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New Luxury Homes Break Ground at Sterling at Silverleaf

Cypress Development broke ground on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas priced from $2.2 million to the private golf community of Silverleaf.

The new $27.6 million second phase will be built to the same gold-level LEED certified standards as the sold-out first phase of 16 villas. Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the U.S. Green Building Council also awarded the project gold-level LEED certification

“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of Cypress Development Group. “Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers.”

Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The three and four-bedroom villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story,  a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014.

Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.

Phase two at Sterling at Silverleaf is now for sale and The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.

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$27.6M of Real Estate Breaks Ground in Scottsdale

Cypress Development broke ground today on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas priced from $2.2 million to the private golf community of Silverleaf.

The new $27.6 million second phase will be built to the same gold-level LEED certified standards as the sold-out first phase of 16 villas. Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the U.S. Green Building Council also awarded the project gold-level LEED certification

“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of Cypress Development Group. “Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers.”

Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The three and four-bedroom villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story,  a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014.

Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.

Phase two at Sterling at Silverleaf is now for sale and The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.

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Medical Practice Announces New Scottsdale Location

Southwestern Eye Center announced the opening of their new Scottsdale Office. The move allows the physicians to provide greater patient access and services to those in the Scottsdale area, whether or not they have insurance.

“We appreciate the support from our patients, here in the Scottsdale area, that have been with us for many years, and have welcome many more to our practice recently,” said Dr. Matthew Palmer, OD. “We are excited for the new facility to help us continue to provide the best care to the community and allow for a greater patient experience.”

The new office will be located at 3301 North Miller Rd. in Scottsdale, increasing its previous size by 1000 square feet. The location will be much more accessible, with improved signage and better visibility. With six exam lanes and a minor procedure room, Southwestern Eye Center will be able to better meet the needs of the ever aging population and the influx of young professionals into the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The local medical practice has 25 locations throughout Arizona and three in New Mexico, serving a wide range of eye related needs in each office.

Dr. Daniel Adelberg M.D., Dr. Michael Champion M.D. and Dr. Denise Garcia M.D. will work alongside Dr. Palmer in providing comprehensive eye care and specialty ophthalmologic services. With the ever changing health care climate, they felt a bigger office will enable them to provide increased services while maintaining close relationships with their patients. The new space will remain in close proximity to the previous office so doctors can continue to see their established patients and allow for continued growth.

For more information on Southwestern Eye Center and its physicians, visit www.sweye.com. Follow Southwestern Eye Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SWeyecenter and on Twitter at @SWeyeCenter.

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Medical Practice Announces New Scottsdale Location

Southwestern Eye Center announced the opening of their new Scottsdale Office. The move allows the physicians to provide greater patient access and services to those in the Scottsdale area, whether or not they have insurance.

“We appreciate the support from our patients, here in the Scottsdale area, that have been with us for many years, and have welcome many more to our practice recently,” said Dr. Matthew Palmer, OD. “We are excited for the new facility to help us continue to provide the best care to the community and allow for a greater patient experience.”

The new office will be located at 3301 North Miller Rd. in Scottsdale, increasing its previous size by 1000 square feet. The location will be much more accessible, with improved signage and better visibility. With six exam lanes and a minor procedure room, Southwestern Eye Center will be able to better meet the needs of the ever aging population and the influx of young professionals into the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The local medical practice has 25 locations throughout Arizona and three in New Mexico, serving a wide range of eye related needs in each office.

Dr. Daniel Adelberg M.D., Dr. Michael Champion M.D. and Dr. Denise Garcia M.D. will work alongside Dr. Palmer in providing comprehensive eye care and specialty ophthalmologic services. With the ever changing health care climate, they felt a bigger office will enable them to provide increased services while maintaining close relationships with their patients. The new space will remain in close proximity to the previous office so doctors can continue to see their established patients and allow for continued growth.

For more information on Southwestern Eye Center and its physicians, visit www.sweye.com. Follow Southwestern Eye Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SWeyecenter and on Twitter at @SWeyeCenter.

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Here's a healthy way to get the perfect 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 Maximum Airbrush Tan by Robin, 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235.

Robin Grandinetti of Maximum Airbrush Tan by Robin, 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235, 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 Maximum Airbrush Tan, which is located at 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235 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 $19 for one tan and $59 for four tans. To learn more, contact Grandinetti at (602) 448-2861 or by email.

With the holiday 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 holiday parties.

