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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.

Savory Scottsdale

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. 


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Cox Brings Gigabit Speeds to Arizona

Joined by government and community leaders at the site of the new Mark Taylor San Travesia Luxury Apartments in Scottsdale, Cox Communications President Pat Esser announced the company’s plans to roll out gigabit Internet speeds across its markets. The company will start with new residential construction projects nationwide. In Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Cox will begin to deploy technology to enable both new and existing neighborhoods to have gigabit speeds. In all Cox locations, the company will begin marketwide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

“We are excited about our road map to offer gigabit speeds to all of our residential customers,” said Esser. “Starting today, we will begin deploying new technology and infrastructure that will give customers the choice of gigabit speeds in all markets we serve.”

Attended by representatives from cities across the Valley, county and state, the event was held at the site of the new Mark Taylor San Travesia Luxury Apartments in Scottsdale where Cox has partnered with Mark Taylor to begin offering gigabit services to residents of the complex, in addition to providing Cox Metro Wi-Fi service to the common areas such as the community pool and community center.

“We are thrilled to be the first community in the Valley to partner with Cox to offer gigabit speeds this fall. Offering the fastest Internet speeds and Wi-Fi access where our residents live and play, makes it essential to connecting our tech- savvy residents,” said Dale Phillips, president of Mark-Taylor Residential.

The company announced that Cox’s metropolitan Wi-Fi service will launch later this year. The service will be available in high-traffic areas such as restaurants, malls, parks and sports arenas. Additionally, through the company’s partnerships with other cable companies, Cox customers can access 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country as they travel.

The company also said it will double Internet speeds for existing customers in its most popular tiers this year. Cox High-Speed Internet Preferred tier customer speeds will increase from 25 megabits per second to 50 megabits per second and Premier tier customer speeds will increase from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second. These tiers represent more than 70 percent of Cox Internet customers in Valley. Over the last 12 years, Cox has increased broadband speeds 800 percent.

“Arizonans have made Cox the largest ISP in the state for over 15 years. Millions of customers rely on us each day for personal communications, commerce, education and entertainment,” said Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager in the Southwest region. “Cox takes their trust seriously, and we will continue our investment and delivery of the fastest Internet speeds in the market.”

“Cox has consistently and aggressively increased its investment in its broadband network, powering economic growth and development for businesses, residents and our state overall. It is not a surprise to see that they are continuing this commitment to Arizona by expanding gigabit services to our residents,” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of
Commerce. “Arizona is fortunate to have a committed partner like Cox to help us continue to grow and prosper.”

In the last 10 years, Cox has invested more than $15 billion in its communities through infrastructure upgrades to deliver video, phone and high-speed Internet service to homes and businesses in the company’s service area. In Arizona, Cox has created more than 2,900 jobs and is responsible for a combined payroll of nearly $195 million.
Additionally, this year, the company gave more than $17 million in cash and in-kind support to partners in the cities and towns served in Arizona.

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A healthy way to get the perfect summer glow

I’m an endurance athlete. I swim. I bike. I run. That means I spend a lot of time in the sun.

Robin Grandinetti of Airbrush Tan by Robin in Scottsdale.

Robin Grandinetti of Airbrush Tan by Robin in Scottsdale.

I also want to continue to be an endurance athlete for as long as I can, so I slather on sports sunblock to protect my skin every time I go for a long run, ride or swim.

Here’s the dilemma: On the occasions that I do get some sun, I’m always told that I look better and look healthier with a little glow. So do I risk my health and get more sun to bring the sexy back, or do I keep slathering on the sunblock with the comfort of knowing that I’ll be able to run my lilly-white tail off until they have to guide me off the marathon course and back to assisted living?

Luckily, I can have it both ways now.

A friend suggested that I try getting a spray tan before a recent high-profile work event. It was a suggestion that had been made countless times, but I was always apprehensive. Would a spray tan turn me orange? Would it ruin my clothes? Would it be blotchy? Would it be gone after my first shower?

I’m happy to report that none of those things happened.

“If you use a good lotion and take care of your skin, your first spray tan will last at least 7-10 days,” said Robin Grandinetti of Airbrush Tan by Robin in Scottsdale.

After my first spray tan, I did a 10-mile run and biked the following day, did 40 minutes in the pool the day after that and maintained my normal workout routine. Two weeks after my first spray tan, I still have that healthy glow that earned me compliments at my work function the day I got the tan.

“The best thing about a a spray tan is that you don’t have to spend hours baking in the sun to get the same look you can get from a couple minutes getting sprayed,” said Grandinetti, who only uses healthy and organic products when she sprays clients.

