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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

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Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

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Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the recent transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made liquors, tinctures and bitters are whipped up by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

OEG-Flowers-610x360Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails are made by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Construction Set To Begin on 3rd SkySong Building

Construction is set to begin on the third office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, continuing the momentum on one of the most successful commercial development projects in Arizona over the past few years.

With the first two office buildings at SkySong almost fully leased, work will begin on SkySong III on August 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for late September.   The 145,000 square foot building will be located along SkySong Boulevard, just southwest of the project’s iconic shade structure.

Arizona State University will lease 1 ½ floors of the four-story building, and current SkySong tenant WebFilings will be expanding their presence in the project by taking a full floor in SkySong III.   Plaza Companies will be taking office space on the first floor.  Combined, the three anchor tenants allow construction to begin with the building already 65 percent leased.

Like the first two buildings, SkySong III will be built to meet LEED Certification standards. The architectural design not only complements the rest of the project and the overall architectural quality of the Scottsdale area, it also includes significant consideration for sustainability. DPR is the General Contractor and Butler Design is the architect for SkySong III.

Plaza Companies continues to be the master developer of the project, in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale. The financing for SkySong III is being provided by Alliance Bank of Arizona, and Holualoa Companies of Tucson has partnered with Plaza Companies for this project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the start of construction is a significant milestone and an example of the positive impact created by SkySong.

“We are very pleased to continue to build the vision for SkySong as a technology and innovation hub,” Harper said. “SkySong has already had a tremendously positive impact on south Scottsdale and on Arizona’s economic development efforts as a whole. Despite the challenging economic conditions of the past few years, SkySong continued to thrive and attract economic growth.

“Now, with this new building and with the coming completion of the SkySong Apartments, the impact of SkySong on our community will become even more profound and positive.”

Don Couvillion, Vice President of Real Estate for the Arizona State University Foundation, said the growth of the SkySong project has made the vision ASU President Michael Crow had for the project back in the mid-2000s a reality.

“SkySong was built to create a unique location for companies with a focus on innovation and technology, and the project has succeeded in becoming a hub for forward-thinking entrepreneurship,” he said. “The impact that ASU SkySong has had, as part of the overall SkySong vision, on dozens of companies over the past few years has been particularly significant in creating new jobs and economic impact.”

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said that the impact of SkySong on southern Scottsdale has been critical in sparking new economic development in that part of the community.

“It’s just another sign of how that corridor is developing on all lines, with what’s promised, planned and underway,” he said. “SkySong has already made a significant impact in the Scottsdale and McDowell Road corridors in helping bring in new businesses and economic growth.”

The estimated construction cost of SkySong III is $32 million. The construction of SkySong III also includes a significant parking structure that will serve SkySong III and IV, as well as surface parking.

Additionally, pre-leasing continues on SkySong IV, which would be located next to SkySong III and face Scottsdale Road. SkySong IV is fully permitted and shovel-ready, and the SkySong team continues to work with prospective anchor tenants.

More than 1,000 employees and 50 companies are located on the SkySong property. Completion of SkySong III and IV and the apartments would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a 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; and
  • 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 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 contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.

Krauss Honored For Science

SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference in Scottsdale

Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on Sept. 4. The conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street. The free, day-long event is open to those wanting to learn more about integrating STEM education into their communities. STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, is the backbone discipline of Arizona’s new economy.

The Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference will include 16 thought-provoking panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations, where collaborating organizations from the Arizona SciTech Festival will demonstrate STEM activities. The conference offers a unique opportunity to network with some of the state’s top STEM professionals, learn best practices in communicating STEM, as well as strategies to engage communities, local schools and businesses.

“The conference is an intersection point for leaders to form partnerships and build upon STEM activities they can implement in their communities during our annual spring festival,” said Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona SciTech Festival. “It offers a platform to engage new collaborators and links content providers with venues throughout the state, which translates into a stronger network and a more impactful Arizona SciTech Festival.”

“A statewide commitment to STEM education is critical to developing an ongoing pipeline of future talent to build and sustain Arizona’s workforce and strengthen its economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, who is a panelist at this year’s conference. “Bringing the private and public sectors together in this forum to collaborate and lead on this issue is vital for our state’s success and global competitiveness.”

Conference sponsors include Cox Communications, Challenger Space Center, the City of Scottsdale and EventInterface. For more information or to register for the Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference, visit www.azscitechfest.org/conference.