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Sun Health CEO named to national board

Sun Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Guziak is one of 10 new members recently elected to Care Continuum Alliance’s (CCA) 2013-14 board of directors.  Guziak was elected during a business meeting at the CCA Forum 2013, the association’s national meeting, held Oct. 23-25 in Scottsdale.

CCA is the leading advocate for population health management and wellness. The care continuum includes wellness and health promotion, prevention, care coordination and patient advocacy, condition management and complex case management. CCA promotes the role of these and other strategies in raising care quality, improving health outcomes and reducing preventable health care costs for individuals with or at risk of chronic disease.

Guziak was cited for bringing “…an entrepreneur’s sprit to Sun Health, believing the best business practices must be applied to achieve strategic outcomes,” according to CCA’s official announcement.

Guziak joins a board of top executives from Accenture, Accountable Health, Alere, ASAP Brazil, HealthFitness, ICA, Noridian, Silverlink and Viridian.  Fred Goldstein, the association’s president for accountable care, was approved as chairman.

Sun Health’s Care Transitions program also received a second consecutive “Outstanding Leadership in Population Health Award” from CCA during the national meeting.

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner earns honor

U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers ® recently named one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., as one of the 2014 “Best Law Firms.” “The award comes shortly after the firm’s named partners, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in  The Best Lawyers in America©,  2014.

Nationally, U.S. News and Best Lawyers ® named the firm Tier 3 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

In the Metro Phoenix area, U.S. News and Best Lawyers ®named the firm Tier 1 in the in the practice areas of: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy and Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation Construction Law.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey and the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer-review.

The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 scoring for Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner were part of the scoring criteria used by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Listed on the The Best Lawyers in America ®  website are quotes from clients including Tim Hammer of TJM Painting Inc. who said, “Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner is a great firm and has great lawyers.”

Christine Ritter of Rental Service Corporation in her client comment is quoted as saying, “I have worked with Nussbaum through my equipment rental company and they are a very good firm and work with the client on several issues,”

Randy Nussbaum’s areas of practice include complex bankruptcy law, real estate, construction, and contract law. Mr. Nussbaum is a certified specialist in bankruptcy law by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified specialist in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.

Greg Gillis’ areas of practice include construction law, commercial collection, real estate law, and bankruptcy litigation which he has performed in Arizona for 25 years. During that time, he has appeared and litigated cases in 14 of Arizona’s 15 county superior courts.

Dean Dinner’s practice has emphasized bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights, workouts, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. He is certified as a Bankruptcy Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. His experience in the bankruptcy field is extensive, involving representation of secured creditors, surety companies, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, lessors, trustees and debtors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings.

The firm, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner one of the initial partners became the third named partner in 2010 and the firm added to its expertise to include trust and estate planning and probate, administrative law such as within the pest control and landscaping industry, and insurance defense work. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers and nearly 30 employees total.

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner earns honor

U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers ® recently named one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., as one of the 2014 “Best Law Firms.” “The award comes shortly after the firm’s named partners, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in  The Best Lawyers in America©,  2014.

Nationally, U.S. News and Best Lawyers ® named the firm Tier 3 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

In the Metro Phoenix area, U.S. News and Best Lawyers ®named the firm Tier 1 in the in the practice areas of: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy and Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation Construction Law.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey and the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer-review.

The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 scoring for Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner were part of the scoring criteria used by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Listed on the The Best Lawyers in America ®  website are quotes from clients including Tim Hammer of TJM Painting Inc. who said, “Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner is a great firm and has great lawyers.”

Christine Ritter of Rental Service Corporation in her client comment is quoted as saying, “I have worked with Nussbaum through my equipment rental company and they are a very good firm and work with the client on several issues,”

Randy Nussbaum’s areas of practice include complex bankruptcy law, real estate, construction, and contract law. Mr. Nussbaum is a certified specialist in bankruptcy law by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified specialist in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.

Greg Gillis’ areas of practice include construction law, commercial collection, real estate law, and bankruptcy litigation which he has performed in Arizona for 25 years. During that time, he has appeared and litigated cases in 14 of Arizona’s 15 county superior courts.

Dean Dinner’s practice has emphasized bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights, workouts, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. He is certified as a Bankruptcy Specialist by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. His experience in the bankruptcy field is extensive, involving representation of secured creditors, surety companies, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, lessors, trustees and debtors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings.

