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‘Tastings For Two’ menu debuts at TapHouse Kitchen

What’s better than a delicious meal paired with a smooth drink? Join TapHouse Kitchen in Scottsdale for Tastings For Two. You and a guest can share two drinks from the tap, one appetizer and two entrees for $32 a person.

If that doesn’t get your mouth watering wait until you try the Honey Chipotle Glazed Wings or the Juicy Pork Tenderloin—both featured on the tasting menu. Wash it all down with a custom beer flight or with one of the variety of whiskeys on tap. Located at The Hilton Village in Scottsdale, the menu was created by Executive Chef Patrick Karvis.

To learn more about TapHouse Kitchen visit TapHouseKitchen.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/TapHouseKitchen.

Tastings For Two Menu:

Whiskey on tap
Makers Mark, Jameson Irish, High West Straight Double Rye

Wine on tap
Acrobat Pinot Gris, Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Diseno Malbec, Garnet Pinot Noir, Niner Red Blend

Craft drafts on tap
Widner Alchemy, Odell IPA, Firestone Double Jack, THK Rotated, Odell Loose Leaf Ale, Santan Devils Ale, Four Peaks Kilt Lifter, Deschutes Black Butte, Grand Canyon Pils, Victory Prima Pils, Lumberyard Red Ale, Kona Longboard, Stella Artois, Stella Cidre, Four Peaks Peach Ale, Papago Orange Blossom, Mudshark Full Moon, Papago Coconut Joe, Habitus Rye IPA

Custom beer flights
Try one of our custom beer flights! Four 4oz samples

Appetizers

Roasted Harrisa Hummus—Grilled oregano bread, local cucumber, feta cheese

TapHouse Sliders—All natural 100% angus beef, quail egg, brioche bun, sauce béarnaise

Charcuterie Board—Assorted cheeses, cured meats, pickled vegetables, beer mustard

THK Wings—Honey chipotle glaze, maytag bleu

TapHouse Salad –A rizona greens, citrus, crow’s dairy feta cheese, local cucumber, candied walnuts, grilled red onion, papago orange blossom vinaigrette

Entrées

Chicken and Dumplings—Chicken, gnocchi, braised carrots, sugar snap peas, roasted corn, white wine mustard sauce

Pork Tenderloin—Parmesan polenta, cola gastrique and razz cherry tomatillo salsa

Fish Fry Everyday—Walleye pike, beer battered, taphouse fries, tartar sauce

Shrimp Pasta Primivera—Angel hair pasta, roasted corn, snap peas, baby portabello, heirloom tomato, parmesan cream sauce.

New boutique brings boho-chic to Scottsdale

5 two 3 opened its doors in November to its first-ever retail store in the heart of bustling Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz. Located at the southwest corner of Goldwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue.  The boho inspired boutique offers handmade, free-spirited women’s clothing and yoga headbands in a myriad of vibrant prints and comfortable fabrics.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the buzzing Scottsdale shopping and fashion scene,” said 5 two 3 co-founder Brittany Garcia. “We believe our clothing and accessory line brings something fun and totally different to the community.”

5 two 3 offers everything from stylish sweatpants, faux fur vests and groovy bell bottoms dubbed “peace pants,” to rompers, vintage t-shirts and yoga headbands. Shoppers can expect to see patterns and fabrics change seasonally. “Our brand is unlike anything you’ll see at the mall. You won’t find the girl next to you in yoga wearing anything like it.”

All items are handcrafted in Phoenix using American made fabric sourced from California. In addition, patrons can feel good about their purchase because the local business donates 5.23 percent of proceeds from each item sold to organizations benefiting women entrepreneurs in developing companies who have their own apparel companies.

Garcia and co-founder Karah Eaton founded 5 two 3, named after the May 23 birthday they share, in January 2013 while working together at a yoga studio in Phoenix. The duo launched the brand modestly with a simple line of yoga headbands they sewed by hand with a thread and needle in their apartments. Today, in addition to the newly opened brick and mortar locale, limited quantities of 5 two 3 apparel and yoga headbands can be found at all Kaleidoscope Juice, Madison Improvement Club and True Hot Yoga locations, and at Pepper Boutique.

