Scottsdale economic development will be hosting the second annual Cure Corridor Event at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event features a significant lineup of Cure Corridor partners sharing their insight into the future of the Cure Corridor and Bio-Life Sciences Industry. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Holmes – founder and CEO of Theranos, which recently located at Scottsdale’s SkySong, will headline the event. Ms. Holmes was recently featured on the cover of Forbes magazine and debuted on Forbes 400 as the youngest self-made woman billionaire.
The first annual Cure Corridor event was launched in September 2013 and entertained hundreds of attendees with strong presenter content. The City of Scottsdale’s goal is to raise awareness about the innovation activity taking place in the community while supporting business growth and collaboration among industry partners.
This year’s event brings together a multitude Scottsdale industry partners in bio-life science to share recent happenings in their core areas of research in a rapid fire presentation format. The current line-up of noted rapid fire speakers include:
• Martin Shultz – Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee
• Dr. Michael Gordon – Medical Director of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials program at Scottsdale Healthcare
• J.D. Weir – Primus Pharmaceuticals
• David Bennett – Orion Health
• Dr. Robert Greenes – ASU and Mayo Clinic
• Walter Cooper – Matrix Medical Network
“Our healthcare and life science community in Scottsdale is a vital economic sector and is as a key driver for job growth in our community,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “More importantly, leading life science innovators call Scottsdale “home.” This means that the people of our community have access to the best possible healthcare services, cutting edge research, and other opportunities that will benefit the people of Scottsdale today and for generations to come.”
The Cure Corridor is not only a location but a concept designed to promote the innovative activities occurring around the concentration of the Bio-Life Sciences sector throughout Scottsdale. This sector is a major driver of the innovation economy in the State of Arizona, Greater Phoenix region and City of Scottsdale. According to the Flinn Foundation, the biosciences in Arizona “develop treatments for health afflictions, design diagnostics to gauge and prevent illness, strengthen our food supply, develop alternative fuel sources, and much more.”
The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is more than a brand or location. This strategic concept includes activities designed to promote the innovative practices occurring around the concentration of biotech and life sciences industries from Shea Boulevard to the Scottsdale Airpark and throughout Scottsdale. The bio-life science sector has a strong presence in the city’s economic health, with Scottsdale housing 13 percent of all Phoenix Metro area bio-life sciences employment. The Scottsdale bio-life sciences activity includes a workforce of about 27,700 people and a direct economic output of $2.5 billion and indirect output of $3.5 billion annually anchored by companies such as TD2, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Mayo Clinic.
The Cure Corridor isn’t just home to some of the world’s most prestigious clinical research facilities it is also home to pharmaceutical companies such as Primus, Prismic and West Pharmaceuticals.
The health-service industry burst in 2014 with major location and expansion announcements by some of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. Companies such Orion Health, ZocDoc, Zenefits and Accolade have all chosen Scottsdale because of its skilled workforce, high quality of life and a booming industry cluster which is drawing national recognition.
Az Business magazine, in conjunction with the State Bar of Arizona, have announced the finalists for the 2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel (ACC) Awards.
The finalists and winners will be honored at an awards dinner and reception on Jan. 15, 2015 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Click here for more information about the event.
Here are the finalists:
Arizona State University legal department
David Bixby, Banner Health
Kelleen Brennan, Universal Technical Institute
Franc Del Fosse, Insys
Brad Gazaway, The Dial Corporation
Illya Iussa, Arizona Summit Law School
JDA Software legal department
John T. Jozwick, Rider Levett Bucknall
Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
David Mulvihill, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Wendy Neal, Arcadia Biosciences
Carmen Neuberger, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Mary Beth Orson, Apollo Education Group
Michael Reagan, Kahala Corporation
Michael Rissman, Republic Services
Brian Roberts, Grand Canyon University
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network legal department
Karen Stein, IO
Jason Steiner, Insight Enterprises
Jenny Holsman Tetreault, Rural/Metro
Tiffanie Woodie, Petsmart
Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (BPWA), a comprehensive wealth advisory firm and national enterprise building partnership, recently welcomed four experienced advisors to its Scottsdale office.
Brian Coughlan, MBA, Landen Lunsway, CFP®, Chris Palermo, CFA, CFP® and Andrew Reinhardt, CFP® officially joined the BPWA Arizona team as Partners and Managing Directors on Friday. The new team, which has over 60 years of combined investment experience, serves approximately 400 client households and manages more than $500 million in assets.
Coughlan, Lunsway, Palermo and Reinhardt were previously affiliated with Capital Investment Counsel, a wealth management firm based in Denver, Colorado.
“We are elated to have Brian, Landen, Chris and Andy join our BPWA team,” said Bruce Meyer, Founding Partner and Managing Director of BPWA Arizona. “Each individual brings a caliber of service and expertise in tailored investment solutions and financial planning that directly aligns with our mission to provide our clients with superb service across the board. They are all thoughtful, thorough and diligent thinkers and their relationships with clients are built on trust and mutual respect. We are extremely excited about this new partnership and further elevating our office in Arizona.”
In addition to Meyer, the foursome will be working alongside advisors Matt Armistead, CFP®, CIMA®, Eric Newby and Andrew Saltzman, CFP® in the BPWA Arizona office.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with these four talented individuals,” said Matt Cooper, President of Beacon Pointe Advisor’s Private Client Group and head of BPWA. “With Brian, Landen, Chris and Andy, we are adding four senior advisors in the prime of their careers, who also happen to represent a significant block of business. This merger will not only more than double our advisor count in Scottsdale, but also set the foundation for that location to become a multi-billion dollar office.”
Coughlan has 16 years of investment experience with major banks and private money management firms. In addition to his expertise in customized portfolio management, investment recommendations and financial planning, he has also underwritten municipal bond issues throughout the United States, and is a visiting Professor of Finance in the Keller Graduate School of Management’s MBA program.
Lunsway brings over 14 years of experience in the financial industry to the team and has extensive knowledge of investments, insurance, tax, estate and retirement planning. He was a portfolio manager with Capital Investment Counsel and has also worked with large investment advisory clients at Charles Schwab Advisor Services.