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay for a spray tan, Grandinetti charges $25 for one tan her studio of $45 if she tans you in the privacy of your own home. To learn more, contact Grandinetti at (602) 448-2861.

With bikini season coming up, it’s to perfect time to try getting sprayed so you can have a healthy glow and turn even more heads at the pool this summer.

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Summer at the Princess packs fun

Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess includes cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and fireworks lighting up the night. This AAA Five Diamond resort is a play-cation paradise, from a new water ride to a world-class spa, signature restaurants and new Posh Paws program just for the pups. Best of all, summer vacations benefit Valley schools and charities.

Poolside is the place to be at the new SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure. Nearby, 200-foot waterslides are lined by shady cabanas with all the luxuries, with Dive In Movies and the Techno Glo Party taking center stage weekend nights. During the day, The Zipper zip line offers a 240-foot thrill ride across the lagoons and catch-and-release fishing is a family favorite. Meanwhile, grown-ups can sample any of 240 tequilas at La Hacienda, escape for a day to Well & Being Spa or savor an exquisite summer menu at the AAA Four Diamond Bourbon Steak.

Then, as the sun sets at the Princess, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 24 – August 30, 2014. The summer celebration crescendos during the Fourth of July Freedom Fest, July 4-6, with all-American picnics, concerts, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. Labor Day says bon voyage to summer with a “Dreamcation” cruise ship themed weekend. Every week in between, all summer long, the resort has added activities for the whole family to enjoy:

Summer Weekend Fun, Poolside

New this summer is the SplashRider X-treme, a rolling water pipe for both kids and adults on weekends at the Sonoran Splash Pool. The attraction, lasting three to five minutes, creates a constant wave which allows four to five riders at a time to body surf, while boogie boarders and those on inner tubes ride solo. Tickets can be purchased individually or packaged with The Zipper zip line for unlimited rides.

Then, it’s a disco down the slides with the after dark Techno Glo Party at Sonoran Splash. Black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, drinks and a DJ pulsating techno music rock the pool 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for families this summer. Or, over at the South Pool, families can just chill at the Dive In Movies also offered complimentary Friday and Saturday nights. Movie-watchers float on inner tubes, or enjoy movie snacks, Sabrett hot dogs and a taco cart poolside, as the family flick begins at approximately 8 p.m., with an intermission for fireworks at 9 p.m.

Every weekend, the Fairmont Fun Team leads dancing games, tie dye t-shirt making, limbo and underwater bingo. Other daily activities include giant bubble making, wooden turtle races, badminton, volleyball and bocce ball.

Sonoran Splash, the resort’s 6,000 square-foot water oasis is perfect for families, with two twisting waterslides, pop-jet fountains, cabanas and games. For tots, there is a zero-entry deck area as well as a large, shaded sandbox complete with Tonka trucks and beach toys, sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours.

Whether delivering refreshing fruit water or frozen grapes to sun seekers, the resort’s pool attendants are on deck to ensure every day at the pool is one to remember. One of the cool drinks is the Parrot Punch, named after the resort’s colorful, feathery friends (Rosy-Faced Lovebirds) who now nest in the palm trees above the pools. Parrot Punch is made with coconut rum, citrus rum and spiced rum with pineapple juice, Midori and orange juice made from the orange trees on property.

Sonoran Splash is one of three pools that offer luxurious cabanas for rental, with amenities such as a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, sofas, reserved chaise lounges, refrigerator, bottled waters and fresh fruit. The resort has five pools in total throughout the 65-acre property.

When (and if) parents do get the kids out of the pool, two other hot spots are Ironwood American Kitchen by the South Pool, which is cool, classic and comfortably residential with home-cooked favorites, an exhibition kitchen and InnoTab computer learning tablets for the kids. The Princess Shop and Coffee Market, on the main level, has grab ‘n’ go sandwiches, gelato, Starbucks coffee and an iPad lab.

Lagoon Adventures

Resort guests can soar a speedy 25 mph, 240-feet across the lagoons on The Zipper, a 37-foot-high zip line, available weekends, all summer long. There are prices for individual rides or packaged for unlimited rides, combined with the new SplashRider X-treme.

For more adventure, kids of any age cast a reel for bluegill at the new fishing derbies, steer ships in remote-control boat races or observe any of the waterfowl who make the lagoons their home.

