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Lenore Grobstein: 1944-2013

The AZ Big Media family lost one of its most dynamic and memorable members today.

Lenore Grobstein, who was vice president of sales and marketing for Ranking Arizona until she retired in 2012, died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 68.

Starting in 2003, Grobstein was the catalyst that helped build Ranking Arizona into the most iconic business directory in the state: a nearly 500-page annual that is based on the largest business opinion poll in Arizona.

Those who knew Lenore knows that she was small in stature, but big in personality. Lenore took great pride in showcasing the companies that were featured in Ranking Arizona. But if Ranking Arizona focused on individuals, there are several categories in which Lenore would rank No. 1. Most feisty. Most fearless. Most fiery. Most proud former Phoenix Suns cheerleader. Most fun. And now sadly, most missed.

Rest in peace, Lenore.

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Coup Des Tartes adds catering company

Ranked as the No. 1 French restaurant by Ranking Arizona for four years in a row, Coup Des Tartes is a charming, 15-year-old, bistro-style restaurant that patrons call one of the most engaging and intimate dining experiences in all of Phoenix.

With his exquisite attention to detail, owner Ron Pacioni has turned Coup Des Tartes into the longest-running BYOB (bring your own beer, wine or champagne) restaurant in Phoenix, while dominating that niche in the process.

Now, Pacioni is bringing his golden touch and exquisite taste to the catering and special events industry. Rendezvous Catering and Events is another masterpiece in which Pacioni has immersed himself. Rendezvous offers the same exquisite delicacies as Coup Des Tartes, just at a greater production scale. With a thoughtful and dedicated staff, Rendezvous Catering and Events vows to make any party an event. To help give those parties and events a place to call home, Pacioni has opened a new sister venue called Les Deux, which is located south of Coup Des Tartes on 16th Street.

“We can bring in a large corporation or a small group and provide great quality experiences,” says Pacioni, “At Les Deux, guests can receive a hotel experience without having to rent out a banquet room.”

Accompanied by an intimate setting and relaxing feel, Les Deux is designed to seat only 40-120 people. Pacioni created his new catering company because Central Phoenix was in desperate need of an eclectic special events corporation. By catering to all parties — whether they are weddings, corporate events or everyday social gatherings — Pacioni prides himself on finding a happy medium for all clients and providing a four-star meal with fantastic quality services.

“With any type of food  — from Italian, Mexican or even Coup Des Tartes style — the chefs are very talented and exceptional at customizing the menu for guests,” says Pacioni.
For whatever mouth-watering food the client is craving, Pacioni says his team at Rendezvous Catering and Les Deux will work with each individual to craft an eating arrangement to suit the needs of any party.

Since opening in December, Pacioni says he has high hopes and aspirations for his latest business venture. In the first quarter, Pacioni says the special events corporation has exceeded his expectations and standards as he plans to use Les Deux as an outreach to the events community.

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‘Top Lawyer’ voting nears end

Readers have only two days left to vote for Az Business magazine’s “Top Lawyers List.” To vote, simply go here:

Top Lawyers

The 2013 list will run in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. You can vote for attorneys who were nominated in these categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Voting will end at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

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‘Top Lawyer’ voting opens

Voting is now open for Arizona Business magazine’s “Top Lawyers List.” To vote, simply go here:

Top Lawyers

The 2013 list will run in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. You can vote for attorneys who were nominated in these categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Voting will close Dec. 14, 2012. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

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Nominations are open for 2013 Az Business’ ‘Top Lawyers List’

Each year, Az Business magazine publishes its “Top Lawyers List,” which is a guide to the best and brightest attorneys in Arizona. The 2013 list will be published in both the March 2013 issue of Az Business magazine, as well as the 2013 edition of Ranking Arizona. For the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List,” the editorial team is giving each law firm the opportunity to nominate attorneys in each of the following 15 categories:

BANKING
BANKRUPTCY/REORGANIZATION
BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT/LABOR RELATIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ESTATE AND TRUST LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
HEALTHCARE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
REAL ESTATE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SECURITIES AND CORPORATE FINANCE
TAX

Here is how it will work: You can nominate as many as two attorneys in each category. Be sure to include both the attorney’s name and the firm she/he works with. If you nominate more than two attorneys in any given category, the first two listed on your nomination form will be considered as your nominees. You can nominate attorneys in any or all of the 15 categories. Nominations must be submitted via email to Editor in Chief Michael Gossie — michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com — by close of business on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Nominations received after that date will not be considered for the 2013 list.