Palermo has over 15 years of investment experience and specializes in portfolio management with an emphasis on financial, retirement, estate, tax and insurance planning. Prior to his time at Capital Investment Counsel, he managed assets for high-net-worth individuals, foundations and non-profit organizations at Northern Trust in Phoenix. Palermo also worked for Charles Schwab, where his various roles included asset management, derivative trading and conducting investment seminars.
Reinhardt has spent over 15 years facilitating growth and creating asset protection strategies for both high-net-worth individuals and families. He has specific expertise in the financial planning areas of retirement analysis, investment management, insurance, and tax and estate planning. In addition to his time at Capital Investment Counsel, Reinhardt served as an investment consultant with Charles Schwab and worked for Hackett Investment Advisors as a portfolio manager.
As thousands of seasonal travelers—also known as snowbirds—make plans to migrate to the Southwest for warmer weather, Scottsdale-based Medical Records Systems advises them to pack a personal health record along with their sunscreen and golf clubs.
Members of Medical Records Systems have access to their complete and accurate health file, including print and electronic medical records, digital image studies, vaccines, medications and special health conditions – all which can be vital, lifesaving documents during medical emergencies. The benefits of having electronic medical records is easy access to a patient’s files in the case of routine or emergency medical needs or for added convenience, and correct medical care, when seeing physicians away from their hometown.
Dr. Arnold Curry, founder and CEO of Medical Records Systems, witnessed firsthand the need for a consolidated health file through his work in health care and personal experience with patients and insurance providers.
“When emergencies happen, it is important to have your medical records on hand immediately. In the past, medical records were not easily accessible when traveling,” said Dr. Curry, a medical director at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, N.M. “We’ve created a simple solution to help people control their health files from anywhere online, allowing them to worry less about an emergency and focus on plans to relax while away from home.”
Seniors can gain control of their health records before traveling through membership activation and uploading medical records, which can also be entered securely by Medical Records Systems. Designed to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) security standards, Medical Records Systems is easy to navigate for consumers who are new to digital technology or are not Internet savvy.
New members can join Medical Record Systems for 99 cents during a trial month, after which the monthly rate becomes $9.95 a month or $99.95 per year for the primary storage space of 100MB. Basic membership provides sufficient storage for individuals with enough storage for either 300 pages which includes imaging and scanned pages.
Other memberships are designed for families with two to six individuals, or individuals with special health needs that will benefit from Medical Records Systems’ PADI Imaging System, a picture archiving and communication system for convenience to images from multiple modalities. This allows more dynamic viewing of images rather than one static view.
In addition to preparing a medical health record before travel, Dr. Curry recommends members keep health medical studies such as colonoscopies and mammograms current. Dr. Curry also suggests seniors share the names of their primary care physicians with their spouse and immediate family members before traveling.
The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) handed out its annual CFO of the Year Awards Thursday during a ceremony at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
The CFO of the Year Awards are given to professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. This program provides many benefits to the business community by highlighting the important roles that financial executives play within the region.
Earning 2014 awards were Dennis Dahlen, senior vice president and CFO for Banner Health in the nonprofit category; Gary Dalke, CFO for Western Refining, Inc. in the public company category; Lawrence Eisel, CFO of Total Transit in the private company category; and Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO of LaneTerralever in the private company category.
Here is a closer look at the winners:
Dennis Dahlen: Dahlen oversees the financial operations of an organization with more than $5 billion in revenue, including all treasury functions related to investment management and capital development. Dahlen’s work with executives throughout the company ensures that realistic budgets are established and budget goals are met or exceeded.
Dahlen’s impact on Banner Health: Under Dahlen’s leadership, financial pro formas have been reliably solid foundations for Banner’s expansions in Arizona. They have included construction of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Banner Ironwood Medical Center, new towers at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Estrella Medical Center; the acquisition of Sun Health (two hospitals and a research center), Arizona Regional Medical Center and Casa Grande Regional Medical Center; and the development of the Banner Health Network.
Gary Dalke: Dalke is one of Western Refining’s founding executives and is responsible for all finance, treasury, tax, accounting, and information system activities throughout Western and its affiliates. Dalke is also a critical member of the executive committee, responsible for establishing company goals, performance metrics, and monitoring mechanisms.
Dalke’s impact on Western Refining: In the fall of 2013, Dalke guided Western through a spin-off of the company’s logistics assets via an initial public offering of a new entity — Western Refining Logistics, LP — and acquisition of the general partner and 38 percent of the limited partnership of Northern Tier Energy LP, both within a 31-day period. Dalke led by example, demonstrating a dedicated work ethic, calm demeanor, command of accounting principles and financial market prowess. Each of these attributes were critical to successful completion of these extraordinary accomplishments.
Lawrence Eisel: In his first five years, Total Transit’s revenue has nearly quadrupled. Eisel has been heavily involved in strategic planning, business planning, budgeting and working capital management to support this phenomenal growth. In addition, Eisel has been successful in developing a strong relationship and credibility with the company’s banks to finance this growth. He has also coordinated all risk management activities for the organization.
Eisel’s impact on Total Transit: Eisel has implemented several changes that define showcase his vision, including implementation of a balanced scorecard process, establishing an internal audit function and coordinating a significant estate planning project that will ultimately save millions in future tax liabilities. Most recently, to combat a tighter insurance market and increasing auto liability premiums, Eisel and his team successfully identified alternative insurance designs and created a captive insurance entity, which will control the costs of the company’s auto liability risk.
Richard Skufza: Skufza works closely with the CEO and other executive leadership to accomplish corporate strategic objectives. He is one of three key contributors to the development and execution of LaneTerralever’s’s corporate strategy while maintaining important external relationships with banks, clients, external auditors and suppliers.
Skufza’s impact on LaneTerralever: Over the last nine months, Skufza led the integration of the accounting, management information and telephone systems into one unified system and was instrumental in bringing the two cultures and two offices of E.B. Lane and Terralever into one office. Skufza’s prior initiatives include online recruiting and employee orientation process; an enhanced performance evaluation process in order to align corporate values, mission and vision throughout the organization; and employee training and staff development with the introduction of E.B. Lane University.
