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PGA TOUR Superstore Opens 3rd Ariz. Store

PGA TOUR Superstore announced the October 25 grand opening of its 20th retail store, which is located at 7000 East Mayo Blvd in North Scottsdale.

The new store’s grand opening celebration, which includes $30,000 in product giveaways and a $10,000 grant to The First Tee of Scottsdale, marks the company’s third Arizona location (joining the existing Scottsdale and Chandler locations) and is part of an ambitious growth strategy that more than doubles PGA TOUR Superstore’s current retail footprint over the next four years. In all, one million square feet of new golf retail space is planned during that time. In the coming weeks, PGA TOUR Superstore will also open its interactive retail experience stores in Orlando, Florida, and Southlake, Texas.

“North Scottsdale is an oasis for golfers and a premier market for our expansion,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “Due to the strong customer demand in Scottsdale, when the opportunity came to open this second Scottsdale store we jumped at it. Our plans are to double PGA TOUR Superstore’s presence over the next four years with up to 40 locations across the U.S. by 2018.”

PGA TOUR Superstores provide unique, interactive experiences to golf enthusiasts of all levels. The new North Scottsdale store experience includes:

Certified golf pros and personalized golf lessons
Five swing simulators for lessons and custom club fittings
Two performance practice bays with swing analysis
A 2,000 square foot putting green
Golf apparel, shoes and equipment from brands including adidas, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland-Srixon, Cobra-PUMA, ECCO, FootJoy, Mizuno, Nike, PGA TOUR, PING, TaylorMade, Titleist and Under Armour
“PGA TOUR Superstore is recognized as the retail authority for golfers who want to shop like the pros and have access to ‘all things golf,’” added Sullivan. “Our professional expertise and interactive environment inspires all types of golfers – from beginners to scratch golfers – to play the game and find everything they need under one roof.”
The North Scottsdale PGA TOUR Superstore grand opening event will take place October 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include $30,000 in giveaways, putting contests and swing evaluations.
In addition to the grand opening festivities, a demonstration of commitment to the North Scottsdale community will take place during a Friends and Family event on October 23, with a $10,000 grant made to The First Tee of Phoenix (thefirstteephoenix.org), a top youth development program for building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf. The PGA TOUR Superstore, in addition to grants, provides young people in The First Tee program with access to state-of-the-art teaching, club fitting and training in its stores. The First Tee of Phoenix has 125 schools participating in 13 locations serving close to 100,000 youth.

PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

“We are equipped to serve a broad range of golfers, with an emphasis on offering the industry’s best brands and providing the broadest array of services to meet each customer’s needs,” noted Blank. “We make it easy to get in and stay in the game, and we look forward to bringing our store’s products, services and expertise to golfers in North Scottsdale and to being a positive contributor to the community.”

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Hartford Place in Scottsdale sells for $7M

Cassidy Turley announced the $7 million ($104.79/psf) sale of Hartford Place located at 8388 E. Hartford Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz. Locally based Hartford Exchange, LLC and Reems & Greenway LLC purchased the ±66,800 square foot property from Newport Beach, CA-based Buchanan Street Partners (Newport Beach, CA).

Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Director Eric Wichterman and Senior Vice Presidents Mike Coover and Michael Kitlica represented the seller.

Hartford Place is a flex office/warehouse property located in the Perimeter Center Business Park, north of the Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Built in 2000, the building can efficiently accommodate single- or multi-tenant occupancy. At the time of sale, the property included approximately 19% office space with the remainder warehouse. The new owners are renovating the property for office use and have announced that 50% of the building will be occupied by HomeSmart.

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Talking Stick Launches Trolley Service

The Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced extended season trolley service that will be offered to visitors in the city of Scottsdale and patrons of the Talking Stick Destination beginning this month.

Complimentary Talking Stick trolley service will run 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, with extended daily service being offered during Spring Training season. The trolley will connect seamlessly with Scottsdale’s existing routes, stopping at several Scottsdale hotspots like the W Scottsdale Hotel, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chaparral Suites Resort, and will ultimately connect patrons to amenities located in the Talking Stick Destination Area, including Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort, Octane Raceway, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the Talking Stick Visitor Center.

“The Talking Stick Trolley is an extension of the service we offer each Spring Training season,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “Fans of sports, culture and entertainment will find many amenities to cheer about at Talking Stick and this complimentary service will allow them to enjoy them year round. We invite friends and visitors to let us take the wheel and bring you to the ultimate cultural and entertainment destination area that is Talking Stick.”

Service will run October thru May annually and is being sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and several Talking Stick area properties. For additional information on route locations and times, please visit www.TalkingStickArizona.com.

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Barrett-Jackson revs up for auction week

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ rolls into town Jan. 10 – 18, and the 44th annual auction promises fast cars, big headlines, a jam-packed social calendar and an abundance of other surprises when it makes its triumphant return to Scottsdale, where it all started.

Among the major highlights of this year’s auction is the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection, which includes the world-class businessman and car collector’s world-renowned lineup of rare collector cars, along with more than 1,000 pieces of automobilia. Pratte demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, and built the majority of his collection at previous Barrett-Jackson auctions, where he played an integral part in some of the most special moments on the auction block over the years.
This pristine collection includes Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicle – the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, that sold for a world record $5.5 million and a Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car, one of only two.

“This is arguably the most significant collection ever offered in Barrett-Jackson history,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are so privileged to be given this opportunity to showcase Ron Pratte’s unparalleled offering.”

The Ron Pratte Collection, featuring cars and over a thousand pieces of automobilia, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction, taking place January 10-18, 2015 with television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.

When: Jan. 10 – 18, 2015

What: The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Where: WestWorld – 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Will the Valley Embrace Google Fiber?

