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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.

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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.

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TV Series Spotlights Phoenix Custom Motorcycle Industry

Arizonans love their motorcycles. With a total of six Harley-Davidson dealerships in the greater Phoenix area, it is clear to see the brand of choice for many local riders. A subsidiary of this thriving commerce is the world of customizing these magnificent machines. Many of the country’s top bike builders reside in the Valley of the Sun. These creative geniuses are as colorful as they are talented, making them ideal characters for a reality TV show. On July 1st, the History Channel premiered “Biker Battleground Phoenix”, a series that chronicles the competitive, cutthroat relationships between the Valley’s top custom shops. Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation, John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts, Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs, Len Edmondson of Azzkiker Customs and Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks are the five builders featured on Biker Battleground Phoenix. These gentlemen are more than willing to provide plenty of fodder for the drama hungry cameras. From good natured smack talking, to intense altercations, the show offers a fascinating peek into the trials and tribulations of staying on top of a market that is as trendy as the fashion trade.

The current focus of the show is on the race to get ready for the largest motorcycle rally in the Southwest, Arizona Bike Week. This week’s episode featured Brian working feverishly from his garage/shop to get a bike completed in time to compete in the rally’s “Baddest Bagger in Arizona” bike show. Kody announced his plans to attempt an unprecedented “72 hour build” in his vendor booth at WestWorld, during Arizona Bike Week. Paul, considered to be one of the founding fathers of the custom bagger craze, is intent on getting his new concept, the SRT, ready to unveil onstage before the Big and Rich concert, Thursday night at the rally.

Arizona Bike Week 2014 was held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, April 2-6 and is unarguably one of the fastest growing rallies in the country. With attendance up 25% at ABW this year, it’s very apparent why these gentlemen are so eager to showcase their latest and greatest works of art to the massive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts the event draws from all across the nation. Even if you attended ABW 2014 and already know the outcome of the upcoming episodes, you won’t want to miss seeing the behind the scenes process that got each of these creations to the ABW main stage.
It’s easy to surmise what makes Arizona such a motorcycle mecca. Supreme riding conditions most months of the year, coupled with virtuously limitless scenic terrain, make it ideal for two-wheel exploring. The economic impact of this tourism focused industry is not lost on our state legislators. You may recall that the state of Arizona gave a nod to the local motorcycle community in 2012, when they commissioned Paul Yaffe to build the official mascot of the state centennial celebration, the “Copper Chopper”. The centennial parade was an organized motorcycle ride consisting of a reported 5,000 bikes, led by the Copper Chopper and ridden by its creator. This should certainly serve as confirmation that Arizona is truly a biker-friendly state.

Tune in to the History Channel Tuesday nights to see Biker Battleground Phoenix or you can attend one of the weekly viewing parties and meet some of the show’s stars at such local biker favorite watering holes as the Dirty Dogg Saloon, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and the Hideaway Grill. Early reports indicate rapidly rising ratings for this new show and there are already rumors of a second season.

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Banner Children’s Academy to open in Tempe

Students with autism, emotional and learning disabilities will have a new place to learn this fall when a nationally-accredited school, specifically established for their needs, moves to a larger, more expansive location in the East Valley. Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health in Scottsdale, opens for classes on Aug. 6 in Tempe.

Formerly known as the Howard S. Gray School, the Banner Children’s Academy is moving to a 15,000-square-foot location, which more than quadruples its size from its Scottsdale campus. The academy is accredited by the North Central Association and approved by the Arizona Department of Education. It focuses on teaching and nurturing emotionally fragile students, including those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The Banner Children’s Academy is for students in fourth through 12th grades.

One of the cornerstones of the school’s mission is to help their students prepare for life after high school. With the school’s move, there are renewed focus areas to help students develop practical work skills following graduation. Specific educational program focus areas include videography, culinary arts, agriculture, exotic animal care and computer skills.

“Our programs emphasize practical living and work skills which are critical for preparing students for life beyond high school,” said Dave Bachmann, an instructor at Banner Children’s Academy, who has taught at the school for more than 30 years. “That’s where the school and its new, expanded offerings will have huge impacts on the community and the kids who attend the school. Most of the students who graduate from our school take the skills they have acquired here and expand upon them in vocational and college settings.”

