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Mike Hammond named to State Transportation Board

Governor Doug Ducey appointed Michael S. Hammond to the State Transportation Board, representing the Pima County region in the planning and development of Arizona’s transportation network.

The seven members of the State Transportation Board serve six-year terms while representing local communities throughout Arizona to prioritize transportation needs, projects and funding.

“As someone who has lived in Southern Arizona for 39 years and traveled extensively throughout our state and the state of Sonora, Mexico, both for pleasure and business, I have a keen appreciation of our transportation infrastructure and its importance in adding to our quality of life, not to mention driving economic development and job growth,” Hammond said. “It is a privilege and an honor to have a voice in the future infrastructure investments made by the state of Arizona.”

His appointment requires confirmation by the Arizona State Senate. Hammond is expected to attend his first board meeting April 17 in Phoenix.

Hammond has been in commercial real estate since 1978 and is president, founder and managing shareholder of Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR, an independent commercial real estate brokerage and management firm based in Southern Arizona. In 2002, with his background in industrial real estate and interest in regional economic development, he began focusing on the border region and, more specifically, the state of Sonora, Mexico.

Hammond received “Tucson Man of the Year” honors from Greater Tucson Leadership in 2013. He is a member of various local, regional and national organizations, including the Arizona District Export Council, the Business Development Finance Corporation, Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the Urban Land Institute State of Arizona Steering Committee.

Hammond is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.

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National Bank of Arizona Elects New Board

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the appointment of three prominent business leaders as new members to its Board of Directors. The distinguished members elected to join the Board include David N. Beckham, real estate developer and co-founder of Beckham Gumbin Ventures; Tracy Bame, president of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation; and Steve Christy, Vice Chair of ADOT’s State Transportation Board.

The current Board made a strategic decision to elect three additional members to expand the Board for greater bandwidth, a stronger element of diversity and to broaden community representation.

“The criteria we used for selecting candidates for the Board was in keeping with the high standards of excellence we adhere to as a bank,” said Keith Maio, CEO and president, National Bank of Arizona. “We appointed three leaders with an excellent reputation and the best in their field of work.”

“I’m honored to serve on the NB|AZ Board with individuals of such high integrity,” said incoming member, David N. Beckham. “I’m fortunate to have had long-term relationships with some of the current members of the Board, and I look forward to being a productive addition in supporting the vision of this strong financial institution.”

“National Bank of Arizona is an organization that clearly is committed to being an outstanding business and community partner,” said Tracy Bame. “Adding new directors that bring expanded insight and perspective to the Board is continued demonstration of this. I’m privileged and thrilled to accept the invitation to serve the bank in advancing these goals across the state in every way I can.”

“I am truly looking forward to serving as a director with NB|AZ,” added Steve Christy. “I hope to bring to the bank a voice from southern Arizona, and will offer my connections within this community to further the bank’s Tucson interests in any way possible.”

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Arizona plans road projects with reduced funding

The Arizona Department of Transportation says it will be working with $350 million less as it maps out construction projects for the next five years.

The department says the decreased funding is due to stagnant revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes, and declining federal aid. Director John Halikowski says some tough decisions will have to be made about how to spend limited dollars.

The public can begin submitting comments on three scenarios Friday. One focuses on preserving the state’s highway system, another focuses on major projects, and the third is a combination of those two.

Public hearings are planned in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.

The State Transportation Board is expected to adopt a final plan to cover 2014 to 2018 at its June meeting in Pinetop-Lakeside.