The Kickoff Conference begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast mixer. Programming begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. The conference keynote presentation beginning at 3:45 p.m. will feature Geoff Notkin, star of TV’s “Meteorite Men” and Skylab Astronaut Dr. Ed Gibson. Notkin and Gibson will team up to provide unique perspectives on how they’ve worked to make the understanding and appreciation of science part of mainstream living.

Tourism Industry - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

CVB’s campaign highlights Scottsdale’s warm fall weather

Scottsdale residents can keep their summer shorts, flip flops and bikinis out for another three months. With the launch of the new fall marketing campaign, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to do the same.

The bureau’s “Break the Rules” campaign, which runs from Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, plays on Scottsdale’s unique fall offerings and promotes an extended summer to visitors who may be feeling the chill of autumn at home. Six rules – that are meant to be broken on a Scottsdale vacation – are featured on ScottsdaleRules.com with a list of packages and coupons, as well as events during the fall season.

This promotion is the first of six seasonal marketing campaigns planned this year to push messaging around key time periods in order to strengthen destination awareness and exposure in Scottsdale’s primary feeder markets of Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Canada.

“Our seasonal campaigns will supplement our ‘Richly Sonoran’ brand campaign, giving us the opportunity to hook visitors with more specific and timely messages,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “The fall campaign also will help us drive visitation around a need period for our tourism industry.”

The “Break the Rules” campaign is being promoted through email marketing, pay-per-click advertising, paid and organic social media promotion, and direct mail to Scottsdale’s U.S. feeder markets.

The Rules:

You Can Wear White After Labor Day: When it’s sunny and 80 degrees in the fall, the standard laws of fashion just don’t apply – so don’t put away that white bikini just yet.

Celebrate Happy Hour, Any Hour: It’s always 5 o’clock when you’re on vacation!
Play in The Mud: We desert dwellers aren’t afraid of a little dirt – especially when it’s in the form of a purifying mud mask.

Push the Speed Limit: No trip to the Wild West is complete without some serious adventure.

Sleep ‘til Noon: Let’s be honest; all that shopping, spa and nightlife can wear out even the most expert vacationers. So go ahead, turn off that alarm clock. We won’t judge.

It’s OK to Play More than 18 Holes: In case you didn’t know, Scottsdale is kind of a big deal in the golf world. And, hey, with more than 1,700 holes on 200+ area golf courses, we’ve earned our bragging rights.

Tourism Industry - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

CVB's campaign highlights Scottsdale’s warm fall weather

Scottsdale residents can keep their summer shorts, flip flops and bikinis out for another three months. With the launch of the new fall marketing campaign, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to do the same.

The bureau’s “Break the Rules” campaign, which runs from Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, plays on Scottsdale’s unique fall offerings and promotes an extended summer to visitors who may be feeling the chill of autumn at home. Six rules – that are meant to be broken on a Scottsdale vacation – are featured on ScottsdaleRules.com with a list of packages and coupons, as well as events during the fall season.

This promotion is the first of six seasonal marketing campaigns planned this year to push messaging around key time periods in order to strengthen destination awareness and exposure in Scottsdale’s primary feeder markets of Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Canada.

“Our seasonal campaigns will supplement our ‘Richly Sonoran’ brand campaign, giving us the opportunity to hook visitors with more specific and timely messages,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “The fall campaign also will help us drive visitation around a need period for our tourism industry.”

The “Break the Rules” campaign is being promoted through email marketing, pay-per-click advertising, paid and organic social media promotion, and direct mail to Scottsdale’s U.S. feeder markets.

The Rules:

You Can Wear White After Labor Day: When it’s sunny and 80 degrees in the fall, the standard laws of fashion just don’t apply – so don’t put away that white bikini just yet.

Celebrate Happy Hour, Any Hour: It’s always 5 o’clock when you’re on vacation!
Play in The Mud: We desert dwellers aren’t afraid of a little dirt – especially when it’s in the form of a purifying mud mask.

Push the Speed Limit: No trip to the Wild West is complete without some serious adventure.

Sleep ‘til Noon: Let’s be honest; all that shopping, spa and nightlife can wear out even the most expert vacationers. So go ahead, turn off that alarm clock. We won’t judge.