The firm, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner one of the initial partners became the third named partner in 2010 and the firm added to its expertise to include trust and estate planning and probate, administrative law such as within the pest control and landscaping industry, and insurance defense work. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers and nearly 30 employees total.

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Economy’s Q3 Growth Boosts Local Businesses

The U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter as businesses restocked shelves, and Arizona businesses are noticing the uptick. A 2.8% boost from July to September has Valley business owners optimistic about the holiday season and the first quarter of 2014. Local restaurants, retail, real estate and even purveyors of luxury goods and services report a steady incline of consumer spending, some even reaching pre-economic downturn levels.

Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based plastic surgeon reports nearly 35% growth in 2013 over 2012. “As a board-certified sugeon that’s been practicing for 22 years, my schedule stayed busy despite the economic downturn…but over the last few months we’ve been forced to reinstate a waiting list that spans several months for surgery as well as a consult fee,” he said. “It’s evident that people have more money to spend now, and are more confident spending it,” he said.

Shapiro is just one Valley business owner that says the economy is on the upswing. Restaurant owners, many hit hard by the economic downturn are also saying that business is booming again. “Having owned restaurants in Arizona over the last 20 years, it’s easy to spot a trend when it’s happening,” said Dave Andrea, owner of Brat Haus in Old Town Scottsdale. “First it’s small things like patrons adding another round of drinks, or ordering dessert, when before they’d forgo those things in an effort to save money,” he said,

Both Andrea and Shapiro agree that people are splurging on themselves a little more now, whether it’s a long awaited nip and tuck or just a well-deserved dessert.

What’s fueling the Valley’s economic stability? The labor market continued to improve, but at a snail’s pace, government data showed. Across the country, gross domestic product expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate, the quickest pace since the third quarter of 2012, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. It was an acceleration from a 2.5 percent clip in the second quarter and beat economists’ expectations for a 2.0 percent rate.

DECO Communities, a Scottsdale-based real estate development company just announced completion of two new urban renewal projects which transform infill properties into stylish and modern apartment homes called Cabana Modern Apartment Homes. With 4 properties completed in the last 16 months, the company says real estate is on the upswing as well. “There is a high demand for the kind of development we are doing,” said Rob Lyles, partner for DECO Communities, “And the outlook for real estate development and growth in Arizona next year is exceptionally promising,” he said.

Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, expanded at a 1.5 percent rate, slowest pace since the second quarter of 2011. It grew at a 1.8 percent rate in the April-June period.  With the news of economic growth at the start of the holiday season and the ‘high-season’ for Valley tourism, business owners are exceptionally optimistic about the Q1 2014 economic reports as well.

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Economy's Q3 Growth Boosts Local Businesses

The U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter as businesses restocked shelves, and Arizona businesses are noticing the uptick. A 2.8% boost from July to September has Valley business owners optimistic about the holiday season and the first quarter of 2014. Local restaurants, retail, real estate and even purveyors of luxury goods and services report a steady incline of consumer spending, some even reaching pre-economic downturn levels.

Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based plastic surgeon reports nearly 35% growth in 2013 over 2012. “As a board-certified sugeon that’s been practicing for 22 years, my schedule stayed busy despite the economic downturn…but over the last few months we’ve been forced to reinstate a waiting list that spans several months for surgery as well as a consult fee,” he said. “It’s evident that people have more money to spend now, and are more confident spending it,” he said.

Shapiro is just one Valley business owner that says the economy is on the upswing. Restaurant owners, many hit hard by the economic downturn are also saying that business is booming again. “Having owned restaurants in Arizona over the last 20 years, it’s easy to spot a trend when it’s happening,” said Dave Andrea, owner of Brat Haus in Old Town Scottsdale. “First it’s small things like patrons adding another round of drinks, or ordering dessert, when before they’d forgo those things in an effort to save money,” he said,

Both Andrea and Shapiro agree that people are splurging on themselves a little more now, whether it’s a long awaited nip and tuck or just a well-deserved dessert.

What’s fueling the Valley’s economic stability? The labor market continued to improve, but at a snail’s pace, government data showed. Across the country, gross domestic product expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate, the quickest pace since the third quarter of 2012, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. It was an acceleration from a 2.5 percent clip in the second quarter and beat economists’ expectations for a 2.0 percent rate.

