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Arizonan buys historic Hassayampa Inn

Corporación de La Fonda announced today that it has closed the sale of the Hassayampa Inn, a 67-room full-service art-deco hotel built in 1927 and located in Prescott.

The property was acquired by Michael V. Kouvelas, current general manager of the hotel. Kouvelas is an Arizona resident and second-generation hotelier as principal of Aris Ventures, LLC and owner of Aris Hospitality Management, LLC.

“We are excited for Michael and for the future of this iconic property, as it is a dynamic hotel in an incredible location, “ said Jennifer Kimball, chairman of the board of Corporación de La Fonda. “The hotel has been a beloved getaway and respite complete with historical charm and hospitality. We are confident that Michael will continue to build on its success.”

Located in downtown Prescott near the historic Courthouse Square, Hassayampa Inn is a member of the National Trust of Historic Hotels of America. Built in 1927, the inn is one of Arizona’s oldest, offering modern amenities combined with a long tradition of exemplary service. It has 67 uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites, the recently renovated Peacock Room restaurant, bar and lounge, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, and a beautiful gazebo wedding venue.

“This opportunity to be part of such an amazing historical property and community is fulfilling dream that began for me while attending college in Prescott some time ago,” Kouvelas said. “The Hassayampa Inn is a true gem full of history and memories touching so many over the past 85 years, and Aris Hospitality Management is honored to continue those traditions.”

Sun Health

UA hosts Rural Health Conference Aug. 20-21

The Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will hold the 40th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference Aug. 20 and 21 at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, in Prescott.

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, administrator of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, will deliver the Andrew W. Nichols Rural and Border Health Policy Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 8 a.m. Wakefield will discuss the Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.

“We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Wakefield join our annual meeting,” said Dr. Dan Derksen, the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and newly appointed director of the Center for Rural Health at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “Between Medicaid restoration and expansion, and the implementation of the Marketplaces in Arizona, the state could see more than half of its uninsured covered by ACA provisions by 2015.”

The Rural Health Conference attracts a statewide audience of health care providers, academic, county and community health professionals, administrators, policy makers, and state and local leaders. This year’s gathering is notable for the 40th anniversary milestone and the focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Arizona.

For registration information, admission, directions to the conference and the agenda, please visit www.crh.arizona.edu or contact Center for Rural Health: Rebecca Ruiz, raruiz@email.arizona.edu, (520) 626-2243.

The Center for Rural Health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health was named 2013 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the United States by the National Rural Health Association. Home to the Arizona State Office of Rural Health, the CRH partners with other state agencies and organizations to improve the health and wellness of rural underserved populations through service, research and education.

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AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter.

Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President of Membership Julia-Isabel Davenport, Maximize Your Publicity; Vice President of Education Susie Molinich, American Express Meeting & Events, and Immediate Past President Donna Masiulewicz, Timeline Meetings & Events.  The Chapter Directors are: Director of Leadership Development Lynne Wellish, Triage Meetings & Events; Director of Fundraising & Special Events Tiffany Higgins, The Tiffany Event; Director of Strategic Alliances Dave Rosenbaum, Carefree Resort & Conference Center; Director of Monthly Programs Lee Smith, Hotel Valley Ho; Director of Recruitment Dave Borsheim, Hotel Palomar Phoenix; Director of Retention Jacqi Marth, Destination and Details; Director of Information Technology Danielle Adams, KCA; and Director of Public Relations and Marketing James Eggimann, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

“We strive to promote excellence within the meeting industry through education, certification, advocacy and business-to-business networking opportunities for our members,” said incoming 2013-2014 AZMPI President Jill Longfellow.  “Anyone who plans or supports meetings in any capacity, whether an administrative assistant or a caterer, can benefit from what AZMPI offers.”

The 375-member Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International was established in 1979.  Meeting Professionals International is the meeting and event industry’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meetings and events industry.  AZMPI offers monthly events providing education, and networking opportunities.  MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 80 chapters and clubs worldwide.  To learn more about AzMPI visit www.AzMPI.org or call 602-277-1494.

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Q&A with HSMAI president

Penny Allphin, the national sales manager for the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, is president of the Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry — including positions with Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Carefree Resort & Villas, and Radisson Poco Diablo Resort — to her leadership role with HSMAI.
Az Business had the chance to talk with Allphin about her background and where she sees the hospitality industry growing in the future.

