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True Music Festival is Arizona’s 1st multi-genre fest

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Barrett-Jackson, Cactus League Baseball… and a music festival?

Plenty of events attract visitors to Arizona, but one in particular is new to the state: True Music Festival, a one-day, multi-genre event. Founder Jarid Dietrich taps into the rich, cultured music scene of the area — one that, he says, just doesn’t get enough credit.

“For whatever reason, people just don’t think of the Phoenix music scene on a national level,” Dietrich says. “It’s the sixth most populous city in the nation and is made up of a lot of people who are first- and second-generation Phoenicians. What that means is there are people from all over, bringing their music culture with them from across the world. If nothing more, I want this event to be a vessel for them to shine in the national spotlight. Let’s put them on stage with the biggest acts in the world and let them share their gift.”

True Music Festival is a first of its kind in the state, embracing and showcasing both local and national acts ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to rock and hip-hop.

“I think the caliber of artists we are selecting from each genre is incredible,” Dietrich says. “These artists are well respected, not just by fans, but the music community in general.”

On the lineup so far is Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, The Flaming Lips, Lord Huron and Capital Cities, who have skyrocketed to success with their single “Safe and Sound.”

“We love festivals because of the energy you feel there,” Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities says. “This is a result of bringing together a bunch of bands in one place. It creates an excitement you don’t find in other concert settings.”

The artist Merchant looks forward to seeing the night of the festival?

“I’m a huge Flaming Lips fan,” he says. “[I'm] looking forward to their set.”

Securing these artists may not have been the simplest task, but Dietrich says as soon as he revealed details on what he had planned for the festival, musicians started listening.

“It can be very difficult to get major artists to Arizona for a number of reasons, including political,” he says. “But when we started discussing with the artists, I think the concept spoke for itself, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

In addition to live music, the festival will also include live, interactive art installations and roving performers, so attendees are able to watch artists work, and in some cases, create their own.

“We want our first year to have a major impact on our guests and are working on some new experimental concepts that will really blow people away,” Dietrich says. “We’re working heavily on dimensional entertainment — things going on around you, beneath you and above you… I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but there are some really cool things we’re working on.”

True Music Festival’s goal is to provide a bit of everything, but just how did the name come about?

“We spent months discussing internally on what we thought would be appropriate,” Dietrich says. “We also wanted something that would get our message across right off the bat and keep in line with what we set out to accomplish — an authentic, genuine music experience.”

And it’s this experience that Dietrich hopes will draw thousands of attendees to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

“Since it’s such a trek for people in Arizona to get to a major festival,” he says, “a lot of them have never even had that incredible, grandiose feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. People have been waiting a long time for something like this.”

For more information about True Music Festival, head to truemusicfestival.com.

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Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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W Scottsdale hosts 'Hair Wars – The Supreme Salon Tour'

W Scottsdale will host this year’s ‘Hair Wars – The Supreme Salon Tour’ on Sunday, October 13, presented by Windy City Media and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE). W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, Ariz. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event is 21 years and older.

Hair Wars is a nationally recognized salon competition where top local salons in each region have the opportunity to showcase their artistic side by featuring one-of-a-kind, extravagant, creations down the runway. The Supreme Salon Tour travels through Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. The top three salons in each city move on to the World Finals in an international competition.

“Our goal is to find the best salons, stylists, makeup artists, models, accessories, costuming, fashion lines, and designers in the industry to compete in the ultimate runway competition,” says Benjamin Moline, Executive Producer. “This competition is like none other and it really lets artists use their creativity to create something spectacular, from bird cages built from hair with real birds to pirate ships; this event brings out the shock factor. It is truly the Super Bowl of hair, and the tour continues to peak interest of producers in Los Angeles.”

Local salons will bring their creative talents to the catwalk to compete for the title of “Supreme Salon” hosted by celebrity finalist, Ben Mollin, as seen on the BRAVO television show “Shear Genius.” Arizona’s top five salons will compete featuring their own theme, routine, and distinctive hairstyles that best represent their artistic abilities. Competing salons include Hair Pollution Salon, Luis A. Solis Hair Design, Miguel’s Beauty Salon featuring Juan Santos, Color Me Pretty, and Luxxi Salon.

The judges include: Angela Avorio, director of education for Ben Mollin Hair Education; Eric Rene Jimenez, renowned hair and makeup artist featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Life & Style Magazine; and AK Mack, director of education at the Toni & Guy Scottsdale Academy.

The event will begin with a pre-game show presented by the Toni & Guy Scottsdale Academy themed in black and white.

Intermission entertainment will be a show presented by Soleil D’or Spray Tanning, which is Greek god and goddess themed. Sponsors of this segment include Athena Hair Extensions and Motives by Loren Ridinger (www.cosmeticexec.com).

Sponsors of the event include Estetica Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Soleil D’or Spray Tanning, Fiat of Scottsdale, Joseph James Artography, Princess Hair Shop.com, Vanguard Platinum Realty, European Wax Center, and Motives by Loren Ridinger (www.cosmeticexec.com).

An official after party will be held at Māyā Day + Nightclub which is located at 7333 E. Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, AZ.

To purchase tickets visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com. For VIP table and cabana reservations, contact VIP@TRIYAR.com or call 602.405.0099.

