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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
Vanguard

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True Music Festival is Arizona's 1st multi-genre fest

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Barrett-Jackson, Cactus League Baseball… and a music festival?

Plenty of events attract visitors to Arizona, but one in particular is new to the state: True Music Festival, a one-day, multi-genre event. Founder Jarid Dietrich taps into the rich, cultured music scene of the area — one that, he says, just doesn’t get enough credit.

“For whatever reason, people just don’t think of the Phoenix music scene on a national level,” Dietrich says. “It’s the sixth most populous city in the nation and is made up of a lot of people who are first- and second-generation Phoenicians. What that means is there are people from all over, bringing their music culture with them from across the world. If nothing more, I want this event to be a vessel for them to shine in the national spotlight. Let’s put them on stage with the biggest acts in the world and let them share their gift.”

True Music Festival is a first of its kind in the state, embracing and showcasing both local and national acts ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to rock and hip-hop.

“I think the caliber of artists we are selecting from each genre is incredible,” Dietrich says. “These artists are well respected, not just by fans, but the music community in general.”

On the lineup so far is Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, The Flaming Lips, Lord Huron and Capital Cities, who have skyrocketed to success with their single “Safe and Sound.”

“We love festivals because of the energy you feel there,” Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says. “This is a result of bringing together a bunch of bands in one place. It creates an excitement you don’t find in other concert settings.”

The artist Merchant looks forward to seeing the night of the festival?

“I’m a huge Flaming Lips fan,” he says. “[I'm] looking forward to their set.”

Securing these artists may not have been the simplest task, but Dietrich says as soon as he revealed details on what he had planned for the festival, musicians started listening.

“It can be very difficult to get major artists to Arizona for a number of reasons, including political,” he says. “But when we started discussing with the artists, I think the concept spoke for itself, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also include live, interactive art installations and roving performers, so attendees are able to watch artists work, and in some cases, create their own.

“We want our first year to have a major impact on our guests and are working on some new experimental concepts that will really blow people away,” Dietrich says. “We’re working heavily on dimensional entertainment — things going on around you, beneath you and above you… I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but there are some really cool things we’re working on.”

True Music Festival’s goal is to provide a bit of everything, but just how did the name come about?

“We spent months discussing internally on what we thought would be appropriate,” Dietrich says. “We also wanted something that would get our message across right off the bat and keep in line with what we set out to accomplish — an authentic, genuine music experience.”

And it’s this experience that Dietrich hopes will draw thousands of attendees to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

“Since it’s such a trek for people in Arizona to get to a major festival,” he says, “a lot of them have never even had that incredible, grandiose feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. People have been waiting a long time for something like this.”

For more information about True Music Festival, head to truemusicfestival.com.

True Music Festival

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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True Music Festival is Arizona's 1st multi-genre fest

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Barrett-Jackson, Cactus League Baseball… and a music festival?

Plenty of events attract visitors to Arizona, but one in particular is new to the state: True Music Festival, a one-day, multi-genre event. Founder Jarid Dietrich taps into the rich, cultured music scene of the area — one that, he says, just doesn’t get enough credit.

“For whatever reason, people just don’t think of the Phoenix music scene on a national level,” Dietrich says. “It’s the sixth most populous city in the nation and is made up of a lot of people who are first- and second-generation Phoenicians. What that means is there are people from all over, bringing their music culture with them from across the world. If nothing more, I want this event to be a vessel for them to shine in the national spotlight. Let’s put them on stage with the biggest acts in the world and let them share their gift.”

True Music Festival is a first of its kind in the state, embracing and showcasing both local and national acts ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to rock and hip-hop.

“I think the caliber of artists we are selecting from each genre is incredible,” Dietrich says. “These artists are well respected, not just by fans, but the music community in general.”

On the lineup so far is Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, The Flaming Lips, Lord Huron and Capital Cities, who have skyrocketed to success with their single “Safe and Sound.”

“We love festivals because of the energy you feel there,” Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says. “This is a result of bringing together a bunch of bands in one place. It creates an excitement you don’t find in other concert settings.”

The artist Merchant looks forward to seeing the night of the festival?

“I’m a huge Flaming Lips fan,” he says. “[I'm] looking forward to their set.”

Securing these artists may not have been the simplest task, but Dietrich says as soon as he revealed details on what he had planned for the festival, musicians started listening.

“It can be very difficult to get major artists to Arizona for a number of reasons, including political,” he says. “But when we started discussing with the artists, I think the concept spoke for itself, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also include live, interactive art installations and roving performers, so attendees are able to watch artists work, and in some cases, create their own.

“We want our first year to have a major impact on our guests and are working on some new experimental concepts that will really blow people away,” Dietrich says. “We’re working heavily on dimensional entertainment — things going on around you, beneath you and above you… I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but there are some really cool things we’re working on.”

True Music Festival’s goal is to provide a bit of everything, but just how did the name come about?

