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Plaza Companies awarded leasing for Arrowhead Medical Plaza II

Plaza Companies has been selected to manage property and construction services for a busy medical office building in Glendale.

American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust II, Inc. (ARC Healthcare) has retained Plaza Companies for its 45,289-square-foot Energy-Star rated property known as Arrowhead Medical Plaza II.  The three-story medical office building is located on the campus of Arrowhead Hospital at 18700 N 64th Dr. in Glendale.  Over the years Arrowhead Hospital has grown from an 84-bed facility to a 217-bed, nationally recognized, full-service acute care hospital.

The on-campus medical office building is located in a high-growth area with immediate access to the 101 Freeway and is poised to benefit from increasing demand for medical services which are expected to surge over the next decade because of the new healthcare laws combined with the rapid growth of the over-65 age bracket. That’s especially true in retiree-heavy Arizona.

ARC Healthcare said they chose Plaza Companies for property management and construction services because of the company’s history and expertise in the medical office field, coupled with its strong local presence in metropolitan Phoenix.

“The Plaza Companies team has the experience and staffing depth needed in this marketplace,” said Sean Leahy, Vice President of Asset Management for New York-based American Realty Capital. “Having previously worked with the team at Plaza on numerous properties over the years, I’m confident they will deliver a high degree of responsiveness to our tenants and ensure the project’s success.”

“We are excited to work with ARC Healthcare on this quality medical office building,” said Sharon Harper, President and CEO of Plaza Companies. “We have helped property owners throughout the area maximize the potential of the buildings they trust in us, and we look forward to doing the same at Arrowhead Medical Plaza II.”

Harper said that the combination of the Plaza Property Management team that will be working on the property will be Dyanna Bentley, Jeanette Socaciu and Ed Slye.

“They each bring expertise and professionalism to each project,” she said. “They are a perfect fit for Arrowhead and will ensure it is a top-notch medical facility in this ever-changing Phoenix medical marketplace.”

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Online advertising co-op signs lease at SkySong 3

An advertising innovator changing the way companies advertise online will set up shop at SkySong 3 early next year.

The company, adhesive.co, is relocating from east Indian School Road and will begin its five-year lease at SkySong on January 1, 2015. The layout of the space will be in line with the online ad company’s philosophy of a creative and collaborative environment.

The performance display online advertising company—where they like to say “the geeks are in charge”—helps drive incremental business for clients and is regarded as an industry leader with a fresh approach to online advertising. The adhesive team turns pages of code into advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers.

With the leasing agreement, adhesive.co’s presence at SkySong will help enhance its brand and a perfect fit for its collaborative environment.

“The innovative environment at SkySong will become even more dynamic with the addition of adhesive,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the developer of the project. “They are online ad innovators and model collaborators who represent the best in entrepreneurial striving. We are thrilled they decided to come to SkySong, where their unique view of the world will be welcomed with open arms.”

Chad Little, one of the adhesive.co founders alongside Patrick Schwind, said: “Serial entrepreneurialism needs the right place to grow and prosper. Fortunately for Patrick and I, and our clients, we have found that place—SkySong. It’s the perfect fit for our approach, for who we are and for what adhesive is all about. We can’t wait to move in and meet our new neighbors and potential collaborators.”

The addition of adhesive.co is the latest addition to the growing SkySong project, which recently saw the completion of the SkySong Apartments and is nearing the completion of SkySong 3, the third office building at the property. With the adhesive.co lease, SkySong 3 is now at 88 percent leasing occupancy even before opening its doors. Leasing is currently ongoing for SkySong 4, the next office building at the project, with construction anticipated to begin by the end of 2014.

Mark Seale of Cassidy Turley was the leasing agent handling the transaction for adhesive.co. The Lee & Associates team of Craig Coppola, Andrew Cheney and Gregg Kafka represented the SkySong ownership group.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

• Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
• Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
• Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
• Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

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Theranos leases 20KSF at SkySong 3

A major consumer healthcare innovator shaping the future of lab testing will plant a significant flag at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Theranos, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has leased a 20,000-square-foot wing at SkySong 3, making it one of the largest tenants in the entire SkySong project. Beating all expectations, SkySong 3 is now over 80% leased as it nears its opening later this summer.