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Interrobang: A show of abstract art

Abstract art can raise eyebrows, conjure questions and declare truths leaving the viewer excited while possibly questioning what the artist is communicating. Abstract art also provides that statement piece or the subtle accent to complete the perfect space.

Three artists will be showcasing their abstract works during “Interrobang: A show of abstract art” opening Thursday, December 5, in a Scottsdale art gallery. Their works ranging from traditional encaustics to modeling paste with acrylics and oil washes on canvas and panel are sure to cause an emotional reaction.

Joseph Maruska’s unique style of abstraction is based on a lingering intimacy with two major concerns – light & shadow and positive & negative. To tell his stories of life in this abstract manner, he uses colors from his heritage and is even known to use punctuation marks for expression and emotion.

“There is life, death, sex, despair and poetry in my work,” explains Maruska. “This ups the ante on pure abstraction. These psychological landscapes host mysteries of their own, hinting at romance and fantasy.”

Jeff Juhlin uses the temperamental and ancient medium of wax to create his works. Having practiced his art around the world, his encaustic paintings are inspired by the arid lands he calls home.

“I live in the high desert of the great basin in the west,” Juhlin said. “The contrast between the deep space of the western sky and the large open expanse of the terrain seems to always make its way into the work.”

By using the land as his muse, Juhlin is able to strike a balance between his organized style and the natural textures and sheen inherent in the encaustic process.

At the same time, Debra Corbett’s works are emotional responses to nature and travel. Using plaster, paint and glaze mediums she layers, subtracts and manipulates what’s on her canvas until the finished result gives the viewer a unique surface that has a rich, almost sculptural feel.

“My work is all about surface,” said Corbett. “I want there to be some sense of mystery to the painting. I hope the viewer has a true emotional response, lingers awhile and discovers new imagery, meaning and joy when looking at my work.”

In every way the best punctuation to describe abstract art is the interrobang – the mark made by combining a question mark with an exclamation point. It is used to express an attitude of disbelief, a rhetorical question, or an excited query. Through bright colors, mottled textures and non-specific subjects, these three artists convey emotion that will evoke the desire to excitedly ask if there’s more.

Featuring works from Massachusetts-artist Debra Corbett, California-artist Joseph Maruska and Utah-artist Jeff Juhlin, The Marshall | LeKAE Gallery of Fine Art will host “Interrobang: a show of abstract art,” opening Thursday, December 5, during Scottsdale’s annual Holiday ArtWalk and running through January 4. All three artists will be at the opening.

These artists’ new works will be viewable beginning December 2, on the gallery’s website and Facebook page.

Celebrating its 15th season in Scottsdale, The Marshall | LeKAE Gallery of Fine Art is proud to represent more than 70 world-class artists of diverse yet complementary genres and styles. With more than 60 years of combined experience in the art industry, the gallery staff’s keen understanding will help discerning art collectors find, purchase and install beautiful pieces of fine art.

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Parsons Foundation Donates $75,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has been given a $75,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will support the Fine Arts program set to take place throughout the year at the organization’s nine Clubs and multiple outreach sites.

“Fine Art programming is crucial to youth development for many reasons,” says Steve Davidson, President and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “These competencies instill a sense of pride and appreciation for the arts, and regular opportunities for youth to express themselves in new, thoughtful and positive ways.”

The Fine Arts program is provided throughout the year with approximately 450 youth and teens, ages 6-18, participating each week. The Program is led by experienced Club professionals with arts education backgrounds. Members are exposed to a broad range of competencies and mediums and are continually encouraged to develop new skills and talents, express themselves, and expand individual creativity. Fine Art projects can range from the more simple, to longer term and more complex endeavors using mediums such as monochromatic drawing, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture and more.

“Art has the ability to transform how children think and learn,” says Renee Parsons, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “The Fine Arts program helps build self-esteem and self-confidence and foster creative expression, all critical life and social skills. We are delighted for the opportunity to be involved.”

In addition to the Fine Arts program, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also a major sponsor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s fall taste event – Live & Local. The event will not only celebrate the best in Arizona food, music and live entertainment but also kick-off the Club’s Fine Art Exhibit which is set to travel to various Valley locations during the fall and holiday season. Locations to be released soon. For more information about the event please visit www.liveandlocal.bgcs.org.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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United Capital acquires Arizona firm

United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”) continues its expansion in the Southwest, announcing the acquisition of a Scottsdale-based wealth management firm. Founded in 1998 by husband-and-wife partners, Brotherton Investment Consultants is United Capital’s first foothold in Arizona.

Founders Donna Brotherton, CFA®, and John Brotherton, CFP®, join United Capital as managing directors, bringing with them a staff of financial professionals. Their firm, Brotherton Investment Consultants, has approximately $150 million in assets under advisement.

“Our process has always been, first and foremost, about the client—what motivates them, what is important to them—and we love the symmetry with United Capital’s process. They get what wealth management is all about and offer us invaluable tools and resources to help our clients. Having the Honest Conversations® toolkit to engage with clients is a major addition to our planning process. The exercise provides a safe environment and helps couples get to the heart of the matter with their finances—why we are all sitting at that table—and finally gives the ‘silent partner’ a voice in the financial decision-making process,” Donna offers.

