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Mobile Mini Completes Acquisition in Florida

Mobile Mini, Inc. (Nasdaq GS:MINI) announced it has completed the purchase of the assets and operations of a portable storage business with operations in Daytona Beach, Florida. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We continue to make acquisitions in growth markets which fit into our strategy of acquiring highly utilized rental assets on very favorable terms,” said Erik Olsson, Mobile Mini President and Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition will add units currently on rent at over 90% utilization to our existing footprint without adding any additional fixed costs.”

The fleet of the newly acquired business consists almost exclusively of containers.

Mr. Olsson continued, “We are executing on our dual growth strategy of focusing on both internal growth alongside acquisitions that add long term value to our business and our shareholders.”

Mobile Mini, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of portable storage solutions. Mobile Mini is included on the Russell 2000® and 3000® Indexes and the S&P Small Cap Index. For more information visit www.mobilemini.com.

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Fulton ‘Legacy’ at $15M before opening

While news headlines in August continue to declare sluggish new home sales figures in the Metro Phoenix market, one new Fulton Homes’ community in Gilbert is experiencing just the opposite.

As of Aug. 25, the Tempe-based homebuilder has sold 20 homes and has hit $15 million in sales at its Legacy at Freeman Farms community—and the models are not even open yet. Legacy’s single-level, 105-homesite community features floor plans ranging from 3,800 to 6,600 square feet, with 11-bedroom and six-bath options. Basements, a rarity in the Valley, are also. Price points begin at $575,000, some $300,000 more than the current average median price of a new home in Phoenix.

Homebuyer interest in Legacy has even outpaced that of past Fulton Homes’ communities, including the popular Fulton Ranch community in Chandler which opened in October 2006.

“We have been astounded by the enormous interest in Legacy,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “These are among the largest homes we have even built. We are offering a luxury product with increased square footage, more bedroom space and room for vehicles, boats and storage to meet the demand of our customers. The sales spike even before the models open is a testament to both the quality homes we build and our awareness of what our customers are now looking for in a larger, modernized home.”

Located on S. Greenfield Road, Legacy will also feature swing-in motor courts, open spaces, ramadas, basketball and bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and a shaded tot lot. Legacy is located near San Tan Mall and other amenities.

For further information, call 602-452-1000 or visit www.fultonhomes.com.

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Fulton Homes Utilizes Interactive Touch Screen Display

Fulton Homes has always had the touch when it comes to quality homebuilding. Now the Tempe-based residential builder is integrating a modern “touch” with innovative technology.

Fulton Homes will unveil a massive interactive 46-inch touch screen at its newest community “Legacy” in Gilbert when sales commence in August. Located in the main sales office, the touch screen will allow homebuyers to effortlessly search the more than 6,000 floor plan options available, all color-coded by lot size and square footages of rooms. Buyers will also be able in real time to easily connect with Google Maps to zoom in on all Fulton Homes communities and click on specific lots to determine size and elevation. Customers will also be able to automatically register for a Fulton Homes account.

“This will be are most technology-advanced sales office to date,” said Doug Fulton, CEO for Fulton Homes. “We decided to unveil the latest technology at Legacy, our newest community. The new touch screen adds a new element to the existing presentation screens we now have in our sales offices. In the future we expect to incorporate the same touch screen technology at our other sales offices as well.”

Located on S. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, Legacy is a 105-homesite community that features floor plans up to 6,600 square feet, with 11-bedroom, six-bath options and basements available. The list of Legacy’s interested buyers has swelled to nearly 400, easily outpacing that of past Fulton Homes’ communities.

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Banner Children’s Academy to open in Tempe

Students with autism, emotional and learning disabilities will have a new place to learn this fall when a nationally-accredited school, specifically established for their needs, moves to a larger, more expansive location in the East Valley. Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health in Scottsdale, opens for classes on Aug. 6 in Tempe.

