the next five years, continues NIH’s long-term support of the investigation.

The study, which began two decades ago, has been examining the subtle brain imaging, memory and thinking changes that occur in healthy late-middle-aged and older adults who have inherited from their parents either one, two or no copies of the apolipoprotein E (APOE4) gene, the major genetic risk factor for developing late-onset Alzheimer’s. Each additional copy of the gene significantly increases a person’s chance of developing the disease.

“We are extremely grateful to the NIH and our wonderful research volunteers for their support,” said Dr. Eric M. Reiman, BAI Executive Director and one of the study’s principal investigators. “From the beginning, this study has been driven by our interest in finding treatments to prevent or end Alzheimer’s as quickly as possible, and to provide the information and tools needed to do just that.”

By studying individuals at three levels of genetic risk, researchers have been able to get a sneak peek at the changes associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s. As study participants begin to reach older ages, researchers hope to further clarify the extent to which characteristic brain imaging and other biological changes are associated with subsequent clinical decline. Additionally, researchers hope to further clarify the number of at-risk persons needed to conduct prevention trials, as well as share this valuable resource with other researchers and further develop the methods needed to test the range of promising treatments as quickly as possible.

This longitudinal study began in 1994, soon after researchers discovered the APOE4 gene’s contribution to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. They have been following approximately 200 healthy volunteers with varying copies of the APOE4 gene, starting between the ages of about 50-65. Every two years, participants are monitored using an extensive battery of brain imaging, memory and thinking tests. A growing number of participants have also been providing cerebrospinal fluid samples. As many of the volunteers reach older ages, a growing number are now at risk for developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. This disease progression will give researchers the opportunity to characterize the extent of change in various biomarker and cognitive measurements. Data will be used to evaluate potential treatments that could combat amyloid plaques, which are strongly associated with Alzheimer’s, as well as help inform the design of future prevention trials.

“Like Dr. Reiman, I am excited about the opportunity we have been given to help advance the study of preclinical Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. Richard J. Caselli, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the study’s other principal investigator. “We also look forward to the chance to share our data and samples with other researchers to help advance the scientific fight against this terrible disease.”

The study has had a profound impact on Alzheimer’s prevention efforts. It has helped shape the field’s understanding of the progressive brain changes that precede the clinical onset of Alzheimer’s by almost two decades. It has also served as the foundation for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, an international collaborative formed to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven therapies. Data from this longitudinal study has also contributed to the development of the National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association research criteria for pre-clinical Alzheimer’s. It has also provided key information for the first reconceptualization of Alzheimer’s as a sequence of biological changes that progress over a person’s lifetime.

“By providing insights into the earliest Alzheimer’s-related changes to brain function and structure, this study is contributing to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’ Disease goal of finding effective interventions by 2025,” said Dr. Neil Buckholtz, of the National Institute on Aging, which leads the NIH research program on Alzheimer’s.

This work also includes researchers from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, organizations that are partners in the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. Dr. Eric M. Reiman of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Dr. Richard J. Caselli of Mayo Clinic are the two principal investigators.

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating and incurable disease that affects as many as 5 million Americans age 65 and older, according to a number of estimates. Without the discovery of successful prevention therapies, the number of U.S. cases is projected to nearly triple by 2050.

Nicole France-Stanton, office managing partner, Quarles & Brady.

Stanton named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal to be honored at its 13th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards. Stanton will join trailblazing female leaders from across the country in this honor and will be featured in the September/October issue of the magazine.

“Women Worth Watching award winners are role models to young women beginning their careers, and an inspiration to women in the pipeline,” says Profiles in Diversity Journal editor, Kathie Sandlin. “We are proud to tell their stories on lessons learned and obstacles overcome.”

In addition to her position as office manager partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Stanton is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Her experience includes defense of local and national law firms in legal malpractice actions and other business litigation disputes.

In the Phoenix community, Stanton serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum as well as a member of Chart 100 Women. She also is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching professional responsibility. A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton was the YWCA of Maricopa County’s 2011 Tribute to Women honoree, in the Business Leader category. She also was honored as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Business” by AZ Business Magazine.

Stanton recently has been appointed to serve as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee, newly established by order of Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, which is examining current processes for resolving business cases in the Superior Court of Arizona as well as reviewing business court models, processes, rules and procedures in other jurisdictions.

Stanton received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

David J. Jacofsky, MD, chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute.

Partnership unites Largest Neurological, Orthopedic Practices

Arizona’s largest and No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with providers at the Arizona Neurological Institute, the largest comprehensive neurological practice in Arizona. The agreement combines the largest orthopedic and neuroscience practices in Arizona effective October 1, 2014.

