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Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hires new CEO

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mark Hiegel, a longtime Scottsdale resident and business executive, takes the reins from Rick Kidder who left in June for a similar position in New England.

Most recently, Hiegel served as director of marketing and business development for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm in Phoenix as well as national communications manager for Make-A-Wish, America. Previously, Hiegel was managing partner at R&R Partners, Arizona, an international marketing agency with an office in Phoenix and a partner at Lavidge Hiegel Communications, an advertising agency in Phoenix. Hiegel also spent multiple years with PepsiCo, working throughout the United States, at its corporate headquarters in New York, and was On-Premise Managing Director responsible for 13 countries located in Singapore. Hiegel is an active and past member of more than 20 civic and philanthropic boards. Hiegel holds an MBA from Arizona State University.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark to lead the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce,” said Bryce Lloyd, market president of FirstBank and chair of the board for the Chamber. “Mark’s marketing and business acumen will serve our members well.”

Added Eric Larson, interim President and CEO: “One of Mark’s perfected skills is connecting people and ideas with action and results. His impact on the Chamber and our members will be immediate and powerful.”

Established in 1947, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership.” As part of its ongoing member advocacy, the Chamber leads various economic development initiatives, public policy discussions and educational activities.

“As a longtime Scottsdale resident, I am thrilled to join the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce,” said Hiegel, who has most recently served on the chamber board and whose community involvement has included the Scottsdale Charros and serving on the Board of Trustees for the Scottsdale Cultural Council. “Scottsdale is one of the most vibrant and revered cities in the U.S. and I’m proud to embrace the future with the Scottsdale Chamber.”

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12 finalists selected for Scottsdale Chamber’s Sterling Awards

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2015 Sterling Awards, recognizing local companies that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and community stewardship.

Bryce Lloyd, Chamber Board Chair said, “There is nothing like the Sterling Awards, both in stature and event presentation. Companies are always honored to be finalists and learn so much from the Sterling process, and the event itself is unparalleled in the valley.”

The 2015 Sterling honorees will be announced at a gala luncheon on Friday, November 20, at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale presented by Scottsdale Insurance. Corporate sponsor tables are available for $1,250 and corporate sponsor half-tables are $700. Individual tickets may be purchased for $85. Tickets can be reserved online at www.scottsdalechamber.com or by calling 480.355.2708.

More than 25 volunteers, many of them past Sterling honorees participated as judges in the juried competition, itself a major commitment. Divided among the four Sterling categories (Big Business, Small Business, Micro Business and Non-Profit) the judges worked individually to score each application within their assigned category. The judges will visit each finalist company and interview key personnel. A stunning video featuring each finalist will be produced by SRP and shown at the luncheon prior to announcing the honorees. Anna Mineer said, “We are so proud of the Sterling Awards. The companies who participate and the many volunteers whose hard work determines the finalists and the honorees are all to be applauded for their commitment to corporate and community citizenship.”

Micro Business (1-10 Employees) – Sponsored by Prestige Cleaners
Recognizes an emerging business exhibiting success through innovation, creativity and collaboration

Splash Printing and Marketing
15770 N. Greenway Hayden Loop
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 483-0166
Our vision is to turn dreams into reality. We want our customers and employees to prosper professionally and personally. We are dedicated to providing them with the tools to excel. We believe in conscious collaboration, exemplary service and using innovative technology to build a community where people learn and grow.

ACME Locksmith
2735 E. Main St. Suite 10
Mesa, AZ 85213
(480) 406-3994
ACME Locksmith is a full-service lock and safe company that offers retail sales from three locations. Which has resulted in the following goal: to deliver exceptional customer service to each and every client and potential client they serve. The company prides themselves on this concept and everything they do, every decision they make, every plan they have in place, is to aid in support of that goal.

Money Radio 1510 & 99.3 FM
8145 E. Evans Road #8 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(602) 241-1510
CRC Broadcasting Company is proud of its ability to put the lives of its employees first. Flexibility and autonomy is the centerpiece of this philosophy. We strive to maintain a “Family First” oriented culture. CRC has a long history of promoting employees from within rather than based solely on their tenure. The average full time employee has worked for Money Radio for over 10 years.

Small Business (11-99 employees) – Sponsored by Cox Media
Recognizes a small company demonstrating innovation, quality, professionalism and commitment to community.

PHX Architecture
15990 N. Greenway Hayden Loop Suite C-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 477-1111
PHX Architecture is a Scottsdale based architecture firm made up of a talented, diverse, highly collaborative team of architects, architectural protégés, and administrative professionals who, together as a team, design award winning projects throughout the west.

Chick-Fil-A Raintree Drive & 101 FSU
14995 N. 87th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85260
(480) 922-4540
Chick-fil-A at Raintree Drive & 101 is an independently owned and operated fast food restaurant that’s part of the Atlanta-based restaurant chain known for its Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and unique franchise model. Our organization is committed to serving high quality menu items as well as a positive dining experience. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday and we are always closed on Sundays–when our fans seem to crave our food the most.

Caliber Companies
16074 N. 87th St. #104
Phoenix, AZ 85260
(480) 295-7600
A diversified real estate investment company offering alternative strategies for growing client portfolios and creating long-term cash flow with vertically integrated assets. 5 businesses: Investment, Construction & Development, Property Management, Brokerage, & Hospitality. Acquire, renovate, manage and build wealth in properties in addition to back–end services such as accounting, property tracking and valuations. Headquarters in Scottsdale with offices in Tucson; operations throughout Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff. In seven years, grown from a start-up with no initial capital to a full-service investment firm that has acquired and repositioned over $150 million in commercial, residential, multi-family and hospitality real estate in Arizona; named to the Inc. 500.