It’s OK to Play More than 18 Holes: In case you didn’t know, Scottsdale is kind of a big deal in the golf world. And, hey, with more than 1,700 holes on 200+ area golf courses, we’ve earned our bragging rights.

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BMO Harris Bank Promotes Bevers

BMO Harris Bank announced that Jerry Bevers has been promoted to Director of Sales, Mortgage Banking. Bevers has been with BMO Harris Bank since 2012, and most recently managed the mortgage sales team for Arizona. In this new position, Bevers will oversee mortgage sales for Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Florida, and Indiana.

“Jerry’s extensive knowledge in the mortgage industry will help us escalate sales in many of the markets we have identified as having strong growth potential,” commented Kevin Christopher, Head of U.S. Mortgage Sales, BMO Harris Bank. “In the relatively brief time Jerry has worked at BMO, he has proven himself to be a strong leader and manager. I have no doubt he will achieve the high goals and expectations we have for him.”

Bevers has 30 years of financial industry experience, and has held positions in retail bank management, marketing, branch operations, business banking and de novo acquisitions. He has held senior regional leadership positions with Chase Bank. At one point in his career, he had management responsibility for more than 2,300 employees.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas, Arlington. A scratch golfer, he lives in Scottsdale with his wife.

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Van Dyke Laser & Skin Launches “Refreshed & Fabulous” Lunchtime Seminar Series

Get ready to lunch and learn with Van Dyke Laser & Skin! The award-winning dermatologists in Paradise Valley are teaming up with the (also) award-winning beauty care company, SkinMedica, with a “Refreshed & Fabulous Lunch Series.” Slated for noon, Friday, Aug. 16 and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about SkinMedica’s new skin rejuvenation product package, Essential System. According to Dr. Van Dyke, this customizable anti-aging regimen uses a combination of growth factors and retinoids to correct prior skin damage, while anti-oxidants and sun protection prevent and protect the skin from future damage. SkinMedica’s Essential products have been featured everywhere from the “The View” to the “The Today Show,” and was named a “Best Beauty Buy” by InStyle magazine.

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 5.02.19 PMAll “Refreshed & Fabulous Lunch Series” attendees will receive a personalized complimentary skin care assessment.

Limited seating is available! Call Van Dyke Laser & Skin at 480-948-5045 to reserve your seat.

5206 N. Scottsdale Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

About Van Dyke Laser & Skin:
With over 28 years of experience, renowned expert Susan Van Dyke, M.D. and her staff deliver unparalleled excellence in cosmetic dermatology. Offering a wide variety of procedures ranging from injectables such as Botox and fillers to state of the art resurfacing lasers, the staff at Van Dyke Laser & Skin helps clients reach their goals and provides stunningly beautiful skin that everyone is meant to have.

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

Wells Fargo Names new Business Banking Managers

Kyle Hanson, Tom Traylor and Jerry Ritchie, financial services veterans with more than 47 years of experience between them, have been named Business Banking managers for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the Valley.  Jim Pfeiffer, Area Business Banking manager for Arizona announced the appointment.

Kyle Hanson will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in Scottsdale. Hanson joined Wells Fargo in 2003 and comes to the Valley from Portland, Oregon where he served as a Business Banking manager leading a team of seven relationship managers, three industry specialists and three support staff for Wells Fargo’s Specialty Markets in Oregon and Business Banking in Vancouver. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Alaska.

Tom Traylor will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the North Valley.  Traylor joined Wells Fargo in 1995.  Prior to this appointment, he served as senior regional credit officer responsible for credit approval and lending activities for both Arizona and Nevada.  Traylor has also served as senior examiner, credit manager, senior commercial lender, business banker and credit analyst. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

Jerry Ritchie will serve as Business Banking manager for the Phoenix Business Bank.  In this role, he also will oversee Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Real Estate Division.  Ritchie has been with Wells Fargo since 1994 and comes to the Valley from Wells Fargo’s Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate team where he was office manager.  Ritchie also has served as homebuilder lending manager, relationship manager, credit analyst, and consumer loan officer for Wells Fargo. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Management from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in Banking Administration & Finance from the Pacific Coast Banking School

“As the nation’s leading business lender, Wells Fargo is committed to satisfying all of the financial services needs of business customers and helping them succeed financially,” Pfeiffer said.  “Kyle, Tom and Jerry bring strong leadership skills and a wealth of experience to our Arizona Business Banking team, and their scope of knowledge and commitment to serving our business customers make them a perfect fit for our business teams in Phoenix, Scottsdale and the North Valley.”