Trailblazers Family Adventure Center & Kids Club

Trailblazers is a fun-filled program for ages 5-12 where kids pan for real gold, learn to solar cook, play sports, swim and even meet a reptilian friend or two. Themed days such as Wildlife, Wild West, Sports and Nature rotate, so youngsters may attend more than once and still discover something new each day. Half-day and full-day sessions are available year-round for overnight guests. A la carte pricing is $35 for a half-day or $60 for a full-day session. Included in the hotel’s daily resort fee of $29, up to three children per family receive half-day admission to the Kids Club, which is a savings of more than $100 per day. (Lunch is additional for $12.) Kids Club reservations are recommended 24-hours in advance.

The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center is now open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly, complimentary, year-round for resort guests to play Ping Pong, foosball, basketball, air hockey, shuffle board, videos and board games.

More for the Little Ones, Just Ask!

To ensure families have the comforts of home, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess covers all of the bases with an assortment of in-room amenities for children. Full-size cribs complete with bedding, high chairs, strollers, night lights, safety outlet covers, portable playpens, humidifiers, baby monitors, baby bathtubs, baby shampoo, kid’s robes and step stools are available for resort guests upon request, complimentary.

Dog Days of Summer? Posh Paws!

Posh Paws, the resort’s pet program, keeps with its Five-Diamond reputation for being dedicated to the guests and creating countless memories that even man’s best friend will remember. For an additional $35 per night, dogs can experience the ultimate luxury pet resort experience. Owner and pet stay in a room that comes complete with a “Woofer” gift set featuring a plush pet bed, food and water bowl, a food mat, pet toys and of course…treats. For the crème de la crème dog experience, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Executive Chef David Morris has created a doggie menu, “Lou’s Barkery,” available through In-Room Dining as well as recipes for take-home gifts. The Princess is partnering with nearby pet retailer for doggie day care or grooming needs and Fairmont staff is available to assist with dog walking.

Well & Being Spa

Here’s a way to spend a cool summer day, sure to inspire. Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has all-new “Live it Well” programs, sizzling specials and soothing spa treatments to keep spa-goers refreshed and energized all summer long.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every summer spa weekend kicks off with “Feel Good Fridays,” offering the new “Lunch & Enlighten”: a healthy spa lunch with a fun, informative talk from the spa’s “Good Life” team of fitness, nutrition and beauty experts. This includes access to the spa facility, pool and exercise classes for the entire day, all for just $50. Add to that a 45-minute treatment such as a facial, manicure and pedicure or massage for $99. Each week, Facebook fans can check for the spa’s “Play Well Rx,” a prescription of spa offers and feel good tips.

Well & Being Spa is a sanctuary situated on three levels with a rooftop pool, waterfall grotto, steam rooms, saunas, salon, boutique and café. Spa guests can also reserve a posh cabana package at Quench, the spa’s rooftop pool, serving spa-inspired cocktails and brimming with luxurious amenities Fridays through Sundays.

Summer Dining

La Hacienda is celebrating summer with the return of its popular “Guacamole Fest” sampler of various guacamoles, from pork belly to seafood and pomegranate, as well as Fresca Floats made with traditional Mexican sodas. (Prices of these a la carte items vary.)

Bourbon Steak offers a Post-Pool Prix-Fixe Menu, with three courses and choices of summer salads, chilled soups, market-fresh fish, Jidori chicken, mesquite grilled C.A.B. skirt steak, chef’s selection of sides and topped off with vanilla crème brulee, warm nutmeg beignet or a trio of house-made sorbet. Bourbon Steak’s summer menu is $55 and includes a wine pairing with the main course. The restaurant’s regular menu is also available.

The summer Kids Resort Dining Passport is a super deal for families for $35 per day that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort dining outlets such as Ironwood American Kitchen, Trailblazers Kids Club, the pools and La Hacienda, plus a kid’s snack at the South Pool during the Dive-In Movie. These meals are from the children’s menus and are exclusive to overnight resort guests. Passports are available for purchase upon arrival at the Leisure Services Desk in the main lobby.

Day Guests, Overnight Guests
Most of the resort activities mentioned are exclusive for overnight guests. Day visitors are invited to enjoy a treatment at Well & Being Spa, take a lesson from the resort’s tennis pro or dine in any of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Saturday nights throughout the summer are a terrific time to dine in the restaurants, which includes an after-dinner fireworks show over the lagoons at 9 p.m.

Vacation Packages

The popular Sip, Savor & Splash Package returns, starting from $149 per room, per night Sunday through Thursday and $169 weekends and includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa, tennis or kids club.