DECO Communities, a Scottsdale-based real estate development company just announced completion of two new urban renewal projects which transform infill properties into stylish and modern apartment homes called Cabana Modern Apartment Homes. With 4 properties completed in the last 16 months, the company says real estate is on the upswing as well. “There is a high demand for the kind of development we are doing,” said Rob Lyles, partner for DECO Communities, “And the outlook for real estate development and growth in Arizona next year is exceptionally promising,” he said.

Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, expanded at a 1.5 percent rate, slowest pace since the second quarter of 2011. It grew at a 1.8 percent rate in the April-June period.  With the news of economic growth at the start of the holiday season and the ‘high-season’ for Valley tourism, business owners are exceptionally optimistic about the Q1 2014 economic reports as well.

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Scottsdale Companies Form Development Company

A new full-service development company, Cypress Development Group,  was announced today as the result of a merger between Scottsdale-based developer Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG) and luxury home builder, Luster Custom Homes.

Longtime friends Nathan Day, president of SCDG, and Tanner Luster, president of Luster Custom Homes, decided to combine their companies and increase their staff in order to form Cypress Development Group that will specialize in high-end residential and commercial projects that combine progressive sustainable features with impeccable finishes.

The pair’s expertise lies in pioneering the most advanced construction techniques in order to bring new ideas, methods and best practices to the development industry with an uncompromising attention to detail. From concept to completion, Cypress will offer comprehensive development services including site selection and acquisition, development funding, strategic planning, project design, construction, green-building expertise and interior design.

“This is an exciting step and major growth opportunity for all of us,” said Nathan Day. “By partnering with Luster Custom Homes and creating a full-service development company, it allows us to critically think outside the box and streamline the development process. We can now manage the entire build process from concept to completion and do things quickly, efficiently and consistently.  We have the ability to explore innovative building process and test the efficiency, especially in the green building arena, and have full quality control under one roof.”

Cypress opened the doors to its new 4,000 square-foot office last week at Canyon Village in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch community. The new company also recently hired six employees, adding to the existing team of 12.

“We have worked with Sterling for several years now and have enormous respect for their reputation and team. Our greatest asset has always been our people and by coming together we have made a substantial increase in the quality of that asset,” said Tanner Luster. “There are great synergies between our teams, our services and our clients. Our two companies have a shared vision for innovation and success that will only be enhanced by coming together. It is a true reflection of our business philosophy, which is all about building smart, innovative products that provide real value for consumers and real estate professionals.”

Day and Luster began working together in 2011 on the first phase of Day’s development, Sterling at Silverleaf, in which Luster is the builder. Sterling is a luxury, custom-home community that sits on 12-acres within the gates of Silverleaf featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu. The community made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the US Green Building Council also awarded the project GOLD level LEED certification

Cypress Development Group’s first project will be phase two of Sterling, an additional 12 villas priced from $2.2 million, that will break ground later this month.

For more information on Cypress Development Group, visit www.cypressdevelopment.com.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control Debate

Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

In partnership with the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Captain Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords: Endeavor to Succeed, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $89, $69 and $59 online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

On Jan. 8, 2011, Capt. Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords’ road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity.

Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed.

Kelly will show audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success. A book signing will follow. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control Debate

Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

In partnership with the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Captain Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords: Endeavor to Succeed, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $89, $69 and $59 online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

On Jan. 8, 2011, Capt. Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords’ road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity.

Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed.

Kelly will show audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success. A book signing will follow. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

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Paddock Pools Relocating Corporate Headquarters

A long-standing business presence on Thomas Road, in the southern part of Scottsdale, is moving north.

Paddock Pools is relocating its corporate headquarters to its already significant presence at the 29,000 square foot Paddock “Superstore” near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard.

The building and real estate that had housed the company’s headquarters near 64th Street and Thomas Road were not part of the original transaction and will likely be redeveloped.

Sensing an opportunity with the recovering Arizona housing market and economy, Paddock was purchased in early 2012 from the previous owner, Lincolnshire, which had owned the company since 2005.

“Our instincts were right about buying this company when we did with its rich history and great name.  Business has been brisk,” Owner Craig Maggi said.

Paddock has built pools for many of the Valley’s large resorts, including popular area water parks and tens of thousands of pools in homes since the company’s founding in 1958.  It is one of Arizona’s iconic, blue-chip brands that consumers trust and know, said Maggi.

