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Local Cab Company Enhances Sustainable Brand

After four years of successfully tackling the streets of metropolitan Phoenix, Clean Air Cab is enhancing the look of its Hybrid fleet. Given a more sustainable design, the new cabs are officially on the road this fall.

The local family owned and operated business, which specializes in eco-friendly transportation, is excited to announce its rebranding, which will reinforce its commitment to creating a sustainable community. Clean Air Cab has worked hard to enhance its local partnerships and more importantly, improve passenger experiences.

After allowing the local community to vote on a new design concept, there patrons have picked the new look for its Hybrid fleet that will continue to make a positive statement on Valley roadways. All of Clean Air Cab’s vehicles including its well-known charity cabs will get the rebrand makeover this fall.

Clean Air Cab launched in October 2009 with only 10 Toyota Prius cabs and over the past four years, they have continued to grow in response to the popular demand.

“We are humbled by the acceptance of our community to embrace what I believe to be a superior product,” said Clean Air Cab Founder Steve Lopez. “Clean Air Cab is in position to consistently grow and we plan to with this new design that will take us to a whole new level.”

The newly designed cabs will also have a signature scent in each of the vehicles that will make the ride more inviting to its passengers. Other elements of Clean Air Cab’s recent rebranding include a new website, updates to social media and a “Happy Ride Guarantee.”

Ken Crocker, who has been with Clean Air Cab for over three years and was the first to drive the newly designed hybrid, said he has received nothing but positive feedback about the new cab features. “My passengers find our new signature scent a fun element to their experience, and they like the new upgrades and color of the cab as well,” said Crocker.

US Bank-Scottsdale Road Plaza

CBRE Completes Sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza

BRE has negotiated the sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza in Scottsdale. The net leasable of 14,073 SF square-foot mixed-use building is located at 4253 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Steve Julius, Jesse Goldsmith and Traci Russell of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, SCOTTSDALE 4253 LLC of Phoenix, in the transaction. The buyer was Dallas-based RSFM 4253 LLC.

Built in 1961, Scottsdale Road Plaza is conveniently located in Old Town Scottsdale within walking distance to restaurants, Fashion Square Mall and numerous galleries and other entertainment destinations. The prominent commercial building was 51% leased at time of sale. A US Bank branch is housed on the first floor and the 7,237 square-foot second floor is currently fully vacant and available for leasing.

 

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Cassidy Turley Completes Sale for Desert Creek at Las Sendas

Cassidy Turley completed the sale of Phase I (±15-acres) of a 23-acre site within the Las Sendas master-planned community to Ryland Homes. Total consideration for the full 23-acre site is $5,000,000. Sale price for the Phase 1 property was $3,325,000 ($219,864 per acre). Desert Creek at Las Sendas is located in Mesa near the Loop 202 and McDowell Roads. Brent Moser, Mike Sutton and Brooks Griffith with Cassidy Turley’s Land Group represented the seller, Talon Properties (Chris Arnold) during the transaction.

Ryland plans to build Desert Creek at Las Sendas in two phases. Phase 1, the 15-acres purchased, is planned for 102 detached lots. Ryland will close on Phase 2, 7-acres, in early 2014 with plans for an additional 43 lots. Desert Creek at Las Sendas will feature homes that range from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet with average sale price of $275,000.

The seller, Talon Properties, has been involved with Las Sendas since the late 1990’s and has worked extensively with the City of Mesa on development plans for the community including residential, commercial and hotel facilities. Development plans for the property include a new IASIS Medical Center which will open in late 2014. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., IASIS Healthcare is a leading provider of high quality, affordable healthcare services in urban and suburban markets in Arizona and Utah.

Cassidy Turley is marketing an additional ±19-acres for Talon Properties at Las Sendas. The property includes ±10-acres zoned C-2 and ±9-acres zoned PEP, City of Mesa.

Ginger Lopez Head Shot

Clean Air Cab Hires New Vice President

Since its launch in 2009, Clean Air Cab has been a family owned and operated business. The local cab company continues to brand itself that way with their recent hire. Ginger Lopez, the wife of owner Steve Lopez, has joined the company full time last month as the new Vice President.

Ginger brings years of experience in the transportation industry to the business. Her role at Clean Air Cab will involve decision-making and community outreach.

“We are always looking for new ways to be innovative at Clean Air Cab,” said Lopez about her new role. “We also like to brainstorm and find new ways to partner within the community and learn ways of becoming a more sustainable company.”

Ginger has been involved with Clean Air Cab since the beginning, as her husband of seven years, Steve Lopez, remains the president and CEO. Ginger has been a stay-at-home mom raising their three kids all under the age of six. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Clean Air Cab is Arizona’s first carbon neutral taxicab service. They provide safe transportation that betters the quality of the environment, making it affordable and convenient for the community to support the growth of alternative energy. For more information on Clean Air Cab, visit www.cleanaircab.com  or call (480) 777-9777.

Dadpreneurs

Move Over Moms, Dadpreneurs Are Taking Over

For years, mompreneurs have made headlines for their hard work balancing the challenges of being both a mother and an entrepreneur. Now moms are facing a little competition — and it may even be from their own husbands. The competition? Dadpreneurs.

As fathers to young children, dadpreneurs also face the challenges of running their own businesses.

Dadpreneurs: Steve Lopez, Clean Air CabAs an expression for his love for cars, Steve Lopez began his career as a professional race car driver. However, after realizing that “(his) voice wasn’t being heard,” Lopez made the decision to take his passion to the next level.