Formerly known as the Howard S. Gray School, the Banner Children’s Academy is moving to a 15,000-square-foot location, which more than quadruples its size from its Scottsdale campus. The academy is accredited by the North Central Association and approved by the Arizona Department of Education. It focuses on teaching and nurturing emotionally fragile students, including those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The Banner Children’s Academy is for students in fourth through 12th grades.

One of the cornerstones of the school’s mission is to help their students prepare for life after high school. With the school’s move, there are renewed focus areas to help students develop practical work skills following graduation. Specific educational program focus areas include videography, culinary arts, agriculture, exotic animal care and computer skills.

“Our programs emphasize practical living and work skills which are critical for preparing students for life beyond high school,” said Dave Bachmann, an instructor at Banner Children’s Academy, who has taught at the school for more than 30 years. “That’s where the school and its new, expanded offerings will have huge impacts on the community and the kids who attend the school. Most of the students who graduate from our school take the skills they have acquired here and expand upon them in vocational and college settings.”

With two instructors per classroom, the academy’s student-teacher ratio is six-to-one. Classes focus on individualized learning plans tailored to meet the specific needs of the student. All instructors at Banner Children’s Academy are certified in both special education and in specific subject areas. Enrollment scholarships are available through the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship and Arizona Scholarship funds.

The new campus, located at 1410 West 10th Place in Tempe (south of University and Priest drives), includes a teaching kitchen, a science lab, an auditorium, an apartment unit to help teach independent living skills, an animal habitat learning center and a self-sustaining organic garden.

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Culinary Dropout concept comes to Tempe this fall

Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) and development partner, Brian Frakes, plan to open the first East Valley Culinary Dropout location in October 2014 on First Avenue and Farmer Avenue in Tempe, Ariz. Known for their innovative restaurant concepts, FRC is planning their largest project to date with this Culinary Dropout location at Farmer Arts District at an estimated 14,757 square feet. This development will be the first of many upcoming projects in the revamped Farmer Arts District in Downtown Tempe. Similar to the Yard located in Phoenix, the FRC industrial space will encompass a large outdoor patio featuring yard games, a private dining venue named The Showcase Room and other local businesses.

The announcement of this new project comes at a time when development has been exploding in Tempe’s urban core.  The warehouse-like building that will house the future Culinary Dropout and several other local businesses is located at 149 W. Farmer Ave. and was originally constructed in the 1960s for Thorens Showcase and Fixtures. After becoming vacant for quite some time, an out-of-state information technology firm bought the parcel of land and in July 2013, the company negotiated a sale with FRC and Frakes.

In 2006, an initiative to enhance the Farmer Avenue corridor began with the addition of artist lofts and talks of adding more creative spaces and businesses. The vision for the Farmer Arts District also included a pedestrian pathway along Farmer Avenue from Tempe Town Lake to University, which FRC plans to continue and expand even further during development. Other businesses planned for the area include The Lodge Bar & Grill, which is taking over the Sail Inn space, a revived high-rise condominium tower and a Whole Foods Market.

“We have been following the growth of the cultured Downtown Tempe area for a considerably long time now. With the increase in business professionals and upscale living options in the vicinity, we knew that our Culinary Dropout concept would be a great fit,” stated Founder of FRC, Sam Fox. “We hope to spark an interest from other like-minded businesses, to trigger the ‘work, dine, play’ model for the Farmer Arts District again, and see final results of the area developed within the next three to five years.”

As part of Culinary Dropout, FRC will open “The Showcase Room” – a new venue that will offer Downtown Tempe’s hip, young, urban professionals several private dining spaces and attract more high-profile business, alumni and lifestyle events. The Showcase Room is a private dining venue that can serve up to 250 people with its own entrance and dedicated bar. Measuring at 4,435 square feet, the exclusive, private room can actually be divided in two separate spaces to be used by smaller parties and is retrofitted with A/V equipment to be used for a variety of purposes. Another, second private dining space, nicknamed “The Coop” can seat 86 additional guests.

“We are excited to add the Culinary Dropout concept to the vibrant Downtown Tempe mix,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This project is a key component in our desire to expand the downtown to the east and west of Mill Avenue by bringing new jobs and truly innovative development.”