Wells Fargo Business Banking delivers customized solutions and tailored business packages to help our business customers grow and prosper.  These include loans and lines of credit, treasury management, payroll, merchant card services, foreign exchange, employee benefit plans, real estate lending, online banking and bill payment, business and personal insurance, investments, trusts, wealth management, business valuation and retirement planning.

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Phoenix Fashion Week is October 1-5 at Talking Stick Resort

From October 1-5, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale will be the center of attraction for all fashionphiles with the arrival of dozens of burgeoning designers who will present their exclusive collections to style addicts, designers, buyers, media, industry tastemakers, bloggers and celebrities at Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW). The Las Vegas-style resort and casino will once again serve as the backdrop for three days of breathtaking established and emerging designer runway shows. This year’s event will include a Designer of the Year competition, Fashion Education Seminars, Model of the Year competition, glitzy after-parties, retail deal making and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience.

Since partnering with Talking Stick Resort in 2011, PHXFW has welcomed more than 10,000 key industry professionals and guests from around the nation and the globe to the City of Scottsdale. An expanded partnership between PHXFW and Talking Stick Resort allows the event the ability to showcase the hottest up-and-coming local, national and international designers.  It will also activate an impressive roster of top-tier partners and sponsors including Zappos.com, Fiat, Pinnacle Aviation, Toni & Guy Hairdressing, UBER, and the UK’s top beauty brand No7 Cosmetics & Skincare.

Over the past several years PHXFW has seen tremendous growth that has earned national attention as a model for regional fashion weeks around the country. PHXFW’s unique brand-building program includes a 4-month boot camp-style preparation and training for participating designers and models – a process that has caught the attention of major industry players including TIME magazine. A feature in the publication earlier this year profiled the event and how it develops young designers and facilitates the jump from homegrown brand to household name for both up-and-coming fashion models and designers.

“Phoenix Fashion Week has become an annual marquee event for Talking Stick Resort,” said Peter Arceo, senior director of sales and marketing for Talking Stick Resort. “The excitement, energy and fashionable fan base that follows the event is a natural fit for our property and the Talking Stick Resort brand.”

Talking Stick Resort offers luxury accommodations in high style, fusing innovative design, exciting entertainment and Southwest sophistication making it an ideal host for the event.

“Talking Stick Resort is an ideal partner for PHXFW because of its capability to accommodate our exploding growth,” said PHXFW Director Brian Hill. “At Talking Stick Resort we have it all – stunning surroundings, key amenities and a platform that allows us to create our own signature runway look and feel that rivals fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and London,” he said. “Having our own flexible space, within the venue has been a key component to growing our program and has helped us to effectively show the fashion world how Phoenix has become a game-changing fashion city,” he said.

This year, PHXFW attendees can expect a high-energy, high style fashion experience with expanded front-row seating, high-tech lighting and heart-palpitating sound, exclusive VIP lounges, interactive brand experiences, premier music and entertainment and special celebrity guests.

Several additional PHXFW-sanctioned designer and sponsor events will take place off site including PHXFW’s signature charity event, Fashionably Pink. Fashionably Pink is a celebrity runway show showcasing pink-inspired outfits created by each of the PHXFW participating designers. The annual event raises breast cancer awareness and funds for breast cancer charities throughout Arizona. This year, the popular charity runway show and silent auction will take place at Domus, a new luxury condominium high-rise in the Arcadia neighborhood.

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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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Pinnacle Aviation expands private charter operations

Scottsdale-based Pinnacle Aviation has recently added a new aircraft to their charter fleet, the Phenom 100. Pinnacle Aviation offers numerous options for any charter need, and has now expanded those options with the addition of a new jet.

“Pinnacle Aviation serves many Arizona-based corporate and individual travelers that need aircraft for short and frequent trips,” said Pinnacle Aviation Founder and President Curt Pavlicek. “With an efficient plane like the Phenom 100, you can jet to LA for a business meeting at noon, play 9 holes of golf, and be back to the Valley for dinner,” he said.

The Phenom 100 is a light jet with over 1100 miles in range and a four-passenger interior. The spacious interior cabin measures 5’ wide and almost 5’ high and is equipped with four power outlets and a private lavatory. The aircraft contains an interior wardrobe closet and a very large external baggage compartment providing 60 cubic feet of storage space. One of the nicest amenities of this Phenom 100 is complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi.