Details of the new partnership are still being finalized, but Arizona Neurological Institute physicians and staff will be formally employed by The CORE Institute. The Arizona Neurological Institute currently has nine Phoenix area locations spread out between Sun City and Scottsdale, however it has not yet been decided if any of the locations may be merged with the 12 facilities The CORE Institute also has across the Valley.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the talented team at the Arizona Neurological Institute to expand and enhance the specialties that we can offer to our patients,” said David J. Jacofsky, MD, Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “The CORE Institute is very proud to have grown into the largest orthopedic practice in Arizona and this partnership allows us to also become the largest comprehensive neuroscience practice providing accessible outpatient and inpatient neurological, physical and rehabilitative medicine services.”

“We view partnering with The CORE Institute as an important opportunity for our patients, our physicians and our staff creating an excellent fit combining their orthopedic expertise with our neuroscience expertise,” said Atul Syal, MD, President of Arizona Neurological Institute. “The CORE Institute has earned an excellent reputation nationally as an innovative industry leader maximizing best practices to benefit its patients and we look forward to furthering that mission as the organization continues to grow in Arizona and nationally. We are excited about using The CORE Institute platform and infrastructure to continuously improve our quality and grow our services. Musculoskeletal care, rehabilitation and the neurosciences are deeply intertwined and many conditions require the integrated approach of both specialties, making this a natural partnership.”

With the new partnership, The CORE Institute will now offer comprehensive orthopedic care, podiatric medicine, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, comprehensive spine care, rheumatology, neurology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, and infusion therapy.

Unveiling the countdown clock are Phoenix Councilwoman Laura Pastor, CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Jay Parry, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, David Rousseau.

Arizona Super Bowl Countdown Clock Unveiled

With 179 days and counting until Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which will mark the days, hours and minutes until the opening kick-off of the State’s third Super Bowl since 1996.

“We’re thrilled to have the Super Bowl XLIX countdown clock prominently located at Sky Harbor, the most highly-trafficked point of entry to the state. As we hit the six-month mark, this will help drive awareness and anticipation for the Super Bowl and all the surrounding events,” said David Rousseau, Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

The state-of-the art digital clock located in Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor is illuminated on a 55 inch, high-definition LED screen. After today’s unveiling on the west end of the baggage claim area, an additional countdown clock was illuminated on the east end of baggage claim in Terminal 4. The terminal serves more than 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers.

“The city of Phoenix is ready to host its largest Super Bowl celebration yet,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Phoenix Sky Harbor will be the gateway to the Valley for tens of thousands of Super Bowl visitors and we are working closely with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure the best fan experience the NFL has ever seen.”

In the month surrounding the big game, Phoenix Sky Harbor will serve an estimated 4 million passengers. The new PHX Sky Train will provide a quick, convenient ride from the airport to the light rail connection, giving football fans an easy way to travel to Super Bowl Central, a festival made up of 12 city blocks that will be the epicenter of free, fan fun, in Downtown Phoenix. Super Bowl Central will be held for four days leading up to the game.

Super Bowl XLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015, marking Arizona’s third Super Bowl in 19 years. At Super Bowl XLII in University of Phoenix Stadium on February 3, 2008, The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14. Arizona’s first big game, Super Bowl XXX, was held at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in 1996, with the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

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Fennemore Craig Expands Healthcare Practice

210Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional firm, announced Victoria Stazio has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as an associate practicing in the areas of healthcare litigation, professional liability, long term care and catastrophic injury defense.

“We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Stazio to Fennemore Craig,” said, Tim Berg, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “Victoria’s skills and experience further enhances the firm’s growing health care practice.”

Prior to joining the firm, Stazio worked as an associate at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer in Phoenix, Arizona. She also served as Deputy County Attorney with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. She earned her J.D. from St. John’s University, School of Law and her B.A. from Siena College. Stazio was a recipient of the Community Partnership Award from the Kingman Police Department.

Fennemore Craig’s healthcare practice includes more than 40 attorneys who practice in the areas of medical negligence defense, health care real estate, for-profit and non-profit health care facilities, medical associations and medical device companies.

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CenturyLink launches gigabit service for Phoenix businesses

CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability, as of August 18, of symmetrical fiber-based Internet and data connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) for a significant percentage of Metro Phoenix businesses as part of a fiber network infrastructure expansion announced today in 16 cities.