Taking it one step further with the new Stay, Play & Pay It Forward Package, families make memories and give back to the school or charity of their choice from a list of participating organizations in the resort’s annual Sleepover for a Better Tomorrow program. This summer package also starts from $149/ $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit and 10 percent of every dollar charged to the room folio is donated to the guest’s chosen charity. This program is year-round and is free for any non-profit organization to join. For more information, visit: http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/special-offers/sleepover-for-a-better-tomorrow.

Also new is the Play Well Rx Spa Package, where spa-goers enjoy overnight accommodations, with a choice of one 45-minute treatment: a Body Reboot Massage, a Rejuvenating Facial or an Energizing Manicure & Pedicure, plus full-use of the 44,000 square-foot spa, exercise classes and rooftop pool. Prices of this package start at $269 single/$379 double, per night plus spa gratuities.
Summer package dates are based upon space availability, May 26-September 2, 2014. Taxes and daily resort fees are additional.

For Memorial Day weekend specifically, rates are starting at $199 with a $50 dining credit and $149 a night with a $50 dining credit for a three-night stay.

For reservations or more information on summer programs at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, please dial (800) 908-9370 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

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Summer Solace at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

There’s no time like the present to engage in a little self-reflection and no better place to seek summer solace than at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The resort is as Zen as they come, from its enviable perch on Camelback Mountain, enhanced by the red rock formations, to its exquisitely landscaped grounds, luxurious guest casitas and Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa.

The setting is the perfect backdrop for a unique program called Satori that paves the way to enlightenment. The program, available year around, offers guests a customized, potentially life changing spa experience that addresses each participant’s needs and goals. Now it can be enjoyed at an all-inclusive summer package rate (available between June 1 and Aug. 30, 2014) when booked by May 29. The per-person package includes:

  • Three nights in a luxurious casita or suite
  • All meals prepared by Sanctuary celebrity chef Beau MacMillan and his award-winning staff (excludes alcohol)
  • Two 60-minute spa treatments of guest’s choice
  • Unlimited participation in daily classes in the movement studio
  • Choice of one fitness activity (e.g. personal training session, assisted stretch, private Pilates or tennis lesson)
  • Full access to Sanctuary’s extensive resort amenities
  • Meet and greet sedan service to and from Sky Harbor Airport
  • Welcome gift

For check-ins Sunday to Wednesday, the package price starts at $1,700 for single occupancy; $2,600 for double occupancy. Thursday to Saturday check-ins will pay $1,900 for single occupancy and $2,800 for double occupancy.*

*Rates include tax and gratuity for meals, transportation and spa treatments. They do not include alcohol, meals or snacks not part of the package and a daily resort fee and tax of $29.42. The offer is limited and cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, and blackout dates apply.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (480) 624-8513.

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Mountainside Fitness founder launches 5-modality fitness studio

A fitness revolution is coming to the Valley this summer from the creators of Mountainside Fitness, Arizona’s largest locally owned chain of fitness centers.  Dubbed Fit Republic, this 15,000-square-foot luxury facility will feature five distinct studio spaces (or “States”) under one roof, making it the first of its kind in the United States.

The studio, located in the prestigious Scottsdale Waterfront, will retain a boutique atmosphere by offering five distinct studio rooms:

  • State of Revolution (Cycling) – A modern and industrial room equipped with state-of-the-art, Schwinn high-performance spin bikes and an elevated DJ booth for exhilarating and intense workouts.
  • State of Battle (Crossfit) – A strong and edgy atmosphere featuring pull-up bars, kettle bells, barbells and wide-open space for squatting, running, jumping, climbing, lifting, and throwing.  Workouts are designed to push Citizens to the limit.
  • State of Emancipation (Yoga) – A tranquil oasis featuring a climate-controlled, open-air patio that allows Citizens to connect their body and mind with nature.
  • State of Absolution (Hot Yoga) – A Moroccan-inspired getaway that embodies heat.  The 104-degree room allows for deep stretching, while the humidity provides for a challenging cardio workout.
  • State of Rebellion (Group X) – A high-energy space featuring TRX total-body training, boxing, boot camps, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), and Barre studio classes.  This room will also incorporate the latest trends in fitness as Fit Republic instructors seek out the newest and most innovative fitness programs from around the world.

With a total investment of over $2 million, Fit Republic has spared no expense to provide members, or “Citizens,” with the highest level of service and amenities, including beautifully appointed full-service locker rooms with executive service that features laundry and free towel service.  A retail shop will also be on site with gear from premium fitness brands.

The main congregating area inside the facility is the Recovery Café – an all-natural juice bar serving fresh juice concoctions, tasty smoothies, and healthy snacks – where Citizens can recharge post-workout.  Locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables will be delivered daily and prepared in the on-site kitchen.  Complimentary Wi-Fi will also be provided.