Haynes & Company, a leader in innovative grassroots research and analytics for institutional investors, announced additional findings related to its study of Google Inc.’s high-speed fiber optic internet service in Kansas City. Google is considering bringing its ultra high-speed Internet network in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Google launched the ultrafast internet service in Kansas City beginning with its community-led “pre-registration” program in 2012.  Turning to this new model for deciding where, and when, to launch its 1GB service plus its first-of-its-kind, lifetime free service option hold the potential of closing the “digital divide”. To assess the impact of the roll out, Haynes & Company sent a team of researchers door-to-door in six, low-income neighborhoods to gauge both the awareness and the adaptation of the fiber optic service.

The most compelling takeaway was that only 16% of households surveyed had subscribed to the service. However, in a bright spot for Google, the vast majority (81%) of those households that have not yet subscribed had heard of the service, resulting in a 97% product recognition rate for Google Fiber. Moreover, of those households that had heard of Google Fiber but were not yet subscribers, 37% rated themselves as likely to sign up in the next 12 months. And, a full 12% said they would definitely sign-up.

“While the adaptation rates are relatively low, Google’s efforts are paying off in that consumers are well aware of the product,” said Elizabeth Haynes, Founder and President, Haynes & Company. “However, what we also found in speaking to people is that one thing that is keeping them away is cost, this despite Google’s attempt to structure appealing payment plans.”

Twenty-three percent of those likely to sign up in the coming year cited cost as a factor that could keep them from switching or installing Google Fiber.

The Google Fiber service, which costs $70 a month, offers speed of one gigabit a second, about 100 times faster than the national average. A slower service – about half the speed of the national average – is free after a $300 installation charge. It is this free service that holds the greatest potential for closing the digital divide for lower-income customers.

As Google continues to roll out its fiber product, Haynes & Company believes that significant opportunity remains to capture market share; however, it will require providing more than just access.

“Google has a real foothold in the mobile phone market with its Android operating system, and they should leverage that,” added Haynes. “For example, by bundling the one-time installation fee with mobile-phone plans and having Google Fiber available for sign-up in carriers’ stores where benefits of the service can be reinforced, we believe Google could markedly increase the uptake rate for the free service.”

 

 

 

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

New Home Technology Debuts in Scottsdale

The new Estate Villas under construction at Sterling at Silverleaf will be among the first custom homes in the country, and the first in Ariz., to include the latest technology from Crestron, the global leader in home automation systems, including 4K Ultra HD, voice recognition controls, advanced energy-saving automation, motorized shades and wireless door locks.

Each of the 12 Estate Villas feature a Crestron whole-home automation system that controls every element within the home, such as audio, video, lighting, heating, cooling, entertainment, window coverings, security, and wine room temperature from four iPads positioned around the home. Crestron handheld remotes and touch screens provide additional control options.

The villas also include a proprietary Eco-Mode app, developed by Crestron and Sterling at Silverleaf, which monitors and adjusts home systems automatically to reduce energy costs by 20 percent or more.

As Arizona’s first and only gold-level certified residential community by NAHB and LEED, Sterling at Silverleaf offers the “greenest” homes in Ariz. and is the first to combine the utmost in eco-friendly upgrades within a luxury Home Technology residential community.

The latest features from Crestron that are now available in the homes include video distribution, multi-room digital audio distribution and complete centralized lighting control. Additionally, the villas feature Crestron motorized shades and draperies, and touch screen controls integrated with Yale Real Living™ wireless door locks. Details of the new features include:

4K Ultra HD Capabilities: Each villa will be equipped with a powerful Crestron video distribution systems to distribute 4K Ultra HD throughout the home. At a display resolution up to 4096×2160, Ultra HD TVs provide resolutions that are four times higher than the current standard of Full HD, commonly referred to as 1080p.

TSW Touch Screens: Each villa will have new Crestron TSW Touch Screens that combine the high-performance control expected from Crestron, with the elegant design elements found in the latest mobile devices. The new TSW Touch Screens provide the ability to use voice commands to control virtually anything—from playing a song, to raising the shades, to locking the doors.

Motorized Shades: Featuring exclusive Quiet Motor Technology™, Crestron shades provide silent operation and convenient, one-touch control. Automated shades lower utility bills and increase the home’s value and security. Crestron’s new Digital QMT™ Shade Motor (CSM-QMTDC-256-2) is now available. The first solution of its kind, it transforms home shading solutions with a brushless DC motor with solid-state control that is incredibly small, yet powerful enough for any job. The Digital QMT motor delivers energy-efficient and virtually silent performance for window shades of almost any size. Crestron is so confident in the reliability of the CSM-QMTDC-256, it comes backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Control from the iPad: Crestron appsControl from the iPad enable homeowners to take control of all the technology and systems in the home from their favorite mobile device such as the iPad, wherever they are in the world. Homeowners can monitor and control lights, media, climate, security and more from a mobile broadband or Wi-Fi® connection – all with the touch of a button.

Priced from $2.2 million and now selling, the Estate Villas are comprised of 12 luxury estates featuring three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

The villas combine exquisite interiors with the utmost in eco-friendly upgrades that are proven to save 74 percent in energy costs per month compared to a traditional home. Green features include spray polyurethane foam insulation, an energy efficient HVAC system, LED lighting, a hybrid water heater and dual pane Low-E windows, to name a few.

The new model at Sterling at Silverleaf is now open to the public, but appointments are required. Seven of the 12 estate villas are now under construction with completion in late 2014. The second model home will open in late August. The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information on Sterling at Silverleaf, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.

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Valley dining spots welcome patio season

It’s fall which means the desert is starting to cool down! Restaurant and bar goers all over the Valley begin to seek out the best spots to indulge in the beautiful Arizona weather. But look no further— these local restaurants have Valley residents covered with killer patios throughout Metro Phoenix.

TEMPE

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill: Located in Tempe Marketplace, Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has a great wrap around patio. With a southwestern exposure, the Thirsty Lion patio is perfect for watching the fall sunset. At this hip gastropub, you’ll find great food, more than a dozen big screen TVs, two bars and 52 beers on tap. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to close. For more information, visit www.thirstylionpub.com.