“CenturyLink continues to make significant upgrades in Metro Phoenix to support our network with the rollout of PrismTV service just over a year ago. Today we announce that CenturyLink’s network in Metro Phoenix is capable of delivering 1 gigabit speed fiber service to select businesses,” said Ken McMahon, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for the Phoenix market. “Businesses have trusted CenturyLink for years, and now they can trust us with their most advanced IT needs as new technologies evolve and cloud computing takes root. CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to navigate a complex and rapidly changing technology landscape. This is a great win for Metro Phoenix.”

By extending fiber-to-the-premise connections deeper into Metro Phoenix’s multi-tenant office buildings and surrounding business locations, the company has scaled its fiber network to offer competitive pricing on IP-based fiber bundles that converge data, Internet and voice service. Services in these bundles (www.centurylink.com/phoenix) leverage CenturyLink’s fast, symmetrical and affordable fiber connectivity while meeting the needs of businesses that desire business-caliber service level agreements, cloud-based applications and customer care ranging from supported to fully managed.

Fiber infrastructure has proven to be beneficial to economic vitality in many municipalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast in 2009 that jobs depending on broadband and information communication technologies will grow by 25 percent from 2008-2018, two and a half times faster than the average across all occupations and industries.

CenturyLink’s fiber-based business solutions are flexible and agile to support a business’s productivity as it grows by enabling employees to work in the cloud, share multimedia files, stream video content and back-up data in real time. CenturyLink’s symmetrical upload and download fiber speeds of up to 1 Gbps outperform the slower upload speeds available through basic business broadband providers, including many cable companies.

“Businesses of all sizes rely on high speed networked and cloud-based applications to run their operations, serve customers, sell products, and interact with suppliers. Fiber-based services optimally deliver the capacity, scalability and performance that these business-critical applications require; however fiber is not yet directly accessible to many business locations throughout the U.S. CenturyLink’s expanded gigabit fiber network brings new ultra-high speed, competitively priced service choices to these underserved businesses,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal analyst at Vertical Systems Group.

CenturyLink is delivering some of the fastest Internet speeds in the United States. Today’s launch in Phoenix coincides with the company’s business and consumer gigabit service launch in 12 other cities and extends the service already available in certain parts of Omaha, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

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Phoenix Housing Market in a Slump

The Phoenix-area housing market is officially in a slump. That’s according to a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, which reveals the latest details on Maricopa and Pinal counties, as of June:

* Though the median single-family home price went up 11 percent from last June, the forward price movement has dramatically slowed down from last year.
* Activity in the market remains sluggish, with single-family home sales down 11 percent from last June.
* A few slightly encouraging signs were for builders, who saw an uptick in new-home sales in June and their highest monthly total of new single-family construction permits in more than two years.

Phoenix-area home prices shot up from September 2011 to last summer, before slowing down and then even dropping a little earlier this year. Then, this June – after three months of almost stagnant prices – the median single-family-home price finally rose to $211,000. That’s up 11 percent from $190,000 last June. Realtors will note the average price per square foot went up about 10 percent. However, the report’s author says we’re not likely to see much more forward movement for a while.

“We’re in an 11-month slump in demand; sales were very low in the spring,” says Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “There are a few positive signs that demand may gradually start to recover during the second half of this year, but we are unlikely to see much help for pricing until 2015 because there is always a long delay – typically nine to 15 months — between any change in the market and the resulting change in pricing. Meantime, we may see a little downward correction, not a bubble bursting, as some have predicted.”

While sales of luxury homes continue to do OK in this market, demand for other categories remains weak. Sales of single-family homes and condos were down 11 percent from last June to this June.

Fewer investors are focusing their attention on the Phoenix area, now that better bargains can be found elsewhere. The percentage of Phoenix-area residential properties purchased by investors dropped all the way from the peak of 39.7 percent in July 2012 to 14.4 percent this June. That’s down around the historic norm for the Phoenix area. However, something is changing a little to create a different type of demand.

“We are finally seeing a change in the trend of low household formation,” explains Orr. “The nation saw some improvement in the second quarter of 2014. This means more people may be moving out and renting or buying their own homes.”

Perhaps in response to increased household formation, new-home sales had a pretty good month in June. For the first month all year, new-home sales topped the same time last year. In fact, new-home sales went up 5 percent just from May to June alone. New single-family construction permits also hit their highest monthly total since May 2012. Multi-family construction permits and rents continue on a strong upward trend, too.

Still, the supply of homes available for sale, especially at the lower end of the market, remains slim. Active listings (excluding homes already under contract) fell 5 percent during June. Also, new foreclosures aren’t broadly becoming available to create new supply. Completed foreclosures went down 35 percent from last June to this June.