“Our goal with Fit Republic is to introduce the world to a multi-studio concept for one price,” said founder Tom Hatten. “We will deliver a high-end, unique feel in each room to give our citizens an experience that is unlike anything ever done in conventional studios, and armed with an all-star lineup of the ‘who’s who’ of instructors. We are confident the workouts will lead members to become a Citizen for life.”

Main Street is the landlord/developer on the project, while AR Mays Construction handled the build-out.  Approximately 40 local jobs will be created.

“Mountainside Fitness is an exceptional corporate partner and we are thrilled they have chosen downtown Scottsdale to introduce their new Fit Republic concept,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “Scottsdale is well known for its commitment to health, from the Cure Corridor initiative to the many miles of recreational paths and trails, we are a community that embraces an active lifestyle.  We look forward to watching Fit Republic thrive in downtown Scottsdale.”

Pre-enrollment is now open, with Fit Republic scheduled to open its doors in June. The first class is free to all Arizona residents.  Citizens then have the opportunity to purchase session packs ($20 for a single session, $90 for five, or $160 for 10), or sign up for an unlimited monthly membership.  The first 500 founding Citizens will receive an introductory rate of $110 per month.

Fit Republic expects to serve approximately 1,500 Citizens.  It is located at 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 235, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.  For more information, please visit www.citizenoffit.com.
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Gordon named clinical trials medical director

Michael S. Gordon, MD, one of the greater Phoenix area’s leading medical oncologists and cancer researchers, has been named the new Medical Director for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials program at Scottsdale Healthcare. Dr. Gordon will oversee the center’s internationally recognized Phase I clinical trials program, which is known for its leadership in first-in-human studies of new cancer therapies.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, a partnership with TGen, is a leading clinical research site for Phase I studies of new cancer drugs. It is often among the first in the world to offer a new investigational drug for eligible patients with a broad range of cancers.

Dr. Gordon is a medical oncologist who serves as CEO of Pinnacle Oncology Hematology, a division of Arizona Center for Cancer Care, in Scottsdale, focusing on translational research and the care and management of cancer patients seeking phase I and phase II clinical trials. He is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and is actively engaged in the education of medical students as co-director of the Oncology Block.

Dr. Gordon’s principal research interests are in development of new cancer therapies with a focus on targeted and immunologic therapies as well as drugs that affect angiogenesis (tumor blood vessel supply). Avastin®, Perjeta® and Neumega® are among the drugs Dr. Gordon has helped validate for FDA approval. His disease focuses include kidney cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and ovarian cancer.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, through its relationships with top physician scientists, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies world wide, offers a variety of early-phase cancer research studies providing local impact to the citizens of Arizona, according to Dr. Gordon.

“The care and management of patients with cancer and associated diagnoses is rapidly evolving. The ability to provide patients with cutting-edge treatments has the potential to transform the way cancer care is delivered. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare has always been a leader in this regard and its relationships with its community partners defines Scottsdale Healthcare’s commitment to our patients and our community,” said Dr. Gordon.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues and to the evolution of a new dynamic as we work to accelerate the access to new cancer drugs to our patients in need. By focusing on innovation in a collaborative spirit with our community physicians, we reinforce our primary commitment to our patients and their families,” he continued.

Dr. Gordon specifically noted the strength of the talent in Scottsdale and their commitment to excellence. “Our programs have a tremendous core of individuals at all levels of clinical research and primary patient care who ensure that we do the best work possible, drawing greater focus on Scottsdale as the “go to” place for cancer drug development.”

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute are known for collaborations with leading genomic scientists, academic centers and community-based physicians such as the Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Palo Verde Hematology Oncology and Arizona Oncology Associates, said Mark Slater, PhD, chief executive, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute.

“We will continue to collaborate with our community physicians, our partners at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Translational Drug Development (TD2), nationally recognized universities and others to better serve our community and accelerate breakthrough innovations for cancer treatment,” added Dr. Slater.

Examples of recent successes in accelerating new drug development at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center are skin cancer drug Erivedge® and the use of Abraxane for treating pancreatic cancer. Both worldwide studies were led in Scottsdale by Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, chief scientific officer of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen Physician-in-Chief.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Erivedge® for advanced basal cell carcinoma in January 2012 and approved Abraxane in combination with standard therapy for pancreatic cancer in September 2013.

“We are honing in on the pathways to help tailor the right drug to the right patient at the right time,” said Dr. Von Hoff. “This is an exciting era of precision medicine and the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials program at Scottsdale Healthcare provides unprecedented access to new therapies for people in our community.”