The legendary Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has completed a major renovation that has significantly enhanced the guest experience and restored the iconic property’s competitive position in the Phoenix/Scottsdale luxury resort marketplace.
The multi-million-dollar renovation has created modern, refined accommodations and public spaces while preserving the historic architecture and design that distinguish the grand dame of Phoenix. Guest rooms and suites, the spa and salon, and meeting spaces – including ballrooms, pre-function rooms and the Mystery Room, the Prohibition-era “speakeasy” that is used for themed events – have been re-mastered with a sophisticated new look that recalls the seductive style of the resort’s early years. The redesign is chic and contemporary, while continuing the original Frank Lloyd Wright style of organically incorporating the natural environment.
The revamp of the landmark property also comprised rebuilding and redesigning the 15 cabanas at the Paradise Pool that now feature luxurious new interior décor and an array of amenities, from flatscreen HDTVs to full baths. Refinements were also made to the service culture and communications tools were re-imagined, including instituting True Waldorf Service, new uniforms for the front-of-the-house team, a new website and a glossy new, comprehensive history book that recounts the storied lore of the famous property.
“With the renovation we have enhanced our classic luxury with chic modern interpretations and recaptured our top-tier status in the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort marketplace,” said Sheila Foley, General Manager.
In the guest rooms, a soft color palette of mist, linen and latte created a light and cheerful ambiance, juxtaposed with contrasting warm wood colors that emulate the natural tones of the surrounding desert. Specialty glass tops on bureaus in a thick mist color bring the soothing atmosphere of a desert oasis indoors. Echoing the distinctive use of metals in the original hotel design, bronze and gold metal accents in the guest rooms evoke a distinguished vintage ambiance. A particularly memorable feature, bringing a special touch of elegance and grandeur, are the mist-colored wall coverings embossed with a metallic Frank Lloyd Wright design, echoing the historic pattern on the Biltmore Blocks used to construct the entire resort.
Frank Lloyd Wright drawings of the hotel gardens, blended with geometric shapes, were the innovative inspiration for the new carpet in the corridors, creating an avant-garde historic interpretation. This contemporary merging of Wright designs and geometric patterns was the theme as well for the Frank Lloyd Wright and McArthur ballrooms, which were refreshed with new carpet, wall coverings, artwork and furniture. The ballrooms and their pre-function areas also were enhanced with technologically advanced production, signage and lighting capabilities.
The renovation was directed by Santa Barbara-based Smith & Firestone Associates (SFA), a leading international luxury hospitality interior design firm. www.SFAdesign.com
For more information about the Arizona Biltmore: 800-950-0086, 602-955-6600, www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Today the Greater Phoenix Economic Council was joined by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Maricopa County and the City of Scottsdale in welcoming Zenefits to the Greater Phoenix region.
Zenefits, the free, cloud-based human resources technology company that automates and eliminates time-consuming paperwork for small and medium-sized businesses, announced today plans to create over 1,300 new full-time jobs over the next three years, and the launch of a new, nearly 100,000-square-foot office in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“We’re thrilled to open our new office in Scottsdale, which will allow Zenefits to meet the growing demand from thousands of small businesses who want to focus on their people instead of paperwork,” said Parker Conrad, CEO and co-founder of Zenefits. “The greater Phoenix area has a talented workforce and an expanding tech community, and Zenefits is excited to grow our team both here and in San Francisco.”
Zenefits is widely considered to be one of the fastest-growing tech companies in recent history. Its user base is on track to grow 1,600 percent in 2014, and in a little over one year in business, the company has signed up more than 2,000 businesses serving over 50,000 employees across 47 states.
This is the largest expansion from a California-based tech company into the Greater Phoenix region since PayPal in 2010. Zenefits has already hired 60 new local employees, and plans to expand to more than 1,300 full-time employees within the next three years. The company’s new office will occupy 94,000 square feet of office space in the Scottsdale Galleria Corporate Center.
“We want to welcome Zenefits to Scottsdale, where it joins a growing field of exciting and innovative tech companies who are drawn here by all the elements that ensure a motivated, skilled workforce, an outstanding quality of life and a positive business environment,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We are delighted to welcome Zenefits to Scottsdale – they will be an incredible addition to our business community and our City’s economy.”
The expansion into Scottsdale will enable the company to meet the needs of its rapidly increasing customer base. Zenefits is now in the process of hiring a range of new employees for the Scottsdale office, including HR specialists, sales representatives, account managers and executives, and client support staff. Zenefits currently employs more than 390 workers in its San Francisco headquarters, up from just 15 at the beginning of the year.
“Zenefits is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in America, and we are tremendously excited that its leadership selected Arizona for a major expansion that will advance its corporate growth goals,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Our state’s surging technology ecosystem and highly-educated workforce continue to attract innovative companies seeking to develop operational hubs to help drive business growth and enhance their competitiveness across the country.”
Zenefits automates a wide range of time-consuming, administrative HR tasks that companies otherwise have to handle manually, including: benefits and payroll, hiring, taxes and compliance, employee life events, health insurance and more. Zenefits’ cloud-based HR platform connects seamlessly to a company’s existing third-party benefits systems, so that businesses and employees can manage these systems from a single, beautifully designed dashboard.
“We are thrilled that Zenefits chose the Greater Phoenix region for its first big expansion,” said Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Zenefits will provide a substantive impact to the innovation ecosystem, creating 1,300 new jobs in the ICT sector over the next three years, spurring growth and contributing to our broader economy.”
The core Zenefits service is 100 percent free to customers because it is able to collect fees from all kinds of benefit providers. This unique business model is one of the reasons Zenefits has been able to attract so many users so quickly. As of June, the company has raised $84 million from prominent investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and Academy Award-winning actor and investor Jared Leto.
The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to promote Scottsdale as “The World’s Finest Golf Destination” with a redesigned golf website.
A fresh look, responsive design and a new URL, ExperienceScottsdaleGolf.com, have refreshed the golf campaign that promotes the destination to one of Scottsdale’s most valuable visitors – the golf visitor. These visitors typically travel to Scottsdale with a group of three or four friends and spend an average of $1,800 per person during a trip, which is 50 percent more than the average Scottsdale visitor.