SCOTTSDALE

TapHouse Kitchen: Located at The Hilton Village in Scottsdale, this neighborhood kitchen features a seasonal menu of “Modern American Cuisine” prepared in a “Scratch” kitchen. The 3,500 square foot location accommodates 144 guests and features a rustic and woody décor. The restaurant has a fully air-conditioned patio, with a large garage door that creates an indoor- outdoor atmosphere. Take advantage of their happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy $2 off House Wine (Cupcake Chardonnay & Cabernet), $2 off all draft beer, spirits & wine on tap, $2 off all beer flights, $2 off all TapHouse Kitchen custom cocktails, $2 off Tap”House” Margaritas and $1 off all well drinks. TapHouse Kitchen is located at 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, #108 in Scottsdale. To find out more visit them at TapHouseKitchen.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TapHouseKitchen.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge: To both enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge this fall. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss—it’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner, happy hour or late night festivities. There’s also plenty of room for big groups or parties too! Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Enjoy ½ price bottles of wine (with purchase of food) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and all day Sunday. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

NORTH SCOTTSDALE

SOL Mexican Cocina: Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on margarita after a day of shopping or before a night out. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the vibrant heart of Scottsdale. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

Tilted Kilt: Overlooking downtown Phoenix at Cityscape is where this patio is located. At this Celtic-themed pub and eatery, you will always find five things: ice cold beer and plenty of it, a mouthwatering menu full of traditional and contemporary pub fare, large TV screens showcasing sporting events, a festive atmosphere full of fun and friends, and attractive cast members eager to put a smile on your face and make you feel right at home. Enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. www.tiltedkilt.com.

WEST VALLEY:

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the beautiful fall season. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. The Peoria location has one of the largest—lining the entire north side of the building with seating for about 50 people. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Peoria is a perfect place to unwind. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Uptown Alley: Uptown Alley, located in Surprise, is a 60,000 square foot family entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, an ultra-lounge and more. Check out their great patio during this fall at their full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill. Indulge in six-hundred calorie selections, gluten free dishes, craft sandwiches, new signature burgers and a custom Burger Bar. Guests can also take advantage of the special Tailgate Menu that’s available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout football season. The menu includes items such as Smoked Turkey Legs, Chili Cheese Franks and Stadium Nachos. During the regular season every Sunday guests can enjoy the Touchdown Special that includes one game of bowling, shoe rental and a $5 game card all for just $7. Visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com for more information.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation Hires New Executive Director

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation has announced the hiring of Kathy Kramer as their new Executive Director. Kramer brings more than 30 years of experience as a development officer with a focus on fundraising in health and human service settings including management, board relationships and strategic planning. Having grown up in Phoenix, Kramer also has a deep understanding of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“When my children were younger and as a working mother, my children attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for after school care and during school breaks,” says Kramer. “I saw the Club’s mission first-hand and I am thrilled to join the Foundation and build a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Quarles & Brady Managing Partner Nicole Standton, far left, firm Managing Partner Fred Lautz, Matt Dana and firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson attend a signing ceremony welcoming Dana to the team, effectively launching Quarles’ Scottsdale office.

Quarles & Brady Adds Dana Law Firm to Practice

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Matt Dana, a premier estate planning attorney in Scottsdale, will be joining the firm on November 1, along with two associates and two paralegals on his team. Their affiliation with Quarles & Brady will build on the work of Quarles & Brady attorney Trisha Baggs, a highly regarded estate planning attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office. With the addition of Dana and his team, Quarles & Brady will establish a presence in Scottsdale, its 10th location nationwide and third in Arizona. The new office will be located at 8817 E. Bell Road, Suite 201, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.

Dana Law Firm founder Matthew S. Dana will be joining Quarles & Brady as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. He will combine his highly developed Arizona trusts & estates practice with Quarles & Brady’s national practice, allowing the two firms to support and augment one another on a single platform, enhancing the new union’s ability to serve clients across Arizona and the country in general.

The new Scottsdale office will continue to serve local trusts & estates clients, but the service offerings at that location will multiply, as it delivers Quarles & Brady’s full range of business legal representations as a full member of the national network.

Also joining Quarles are associates Trevor Whiting and Todd Smith, and paralegals Jennifer Skubic and Kate Sieger. Whiting and Sieger will join Dana in the firm’s Phoenix office, while Smith and Skubic will work in the Scottsdale office.

“We’re gratified that our firm continues to grow at such a robust pace, especially because that growth is driven by solid opportunities,” said Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We look forward to increasing our trusts & estates portfolio through the special strengths that Matt Dana and his team bring to the firm, and we’re also delighted to add Scottsdale to our national service network. It’s a win-win development.”

“My team and I have been providing our clients with premium trusts & estates services for many years, and now we have an opportunity, together with Trisha Baggs and the entire Quarles & Brady team, to offer them even more assistance, in many areas of law, with the power and reach of a national firm,” said Dana. “My team will continue to offer the same excellent estate planning services to our many former Dana Law Firm clients, but the chance to take it up another notch by joining Quarles & Brady is too good to pass on.”

“We are very pleased to have Matt Dana and members of his team join our Phoenix office and to be opening the firm’s third Arizona office,” said Phoenix Managing Partner, Nicole Stanton. “Partnering Matt with our own Trisha Baggs creates a powerhouse trusts & estates ensemble right here in Arizona, enhancing our on-the-ground presence and the width and breadth of our nationwide practice, allowing us to better serve our clients here and on a national scale.”

Quarles & Brady intends to be an active member of the Scottsdale community, as it has been in Phoenix, Tucson and its seven other locations across the country. The firm has a long history of enthusiastic social responsibility, embraced by civic-minded lawyers and staff members alike. The firm is committed to supporting and sustaining its local communities through its Quarles Cares program and pro bono services, reflecting an ongoing devotion to making communities the firm calls “home” better places to live. Matt Dana is himself a long-time, ardent supporter of Arizona State University and has been active in several of its programs and initiatives through the years.