The Phenom 100 that has joined the Pinnacle Aviation fleet is a 2010 model and one of the few late model light jets of its kind available for charter use. The Phenom 100 adds another premium travel option to Pinnacle Aviation’s growing fleet of charter aircraft. With the addition of the Phenom 100, Pinnacle Aviation’s charter fleet expands to fulfill even more charter needs. The Phenom 100 is ideal for a quick trip for business or pleasure with the highest level of service and comfort.

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Pinnacle Aviation receives top global safety award

Scottsdale-based Pinnacle Aviation has been awarded a Platinum Rating by ARGUS as well as IS-BAO Stage II Registration. Pinnacle Aviation was audited by the ARGUS CHEQ system, the most accurate and detailed third-party due diligence system for charter operators, buyers and passengers around the world and subsequently given their highest rating. They were also audited by the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and were awarded their highly regarded Stage II Registration level.

“This accomplishment is the result of the safety culture we have established in our organization in every facet of our operation,” said Pinnacle Aviation Founder Curt Pavlicek. “Our dedicated safety team has worked hard to meticulously organize a system that continues to exceed the standards of our recent audit. Pinnacle Aviation’s goal has always been to be at the forefront of programs that will enhance our safety and operational standards for our clients,” he said.

ARGUS grants three levels of awards: Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum. In order to achieve an ARGUS rating, historical information on the commercial certificate, pilots, aircraft serial numbers, ownership, and management are compiled, processed and scored. An operator’s composite score is compared against an aggregate group of operators with like exposures, and if found to meet or exceed the median score of those operators, the operator will be granted an ARGUS Gold Rating. In order to then achieve Platinum Rating, operators must complete the ARGUS Platinum on-site safety audit. A Platinum Rating requires a well-developed Safety Management System, a clear and workable Emergency Response Plan, effective policies and procedures, and documented records for all major aspects of Operations and Maintenance within a flight department or charter company.

ARGUS’ Platinum Rating is very prestigious, with only 108 Platinum Rated Operators as of July 10, 2013. During the audit process, 24 functional areas are evaluated including 12 in operations and 12 in maintenance. Areas such as pilot training, in-flight performance, operational control, and inspection programs are reviewed. Roughly 17% of operators who attempt Platinum Rating do not pass.

IS-BAO also awarded Pinnacle Aviation with a Stage II level of Safety Management System (SMS) maturity. This registration level is granted to organizations that not only demonstrate that they have the tools in place for their SMS, but also that those tools are being used. IS-BAO certified operators experience benefits such as enhanced operating safety, efficiency improvements in operations and/or achievements, and reduced insurance rates. Pinnacle Aviation is one of only two charter providers in Arizona that are IS-BAO certified.

Pinnacle Aviation works tirelessly to be the absolute best in aircraft services, which is now reflected in their ARGUS Platinum Rating and their Stage II IS-BAO Registration level. These awards reaffirm their position at the top of the aviation services market.

HEALTHCARE REFORM: Deadline for Employers to Provide Exchange Notice

The deadline for employers to distribute the Exchange Notice to employees is Oct. 1, 2013. Additionally, employers are required to provide the notice to each new employee hired on or after Oct. 1, 2013, no later than 14 days after the employee’s start date. The notice must be distributed regardless of whether the employee is full-time or part-time. Employers not offering group health plan coverage must also provide the notice:

Delay In Employer Mandate

On July 9, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-45 to provide a one year delay for employers with 50 or more employees. Employers will not be liable for employer mandate penalties until 2015.

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Wright earns new title from Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix has announced the promotion of Carla-Risha Wright to senior sales manager, group at the luxury hotel in time for its upcoming 25th anniversary. In her new position, Wright will be responsible for managing large group business for the property in the Western and Southern regions of the United States.

Joseph Wronski, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, praises Wright on her promotion. “Carla-Risha has been an outstanding member of the sales team here at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, and it is with great pleasure that we congratulate her on her much deserved promotion. We have the utmost confidence that she will continue to excel in her new role.”

Wright began her career with The Ritz-Carlton in April 2007 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica where she led the wedding sales team to record results. She joined The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix team in January 2010 as a catering sales manager and was promoted to Senior Sales Manager, Catering in July 2012. Wright has been recognized within the sales and marketing department of The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix for her outstanding work ethic and dedication to growing the hotel’s social catering revenue.