5 two 3 is located at 6957 E. Fifth Ave. in Scottsdale. The boutique is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (480) 946-0856 or visit www.5two3.com.

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Cox Arizona announces multiple employee promotions

Cox Communications has announced that three Phoenix-area employees, Zabrina Mogro, Scott Martin and Scott Magee Jr., have been promoted and will each be taking on new responsibilities as field supervisors.

With more than a combined 30 years of experience at Cox Arizona, each of the new field supervisors will be responsible for leading a team of Cox field technicians and overseeing their team’s repairs and maintenance of Cox residential services.

Zabrina Mogro has worked for Cox as a Universal Home Technician in field operations since 2007 where she also served as a mentor for other technicians. She served four years in the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller before arriving at Cox. Mogro has been promoted out of Cox’s Tempe location.

Scott Martin began his career at Cox in 2006. During his time with the company, he has progressed and has held the positions of an Expert Technician with Home Security, a mentor to other technicians, and has also served in an interim leadership role. Passionate about development and leadership, he is a 2014 graduate from the Cox Communications Building Blocks Leadership Course and has also been involved in several special projects including the 2008 Super Bowl and Gigablast at Cox. He has been promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.

Scott Magee Jr. started his telecommunications career in 1999 working as a Cox contractor with Western Cable. During his time in Field Operations, he became a three-product expert while also mentoring other technicians and serving in an interim leadership role. He has also been promoted out of Cox’s Scottsdale location.

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Plexus Worldwide donates $35,000 to Toys for Tots

Scottsdale-based Plexus Worldwide, a leading direct-marketing weight-loss and health-supplement seller that was recently named No. 8 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies, presented a donation of $35,000 to Toys for Tots and a donation of $40,417 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

The presentation occurred on December 15 at Plexus Worldwide’s headquarters in Scottsdale.  Sgt. Eric Martinez, Coordinator for Toys for Tots in Maricopa County and Aaron Miranda of Wounded Warrior Project attended the event, and were joined by Plexus Executives including CEO Tarl Robinson and CMO Alec Clark.

“We were overwhelmed by the support of our customers and ambassadors to donate to these worthwhile organizations,” said Tarl Robinson, CEO of Plexus Worldwide.  “As Plexus Worldwide continues our astronomical growth into 2015, we look forward to more opportunities to help worthwhile organizations like Toys for Tots and The Wounded Warrior Project in the years to come.”

“Wounded Warrior Project positively impacts the lives of more than 60,000 injured veterans and their families with programs and services funded by the public and caring companies like Plexus Worldwide,” said Adam Silva, chief development officer for Wounded Warrior Project.  “We’re very thankful to Plexus Worldwide which has donated nearly $100,000 over the past two years to Wounded Warrior Project to help us achieve our vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Plexus Worldwide as a national corporate sponsor of the 2014 Marine Toys for Tots Campaign,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation ” With their generous support, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children, who otherwise might have been forgotten.”

The donation to Toys for Tots is a direct result of sales made on Cyber Monday, when Plexus customers and ambassadors entered a special code to donate 5% of that day’s sales.  The Wounded Warriors Project donation is a result of a similar special offer on Veterans Day.  Other charities to benefit from Plexus donations during 2014 include breast cancer awareness and research organizations.

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iStar launches sales of final phase at Sage

Seventy-two new homes hit the market in Downtown Scottsdale when owner iStar Residential hosted a grand opening event for the final phase at Sage, the luxury condominium community located along the Scottsdale waterfront.

The $35 million community is the first ground-up-construction condominium development to deliver new homes in Downtown Scottsdale in seven years. The two, three-story buildings are nearing completion with resident move-in expected in late January.

Following the success of the sold-out first phase, Sage’s final phase will feature 72 two- and three-bedroom condominiums ranging from 1,375 to 1,659 square-feet, with optional den floor plans, and priced from the high $400Ks.

“The demand for this final phase at Sage is significant. We’ve had brokers and buyers calling us nonstop since we started moving dirt more than a year ago, asking when they can sign a contract and move in,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president at iStar Residential. “Brand new homes of this size and quality in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale are extremely rare, so this is a very limited opportunity. There are no other projects like this now or planned for the future. Other projects recently developed or coming onto the market are either apartments or small condos. An opportunity to own a brand new luxury residence in a downtown location like we are offering at Sage may not happen again, and people are taking notice.”