The Brothertons both cited the administrative burdens that were increasingly taking time away from the client and impacting the firm’s overall growth. Their partnership with United Capital was driven in part by the need to alleviate these operational frustrations.

“The Brothertons exemplify the type of advisers we aim to partner with—their goals and client-centric values align with our own, which we know is a strong differentiator from the industry,” says Matt Brinker, Senior Vice President, Partner Development and Acquisitions at United Capital. “The firm is a valuable addition, and we are excited to support their team with administrative and planning efforts as they continue to grow and help their clients.”

Over their years in the industry, the two advisers have come to understand the qualities that they were looking for in a partner firm. They plan to incorporate all of United Capital’s tools and resources in their wealth planning process to ensure that all clients are living their One Best Financial Life™.

“We were most impressed with United Capital’s capabilities, which include a range of factors from their advanced integration and advice process to their streamlined quality deliverables and software implementation. We are confident that our partnership is best for our clients and for the firm as we continue to expand. Joining United Capital allows us to focus on our clients’ needs, our marketing efforts, growing the business, recruiting and mentoring young and up-and-coming advisers,” John says.

John has over 32 years of experience and Donna has over 26 years in the industry, and the two advisers bring a depth of knowledge and passion to their practice. The Brothertons currently reside in Scottsdale with their children and in their spare time, participate in competitive Theatre On Ice figure skating events with their twin daughters.

As of March 31, 2013, United Capital and its affiliates have approximately $17 billion in assets under advisement and, with this recent addition of Brotherton, 47 offices.

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Work It Out Wednesday: Take a Night Hike

By Meg Krivanec

It’s no secret that the Valley is home to an array of hikes and ideal weather. Hiking allows you to enjoy the outdoors and get the leg workout of the century without making the commitment of camping — you don’t have to pitch a tent or make a fire.

Night hikes offer a new twist on Arizona hiking and allow you to undertake a nature

The view from Squaw Peak at night.

The view from Squaw Peak at night.

adventure. The sun’s gone down, so the Valley has cooled down a bit. Also, when you get to the end of your hike, the city lights below mixed with scattered stars above can’t be beat. The mixture of modern industrial living and staring up at the stars mesmerizes the senses, making the experiences truly unforgettable.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to keep this majestic adventure a safe one.

Flashlight: When going on a night hike, the most important tool has to be your flashlight. If you’re going in a group, make sure the person holding the light stands in back to illuminate the paths for the rest of the group. The ideal situation is for everyone to bring some kind of light.

Water: Depending on the length of your hike, you may want to bring two or three bottles of water. Don’t forget your cell phone in case of an emergency! The last place you want to be is lying on the ground with a sprained ankle a mile into the trail.

First Aid Kits aren’t the worst idea either. This can come in handy when bushes jet out and scrape your forearm or calf. Make sure you have Neosporin to minimize the risk of infections.

Footwear: Going up the mountain might seem harder than going down, and while going up can make you breathe heavy, the steep incline on the way down warrants caution. Make sure to wear appropriate hiking footwear and clothes or your feet will be regretting the decision the next day.

Camera: This hike is the perfect time to bust out your camera and take some photos of the city. You may need to bring a small tripod or find a sturdy rock to rest your camera on so the photos won’t become blurry because of low light conditions.

Friends: The climb up takes less out of you with friends helping and cheering you along. The top of the peak can turn from just a magical view to an unforgettable evening with your best friends, and the climb down will seem much less terrifying while holding onto your best friend’s shoulder.

Though you can’t hike at night in Scottsdale (the Scottsdale Preserve is only open from sunrise to sunset), trails in nearby cities are just a short drive away and open much later.

Where to go night hiking:

Hieroglyphics Canyon 

Lost Goldmine Trail 

Papago Park  - open until 11 p.m.

South Mountain  - open until 11 p.m.

Piestewa Peak  - open until 11 p.m.

Medical Director Mike Janicek, MD, Clinical Manager Sherry Razo and VP/Administrator Kim Post cut the ribbon the dedicate the Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

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Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital dedicated its new Women’s Health and Healing Unit with a ribbon cutting and celebration for staff.

Located on the hospital’s third floor, it provides a comforting environment to support the needs of women receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.

Nursing staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancers and include a dedicated gynecologic oncology-trained Nurse Practitioner, bringing an added layer of care, comfort and expertise to the upgraded and relocated unit.

The Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital was specially decorated to create a warm, soothing environment and designed for enhanced communication among the care team.

“In terms of a medical facility, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is very different and unique. It represents a sanctuary,” says Mike Janicek, MD, medical director of the Women’s Health and Healing Unit and gynecologic oncologist on staff at Arizona Oncology.

“Many of these patients are traumatized and going through a physically and emotionally difficult time,” he explains. “This unit helps with their journey. It’s not as much about the bricks and mortar as it is about the staff and the way they treat patients. The nursing staff, the operating room team – everyone here is phenomenal.”

“It not only has the latest in high-tech equipment, but it’s a very relaxing and comforting place as well. For me and my patients, Thompson Peak Hospital really combines the best of both worlds – the small hospital experience with the medical expertise of a larger facility,” adds Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive surgery – often a major part of the treatment plan in a patient with gynecologic cancer – and is home to the daVinci robotic surgical system, the world’s most technically advanced surgical robot.