Orr’s full report, including statistics, charts and a breakdown by different areas of the Valley, can be viewed and downloaded at www.wpcarey.asu.edu/realtyreports. A podcast with more analysis from Orr will also be available from knowWPCarey, the business school’s online resource and newsletter, at http://knowwpcarey.com/index.cfm?cid=13.

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United Way Announces New Board Members

Valley of the Sun United Way welcomes six new Board Members: Ruben Alvarez, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez, LLC; Bridget Olesiewicz, Principal, The Vanguard Group; Steve Purves, President and CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System; Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Rob Schaffer, Vice President and General Manager, USAA; and Farzana Scofield, Social Media Specialist for Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

As new Board Members, each will provide dynamic leadership to achieve United Way’s three Community Objectives: 1) Ensure Children and Youth Succeed; 2) End Hunger and Homelessness; and, 3) Increase Financial Stability of Families and Individuals.

“The depth and breadth of experience of our 2015 Board Members represent the diverse voices in our community, will facilitate even greater change in the Valley and broaden our impact,” said Merl Waschler, Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO. “Each has significant influence personally and professionally and will advance long-term community solutions as we transform individual lives.”

The new members will work with the existing Board and United Way executives to engage a broader base of community members to inspire them to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way. With a keen focus on creating new connections with businesses, seasoned professionals, young leaders and Millennials, United Way will build a stronger community.

“We appreciate our Board Members’ willingness to serve and look forward to working together to ensure each member of our community has the ability to achieve the aspirations we all share: a good education for our kids, food on the table, a roof over our heads and the security of financial self-sufficiency,” Waschler added.

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Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board

Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest.

Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock of Paradigm Technology, Inc.

The four new Advisory Board members bring nearly 100 years of collective business experience and each has a strong commitment to community service in Arizona serving a diverse range of industries.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that these respected leaders have joined our Advisory Board,” said Jack Barry, president and CEO of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona Region. “I look forward to their insights and counsel as we continue to expand our footprint in Arizona.”

The new board members join Jack Barry; Michael Lofton, owner and CEO of The Lofton Companies; Dianna Morrow, CFO Stotz Equipment; Rick Grayson, owner and CEO of Coffee Reserve; Dan Nahom, CFO of Smart Practice; Vickie Wessel, president of Spirit Electronics, LLC; G. Thomas Eggebrecht, president and CEO of Bonds Alarm CO, Inc, and Stephen Marsh, chairman and chief credit officer of Enterprise Bank & Trust on the Advisory Board.

The new Advisory Board members bring a diverse mix of business experience from various industries.

Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer: Beyersdorfer serves as Corporate Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations for Western Refining, Inc., and previously worked for companies across the country in Houston and St. Louis. Jeffrey earned his Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jason Funk: Funk joins the Advisory Board as the board president. He is president of Western Window Systems where he has worked since 1999 while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business Management at Arizona State University. In 2012, Funk was selected for the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list and is active in many business and community organizations including the MVP Foundation, which helps better the lives of children and families in need.

Bill Lavidge: Lavidge is the owner of The Lavidge Company, a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency based in Phoenix. Bill has held leadership positions for numerous organizations included KAET Public Television, the ASU M.B.A. Council and the Phoenix Suns Charities. Bill earned both his Masters of Business Administration and undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and has also taught as a faculty associate in the university’s marketing department.

Craig Rock: Rock is the founder and president of Paradigm Technology, Inc., a company delivering adaptive business models to fit a client’s IT solution needs. Prior to creating Paradigm Technology, Inc., Craig worked for Telos Corporation, Compushare Communications and Ticketmaster Corporation. Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the Pendergast Education Foundation, a scholarship program investing in future teachers in the Pendergast community. He also serves on the board of the YMCA of Scottsdale and as a committee chair at the Arizona Science Center.

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Taylor Morrison Donates Land for Elementary School

A new elementary school is underway for the Liberty Elementary School District, thanks to a land donation by local homebuilder Taylor Morrison.

The Phoenix homebuilder, currently developing Las Brisas in Goodyear, donated approximately 15 acres needed for the new elementary school earlier this year, with design on the brand new school currently underway by the Liberty Elementary School District.

In addition to donating the land, Taylor Morrison will also provide all offsite infrastructure required by the City of Goodyear to support the school.

“We felt it was important to help give our homeowners access to their new elementary school as soon as it was feasible for the school district,” said Bob Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Phoenix division. “Access to education is tremendously important to our buyers and we can’t wait for this beautiful school to begin to take shape.”