The move by Theranos means hundreds of jobs will be created at SkySong in the short term, with that figure increasing significantly as the company continues to grow.

Founded in 2003 by Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos is working to shape the future of lab testing and the way health information is collected, analyzed, and communicated. Theranos, in the words of one media outlet, “could turn the diagnostics industry upside down” and has the potential to save Arizona taxpayers $1.3 billion dollars over the next decade. Their service provides Phoenix-area consumers with convenient access to less invasive and more affordable clinician-directed lab testing from blood samples as small as a few drops collected from a tiny finger stick. Theranos has a national partnership with Walgreens and has been rolling out its Wellness Centers inside Walgreens stores across the U.S., including 25 locations and counting in central Arizona.

With its SkySong agreement, Theranos is expanding its footprint in the Valley. The company currently has an office in Kierland, and its signature presence at SkySong is the perfect fit for its rapidly growing entrepreneurial endeavor. CBRE acted as the company’s commercial real estate agent.

Sunny Balwani, President & COO of Theranos, said the company was drawn to SkySong because of its growing reputation as a center of innovation and technology.

“The Phoenix-area community’s reception to our company has been excellent,” Balwani said. “Our commitment to innovation will create hundreds of new jobs and positively impact Arizona over the coming months and years. The SkySong center is an ideal fit for our company, and we are excited to be a part of the project.”

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project, said that Theranos is exactly the kind of company that will not only grow and thrive at SkySong, but will further the project’s mission as a home to innovation and entrepreneurship.

“You really could not ask for a better match in terms of innovative culture,” Harper said. “Elizabeth Holmes is the epitome of the word “entrepreneur”. She has a true passion to change the way laboratory testing is done and could change the way we detect and treat disease. We are thrilled to have Theranos become part of the SkySong family and we know that they will feel right at home in our innovative setting.”

With SkySong 3 approaching full occupancy, leasing is now well underway for SkySong 4.  The four-story, 150,000 SF building which will front Scottsdale Road south of SkySong Boulevard, is scheduled to break ground in late 2014.  Along with SkySong 3 and 4, the SkySong development team is now leasing a planned 10,500 square foot retail building to be built on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and SkySong Boulevard. It’s part of the overall mixed-use vision for SkySong, which will include 1.2 million square feet of development when completed.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

• Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
• Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
• Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
• Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

Sharon Harper Awarded Counselors of Real Estate Credential

Sharon Harper, CEO of Plaza Companies

Sharon Harper, CEO of Plaza Companies

Plaza Companies President & CEO Sharon Harper earned another important title to add to an already impressive array of them: Counselor of Real Estate.

Harper has been awarded the prestigious CRE (Counselor of Real Estate) credential by The Counselors of Real Estate, an international group comprising high profile real estate practitioners who provide expert advisory services to clients on complex real property and land-related matters.  The credential award was announced by the group and will be bestowed at an annual conference in October held by The Counselors, which will take place in Boston.

Harper’s forward-thinking commitment has helped make Plaza one of the premier real estate firms in Arizona and has earned her and Plaza respect throughout the industry and across the country. She has also been honored recently as the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Most Admired Leader” by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2013. Before that, in 2012, she was named as one of the “50 Most Influential Women” by Arizona Business Magazine. Through her leadership, Plaza Companies has been honored as one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2011 by Arizona Business Magazine.

The CRE credential is awarded exclusively to those invited by their peers into the membership of The Counselors of Real Estate. The credential declares an advisor’s status as one of the most trusted professionals in the field of real estate and demonstrates peer recognition of outstanding intelligence, problem-solving ability, integrity and judgment in real estate.

“It is a huge honor to now be a part of a community of deep expertise, limitless talent, and warm camaraderie,” Harper said. “I look forward to serving as a key resource and serving with the standard of integrity, honesty and reliability that comes with being a Counselor of Real Estate. I would like to thank The Counselors of Real Estate for recognizing me for this honor, which I will use to elevate the real estate industry and take an even more active role in addressing the issues affecting it.”