And while the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced expertise of the physicians and staff at the hospital are impressive, the calming, patient-friendly atmosphere is also worth noting.

The hospital itself was designed from the patient’s perspective and reflects a new generation of concierge-focused healthcare facilities. Visitors and patients can stroll through the soothing and award-winning healing gardens, shop in the boutique or enjoy works of art created by local artists. Patients can even enjoy a visit from their favorite pet to make them feel more at home and assist in the healing process.

“It truly is the pinnacle of a healing environment. It gives patients such a sense of comfort coming to a place they know and trust,” says Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

Medical Director Mike Janicek, MD, Clinical Manager Sherry Razo and VP/Administrator Kim Post cut the ribbon the dedicate the Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

Women’s cancer unit dedicated at Thomspon Peak Hospital

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital dedicated its new Women’s Health and Healing Unit with a ribbon cutting and celebration for staff.

Located on the hospital’s third floor, it provides a comforting environment to support the needs of women receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.

Nursing staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancers and include a dedicated gynecologic oncology-trained Nurse Practitioner, bringing an added layer of care, comfort and expertise to the upgraded and relocated unit.

The Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital was specially decorated to create a warm, soothing environment and designed for enhanced communication among the care team.

“In terms of a medical facility, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is very different and unique. It represents a sanctuary,” says Mike Janicek, MD, medical director of the Women’s Health and Healing Unit and gynecologic oncologist on staff at Arizona Oncology.

“Many of these patients are traumatized and going through a physically and emotionally difficult time,” he explains. “This unit helps with their journey. It’s not as much about the bricks and mortar as it is about the staff and the way they treat patients. The nursing staff, the operating room team – everyone here is phenomenal.”

“It not only has the latest in high-tech equipment, but it’s a very relaxing and comforting place as well. For me and my patients, Thompson Peak Hospital really combines the best of both worlds – the small hospital experience with the medical expertise of a larger facility,” adds Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive surgery – often a major part of the treatment plan in a patient with gynecologic cancer – and is home to the daVinci robotic surgical system, the world’s most technically advanced surgical robot.

And while the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced expertise of the physicians and staff at the hospital are impressive, the calming, patient-friendly atmosphere is also worth noting.

The hospital itself was designed from the patient’s perspective and reflects a new generation of concierge-focused healthcare facilities. Visitors and patients can stroll through the soothing and award-winning healing gardens, shop in the boutique or enjoy works of art created by local artists. Patients can even enjoy a visit from their favorite pet to make them feel more at home and assist in the healing process.

“It truly is the pinnacle of a healing environment. It gives patients such a sense of comfort coming to a place they know and trust,” says Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

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Nelson Appointed to Boys & Girls Clubs’ board

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Kevin P. Nelson was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.  Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization. The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Michael Tiffany, Managing Partner and Shareholder of Tiffany & Bosco stated, “We are thankful that Kevin is such an active member in an organization that works with children to benefit our entire community. Kevin is a dedicated lawyer and committed to serving our community and his clients.”

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Nelson Appointed to Boys & Girls Clubs' board

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Kevin P. Nelson was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.  Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization. The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Michael Tiffany, Managing Partner and Shareholder of Tiffany & Bosco stated, “We are thankful that Kevin is such an active member in an organization that works with children to benefit our entire community. Kevin is a dedicated lawyer and committed to serving our community and his clients.”

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Bryan Cave Partner Elected NAPABA President

Bryan Cave Partner George Chen has been elected as President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) for the fiscal year 2013-2014. He will be sworn into office on November 9, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. In 2014-2015, he will serve as President and will be sworn into office in November 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ, and in 2015-2016, he will serve as Immediate Past President and will be sworn into office in November 2015 in New Orleans, LA.  Chen has been a member of NAPABA since 1999 holding various positions within the national organization including Treasurer, Vice President for Programs and Operations, and Southwest Regional Governor.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local APA bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

George Chen, an attorney with Bryan Cave since 1999, partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets.  His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters. Chen received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S.E.E. and J.D. from Arizona State University.  He is the co-inventor of 4 patents.

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Scottsdale’s Bell Lexus Brings 95 jobs, Projects $90M in First-Year Sales

A new luxury car dealership on Scottsdale Road south of Loop 101 will open Monday, Sept. 30. Bell Lexus North Scottsdale, a new 103,000-square-foot facility at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard, is expected to employ 95 people. The dealer is projecting $90 million in sales its first year.

“This is a crucial commercial area for Scottsdale’s economic future,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “The new Bell Lexus North Scottsdale anchors an area of vacant land next to the freeway that will see some exciting and important activity in the years ahead.”

City officials expect to see residential, commercial and retail development activity near the new auto dealership in the year ahead.

Bell Lexus made the move from north central Phoenix to this new Scottsdale location to build a state-of-the art facility closer to many of their customers.

“Bell Lexus, Arizona’s original Lexus Dealership, is pleased and excited to be moving to its new facility,” said General Manager Bryant Berge. “Our modern Scottsdale facility features an easily accessible, very convenient location for all our customers to enjoy.