“We understand how important the golf market is to Scottsdale,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing for the Scottsdale bureau. “The national golf trend is declining, but in Scottsdale it’s quite the opposite. That’s why we continue to invest in promoting golf to high-value visitors.”
Some of the sites features include:
· Courses – Visitors can search for and find the course of their dreams. Each course listing details price points, yardage, challenge and more.
· Packages – Deals and packages help golfers plan their Scottsdale experience.
· Brandel’s Blog – As the official golf ambassador for Scottsdale, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee blogs about his personal golf experiences along with his thoughts on current golf happenings.
· Guide – The Scottsdale Golf Guide is free and available for download. It includes everything a visitor needs to know about “The World’s Finest Golf Destination,” as well as insider tips to make Scottsdale golf vacations memorable.
Additionally, the website includes a list of golf course rankings, articles about Scottsdale golf courses, golf resources, the history of Scottsdale golf and general Scottsdale travel information.
The golf campaign is in its third year, and is made possible in partnership with Communication Links.
Who hasn’t pictured him- or herself nestled into a plush leather driver’s seat, hands balanced on the steering wheel, cruising in a bright red Ferrari with its retractable hard-top to exalting speeds? Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale is making that particular dream come true.
The resort is now offering rentals of an exotic Ferrari California which retails for about $229,000. It will cost guests of Sanctuary far less for the thrill of navigating this ultra luxe driving machine along Arizona’s famous Route 66 or other scenic stretches. The resort’s “Seek Adventure” Ferrari rental program gives guests the opportunity to drive the Ferrari for two hours for $299, six hours for $699 and a full-day for $1,400. These rates are exclusive of tax. The opportunity comes with a selection of possible tour routes, from a close-by jaunt around celebrity homes in Paradise Valley to a half-day trip north of Sanctuary to Cave Creek and Bartlett Lake (4 hours, 100 miles). Full-day suggested tours include roundtrips to Sedona (8 hours, 288 miles) and to Flagstaff via Route 66 and returning through Tonto National Forest (8 hours, 375 miles). Two-hour trips have a 100 mile distance limit and six-hour trips have a 200 mile distance limit, with each additional mile costing $2.50. They can be booked between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Full-day trips, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., are limited to 400 miles, with each additional mile at $2.50.
For the “impossible to shop for,” Sanctuary’s Ferrari Casita Package is the obvious choice this holiday season. It includes a 20% discount on a two-night stay, a half-day rental of a Ferrari California, and a delicious picnic lunch from elements restaurant for the road. The package starts at $1,383.88 based on double occupancy, including tax and excluding resort fee and gratuity.
Those eligible to rent the Ferrari must be a Sanctuary guest, 25 years or older, with a valid driver’s license and major credit card in the same name as the license. They must also have proof of full coverage auto insurance. One additional driver is permitted with the same criteria applying. A security deposit of $1,000 will be required along with the rental fee.
To book the Ferrari Casita Package, guests can call 844-463-4830.
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, which has three offices across Arizona in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, today announced that the firm’s Data Privacy & Security Team has launched Safe & Sound, a blog that provides a practical, business-focused discussion of the legal issues relating to the privacy and security of a company’s data. This blog will keep businesses aware of current events, news, and legislation in this area.
Margaret Utterback, chair of the firm’s Madison Business Law Group, said Safe & Sound will discuss current news about U.S. and international regulations associated with privacy. It will keep businesses abreast of what they need to know to protect their electronic information.
“Our clients are facing new concerns about how safe their data is in a changing privacy landscape. They want to know how best to protect their customers from a breach,” said John Barlament, chair of the Data Privacy & Security Team. “Our Quarles & Brady lawyers often step in to help companies stay on top of changing regulations and get up-to-speed on what they need to know to be prepared. This blog will offer a place for them to get a greater understanding of what the conversation in this area is focusing on and what they need to consider.”
There are so many unknowns right now about what is required since the regulations vary from state to state and from country to country, said Heather Buchta, chair of the firm’s Phoenix Intellectual Property Group. This blog, housed on LexBlog, will allow clients to get a quick snapshot of what they need to know and what questions they should ask their legal counsel.
To subscribe to the blog and get the latest information, visit http://safeandsound.quarles.com/.
The hottest Halloween bash in Scottsdale will be at Hotel Valley Ho on Friday, October 31. The event kicks off at 9:00 p.m. in the ballrooms with DJ Mad Hatter, followed by headlining act Whiplash, a DJ duo of femme fatales who have performed around the globe. Drink specials from Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available all night.
A variety of prizes will be given away for the costume contest, including four 90-minute spa treatments, three 2-night stays with breakfast, and a grand prize of $1,000 cash. Voting will take place on the Hotel Valley Ho Facebook page after the event.
Tickets are $30 (early bird, limited availability), $50 for general admission, and $75 at the door (if available). VIP table packages are $750 (early bird, limited availability), $1,000 for general admission, and $1,500 at the door (if available). Each package includes admission for eight, reserved private seating in the VIP section, a bottle of Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, assorted snacks, access to the private bar, wait service, and front row seats to the DJ action. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Those interested in staying the night can book the Halloween Package, which includes a Signature Guest Room, two Halloween party tickets, two welcome drinks, and a special spooky arrival amenity. Rates start at $319, with upgrades available at additional cost.
Tickets and details can be found at www.ValleyHoHalloween.com.
PGA TOUR Superstore announced the October 25 grand opening of its 20th retail store, which is located at 7000 East Mayo Blvd in North Scottsdale.
The new store’s grand opening celebration, which includes $30,000 in product giveaways and a $10,000 grant to The First Tee of Scottsdale, marks the company’s third Arizona location (joining the existing Scottsdale and Chandler locations) and is part of an ambitious growth strategy that more than doubles PGA TOUR Superstore’s current retail footprint over the next four years. In all, one million square feet of new golf retail space is planned during that time. In the coming weeks, PGA TOUR Superstore will also open its interactive retail experience stores in Orlando, Florida, and Southlake, Texas.