Inside Sages’ homes are top-of-the-line features and finishes, including granite kitchen countertops with decorative tile backsplash and LED under-counter lights, Dacor® professional stainless steel appliances, designer-selected modern wood cabinetry, GROHE® faucets and fixtures, Provenza hardwood floors, well-appointed master bathrooms with Carrera marble countertops, dual sinks and a deep soaking tub, spacious walk-in closets, elegant fireplace with natural stone surround, custom cabinetry and millwork throughout, nine-foot ceilings, dramatic foyer entrances that create an inviting sense of arrival and private terraces or balconies with Camelback Mountain and waterfront views. State-of-the-art technology conveniences include Wi-Fi controlled thermostats, USB charging ports at key outlets, high-speed cable and dual-glazed vinyl windows with efficient, Low-E, energy saving glass.

In recent weeks, iStar Residential has completed a six-figure investment in redesigning and upgrading the community’s resort-like amenities. Amenities include an expansive 3,400-square-foot, two-story private clubhouse with dramatic 30-foot ceilings; a designer-styled and luxurious library lounge with entertaining kitchen, fireplace and 65” flat screen TV; a one-of-a-kind climate controlled subterranean wine cellar;  a lushly landscaped waterfront pool and spa with an outdoor lounge and private cabanas; an open-air grilling area with raised terraces for scenic dining; a fitness studio with SCIFIT and Spirit equipment and a Yoga-stretch a room; Wi-Fi access and USB ports throughout the clubhouse and gated underground resident parking. iStar is also constructing a paved and lighted walking path from Chaparral Road to the southern end of the property line with enhanced, lush landscaping that will connect Sage to the heart of Downtown Scottsdale.

Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood that lines the waterfront of The Arizona Canal, Sage combines the feel of a suburban lifestyle in an urban location. Upscale yet intimate, Sage’s traditional architecture boasts stone-lined walls and chimneys complemented with architectural niches and dimensions that differentiate one set of homes from the next, creating a picturesque community.

Conveniently located within walking distance of world-class shopping, restaurants, independent art galleries in Old Town Scottsdale, resorts, and golf courses, Sage provides a private and redefined city-living experience that is unmatched by any other residential community in Scottsdale. The first phase of Sage, a collection of 50 condominiums, townhomes and penthouses, sold out in early 2012.

Sage’s grand opening event will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11am – 6pm.

Buyers can gain access to the Sneak Peek VIP event on Friday, Dec. 5 by getting pre-qualified with Sage’s preferred lenders.

For more information about Sage and to pre-qualify for the VIP Sneak Peek Event, call 480-947-SAGE (7243) or visit www.SageScottsdale.com. Sage is located at 4855 N. Woodmere Fairway in Scottsdale.

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Obsession with social media drives increase in plastic surgery

Snapping selfies and social media have changed life as we know it. Now, it’s changing the cosmetic surgery industry as we know it.

“Social media is causing people to take a close-up look at themselves,” said Pablo Prichard, M.D., senior partner at Advanced Aesthetic Associates and chief of plastic surgery at John C. Lincoln Hospital. “I’ve seen a trend of younger and younger patients over the last five years and a lot of that can be attributed to the impact of social media.”

Prichard said young people who are looking to raise their profile on image-based platforms like Instagram and Snapchat are coming in primarily for rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, lip augmentation and breast augmentation.

“People come in and will manipulate their facial features with smartphone applications and will actually come in with images of how they would like to look,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic in Scottsdale.

Shapiro said social media, LinkedIn and dating websites make it difficult to escape viewing a steady stream of images of yourself, which makes it easier to analyze flaws and imperfections. As a result, Shapiro has seen a 15 percent increase in patients because of selfie obsession.

“During the Recession, I saw a lot of people who were laid off and came in to invest in their appearance,” Shapiro said. “Now, people going through horrible divorces see themselves in selfies, see how much older they look and all of a sudden they have to be out there (and want to improve their appearance).”