“The city of Scottsdale has truly been a partner in moving this project from paper to reality. They assembled a dedicated team, comprised of economic development and other planning staff, to escort us through every step of the application, site design, planning and the public hearing processes; facilitating the entire process seamlessly. The entire Berge family and development team felt welcomed to the city of Scottsdale from day one,” Berge said.

The new dealership sits on a 30-acre parcel which was auctioned by the Arizona State Land Department in May, 2012.

A ribbon cutting will mark the official opening of the dealership at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, and is open to the public.

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Mariano transitions from White House to children’s health

Although she doesn’t, Dr. Connie Mariano could boast about her title as the first Filipino American in history to receive the rank of Navy Rear Admiral. However, when she reflects on her past, this “first” may not seem quite as significant as another first: “the first patient.” This is how Dr. Mariano, former White House physician, referred to her most important patient: the president of the United States.

Mariano served for nine years as the White House physician under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mariano recently published a captivating book about her experiences at the White House. The memoir, titled “The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents,” is written in such a way that you feel as if you’re sitting down with Mariano herself, listening to stories about her years caring for the most important patients of her medical career.

Since 2001, Mariano has lived and served people here in the Valley. After four years working as a consultant in the Executive Health Care Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Mariano established the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice for CEOs and their families. Framed pictures of Mariano being sworn in as Rear Admiral and posing with Presidents and other world leaders adorn the walls of her medical office, furnished to resemble the West Wing of the White House.

While Mariano has spent her life in innovative service to others, she’s not finished yet. Recently, Mariano was nominated and chosen to sit on the board of directors for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ever since Mariano’s younger sister came close to death at the age of 3 after accidentally ingesting poisonous liquid, Mariano, who played a vital role in saving her sister’s life, has recognized the importance of quality pediatric care.

Now, a mother of two and a stepmother of two, Mariano continues to see the need for excellent pediatric medicine and as a physician who cares for adults, oftent sees the dangerous effects of unhealthy choices that could have been prevented in childhood.

“As a parent, I can definitely see the importance of (pediatric care),” said Mariano. “But also as a physician who believes in preventative medicine, I think if you can give good care in the pediatrics world, get (children) started with good prevention of disease and good health habits, as well as educate the parents, you’ll have a healthier population.”

When discussing what excited her about the board position with PCH, Mariano said, “The most significant thing was to be part of a great team of people who are really going to make a difference in childcare here in the Valley.”

Mariano looks forward to acting as a liaison between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the federal government and using the connections she has in Washington to contribute to the growing institution.

“There’s a reason I’m in this position in my life,” Mariano said. “The best thing to do about it is to touch lives.”

With every life she encounters, Mariano asks, “How can I help that life be better?” As a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mariano will be able to contribute to the betterment of thousands of young lives.

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SimonCRE, One Stop Voice Relocate to Scottsdale

SimonCRE and One Stop Voice, headed by Scottsdale entrepreneur Joshua Simon, moved into a larger office space this month at a location at Scottsdale and Chaparral roads. The new office space more than doubles the square footage giving some much needed breathing room for the expanding businesses. The purposeful timing of the move capitalizes on market conditions of office rental spaces.

According to recently published data, office vacancy has dropped to 21.4 percent in Phoenix. In large part this is due to overall employment increasing, which has created more jobs within companies that need room for growth. During the first quarter of 2013, office rent per square foot was at a six-year low, then changed direction in the second quarter with a 3.1 percent increase. In the third quarter rental rates are expected to continue to climb. Based on the data, it appears that the worst is in the past and that the market is entering a more Landlord-friendly environment. For Tenants, this means that the timing it good to now lock in rental rates with multi-year contracts.

“We paid particular attention to a couple of major factors before pulling the trigger on a larger office space,” explains Simon on the timing of his recent move. “One of those factors was that we wanted to make sure a larger office space was a prudent fiscal decision for both SimonCRE and One Stop Voice. We had the ability to make a move sooner, but waiting until now was a better answer for us. As importantly, we had a clear physical need for more space and amenities.”

The new office space covers more than 4,000 square feet with significant conveniences built-in. In their former location, community spaces were converted into offices because business growth demanded it. Now, the staff has ample room with dedicated space for both SimonCRE and One Stop Voice. A large reception area welcomes guests and comfortable conference room offers dramatic views of Camelback Mountain. The completely remodeled suite is a professional environment that is well-suited to the growing team.

The new address headquarters both Simon companies: SimonCRE and One Stop Voice. SimonCRE is a commercial real estate development firm that caters to regional brands searching to expand their reach. The firm specializes in shopping center development and redevelopment opportunities, as well as build-to-suit and single tenant projects. They have successfully completed projects across the United States. Cloud-based communications systems company One Stop Voice champions VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol communications for corporate clients. Because of the cutting-edge technology offered, the firm has experienced significant growth.

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Tucson Law Firm Launches Phoenix Office at Arcadia Gateway Center

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Zanes Law, a 10-year highly successful firm in Southern Arizona, selected the 90,000-square-foot Arcadia Gateway Center, 4222 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix, for its first office in the Valley.

Serving personal injury clients, the firm is led by Doug Zanes, an Arizona injury lawyer, and Claudia Zanes, the CEO.

“We chose a location that was central enough to serve all areas of the Phoenix community,” said the firm’s CEO Claudia Zanes (non-attorney). 