“North Scottsdale is an oasis for golfers and a premier market for our expansion,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “Due to the strong customer demand in Scottsdale, when the opportunity came to open this second Scottsdale store we jumped at it. Our plans are to double PGA TOUR Superstore’s presence over the next four years with up to 40 locations across the U.S. by 2018.”
PGA TOUR Superstores provide unique, interactive experiences to golf enthusiasts of all levels. The new North Scottsdale store experience includes:
Certified golf pros and personalized golf lessons
Five swing simulators for lessons and custom club fittings
Two performance practice bays with swing analysis
A 2,000 square foot putting green
Golf apparel, shoes and equipment from brands including adidas, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland-Srixon, Cobra-PUMA, ECCO, FootJoy, Mizuno, Nike, PGA TOUR, PING, TaylorMade, Titleist and Under Armour
“PGA TOUR Superstore is recognized as the retail authority for golfers who want to shop like the pros and have access to ‘all things golf,’” added Sullivan. “Our professional expertise and interactive environment inspires all types of golfers – from beginners to scratch golfers – to play the game and find everything they need under one roof.”
The North Scottsdale PGA TOUR Superstore grand opening event will take place October 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include $30,000 in giveaways, putting contests and swing evaluations.
In addition to the grand opening festivities, a demonstration of commitment to the North Scottsdale community will take place during a Friends and Family event on October 23, with a $10,000 grant made to The First Tee of Phoenix (thefirstteephoenix.org), a top youth development program for building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf. The PGA TOUR Superstore, in addition to grants, provides young people in The First Tee program with access to state-of-the-art teaching, club fitting and training in its stores. The First Tee of Phoenix has 125 schools participating in 13 locations serving close to 100,000 youth.
PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
“We are equipped to serve a broad range of golfers, with an emphasis on offering the industry’s best brands and providing the broadest array of services to meet each customer’s needs,” noted Blank. “We make it easy to get in and stay in the game, and we look forward to bringing our store’s products, services and expertise to golfers in North Scottsdale and to being a positive contributor to the community.”
Cassidy Turley announced the $7 million ($104.79/psf) sale of Hartford Place located at 8388 E. Hartford Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz. Locally based Hartford Exchange, LLC and Reems & Greenway LLC purchased the ±66,800 square foot property from Newport Beach, CA-based Buchanan Street Partners (Newport Beach, CA).
Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Director Eric Wichterman and Senior Vice Presidents Mike Coover and Michael Kitlica represented the seller.
Hartford Place is a flex office/warehouse property located in the Perimeter Center Business Park, north of the Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Built in 2000, the building can efficiently accommodate single- or multi-tenant occupancy. At the time of sale, the property included approximately 19% office space with the remainder warehouse. The new owners are renovating the property for office use and have announced that 50% of the building will be occupied by HomeSmart.
The Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced extended season trolley service that will be offered to visitors in the city of Scottsdale and patrons of the Talking Stick Destination beginning this month.
Complimentary Talking Stick trolley service will run 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, with extended daily service being offered during Spring Training season. The trolley will connect seamlessly with Scottsdale’s existing routes, stopping at several Scottsdale hotspots like the W Scottsdale Hotel, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chaparral Suites Resort, and will ultimately connect patrons to amenities located in the Talking Stick Destination Area, including Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort, Octane Raceway, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the Talking Stick Visitor Center.
“The Talking Stick Trolley is an extension of the service we offer each Spring Training season,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “Fans of sports, culture and entertainment will find many amenities to cheer about at Talking Stick and this complimentary service will allow them to enjoy them year round. We invite friends and visitors to let us take the wheel and bring you to the ultimate cultural and entertainment destination area that is Talking Stick.”
Service will run October thru May annually and is being sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and several Talking Stick area properties. For additional information on route locations and times, please visit www.TalkingStickArizona.com.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ rolls into town Jan. 10 – 18, and the 44th annual auction promises fast cars, big headlines, a jam-packed social calendar and an abundance of other surprises when it makes its triumphant return to Scottsdale, where it all started.
Among the major highlights of this year’s auction is the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection, which includes the world-class businessman and car collector’s world-renowned lineup of rare collector cars, along with more than 1,000 pieces of automobilia. Pratte demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, and built the majority of his collection at previous Barrett-Jackson auctions, where he 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.
When: Jan. 10 – 18, 2015
What: The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
Where: WestWorld – 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Haynes & Company, a leader in innovative grassroots research and analytics for institutional investors, announced additional findings related to its study of Google Inc.’s high-speed fiber optic internet service in Kansas City. Google is considering bringing its ultra high-speed Internet network in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Google launched the ultrafast internet service in Kansas City beginning with its community-led “pre-registration” program in 2012. Turning to this new model for deciding where, and when, to launch its 1GB service plus its first-of-its-kind, lifetime free service option hold the potential of closing the “digital divide”. To assess the impact of the roll out, Haynes & Company sent a team of researchers door-to-door in six, low-income neighborhoods to gauge both the awareness and the adaptation of the fiber optic service.
The most compelling takeaway was that only 16% of households surveyed had subscribed to the service. However, in a bright spot for Google, the vast majority (81%) of those households that have not yet subscribed had heard of the service, resulting in a 97% product recognition rate for Google Fiber. Moreover, of those households that had heard of Google Fiber but were not yet subscribers, 37% rated themselves as likely to sign up in the next 12 months. And, a full 12% said they would definitely sign-up.
“While the adaptation rates are relatively low, Google’s efforts are paying off in that consumers are well aware of the product,” said Elizabeth Haynes, Founder and President, Haynes & Company. “However, what we also found in speaking to people is that one thing that is keeping them away is cost, this despite Google’s attempt to structure appealing payment plans.”
Twenty-three percent of those likely to sign up in the coming year cited cost as a factor that could keep them from switching or installing Google Fiber.
The Google Fiber service, which costs $70 a month, offers speed of one gigabit a second, about 100 times faster than the national average. A slower service – about half the speed of the national average – is free after a $300 installation charge. It is this free service that holds the greatest potential for closing the digital divide for lower-income customers.
As Google continues to roll out its fiber product, Haynes & Company believes that significant opportunity remains to capture market share; however, it will require providing more than just access.