According to Maggi, part of new ownership’s success has been the result of a renewed focus on pool construction, service and remodeling, what he describes as the original mission of Paddock Pools.

“For decades Paddock Pools has been a premier builder of pools in the communities in which it has served, always being a conscientious citizen of them.   We will continue to emphasize this in the years ahead as we expand the great Paddock name,” Maggi said.

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Quayle elected to TGen Foundation Board

Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, who served under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-93, was elected today to the Board of Directors of the TGen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Vice President Quayle attended grade school and high school in Phoenix and Scottsdale and he and his wife, Marilyn, are now residents of Paradise Valley. He brings to the TGen Foundation his vast career experience in politics and financial investment.

“It is my honor to be selected to be a part of TGen and the phenomenal work this biomedical institute is doing to find better treatments for the most serious diseases affecting humanity,” said Quayle, who also is a former U.S. representative and senator from Indiana, and who today is chairman of Cerberus Global Investments, a private equity company with $25 billion under management.

TGen Foundation Board Chairman Bennett Dorrance welcomed Quayle, noting that he is instantly one of the best known among a cadre of top-flight Arizonans who serve on the non-profit panel.

“Today we welcome Vice President Dan Quayle to our TGen family with high expectations and confidence that he will further enhance our philanthropic reach across the nation and help fuel TGen’s genomic research of the world’s most pressing diseases,” Dorrance said. “We welcome his involvement, his extraordinary relationships and his business acumen.”

Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Research Director, also welcomed Quayle, whose term as Vice President (1989-1993) coincided with Dr. Trent serving as Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

“In 1990, the NIH and the Department of Energy joined with international partners in a quest to sequence all 3 billion letters in the human genome. Vice President Quayle is acutely aware of the importance of this public effort, and remains an advocate for genomic research and what is means for our patients,” Dr. Trent said.

TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff said that the addition of Quayle to the TGen Foundation Board of Directors would undoubtedly be of huge importance to the future of the institute.

“He brings a powerful internationally recognized voice to advance TGen’s scientific research,” Bassoff said.

Quayle graduated from DePauw University in 1969, and received his law degree from Indiana University in 1974.

He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 at age 29; to the U.S. Senate in 1980 at age 33; and Vice President of the United States in 1988 at age 41, during which he made official visits to 47 nations and served as chairman of the National Space Council. He has authored three books, including Standing Firm, a vice-presidential memoir, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for 15 weeks.

Quayle also was a distinguished visiting professor of international studies at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.

At Cerberus, one of the world’s leading investment firms, he has been actively involved in new business sourcing and marketing in North America, Europe and Asia. His extensive global network of public and private sector decision-makers, combined with his investment expertise, has significantly contributed to the growth of Cerberus.

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itelligence partners with Optima ECM Consulting

itelligence today announced it has formed a partnership with Optima ECM Consulting, a specialized consulting firm with in-depth expertise in the implementation of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) using OpenText Solutions for SAP®. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Optima helps customers overcome the common disconnect between structured processes and unstructured information. Together, itelligence and Optima will provide customers with OpenText solutions to increase business process efficiency, eliminate internal resource time loss, minimize risk and reduce cost.

“Optima was the clear choice for itelligence when we looked to collaborate with a leader in the SAP network that had the right EIM experience and expert knowledge — specifically around OpenText,” said Steve Niesman, president and CEO, itelligence North America. “As a Platinum Partner of OpenText, Optima will offer our customers unique abilities to combine and optimize SAP and OpenText solutions to address and improve multiple business objectives.”

OpenText solutions provide EIM software that helps companies of all sizes manage, secure and leverage unstructured business information, whether in the data center or in the cloud. Working across multiple industries, Optima Consulting serves as a true consultant that helps organizations build their roadmap and enterprise strategy. Through itelligence’s strong customer portfolio with global mid-market companies, the partnership allows Optima to expand their services to a new customer base.

“As we look to expand our reach to an SAP customer base, working closely with itelligence is a natural fit,” said Shaney Salomon, founding partner and chief executive officer of Optima ECM Consulting. “itelligence has global reach and deep knowledge of medium-size enterprises, a business audience that we’re looking to grow. This collaboration will allow us to deliver immediate value to our collective customer base to effectively increase our value-add and demonstrate a truly successful partnership.”

To kick off the partnership, itelligence and Optima will host a roundtable session with Zappos at the SAP TechEd event on Oct. 23 in Las Vegas. The roundtable is designed to connect customer experts and business decision makers to discuss the OpenText Rapid Deployment Solution as a turnkey value add for the enterprise.