According to Liberty officials, the district is currently working with Goodyear to expedite the review and approval of the new school’s design. All of the necessary funds to build the school are currently available, Liberty officials added.

“We are confident that our strong partnership with Taylor Morrison will result in a world class school the community can be proud of,” said Dr. Andrew Rogers, Superintendent of Schools for the Liberty Elementary School District #25. “We are on schedule to open the new school for the 2015-2016 school year. It will feature two distinct signature schools on one campus, a visual and performing arts school and a dual language immersion school.”

Located in Goodyear, Las Brisas is the newest southwest Valley community to debut from Taylor Morrison, which was voted as the No. 1 Top Production Homebuilder 2014 by Ranking Arizona, the largest business opinion poll in Arizona.

Currently, Taylor Morrison builds three collections of homes at Las Brisas, ranging from approximately 1,600 to more than 3,900 square feet of living space in homes that offer up to five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and more.

For more information about Taylor Morrison, visit http://www.taylormorrison.com.

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Papa Murphy’s Teams Up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza has launched a new campaign to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). The 40 Papa Murphy’s locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona will donate $1 to PCH from every Mini Murph™ Make ‘N’ Bake Pizza Kit sold now through September 30, 2014.

The Mini Murph is a hit for children’s play dates, sleepovers and birthday parties. The pizza kit, which sells for $3, has everything kids need to be a mini pizza chef including a fresh seven-inch pizza crust, pizza sauce, 100% all-natural mozzarella cheese, and slices of real pepperoni (enough to cover traditionally or place creatively.)

“Everyone at Papa Murphy’s is rallying around this campaign. We want to do everything we can to help PCH.” said Ed Holmes, who owns numerous Papa Murphy’s locations around Arizona. “These children deserve every dollar we can raise, so we look forward to breaking sales records of Mini Murph this year.”

Last year’s promotion raised thousands to help Phoenix Children’s meet growing demands. Every dollar raised this year will help with patient care, research and medical education. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country and continues to strive for innovation, most recently announcing the formation of a new state-of-the-art pediatric institute for molecular medicine.

“Papa Murphy’s has been a generous supporter of Phoenix Children’s Hospital for several years,” said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We are so thankful for their ongoing support and are grateful for their generosity.”

To help, visit any of the 40 locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona. To look up an address near you, go to www.papamurphys.com.

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Sky Harbor Named Top Airport for Small Businesses

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the number one airport in the country for new small businesses, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General. The goal of the report was to identify which of the nation’s 64 largest airports have been able to successfully incorporate new DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) operators. According to the report, airports have several procedures in place to encourage contract awards to new small businesses, including unbundling major contracts and leases, entering into direct contracts or leases with DBE/ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) firms, outreach initiatives and financial incentives.

In fiscal year 2012, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport added 14 new small businesses – the most of any airport in the nation.

“Phoenix is a great place for small business, and I could not be more pleased with the results of this audit,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We are committed to supporting small businesses and building a diverse and sustainable economic future.”

In fact, the city of Phoenix helped secure $4 million in financing for small and disadvantaged business at the Airport. “It is vital that we support and encourage small businesses at Sky Harbor and the city of Phoenix,” said Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “Small businesses create jobs and opportunities.”

In 2011 and 2012, Sky Harbor rebid its food and beverage concession in Terminal 4, which serves more than 80 percent of the Airport’s passengers. The contracts were awarded to HMS Host and SSP America. Both have several local small businesses operating within those contracts and have brought extensive local, regional and national food offerings to the Airport, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Press Coffee Food &Wine, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Tammie Coe Cakes, and many more.

“We are honored to be able to provide opportunities to many local, small business owners,” said Aviation Director Danny Murphy. “It is not only good for the local economy; it also provides our visitors with a true taste of Arizona.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor also holds outreach events for companies interested in doing business with the Airport. For additional information, visit skyharbor.com. For the full report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, click here.

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Fennemore Craig shareholder elected to Childsplay Board

Susan WissinkFennemore Craig announced Susan Wissink, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve as Vice President of Childsplay Board of Trustees.

“We are proud of our attorneys’ willingness to serve in the community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Susan on her dedication to supporting initiatives to enhance children’s education and well-being throughout the Valley.”

Wissink chairs the firm’s business and finance practice group and represents buyers and sellers in numerous complex transactions, including asset and stock based acquisitions and sales, mergers and other business reorganizations. Wissink was elected as Fellow for the American Bar Foundation and currently serves as Chair for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. She earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. Over the past 36 years, Childsplay has educated and inspired more than four million young people and families.