Of the over 150,000 practitioners in commercial real estate today, fewer than 1,200 have been awarded the CRE credential.  The Counselors of Real Estate, established in 1953 and headquartered in Chicago, is an international professional organization whose members provide objective, reliable advice and counsel on matters affecting all forms of real property in the U.S. and abroad. Members include ranking representatives of real estate consulting, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of Wall Street, government and academia.

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SkySong creates outdoor work environment

Sometimes, a little fresh air is all it takes to get the creative ideas and innovation flowing.

So, as part of efforts to enhance an already exceptional work environment, SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has created a new “Outdoor Living Room” work environment where employees working at the project can collaborate and conduct business while enjoying Arizona’s weather and scenic beauty.

The Outdoor Living Room space is the first of its kind in the Valley of the Sun, and includes a combination of stunning furniture and public spaces along with the wifi connectivity and power supply necessary for working in the 21st Century business world.

And the outdoor spaces will be expanded and enhanced in the coming months to prepare for the opening of SkySong 3 and other new features in the project.

The Outdoor Living Room includes comfortable chairs from renowned architect and designer Frank Gehry’s collection as well as high-top seating for meetings and collaboration. Hayes Architecture + Interiors is leading the project from a design standpoint, with the goal of creating a truly unique environment for interactive work and brainstorming.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of SkySong, said the Outdoor Living Room spaces are part of the spirit of collaboration that has defined the project from Day 1.

“We are very proud of the work environment we have created for the companies at SkySong, where they can come together and make the most of technology to grow and enhance their businesses,” she said. “We heard from many people working at SkySong each day that they wanted more opportunities to interact with other professionals in the project, and we thought that creating inviting outdoor amenities was a great way of meeting that need for the companies working there.”

SkySong has already added food trucks on the fourth Thursday of each month as well as a First Friday trolley service into Old Town Scottsdale. These new additions will culminate with the opening of SkySong 3, scheduled to take place this summer.

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.

outdoor-living-room-plansCompanies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of 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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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
President
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager
Intel

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Attorney
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
President
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
President
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
President
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
President
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
President
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
CEO
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
Mayor
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
CEO
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Mayor
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Partner
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
Mayor
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Mayor
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Mayor
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Mayor
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
Mayor
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
President
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President
Abengoa

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
Mayor
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Councilmember
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
Mayor
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
Councilmember
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
President
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
Power-One

Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
President
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise

GENERAL COUNSEL
Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

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Harper wins national economic development award

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council today announced that Plaza Companies President and CEO Sharon Harper has won a citizen leadership award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The Citizen Leadership Award, part of the IEDC’s annual award series, is presented to a community or business leader who has been involved in economic development for at least 10 years.

Harper has been a board director at GPEC since it was founded in 1989. She was chairwoman of the board in FY2003 and has co-chaired GPEC’s International Council since it commenced in 2007. To date, one of her biggest accomplishments was her partnership with Arizona State University to open SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. Since its 2007 inception, SkySong has generated an economic impact of more than $460 million for the region.

“Sharon was selected for this award because she is a stellar business and community leader,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “I’m honored to have her longstanding leadership on GPEC’s Board of Directors and applaud her multifaceted efforts to improve the Greater Phoenix region.”

“The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has been front and center, leading job creation and business growth in the state of Arizona, and our communities and our residents benefit dramatically,” Harper said. “It has been such an honor to be a part of the economic engine that has supported the lifestyle, the educational opportunities and the job growth opportunities for today and for the future.”

Plaza Companies is a nationally-recognized real estate development, investment and management firm. Harper is active throughout the Greater Phoenix community, also serving on the board of directors for Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Banner Health Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation, among others. She has been on GPEC’s board of directors for nearly 25 years and is the only founding board director to still serve.

GPEC also received a 2013 IEDC award for its monthly eNewsletter, GPEC Connection, which received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development award.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” IEDC Chairman Paul Krutko said. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.  The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for GPEC’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”

GPEC Connection is sent to more than1,600 individuals and stakeholders. The eNewsletter keeps readers informed about recent news relating to GPEC, lists upcoming GPEC events and includes articles highlighting regional advancement and spotlighting a regional municipality.  It also meets contractual obligations with GPEC’s member communities to report the previous month’s prospect and locate activity.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

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Construction Set To Begin on 3rd SkySong Building

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

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

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Plaza Companies Seeing Strong 2013 Thanks To Expanded Brokerage Services Team, New Properties

 

Plaza Companies is capitalizing on its expanded Brokerage Services Team and a significant expansion of its medical office and commercial portfolio by posting strong numbers for 2013 so far.