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Equity Crowdfunding Rules Approved by SEC

Although delayed for nearly a year, today the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved the release of proposed equity crowdfunding rules. The proposed rules have been published and are available on the SEC website for public comments. The rules are part of the implementation of The JOBS Act, a 2012 law which legalized the opportunity for regular people to invest in local businesses without cumbersome regulations.

Attorney Jonathan Frutkin wrote the book “Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners” which was published earlier this year. The book, available on Amazon.com, explains how this extraordinary opportunity will allow local businesses to generate new enthusiasm to accelerate their growth. Frutkin is Principal with The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“The release of proposed rules by the SEC is a monumental step forward,” Frutkin says. “It finally moves the ball forward, permitting equity crowdfunding to be finally legal and implemented in 2014.”

Frutkin believes that the ability of regular people to own part of their local economy, rather than being limited to simply investing in large multi-national companies like Exxon and Apple will be transformative to communities.

“People have become far too disconnected from their investment dollars. Instead of driving Wall Street, their investment in Main Street will make their neighborhood a much more interesting place to live,” Frutkin notes. “Now, at least some of their net worth will help their community flourish.” Frutkin also emphasized that equity crowdfunding is not permitted yet, and any company looking at this type of financing should contact their legal counsel.

Frutkin has been active in the crowdfunding movement since The JOBS Act was passed last year. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on the future of crowdfunding finance.

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Neon Night Envy Run kicks off Scottsdale Super Expo

Racers across greater Phoenix will run, dance and party in the dark during the Night Envy Neon Run on Nov. 1, all while benefiting Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity.

The 5K run, which starts at 6 p.m., takes place at Westworld of Scottsdale as the kick-off event of the Scottsdale SUPER EXPO. The high-energy race will feature five color zones full of black lights, loud music, neon paint cannons, and dozens of obstacles. Racers are invited to an 80s-themed after party following to continue the fun late into the night.

“It’s a great time for adults and families who want to get out and have a blast,” said Priscilla Barney, owner of B Extreme events, the organization producing the race. “No one can resist the explosion of neon paint and the glow of black lights, but the race also provides a fun way to exercise and feel great while raising money for a very important Phoenix nonprofit.”

Shape Up US will receive a percentage of proceeds when racers register online with promo code SHAPEUPUS. The organization is committed to building a healthy future for America’s children by improving the health, fitness and overall wellbeing of youth and their families.

Funds from the Night Envy Neon Run have been earmarked for Shape Up US’ Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™, an innovative, engaging education curriculum that helps teachers motivate their students to live healthy, active, balanced lives.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” said Jyl Steinback, executive director, Shape Up US. “We must reverse this trend through awareness, education and action. The Night Envy Neon Run goes a long way in supporting our efforts, as it raises funds for Shape Up US while also giving people an opportunity to shape up themselves.”

Registration for the Night Envy Neon Run is $30 with promo code SHAPEUPUS . The fee includes participation in the Run, a race T-shirt, bib number, swag bag, and entrance to the after-party. For more information or to register for the Night Envy Neon Run, visit nightnv.com.

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as 'Home for the Holidays'

“The weather outside is delightful” during the holiday season in Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing visitors to book their trip and enjoy the warm weather, rates and activities the destination has to offer.

From mid-October through mid-January, the campaign will reach potential holiday visitors across the United States and Canada. Playing off of four popular holiday jingles, including “The Weather Outside is Delightful,” “Baby It’s Warm Outside,” “Let It Glow,” and “Hiking in a Winter Wonderland,” the campaign highlights resort and activity deals on ScottsdaleHolidayExperience.com. The page features more than 50 resort, golf, dining and attraction offers. Additionally, the site showcases seasonal events.

The bureau’s “holiday jingles” campaign aims to increase visitation from Nov. 15 through Jan. 15, a need-time period for the local tourism industry. This campaign is targeted at visitors who may not have traditional holiday plans and are looking for a convenient, warm-weather destination where they can enjoy holiday activities with a Sonoran Desert twist.

“Changing a holiday traveler’s mindset from beach to desert isn’t easy, but that’s why we have invested in this three-year program,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “Scottsdale has great rates, warm weather, and an abundance of activities, which all make the destination a perfect holiday getaway.”