With two instructors per classroom, the academy’s student-teacher ratio is six-to-one. Classes focus on individualized learning plans tailored to meet the specific needs of the student. All instructors at Banner Children’s Academy are certified in both special education and in specific subject areas. Enrollment scholarships are available through the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship and Arizona Scholarship funds.

The new campus, located at 1410 West 10th Place in Tempe (south of University and Priest drives), includes a teaching kitchen, a science lab, an auditorium, an apartment unit to help teach independent living skills, an animal habitat learning center and a self-sustaining organic garden.

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Boulders’ spa turns over new leaf for autumn

Autumn will bring fresh changes to Scottsdale’s legendary Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders. The world-class spa is completing a series of refurbishments just in time to introduce its new fall menu of services, which will focus on healing and renewing skin damaged by the summer sun. Physical changes to the spa include renovations to the adults-only swimming pool, Watsu pool, and couples massage suites, and the debut of an exclusive Aroma Blend Bar.

Autumn Spa Menu Highlights

The autumn spa menu will introduce the Radiant Oasis Experiences, which employ locally harvested avocado, citrus and prickly pear cactus in a selection of treatments designed to regenerate and hydrate the body and renew the soul. Among these is the new Desert Rose Radiance service, which begins with an exfoliation of jojoba and desert rose and is followed by a soothing aloe mask – particularly beneficial for sun damaged skin. While wrapped in a soft cocoon, the spa-goer is then treated to a naturally lifting facial massage with prickly pear and pomegranate. The treatment finishes with a hydrating massage using the Waldorf Astoria Spa’s signature Desert Rose body lotion with a scent characterized as refreshing and uplifting.

For the sun damaged face, the spa’s revolutionary HydraFacial™ is a resurfacing treatment that includes a Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The results are immediately visible and amazingly dramatic.
“Fall Back to Beauty” value-added deals include:

· When guests purchase a series of (3) Hydrafacials they will receive a complimentary skin care kit. The cost is $525 for full series (the Skin Care kit valued $150).
· When booking a Desert Rose Radiance service, guests receive a complimentary Citrus and Desert Rose Body lotion. The cost of the service is $215 (the lotion is valued at $28.)

New Aroma Blend Bar: Described as “High Tech meets High Touch,” this innovative web-based Intentional Aromatherapy session guides spa-goers through a series of choices based on their needs and desires; ultimately arriving at a completely custom-blended “aromatherapy of intention” in the form of a body cream or lotion. The Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders is the first to offer this service, working in tandem with Body Bliss, a Sedona Arizona-based company.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa Café plans a healthy fall menu inspired by the autumn harvest of the 5,600 sq. ft. Organic Garden. Some of the delicious, fresh fare includes a Portobello Vegetable Wrap with arugula, tomatoes and avocado or the Red and Golden Beet Salad. Guests dining at the Spa Café will also be treated to a new misting system to enjoy the outdoors and stunning backdrop all year long.

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

Innovators get boost from Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has selected 18 recipients for AZ Fast Grant, a highly competitive grant program that provides qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to help them commercialize their innovations, grow their businesses and create quality jobs.

“Early stage companies play a key role in developing innovations that fuel our state’s economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “The AZ Fast Grant program helps companies with critical training, technical expertise and the ‘know how’ to secure additional funding and commercialization opportunities to propel their businesses.”

Companies may use AZ Fast Grant awards for professional consulting services (that may include an expert review of technology under development); a commercialization feasibility study; or other commercialization assistance such as training to compete more effectively for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.

More than 50 Arizona small businesses applied for this round of the AZ Fast Grant program and awardees represent a variety of target industries.