The company’s Brokerage Services team has closed leasing deals comprising 155,220 total SF so far in 2013, a strong showing despite continued challenges in the commercial and medical real estate markets. The total value of the transactions so far in 2013 is $12.5M.

The primary focus of Plaza’s leasing activity was medical office space, but the company also expanded its business development in commercial office, research and biotechnology and other key sectors.

The company also added several major properties to its leasing and property management portfolio, including 900,000 SF in new listings in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and the West Valley.

The strong numbers are a direct result of the expansion several months ago of Plaza’s Brokerage Services Team, which includes by Megan Sherwood, Executive Vice President; Aaron Kuhl, Senior Vice President; Perry Gabuzzi, Michael Morton, Howard Schwiebert and Margaret Lloyd, all Vice Presidents; and Daniel Schwiebert, Associate. This team procured $3.5M in lease deals in July alone.

“We are pleased with the results we have achieved so far in 2013 thanks to the expanded Plaza brokerage team and the synergy and bench strength they have created,” said Sharon Harper, President and CEO of Plaza Companies. “Their work as a team has positively impacted all of our listings, increased the number of inquiries into our portfolio substantially, and created a significant amount of leasing momentum.”

The year so far has been highlighted by the addition of more than two dozen new properties to the Plaza portfolio, which has expanded the company’s reach dramatically. Some of the more significant leasing transactions so far this year include:

>> A new lease with Dr. Nandidi Sharma to expand her practice to Rancho Santa Fe Center in Avondale. Megan Sherwood and Perry Gabuzzi oversaw the transaction for Plaza Companies.

>> Naturopathic Health Associates expanded into new space at The Park on Camelback. Aaron Kuhl and Michael Morton handled the transaction for Plaza Companies.

>> Dr. James and Vicki Sherman sold their building at San Rafael Medical Center in Tucson to Jorge Alvarez, DDS. Howard Schwiebert oversaw the transaction for Plaza Companies.

>> Heart and Vascular Center signed a new lease at Banner Estrella Medical Plaza. Margaret Lloyd handled the transaction for Plaza Companies.

Plaza also continues to enjoy strong occupancy at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Center, which is being developed by Plaza and leased by Lee & Associates. Construction is scheduled to begin soon on the third commercial office building at SkySong.

“We believe the company is well positioned for the future and prepared to take advantage of the recovery in the medical office and commercial markets,” Harper said. “We are proud of the team that has been assembled at Plaza Companies and their capabilities in serving our property owners, tenants and business partners.”

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SkySong hosts part of Innovation Summit

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will host one of the largest events in its history on Tuesday night as more than 900 people dine under the project’s iconic shade structure as part of ASU’s Education Innovation Summit.

The dinner at SkySong will feature two prominent speakers:

• “Above the Crowd with Bill Gurley,” a venture capital investor who was responsible for the launch of companies such as Amazon, OpenTable and Uber

• “Play It Smart, A Conversation About Making a Difference” with Former 49er & Super Bowl champ Ronnie Lott

More than 6,000 people visit SkySong every month for special events and to experience the project’s vibrancy and focus on innovation and technology. However, this dinner will be one of the largest events ever hosted at SkySong and the first time a large dinner has been hosted under the shade structure.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and is preceded by a reception and several other activities at SkySong related to the conference.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the event is truly a showcase of how SkySong is having an extraordinary influence in the Valley’s business environment.

“This is an example of how SkySong can showcase the synergy of technology and innovation it provides through a major event celebrating those principles,” Harper said. “SkySong is a true destination for entrepreneurship and advanced thinking when it comes to business, and we are proud to be able to host this exceptional event for the ASU Education Innovation Summit attendees.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of the project in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale.