About the Attorneys:

Matthew S. Dana, founding attorney of the Dana Law Firm, has spent last 25 years building one of the top estate planning practices in the state of Arizona. Dana practices exclusively in the areas of estate and asset protection planning. His clients range from modest estates to the extremely wealthy, including multimillionaires and other similarly situated clients, some of which have a net worth in excess of $50 million.

Trevor Whiting concentrates his practice on estate/gift tax planning and estate/trust income tax planning. Whiting’s strong background in tax law is beneficial to addressing the tax issues that arise while planning or administering an estate. He handles the estate and income tax issues related to dealing with out-of-state fiduciaries or trusts and estates owning property in multiple jurisdictions.

Todd Smith focuses his practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and business organizations. Smith has extensive experience with business organizations, including advising business owners and preparing buy-sell agreements for business succession planning as well as advising clients with substantial wealth in forming business entities like limited liability companies (LLC’s) and family limited partnerships (FLP’s) for asset protection and estate planning purposes.

Jennifer Skubic assists clients in estate planning, probate and trust administration. She has firsthand knowledge of how to execute trust documents and how to fund a living trust and works very closely with the attorneys to administer trusts and estates once someone has passed away.

Kate Sieger has extensive experience with helping clients attain their estate planning goals and enjoys working with a diverse group of clients. She works closely with attorneys, helping clients administer an estate after the death of a loved one.

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Digital Marketing Firm Pyxl Headed to SkySong

Pyxl, a leading full-service digital marketing firm recently named to the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing privately-held companies, is going to make its new home at SkySong.

The company is relocating from another location on N. Scottsdale Rd. and will move to its expanded, 2,500 square feet location at SkySong in December.

Pyxl designs and develops custom websites, web applications and mobile apps that balance technology and design, while driving and monetizing web traffic. Additionally, Pyxl’s communication services include customized inbound marketing strategy development and integrated digital marketing and public relations campaigns. With offices in Boulder, Colo., Knoxville, Tenn. and Scottsdale, Ariz., Pyxl has gained a wide range of clients across the industries of healthcare, technology, education and retail. In August, Pyxl was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row. The list is published annually by Inc. Magazine and ranks America’s fastest growing, privately-owned companies.

With the leasing agreement, Pyxl’s presence at SkySong is a perfect brand fit for a digital firm recognized for its innovation.

“A company dedicated to growth and to results-driven digital marketing makes a lot of sense for the culture at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, the developer of the project. “They will feel right at home with SkySong’s shared focus on innovation and technology, and ultimately, growth.”

Brian Winter, CEO of Pyxl, said, “We are excited to move to SkySong, a home of innovators, forward-thinkers and entrepreneurs alike. We look forward to our continued growth while at SkySong and finding more collaborative relationships and opportunities in our own community.”

Pyxl is the latest addition to the growing SkySong project, which recently saw the completion of the SkySong Apartments and SkySong 3, the third office building at the property. With SkySong 3 achieving 90 percent occupancy well ahead of schedule, pre-leasing has accelerated on SkySong 4, with construction on the new building scheduled to begin in the next few months.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, is home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

• Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers
• Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises
• Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners
• Create a unique regional economic and social asset

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and it is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter. For more information on Pyxl, visit www.thinkpyxl.com.

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St. Joseph’s and Barrow’s add new board members

The Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation recently elected two new members for Fiscal Year 2015. The new board members are:

Barry Berman, of Scottsdale, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in business administration, a major in finance and a minor in accounting. He began his career as an equity trader at The Milwaukee Co. and Loewl & Co. Berman joined Robert W. Baird and Co. Inc. in 1974 as senior vice-president and director, working there for 32 years before his retirement in 2006.

Greg Valladao, of Phoenix, is a senior managing director at Cushman and Wakefield. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and history from Tulane University in New Orleans and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. For the past 30 years, he has used his extensive retail, sales, management and legal expertise to become a well-respected commercial real estate executive with a reputation as a regional retail expert.

The Board of Trustees of Barrow Neurological Foundation (BNF) recently added three new members and elected a slate of officers. The new members are as follows:

David Farca, of Scottsdale, is president of ToH Design Studio. Farca was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, a degree in medical imaging infrastructure from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Farca built a medical imaging business in Mexico that grew into one of the industry’s largest government suppliers. In 2000, he sold the business and moved to Scottsdale, where he and his wife, Mavi, opened ToH Design Studio.

Michael Hecomovich, of Scottsdale, is the founder and chairman/CEO, Global Marketing Services. Hecomovich earned a bacheolor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and business development for a wide range of organizations—from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures.

William R. Metzler, of Scottsdale, is the co-founder and principal of West Coast Capital Partners. Metzler received bachelor’s degrees with honors in accounting and real estate finance from the University of Arizona. He is a senior with the American Society of Appraisers and a certified public accountant. He has previously served as the managing director of New York-based ING’s Investment Banking Unit and Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Group.

BNF board officers are as follows: Chair—Michael Haenel, Phoenix, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial Industrial Services Group; Vice Chair—Dan Pierce, Phoenix, president, Kitchell; Treasurer—Karen C. McConnell, Phoenix, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; and Secretary—Michael R. King, Phoenix, founding partner, Gammage & Burnham.

St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation are nonprofit support foundations dedicated to raising funds for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Each foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders who serve on a voluntary basis. More information is available at SupportStJosephs.org, SupportBarrow.org or at the Foundations of St. Joseph’s on Facebook.

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Bioscience innovators will pitch at White Hat Investors

Bioindustry Associations from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region are coming together to present an opportunity for Angels, Venture Capitalists and Strategic Investors to connect with the biotech and healthcare investment opportunities from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest states at White Hat Investors 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17 and 18, 2014.

