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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.

Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks.

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.

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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.

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Nude yoga classes catch on in Valley

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of "R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple."

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of “R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple.”

You’re shaking to hold your Downward Facing Dog for just four more breaths and you glance over at your neighbor for a distraction from the weakness in your quivering arms. But in this yoga class, that distraction ends up being more than you bargained for – in this yoga class, clothing is optional and, more often than not, non-existent. Your seemingly innocent glance just instantly familiarized you with the moments-ago-stranger next to you.

Nude yoga has arrived in the Valley by way of Katrina Rainsong, simultaneously striking curiosity and terror into the minds and bodies of Arizonans; this is taking self-acceptance to a whole new level. “A lot of people show the first time as a bucket list kind of thing,” said Rainsong, instructor of R.A.W. Nude Yoga classes in Scottsdale and Tempe. “They come back because there is a refreshing feeling of relaxed freedom in the class.”

Practicing yoga while naked does bring to mind the notion of achieving the ultimate sense of freedom. You do not get much more vulnerable than fully exposing yourself, both literally and figuratively, via a bare-bottomed Happy Baby pose. Rainsong’s classes for R.A.W. Nude Yoga — R.A.W. standing for Revealed, Authentic and Wise — are clothing-optional to ensure her students’ comfort. She does, however, feel that practicing nude allows greater physical comfort “because your clothing isn’t shifting, and on a larger personal scale, you feel more in touch with your surroundings.”

For some, yoga has become another means of expressing style through fun, yet often expensive, clothing. In nude yoga, as Rainsong said, “it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing $10 yoga pants and the person next to you is wearing $80 yoga pants. All those ego structures get stripped away, quite literally.”

There is no structured undressing ritual in Rainsong’s class – everyone is clothed when the class begins and undresses at their own pace. Rainsong herself likes to warm up her muscles and slowly rid of her clothing as she moves through her practice. “It is a symbolized ritualistic expression in removing your layers,” stated Rainsong. Through this expression, she feels “people find a deeper meditative place.” However, sticking to her firm belief in the comfort of others, Rainsong supports students who don’t want to slowly remove the layers and prefer rather to completely de-robe immediately upon the start of class. At the same time, she recognizes that others fear revealing themselves and therefore allows them to remain fully clothed throughout the class. Whether wearing your birthday suit, or Lululemon’s latest pair of yoga pants, Rainsong wants the focus of the practice to be on “community and unity.”

The draw to that sense of community makes itself evident in Rainsong’s co-ed classes. When she began teaching R.A.W. Naked Yoga a year ago, Rainsong estimated the attendance of her classes was 80 percent male and 20 percent female. She began offering a female-only class, but said that, surprisingly, women tend to prefer the male-female balance in the co-ed classes. The scales have evened out and most of Rainsong’s mixed sex classes today are 60 percent male and 40 percent female.

All people interested in trying Rainsong’s class for the first time either have to come to the undisclosed location on the arm of a current student in good standing, or by e-mailing Rainsong herself with an explanation of why you’re interested in the class (which will warrant you an e-mail with the address and time of the class). Every person that attends her class goes through some form of screening to ensure the safety of participants. Rainsong, one of the most effective and supportive yoga instructors in the Valley, makes it a point to provide an environment of freedom and safe expression to students of her R.A.W. Naked Yoga class. She has created a place where, as described by Rainsong, “people find safety and a chance to be vulnerable. How often are we allowed to really feel vulnerable in a safe container?”

For more information on R.A.W. Naked Yoga, visit www.rawnudeyoga.com.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale honored for excellence

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Peter Rice, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Scottsdale’s GoDaddy files for IPO

Web hosting company GoDaddy is filing for an initial public offering.

The company known for its racy Super Bowl commercials says it has 12 million customers and is the largest provider of website domain names.

GoDaddy Inc. also said Monday that company founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures. He will stay on the board. Go Daddy plans to name a new chairman in the next few months.

The Scottsdale company has posted losses the last three years, with a deficit of $199.9 million in 2013. Its annual revenue grew 24 percent to $1.13 billion.

GoDaddy says it plans to raise up to $100 million, but that is likely to change as bankers gauge investor interest.

Barrett Jackson

Pratte Collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, is honored to be selected by world-class businessman and car collector Ron Pratte for the sale of his world-renowned collection at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction.

Ron Pratte, a businessman who demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. Pratte 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.

“This is going to create excitement beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “We have huge expectations for this auction.”

More information is still to come about this historic offering. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.

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Scottsdale Resort Offers Summer ‘Stay and Play’ Getaway

Scottsdale Resort gives its guests the best of both worlds: All of the excitement that bustling Scottsdale is known for within reach, yet all of the serenity of a secluded oasis. This summer, Scottsdale Resort invites guests from near and far to “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale” with rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends from May 23 through Sept. 1.

The Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale Summer Package includes:
• Deluxe accommodations
• $50 food & beverage credit
• Weekend movie showings in the resort’s Pueblo Theater

Once checked in to Scottsdale Resort, guests have a wide variety of activities available (or, if you prefer, lack of activities as you lounge by one of our two sparkling pools), including:
• Golf: Surrounded by McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale Resort guests receive preferred rates and tee times for 36 holes of championship golf.
• Dining: Palm Court, award-winning fine dining; Vista Verde, casual dining at its best; Sangria’s, our lounge and billiards room serving cocktails and snacks; Vista Sol Café, to sate hunger and thirst on the go.
• Amansala Spa/Salon & Fitness Center: Our spa offers a multitude of spa services and treatments to refresh both mind and body. Our full-service salon features European skin care treatments. The Fitness Center includes four tennis courts, cardiovascular machines, treadmills, and strength training equipment.
• Bike riding/jogging: Located conveniently in beautiful McCormick Ranch, guests can go for a bike ride on our rental bicycles or go jogging along the 7-mile biking/jogging trail next to the resort.
• Scottsdale’s charm: Centrally situated in Scottsdale, guests can enjoy world-class shopping, dining, and outdoor adventure within minutes of the resort.

*Rate does not include $20 daily resort fee, taxes & surcharges. Based on availability.

For more information on the resort, visit TheScottsdaleResort.com.

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One Stop Voice completes sale to Crexendo

Two Phoenix-based businesses have announced a purchase agreement of One Stop Voice (OSV) to Crexendo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EXE). OSV, a company built by Joshua Simon, president of SimonCRE, provides top of the line, feature rich, cloud-based communications systems to small and medium sized business customers. OSV is located in Scottsdale and focuses on Arizona markets while providing telecom services nationwide. Crexendo is a hosted services company that provides hosted telecommunications services, hosted website services, website development software and broadband internet services for businesses and entrepreneurs. Their corporate offices are in Tempe.

This purchase will transfer certain infrastructure and customers of OSV to Crexendo. Crexendo has hired OSV’s customer service supervisor as well as their sales director to assure a smooth migration of OSV’s customer base into Crexendo. In addition Crexendo has entered into an agreement with OSV to maintain certain support functions to assure a seamless transition with no disruption to any customers.

Steven G. Mihaylo, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased with the OSV asset purchase and the synergies that our companies offer each other. We have indicated that we intend to grow our business both by acquisition and organically. We expect to add approximately $500,000 in annual revenues with this acquisition and we expect the acquisition to be accretive from day one. This acquisition confirms our commitment to acquiring accretive companies that expand our customer base and increase shareholder value. At the same time, we continue to make improvements to our internal sales as well as our dealer/partner program which we also expect will increase shareholder value.”

“We knew that to keep providing the level of service our customers expect, substantial infrastructure investment was required,” says Simon of the deal. “Crexendo provides world-class products and services and we knew our customers were in excellent hands. We are confident Crexendo will continue to provide the level of service that OSV customers have enjoyed while having the additional opportunity to provide some expanded services and offerings Crexendo has available.”

Simon is now able to focus his attention to his other business venture, SimonCRE, which is a nationally focused commercial real estate development company.

The-Standard

New to Market: The Standard

Developer: Trinsic Development
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: ORB Architecture
Location: N. 69th and Main streets, Scottsdale
Size: 172KSF
Value: $17M
Start/Completion: April 2014 to July 2015

The Standard is a 172KSF market-rate apartment development on a three-acre site in Scottsdale (adjacent to the historic Hotel Valley Ho). The development will contain 134 units of high-end apartments with below grade parking.

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Scottsdale Healthcare cancer programs honored

The cancer programs at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, including the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, have been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).

The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Scottsdale Healthcare has the only two cancer programs in Arizona and is among a select group of 74 healthcare facilities across the U.S. to receive the CoC national Outstanding Achievement Award.

“This award is a reflection of the dedication and expertise of our cancer care team, who have dedicated their careers to caring for cancer patients and work tirelessly to provide comprehensive, high quality and compassionate care to our patients,” said Gary Baker, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s cancer programs were evaluated on 34 standards categorized within five activity areas: clinical services, quality improvement, cancer committee leadership, cancer data management and cancer conferences. Eligibility for the Outstanding Achievement Award requires achieving a rating of compliance in each of the 34 standards and a rating of commendation in seven additional standards.

“We are proud of this honor,” said Selma Kendrick, director of operations for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare. “It’s an important accomplishment because it recognizes our dedication to providing world-class cancer care for our patients through a variety of disciplines and the high standards we have operationally.”

According to the Commission on Cancer, the purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:

• Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
• Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
• Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
• Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare opened in 2001 as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix to offer comprehensive cancer care and research through clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading scientific researchers and community oncologists.

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and related entities are affiliates of the non-profit Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. For more information on cancer services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit shc.org.