Ramesh Ramanathan, MD, an investigator at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials specializing in treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, agreed that the program will benefit from the inclusion of Dr. Gordon.

“My passion is cancer research and I look forward to growing our program along with Dr. Gordon, Dr. Von Hoff and everyone involved in this important work at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare. I’m optimistic that we can continue our strong track record of success as we battle this disease,” said Dr. Ramanathan, who is also a senior investigator and Clinical Professor at TGen and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.

“Our campus is becoming the epicenter of research activity across the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and we are creating an infrastructure that continues to attract top talent to our organization,” added Gary Baker, senior vice president and CEO, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

Baker noted that the depth of science through the diagnostic and genomic capabilities available to local cancer patients is a key benefit of the inclusiveness and collaborative spirit fostered within the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute.

“It’s a great example of locally based, yet nationally respected leading researchers, community physicians and clinical teams working together to develop new therapies and innovative treatments that benefit patients here in Arizona and across the United States,” concluded Ron Korn, MD, PhD, medical director of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare.

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

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare is known worldwide for its expertise in studying new treatments for pancreatic cancer. It is a co-lead site with Dr. Von Hoff as the principal investigator for Stand Up to Cancer’s Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team comprised of scientists working to develop new treatments for pancreatic cancer.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, an affiliate of the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, is designated by the Association of Community Cancer Centers as a Community Resource Center for Pancreatic Cancer and holds Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

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CSW leases 16,306 SF at Scottsdale Gateway II

Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced that it represented owner Pollock Gateway II, LLC, in its 16,306-square-foot lease with locally based CSW Contractors Inc. at Scottsdale Gateway II, 8901 East Mountain View Road in Scottsdale, AZ.

Senior Vice President Gordon Raguse and Associate Vice President Scott Isacksen of Cassidy Turley’s Office Group represented the landlord, while Glenda Keeney Gibson of KW Commercial represented the tenant.

Established in 1982, CSW Contractors Inc. is a general engineering contractor for municipalities and private enterprises though out the Southwest. It specializes in aviation construction, industrial landfills and mines, site work and street improvements. The Scottsdale Gateway II space will be used for CSW’s corporate headquarters.

“CSW is a perfect fit for the building and we are excited to have their tenancy.” said Mr. Isacksen.

Built in 1999, Scottsdale Gateway II is a two-story, 107,885-square-foot, Class A office project built on 8.45 acres. The property is centrally located in the Scottsdale Submarket at Loop 101 and Mountain View Road and is within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Scottsdale Gateway II is 71% leased with 31,276 square feet available and suites ranging from 899 square feet to 13,258 square feet. The project has ample parking and exposure to Pima Road. For more information contact Gordon Raguse at 602-224-4452.

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BMO Names Miller as President, Western U.S.

BMO Private Bank announced today that Matt Miller has been promoted to President, Western U.S. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic development and delivery of wealth management services for high-net-worth individuals, family-owned businesses, endowments and foundations throughout the Western U.S.

Miller has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined the organization in 2009 as Managing Director. During this time, he was responsible for organizing the western regional hub office and recruiting many of its senior managers and advisors.

“Matt is an ideal fit for this position. He is passionate about guiding his clients and helping them achieve their financial goals,” said Terry Jenkins, President and CEO, BMO Private Bank, U.S. “He leads by example, is focused on excellence and motivates his teams to success. We are confident the Western region will achieve even greater success in the years to come.”

Miller is headquartered at BMO Private Bank’s Scottsdale location, which also serves as the hub of Western regional operations. He will oversee a team of 75 financial professionals located in Arizona, Utah and Washington.

A fourth-generation Arizonan, Miller is an active leader in local business and civic communities. He currently serves on the board of directors for Teach for America Arizona, Valley of the Sun United Way Financial Stability Council and volunteers regularly at JAG (Jobs for Arizona Graduates). He previously served on the board of the University Medical Center in Tucson for 12 years. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona.

“This is an exciting time to lead an organization that is poised for significant growth,” said Miller. “The caliber of our team is second to none, and our clients benefit from industry-leading planning tools that enable us to provide the best in financial planning and analysis.”

BMO Private Bank has Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson. For more information about services and operations, visit www.bmoprivatebank.com.

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Arizona hoteliers earn national awards

Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC.

The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has been providing a welcoming experience for guests entering his property for the past 21 years. As the Director of Guest Services, he has put in place many new procedures to improve and enhance the arrival and departure experience, transportation, guest safety and much more. But he also cares about the internal guest and is truly devoted to the resort’s employees. He and his family cater an annual holiday feast and invite employees and even hotel guests who have no family in town.