Big Business (100+ Employees)Recognizes a large company making a significant impact on the lives of its employees and the economic fabric of the community.

V.I.P. Mortgage
44900 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste., 6000
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(800) 680-8799
V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. is a mid-sized mortgage company helping people responsibly finance the American dream of home ownership. Our commitment is to restore the reputation of the  mortgage industry by putting people first in every step of a transaction.

McKesson Specialty Health
4343 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 150
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 478-6142
McKesson Specialty Health provides three key types of vital services for people affected by chronic diseases across the United States.

TPC Scottsdale
17020 N. Hayden Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4334
TPC Scottsdale is a world class PGA TOUR golf facility that provides an unforgettable experience to professional golfers from six different professional golf organizations (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com, PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latino America, PGA TOUR China), visiting guests and Arizona residents.

Non-Profit – Sponsored by APS
Recognizes a charitable organization contributing to the social, cultural, educational well-being of its constituents.

Playworks Arizona
2002 E. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(617) 803-0890
Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks is a organization that provides safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time adults, called “coaches” to low-income, urban schools. Directly and through training others, we create a place for every kid on the playground – a place where they belong, have fun and are part of the game. Playworks creates safe, inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive.

Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 948-4760
The Franciscan Renewal Center is a Catholic church and retreat center that was founded by the Order of Friars Minor of the Province of St. Barbara, based in Oakland, California. Since 1951, we have been welcoming people of all or no religion affiliations a sanctuary in the natural environment of the Sonoran Desert where they can grow their spirit, heal their wounds and transform their lives to serve immediate needs of the poor and greater needs of the world. We do this though liturgies, ministries, educational programs, peace initiatives, social action and Franciscan hospitality.

Shoebox Ministry
4023 E. Hidalgo Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Shoebox Ministry is a non-profit organization based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. On a monthly basis Shoebox provides 1000-1300 shoeboxes full of toiletries to Valley Wide individual, family, domestic violence shelters, and other homeless agencies. These shelters then distribute the shoeboxes to the clients in need. Other events throughout the year include drives for and giving of Easter Box-ets, Mother’s Day Purses, Undie Sundie (Undergarments), and our Holiday Sock Drive.


Retail: It’s a New Reality

As municipalities all across Arizona have seen their general funds strongly impacted over the last several years due in part to significant drops in sales tax revenue, the importance of a vibrant/strong retail sector has once again taken on a prominent role.

With Arizona cities in some instances relying on retail sales taxes for up to one-third of their general fund revenue, there is today a quiet, but forceful emphasis – particularly in rural areas – being placed on economic development professionals to make sure their programs help retain and attract new retail businesses to their communities, with the progressive municipalities leading the way.

In addition to the general fund ramifications of retail sales tax collection, another significant new reality of the retail sector has been recognized.  Todd Sergi, co-chair of the AZ/New Mexico Alliance for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), said the stigma of retail jobs being associated only with unattractive, part-time or low-paying jobs is changing.

“With bankers, pharmacists, medical professionals and other non-traditional retail businesses more commonly becoming a part of the new, redefined mainstream shopping environment, the retail sector is now creating well-paid jobs not traditionally seen before,” Sergi said.

The recession in Arizona provided examples in many instances of what a well-designed, well planned center does, or does not, look like.  Successful retail centers have common themes.  Municipalities have realized what it takes for retailers to have success in their cities, including ample parking, un-obscured visibility and easy access from the surrounding streets and easy-to-see signage.  These elements are routinely found in the more highly occupied centers that fared better through the economic down cycle.
Sergi said, “Everyone realizes that a hard-to-get-to retail center hidden behind large over grown landscaped settings with bad signage and limited parking is a lose-lose.  We don’t need more empty buildings.”

Fortunately, the design and planning barriers for retailers to enter a market have been noted.  Lessons were learned.  Statewide, both elected leaders and municipality staff have seen first-hand examples where dated or onerous policy cost their communities opportunities for new sales tax revenue.  The demand and competition to attract those businesses, in some instances, sent potential new entrants to neighboring communities viewed as more reasonable and forward thinking.

The retail industry has been adapting, as well.

Garrett Newland, vice president of development for Macerich, said we are seeing these adaptations every day with continuing anchor changes and new retail concepts.
“Retail is reinventing itself right before our eyes,” he said.  “What malls look like today is vastly different than what we saw in the ‘80s and ‘90s and it doesn’t matter if it’s a super-regional mall or a corner strip center.”

With empty stores and some poorly designed centers dotting Arizona’s retail landscape, a number of existing centers will have to be retrofitted, or possibly redeveloped, to make them assets to the community that can be counted on to generate needed sales and/or real estate tax revenue.

The evolution of retail e-commerce is also changing the face of retail.

An ICSC report recently indicated that retail e-commerce has grown seven-fold since 2000 and at its current growth rate will double again by 2016.  Legislation that requires e-commerce retailers to capture sales tax dollars for government coffers to some degree may level the playing field for the bricks and mortar retailers.

But even so, to remain competitive the storefront of tomorrow is changing.  Retailers now understand the need to integrate their physical and on-line presence, how to balance the product search, selection, transaction and delivery processes desired by today’s consumer and the ability to offer a variety of delivery and return options.

Michael P. Niemira, vice president, chief economist and director of research for ICSC, said the partnerships being established between the private and public sectors, the ability of retail to adapt and meet the needs of today’s customers and the willingness of economic developers to embrace retail bode well for the future economic success of each of our communities.
Eric Larson is president-elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and board chair for the Scottsdale area Chamber of Commerce. AAED and ICSC will co-present a retail symposium Jan. 8 in which these topics will be discussed in detail by those quoted and others, as well as presentations made by representatives of new/expanding Arizona retailers.  For information, call (602) 240-2233 or visit www.aaed.com.