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

Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giffords Will Share Inspiring Story in Scottsdale

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

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

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

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

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

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Paddock Pools Relocating Corporate Headquarters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quayle elected to TGen Foundation Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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itelligence partners with Optima ECM Consulting

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

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

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

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

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

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Equity Crowdfunding Rules Approved by SEC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Neon Night Envy Run kicks off Scottsdale Super Expo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as 'Home for the Holidays'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as ‘Home for the Holidays’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CVB Markets Scottsdale as 'Home for the Holidays'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vintage Market Returns to Scottsdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Parsons Acquires Scottsdale-based Martz Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Capstone Mortgage Launches in Phoenix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

True Music Festival

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

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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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.

True Music Festival

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

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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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.

True Music Festival

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

When: December 14, 2013

Web: truemusicfestival.com

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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.

True Music Festival

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.

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.

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.