The other local businesses housed inside the property include local entertainment-based fitness club, The Madison at Farmer Arts District (branching from The Madison Improvement Club). Originally from Tempe, The Madison owner, Andrew Varela wanted to introduce the healthy community club concept to the ever-growing city. The Madison will feature the “Party on a Bike” spin studio with 60 bikes, showcasing a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system  influenced from a premier night club in London. The Madison boutique will carry a variety of clothing and accessories, including private label pieces. The s.e.e.d. café, originally found at The Madison Improvement Club, will provide prepackaged healthy and tasty to-go salads, juices, one to three day juice cleanses, house made energy bars and raw desserts at the Farmer Arts District location. The Madison at Farmer Arts District will be 3,956 square feet and will schedule about seven classes a day during the week, and four classes a day on weekends. The Madison is expected to be the first business to open in the venue later this fall.

Continuing downtown Tempe’s long history of live music, Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District also has included a stage in the building plans with hopes of attracting hot, local artists waiting to be discovered. There will also be a large, 2,758 square foot outdoor lounge patio with eight sections of seating and an Outdoor Beer Cooler. The outdoor gaming area will have ping pong, corn hole, and other family favorites. Patrons will have access to close to 90 parking spaces as well as valet service.

For lovers of Culinary Dropout’s famous pretzel fondue, FRC has planned the kitchen in the Farmer Arts District location to be their most state of the art kitchen to date. This kitchen will serve all the spaces in the building and feature an array of menu options to accommodate all the spaces including the corporate training space and cater up to 1,300 people.

Construction on the Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District began in March. More of the local businesses that will occupy the space will be announced soon.

Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

Innovators get boost from Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has selected 18 recipients for AZ Fast Grant, a highly competitive grant program that provides qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to help them commercialize their innovations, grow their businesses and create quality jobs.

“Early stage companies play a key role in developing innovations that fuel our state’s economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “The AZ Fast Grant program helps companies with critical training, technical expertise and the ‘know how’ to secure additional funding and commercialization opportunities to propel their businesses.”

Companies may use AZ Fast Grant awards for professional consulting services (that may include an expert review of technology under development); a commercialization feasibility study; or other commercialization assistance such as training to compete more effectively for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.

More than 50 Arizona small businesses applied for this round of the AZ Fast Grant program and awardees represent a variety of target industries.

AZ Fast Grant Recipients include (Total: $141,000, plus an additional $134,000 in leveraged funds):

* Arbsource, Tempe – Bio & Life Sciences
* Arizona Medical Systems, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Elliptical Mobile, Chandler – Advanced Manufacturing
* Engineering Science Analysis Corp., Tempe – Aerospace/Defense
* Grannus, Tucson – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* Hildeez Enterprises, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* MediCoventures, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Movement Interactive, Laveen – Bio & Life Science
* Kulira, Peoria – Bio & Life Science
* Prime Solutions Group, Goodyear – Aerospace/Defense
* QuantTera, Scottsdale – Advanced Materials
* Saccadous, Scottsdale – Bio & Life Science
* Score Algae, Scottsdale – Cleantech/Renewable Energy
* SiO2 Nanotech, Phoenix – Advanced Materials
* StatTransfers, Flagstaff – IT-Software
* Verve, Peoria – Bio & Life Sciences
* Vicinity Health, Chandler – Bio & Life Sciences
* YourLabs, Tucson – IT-Software

“I can honestly say the AZ Fast Grant really helped us get over the hump,” said Joe Marvin, Founder and President of Prime Solutions Group, a systems engineering and IT services company providing consulting expertise to government and defense contractors. Prime Solutions Group received AZ Fast Grant awards this year and in 2013.

With the help of AZ Fast Grant program support and technical expertise, the company recently secured $1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for its SBIR/STTR program submission this past fall. “We used our last AZ Fast Grant for commercialization strategy development, and that went directly into our federal proposal,” said Marvin.