“The West was won by innovators, investors, and prospectors who understood the value of discovery and accepted the challenge of investing in new frontiers,” shared Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio). “Now, industry leaders and accredited investors have the opportunity to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at White Hat 2014, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region.”

White Hat Presenting Companies were selected from the region’s emerging innovation leaders in the fields of Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices, and Health IT. Presenting companies are developing lifesaving and life improving innovations that will benefit people today and for generations to come while addressing some of our greatest health challenges including cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, neurological disorders, infectious disease, and more.

On September 17th, over 400 life science industry leaders will gather to view a company showcase, browse a student discovery zone and listen to presentations from local life science entrepreneurs on the BioAccel Best of the Best Stage from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center. Free and open to the general public, it presents an opportunity for members of the community to connect with the region’s fastest growing innovation sector. The public pre-event will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by the AZBio Awards gala (registration required) honoring life science pioneer Roy Curtiss, III, PhD; Charles Arntzen, PhD, the Arizona State University Researcher who, with his team, played a key role in the development of ZMAPP, the experimental Ebola drug given to two health workers who were sickened by the deadly virus earlier this year; W.J. “Jim” Lane, Mayor of the City of Scottsdale for his work in developing the Scottsdale Cure Corridor; innovative educator Miles Orchinik, PhD of the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University; Jack B. Jewett of the Flinn Foundation for leadership of the longest running statewide bioscience development initiative in the United States; emerging technology leaders SenesTech, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, and Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals along with the 2014 Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

White Hat events continue on September 18th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix with presentations by privately-held life science companies presenting to attending representatives of family offices, investment funds, corporate investment/business development professionals for life science oriented firms (strategic investors), granting foundations, venture capital firms, and accredited investors. In addition to great company presentations in the areas of Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Health IT, White Hat includes THREE general sessions featuring panel discussions on the investment environment from the perspective of Angels, Strategic Investors, and VCs.
Presenting Companies were selected from the Rocky Mountain Southwest’s emerging innovator leaders in the fields of: Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices and Health IT and include:

• Aviratek, LLC
• Breezing
• Calimmune, Inc.
• CardioCreate, Inc.
• Convoy Therapeutics
• DiscGenics
• Elutin Vascular Inc.
• EndoShape, Inc
• Fluonic
• Imagenonics LLC
• Iron Horse Diagnostics
• INanoBio
• Kalos Therapeutics
• Kulira Technologies
• Meditope Biosciences, Inc.
• MSDx
• NeuroRecovery Technologies, Inc.
• NuvoMed
• NuvOx Pharma
• Pediatric Bioscience, Inc
• Portable Genomics, Inc.
• MedTalk Companion (Real Phone Corp)
• Recursion Pharmaceuticals
• RiboMed Biotechnologies
• Savoy Pharmaceuticals
• SenesTech
• Skylit Medical
• Sonoran Biosciences
• T-MedRobotics
• Valley Fever Solutions
• ValveXchange
• ViroCyt
• VisionGate
• Yolia Health

Representatives of the Old Adobe Mission join Mayor Jim Lane to receive a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award.  Pictured left to right:  Tim Conner, City of Scottsdale Environmental Initiatives Manager; Father Gregory Schlarb, Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; Rad Masinelli, board chairman, Old Adobe Mission; Mayor Jim Lane, Vice Mayor Guy Phillips, and Ernie Corral, whose family was one of the original families who built the church.  He attended services at the church as a boy.

Mission Wins Scottsdale Environmental Award

Picture3At a presentation by City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the Old Adobe Mission, the first Catholic parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the oldest standing church in Scottsdale, was recognized with a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award.

The Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards program was initially formed in recognition of the Late Councilman Tony Nelssen. It is a partnership between the city’s Environmental Quality Advisory and Development Review boards, assisted by members of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program’s purpose is to encourage and recognize aesthetically expressive sustainable designs appropriate to the upper Sonoran Desert and Scottsdale’s unique contexts, and promote expanded quality green & sustainable development through education by example for the general public.

In a new category for 2014 called Scottsdale Legacy Projects, the Old Adobe Mission was one of seven projects nominated. This category recognized projects over 25 years old that were built with a unique approach to Desert Sensitive Design. Four awards were made by a third-party jury of building and landscape architects, who recognized the Old Adobe Mission in part for its thick walls, deep-set windows and use of materials from the land during construction.

The City of Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards are presented every two years. For more information contact the City of Scottsdale at (480) 312-3111 or visit www.scottsdsdaleaz.gov.

Built by hand by the Mexicans who first settled in Scottsdale in the late 1910s, the Old Adobe Mission located at 3821 N. Brown Avenue was completed in 1933. Today it stands as a monument as one of only three remaining adobe structures in downtown Scottsdale. For more information about the Old Adobe Mission, its current “Building A Legacy” Renovation Campaign, or to schedule a tour, call (480) 980-3628. The Mission officially re-opens for the season October 18, 2014.

Bicycle Haus

Scottsdale Environmental Design Award winners showcase excellence

When designing its new building, longtime downtown Scottsdale retail bicycle shop Bicycle Haus considered the distinctive character of the surrounding area. It created a strong street front identity by integrating bench seating into an outdoor plaza and orienting the building to face the mountains. Native desert trees shade the parking to the west, as well as the plaza. Plus low-water use landscape was incorporated throughout the site. Thanks to its innovative design, the Bicycle Haus captured a Scottsdale Environmental Design Award (SEDA). Kael Keltz owns Bicycle Haus, 7113 E. First Ave. Jack DeBartolo 3 designed the project and R.J. Gurley served as the contractor.

 

The biennial awards program recognizes the best in Scottsdale design and architecture – aesthetically expressive, sustainable work appropriate to the upper Sonoran Desert and Scottsdale’s unique environment. The program serves to educate the public by example and acknowledge quality green and sustainable development.