Winning the Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property, was the W Scottsdale for their CHILL event. CHILL at the W Scottsdale transforms the WET pool deck from November to January with Scottsdale’s first and only hybrid and eco-friendly outdoor ice skating rink. This event also includes live music performances, DJs, drink specials and special resort packages.

“I’m so proud to represent an industry in our state with so much talent and passion for excellence,” said AzLTA President & CEO, Debbie Johnson. “It’s wonderful that the hard work and dedication of these lodging professionals and properties is being recognized on a national level and I truly commend them for their accomplishments.”

Winners from the Arizona Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon hosted in December by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association were then submitted to the AH&LA for national judging.

The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) is the leading public policy advocate for Arizona’s Lodging and Tourism Industries. Representing almost 40,000 rooms statewide and nearly 500 members, including hotels, resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, B&B’s and related Industry partners, AzLTA’s mission is to unify, protect, educate and promote the interests of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Industries.

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TGen expert honored for cancer research

Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, who has been instrumental in developing numerous new cancer treatments, is among this year’s recipients of the Award of Excellence from the Hope Funds for Cancer Research.

Dr. Von Hoff, M.D., FACP, who is Physician-In-Chief and Distinguished Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Chief Scientific Officer for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, will receive the 2014 Hope Funds Award of Excellence in Medicine.

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is dedicated to advancing innovative research for the most difficult-to-treat cancers.

Dr. Von Hoff is being recognized for his work over the past decade in the clinical development of many new cancer treatments. He was nominated by past recipients, and selected by the Hope Funds Board of Trustees.

His accomplishments will be celebrated April 24 at the 2014 Award of Excellence Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The gala provides support for programmatic activities and raises funds for postdoctoral fellowships in cancer research.

Dr. Von Hoff is a medical oncologist and oncology drug developer whose major interest is in the development of new anticancer agents. His clinical research is conducted at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Among the other five recipients of the 2014 Hope Funds Award is Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. James D. Watson, best known as the co-discoverer in 1953 of the double-helix structure of DNA, a scientific turning point in the understanding of life. Dr. Watson is receiving a special Award of Excellence for Extraordinary Achievement. Other recipients of this year’s Award of Excellence are: Dr. Tyler Jacks for Basic Science; Dr. Charles L. Sawyers for Clinical Development; and Dr. Jan Vilcek for Advocacy.

“With the occasion to celebrate the greatest living scientist of the 20th Century (Watson) along with this year’s Honorees, plus our past Honorees, this will be a gathering of many of the greatest minds in the field of cancer research,” Dr. Malcolm A.S. Moore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hope Funds for Cancer Research, said in a press release.

At the gala, Hope Funds will present its Awards of Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievements in the fields of basic research, drug development, medicine, patient support and philanthropy.

“This event, a white tie dinner set in the shadow of an ancient Egyptian temple, will highlight a remarkable group of scientists who are making a radical difference in cancer research. It is truly an extraordinary experience,” Bill Rueckert, Honorary co-chair of the 2014 Gala said in a press release.

Dr. Von Hoff and his colleagues have conducted early clinical investigations of many new cancer agents, including: gemcitabine, docetaxel, paclitaxel, topotecan, irinotecan, fludarabine, mitoxantrone, dexrazoxane, nab-paclitaxel, vismodegib, and others. These treatments are helping many patients with breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, leukemia, advanced basil cell and pancreatic cancers.

“I am truly honored to be included in the company of such distinguished physicians and scientists whose work has been furthered by the Hope Funds for Cancer Research,” said Dr. Von Hoff. “This recognition not only celebrates past accomplishments, but also is a reflection of the advances we are making right now for the benefit of our patients.”

He and his colleagues are concentrating on the development of molecularly targeted therapies for individual patients with cancer. His other major accomplishment is the development of two specific treatments, which have improved the survival for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Von Hoff also is Professor of Medicine at both Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and the University of Arizona College of Medicine; and Chief Scientific Officer at US Oncology.

Dr. Von Hoff graduated cum laude from Carroll University, and received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, then completed a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Von Hoff served a six-year term on President Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board (2004-10).

He is a Fellow and past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s largest cancer research organization; a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; and a member and past board member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Von Hoff is a founder of ILEX™ Oncology, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme after Ilex had 2 agents, alemtuzumab and clofarabine approved by the FDA for patients with leukemia). He received ASCO’s 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to cancer research leading to significant improvement in patient care.