Arcadia Gateway Center also is the home of Phoenix Seminary, Center for Arizona Policy, Whiting Turner, Reliance Standard Life Insurance, Hormel Foods and Stealth Solar, among others.

Greg Hopley, executive vice president at Colliers International, served as the landlord’s broker. Zanes Law did not have a broker. 

“The Arcadia Gateway Center looks forward to Zanes Law serving as a dynamic new tenant that will bring additional energy and vibrancy to the business center,” Hopley said.

 

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Cancer Center Creates Synergy with Like-Minded Life Savers

Cancer is a scary word.

“The word ‘cancer’ is actually the general name given to some 100-plus diseases from breast to lung to skin cancer, and is when cells in a specific part of the body begin to grow out of control,” said Dr. Daniel Reed, co-founder of Arizona Center for Cancer Care (AZCCC) in Peoria.

While the word itself may be general, those fighting its 100-plus diseases are anything but.

“No two cancer patients are alike – and no two patients’ treatment should be either,” said Dr. Reed, who understands this firsthand as his grandmother fought breast cancer while he was in medical school, inspiring him to go into the field.

Depending on a patient’s needs, he/she may require cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of both. If being treated with a combination, West Valley patients were often required to go to different cancer centers throughout the Northeast and Southeast Valley – sometimes hours away – for regular care. Unsatisfied with West Valley patients’ access to nearby facilities and support services, Dr. Reed partnered with fellow specialists Drs. Christopher Biggs and Terry Lee in 2008 to launch Arizona Center for Cancer Care in Peoria. Their mission, simply put, was to become the future of cancer treatment in Arizona.

“Our multi-specialty treatment center was designed to give us the ability to offer comprehensive cancer care to patients on this side of town – something never done before in this community,” said Dr. Reed.

Upon launching the facility, the group quickly became the first of its kind to offer West Valley patients Brachytherapy, which is an effective, less-invasive treatment for prostate, breast, lung, esophageal, gynecologic and head/neck cancers, among others. They also became the first to invest in and offer Radiosurgery to the area using a state-of-the-art technology called RapidArc® radiation therapy.

“This very precise form of therapeutic radiation uses beams of radiation to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical incision or opening, allows patients to receive treatment in as little as 10 minutes, compared to the several hours it used to take with older technologies like the cyber knife and gamma knife,” said Dr. Reed.

In 2008 the radiation oncologist and team realized they were ready to expand and partnered with prominent medical oncologist Dr. Devinder Singh and his practice, Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology, increasing the practice to 10 physicians and the West Valley’s first comprehensive cancer practice. By 2011, when the Peoria center became Arizona’s only freestanding radiation oncology facility to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation, they had also added gynecological cancer treatment to their growing list of patient services, another first for the West Valley.

Over the past year, two major events have happened:
First, it partnered with Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists (ABCS) and Arizona Radiation Oncology Specialists (AROS) to expand into the Scottsdale and Southeast Valley markets.
Then, thanks in part to relationships with ABCS and AROS, the group joined together to enter into a long-term relationship with Scottsdale Healthcare, wherein AZCCC is now overseeing the Piper Center’s ENTIRE radiation oncology wing and beyond.

Today, the practice in total now boasts 52 physicians, more than 200 employees and 20 partner offices Valleywide as a result.

“We are a cancer center without walls whose services stretch into every inch of this community, offering the West Valley with the best doctors, best treatment technologies and best research in the country,” says Dr. Reed. “Cancer is a disease of survivors – and we want to keep it that way.”

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OB Sports Golf Management Appoints New VP

OB Sports Golf Management announced the appointment of Dale Moseke as new vice president of sales and marketing.  Headquartered in Scottsdale, OB Sports manages more than 45 golf courses nationwide.

Moseke is responsible for continuing to enhance OB Sports’ comprehensive sales and revenue strategies throughout its portfolio.   Previously, Moseke has been responsible for effective revenue management, group sales, digital advertising, public relations and brand development.

Prior to OB Sports, Moseke served as Vice President of Revenue Strategy for Classic Hotels and Resorts and has worked in similar capacities at Station Casinos, KSL Resorts and Aspire, an international marketing, sales and service training organization.

“Dale has delivered impressive, measurable results on behalf of each company in which he has served,” said Phil Green, chief operating officer and principal for OB Sports.  “We are very excited to add Dale to the OB Sports team as he provides enhanced sales, marketing and revenue management support for our golf course operators and owners.  His  unique analytical skills and extensive operational knowledge provide a balanced approach and welcome addition to our sales and marketing objectives.”

Moseke, who holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Arizona,  is active in several industry-related organizations and is a current member of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International where he was recognized as the 2012 Revenue Management Professional of the Year in Arizona.

“It is with great excitement that I begin my career with OB Sports,” said Moseke. “It is an honor to be joining the incredible team at OB Sports, an organization that shares my passion for customer service, strong results and the quality golf experience.”

