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Sedona No. 13 among Top 25 U.S. Destinations

Sedona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 “Top 25 Destinations in the United States.” Coming in at No. 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers to the area.

“Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.” –TripAdvisor

“On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, it is great honor to be placed on the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 Top 25 Destinations in the United States. As the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor assists visitors in gathering travel information, posting travel reviews and engaging in interactive travel forums. This powerful web-based company boasts 200 million unique monthly visitors and over 100 million reviews and opinions. We are honored that world travelers voted Sedona as one of the best destinations to visit in the US,” says Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

The top 25 destinations include: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington DC; Boston, Los Angles, Honolulu, New Orleans, Seattle, Miami, Sedona, Savannah, Charleston, Napa, San Antonio, Lahaina, Portland, Philadelphia, Myrtle Beach, Kailua Kona, Palm Springs, Naples, and Houston.

In addition to Sedona’s superb positioning, beautiful Adobe Grand Villas has been ranked No. 3 out of 25 on the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 “Top 25 Small Hotels” list; as well as #5 on the “25 Most Romantic Hotels in the United States”. “We have such great guests, who become friends rather than just customers. We have a very high return rate due to our staff treating each guest as they are the only ones, even if it’s a full house. The villas are designed to create an intimate experience. Fires places are located in each room as well as by the Jacuzzi tub. Couples can also memorialize their special stay or occasion on our unique Love Lock fence. Call to create a special romantic stay, from flowers, couples massages, to a private dinner prepared special by Michael Merilli.”

Sheryl Hildebrand - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – Partner, Deloitte

Hildebrand is Deloitte’s Phoenix leader for its Enterprise Risk Advisory Services practice. She previously held similar roles in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Hildebrand leads a team of 40 professionals providing internal audit, IT auditing, enterprise risk management and finance process improvement services.

Surprising fact: “On sunny weekends, you can find me on the back seat of a Harley — in desert mountain ranges near Phoenix or forested highways of Washington state, traveling with the wind in my hair.”

Biggest challenge: “Being asked to uproot and move my family and my practice two times to take on business growth and leadership responsibilities in new locations. Network, network, network.”

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HomeSmart International Continues Market Share Growth

Real estate firm HomeSmart International recently opened its newest franchise in Seattle, Washington. The nationwide company based in Phoenix, Arizona began franchising in 2011, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. Recently ranked as the number one real estate company in the Southwest, HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States.

Seattle franchise owner Teri Jones has more than 22 years of experience in the real estate business. Jones felt that affiliating with HomeSmart International was the best way to take her business to the next level. The franchise operates as HomeSmart Real Estate Associates.

“I am excited to be a part of HomeSmart and very encouraged with the company’s tools and commitment to their agents and clients,” said Jones. “I feel confident with the company’s reputation for advanced technologies and that we will continue to grow and assist brokers with the tools needed to grow the business in a more efficient and professional way.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also puts its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing them to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

“Some of the world’s best companies are based in Seattle; Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks to name three. Each is known for their innovation, operational excellence and customer service,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “We are proud to now be among those successful businesses. Teri brings decades of experience along with a youthful, innovative team. Armed with the technology and systems HomeSmart provides, she will bring a tremendous environment to all agents in Seattle and the surrounding communities.”

HomeSmart currently has offices throughout eight states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.