“We spent months discussing internally on what we thought would be appropriate,” Dietrich says. “We also wanted something that would get our message across right off the bat and keep in line with what we set out to accomplish — an authentic, genuine music experience.”

And it’s this experience that Dietrich hopes will draw thousands of attendees to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

“Since it’s such a trek for people in Arizona to get to a major festival,” he says, “a lot of them have never even had that incredible, grandiose feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. People have been waiting a long time for something like this.”

For more information about True Music Festival, head to truemusicfestival.com.

True Music Festival

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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True Music Festival is Arizona’s 1st multi-genre fest

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Barrett-Jackson, Cactus League Baseball… and a music festival?

Plenty of events attract visitors to Arizona, but one in particular is new to the state: True Music Festival, a one-day, multi-genre event. Founder Jarid Dietrich taps into the rich, cultured music scene of the area — one that, he says, just doesn’t get enough credit.

“For whatever reason, people just don’t think of the Phoenix music scene on a national level,” Dietrich says. “It’s the sixth most populous city in the nation and is made up of a lot of people who are first- and second-generation Phoenicians. What that means is there are people from all over, bringing their music culture with them from across the world. If nothing more, I want this event to be a vessel for them to shine in the national spotlight. Let’s put them on stage with the biggest acts in the world and let them share their gift.”

True Music Festival is a first of its kind in the state, embracing and showcasing both local and national acts ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to rock and hip-hop.

“I think the caliber of artists we are selecting from each genre is incredible,” Dietrich says. “These artists are well respected, not just by fans, but the music community in general.”

On the lineup so far is Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, The Flaming Lips, Lord Huron and Capital Cities, who have skyrocketed to success with their single “Safe and Sound.”

“We love festivals because of the energy you feel there,” Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says. “This is a result of bringing together a bunch of bands in one place. It creates an excitement you don’t find in other concert settings.”

The artist Merchant looks forward to seeing the night of the festival?

“I’m a huge Flaming Lips fan,” he says. “[I'm] looking forward to their set.”

Securing these artists may not have been the simplest task, but Dietrich says as soon as he revealed details on what he had planned for the festival, musicians started listening.

“It can be very difficult to get major artists to Arizona for a number of reasons, including political,” he says. “But when we started discussing with the artists, I think the concept spoke for itself, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also include live, interactive art installations and roving performers, so attendees are able to watch artists work, and in some cases, create their own.

“We want our first year to have a major impact on our guests and are working on some new experimental concepts that will really blow people away,” Dietrich says. “We’re working heavily on dimensional entertainment — things going on around you, beneath you and above you… I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but there are some really cool things we’re working on.”

True Music Festival’s goal is to provide a bit of everything, but just how did the name come about?

“We spent months discussing internally on what we thought would be appropriate,” Dietrich says. “We also wanted something that would get our message across right off the bat and keep in line with what we set out to accomplish — an authentic, genuine music experience.”

And it’s this experience that Dietrich hopes will draw thousands of attendees to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

“Since it’s such a trek for people in Arizona to get to a major festival,” he says, “a lot of them have never even had that incredible, grandiose feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. People have been waiting a long time for something like this.”

For more information about True Music Festival, head to truemusicfestival.com.

True Music Festival

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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True Music Festival is Arizona's 1st multi-genre fest

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Barrett-Jackson, Cactus League Baseball… and a music festival?

Plenty of events attract visitors to Arizona, but one in particular is new to the state: True Music Festival, a one-day, multi-genre event. Founder Jarid Dietrich taps into the rich, cultured music scene of the area — one that, he says, just doesn’t get enough credit.

“For whatever reason, people just don’t think of the Phoenix music scene on a national level,” Dietrich says. “It’s the sixth most populous city in the nation and is made up of a lot of people who are first- and second-generation Phoenicians. What that means is there are people from all over, bringing their music culture with them from across the world. If nothing more, I want this event to be a vessel for them to shine in the national spotlight. Let’s put them on stage with the biggest acts in the world and let them share their gift.”

True Music Festival is a first of its kind in the state, embracing and showcasing both local and national acts ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to rock and hip-hop.

“I think the caliber of artists we are selecting from each genre is incredible,” Dietrich says. “These artists are well respected, not just by fans, but the music community in general.”

On the lineup so far is Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, The Flaming Lips, Lord Huron and Capital Cities, who have skyrocketed to success with their single “Safe and Sound.”

“We love festivals because of the energy you feel there,” Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says. “This is a result of bringing together a bunch of bands in one place. It creates an excitement you don’t find in other concert settings.”

The artist Merchant looks forward to seeing the night of the festival?

“I’m a huge Flaming Lips fan,” he says. “[I'm] looking forward to their set.”

Securing these artists may not have been the simplest task, but Dietrich says as soon as he revealed details on what he had planned for the festival, musicians started listening.