 

Other SEDA winners:

  • North Scottsdale Park & Ride, 13655 N. Scottsdale Road, owner – City of Scottsdale, architect – DWL Architects and Planners Inc., contractor – Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Simply Dentistry, 7552 E. Camelback Road: Owner – Dr. Bicky Tran DDS, landscape architect – Gbtwo Landscape Architecture, contractor – Exteriors by Chad Robert

 

This year the awards committee established a new category, Legacy Awards, to recognize projects that are more than 25 years old that meet the same criteria as the SEDA awards. Winners are:

  • The Cattletrack Compound, 6105 N, Cattletrack Road: Owner – Janie Ellis, architect and contractor – the late George Ellis (Janie’s father)
  • The Old Adobe Mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Parish, 3817 N. Brown Ave.: Owner – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Parish, architect of record – Grandvell Shumaker, contractor of record – local parish members
  • The Scottsdale Medical Pavilion, 7221 E. Osborn Drive: Owner – Susan Bunst, Commercial Properties, architect – M + K Goodwin, Ltd., contractor – Redden Construction
  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 6427 E. Indian School Road: Owner – First Church of Christ, Scientist, architect of record – T.S. Montgomery, contractor of record – Chris G. Evans, Inc.

 

The Scottsdale City Council will recognize the award winners at its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

 

Read winning project summaries.

Chef Beau MacMillan & TNFL Founder Wayne Kostroski

MacMillan named AZ Cardinals’ celebrity chef

Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization, announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.

As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.

“With millions of people in America struggling with hunger, the need to do more is greater than ever,” said Zimmern. “I am honored to support Taste of the NFL’s efforts as culinary host and one of many of this country’s top chefs and NFL players that are raising money and awareness in support of food banks throughout the United States.”

This year’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger.

Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com. Prices are $700 each for guest tickets and $9,000 for VIP tables of 10. An exclusive Diamond Package Experience is also available. For more information, visit tasteofthenfl.com/superbowlevent.

Those who can’t attend the event can still support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by participating in the Kick Hunger Challenge. NFL fans can visit www.KickHungerChallenge.com and make a donation on behalf of their favorite team. All proceeds from the Kick Hunger Challenge go directly to food banks in NFL team cities.

Arizona fundraising efforts include a Valley-wide restaurant fundraising promotion that supports Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge to promote awareness and action to end hunger in America – with local funds raised staying in Arizona.

In the spirit of Super Bowl XLIX, Taste of the NFL is enlisting 49 local restaurants to participate in the challenge from October – December to raise funds and compete for a chance to be part of the Taste of the NFL action. All proceeds raised in the “Flavors of the Valley” competition will support two local food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix and Vista del Camino Food Bank in Scottsdale.

The five (5) restaurants that raise the most money during promotion will be invited to participate in the “Flavors of the Valley” area at the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®.

Taste of the NFL’s 24th Anniversary partners that have lent an effort to Kick Hunger include: E&J Gallo Winery, American Family Insurance, Low T Centers and TNFL’s newest partner, Arizona-based Avnet.

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Food Truck Caravan releases September lineup

The Food Truck Caravan, which is held every Saturday night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the NW corner of 5th Ave. and Goldwater in Scottsdale has an announced its September line-up.

Sept. 6 lineup includes: Aioli Burger, Sweet Magnolia, Focoso Pizza Food Truck, Queso Good, Grilled Cheese Truck, Saffron JAK, Roasted Shallot, Rock-A-Belly, Menime’s Wacky Waffle Truck, Udder Delights and Frosted Frenzy.

Sept. 13 lineup includes: Grilled Cheese Truck, Hey Joe, Wok n Rolls, Yatai Ramen, The Great Pho King, Grilled Addiction, Triple Dot, Queso Good, SuperFarm SuperTruck and Udder Delights.  A special Asian-fusion night is planned.  Chefs will make dishes with an Asian flair.  We will have a Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Dutch, Argentina and American chefs showcasing their best Asian street food.

Sept. 20 lineup includes: Aioli Burger, The Great Pho King, Sweet Magnolia, Grilled Cheese Truck, Focoso Pizza Food Truck, Rock-A-Belly, Triple Dot, 180q and Udder Delights.

Sept. 27 lineup includes: Aioli Burger, Louis Corrales, The Great Pho King, Saffron JAK, Roasted Shallot, Yatai Ramen, Udder Delights and Frosted Frenzy.

Other Happenings at the Caravan:
Caravan Cafe is our new open air market serving specialty drinks and gourmet pastry from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We have live music, bistro style seating and misters, each week.

Caravaner’s can reserve an exquisite tent designed and sit back and enjoy the evening as a local chef takes you through a five course culinary adventure. The décor in the Mirage Tent is Moroccan themed with comfortable seating, posh pillows, blankets and lighting. The Mirage Tent rents for $75 and up per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The Pharaoh Tent is another exquisite tent that guests can rent for private parties.  It’s decorated with comfortable seating, posh pillows, blankets and lighting and can be reserve for groups of 6-10 people.  For $85 a night, you get a private place to sit.  For $125 a night, you’ll get an attendant who will take you food order and bring it to you.  To reserve either tent, call Lori Baker at 480.251.1769.

Networking groups and large private parties can make reservations to attend any Food Truck Caravan.

Each week, the Food Truck Caravan rolls into downtown Scottsdale and provides guests with the best street food, a comfortable setting with a state-of-the-art misting system or heaters during the winter months, local music and artists.  The “Ate on 5th program allows guests to receive discounts to participating area merchants, restaurants and bars by purchasing food off one of the food trucks.

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Stingray Sushi celebrates 10 years, closes Old Town location

It’s a bittersweet day for the owners of Stingray Sushi. After 10 incredible years in Old Town Scottsdale, Stingray Sushi has shuttered its original location and is in the process of securing a bigger, better space in the heart of Scottsdale. But fear not Scottsdale sushi lovers, sister restaurant located right next door, Geisha A Go Go will be expanding their lunch offerings to seven days a week. Furthermore, the Stingray crew is already hard at work securing a new Old Town Scottsdale location, with plans to reopen in 2015.