AZ Fast Grant Recipients include (Total: $141,000, plus an additional $134,000 in leveraged funds):

* Arbsource, Tempe – Bio & Life Sciences
* Arizona Medical Systems, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Elliptical Mobile, Chandler – Advanced Manufacturing
* Engineering Science Analysis Corp., Tempe – Aerospace/Defense
* Grannus, Tucson – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* Hildeez Enterprises, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* MediCoventures, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Movement Interactive, Laveen – Bio & Life Science
* Kulira, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Prime Solutions Group, Goodyear – Aerospace/Defense
* QuantTera, Scottsdale – Advanced Materials
* Saccadous, Scottsdale – Bio & Life Science
* Score Algae, Scottsdale – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* SiO2 Nanotech, Phoenix – Advanced Materials
* StatTransfers, Flagstaff – IT-Software
* Verve, Peoria – Bio & Life Sciences
* Vicinity Health, Chandler – Bio & Life Sciences
* YourLabs, Tucson – IT-Software

“I can honestly say the AZ Fast Grant really helped us get over the hump,” said Joe Marvin, Founder and President of Prime Solutions Group, a systems engineering and IT services company providing consulting expertise to government and defense contractors. Prime Solutions Group received AZ Fast Grant awards this year and in 2013.

With the help of AZ Fast Grant program support and technical expertise, the company recently secured $1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for its SBIR/STTR program submission this past fall. “We used our last AZ Fast Grant for commercialization strategy development, and that went directly into our federal proposal,” said Marvin.

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Danley Ranked No. 1 Selling Agent in Arizona

Walt Danley ranked as the No. 1 selling real estate agent in Arizona by sales volume, according to the REAL Trends “The Thousand: 2014 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals.” The list was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 27, 2014.

Danley is ranked No. 30 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having sold $167,105,094 in residential real estate in 2013. “The Thousand” list is comprised of third-party data and honors the top one thousand real estate professionals and teams in the nation.

Walt Danley is the president and namesake of Walt Danley Realty, a Scottsdale-based luxury residential real estate brokerage. The firm is Arizona’s affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and boasts the largest inventory of million-dollar estates within Arizona. Danley has sold nearly $3 billion during his 37-year real estate career, and has been ranked in the top one percent of real estate agents nationally every year since 1977.

“The secret to successful real estate transacting is conducting business with integrity, building strong personal relationships, and leveraging the strengths of your team,” said Walt Danley, president of Walt Danley Realty. “I am honored to work alongside a team of the most skilled real estate professionals with vast expertise, market knowledge and creative ideas.”

Walt Danley Realty represents luxury homebuyers and sellers in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Arcadia, Biltmore, Cave Creek and Carefree. Walt Danley Realty is located at 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, visit www.waltdanley.com.

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Arizona bioscience industry producing ‘aha’ moments

AZBio Expo 2014 had “aha moments” at every turn. With over 250 entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, legislators, scientists and researchers in attendance, the energy was sizzling and the outlook endless. Here are just a few of the event highlights, appropriately, A to Z:

A – Access to Capital is the key. No money. No honey. Capital fuels innovation and commercialization. In the first panel discussion of the day – Funding Paths for Innovators – AZBio chief Joan Koerber-Walker engaged Mary Ann Guerra (BioAccel), Paul Jackson (Integrus Capital/Worthworm) and Kelly Slone (National Venture Capital Association) in a no-holds barred discussion. “The entire ecosystem has changed,” according to Slone. “After the tech bubble burst, available venture dollars have been virtually cut in half.” Guerra explains that only one in 100 will get angel funding – and then only one in 100 will get venture funding. We need to think of new ways to help our startup entrepreneurs get funding.” Jackson urges innovators to think like investors and offers one solution with his online valuation process, Worthworm.

B – Bridging the Gap with the 21st Century Cures Initiative. “No industry has to face the challenges we face to bring a product to market,” says Koerber-Walker. “We have new hope in the 21st Century Cures Initiative. Google it. Watch the videos, See what they are doing. There is exciting stuff happening and some of it is happening in Arizona.”

C — Cure Corridor. Scottsdale’s Mayor Jim Lane shares his pride and plans for the largest concentration of bioscience businesses in the U.S., the Cure Corridor, bounded on one side by the Scottsdale Airpark on the West, and the Fountain Hills Mayo facility on the East, “a major driver of our economy, with $2½ billion in direct economic impact and $3.5 billion in indirect impact.” According to Lane, “Health and wellness are a part of Scottsdale’s identity. We should never stop asking how we can find new answers alleviate pain, restore health and improve the quality of life.”