After cosmetic surgery, Shapiro has seen many patients find significant other “pretty quickly” on sites like match.com and eHarmony. But even with those successes, Shapiro said the public needs to put things into perspective and avoid becoming obsessed with selfies.

“I think the obsession with social media is here to stay,” Shapiro said.  “And I think it’s going to get even more and more popular.”

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Magellan receives 16 marketing, communications awards

Magellan Health, Inc. announced that it has received 16 awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), Web Marketing Association, Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), and American Graphic Design and Advertising (AGDA) for its print and electronic communications. Magellan Health recently underwent a branding redesign, and these materials feature the new brand, visual and messaging system for the company.

Magellan received 10 MarCom Awards from AMCP, including five platinum and five gold awards. These awards include:

Magellan received four Health Care Standard of Excellence awards from the Web Marketing Association for the Magellan Health, Magellan Complete Care of Florida and ICOREHealthcare websites, as well as the Provider Focus electronic newsletter.

Additional awards include a Winter/Spring Web Health Award from HIRC for the MCC of Florida website, and an AGDA award for Magellan’s complete branding system.

“We’re proud to be recognized in competitions that honor excellence and creativity in marketing and communications,” said Stewart Lavelle, chief sales and marketing officer. “Winning these awards demonstrates our focus on providing valuable resources to customers and providers, and doing so in innovative and creative ways.”

“These awards are an affirmation of the brand and how well it is resonates across the industry,” said Laura Schuntermann, vice president of corporate marketing. “I am proud of our talented team, and the work they have done to help the brand come alive in our marketing and communications collateral.”

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Magellan Health, Inc. is a healthcare management company that focuses on fast-growing, complex and high-cost areas of healthcare, with an emphasis on special population management. Magellan delivers innovative solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for those we serve. Magellan’s customers include health plans, managed care organizations, insurance companies, employers, labor unions, various military and government agencies, third party administrators, consultants and brokers. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.

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Sprinkles ATM Launches in Scottsdale

Just in time to kick off the holiday gifting season, Sprinkles Cupcakes announced the launch of their Cupcake ATM at its Scottsdale location on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The ATM will dispense freshly baked cupcakes 24-hours a day, seven days a week. To celebrate, beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday there will be 50 golden tickets hidden in random cupcake boxes inside the ATM. Each golden ticket will be redeemable for anywhere from one free cupcake to ten dozen free cupcakes.

The first Sprinkles Cupcake ATM was installed at their Beverly Hills store in March of 2012. Since then, the machine has launched in several major cities across the United States including, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Las Vegas.

The cupcakes are the same ones served inside the bakery each day. The Scottsdale ATM will hold a little more than 500 of the sweet treats and is restocked three to five times a day to ensure freshness. For those with dietary restrictions, the Cupcake ATM will also have their vegan, gluten free and sugar free cupcakes. Even though the store is only open 12 hours a day, people will be able to get a cupcake any time—day or night!

The ATM will be on the north side of the store. Since the cupcakes are fragile, a special robotic arm was developed that uses a suction to grasp the cupcake box and gently move it to the customer window. A clear glass display will allow anyone to see just how it works. Each ATM is customized and carefully crafted specific to that store location.

Founder of Sprinkles, Candace Nelson, explains how the machine works here.

Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square.

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ACA names Arizona Innovation Challenge semifinalists

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition awarding $3 million annually to talented entrepreneurs.

Each year, the ACA awards – $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall – to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. Recipients receive up to $250,000 in capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

“We congratulate the forward-thinking entrepreneurs selected as our newest AIC semifinalists,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona’s engagement with early-stage companies through its suite of targeted programs continues to spur growth, technology commercialization and capital investment within Arizona’s innovation ecosystem. With more than 1,200 applications received for the AIC since 2011, the program continues to be among the many opportunities available to innovators which have made Arizona a top hub for entrepreneurial activity and startup success.”