“It can be very difficult to get major artists to Arizona for a number of reasons, including political,” he says. “But when we started discussing with the artists, I think the concept spoke for itself, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also include live, interactive art installations and roving performers, so attendees are able to watch artists work, and in some cases, create their own.

“We want our first year to have a major impact on our guests and are working on some new experimental concepts that will really blow people away,” Dietrich says. “We’re working heavily on dimensional entertainment — things going on around you, beneath you and above you… I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but there are some really cool things we’re working on.”

True Music Festival’s goal is to provide a bit of everything, but just how did the name come about?

“We spent months discussing internally on what we thought would be appropriate,” Dietrich says. “We also wanted something that would get our message across right off the bat and keep in line with what we set out to accomplish — an authentic, genuine music experience.”

And it’s this experience that Dietrich hopes will draw thousands of attendees to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

“Since it’s such a trek for people in Arizona to get to a major festival,” he says, “a lot of them have never even had that incredible, grandiose feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. People have been waiting a long time for something like this.”

For more information about True Music Festival, head to truemusicfestival.com.

True Music Festival

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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Ashton Woods Tops List of Most Trusted Builders in America

Trust is the new currency by which customers evaluate the merits of new-home builders, according to ground-breaking national research of more than 21,500 new- home shoppers in the Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study SM.

The study finds that three-fourths of customers (76 percent) report that trust is a critical criterion by which they evaluate the merits of a home builder before making a purchase decision, placing significant emphasis on the perceived trustworthiness of home builder brands. “Home builders need to begin to ask themselves how consumers see their brand in regards to trust if they wish to effectively compete in the current marketplace,” said Lifestory Research President and CEO Eric Snider. “We find that the trust held by a customer toward a home builder is playing a central role among home shoppers as they seek to reduce uncertainty in the high-risk decision of purchasing a new home.”

The Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study tracks 133 home builder brands in the top 27 housing markets in the United States.  However, for purposes of examining builders at the national level for this release, a builder brand was included if a builder was in the top 30 builders in the United States and was selling homes in at least three markets.  Based on this, the following brands were included in the national study of the Most Trusted Builders in America: Ashton Woods, Beazer, Centex, DR Horton, David Weekley, Del Webb, Drees, Gehan, Highland (TX), KB Home, KHovnanian, Lennar, M/I, Meritage, Perry, Pulte, Richmond American, Ryan, Ryland, Shea, Standard Pacific, Taylor Morrison, Toll Brothers, Trilogy by Shea Homes, and Woodside.

The Most Trusted Builder in America was Ashton Woods, the nation’s 25th largest builder selling homes in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio and Tampa.  Ashton Woods produced a Net Trust Quotient Score of 111, followed in order by David Weekley Homes (108.5), Trilogy by Shea Homes (106.9), Perry Homes (106.8), Drees Homes (106.8), Meritage Homes (104.2), Highland Homes of Texas (104.2), Taylor Morrison Homes (101.6), M/I Homes (100.8), and Woodside Homes (100.8). Trilogy by Shea Homes also was recognized as the Most Trusted Active Adult Builder in America.

In a shift away from product usage and satisfaction research, Lifestory Research’s investigation focuses on how brands influence the purchase behavior of home shoppers. “We have seen a fundamental shift in consumer psychology that has occurred in response to the massive social revolution that has taken place over the last several years,” Snider said.  “Consumers are referencing customer advocacy organizations less for product information; instead, people are turning to their peers, friends, and digital social networks to garner opinions.  Moreover, in the process of shopping for a home, consumers rely upon their direct experience they have with the multitude of builder brands in a given marketplace.  As a result, we have seen brands rise in importance in the consumer purchase process.”

The study, in its first year, evaluates attitudes from thousands of consumers who are actively in the process of shopping for a new home in one of the top 27 housing markets in the United States.  Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score.  This score is based on the fundamental perspective that every organization’s customer can be divided into three categories: “advocates” are customers who feel a significant trust toward a given brand; “neutrals” are customers who trust a specific brand, but they do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands in regards to trust; and “antagonists” are skeptics who have little, if any, trust in a specific brand.

The most effective way to gauge the trust of a brand is to take the percentage of customers who are trust advocates and subtract the percentage of people who are dis-trusters.  Scores are standardized (using z scores and t scores) with 100 being equal to the overall average.  Scores can array above and below the 100 point average.  Each Net Trust Quotient Score represents the net value of a brand on trust.  A brand with a high positive score is an indication that the brand is trusted by a large portion of the target market.  Conversely, a low score is an indication that the brand is not trusted by the consumer marketplace.

To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have met all of the following criteria:  Household located in the metro area of one of the 27 markets in the study (see link for list of markets), a household income in excess of $50,000, between the ages of 25 and 69, actively shopping for a home during the last 90 days, and with intentions of owning their next home (versus renting).

Detailed information about the study can be found at www.lifestoryresearch.com/builderrankings.