Along with the vibrant activity by the more than 1,000 employees and 50 companies on the SkySong property, work continues on pre-leasing SkySong III and SkySong IV, the next two office towers to be built at the project. The two buildings would include approximately 300,000 square feet of new development, and combined with SkySong I and II and the apartments, would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

•    Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
•    Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
•    Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
•    Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 70,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong. More than 16,000 students are pursuing degrees in engineering, science and mathematics fields, and ASU made $343 million in research expenditures in FY10, placing it among the top 20 research universities that do not have a medical school.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

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

Anthem Medical Plaza is a 50,000 SF medical office center in Anthem that was developed by Plaza Companies. Plaza provides leasing and property management services for the project.

Plaza Companies Closes Strong Year With $25.7M in New Leases

 

Plaza Companies closed out strong in 2012 with more than $25.7M in new leasing activity at its properties.

The leasing activity included a total of 125 new and renewed leases comprising 285,700 SF, a strong showing despite the continued challenges in the commercial and medical real estate markets.

The primary focus of Plaza’s leasing activity was medical office space, but the company also expanded its business development in commercial office, research and biotechnology and other key sectors.

The company also added several major properties to its leasing and property management portfolio, including new listings in the West Valley, Tempe, central Phoenix and Scottsdale markets.

The Plaza leasing team is led by Margaret Lloyd and Melynn Wakeman, who are the company’s vice presidents of Brokerage Services.

“Plaza is proud to complete a solid year for our leasing portfolio,” said Sharon Harper, President and CEO of Plaza Companies.  “It was our 30th anniversary year, and 2012 was a great one for positioning our company for the future. As market conditions continue to improve, we are excited about the opportunities that are in front of us in 2013.

“We want to congratulate our leasing team for their hard work and great results in 2012, and we especially want to recognize and thank the medical and office brokers throughout the community who have worked with Plaza Companies this last year to service tenants and buildings. Plaza Companies and our team salute you.”

Plaza was also involved in several important new ventures, including BioInspire, a medical device incubator on the Plaza Del Rio Campus in Peoria built in partnership with BioAccel and the City of Peoria.

It also continued to enjoy strong occupancy at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Center, which is being developed by Plaza and leased by Lee & Associates. Construction began in August on the new apartments at SkySong.

“Plaza Companies will always seek out strategic partnerships and growth opportunities in a variety of sectors of the real estate market,” Harper said. “We appreciate the trust that our business partners have had in us over the years and are excited about the opportunities we’re starting to see in the market as a whole.”

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Plaza Companies’ Harper honored for philanthropy

Sharon Harper, president and CEO of The Plaza Companies, will join other Arizona leaders in being honored for their excellence in philanthropy at the 28th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Arizona Chapter Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner. The signature event will be held Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Harper is being recognized for her excellence as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 2012. She has served with numerous organizations in the Valley including Banner Health, AZ Community Foundation, and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

The annual awards ceremony and event serve to recognize and celebrate Arizona’s finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations, and media who serve our community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity. This year’s event is particularly significant as the President and CEO of AFP International, Andrew Watt, will be attending as a special guest.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrew Watt this year,” says Mark Walker, AFP Greater AZ Chapter President. “I have worked with Andrew for over 10 years on AFP’s International Committee, so it’s terrific to have him here representing the global nature of this event.”

In addition to Harper, this year’s event honorees include Frys for Outstanding Corporation, Carlos Galindo-Elvira from Valle del Sol for Outstanding Fundraising Executive, and John and Dee Whiteman for Outstanding Philanthropists.

“Decisions about how to use discretionary time, talent, and treasury to assist those in need are strategic decisions that impact our community. The people and companies honored at the Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner have gone above and beyond to make that difference,” says Event Co-Chair, Jackie Palmenberg, CFRE.

To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, visit http://afpgreateraz.afpnet.org/.

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Plaza Companies Boosts Leasing Numbers With $6.7M In New Deals

Plaza Companies enjoyed a strong second quarter of leasing activity while also enhancing its leasing team in the process.

The company signed a total of $6.7M in new leases in 2Q 2012, with a total of 35 lease transactions representing 88,000 SF.

The strong activity came as Plaza also took steps to enhance its leasing team. Margaret Lloyd has been promoted to a Vice President Brokerage Services position, and Melynn Wakeman has joined the Plaza team as Vice President Brokerage services.