Promotional elements include print, online, direct mail and email, which will be marketed in both primary and secondary feeder markets.

This is the second year of a three-year campaign to increase holiday visitation in Scottsdale. Last year, the campaign resulted in over 28 million impressions and garnered a 139 percent return on investment for the bureau.

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as ‘Home for the Holidays’

“The weather outside is delightful” during the holiday season in Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing visitors to book their trip and enjoy the warm weather, rates and activities the destination has to offer.

From mid-October through mid-January, the campaign will reach potential holiday visitors across the United States and Canada. Playing off of four popular holiday jingles, including “The Weather Outside is Delightful,” “Baby It’s Warm Outside,” “Let It Glow,” and “Hiking in a Winter Wonderland,” the campaign highlights resort and activity deals on ScottsdaleHolidayExperience.com. The page features more than 50 resort, golf, dining and attraction offers. Additionally, the site showcases seasonal events.

The bureau’s “holiday jingles” campaign aims to increase visitation from Nov. 15 through Jan. 15, a need-time period for the local tourism industry. This campaign is targeted at visitors who may not have traditional holiday plans and are looking for a convenient, warm-weather destination where they can enjoy holiday activities with a Sonoran Desert twist.

“Changing a holiday traveler’s mindset from beach to desert isn’t easy, but that’s why we have invested in this three-year program,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “Scottsdale has great rates, warm weather, and an abundance of activities, which all make the destination a perfect holiday getaway.”

Promotional elements include print, online, direct mail and email, which will be marketed in both primary and secondary feeder markets.

This is the second year of a three-year campaign to increase holiday visitation in Scottsdale. Last year, the campaign resulted in over 28 million impressions and garnered a 139 percent return on investment for the bureau.

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as 'Home for the Holidays'

“The weather outside is delightful” during the holiday season in Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing visitors to book their trip and enjoy the warm weather, rates and activities the destination has to offer.

From mid-October through mid-January, the campaign will reach potential holiday visitors across the United States and Canada. Playing off of four popular holiday jingles, including “The Weather Outside is Delightful,” “Baby It’s Warm Outside,” “Let It Glow,” and “Hiking in a Winter Wonderland,” the campaign highlights resort and activity deals on ScottsdaleHolidayExperience.com. The page features more than 50 resort, golf, dining and attraction offers. Additionally, the site showcases seasonal events.

The bureau’s “holiday jingles” campaign aims to increase visitation from Nov. 15 through Jan. 15, a need-time period for the local tourism industry. This campaign is targeted at visitors who may not have traditional holiday plans and are looking for a convenient, warm-weather destination where they can enjoy holiday activities with a Sonoran Desert twist.

“Changing a holiday traveler’s mindset from beach to desert isn’t easy, but that’s why we have invested in this three-year program,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “Scottsdale has great rates, warm weather, and an abundance of activities, which all make the destination a perfect holiday getaway.”

Promotional elements include print, online, direct mail and email, which will be marketed in both primary and secondary feeder markets.

This is the second year of a three-year campaign to increase holiday visitation in Scottsdale. Last year, the campaign resulted in over 28 million impressions and garnered a 139 percent return on investment for the bureau.

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Vintage Market Returns to Scottsdale

The gals at Junk in the trunk Vintage Market are thrilled about their upcoming fall event on November 9th.  Located at WestWorld in Scottsdale, the event will be filled with all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade. Vintage market vendors have spent their summer crisscrossing the entire country to bring shoppers their most unique finds. Attendees can expect to find treasures of all types including vintage clothing, repurposed furniture, industrial pieces, farmhouse décor, handmade items and more.  The fall 2013 market will feature over 100 vendors including over 70 returning vendors from previous shows.

Rafterhouse, a local home crafter who specializes in breathing new life into Arcadia area ranch style homes with timeless finishes such as aged barn wood walls, industrial touches and Carrera marble countertops, will be showcasing their work with an entry display.  There will also be design spaces to inspire shoppers as they enter the market featuring pieces from West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids and the gals at Junk in the Trunk.  One lucky winner will be able to take home selected pieces from one of the design spaces.

A market favorite, Kip Fox, will headline a talented group of local musicians entertaining the crowd with live music starting at 8am.