“Google has a real foothold in the mobile phone market with its Android operating system, and they should leverage that,” added Haynes. “For example, by bundling the one-time installation fee with mobile-phone plans and having Google Fiber available for sign-up in carriers’ stores where benefits of the service can be reinforced, we believe Google could markedly increase the uptake rate for the free service.”
The new Estate Villas under construction at Sterling at Silverleaf will be among the first custom homes in the country, and the first in Ariz., to include the latest technology from Crestron, the global leader in home automation systems, including 4K Ultra HD, voice recognition controls, advanced energy-saving automation, motorized shades and wireless door locks.
Each of the 12 Estate Villas feature a Crestron whole-home automation system that controls every element within the home, such as audio, video, lighting, heating, cooling, entertainment, window coverings, security, and wine room temperature from four iPads positioned around the home. Crestron handheld remotes and touch screens provide additional control options.
The villas also include a proprietary Eco-Mode app, developed by Crestron and Sterling at Silverleaf, which monitors and adjusts home systems automatically to reduce energy costs by 20 percent or more.
As Arizona’s first and only gold-level certified residential community by NAHB and LEED, Sterling at Silverleaf offers the “greenest” homes in Ariz. and is the first to combine the utmost in eco-friendly upgrades within a luxury Home Technology residential community.
The latest features from Crestron that are now available in the homes include video distribution, multi-room digital audio distribution and complete centralized lighting control. Additionally, the villas feature Crestron motorized shades and draperies, and touch screen controls integrated with Yale Real Living™ wireless door locks. Details of the new features include:
4K Ultra HD Capabilities: Each villa will be equipped with a powerful Crestron video distribution systems to distribute 4K Ultra HD throughout the home. At a display resolution up to 4096×2160, Ultra HD TVs provide resolutions that are four times higher than the current standard of Full HD, commonly referred to as 1080p.
TSW Touch Screens: Each villa will have new Crestron TSW Touch Screens that combine the high-performance control expected from Crestron, with the elegant design elements found in the latest mobile devices. The new TSW Touch Screens provide the ability to use voice commands to control virtually anything—from playing a song, to raising the shades, to locking the doors.
Motorized Shades: Featuring exclusive Quiet Motor Technology™, Crestron shades provide silent operation and convenient, one-touch control. Automated shades lower utility bills and increase the home’s value and security. Crestron’s new Digital QMT™ Shade Motor (CSM-QMTDC-256-2) is now available. The first solution of its kind, it transforms home shading solutions with a brushless DC motor with solid-state control that is incredibly small, yet powerful enough for any job. The Digital QMT motor delivers energy-efficient and virtually silent performance for window shades of almost any size. Crestron is so confident in the reliability of the CSM-QMTDC-256, it comes backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Control from the iPad: Crestron appsControl from the iPad enable homeowners to take control of all the technology and systems in the home from their favorite mobile device such as the iPad, wherever they are in the world. Homeowners can monitor and control lights, media, climate, security and more from a mobile broadband or Wi-Fi® connection – all with the touch of a button.
Priced from $2.2 million and now selling, the Estate Villas are comprised of 12 luxury estates featuring 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 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, 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.
The villas combine exquisite interiors with the utmost in eco-friendly upgrades that are proven to save 74 percent in energy costs per month compared to a traditional home. Green features include spray polyurethane foam insulation, an energy efficient HVAC system, LED lighting, a hybrid water heater and dual pane Low-E windows, to name a few.
The new model at Sterling at Silverleaf is now open to the public, but appointments are required. Seven of the 12 estate villas are now under construction with completion in late 2014. The second model home will open in late August. The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information on Sterling at Silverleaf, visit www.sterlingatsilverleaf.com.
It’s fall which means the desert is starting to cool down! Restaurant and bar goers all over the Valley begin to seek out the best spots to indulge in the beautiful Arizona weather. But look no further— these local restaurants have Valley residents covered with killer patios throughout Metro Phoenix.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill: Located in Tempe Marketplace, Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has a great wrap around patio. With a southwestern exposure, the Thirsty Lion patio is perfect for watching the fall sunset. At this hip gastropub, you’ll find great food, more than a dozen big screen TVs, two bars and 52 beers on tap. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to close. For more information, visit www.thirstylionpub.com.
TapHouse Kitchen: Located at The Hilton Village in Scottsdale, this neighborhood kitchen features a seasonal menu of “Modern American Cuisine” prepared in a “Scratch” kitchen. The 3,500 square foot location accommodates 144 guests and features a rustic and woody décor. The restaurant has a fully air-conditioned patio, with a large garage door that creates an indoor- outdoor atmosphere. Take advantage of their happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy $2 off House Wine (Cupcake Chardonnay & Cabernet), $2 off all draft beer, spirits & wine on tap, $2 off all beer flights, $2 off all TapHouse Kitchen custom cocktails, $2 off Tap”House” Margaritas and $1 off all well drinks. TapHouse Kitchen is located at 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, #108 in Scottsdale. To find out more visit them at TapHouseKitchen.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TapHouseKitchen.
Kelly’s at SouthBridge: To both enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge this fall. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss—it’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner, happy hour or late night festivities. There’s also plenty of room for big groups or parties too! Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Enjoy ½ price bottles of wine (with purchase of food) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and all day Sunday. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
SOL Mexican Cocina: Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on margarita after a day of shopping or before a night out. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the vibrant heart of Scottsdale. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.