Wakeman comes to Plaza after serving as the Manager of Network Real Estate Leasing and Property Management for John C. Lincoln Health Network, where she managed all components of the corporate real estate department including leasing transactions, property management, operations and tenant improvement projects.

Additionally, Carol Kleinberg joined Plaza earlier in the second quarter as Director of Strategic Alliances and her efforts strengthen the depth of the Leasing and Property Management Divisions. Kleinberg and the rest of the Plaza team including Howard Schweibert, Senior Portfolio Manager and Leasing Specialist; Scott Rubin, Senior Portfolio Manager, together successfully impacted the portfolio.

Some of the highlighted properties include:

  • Plaza Companies represented Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Centers (AKDHC) in a new lease transaction for space in The Financial Center building in Phoenix. AKDHC signed a seven-year agreement for a 11,696 SF space at the center.
  • Paul Marischen, D.D.S. leased 1,100 SF at Plaza del Rio Dental Arts Plaza located within the Plaza del Rio medical campus.
  • Plaza Town Center signed 2,300 SF of retail-related leases.
  • Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona signed a lease for 1,658 SF at Boswell Medical Plaza in Sun City.
  • Vibrant Care Outpatient Rehabilitation Center renewed their lease on a 2,833 SF space in Palm Valley Medical Plaza in Goodyear.
  • Mendoza Medical LLC signed a new lease for a 1,572 SF space in Desert Life Medical in Tucson.
  • Sonoran Heart Institute signed a new lease for a 3,383 SF space at Baptist Medical Plaza in Phoenix.
  • Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology expanded their space at Banner Estrella Medical Plaza with a new lease for an additional 2,117 SF in Phoenix.

“We were pleased to have enjoyed a very strong second quarter of leasing activity, while at the same time taking steps to further enhance our leasing team,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies.

“The addition of Melynn and Carol, combined with the promotion of Margaret Lloyd to Vice President Brokerage Services, creates a formidable leasing team for our company that will lead to increased leasing activity well into the future.”

For more information on Plaza Companies, visit www.theplazaco.com.

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Plaza Companies Expands And Strengthens Leasing Services With New Team Member

Plaza Companies has added a seasoned real estate professional to its leasing services team to expand the company’s depth and expertise.

Melynn Wakeman joins the Plaza team as vice president of Brokerage Services, and will be responsible for commercial real estate transactions as a Landlord Representative. She will perform market analysis, landlord monthly reports, marketing plans and assists in capital budgeting for a multitude of properties. She will also negotiate lease renewals, expansions and relocations.

Prior to joining Plaza Companies, Wakeman was manager, Network Real estate Leasing & Property Management for John C. Lincoln Health Network, director for Edge Commercial Real Estate Advisors and served as manager of the Pulmonary Services Division for Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale.

She also served as associate vice president for GPE Commercial Advisors, participating in a three-person medical office leasing team.  During that time she participated in a medical brokerage team with a focus on tenant representation.

Wakeman graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors of Science and is affiliated with many respectable local Boards such as the American Association for Respiratory Care, Arizona Society for Respiratory Care, Coalition of a Smoke Free State, Corenet Global Desert Mountain Chapter, and Toastmasters.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the addition of Wakeman will only solidify Plaza’s reputation for providing the best in leasing and sales services.

“Melynn has a very successful track record in the commercial real estate industry, and specifically in the medical real estate,” she said. “Her background in leasing, sales, and tenant representation will be a crucial asset to Plaza Companies as we continue to expand our presence in the statewide marketplace.”

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to further my career by joining such a well-established company within the commercial real estate business,” Wakeman said. “The Plaza team already has a robust portfolio and I am very much looking forward to working with and contributing to the team.”

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Plaza Companies Bolsters Business Development With New Team Member

Plaza Companies continues its organizational growth with a newly announced team member to provide additional depth to the expanding leasing and management divisions and to spearhead business development for the company.

Carol Kleinberg, RPA, joins Plaza Companies as director of strategic alliances.  Kleinberg will be assessing marketing opportunities and target markets, gathering intelligence, and helping generate/secure leads and provide for property management, leasing services, and construction management contracts for Plaza Companies.