D – Discovery. Development. Delivery. Valley Fever Solutions CEO David Larwood shared his company’s formula for achieving success in development and funding – The Five R’s:

Right drug.
Right patient.
Right safety.
Right time. (How long before we can sell it?)
Right reimbursent.

E – Epigenetics and Personalized Medicine. Start-up company INanoBio founder and CEO Bharath Takupalli, explained that the genome sequencing market is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2020. With a unique capability to combine nanotechnology and biomedicine, his company is in the lead for building new solutions now. “We aim to develop a $100 ultrafast nanopore-based desktop sequencer – a point-of-care diagnostic” that will help change the face of healthcare, he explains.

F – Funding needs to be the focus for the future. According to a Flinn Foundation/Batelle report, “Arizona has many bioscience strengths and opportunities, but a substantial increase in private and public investment will be needed over the next decade to realize the [Flinn Foundation’s] Roadmap’s goals.” Last year, Arizona bioscience sector attracted $37 million in venture capital investment, up from $23 million from 2012, but that is only a fraction of the $9.8 billion invested nationally.

The goal is to increase the annual investment up to $40 million for seed capital in emerging companies and up to $125 million in venture capital.

G – Genomic advances hold high hopes for positively disruption. Explaining that healthcare premiums are growing at three times the rate of inflation and wages, Frederic Zenhausern, Ph.D., MBA, president of Whitespace Enterprise, says “The new era of precision healthcare (also called personalized healthcare) will provide more accessibility, transparency and health information to improve – dramatically – quality and lower cost over time.” His start-up company, based in Fountain Hills, develops methods for automating and miniaturizing the workflow processing of biological specimens.

H – Henry Ford.“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done,” said Henry Ford. So does Robert Penny, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of the International Genomics Consortium and founder and CEO of Paradigm. “Phoenix has become the Grand Central Station for all the aggregating and analyzing cancer tissues. We have 10,000 tumors – and the information is publicly available. This will accelerate cancer discovery at a rate faster than ever,” he says. “This is a tidal wave that Arizona has led. Everyone in this room should be grabbing a surfboard and figuring out how to ride it.”

I – IPO: The nation’s top IPO of 2013 is right here in Chandler. With 380 percent growth in shareholder value, Insys Therapeutics, a commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical company, ended the year with a market cap of $800 million. Darryl Baker, the chief financial officer, explained how the company, founded in 2002 by Dr. John Kapoor, was determined to discover better ways to deliver existing medications to patients. A sublingual fentanyl spray technology delivers treatments to opioid-tolerant cancer patients and holds real possibilities for better helping patients with acute pain, major burns and pediatric issues. In the R&D pipeline now is the development of a pharmaceutical cannabinoid, aimed at easing epilepsy, peripheral neuropathy and cocaine addiction.

J – Jobs: 107,000 bioscience jobs – good-paying and growing. Arizona has nearly 107,000 bioscience jobs, based on 2012 industry data, and the sector contributes an estimated $36 billion in revenue to the state’s economy, according to a study by the Ohio-based Battelle Technology Partnership Practice. Hospitals account for 83,000 of those jobs and $22 billion of the revenue. Arizona’s average annual wage in the bioscience sector is $62,775, 39 percent higher than the private-sector average, the report said. Not counting hospital jobs, the average wage for bioscience jobs jumps to $85,571. (2013 data).

K – Kalos Therapeutics is building a promising platform for future drug discovery. Start-up innovator Michael Kozlowski, OD, Ph.D., chief science officer of Kalos Therapeutics, explains that their focus on transforming the atrial natriuretic family of peptides engages a natural biochemical mechanism. This approach holds promise for people with pancreatic cancer because it results in a more complete response, reduced side effects and improved safety and a longer period of effectiveness.

L – Let’s leverage every resource, strength, collaboration and person we’ve got! Arizona’s bioscience industry is aiming to increase research revenue for institutions statewide by 69 percent over the next decade to $782 million and attract additional anchors for the sector.