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Spine Specialists Open New East Valley Office

Sonoran Spine Center, Arizona’s leading spine and back specialists are moving to a new office in Tempe. Located at 1255 West Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 107, this marks the fifth location for Sonoran Spine Center in Metro Phoenix with a sixth office operating in Show Low, Ariz.

Opened in 1999 by Dr. Dennis Crandall, Sonoran Spine Center includes a group of cutting-edge, innovative physicians and surgeons specializing in all areas of the back and spine. Their objective is to help adults and children with spinal curvatures, scoliosis, work injuries, slipped vertebra and disc herniations, as well as many other conditions. Their team of doctors have studied new and ground-breaking methods to improve treatment through both surgical and non-surgical techniques.

“Sonoran Spine Center is growing and adapting to our patients’ needs,” said Dr. Crandall. “We are excited about our new office opening this summer on Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, just down from ASU’s stadium and the Tempe Center for the Arts.”

Sonoran Spine Center physicians are known for their ability to assess and treat very difficult and complex spine problems. A significant portion of their patients, upwards of 90%, are able to avoid surgical intervention thanks to conservative care like physical medication and rehabilitation (PM&R) or physical therapy (PT.)

“The Mesa office, at the Banner Desert Hospital campus, limited our space and the services we could provide, plus the parking and access problems were a challenge for our patients. These problems are solved at our brand new office located in one of the most desirable areas of the East Valley,” added Dr. Crandall.

The new Tempe location will provide patients with a state-of-the-art medical facility and easy access off the 202 freeway at Priest Road. Updated services will also be provided at this location including convenient on-site Physical Therapy, x-ray and MRI facilities.

Sonoran Spine Center provides comprehensive care as well as spinal surgery options to for both adults and children. For more information about the services they provided or to schedule an appointment with one of the highly-qualified physicians on staff, visit sonoranspine.com.

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Arizona Central Credit Union Launches Kids’ Website

ACCU smallArizona Central Credit Union is launching a new initiative to encourage financial literacy among children. Designed for children between the ages of 8 and 12, this program is intended to encourage sound financial habits and further an awareness of positive saving and spending practices.

Molly and Moe are the official mascots of the Monkey Money program, which incorporates an interactive website, children’s savings account and club member benefits. Games, stories, contests, jokes, definitions of financial terms, and information about the special Monkey Money savings program, can all be found on the website. Each month a new article and correlating activity will address a different financial theme. A coloring contest, which began at the launch of the website on June 21, 2014, will be held until July 31, 2014. Children don’t have to be Monkey Money members to enter, but can win cash prizes, and fun monkey items. Coloring sheets and the official rules for the contest can be found on the website.

“Arizona Central Credit Union is passionate about helping the children in our communities reach a higher level of financial literacy. By investing in creative and fun educational methods, we hope to encourage positive lifestyle patterns that will then translate into adulthood,” said Todd Pearson, President and CEO of Arizona Central Credit Union­.

Following the launch of the website on June 21st, Arizona Central Credit Union branches will be hosting a week-long youth event. Free gift basket raffle tickets and refreshments will be available at all branches. Arizona Central Credit Union will contribute a $10 deposit into Monkey Money accounts opened during this celebration week.

Founded in 1939, Arizona Central Credit Union has been serving members for over 75 years at 10 full-service branches, with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Glendale, Chandler, Tempe, Flagstaff and Show Low. Visit www.azcentralcu.org or their Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/azcentralcu for more information.

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Meridian Capital finances $20.5M in multifamily properties

Meridian Capital Group, LLC, a commercial real estate finance and advisory firm, negotiated a $20.5M loan to fund the purchase of two multifamily properties located in Tempe, Ariz., on behalf of Gelt.

The ten-year loan features a competitive fixed-rate below 4.00% for the initial five years and was provided by a correspondent east coast balance sheet lender. This transaction was negotiated by Meridian Capital Group Managing Director, Seth K. Grossman, Vice President, Kovi Elkus, and Associate, Sarah Kuebler, who are all based in the Company’s Carlsbad, Calif., office.