Shoppers who want the first opportunity to see all of the amazing finds can start their day off with an early entry ticket beginning at 8:00am. Early entry will last until 10:00am and cost $10 per ticket.  The first 300 shoppers through the entrance will receive a special edition Junk in the Trunk reusable shopping bag. Regular entry will begin at 10:00am and last until 3:00pm with an admission price of $5. Children under 12 are free throughout the day.

A portion of all ticket proceeds will benefit the local Young Life chapter of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Young life Is a non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to adolescents  in the greater north Phoenix and Scottsdale area through caring adults that spend time with youth in order to empower them to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

For more information about the event including media inquiries or vendor opportunities, please visit the website at www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com or send an email to info@junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

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Parsons Acquires Scottsdale-based Martz Agency

Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons today announced the acquisition of Martz Agency by MP Agency, L.L.C., an organization owned by Parsons. The award-winning Scottsdale based marketing and public relations firm, which will be renamed Martz Parsons, will bring creative firepower to Parsons’ growing portfolio of businesses.

Parsons has said that by looking at and structuring their marketing as a revenue generator that makes money rather than an expense item, businesses are able to not only bring attention to their brand but also increase their revenue streams. Parsons’ numerous Valley based entities, including Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Go AZ Motorcycles, Spooky Fast Parts & Engineering, YAM Properties, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and Scottsdale National Golf Club, will be using Martz Parsons as their agency of record. The agency will immediately add talent to keep pace with the growth.

Martz Agency, founded by Carrie Martz in 1980, is among the most highly regarded agencies in Arizona. Moving forward, Carrie Martz will assume the title of CEO and the agency will continue to serve its existing clients. Existing and future accounts, including Parsons personal enterprises, will be able to leverage the Agency’s unparalleled talent and newly expanded resources to further develop and empower their brands.

“I am thrilled that someone I consider to be a marketing genius has purchased the Agency,” said Carrie Martz.  “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our agency and for our clients. With Bob Parsons behind us, I believe our Agency will become even more value to the clients we serve.”

Bob Parsons, like Carrie Martz, is well-known for his intense focus on providing an excellent customer experience. Moving forward, clients can expect their accounts to be managed with the same level of personalized care that Martz Agency has delivered for the last 33 years.

“It’s no secret that I am passionate about marketing,” said Bob Parsons. “The formula is simple … great brands that deliver an uncontested customer experience thrive. Martz Agency brings years of experience, professionalism and enthusiasm to the table. Together, we should knock it out of the park.”

Martz Agency’s current client roster includes Yurbuds, Arizona Commerce Authority, Toronto based Pacific Links International, Valley of the Sun YMCA, Fennemore Craig, RLC Labs, One Neck, Mirabel, The Reef Residences at Atlantis, Estrella by Newland Communities, and Olympia Group.

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Capstone Mortgage Launches in Phoenix

The Arizona residential real estate market has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade, from all-time highs in 2006 to historic lows in 2011, but the market is finally coming back around. Three industry veterans recognized the improving real estate market and growing demand for mortgage loans as an opportunity and founded Capstone Mortgage to provide various types of home loans.

Capstone Mortgage founders Paul Attaway, Bobby Barnes and Tyler Stone all bring different strengths and experience to the company, ranging from starting, building and selling companies to running a successful mortgage company.

Capstone Mortgage CEO and President Paul Attaway has over 17 years of experience in Arizona as an entrepreneur. During this time, Attaway maneuvered through every stage of a company’s life from start-up through managing growth to the ultimate successful sale of the business. Prior to Capstone, Attaway started and sold Vistek (a leading designer and manufacturer of devices for the life sciences and other industries) and Tekton (a leading developer of seismic isolation solutions and related intellectual property).

Capstone Mortgage President Bobby Barnes is generally acknowledged as one of the top producers in Arizona in the mortgage industry. Barnes started in the mortgage business in 1990 as a loan officer and founded and was president of Legacy Home Mortgage from 1996 until 2010. An Arizona native, Barnes has significant experience in both conforming and non-conforming private money lending operations, having originated in excess of $1 billion in conforming loans and in excess of $200 million in non-conforming loans.

Capstone Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Tyler Stone has over 10 years of experience in the Arizona residential real estate industry. Prior to Capstone, Stone started Infinity Wealth Real Estate, a leading REO and foreclosure brokerage in Arizona where he personally closed in excess of $60 million in home sales and disposed of over 300 distressed properties for clients.

The company’s offices are located at 6900 East Camelback Rd, Suite 570, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit http://www.capstone-mortgage.com/.