M – Medtronic models aggressive, needs-focused growth. Keynote speaker Ron Wilson, vice president and general manager of the Medtronic Tempe campus made it clear that passion for people runs through his veins. Locating a small manufacturing facility here in 1973, the company’s facility today covers 30 acres, has 900 employees and generates $17 billion in revenues. How do they do it? We follow our founder’s vision still: We understand what the unmet needs are and we apply our knowledge for the good of people all over the world.”

N – Next Level. “Arizona has made unprecedented progress over the last decade in developing the talent, building research infrastructure, and growing its base. Taking it to the Next Level will require new collaborative partnerships, forward looking leaders, and aggressive investments from both the public and private private sectors to take our place in the top tiers globally,” shared Koerber-Walker. ”Now is our time. Let’s get it done!”

O – Orphans no more. Valley fever, considered an orphan disease, hits about 150,000 people a year – 60 percent live in central Arizona. Current treatments have major shortcomings, with about 60 percent of those treated being unresponsive. The result is 2,000 serious cases and 150 deaths a year. It affects pets in nearly equal proportion. David Larwood, CEO of Valley Fever Solutions, has some answers. His company is developing Nikkomycin Z (NikZ) as a dramatically superior potential cure for Valley Fever. To help raise awareness and prevention, the Arizona Board of Regents created Valley Fever Corridor project, a public health program led by University of Arizona College of Medicine’s John Galgiani, MD, who is also the chief medical officer for Valley Solutions.

P – Policymakers are on board. Gov. Jan Brewer’s time is coming to a close and it’s time to decide which candidate can bring their best to bioscience. Recognizing that the Arizona bioscience sector is growing at four times the rate of the national average, candidates Christine Jones, Doug Ducey, Fred Duval, Ken Bennett and Scott Smith shared their ideas on how to ramp up funding and revenues in 90-second videos. Koerber-Walker says, “The most important thing we can do this summer is vote in the primaries.”

Q – Cues: Here are a few Q’s for success. Some lessons learned, courtesy of Robert Penny:

Make sure you have:

Complementary skills and expertise
Trust
Interpersonal chemistry (It’s better to navigate bumps in the road with people you trust than people you don’t!)

Pick the right projects:

Big enough to be worthy of your efforts
Complex enough to need partnerships
Audacious enough to move the field

R – Remembering Polio: Can Looking Back Catapult Us Forward? How did we cure the world of polio? What did it take to conquer the most feared disease of the 20th Century? What threatens our world today and how can we continue to keep people healthy with the right vaccines, for the right person at the right time? Gaspar Laca, state government affairs director at GlaxoSmithKime, engaged David Larwood, CEO and president of Valley Fever Solutions (and a person who has been directly affected by polio) and Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, executive director of The Arizona Partnership for Immunization, in a rousing discussion of what’s happening in Arizona today, the mounting threats of the ”vaccine exemptors,” and what we need to do now. (See Vaccines.)

S – Shoes. Did you see those shoes? “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world!” Enough said.

T – Tucson’s Critical Path Institute creates new tools. A jewel in the bioscience crown – and located right here in Arizona! The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) is a breakthrough organization, creating a new movement: “consensus science.” Keynoter Martha Brumfield. Ph.D, president and CEO, shared what can be achieved when people come together with the belief that a “rising tide floats all boats.” Working to improve the unacceptable 95 percent failure rate in the testing of new drug therapies, C-Path is improving medical product development efficiencies by identifying pathways that integrate new scientific advances into the regulatory review process. Check out their Alzheimer’s clinical trial simulation tool.

U – United we stand. Mayors Jim Lane (City of Scottsdale) and John Lewis (Town of Gilbert) will join Koerber-Walker and an Arizona bioscience-business contingent next week at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego (June 23-26), the world’s largest biotechnology gathering. They will surely scoop up new ideas, new connections – and with any luck, new investment!

V – Vaccines: Get ‘em! Talk about ‘em. Challenge the myths. Explain the realities. Polio. Measles. And whooping cough today. Without proper vaccinations, whooping cough (pertussis) could be the polio of our time. “As science-minded people, the best thing you can do is activate conversations about the importance of vaccinations. Here’s some help: Why immunize?