The 25 Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Semifinalists include:

• Adosia, LLC, IT – Software, Tempe, AZ
• Allbound, IT – Software, Scottsdale, AZ
• Cactus Semiconductor, Advanced Manufacturing, Chandler, AZ
• CampusLogic, IT – Software, Gilbert, AZ
• Crowd Mics, IT – Software, Mesa, AZ
• Dermspectra, LLC, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Energy Conservation Mgmt., Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Scottsdale, AZ
• EZ Dump Commercial, Advanced Manufacturing, Phoenix, AZ
• HiringSolved, IT – Software, Chandler, AZ
• Iris PR Management, IT – Software, Phoenix, AZ
• Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc., Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale, AZ
• MWI Laboratories, Advanced Materials, Tempe, AZ
• Next Alternative, Inc., Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Chandler, AZ
• Numa Tactical Eyewear, Advanced Materials, Phoenix, AZ
• NuvOx Pharma, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Park Genius, IT – Software, Tucson, AZ
• PoG Technologies, LLC, Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Peoria, AZ
• Pure Chat, IT – Software, Scottsdale, AZ
• RightBio Metrics, Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale, AZ
• Salutaris Medical Devices, Inc., Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Sentinel Internet Systems, IT – Software, Phoenix, AZ
• Smart Service Desk, IT – Software, Chandler, AZ
• Spotlight Software, IT – Software, Peoria, AZ
• Universal Bio Mining, Bio & Life Sciences, Tucson, AZ
• Zero Shock Seating, Advanced Manufacturing, Chandler, AZ

A panel of expert judges evaluated 154 applications from the Fall 2014 AIC submitted by companies based in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. These companies represent high-value industry sectors that include IT software, IT hardware, bio and life sciences, cleantech/renewable energy, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace and defense.

Every applying company that meets the AIC’s eligibility requirements will receive constructive feedback generated from the rigorous online evaluation and scoring process. All semifinalists also will be considered for participation in Venture Ready, the ACA’s mentor program that connects early stage companies with high-level CEOs to further refine business plans and investor pitches.

The ACA will name its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge finalists in early January and the winners later that same month.

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Steve Aoki coming to Scottsdale

Steve LeVine Entertainment and Disco Donnie Presents announce “The Neon Future Experience” tour with the iconic electro house musician and Grammy nominated producer Steve Aoki at Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is 18+.
Tickets on-sale today at LivewireAZ.com.
Special guest DJs include Headhunterz, Caked Up and more to be announced.
Aoki is one of the most successful DJs in the electronic dance music scene (EDM). He started his own label Dim Mak Records in 1996 and his first solo album, “Wonderland,” released in 2012 featured artists including Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Will.i.am, Fall Out Boy, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for, Best Dance/Electronica Album” in 2013.
Aoki is currently working on the second installment of the “Neon Future” album, which is slated for release Winter 2015, the first of which was released in September and includes collaborations with top artists like Fall Out Boy, Will.i.am, Afrojack and Waka Flocka Flame. The first two singles off the album, “Rage The Night Away” and “Delirious (Boneless)” were both featured in the 2014 film “Step up: All In.”
The tour will feature a state-of-the-art V Squared Labs experience including custom 3D LED mapping and visual lighting arts, LED canvases, futuristic themes and more.
Livewire is located at 7320 E. Indian Plaza Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251.For more information on Livewire, please visit LivewireAZ.com or call 480-970-1112.
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Scottsdale hosts second Cure Corridor Event

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.

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Az Business announces finalists for ACC Awards

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

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Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors expands in Arizona

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.

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Medical records vital for travelers and snowbirds

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.

Dennis Dahlen, senior vice president and CFO for Banner Health; Gary Dalke, CFO for Western Refining, Inc.; Lawrence Eisel, CFO of Total Transit; and Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO of LaneTerralever.

FEI Arizona honors CFO of the Year winners, finalists

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.

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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.

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Renovation transforms iconic Arizona Biltmore

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.

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Zenefits will create 1,300 Jobs at new Scottsdale office

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.

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Scottsdale CVB showcases golf destinations

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.

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Sanctuary’s guests can cruise in a Ferrari

image002Who 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.

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Quarles & Brady Launches Privacy and Security Blog

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/.

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Ghouls Night Out at Hotel Valley Ho

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.

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PGA TOUR Superstore Opens 3rd Ariz. Store

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.”

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Hartford Place in Scottsdale sells for $7M

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.

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Talking Stick Launches Trolley Service

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.