The two multifamily properties, 201 West and Mill Pointe Apartments, total 451 units and are located at 201 W. Hermosa Dr. and 4130 S. Mill Ave., respectively.

“Gelt is an excellent owner and property manager. We arranged the financing for a number of their properties in the Phoenix area and they always perform well and improve the assets,” said Grossman. “Meridian was able to leverage the strength of the sponsorship, as well as the long-standing relationship with the lender to obtain financing terms in line with the client’s business plan.”

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Innovative Altier Credit Union unveils video ATM

Altier Credit Union, headquartered in Tempe, has become Arizona’s first financial institution to deploy an In-Lobby Teller (ILT) ATM (Diebold Opteva 923). Members of the credit union will find Arizona’s first ILT ATM complete with a teller concierge representative at the newly remodeled Tempe branch location. The integrated ILT ATM provides advanced ATM technology and an available on-site Altier CU teller concierge representative for immediate member service and support.

Extending more advanced services to members, the Diebold Opteva 923 allows credit union members to conduct most of the transactions they would do at the teller line, with the option to drive their own transactions through a self-service option or speak directly to a live Altier CU teller concierge representative via a 2-way video on-demand connection.

This all-in-one in-branch ILT ATM terminal supports cash withdrawals, envelope free bulk check deposits and bulk cash deposits, balance inquiries, transfers and other teller-like transactions. In addition, there will soon be enhanced functionality through the two-way video concierge services that will enable members to complete various loan payment transactions.

Combined with support from Altier Credit Union’s member service representatives, the ILT ATM delivers comprehensive services to all members through real time technology, live staff membership service support and advanced banking technology- for all generations.

“The ILT ATM puts members more in control of their own banking experience,” said Harry Mateer, president & CEO of Altier Credit Union. “It’s the perfect balance between high-touch innovation and personal-touch member service that our members have come to expect from us.”

Diebold also promoted a smooth transition to the smart branch model, through Diebold’s advisory services team. The team held interactive training sessions with Altier Credit Union’s branch, teller staff and member service representatives helping them better understand this new innovative member experience.

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Limelight turns down $644 million buyout offer

Tempe-based Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery, today announced that it has received an unsolicited offer to purchase the company from an entity that management believes is a non-credible source. Under the proposal, first reported by media outlets, then confirmed via phone and follow up email, on June 13, Tuition Build Inc. has offered to purchase and take private Limelight Networks for $644.7 million or $6.55 per share if certain unspecified financial thresholds were satisfied.

Representatives of the company contacted Tuition Build to make inquiries regarding its proposal and ability to complete the proposed transaction. Based on these inquiries, as well as independent investigations of Tuition Build, management has concluded that Tuition Build does not have the experience, credentials, financial resources, or capability to complete the proposed transaction, and that Tuition Build’s stated interest in acquiring Limelight Networks is not an actionable proposal. Accordingly, management believes current and prospective investors in Limelight Networks should disregard Tuition Build’s proposal.

Limelight Networks empowers customers to better engage digital audiences by enabling them to manage and deliver digital content on any device, anywhere in the world. The Company’s award winning Limelight Orchestrate™ platform includes an integrated suite of content delivery technology and services that helps organizations deliver exceptional multi-screen experiences, improve brand awareness, drive revenue, and enhance customer relationships — all while reducing costs.

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Nude yoga classes catch on in Valley

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of "R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple."

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of “R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple.”

You’re shaking to hold your Downward Facing Dog for just four more breaths and you glance over at your neighbor for a distraction from the weakness in your quivering arms. But in this yoga class, that distraction ends up being more than you bargained for – in this yoga class, clothing is optional and, more often than not, non-existent. Your seemingly innocent glance just instantly familiarized you with the moments-ago-stranger next to you.