“Back in 2003 we opened our little Sushi Bar inside a 2,300-sq.ft. space and we never thought Stingray would grow to include three additional restaurants all across the Valley,” says Bryan Chittenden, co-owner of Stingray Sushi along with Greg Donnally and Andrew Nam. “It’s bittersweet. We have so many amazing memories in that little space, we just outgrew it. We are super excited for our newest, bigger, and better location of Stingray in our home of Old Town Scottsdale.”

And speaking of new locations, Stingray Sushi is excited to announce it’s expanding to the South East Valley. Scheduled for completion in late October 2014, Stingray Sushi Chandler/Ahwatukee is housed inside a sleek, custom-built space just off the I-10 and Ray Road (900 N. 54th Street).

sushi_signThis stylish 5,000-sq.-ft. restaurant and lounge will feature Stingray’s signature bold, colorful and eye-grabbing décor, as well as two spacious and shaded dining patios. Here, guests will savor Chef Andrew Nam’s famously fresh, inventive take on traditional sushi, as well as a full selection of noodles, salads, soups, bento box lunches and signature entrées such as lobster dynamite, tempura battered king crab and yakiniku (shaved NY strip & Asian vegetables, stir fried in Korean soy sauce). Pair it all with a gourmet cocktail, beer or wine from Stingray Sushi’s extensive drinks list, handcrafted by renowned Valley mixologist, Jason Asher.

“We’ve been eyeing this neighborhood for a while,” says Bryan Chittenden. “We’re all big fans of the Chandler/Ahwatukee area and think it’s the perfect location for Stingray’s unique mix of great vibes and seriously awesome sushi.”

The new location at 900 N. 54th St. in Chandler will open late October 2014. Stay tuned for details at www.stingraysushi.com.

Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest Casino Arizona jackpot winner on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000.

Bingo player takes home more than $90,000 at Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, announced a winner in its U-Pick progressive bingo game. Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest jackpot winner trying her luck at the property’s O-75 in 20 numbers or less on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000.

“We are no stranger to jackpots at Casino Arizona, but $98,000 is truly life changing,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona. “It is thrilling to be a part of such a significant event in a person’s life and further to have played a role in it. We couldn’t be happier for Charlene!”

A bingo favorite, U-Pick allows players to select eight numbers between one and 75. A jackpot occurs when a participant’s eight numbers are chosen within the first 20 numbers called. As a progressive game, the jackpot for U-Pick begins at $5,000 and is increased $200 each session until it is won. The jackpot is then reset once again.

Casino Arizona’s 1000-seat Bingo Hall features various options for fun. In addition to oversized flat screen monitors, the facility offers 16 weekly sessions and a variety of food and drink specials. Bingo games offered include Double Action 9-Pack, Bonanza, Magic Ball, Starburst Mini’s, Sizzling 7, Salt River and Double Action Coverall just to name a few.

For more information on Casino Arizona’s Bingo games and prizes, call (480) 850-7777 or visit http://www.casinoarizona.com/bingo.aspx.

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

Italian food: Bruschetta

Italian association hosts “The Best of Italy” in Scottsdale

Join The Italian Association on Friday, September 12th, 2014, for a culinary experience that will leave your taste buds satisfied. The inaugural food and wine event will feature five top Italian chefs in the Valley and five top Italian wineries. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and lasts till 9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River in Scottsdale. There will be live entertainment, wine tastings and delicious bites.

WHO:
The Italian Association and five local celebrity chefs, Andrea Volpi of Local/Central Bistro, Chris Nocosia of Sassi, Gio Osso of Virtu’, Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante and Massimo Della Francesca of Taggia at Fire Sky Resort.

WHAT:
This is the first time The Italian Association has hosted “The Best of Italy” event. Guests will enjoy fabulous Italian cuisine and sophisticated wines from five top Italian wineries: Inama, Aia Vecchia, Marchesi di Gresy, Selvapiana and La Valentina. Live entertainment will be provided by accordionist Augie Figurelli and violinist Shannon Bohall.

WHEN:
Friday, September 12th, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Courtyard Marriott Salt River
Mark Ballroom
5201 North Pima
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

* To book a room with a special rate at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River visit “The Best of Italy” Food and Wine in Scottsdale.

COST: $50 members, $75 non-members. Price includes tastings of all chefs’ entrees and 15 wines from participating wineries. To purchase tickets, go to: brownpapertickets.com/event/835471

For more information on The Italian Association, visit www.italianassociation.org or you can like them on Facebook at facebook.com/italianassociation.

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Massage Envy Spa Opens 1,000th Location

Scottsdale-based Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today it has opened its 1,000th location in Exton, Pa. This milestone comes on the heels of significant growth for the 12-year-old brand, including reaching $1 billion in system-wide sales at the end of 2013.

Contributing to Massage Envy Spa’s success, the company recently expanded into Alaska, Montana and West Virginia, providing a pathway to wellness in 49 states across the country. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa has opened 59 new clinics, signed 33 new franchise agreements and is on track to open 112 locations by year-end.

“The last few years have been incredible in terms of growth for Massage Envy Spa,” said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer, Massage Envy Spa. “Our continued success is a direct result of the passion our franchisees, regional developers and team members bring to our clinics every day across the United States. We look forward to providing the residents of Exton with an unparalleled spa experience as we celebrate our 1,000th clinic milestone with them.”

A grand opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held today at Massage Envy Spa’s 1,000th clinic in Exton between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Guests can choose from a variety of massage treatments, including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Hot Stone Envy® and Geriatric. Other services, such as Aroma Therapy, Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy and Deep Muscle Therapy, can be added to any massage to enhance the experience. Additionally, the Massage Envy Spa Exton offers four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science. The Massage Envy Spa Exton clinic features 12 treatment rooms across nearly 4,000 square feet.