“I’m delighted to accept this promotion and take on the new challenges that will face me in group sales,” said Wright. “My purpose is to make the impossible possible.”

Born in Jamaica, Carla-Risha Wright is a 2004 graduate of the University of the West Indies with a degree in tourism management. She is deeply involved within the community, as she sits on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Foundation for Women and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. She is also a member of the Black Board of Directors Project and volunteers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wright currently resides in Scottsdale with her husband Andre and their two daughters. She is an avid reader and loves to travel in her spare time.

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Two New Tenants Coming to Westgate in August

IT’SUGAR and RazzleberrieZ will open their doors this August at Westgate Entertainment District, adding even more family-friendly variety for West Valley patrons to enjoy.

IT’SUGAR, best known nationally as a novelty candy store, offers the world’s largest boxes of Nerds, Sweethearts and Pop Rocks, five pound Gummy Bears as well as candy themed accessories like Tootsie Roll shaped pillows and candy scented lotions. The new store will offer a fully stocked candy bar filled with a variety of favorites like gummy bears, hard shell candies, gumballs and much more. IT’SUGAR will be located in the 2,543 square-foot space next to Margaritaville, across from Yard House in the former Ride Makers location. Opening August 28, this is the first West Valley location for the company with four other Arizona stores in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix.

“IT’SUGAR is the ultimate mixture of fun and indulgence. A little naughty mixed with a lot of nice.  With a nod toward sweetness and a wink toward irreverence, our goal is to bring out the inner child in all of us,” said Larry DeBerry of IT’SUGAR. “All of us at IT’SUGAR are thrilled to be a part of the outstanding lineup of retail, dining and entertainment offerings at Westgate. This will be our fifth location in the Arizona market, joining the 50+ other IT’SUGAR worldwide locations.”

With two Valley locations, RazzleberrieZ will open its third store at Westgate the first week of August, opening across from Yard House and next to IT’SUGAR. RazzleberrieZ offers the finest line of premium, low calorie, fat-free and dairy-free frozen yogurt, some with no sugar added. Guests can choose from over 70 toppings like fresh cut fruit, healthy granola, trendy mochi, Ghirardelli syrups and more.

“We are pleased to announce these two new leases, which is yet another indication of our positive leasing momentum,” said Jeff Teetsel, development manager of Westgate Entertainment District. “Like our leases with Chipotle in the Mexican fast-casual segment and Buffalo Wild Wings in the sports-bar niche, IT’SUGAR is the recognized market leader for candy stores and another example of the quality of tenants we have successfully targeted and attracted.”

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District, a retailer directory or to see what’s happening today, visit www.westgateaz.com.

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Henkel Makes Impact Children’s Dental Clinic Grant

More than 5,000 North Phoenix schoolchildren – some of whom have never even seen a toothbrush – will receive their own dental health kits during the 2013-14 school year, thanks to the generosity of Henkel, an international manufacturing corporation with offices in Scottsdale.

Through their MIT corporate project, Making an Impact upon Tomorrow, Henkel awarded $7,500 to John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission Children’s Dental Clinic. It is the first time Henkel has supported John C. Lincoln’s community services.

The funds will be used to purchase the components of Desert Mission’s SMILE kits that include a toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste and dental hygiene education in both English and Spanish.

The kits, assembled by John C. Lincoln volunteers, are distributed by a dental hygienist who visits 15 elementary schools in the John C. Lincoln service area and screens children for dental health.

Children with dental health issues – which can range from cavities to serious abscesses – are referred to the Children’s Dental Clinic for care if they are uninsured or underinsured. Approximately 8,000 children are screened during the school year.

“This grant will make a huge difference for children in our service area, some of whom have urgent dental needs,” said John C. Lincoln Health Foundation CEO Marcia Mintz. “We are extremely grateful to Henkel for their generosity.”

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Beauty School Education gets a Makeover

Trade schools have often had the unfair reputation of being less-desirable educational institutions when compared to four-year colleges. However, in an ever-changing economic landscape with evolving student needs, non-traditional schools have become a unique path to career opportunities for many.