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Cassidy Turley Completes 69,471 SF Lease for 1st United Door Technologies

Cassidy Turley announced it completed a lease for 69,471 square feet for 1st United Door Technologies, LLC at Geneva Industrial, 1016 W. Geneva Drive in Tempe. Senior Vice President Bruce Calfee and Vice President Josh Wyss, of Cassidy Turley’s Industrial Group, represented the Tenant while Executive Vice Presidents Steve Sayre and Pat Harlan represented the Landlord, CLPF Geneva Industrial, LP (Phoenix).
1st United Door Technologies is a Tempe, Arizona based garage door manufacturer. The company specializes in steel and wood doors for both commercial and residential use. Ownership is comprised of the former owners and senior management of Anozira Door Systems. Since 1982, 1st United Door Technologies has been serving Homebuilders across the Nation with unique and distinctive garage doors that enhance the beauty and value of the Builders homes. With over 150 years of door installation and manufacturing experience, the management team is known for providing innovative and quality products at very competitive prices. The new Geneva Industrial location is part of a company expansion.
Built in 1981, Geneva Industrial is a ±69,471 square-foot, industrial manufacturing building. The property is part of the South Tempe Industrial Corridor and is in close to the I-10 and US-60 Freeways. The building is currently 100 percent leased.

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Celebration Stem Cell Centre Attains Accreditation

Celebration Stem Cell Centre (CSCC), a hybrid public and private umbilical cord blood bank, stem cell contract manufacturer, and stem cell research facility, announced that it has obtained AABB Accreditation, which demonstrates CSCC’s commitment to quality and assures that the highest quality of cellular therapy products are manufactured at CSCC.

The AABB Accreditation process strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The program consists of a comprehensive assessment of the quality and operational systems in place within the facility on the basis of standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents.

“Attainment of the AABB Accreditation reinforces Celebration Stem Cell Centre’s expertise as one of the leading facilities for cord blood stem cell research, processing, and storage.  Additionally, it accentuates our commitment to providing the highest quality cell therapy products” said Sherry Lund, Founder of CSCC.  “This accreditation coupled with the expertise of our Medical Director, Jeffery Schriber, M.D., F.R.C.P. and our new Laboratory Director, Todd R. Flower, Ph.D., we are positioned to expand our services and become one of the leading adult stem cell facilities.”

Dr. Jeffery Schriber has over 20 years of experience in stem cell transplantation. In addition to serving as the CSCC Medical Director, he is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is currently the Medical Director of the Cancer Transplant Institute at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale. He has published extensively in the field and has been involved in numerous research studies in the field of transplantation. He is a past member of the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant board of directors and is a current member of the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation.

Dr. Todd R. Flower has 10 years of experience in stem cells and stem cell banking.  In addition to serving as the Laboratory Director for CSCC he is a former Professor of Biology and Natural and Applied Sciences, served as the Laboratory Director for 2 other stem cell banking and research facilities, and performed numerous research studies.

“Congratulations to Celebration Stem Cell Centre in its steadfast pursuit of the distinguished AABB designation. This accreditation is a testament to CSCC’s ongoing commitment to best practices and excellence within their field of work. We are thrilled to have innovative science and technology firms like CSCC in our community!” said Gilbert, Arizona Mayor John W. Lewis.

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Scottsdale Film Festival Intoduces New Children's Programs

The annual Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for the 13th time on October 4 at Harkins Shea 14 Theaters. The entertainment will continue until October 8.

The festival will showcase local and foreign films, which have not been announced yet. The festival will also introduce a new children’s program that is sponsored by Republic Charities in partnership with Deer Valley Unified School District.

The children’s program will include a live action and animated series of films, curated by the Northe Film Forum’s Seattle International Children’s Film Festival. Your little one can enjoy the theater on October 7 at 10:30 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to experience the wonder of great filmmaking and explore the art form deeper than a major blockbuster,” says Amy Ettinger, Executive Director of the Scottsdale International Film Festival. “Without Republic Charities belief in and support of this program, we wouldn’t be able to give these kids the chance to see the world from the view of their counterparts around the world.”

Children will hop aboard a celluloid magic carpet and take a trip all the way from the Arctic to Mozambique, with stops along the way to see animated sights in Turkey, Germany, France, Argentina, and India, through movies like Bottle, Istanbul, Chinti and much more!

Films are appropriate for all ages. Ticket will become available on September 3. Prices range from $8 to $12.

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Transaction Creates New Partnership at SkySong

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has a new ownership structure after a transaction involving SkySong I and II, a 290,000 square foot, two-building office project located at Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road.

A partnership formed by Holualoa Companies, the ASU Foundation for A New American University, and Plaza Companies has purchased the entirety of the ownership in a transaction that closed on August 26, 2013. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Citigroup.

The same partners will also be starting construction of SkySong III, a third office property in the SkySong project. This new partnership represents a strong and continued collaborative focus on the cohesive technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education platform that positions SkySong tenants with competitive and distinctive advantages for their businesses.

During the period when the transaction was in escrow, leasing activity remained brisk at SkySong I and II, with more than 46,000 square feet of lease renewals and expansions in the past few weeks.

Stanton Shafer, Chief Operating Officer of Holualoa, said the transaction is a sign of the success of the project and the positive impact that SkySong has had on the Scottsdale area and the entire region.

“SkySong has had a tremendous impact on Scottsdale and on the Valley as a whole in aiding and strengthening economic development,” Shafer said. “With this transaction and with the start of construction of SkySong III, the project is truly well-positioned for tenants and companies to advance their business growth and success.”