With sustainability and automobiles as two passions in Lopez’s life, he also recognized the necessity for transportation in the Valley. With this knowledge, Lopez established Clean Air Cab.

Lopez looks at Clean Air Cab as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s not money, not a coupon, not advertising … it’s cleaning your city … and helping to grow the community alongside the company,” Lopez says.

However, Lopez’s main concern does not fall with his thriving business, but instead, with his three young children. Although he finds it tough to be a dadpreneur, Lopez makes an effort to be home each night for dinner.

“I would much rather be the father who reads my kids a book at night than be kissing their cheeks once the lights are off,” he says.

Dadpreneurs: Joseph ScarpLike Lopez, Joseph Scarp, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, shares similar views when it comes to being a dadpreneur.

In 2001, Scarp found himself in an office where competition overtook the healthy business atmosphere. Soon after, Scarp established Phoenician Properties, where sharing is key and the business was built upon referral.

The business quickly rose to success and partnered with Better Homes and Gardens, now giving the company the combination of names to “help it grow as a national brand,” Scarp says.

One of the upsides to balancing being a father with being an entrepreneur is having the business make a positive impact on his children.

Dadpreneurs: Dr. Jain, Rejuvena Health and AestheticsDr. Suneil Jain is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. The practice focuses on offering services that uses natural products.

“If someone is coming in for an aesthetic procedure, we help them to go on a diet through holistic routes,” Jain says.

Not only does Jain practice healthy eating and lifestyles at his office, but he also implements them into his kids’ lives — as his “4-year-old knows the importance of eating healthy and drinking water,” Jain says.

Balancing fatherhood and running a successful business is difficult, but between the two, Scarp gives his children priority.

“There is nothing better than coming home at night and having two smiling faces … (kids) are the true meaning of unconditional love,” Scarp says. “(Also), there’s not a rulebook where it says when you have a parent-teacher conference or it’s snack day at preschool.”

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For more information about the dadpreneurs mentioned in the story:

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties
5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 663-1400
www.phoenicianproperties.com

Clean Air Cab
1600 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 390-9003
www.cleanaircab.com

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 540-9068
www.werejuvenate.com

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Clean Air Cab & ASU

Clean Air Cab Partners with ASU, Promotes Sustainability

Come September, Clean Air Cab will be promoting two new Arizona State University-themed cabs, which will help promote sustainability as well as raise money for scholarships.

The company, based in Mesa, is Arizona’s first completely carbon neutral taxicab service. Clean Air Cab first started in 2009 with just 19 cabs and has successfully flourished the past two years, adding 31 more. The company uses Toyota Hybrid Prius’.

Clean Air Cab has agreed to partner with ASU to assist students and their families in safety, and sustainably, getting to and from university football, baseball and basketball games.

Even on no-game days, Clean Air Cab will still be around the university. “We’re always going to have a presence on ASU,” says Steve Lopez, president and owner of Clean Air Cab. “We’re just going to spice it up on the weekends for the games and be more present.”

Clean Air Cabs partner with ASUThis partnership is not only helping ASU “go green” but scholarships also will be made available from Clean Air Cab.

This sustainable cab service will be donating one dollar of every fare from the ASU-themed cabs, which will help fund scholarships for university students.

“ASU has always been on my radar with what they do with the community,” Lopez says. “I want to give the funds to young entrepreneurs that want to be challenged, that want to make a difference.”

The company has already donated a $7,500 scholarship for this year’s academic school year. As the company grows, the scholarships will grow as well, Lopez says.

Clean Air Cab not only supports ASU, but is involved in other charities as well, such as Mesa United Way and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Clean Air Cab, visit www.cleanaircab.com.

 

Photos: Clean Air Cab, LLC

Clean Air Cab Brings New Charity to Arizona Streets

Many Phoenix-area consumers can now go green as well as give to charity simply by calling a cab.

Clean Air Cab, based in Mesa, has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to donate $1 of every fare from their charity cab. This vehicle is uniquely wrapped in a Phoenix Children’s theme for the charity.

Clean Air Cab provides eco-friendly transportation. With Arizona’s first carbon-neutral taxicab, Clean Air Cab is cutting down on emissions and giving consumers more miles per gallon. For those looking for a way to be green and charitable, Clean Air Cab is a great way to do so.

The PCH Foundation is the second charity cab that Clean Air Cab has brought to the streets of Arizona.Phoenix Children's Hospital Cab, Clean Air Cab, LLC

“We believe in giving back to the community by creating unique partnerships with Susan G. Komen and, most recently, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Steve Lopez, founder of Clean Air Cab. “It’s a great way to help local and national organizations in a clean, eco-friendly way.”

The PCH car isn’t just a temporary charity either. Just like their Susan G. Komen cabs, Clean Air Cab is offering them indefinitely to anyone in need of a ride. Their service extends to Flagstaff and Yuma as well, so more than just the Phoenix area can help.

If you want to contribute to the charity, there are a few things to keep in mind.Clean Air Cab, LLC

“You have to request the cab in order for your ride to benefit the hospital,” Lopez said. “If you would like to pay a donation towards that charity, Clean Air Cab is going to have a charity page on our website in the next couple of months that will collect donations even if you are not riding in one of our charity vehicles.”

For more information, visit www.cleanaircab.com or www.phoenixchildrens.com.