Tilted Kilt: Overlooking downtown Phoenix at Cityscape is where this patio is located. At this Celtic-themed pub and eatery, you will always find five things: ice cold beer and plenty of it, a mouthwatering menu full of traditional and contemporary pub fare, large TV screens showcasing sporting events, a festive atmosphere full of fun and friends, and attractive cast members eager to put a smile on your face and make you feel right at home. Enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. www.tiltedkilt.com.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the beautiful fall season. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. The Peoria location has one of the largest—lining the entire north side of the building with seating for about 50 people. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Peoria is a perfect place to unwind. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
Uptown Alley: Uptown Alley, located in Surprise, is a 60,000 square foot family entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, an ultra-lounge and more. Check out their great patio during this fall at their full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill. Indulge in six-hundred calorie selections, gluten free dishes, craft sandwiches, new signature burgers and a custom Burger Bar. Guests can also take advantage of the special Tailgate Menu that’s available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout football season. The menu includes items such as Smoked Turkey Legs, Chili Cheese Franks and Stadium Nachos. During the regular season every Sunday guests can enjoy the Touchdown Special that includes one game of bowling, shoe rental and a $5 game card all for just $7. Visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com for more information.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation has announced the hiring of Kathy Kramer as their new Executive Director. Kramer brings more than 30 years of experience as a development officer with a focus on fundraising in health and human service settings including management, board relationships and strategic planning. Having grown up in Phoenix, Kramer also has a deep understanding of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
“When my children were younger and as a working mother, my children attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for after school care and during school breaks,” says Kramer. “I saw the Club’s mission first-hand and I am thrilled to join the Foundation and build a lasting legacy for future generations.”
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Matt Dana, a premier estate planning attorney in Scottsdale, will be joining the firm on November 1, along with two associates and two paralegals on his team. Their affiliation with Quarles & Brady will build on the work of Quarles & Brady attorney Trisha Baggs, a highly regarded estate planning attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office. With the addition of Dana and his team, Quarles & Brady will establish a presence in Scottsdale, its 10th location nationwide and third in Arizona. The new office will be located at 8817 E. Bell Road, Suite 201, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.
Dana Law Firm founder Matthew S. Dana will be joining Quarles & Brady as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. He will combine his highly developed Arizona trusts & estates practice with Quarles & Brady’s national practice, allowing the two firms to support and augment one another on a single platform, enhancing the new union’s ability to serve clients across Arizona and the country in general.
The new Scottsdale office will continue to serve local trusts & estates clients, but the service offerings at that location will multiply, as it delivers Quarles & Brady’s full range of business legal representations as a full member of the national network.
Also joining Quarles are associates Trevor Whiting and Todd Smith, and paralegals Jennifer Skubic and Kate Sieger. Whiting and Sieger will join Dana in the firm’s Phoenix office, while Smith and Skubic will work in the Scottsdale office.
“We’re gratified that our firm continues to grow at such a robust pace, especially because that growth is driven by solid opportunities,” said Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “We look forward to increasing our trusts & estates portfolio through the special strengths that Matt Dana and his team bring to the firm, and we’re also delighted to add Scottsdale to our national service network. It’s a win-win development.”
“My team and I have been providing our clients with premium trusts & estates services for many years, and now we have an opportunity, together with Trisha Baggs and the entire Quarles & Brady team, to offer them even more assistance, in many areas of law, with the power and reach of a national firm,” said Dana. “My team will continue to offer the same excellent estate planning services to our many former Dana Law Firm clients, but the chance to take it up another notch by joining Quarles & Brady is too good to pass on.”
“We are very pleased to have Matt Dana and members of his team join our Phoenix office and to be opening the firm’s third Arizona office,” said Phoenix Managing Partner, Nicole Stanton. “Partnering Matt with our own Trisha Baggs creates a powerhouse trusts & estates ensemble right here in Arizona, enhancing our on-the-ground presence and the width and breadth of our nationwide practice, allowing us to better serve our clients here and on a national scale.”
Quarles & Brady intends to be an active member of the Scottsdale community, as it has been in Phoenix, Tucson and its seven other locations across the country. The firm has a long history of enthusiastic social responsibility, embraced by civic-minded lawyers and staff members alike. The firm is committed to supporting and sustaining its local communities through its Quarles Cares program and pro bono services, reflecting an ongoing devotion to making communities the firm calls “home” better places to live. Matt Dana is himself a long-time, ardent supporter of Arizona State University and has been active in several of its programs and initiatives through the years.
About the Attorneys:
Matthew S. Dana, founding attorney of the Dana Law Firm, has spent last 25 years building one of the top estate planning practices in the state of Arizona. Dana practices exclusively in the areas of estate and asset protection planning. His clients range from modest estates to the extremely wealthy, including multimillionaires and other similarly situated clients, some of which have a net worth in excess of $50 million.
Trevor Whiting concentrates his practice on estate/gift tax planning and estate/trust income tax planning. Whiting’s strong background in tax law is beneficial to addressing the tax issues that arise while planning or administering an estate. He handles the estate and income tax issues related to dealing with out-of-state fiduciaries or trusts and estates owning property in multiple jurisdictions.
Todd Smith focuses his practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and business organizations. Smith has extensive experience with business organizations, including advising business owners and preparing buy-sell agreements for business succession planning as well as advising clients with substantial wealth in forming business entities like limited liability companies (LLC’s) and family limited partnerships (FLP’s) for asset protection and estate planning purposes.
Jennifer Skubic assists clients in estate planning, probate and trust administration. She has firsthand knowledge of how to execute trust documents and how to fund a living trust and works very closely with the attorneys to administer trusts and estates once someone has passed away.
Kate Sieger has extensive experience with helping clients attain their estate planning goals and enjoys working with a diverse group of clients. She works closely with attorneys, helping clients administer an estate after the death of a loved one.
Pyxl, a leading full-service digital marketing firm recently named to the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing privately-held companies, is going to make its new home at SkySong.
The company is relocating from another location on N. Scottsdale Rd. and will move to its expanded, 2,500 square feet location at SkySong in December.
Pyxl designs and develops custom websites, web applications and mobile apps that balance technology and design, while driving and monetizing web traffic. Additionally, Pyxl’s communication services include customized inbound marketing strategy development and integrated digital marketing and public relations campaigns. With offices in Boulder, Colo., Knoxville, Tenn. and Scottsdale, Ariz., Pyxl has gained a wide range of clients across the industries of healthcare, technology, education and retail. In August, Pyxl was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row. The list is published annually by Inc. Magazine and ranks America’s fastest growing, privately-owned companies.
With the leasing agreement, Pyxl’s presence at SkySong is a perfect brand fit for a digital firm recognized for its innovation.
