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Greg Warren, GregWarrenComedy.com

Comedian Greg Warren was a trained journalist, wrestler

St. Louis native Greg Warren studied journalism and was an All-American wrestler before switching to comedy as a career. Warren has appeared on several comedy shows and specials, including “Comedy Central Presents,” “The Late Late Show” and “Last Comic Standing.” In addition to television, Warren has also released comedy albums, toured the country doing stand-up and appeared on several radio comedy shows.

Warren will be performing at House of Comedy, located at 5350 E. High St., Suite 105, in Phoenix on Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 7. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4, shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, shows are scheduled for 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday’s shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, has one show at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary by show and range from $13 to $20.

 

When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian?

When I got this email.

 

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage?

I flipped out and threw a guy’s cell phone against the wall.  Not proud of that.

 

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you?

I think people already know enough about stand-up.  I just want them to enjoy the show.

 

Who is your comedic inspiration?

Bob Newhart, Eddie Murphy, my brother Matt, the McGuires (my neighbors growing up)

 

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up?

They probably told me all the stuff I wished they would have told me.  I wished they would have listened.

 

What’s one item you never hit the road without?

I think I have forgotten every item at least once.

 

What is your favorite city to perform in and why?

Probably St. Louis.  I’m from there.

 

Describe yourself in three words:

Poor Question Answerer

 

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?

Not sure. There would be a lot of eating and crying.

 

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?

Told jokes.  Visited with my old boss.  It was great.

 

 

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Enterprise Bank & Trust earns honor

Enterprise Bank & Trust’s solid financial performance and profitability has earned it one of the first-annual Raymond James Community Bankers Cup awards – placing it among the top 10 percent of community banks nationally.

Raymond James & Associates, a leading investment banking and financial advisory firm, analyzed community banks for profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet metrics from fiscal 2012. The pool of community banks considered for recognition had assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2012.

Enterprise Financial Services Corp, the publicly-traded (NASDAQ: EFSC) holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust, was found to be in the top 10 percent of banks demonstrating superior performance and ranked 19th among 303 banks vying for the award.

“To earn this independent, data-based recognition is a great reflection of the hard work and accomplishments we have consistently demonstrated over the past several years,” said Jack Barry, chairman of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona region. “This award also proves our focused and relationship-based business strategy is working.”

Enterprise operates commercial banking and wealth management businesses from its Phoenix, St. Louis and Kansas City locations. Enterprise Bank & Trust is primarily focused on serving the needs of privately-held businesses, their owner families, executives and professionals.

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Enterprise Bank & Trust earns honor

Enterprise Bank & Trust’s solid financial performance and profitability has earned it one of the first-annual Raymond James Community Bankers Cup awards – placing it among the top 10 percent of community banks nationally.

Raymond James & Associates, a leading investment banking and financial advisory firm, analyzed community banks for profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet metrics from fiscal 2012. The pool of community banks considered for recognition had assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2012.

Enterprise Financial Services Corp, the publicly-traded (NASDAQ: EFSC) holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust, was found to be in the top 10 percent of banks demonstrating superior performance and ranked 19th among 303 banks vying for the award.

“To earn this independent, data-based recognition is a great reflection of the hard work and accomplishments we have consistently demonstrated over the past several years,” said Jack Barry, chairman of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona region. “This award also proves our focused and relationship-based business strategy is working.”

Enterprise operates commercial banking and wealth management businesses from its Phoenix, St. Louis and Kansas City locations. Enterprise Bank & Trust is primarily focused on serving the needs of privately-held businesses, their owner families, executives and professionals.

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Hake Joins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced today that Alana C. Hake has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. She will practice environmental and natural resources law, specializing in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Hake was an associate at a Phoenix law firm where she practiced environmental, energy, and regulatory law. She has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on environmental, energy and regulatory issues. Hake has also successfully represented clients with regulatory compliance and licensing needs before several state regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Hake earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.S., summa cum laude, in 2005 from The Master’s College. She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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Hake Joins Gallagher & Kennedy as Associate

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm, announced today that Alana C. Hake has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. She will practice environmental and natural resources law, specializing in environmental remediation work for the mining industry.

Prior to joining Gallagher & Kennedy, Hake was an associate at a Phoenix law firm where she practiced environmental, energy, and regulatory law. She has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on environmental, energy and regulatory issues. Hake has also successfully represented clients with regulatory compliance and licensing needs before several state regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Hake earned her J.D., summa cum laude, in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.S., summa cum laude, in 2005 from The Master’s College. She is a Blackstone Legal Fellow for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

Future of Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Microchip Announces FIRST Robotics results

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the results of the 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Arizona Regional, held March 22-23, 2013 in Chandler.

Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School; Tempe Preparatory Academy, Tempe; and Buena High School, Sierra Vista qualified to compete in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 25-27, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. Kingman High School/Kingman Academy of Learning, Kingman; Yuma High School, Yuma; and Rockwell-Collins & Escondido Charter High School, Escondido, Calif. were Regional Finalists.  Students had six weeks to build a robot capable of competing in this year’s competition, the game called Ultimate AscentSM, where teams joined forces to fling saucer-like discs through various slots during several two-minute and fifteen-second matches.  Extra points were scored for robots that could hang from a 10 foot tower in the final seconds of the match.  Any student participating on a FIRSTteam is eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships.

“The engineering challenge presented by FIRST to build a functioning robot that must accomplish specific tasks inspires students to find creative solutions using math, science and engineering, while adhering to strict deadlines.  Working with industry mentors, students learn marketable skills such as working on a team, critical thinking, marketing and problem solving, while having fun at the same time,” said Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of Microchip Technology, co-chair of the FIRST Arizona Regional Planning Committee, FIRST sponsor and member of the FIRST Board of Directors.

Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the FRC Arizona Regional.  Fifty high-school robotics teams competed in the 2013 FRC AZ Regional, including 44 teams from Arizona, three from New Mexico, two from California and one from Mexico.  AZFirst, a non-profit organization, awarded the Steve Sanghi Scholarship to Bianca Rodriquez, a senior at Carl Hayden High School, Phoenix, AZ.  Funded by Steve and Maria Sanghi, this scholarship totals $16,000 over four years, and is awarded to an outstanding FIRST participant who intends to pursue a college degree in science, technology, engineering or math.  Coconino High School won the Regional Chairman’s Award, which recognizes the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.  Christine Sapio, teacher at Coconino High School, Flagstaff, a FTC (FIRST Technical Competition) Affiliate Partner, received the “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award for her success in growing the FTC robotics program for middle-school and high-school students.

Additionally, Dave Thompson, FIRST coach at Coconino High School, received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which recognizes a teacher or engineer who demonstrates excellence in teaching science, math and creative design.  Chris Brandt from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale was awarded the “Arizona Teacher of the Year,” based upon an essay written by his students.

Generous supporters of the 2013 FRC Arizona Regional included Organizing Sponsor Microchip Technology; Leader in Technology Sponsor Microchip Technology Employees; and Captain of Innovation Sponsors Army ROTC, Avnet, Craig and Barbara Barrett, Medtronic Foundation, Microchip Technology and Wells Fargo.  Friends of the Future Sponsors included Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Go Daddy, ON Semiconductor, and Steve and Maria Sanghi.  Regional Fan Sponsors included Chase Giving Foundation and Wishes in Stitches/Alan and Margaret Jannuzzi.

Due to the growth of local FIRST programs First Lego League, FTC and FRC), two separate FRC Arizona regional events are expected to be held in 2015.  Recruitment of FRC teams is currently occurring, with a goal of doubling the number of teams in the next two years.  For more information and to get involved, contact FIRST Regional Director Carol Popovich at carol.popovich@microchip.com or (480) 792-7938.

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Polsinelli Shughart Shortens Firm Name

Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April, 2013.

The firm’s February 2009 combination with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy was preceded by several smaller mergers and acquisitions. The firm has added over 150 attorneys in the four years since the Shughart Thomson merger. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“While our legacy firms and our history provides our foundation, we have become more than the sum of our parts. Most importantly we are all one firm today and our clients already refer to us as Polsinelli,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast.”

In its 40-year history Polsinelli has had multiple firm names including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus just before the firm successfully merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy and adopted the combined name of Polsinelli Shughart. The merger added Shughart’s well recognized extensive litigation experience to the firm’s established and growing corporate, healthcare, real estate and financial services practices. Adopting one name reflects true integration of services and firm culture.

“This decision reflects branding trends in legal and other professional services which have emulated longstanding practices in consumer marketing,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Allison Yurman. “From a strategic point of view, building brand equity around one name is more viable, and this change leverages existing name awareness by focusing on the shorthand already in use by clients.”

Welsh said the Shughart merger in 2009 brought critical strength in litigation and Shughart’s long, impressive history in Kansas City since the 1940’s. Many of the original Shughart attorneys hold key leadership positions at Polsinelli as practice group chairs and board members.

“We would not be where we are today without those who joined the firm through mergers and laterally.” said Welsh. “When we first merged with Shughart we all joked that both names were a mouthful. But the core reason for the name change is that it reflects who we are now and where we are headed strategically. We are confident the one name, Polsinelli, is easier for clients and will help us strengthen our national identity.”