Jill and Burt Kohler, founders of Scottsdale’s Penrose Academy, a school for cosmetology and esthetics, have led the charge in giving the image of specialty education an overdue makeover. Seeing a desperate need for a level of real-world training beyond what beauty schools were teaching at the time, these 19-year beauty industry veterans launched what is now Penrose Academy in 2006.

Penrose Academy’s revolutionary approach to education goes beyond the industry status quo that in the past had left students ill-prepared to enter the beauty field. Seven years after its inception, its unique hands-on programs and business management training have reshaped the career options available to graduates.

“The advanced skills our students gain during their experience at Penrose prepare them for an endless number of jobs they never realized they could pursue,” Jill Kohler said. “In addition to working in spas and salons, careers in beauty industry marketing, PR, runway work and education are all at their fingertips at graduation.”

The Kohler’s groundbreaking educational style, which focuses on improving students’ lives on both a personal and professional level, has set them apart in the industry. Most notably, students receive a long list of résumé-boosting opportunities before they even graduate. From editorial work to runway shows, trade show demonstrations to traveling abroad, Penrose Academy students do not just learn the business … they live it.

Penrose Academy’s push to inspire students to achieve more than simply earning a license has garnered it national attention and positioned the school as a respected industry leader. Most recently, the academy was recognized with the Business of the Year and Overcoming Adversity awards at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 IMPACT Awards.

Penrose Academy offers a 4-day schedule for cosmetology students and a 3-day schedule for esthetics students. Convenient weekly schedules and year-round start dates give students the valuable flexibility to gain an education and dedicate time to family, work and other responsibilities outside of school. For more information on Penrose Academy’s programs, visit www.penroseacademy.com or call (480) 222-9540.

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

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Scottsdale Beauty School Education gets a Makeover

Trade schools have often had the unfair reputation of being less-desirable educational institutions when compared to four-year colleges. However, in an ever-changing economic landscape with evolving student needs, non-traditional schools have become a unique path to career opportunities for many.

Jill and Burt Kohler, founders of Scottsdale’s Penrose Academy, a school for cosmetology and esthetics, have led the charge in giving the image of specialty education an overdue makeover. Seeing a desperate need for a level of real-world training beyond what beauty schools were teaching at the time, these 19-year beauty industry veterans launched what is now Penrose Academy in 2006.

Penrose Academy’s revolutionary approach to education goes beyond the industry status quo that in the past had left students ill-prepared to enter the beauty field. Seven years after its inception, its unique hands-on programs and business management training have reshaped the career options available to graduates.

“The advanced skills our students gain during their experience at Penrose prepare them for an endless number of jobs they never realized they could pursue,” Jill Kohler said. “In addition to working in spas and salons, careers in beauty industry marketing, PR, runway work and education are all at their fingertips at graduation.”

The Kohler’s groundbreaking educational style, which focuses on improving students’ lives on both a personal and professional level, has set them apart in the industry. Most notably, students receive a long list of résumé-boosting opportunities before they even graduate. From editorial work to runway shows, trade show demonstrations to traveling abroad, Penrose Academy students do not just learn the business … they live it.

Penrose Academy’s push to inspire students to achieve more than simply earning a license has garnered it national attention and positioned the school as a respected industry leader. Most recently, the academy was recognized with the Business of the Year and Overcoming Adversity awards at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 IMPACT Awards.

Penrose Academy offers a 4-day schedule for cosmetology students and a 3-day schedule for esthetics students. Convenient weekly schedules and year-round start dates give students the valuable flexibility to gain an education and dedicate time to family, work and other responsibilities outside of school. For more information on Penrose Academy’s programs, visit www.penroseacademy.com or call (480) 222-9540.

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WSJ Ranks Danley as Top Arizona Realtor

The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. rank Walt Danley as the top selling real estate agent in Arizona, according to its “The Thousand: 2013 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals” list released June 28, 2013. Danley is ranked No. 37 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having sold more than $137.7 million in residential real estate in 2012. “The Thousand” list is comprised of third-party data and honors the top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams in the nation.

Walt Danley is the president and namesake of Scottsdale-based luxury residential real estate brokerage, Walt Danley Realty. The firm is Arizona’s affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and boasts the largest inventory of million-dollar estates within Arizona. Danley has sold more than $2.5 billion during his over 35-year career, and has been ranked in the top one percent of real estate agents nationally every year since 1977.