With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Kleinberg had previously worked with McCarthy Cook, Transwestern, SPV Real Estate Services, and Trammel Crow.

A few of Kleinberg’s career highlights include:

  • Leases Procured: Total 2 MSF valued at $175M (Office, Retail, MOB, Mixed-use & Industrial)
  • Sales Procured: Total $160M (Office Projects, Shell Industrial Condos & Buildings, and Land)
  • Managed Property: Total 3.5 MSF valued at $500M (Office, Retail, MOB, Mixed-use & Industrial)
  • Ground-up Development: Total 700,000 SF valued at $65M (Office & Industrial)
  • Capital Improvements: Total $50M, Tenant & Building Improvements

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said that this position is structured to maximize Plaza Companies’ existing reputation, assets, and talent through a very focused approach.

“Carol brings an impressive background in real estate to our team, and we are thrilled to add an individual with strengths in leasing and sales, asset, property & business management, and commercial development,” she said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to take advantage of her skillsets in order to serve our clients and tenants.”

“My career has been about accepting and tackling challenges, and creating value in all types of commercial real estate,” Kleinberg said. “I thrive on the basis of team work and am excited to perform with Plaza Companies in leasing, property management and development.”

For more information on Plaza Companies, visit their website at www.theplazaco.com.

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Plaza Companies: Strong 3Q And More Than $8M In New Leases

Plaza Companies’ leasing team generated more than $8M in new and renewal leases in 3Q 2011.

The third quarter included 40 lease transactions totaling 88,000 SF throughout Plaza’s leasing communities in the West Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson.

The Plaza leasing team members involved with the 40 leases were Plaza Leasing Specialists Megan Sherwood, Bettina Hunt and Margaret Lloyd. Together, the leases and the company’s overall track record solidified Plaza’s place among the top 20 leasing firms in the Valley.

Some of the larger leases included:

  • Sonoran Life Solutions renewed and expanded their lease for 2,373 SF of space at Plaza Del Rio Medical Center II in Peoria.
  • Banner Medical Group committed to a 5-year lease at Thunderbird Medical in Glendale.
  • Najeet Gandhok, M.D. and David Kahn, M.D., of Sonoran Hematology, renewed and expanded their lease for 4,459 SF at Boswell West Medical Plaza in Sun City.
  • Family Practice Associates signed a lease for 3,538 SF of space in Paseo Medical and Dental in Glendale.
  • Heartland Health Therapy signed a 5-year lease at Estrella Medical Plaza in Phoenix.
  • Maryvale Pediatric Specialists signed a five-year lease for 3,317 SF at Rancho Santa Fe Center in Avondale.
  • George T. Christakos, DDS of Christakos Family Dentistry renewed their lease of 2,300 SF at Princess Medical Center in Scottsdale.
  • Darren Flowers, M.D. committed to an 8-year lease at Anthem Medical Plaza.

“We are pleased about the ongoing success on the leasing front, thanks to the focus by Plaza Companies team and their influence in the local commercial real estate industry,” says Sharon Harper, president & CEO of Plaza Companies. “This level of success really shows the expertise, depth of resources and reach our entire leasing team brings to each transaction.”

For more information on the Plaza Companies, visit plazano.com.

Sharon Harper, president and CEO, Plaza Companies - AZ Business Magazine February 2010

CEO Series: Sharon Harper

CEO Series: Sharon Harper


Sharon Harper
President and CEO, Plaza Companies


Assess the current state of commercial real estate development in the Valley.
The commercial office sector is being impacted significantly. Vacancies are on the rise, rental rates are going down. In addition to all those statistics there is also kind of a shadow vacancy factor in place, in that companies are downsizing and subleasing their space or not occupying that space. And so all of that does have impact. There’s been negative absorption for some seven quarters in our region and probably more to come. So it has forced the industry to do a number of things. First and foremost, there’s no new construction really underway, so that’s going to have some impact. Secondly, building and business owners have had to adjust the way that they do business, and certainly in the case of Plaza Companies we have so that we can maintain a competitive edge for our buildings, for our tenants, for our investors. An example of this is that we are very focused on maintaining our buildings; we want them to be in excellent condition. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make our buildings competitive. We’re working with our tenants, making sure that the buildings are clean and safe and accessible and beautiful and wayfinding is well-organized, and doing what we can to enhance their businesses. We are an owner and a property manager who is so hands-on, really thinking about the tenant, how their business is doing, how they are faring, as well as how we are performing for our investors and our owners and the facility itself. That makes a difference. There’s a concerted focus and effort and it’s my thought with our company we go above and beyond in every way we can, and it’s made a difference. Our buildings are doing quite well because of it.