W – White Hat event brings in national investors. (Apply by July 15th.) “AZBio’s White Hat Investor’s Conference is the first ever life science specific investor conference to be held in Arizona,” says Koerber-Walker. “Kelly Slone [of the National Venture Capital Association] has been an amazing partner to bring this together along with the state bioscience association leaders from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region. Investors and investment firms from across the country will be here, so get involved. Even if you feel like you are not ready yet, take the leap and apply to present. “

X – “X” marks the spot for our next big gathering. Wear your White Hat! The West was won by innovators, investors, and prospectors who understood the value of discovery and accepted the challenge of investing in new frontiers. Meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at White Hat Investors 2014, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain & Southwest Region.

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

Presenting Companies will be selected from the region’s emerging innovator leaders in the fields of:

Diagnostics
Therapeutics
Medical Devices
Health IT

Y – Young Talent is being cultivated. We got it! With nearly 50 abstracts accepted and student presenters presenting at the Expo, Koerber-Walker got it right when she said, “These young people are going to be working on things that we can’t even begin to imagine!” Arizona’s tremendous mentoring people and organizations are sharing knowledge, support and inspiration. For example University of Arizona student Keeley Brown is destined to help the world crack the code on genetically modified foods and farming. (Her presentation was the “Epigenetic Effects of Transgenic Manipulation in Glycine Max (Soybeans).

Zzzzzzzzz – No one fell asleep at this conference! Catherine Leyen, founder and CEO of start-up RadiUp, says she comes to AZBio to stay abreast of the action, connect with like-minded people and soak up inspiration. Her verdict of AZBIO Expo 2014? Mission accomplished!

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Protect mortgage credit information from cyber threats

Hardly a day goes by without the revelation of another information security breach leaving thousands of consumers’ private information exposed to hackers and for sale to the highest bidders. Major retailers, financial institutions and educational institutions continue to be favorite targets of cyber criminals. As was seen in the recent breech with mega-retailer Target Corporation, hackers have found it easier to focus on less secure business partners to gain access. In the Target case, the retailer was compromised through a third-party vendor with access to Target systems. It’s also a scary fact that this may be the case with your financial institution as well.

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a division of the U.S. Treasury, the risk of cyber threats is growing and electronic bank fraud is increasing. The OCC reports cyber threats are growing in sophistication and frequency, and require heightened awareness and appropriate resources to identify and mitigate the associated risks. “The costs and resources needed to manage the risks continue to increase; at the same time, the tools and knowledge to conduct the attacks are more readily available. Additionally, institutions’ early adoption of new technology and their growing reliance on third-party providers may expand the overall system’s vulnerabilities to these attacks,” the OCC reports.

What can homebuyers do?

In this environment of increasing risk, what can you as a homebuyer do when purchasing a new home or refinancing to ensure that your private information is well protected? Is all the information the bank or lender asked for protected? What about all of the other people involved in the transaction? After all, loan documents contain every possible piece of sensitive information about you and your spouse. Just imagine if that data fell into the wrong hands.

You can take some comfort that new, recently-adopted federal rules with large penalties for non-compliance and industry best practices are intended to help protect you. However, you would be well-advised to ask whether your providers – lenders, banking partners, etc. – are complaint with these rules because not all are and you need to protect yourself and your data as best as possible.

In 2010, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and provided authority for the CFPB to supervise financial institutions for compliance with federal consumer financial laws, including existing laws intended to protect your non-public personal information or NPI. Providing real estate settlement services to one of these regulated financial institutions (like your bank or mortgage lender) is deemed to be providing financial products or services under the Act. As a result, the CFPB can bring enforcement actions directly against a real estate settlement services provider (such as your title insurance agent) for a violation of a consumer financial protection law – if they fail to protect your documents and security information.

Title Companies and ‘Best Practices’

In response, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) created a detailed program of industry “best practices” intended to put settlement service providers (title agencies and escrow firms) in compliance with the CFPB regulations. On July 19, 2013, ALTA published its version 2.0 of “Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices,” setting forth industry guidelines for business procedures and service levels. The best practices address seven main areas ranging from internal controls regarding trust accounts to protecting customers’ personal information and responding to complaints. However, Best Practice No. 3 deals specifically with protecting Non-Public Personal Information or NPI. In addition, Best Practice No. 3 includes requirements and procedures for physical security of computers, “clean desk” policies, risk management, disaster recovery, information security practices and methods for the encryption of private data.