Once the nomination process has closed, all nominees will be placed on a ballot and voting will take place on our website — azbigmedia.com — from Dec. 1, 2012-Dec. 14, 2012. Attorneys, their peers, clients and associates will have an opportunity to vote. Those attorneys receiving the most votes will make the 2013 edition of the “Top Lawyers List.”

Now, it’s up to you. Who do you want to nominate?

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

What does the Inc. 500|5000 list, Ranking Arizona and Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards all have in common? They’re a mix of local and national business awards from incredible companies. There are several organizations that extend prestigious business honors to companies every day. So many, in fact, that a simple Google search for business awards yielded more than one billion responses; yes, billion with a “b.”

Some are based solely on growth, financial gain or employee happiness; some on areas or expertise or industry specific. Taking the time to research awards can be a lengthy but worth-the-while process.

Third-party credibility is an excellent way to show your employees, competitors, customers and potential customers that you know what you’re doing and that you’re in it for the long haul. If you work in an industry rattled with criticism and negative expectations, it helps to further set your business apart.

The benefits my business has seen are immense. You feel an instant camaraderie with past winners, and it’s a great way to network. We have had outside consumers, vendors and other companies call for advice as they apply for awards we’ve won. Our customers know the kind of service they’ll receive, and our employees love the recognition for their hard work and dedication. It has been a huge morale boost around the office.

Awards submissions are often a lengthy process that require several hours’, if not days’, worth of work; others take 20 minutes. I’ve found that looking at the requirements for awards such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Awards, or Angie’s List or ASU’s Spirit of Enterprise can be a great business check-up. It allows you the opportunity to look at your business with fresh eyes. How many hours of community service are you giving each month? What are your long term goals? What do you deem as your biggest accomplishment? How have your finances improved over the last three years? What is your customer satisfaction rate?

After combing through the requirements, if you notice your organization doesn’t qualify, ask yourself if this award is important to your business and industry. Would it make a difference to your consumers? If you move forward with applying, have your employees help with the process; make them feel part of the team. It’s important to have their buy-in. Moving forward, you may have to make difficult choices or changes; and if they have an understanding as to why those changes are coming, they’re more likely to embrace said changes.

Being nominated for any award, especially a business award, is a tremendous honor. One of the most important aspects of this process is working with the outside entity that nominated you or your organization.  Maybe it was your PR firm, maybe it was a colleague or a customer — no matter who nominated you, be present for the nomination process. Knowing exactly what they need from you in order to complete the nomination in key. Understanding their needs will help you share the most important successes and challenges your organization has gone through. And, be sure to thank the individual nominating you or your organization.

Being an award-winner is a great way to distinguish yourself and your company from your competitors in a tough market. In my experience, every effort required to complete an application or nomination has been a valuable experience and well worth the time.

AREA Awards

AREA Awards 2012: Company Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA) Awards — selected by a panel of industry experts — honor the state’s best and brightest real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, bankers, home builders, individuals who give back to the community, and those in the real estate business whose careers have left an indelible mark on the community and on the industry.

AREA AWARDS: COMPANY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Winner: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

AREA Awards: Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageProud to be named Arizona’s No. 1 Real Estate Company again by “Ranking Arizona,” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is Arizona’s largest full service real estate firm with offices throughout the state. As part of a 105-year-old company, its roots run deep in helping solidify the dreams of homeowners across the state and throughout our great country. Owned and operated by NRT, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona is part of the largest real estate company by volume of transactions in the world. The firm handles homes, condominiums, and land sales as well as providing property management and relocation services. Also, its luxury market expertise is second to none with sales associates and offices in 50 countries and territories throughout the world. Coldwell Banker is supported locally by President and COO Malcolm MacEwen; Regional Vice President Les Boomer; Regional Vice President, Tucson, Greg Hollman; Designated Broker Martha Appel; and an experienced team of branch managers, and sales associates. With Coldwell Banker behind them, clients have always been able to rest assured that they are represented by a professional team of top notch experts.