What do you foresee for commercial real estate in 2010?
I think 2010 is going to be another year of flat rates, if not a reduction in rental rates. I think there will be increased vacancies. I think that a number of building owners are having difficulties with their financing and with their loans. As these shorter-term loans come due, it’s going to have an impact on the marketplace. And finally and most important in this marketplace is the owner’s ability to provide tenant improvement dollars to attract a tenant. Many owners cannot do that. And so tenants are, I think for the first time in my history in this industry, tenants are looking to the credibility and the substance of the building owner. Can they keep the buildings up? Can they provide the tenant improvements? Can they keep the promises? Can they keep the lights on? Tenants care about that. And that’s very important right now, more so than ever … and the second part of it is that some substantial companies have had problems performing on their loans and on their buildings and that’s been very unnerving for tenants. They want to know that there are building owners and managers that have credibility, integrity and are going to see the project through, and that gives a competitive advantage and we’ve certainly seen that here at Plaza.
Plaza Companies specializes in health care construction.

What difference did that make during the recession when compared to other commercial real estate developers?
Plaza Companies actually is focused on three specific areas of business. One is medical office/health care, the other is seniors housing and the third is bioscience and biotechnology. And it was in 2005, in a company retreat with the top leaders here at Plaza, that we made a concerted effort to broaden the base of where we are involved in business. We wanted to have certain unique sectors that are related to one another, yet provide it a bit of diversification for us. In addition to that, on our service lines we have grown our facilities’ property-asset management divisions, our leasing department, and our construction division. So we have diversification at that line, as well. And I can tell you that diversification has made a significant difference, and I am most appreciative that several years ago, when no one would have projected what is going on now, our company set the stage for sustainability during these difficult times. And that has made a difference.
Secondly, the sectors that we are involved in have ridden the storm a little bit better than others. They’re very dependent upon demographics, and not just the growth of demographics but aging, as well, and also the whole notion of innovation, research and science. All of that ties together and these are growth, with a small ‘g,’ industries right now.

What strategies did Plaza Companies implement to ride out the recession and how is it repositioning itself for the recovery?

Once again, we readjusted and repositioned our company in 2005, and started to grow foundationally a diversification program and that has paid off significantly for the company. I think that our strategy has stayed the same, our focus is the same; we’ve never deviated from the core principles of our business. But we’ve all worked harder in this company, as well. People are stepping up in all of the divisions here at Plaza Companies, doing what they can because it is more difficult and it is harder to achieve the same goal than it was just a couple of years ago. And so we’re focused, we’re diligent, we’re careful, we’re all working harder, and we are in sync here jointly with the management and all of the employees of the company.

What skills do C-level executives in commercial real estate development need to acquire or cultivate in order to succeed in these difficult times?
I think the traits that a CEO needs to have in difficult times are the very same traits in all times. I think that it’s important to have a vision and to be able to articulate that vision and to inspire and excite people that are going to help carry that vision out, and that’s really what I’ve tried to do here at Plaza. And it’s not just me, but it’s other senior managers here at Plaza.We understand what we’re trying to accomplish. We are so committed to carry through and being accountable for what we commit to do, and we need to be inspired and we need to inspire others to do that.And we also need to be very realistic about the realities of the world, and we have to have high expectations for performance and for people. And more so than ever, the core values of the company need to be part and parcel to everything that we do.

Vital Stats

  • Co-founded the company in 1982 with Dr. Harold Gries
  • Recipient of the 2007 Sandra Day and John O’Connor Award for outstanding community service
  • Is a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the board of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation and the Banner Health Foundation, and past chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
  • Served on the finance committee of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign
  • Received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from Creighton University in Omaha
  • www.theplazaco.com

 

Arizona Business Magazine February 2010