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Stat Doctors gets $3.5M investment

QuadMed, a nationally recognized provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health and wellness solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with Stat Health Services, provider of Scottsdale-based Stat Doctors™ eHealth solution, to provide 24/7 telemedicine access for patients with minor acute healthcare needs. Under the agreement, QuadMed purchased a minority ownership interest in the company.

QuadMed’s partnership with Stat Health Services, a pioneer in virtual house call services, provides employers with an additional healthcare solution proven to dramatically reduce the cost of claims and create positive health outcomes. Through Stat Doctors, minor acute care needs are handled online by on-call emergency medicine providers. Patients receive personal treatment from the convenience of their computer or mobile device without needing to travel to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center, avoiding waiting times and substantial expenses.

“QuadMed continues to lead the evolution of healthcare at this transformative time in the healthcare industry,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics, QuadMed’s parent company. “Stat Doctors is an innovative approach to acute healthcare delivery that complements QuadMed’s continuum of healthcare solutions focused on improving the quality of patient care and outcomes while reducing overall costs. This investment expands healthcare management solutions for employers who, like us, want to keep employees and their dependents healthy and productive.”

The QuadMed/Stat Health Services partnership signifies a pivotal shift in healthcare delivery, according to Dr. Alan Roga, M.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stat Health Services. “Stat Doctors is helping QuadMed replicate the traditional doctor-patient experience anytime, anywhere,” he said. “We are very excited to collaborate with QuadMed, which shares our vision for improving access to quality care in a convenient and cost-effective manner.”

Stat Doctors offers patients a network of the nation’s top emergency medicine specialists through its partnership with Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), a network of highly qualified emergency medical providers dedicated to delivering exceptional care. “We are excited to partner with QuadMed through Stat Doctors in the transformation of healthcare by providing highest quality care in a convenient, low-cost alternative to the current options,” said Dominic Bagnoli, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of EMP.

“As a pioneer in the use of telemedicine through our Corporate Health Suites solution, we have discovered that it’s not just the technology that’s important, but also the physician network,” said Tim Dickman, President of QuadMed. “The doctor-patient relationship is key to providing effective care and positive outcomes. Stat Doctors facilitates this important relationship using state-of-the-art telemedicine.”

For more information about how QuadMed and Stat Doctors are innovating healthcare delivery, visit www.quadmedical.com and www.statdoctors.com.

education

UA’s Eller College Moving to Phoenix

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management announced today that it will be moving from its satellite location in north Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix.

The Eller College will occupy classroom and office space on the campus of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, located at 550 E. Van Buren St. The location will be home to two of Eller’s part-time MBA programs for working professionals: the Evening MBA and the Executive MBA, which are designed for managers with 3-plus years of experience and seasoned executives, respectively.

Between the two programs, the campus will serve about 170 MBA students annually.

“We are thrilled that Eller will be a part of the exciting things happening in downtown Phoenix,” said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College. “The College of Medicine has established beautiful facilities that will give our professional MBAs access to high-tech working classroom space and a true campus experience.”

City of Phoenix’s Mayor Greg Stanton also supports the move.

“It’s incredibly exciting that Eller is opening its doors in downtown Phoenix, where we continue to offer the highest-rated education opportunities in the state within just a few blocks of each other,” Stanton said. “Eller graduates are top-notch, and exactly the kind of professionals we want as a part of our community.”

Access to graduate management education is one of many factors that contribute to greater Phoenix’s long-term competitiveness, added Don Budinger, chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundations and board member of Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

“The University of Arizona’s downtown programs offer excellent options for working professionals who are considering an MBA.”

Last week, in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate programs, the Eller Evening MBA rose 21 slots, from No. 46 to No. 25 nationwide. The college is recognized for its leadership in entrepreneurship and management information systems, which consistently rank in the top 10 among undergraduate and graduate programs nationally.

Applications are being accepted now for the Executive MBA program that will begin in August at the downtown campus. A new class of Evening MBA students will begin at the location in January.

“Downtown offers a central location, with easy access for those already working in the area, as well as public transportation options. Our students frequently come together for team meetings, and the medical campus offers great collaboration space,” said Hope Schau, associate dean of MBA programs.

The Eller College began offering its MBA programs in the Phoenix area in 2006, with the launch of the Executive MBA program in Scottsdale. Since 2007, the college has held classes at a satellite campus just east of the Loop 101 in the McDowell Mountain Business Park, at 16425 N. Pima Road.

The college will open its downtown Phoenix location in late August or September. The Executive and Evening MBA students scheduled to complete their programs this year will remain at the Scottsdale campus. The Evening MBA class of 2015 will relocate to the downtown campus on Sept. 1.