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

Ranking Arizona presents Best of the Best Awards 2011

2011 Best of the Best Awards Photo Gallery

Ranking Arizona hosted it’s special awards reception, recognizing the companies that Arizona’s public ranks as their favorites with which to do business.

Some of the Companies recognized this year include Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, National Bank of Arizona, The Go Daddy Group Inc., Rossmar & Graham, Scottsdale Fashion Square, CB Richard Ellis, Phoenix Convention Center, KPNX-TV – Channel 12 and  Wist Office Products.


Check out the full Gallery on Flickr…


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2010 Best of the Best Awards

2011 Best of the Best Winners

On March 31st, the 2011 Best of the Best Awards reception and dinner was held at Camelback Inn where Ranking Arizona recognized the companies that Arizona’s public ranked as their favorites to do business with.

During this special night of networking and celebrations, Ranking Arizona presented awards to its 2010 B.O.B. winners, 2010 and 2011 Platinum Hall of Fame honorees and the 2011 B.O.B. winners.

View photos of the event on Flickr.


Video by Nick Cervi

Congratulations to the 2011 Best of the Best Winners!

Advertising, Marketing & Media

Winner
KPNX-TV Channel 12

Finalists
News Talk 92.3 KTAR

The Lavidge Company

Business Services

Winner
Wist Office Products

Finalists
O’Neil Printing
Jani-King Southwest

Entertainment

Winner
Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Finalists
T. Cook’s at Royal Palms
Vincent’s on Camelback

Finance & Professional

Winner
National Bank of Arizona

Finalists
Arizona State Credit Union

Farmers Insurance Co.

Health Care

Winner
St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

Finalists
Chandler Regional Medical Center
Delta Dental of Arizona

Manufacturing & Technology

Winner
The Go Daddy Group Inc.

Finalists
Ping
The Boeing Company

Real Estate Commercial

Winner
CB Richard Ellis

Finalists
Ryan Companies US Inc.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Real Estate Residential

Winner
Rossmar & Graham

Finalists
Fireside at Norterra by Del Webb
Legacy Design Build Remodeling

Retail

Winner
Scottsdale Fashion Square

Finalists
Molina Fine Jewelers
Camelback VOLKSWAGEN Subaru Mazda

Tourism

Winner
Phoenix Convention Center

Finalists
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

2009 Best of the Best Winners


Ranking AZ 2010

Ranking Arizona: 2010 Hall Of Fame

These Ranking Arizona Hall of Fame Inductees have been ranked No. 1 for 10 years.


Congratulations to our Ranking Arizona Hall of Fame Inductees!

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Corporate Job Bank

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Insight

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Moon Valley Nursery

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

New Horizons of Arizona

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Salt Cellar Restaurant

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Schumacher European

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

SmithGroup

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Target Commercial Interiors

Ranking AZ 2010 Hall of Fame

Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

Best of the Best Awards 2010
2010 Best of the Best Awards

2010 BOB Awards: Real Estate Residential

The following companies won the Gold, Silver and Bronze rankings in the Real Estate Residential category of the 2010 BOB Awards.

2010 Best Of The Best Awards: Real Estate Residential


2010 Best of the Best AwardsPulte Homes
Home Builders: AZ

Year Est.: 1956
Developments: 97
Principal(s): John Chadwick
Price Range: $100Ks-$700K+
pulte.com

2010 BOB AwardsBuilding on a reputation of quality home construction and commitment to superior customer satisfaction, Pulte Homes and its Del Webb and Centex brands provide customers a home buying, building and living experience second to none. Pulte’s Arizona presence includes two Phoenix divisions and one in Tucson. Whether building for a first-time buyer, a growing family or new retiree, Pulte Homes goes beyond the old standard of customer satisfaction to a new standard of customer delight by exceeding expectations and building homeowners for life.


2010 Best of the Best AwardsGray Development Group

Multi-Family Builders

2010 BOB AwardsYear Est.: 1992
AZ Staff: 105
Principal(s): Bruce W. Gray
Finished Units: 2,055
graydevelopment.com

2010 BOB AwardsLegacy Custom Building & Remodeling

Remodelers: Homes

2010 BOB Awards
Year Est.:
1988
AZ Staff: 25
Principal(s): Mark Olson, Mike Daniel
legacyaz.com

2010 Best of the Best Hall of Fame