Az Business: What attracted you to the hospitality industry?
Penny Allphin: I have been in the hospitality industry since I was 17 years of age, so I would have to say I grew up in the industry.  There are never two days alike and there is never a dull moment – which keeps it exciting.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge in the hospitality industry?
PA: Right now it would be the economy; it has slowed down the group meetings and with Arizona being a destination and relies heavily on conventions, conferences and tourism – the industry has definitely felt the impact.

AB: What has been you most meaningful professional accomplishment?
PA: There has been so many; right now I would say becoming the president of HSMAI, being the face and the voice for an industry that I am passionate about.

AB: What is some about you that would surprise most people?
PA: I enjoy doing home improvement projects, not afraid to play with tools.

AB: How did you become involved in HSMAI Arizona?
PA: It was totally be accident. I was attending a function for tourism and Dick Degnan, HSMAI International Hall of Fame member, asked if I was going to the Chinese auction, that is the event of the year. I knew nothing about the event so he invited me and my colleague.  I have been involved ever since.

AB: What differentiates HSMAI from other tourism-related professional groups?
PA: The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.

AB: What are your goals as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: This year my theme is M.A.G.I.C. – “Making Another Great Industry Comeback.” We as sales and revenue professionals in Arizona need to be the best in the country, we need to put Arizona back on the map for meeting, conventions and conferences – we have slated amazing speakers and programs to educate and inspire to continue to sharpen our skills.

AB: What kind of legacy do you hope to leave after your term as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: Passionate.  She lives and leads passionately.

Allphin

Q&A with HSMAI president

Penny Allphin, the national sales manager for the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, is president of the Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry — including positions with Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Carefree Resort & Villas, and Radisson Poco Diablo Resort — to her leadership role with HSMAI.
Az Business had the chance to talk with Allphin about her background and where she sees the hospitality industry growing in the future.

Az Business: What attracted you to the hospitality industry?
Penny Allphin: I have been in the hospitality industry since I was 17 years of age, so I would have to say I grew up in the industry.  There are never two days alike and there is never a dull moment – which keeps it exciting.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge in the hospitality industry?
PA: Right now it would be the economy; it has slowed down the group meetings and with Arizona being a destination and relies heavily on conventions, conferences and tourism – the industry has definitely felt the impact.

AB: What has been you most meaningful professional accomplishment?
PA: There has been so many; right now I would say becoming the president of HSMAI, being the face and the voice for an industry that I am passionate about.

AB: What is some about you that would surprise most people?
PA: I enjoy doing home improvement projects, not afraid to play with tools.

AB: How did you become involved in HSMAI Arizona?
PA: It was totally be accident. I was attending a function for tourism and Dick Degnan, HSMAI International Hall of Fame member, asked if I was going to the Chinese auction, that is the event of the year. I knew nothing about the event so he invited me and my colleague.  I have been involved ever since.

AB: What differentiates HSMAI from other tourism-related professional groups?
PA: The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.

AB: What are your goals as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: This year my theme is M.A.G.I.C. – “Making Another Great Industry Comeback.” We as sales and revenue professionals in Arizona need to be the best in the country, we need to put Arizona back on the map for meeting, conventions and conferences – we have slated amazing speakers and programs to educate and inspire to continue to sharpen our skills.

AB: What kind of legacy do you hope to leave after your term as president of HSMAI Arizona?
PA: Passionate.  She lives and leads passionately.

Fun Day Trips - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Fun Day Trips (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Fun Day Trips — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Jerome

P.O. Box K,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(928) 634-2900
azjerome.com, jeromechamber.com
Once an old mining camp, Jerome is alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians and families. The city is known as the “Largest Ghost Town in America.”


Cottonwood

1010 S. Main St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
(928) 634-7593
cottonwoodaz.gov, cottonwoodchamberaz.org
Surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, Mingus Mountain to the west and the Mogollon Rim stretching north and east, Cottonwood is located in the Verde Valley. Come visit the Verde Valley Wine Trail, Clemenceau Heritage Museum, Tuzigoot National Monument and more.