“Being listed amongst the top real estate agents in the nation is an honor and very humbling,” states Danley. When asked what advice he would give an agent entering the luxury real estate arena, Danley comments, “Operate your business with integrity, market knowledge, old-fashioned hard work and truly understand the needs of your client.”

Walt Danley Realty represents luxury homebuyers and sellers in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Arcadia, Biltmore, Cave Creek and Carefree. Walt Danley Realty is located at 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, call (480) 991-2050 or visit www.waltdanley.com.

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Valley firm launches renewable antifreeze resource

With a commitment to providing best-in-class environmental solutions for the automotive and transportation industry, Thermo Fluids, Inc. announced today they have received ASTM E1177 certification for their EcoShield remanufactured antifreeze product.

“We are very pleased with our accomplishment of reaching this very stringent virgin-equivalent antifreeze product specification for EcoShield” said Ted Sinclair, Thermo Fluids’ Chief Operating Officer.

EcoShield is an alternative option to virgin antifreeze, available for use by quick lube centers, automotive dealerships, vehicle services centers, and other transportation related companies. EcoShield is a “green” and environmentally friendly solution to the costs and environmental hazards associated with drilling for new crude oil, shipping oil and then refining the product which is a process used in the manufacturing of virgin antifreeze.

The used antifreeze goes through a process that separates ethylene glycol, a valuable natural resource, from the waste materials. Deionized water and high quality corrosive inhibitors are then added to the ethylene glycol to create EcoShield, which is then tested by Thermo Fluids, as well as third party laboratories, to ensure the product meets industry requirements for antifreeze.

EcoShield meets the stringent American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for virgin glycol and coolant, including D6210, D3306, D4985, and E1177 certifications. Thermo Fluids utilizes a proprietary hybrid organic acid technology to produce the eco-friendly remanufactured antifreeze, which is a viable alternative to virgin ethylene glycol and a more environmentally acceptable product that meets the same performance and quality standards as virgin ethylene glycol.

“The development of EcoShield is a product borne of our commitment to environmental stewardship and a sincere endeavor to substantively and meaningfully contribute to a greener marketplace in this industry.  We wanted to create a cost-effective closed loop alternative that offers the same high quality found in a virgin product while reducing liabilities and significantly impacting the environment in a positive way,” said Todd Bogart, Thermo Fluids’ Chief Marketing Officer. “Through ongoing education, improvement and promotion of EcoShield, we hope to change the antifreeze product landscape and to create a competitive marketplace for more eco-friendly options in the automotive services industry.”

Thermo Fluids is a recognized leader in the U.S. environmental solutions oil recycling industry, offering a suite of services including used oil, antifreeze and filter collection and recycling, parts washer services, and residual oil reclamation. The Scottsdale-based company works with service centers in 19 different states around the country, offering eco-friendly alternatives to traditional services and products and educating its customer base by demonstrating and facilitating an awareness and understanding of environmental responsibility.

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SLA Offers $200,000 in Grants

The Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA), the organization that puts on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival each year, announced $200,000 in donations and grants to support local art and arts education programs in 2013-14. Furthermore, the SLA has created a new, more efficient grant application process as part of its yearly call to local non-profits to submit an application for funding, a program which has provided more than $3.7 million in funding since 2002. New for 2013, the SLA has created an online grants application, which will be available in early July at www.leagueforthearts.org. The grant application package must be completed by Thursday, August 8.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival was a huge success and we are excited to offer grants ranging in size from $1k to $15k this year,” says Leslie Rycroft, Vice President of the SLA Board of Directors and Grants Committee Chair. To qualify, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated and providing services or programs in the arts or art education within Maricopa County. The SLA will entertain applications from a variety of organizations, provided the focus of the project for which funding is requested is directly related to the arts and/or arts education.

Also new for 2013, the League is requesting that all grant seekers submit their financial data to the Cultural Data Project, which offers a unique system that enables arts and cultural organizations to enter financial, programmatic and operational data into a standardized online form. According to Rycroft, “Many grant-making organizations are using the CDP as it gives the funders a great tool to see all the organizations’ data in the same format, and also gives the reporting organizations a beneficial management tool.” What’s more, the CDP is free to arts organizations seeking funding.

The timeline for the SLA’s 2013-14 grants process is as follows. Online grant applications will be available in early July, are due on Thursday, August 8th, and are scheduled to be funded in mid-September 2013.