“A company dedicated to growth and to results-driven digital marketing makes a lot of sense for the culture at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, the developer of the project. “They will feel right at home with SkySong’s shared focus on innovation and technology, and ultimately, growth.”
Brian Winter, CEO of Pyxl, said, “We are excited to move to SkySong, a home of innovators, forward-thinkers and entrepreneurs alike. We look forward to our continued growth while at SkySong and finding more collaborative relationships and opportunities in our own community.”
Pyxl is the latest addition to the growing SkySong project, which recently saw the completion of the SkySong Apartments and SkySong 3, the third office building at the property. With SkySong 3 achieving 90 percent occupancy well ahead of schedule, pre-leasing has accelerated on SkySong 4, with construction on the new building scheduled to begin in the next few months.
SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, is home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.
SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:
• Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers
• Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises
• Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners
• Create a unique regional economic and social asset
Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and it is located less than three miles from SkySong.
In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.
The Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation recently elected two new members for Fiscal Year 2015. The new board members are:
Barry Berman, of Scottsdale, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in business administration, a major in finance and a minor in accounting. He began his career as an equity trader at The Milwaukee Co. and Loewl & Co. Berman joined Robert W. Baird and Co. Inc. in 1974 as senior vice-president and director, working there for 32 years before his retirement in 2006.
Greg Valladao, of Phoenix, is a senior managing director at Cushman and Wakefield. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and history from Tulane University in New Orleans and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. For the past 30 years, he has used his extensive retail, sales, management and legal expertise to become a well-respected commercial real estate executive with a reputation as a regional retail expert.
The Board of Trustees of Barrow Neurological Foundation (BNF) recently added three new members and elected a slate of officers. The new members are as follows:
David Farca, of Scottsdale, is president of ToH Design Studio. Farca was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, a degree in medical imaging infrastructure from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Farca built a medical imaging business in Mexico that grew into one of the industry’s largest government suppliers. In 2000, he sold the business and moved to Scottsdale, where he and his wife, Mavi, opened ToH Design Studio.
Michael Hecomovich, of Scottsdale, is the founder and chairman/CEO, Global Marketing Services. Hecomovich earned a bacheolor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and business development for a wide range of organizations—from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures.
William R. Metzler, of Scottsdale, is the co-founder and principal of West Coast Capital Partners. Metzler received bachelor’s degrees with honors in accounting and real estate finance from the University of Arizona. He is a senior with the American Society of Appraisers and a certified public accountant. He has previously served as the managing director of New York-based ING’s Investment Banking Unit and Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Group.
BNF board officers are as follows: Chair—Michael Haenel, Phoenix, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial Industrial Services Group; Vice Chair—Dan Pierce, Phoenix, president, Kitchell; Treasurer—Karen C. McConnell, Phoenix, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; and Secretary—Michael R. King, Phoenix, founding partner, Gammage & Burnham.
St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation are nonprofit support foundations dedicated to raising funds for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Each foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders who serve on a voluntary basis. More information is available at SupportStJosephs.org, SupportBarrow.org or at the Foundations of St. Joseph’s on Facebook.
Bioindustry Associations from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region are coming together to present an opportunity for Angels, Venture Capitalists and Strategic Investors to connect with the biotech and healthcare investment opportunities from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest states at White Hat Investors 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17 and 18, 2014.
“The West was won by innovators, investors, and prospectors who understood the value of discovery and accepted the challenge of investing in new frontiers,” shared Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio). “Now, industry leaders and accredited investors have the opportunity to meet a new generation of biotech and healthcare pioneers at White Hat 2014, the first annual biotech and healthcare investor conference that showcases the best of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region.”
White Hat Presenting Companies were selected from the region’s emerging innovation leaders in the fields of Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices, and Health IT. Presenting companies are developing lifesaving and life improving innovations that will benefit people today and for generations to come while addressing some of our greatest health challenges including cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, neurological disorders, infectious disease, and more.
On September 17th, over 400 life science industry leaders will gather to view a company showcase, browse a student discovery zone and listen to presentations from local life science entrepreneurs on the BioAccel Best of the Best Stage from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center. Free and open to the general public, it presents an opportunity for members of the community to connect with the region’s fastest growing innovation sector. The public pre-event will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by the AZBio Awards gala (registration required) honoring life science pioneer Roy Curtiss, III, PhD; Charles Arntzen, PhD, the Arizona State University Researcher who, with his team, played a key role in the development of ZMAPP, the experimental Ebola drug given to two health workers who were sickened by the deadly virus earlier this year; W.J. “Jim” Lane, Mayor of the City of Scottsdale for his work in developing the Scottsdale Cure Corridor; innovative educator Miles Orchinik, PhD of the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University; Jack B. Jewett of the Flinn Foundation for leadership of the longest running statewide bioscience development initiative in the United States; emerging technology leaders SenesTech, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, and Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals along with the 2014 Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year, Insys Therapeutics, Inc.
White Hat events continue on September 18th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix with presentations by privately-held life science companies presenting to attending representatives of family offices, investment funds, corporate investment/business development professionals for life science oriented firms (strategic investors), granting foundations, venture capital firms, and accredited investors. In addition to great company presentations in the areas of Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Health IT, White Hat includes THREE general sessions featuring panel discussions on the investment environment from the perspective of Angels, Strategic Investors, and VCs.
Presenting Companies were selected from the Rocky Mountain Southwest’s emerging innovator leaders in the fields of: Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Medical Devices and Health IT and include:
• Aviratek, LLC
• Calimmune, Inc.
• CardioCreate, Inc.
• Convoy Therapeutics
• Elutin Vascular Inc.
• EndoShape, Inc
• Imagenonics LLC
• Iron Horse Diagnostics
• Kalos Therapeutics
• Kulira Technologies
• Meditope Biosciences, Inc.
• NeuroRecovery Technologies, Inc.
• NuvOx Pharma
• Pediatric Bioscience, Inc
• Portable Genomics, Inc.
• MedTalk Companion (Real Phone Corp)
• Recursion Pharmaceuticals
• RiboMed Biotechnologies
• Savoy Pharmaceuticals
• Skylit Medical
• Sonoran Biosciences
• Valley Fever Solutions
• Yolia Health