For instance, loan and closing documents emailed to you containing NPI must be encrypted. Collectively, these practices are a means for settlement service providers to address the need for increased lender oversight and to ensure necessary safeguards to protect consumers. The implementation of the Best Practices is voluntary but an important means to ensure reduction of risk in the overall financial system and to protect against identity fraud. Banks, including large national institutions like Wells Fargo, have embraced the Best Practices Program.

Under the ALTA Best Practice Program, settlement service providers perform a detailed review and assessment of their operations — typically using an experienced third-party expert. The resulting “Best Practice Certification Package” is then used to certify to consumers, mortgage originators and mortgage servicers that the assessment found the firm to be in compliance with the ALTA Best Practices in all material respects and represent that the firm will remain in compliance for the next two years.

So back to the original question – what can you do to ensure that your mortgage loan data is kept safe and secure? One thing you can do is to ask your title agency about its participation in the ALTA Best Practice program and whether it has undergone a Best Practices Review. If not, you may want to ask for another title agency.

Chuck Matthews is a 30-year veteran of the banking and real estate industries. He is the Chairman and CEO of WGM Associates LLC, a Scottsdale-based information technology and security consultancy.

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Fired Pie opens Scottsdale location

Last year, locally-owned and operated Fired Pie, exploded on the dining scene in the Valley as the first fast-casual pizza restaurant. Today, the eatery announces plans to double their store locations by fall of 2014, going from four to eight. The fast-casual movement has continued to see an upward trend. For the fifth consecutive year it has far surpassed that of every other restaurant segment, according to research from The NPD Group.

“We are responding to the demand of all the pizza lovers in the community,” said Fred Morgan, one of the restaurants three founders. “We are listening to our customers and opening up more locations.”

The restaurant group has opened its fifth location off Greenway-Hayden Loop and Scottsdale Road in North Scottsdale. A downtown location is set to open at the Collier Center off 2nd and Jefferson streets and another location will open in downtown Tucson on the corner of Congress & Broadway. The eighth location will open in Ahwatukee Foothills at the Towne Center complex off Ray Rd and I-10.

On Wednesday, June 25th, Fired Pie will be giving away one free pizza or salad (per person) at their newest location off Greenway-Hayden Loop and Scottsdale Road. This is for dine-in only. The fast casual pizza restaurant is giving out the free entrees all day June 25th (at this specific location) in honor of the opening of their fifth restaurant. The newest store opens today and is located at 15425 N Scottsdale Rd #100 in Scottsdale.

“We are excited to launch in a new market as we feel there is a lot of growth in Tucson,” said Co-Founder Doug Doyle. “We are excited to expand to the southern half of the state.”

Fired Pie allows you to take on the role of chef by picking and choosing your own type of dough, sauce and toppings. The sophisticated-yet-affordable pizzeria also offers build-your-own salads. The concept behind the restaurant was born from the minds of Morgan, Doyle and Rico Cuomo. The trio worked together for more than 15 years, rising through the ranks of California Pizza Kitchen. They found themselves brainstorming about the art of making a great pizza pie: dough, sauce, cheese, fresh herbs, meats, sourcing local and organic ingredients—and knew with the right precision, they would create and build a pizza empire.

“On any given night you will see one of us working behind the counter,” says Cuomo. “We are hands on and proud of what we do and what we have been able to accomplish thus far.”

Fired Pie plans on opening six more locations next year. For more information, menus, hours and locations, visit firedpie.com or you can like their Facebook page at facebook.com/FiredPie.

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Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S.

Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for “foodies” in the U.S., according to a survey released Monday.

The top-10 list from Livability.com, a website that analyzes the nation’s most livable small to mid-sized cities, put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Connecticut, as a home for creative cuisine.

The rankings examined U.S. cities and their offerings in both dining and farmer’s markets, using accessibility to healthy foods, the availability of locally sourced products and the number of critically acclaimed restaurants and chefs.