Globe

1360 N. Broad St.,
Globe, AZ 85501
(800) 804-5623
globeaz.gov, globemiamichamber.com
Located along the Historic Old West Highway, visit the Salado Indian Ruins at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park, walk historic downtown and its antique shops; or visit the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.


Payson

303 N. Beeline Hwy.,
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-5242
ci.payson.az.us
Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.


Prescott

201 S. Cortez,
Prescott, AZ 86303
(928) 777-1100
cityofprescott.net
Arizona’s territorial capital is the perfect place to escape summer heat.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Northern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Northern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Northern Arizona Day Trips — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Jerome

P.O. Box K,
Jerome, AZ 86331
928-634-2900
azjerome.com, jeromechamber.com
Once an old mining camp, Jerome is alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians and families. The city is known as the “Largest Ghost Town in America.”


Prescott

201 S. Cortez,
Prescott, AZ 86303
928-777-1100
cityofprescott.net
Arizona’s territorial capital is the perfect place to escape summer heat.


Mogollon Rim

100 W. Main St.,
PO Box 1380,
Payson, AZ 85547
928-474-4515
rimcountrychamber.com
One of the state’s defining natural features, this giant, slanting escarpment of volcanic and sedimentary rock and pine has amazed and hypnotized travelers for hundreds of years.


Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

336 State Route 179,
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-4838
tlaq.com
Tlaquepaque, the “Art and Soul of Sedona,” offers more than 40 specialty shops and exclusive galleries. Shopping becomes a joyful revelation of art treasuries and distinctive gifts.


Payson

303 N. Beeline Hwy.,
Payson, AZ 85541
928-474-5242
ci.payson.az.us
Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Grand Canyon - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Make Arizona Your Destination To Get Away From It All

There’s No Place Like Home

Arizona has something for everyone, which is probably why most of us choose to live here: sunshine, great scenery, Western history and multiple cultures.

Our state is also a favorite destination for travelers seeking a reprieve from cold weather in the Midwest and East. It has golf and spring training baseball and some of the best resorts in the U.S. But when was the last time you made Arizona a destination for you or your family? Hopefully this will remind you of treasures in your own backyard as Arizona’s Centennial celebration draws near.

Lake Havasu City

London Bridge, Lake Havasu - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Try counting the number of bricks it took to reconstruct the London Bridge, which spans the Colorado River. Our London Bridge is based on the 1831 London Bridge that crossed the River Thames until it was dismantled in 1967.

The Grand Canyon

Take a trail ride on a burro to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Go out on a ledge — OK, it’s horseshoe-shaped — at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. If that makes you nervous and you prefer solid footing, take a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway.

Tombstone/Bisbee

If you have the desire to see ghosts, some are bound to be strolling down the streets of Tombstone, “The Town too Tough to Die.” They even conduct nightly ghost tours. If you’re curious about the once-flourishing mining industry in Bisbee, you can go on the Queen Mine Tour.

Prescott

Prescott Rodeo, Photo: Arizona Tourism & Travel - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Have a cold one at an old-time saloon on Whiskey Row. If you enjoy watching rodeos, 4th of July weekend brings alive the oldest rodeo in the world during Frontier Days.

Route 66

Follow the “Mother Road” from Holbrook to Oatman or vice versa. Stop off at Meteor Crater or stand on a corner in Winslow. The Petrified Forest National Park is a sight to see as well.

Tucson

See and be seen at the semi-annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Then there’s Mount Lemmon, a winter (skiing) and summer (cabins in Summerhaven) playground. You can also take a tour of the missions in and around the Old Pueblo. In addition, check out a part of American 20th-century history with a visit to the Titan Missile Museum. It’s the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the U.S. The coolest part of the museum is experiencing a simulated launch.

Flagstaff/Sedona

Sedona Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Photo: Arizona Tourism & Travel - AZ Business Magazine Apr/Mar 2011Ski during the winter or take the Snowbowl Skyride during the summer. Jazz it up in October in Sedona at Jazz on the Rocks. You can also go for an artsy shopping trip at Tlaquepaque, or slip, slide away at Slide Rock State Park.

Sonoita/Patagonia

In the mood for wine? You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley or the vineyards of Italy and France. Just jump off I-10 south of Tucson and hit the vineyards of Elgin, Patagonia and Sonoita.


Arizona Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011