Following the Exton clinic opening, Massage Envy Spa is now considered one of the largest franchise systems in the country. According to FRANdata, the franchise industry’s source for objective information and analysis, only 2.4 percent of franchised brands operate 1,000 or more units. Massage Envy Spa is also the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists and 3,000 estheticians providing 1.5 million services every month to more than 1.5 million members.

Over the next several years, Massage Envy Spa is seeking to expand across the country. Territories are still available in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Southern Los Angeles County, Calif.; Des Moines, Iowa; Manhattan, N.Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; Lansing, Mich.; and Oklahoma City, Okla.; as well as other major markets from coast-to-coast.

To fuel this growth, the company is looking for specific franchisee candidates who have the ability and the desire to learn and follow a system that ensures value and customer satisfaction. Qualified franchisee candidates should have business sales or management experience, but do not necessarily need to have a massage therapy or spa operations background. They also should possess a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Depending on the real estate, Massage Envy Spa franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $412,600 – $938,900, including the franchise fee.

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WGM earns Microsoft ‘Champions’ award

WGM Associates, a Scottsdale-based information technology consulting, security and application development firm, was recognized by Microsoft as a “Small to Midsized Business Champion” at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

The Microsoft U.S. SMB Champions Club recognizes top performing partners that deliver cloud-based IT services and solutions to small and midsized business (SMB) customers. To earn recognition as an U.S. SMB Champions Club member, WGM Associates established a proven track record of delivering small to midsized businesses with the technology they need to grow and thrive, in many cases taking a cloud-first approach to IT services.

WGM Associates is a local provider of consulting, security, managed IT services and application development for Arizona-based small- and medium-sized businesses. WGM’s leadership team plays an integral role in all IT decisions including technology platforms, information governance, regulatory compliance, strategic initiatives, future requirements and budgetary planning. WGM remotely monitors and manages critical systems 24×7 throughout the Southwest via its network operations center based in Scottsdale.

“WGM is 100 percent focused on helping small to midsized businesses manage their complex IT needs,” said Steve Davis, president of WGM Associates. “We are pleased that our efforts are helping businesses succeed and have been recognized by a technology pioneer like Microsoft.”

“Members of the U.S. SMB Champions Club are committed to helping small and midsized businesses use technology to succeed,” added Cindy Bates, vice president of Microsoft U.S. SMB group. “We are proud of these partners and their dedication to driving cloud solution adoption in the small business community.”

The Microsoft U.S. SMB Champions Club program offers members the support they need to grow their cloud services business, with incremental benefits above those earned through the Microsoft Partner Network. Benefits include a dedicated partner account manager, who is focused on helping partners to grow their Microsoft business with SMB customers; marketing development funds to help partners promote their business, services and Microsoft solutions.

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Scottsdale Agency Earns Advertising Award

Scottsdale-based agency Nomadic won the Gold medal for Agency of the Year, Southwest Region at the 2014 Ad Age Small Agency Awards in Austin last night.

Presented by Ad Age, the leading global source of news and intelligence for the marketing and media community, the Small Agency Awards are the premier honors saluting outstanding work created by independent shops with 150 or fewer employees. The Small Agency Awards were launched six years ago to ensure that the groundbreaking campaigns and innovative brand ideas generated by smaller companies receive the recognition they deserve. The July 28 issue of Ad Age will feature a special section on the Small Agency Awards winners.

Nomadic’s award was based on client campaign work, as well as agency size, revenue, culture and leadership. Campaign work included Social Content Marketing for Disney Parks & Destinations, Promotion and Interactive Brand Experience for Disney Vacation Club, Website Redesign and Content Marketing for Diet Pepsi, and the Digital Content Campaign and Broadcast for Ubisoft’s Rocksmith.

“We were pretty blown away by the incredible talent and powerful ideas coming out of the small agency community,” said Abbey Klaassen, associate publisher – editorial and audience, Ad Age. “Their ambition and abilities make these kinds of firms highly attractive to clients seeking creative and agile partners — and to potential acquirers.”

Tim Washburn, Partner, EVP of Creative at Nomadic added, “We’re thrilled to be recognized by Ad Age for our accomplishments and proud to represent what the Phoenix market is capable of.”

The Small Agency Awards were presented during the annual Ad Age Small Agency Conference, which brings together hundreds of marketing, advertising, design, media, and brand professionals from around the nation to explore trends and issues impacting the nation’s small advertising agencies.

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Scottsdale Healthcare Shea in ’100 Great Hospitals’

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center was recently named one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by healthcare industry trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

With its selection of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, the editorial team from Becker’s noted several positives including surgical expertise, patient safety, education and research capabilities.

Editors also highlighted the hospital’s orthopedic programs and involvement in drug development research through the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute, which led to new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer and basal cell carcinoma being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is one of the economic anchors of the city of Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor along Shea Blvd. near Loop 101. The 433-bed medical center is designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“This recognition is for the dedicated team of physicians, staff, volunteers and leaders who provide the care, support, research and resources that make honors like this possible,” said Gary Baker, chief executive officer of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “We do not go about our work seeking these recognitions; it is truly a byproduct of the wonderful team that provides care in this community.”

To develop its list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated reputable hospital resources such as Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and other resources.

“Defining a hospital today, let alone a great hospital, has become an unusual sort of challenge. A hospital is no longer just a facility where people go to have a baby or undergo surgery. It’s become an organization that coordinates care for the masses and ensures patients stay healthy in the future,” editors noted in announcing the 2014 “100 Great Hospitals in America” list.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, each of listed institutions has a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform. “These organizations have played home to some of the greatest medical advancements in U.S. healthcare history, and they are also the bastions of their respective communities — serving the roles of academic hubs or local mainstays,” said Becker’s editors.

Scottsdale Healthcare is an affiliate of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and includes Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. For more information, visit www.shc.org.