Matt Carmichael, an editor for Livability.com, said the site created a short list by analyzing the percent of income spent eating out per city, the access to healthy food, the number of farmer’s markets and how often people went to local restaurants as opposed to fast-food joints.

The editors then dug into those cities with some finer points, he said, such as restaurant awards or Yelp ratings, to cull the list down to the top 10.

“The science gets us to the short list … the data-driven portion,” Carmichael said. “And from there, we’re looking at other lists, and we’re looking at … the James Beard (Foundation Award) winners and that kind of stuff.”

Scottsdale has been home to a thriving restaurant scene for a long time, said Megan Doyle, community affairs coordinator for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. With more than 600 restaurants to choose from, both Valley residents and visitors have plenty of variety, she said.

“You can find fantastic seafood or sushi, or you can find Mexican food, or you can find vegetarian options or whatever it may be,” Doyle said. “We really have a great mix of everything here.”

Livability.com named three restaurants as great indicators of the variety Scottsdale has to offer, including Citizen Public House, ShinBay and The Mission, a Mexican restaurant in Old Town.

Brian Raab, who co-founded The Mission seven years ago, said restaurants can thrive in Scottsdale because it offers a historic atmosphere, spring training baseball, arts and culture and, above all, plenty of sunshine.

“It comes together for a great recipe,” Raab said.

And Arizona has relatively low prices for visitors, he added, making the restaurants appealing for anyone looking for a night out.

“We don’t have these huge budgets,” Raab said of The Mission, “and I think there’s some greatness that comes out of that.”

The data indicates which cities support local restaurants and have an interest in healthy food, Carmichael said. But most of the country has already embraced the foodie culture, with more people looking for new restaurant offerings and locally grown food.

“It would almost be easier to do a list of cities that haven’t decided to be a foodie city yet,” he said.

Though Scottsdale could not top New Haven for the best foodie city in the country, Carmichael said people shouldn’t be too concerned with how each city stood in the rankings.

“These are 10 great food cities,” he said. “But yes, we do have to rank them somehow. Because no one wants a list that’s alphabetical.”

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Lisa Sette Gallery Opens Saturday in Phoenix

The Lisa Sette Gallery – which offered experimental and contemporary art for 28 years on iconic Marshall Way in Scottsdale – will blend its artwork and reputation with another work of art – an Al Beadle-designed midtown architectural classic – with a soft opening of its new location and the inaugural summer show, “Hello Midtown!” on Saturday, June 14. The reception, from 1-4 p.m., is open to the public.

A formal grand opening is being planned for the fall. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 12-5 p.m. or by appointment.

The gallery’s new location – the sleek, low-slung and semi-subterranean building at 210 East Catalina Drive – features expanded gallery and exhibit space, a full kitchen, additional storage and convenient parking adjacent to the 3,500 square foot building. The venue is the architectural twin of a building just across the parking lot to the east that is the home of PS Studios, a graphic design firm owned by Sette’s husband, Peter Shikany.

StarkJames principle Wesley James preserved the Beadle building’s original structure. The most striking change is a sun-protective fabric scrim that wraps around the building and “allows us to set the stage for what will be a beautiful transformation when the fabric is lit from the exterior for evening exhibition openings and special events,” James said.

Sette said the new location also will “provide intimate exhibition areas and greatly improved back of the house spaces for that are ideal for hosting salons, artist events and diverse arts programming.”

“After 28 remarkable years in Scottsdale, we’re moving to a location that reflects the important artistic, cultural and geographic growth of the city’s urban core,” Sette said. “Our new home will offer tremendous opportunities to introduce and engage new audiences to the original and intriguing forms of expression of the artists the gallery represents.”

“Hello Midtown!” will spotlight the diverse works of local, national and international artists from the Lisa Sette Gallery roster including Damion Berger, Rachel Bess, Huang Binyan, Enrique Chagoya, Kim Cridler, Binh Danh, Claudio Dicochea, Angela Ellsworth, Alan Bur Johnson, Jessica Joslin, Siri Devi Khandavilli, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Carrie Marill, Matthew Moore, Marie Navarre, Doug and Mike Starn, Anthony Velasquez and Masao Yamamoto.

There is no fee to attend the opening reception.

For more information, visit www.lisasettegallery.com.