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., CEO of the ASU Foundation, said the transaction is a sign of significant and ongoing investment into SkySong.

“SkySong has been a tremendous success story for Arizona State University and the ASU Foundation in furthering innovation and technology in Arizona,” he said. “We are now seeing a continued investment into SkySong in the form of this transaction and the start of SkySong III, which will have an even stronger impact on the region.”

More than 1,000 employees and 50 companies are already located on the SkySong property. Completion of SkySong III and IV and the 325-unit apartment property currently under construction will bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to almost 1 million square feet, and bring total invested capital at SkySong to almost $150 million.

“We are excited about moving forward with our new partnership and continuing to build one of the biggest success stories our community has seen over the past few years,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “Existing tenants and prospective tenants both have come to realize the unique value proposition of SkySong. We offer something special that no other project in Arizona — or the entire country — offers.”

CBRE’s Kevin Shannon and Michael Moore in the firm’s Torrance, Calif., office, along with Bob Young, Steve Brabant, Glenn Smigiel and Rick Abraham of the Phoenix office, represented the selling entity. They were assisted by the Lee and Associates leasing team of Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney.

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.

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 76,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. ASU’s 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 contact 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.

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Transaction Creates New Partnership at SkySong

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has a new ownership structure after a transaction involving SkySong I and II, a 290,000 square foot, two-building office project located at Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road.

A partnership formed by Holualoa Companies, the ASU Foundation for A New American University, and Plaza Companies has purchased the entirety of the ownership in a transaction that closed on August 26, 2013. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Citigroup.

The same partners will also be starting construction of SkySong III, a third office property in the SkySong project. This new partnership represents a strong and continued collaborative focus on the cohesive technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education platform that positions SkySong tenants with competitive and distinctive advantages for their businesses.

During the period when the transaction was in escrow, leasing activity remained brisk at SkySong I and II, with more than 46,000 square feet of lease renewals and expansions in the past few weeks.

Stanton Shafer, Chief Operating Officer of Holualoa, said the transaction is a sign of the success of the project and the positive impact that SkySong has had on the Scottsdale area and the entire region.

“SkySong has had a tremendous impact on Scottsdale and on the Valley as a whole in aiding and strengthening economic development,” Shafer said. “With this transaction and with the start of construction of SkySong III, the project is truly well-positioned for tenants and companies to advance their business growth and success.”

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., CEO of the ASU Foundation, said the transaction is a sign of significant and ongoing investment into SkySong.

“SkySong has been a tremendous success story for Arizona State University and the ASU Foundation in furthering innovation and technology in Arizona,” he said. “We are now seeing a continued investment into SkySong in the form of this transaction and the start of SkySong III, which will have an even stronger impact on the region.”

More than 1,000 employees and 50 companies are already located on the SkySong property. Completion of SkySong III and IV and the 325-unit apartment property currently under construction will bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to almost 1 million square feet, and bring total invested capital at SkySong to almost $150 million.

“We are excited about moving forward with our new partnership and continuing to build one of the biggest success stories our community has seen over the past few years,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “Existing tenants and prospective tenants both have come to realize the unique value proposition of SkySong. We offer something special that no other project in Arizona — or the entire country — offers.”

CBRE’s Kevin Shannon and Michael Moore in the firm’s Torrance, Calif., office, along with Bob Young, Steve Brabant, Glenn Smigiel and Rick Abraham of the Phoenix office, represented the selling entity. They were assisted by the Lee and Associates leasing team of Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney.

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.

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 76,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. ASU’s 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 contact 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.

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Taliesin West to start fall tour hours

As fall approaches and cooler weather is on the horizon, head to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. The architecture hotspot was built back in 1937 when Wright began his school for future architects. He took on 23 apprentices and they relocated from Wisconsin to Arizona, where they began constructing Taliesin West. The house was built to mirror the natural beauty of the desert and was even created from mountain boulders and sand from the nearby creek. Wright believed that nature had to be considered before building, and visitors are able to see how the desert and Taliesin West come together through the natural lighting provided by the canvas ceilings and the desert shapes of the architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which is in charge of conservation and public education, runs the daily tours that take visitors around the property and tells the story of the property’s history. While during the summer months Taliesin West was only open limited hours, beginning in September they will be offering a number of tours every day of the week.

Taliesin West’s “Signature Tour” is the 90-minute insights tour, which is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting every hour. The tour takes guests around the grounds of Taliesin West and into the living quarters, offering visitors an intimate look at how Wright lived. Visitors can even sit on the original furniture and step inside Wright’s bedroom.

The Panorama tour is also offered daily at 10:15 and then again at 2:15; the hour long tour looks at how Wright worked to bring the outside in with his architecture. The tour partially focuses on the theater and music pavilion as well as Wright’s personal office.

They also offer two longer tours. The behind the scenes tour, which is offered Monday, Thursday and Saturday, features guest speakers and tours of the house and the grounds that run for three hours. Lastly visitors can take part in the night lights tour, which takes place Friday evenings and runs for two hours; the tour takes visitors around Taliesin West to look at Wright’s use of lighting and how striking the buildings look from the outside during the night.

For more information or to schedule a visit, click here.

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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.

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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.