Nude yoga has arrived in the Valley by way of Katrina Rainsong, simultaneously striking curiosity and terror into the minds and bodies of Arizonans; this is taking self-acceptance to a whole new level. “A lot of people show the first time as a bucket list kind of thing,” said Rainsong, instructor of R.A.W. Nude Yoga classes in Scottsdale and Tempe. “They come back because there is a refreshing feeling of relaxed freedom in the class.”

Practicing yoga while naked does bring to mind the notion of achieving the ultimate sense of freedom. You do not get much more vulnerable than fully exposing yourself, both literally and figuratively, via a bare-bottomed Happy Baby pose. Rainsong’s classes for R.A.W. Nude Yoga — R.A.W. standing for Revealed, Authentic and Wise — are clothing-optional to ensure her students’ comfort. She does, however, feel that practicing nude allows greater physical comfort “because your clothing isn’t shifting, and on a larger personal scale, you feel more in touch with your surroundings.”

For some, yoga has become another means of expressing style through fun, yet often expensive, clothing. In nude yoga, as Rainsong said, “it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing $10 yoga pants and the person next to you is wearing $80 yoga pants. All those ego structures get stripped away, quite literally.”

There is no structured undressing ritual in Rainsong’s class – everyone is clothed when the class begins and undresses at their own pace. Rainsong herself likes to warm up her muscles and slowly rid of her clothing as she moves through her practice. “It is a symbolized ritualistic expression in removing your layers,” stated Rainsong. Through this expression, she feels “people find a deeper meditative place.” However, sticking to her firm belief in the comfort of others, Rainsong supports students who don’t want to slowly remove the layers and prefer rather to completely de-robe immediately upon the start of class. At the same time, she recognizes that others fear revealing themselves and therefore allows them to remain fully clothed throughout the class. Whether wearing your birthday suit, or Lululemon’s latest pair of yoga pants, Rainsong wants the focus of the practice to be on “community and unity.”

The draw to that sense of community makes itself evident in Rainsong’s co-ed classes. When she began teaching R.A.W. Naked Yoga a year ago, Rainsong estimated the attendance of her classes was 80 percent male and 20 percent female. She began offering a female-only class, but said that, surprisingly, women tend to prefer the male-female balance in the co-ed classes. The scales have evened out and most of Rainsong’s mixed sex classes today are 60 percent male and 40 percent female.

All people interested in trying Rainsong’s class for the first time either have to come to the undisclosed location on the arm of a current student in good standing, or by e-mailing Rainsong herself with an explanation of why you’re interested in the class (which will warrant you an e-mail with the address and time of the class). Every person that attends her class goes through some form of screening to ensure the safety of participants. Rainsong, one of the most effective and supportive yoga instructors in the Valley, makes it a point to provide an environment of freedom and safe expression to students of her R.A.W. Naked Yoga class. She has created a place where, as described by Rainsong, “people find safety and a chance to be vulnerable. How often are we allowed to really feel vulnerable in a safe container?”

For more information on R.A.W. Naked Yoga, visit www.rawnudeyoga.com.

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One Stop Voice completes sale to Crexendo

Two Phoenix-based businesses have announced a purchase agreement of One Stop Voice (OSV) to Crexendo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EXE). OSV, a company built by Joshua Simon, president of SimonCRE, provides top of the line, feature rich, cloud-based communications systems to small and medium sized business customers. OSV is located in Scottsdale and focuses on Arizona markets while providing telecom services nationwide. Crexendo is a hosted services company that provides hosted telecommunications services, hosted website services, website development software and broadband internet services for businesses and entrepreneurs. Their corporate offices are in Tempe.

This purchase will transfer certain infrastructure and customers of OSV to Crexendo. Crexendo has hired OSV’s customer service supervisor as well as their sales director to assure a smooth migration of OSV’s customer base into Crexendo. In addition Crexendo has entered into an agreement with OSV to maintain certain support functions to assure a seamless transition with no disruption to any customers.

Steven G. Mihaylo, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased with the OSV asset purchase and the synergies that our companies offer each other. We have indicated that we intend to grow our business both by acquisition and organically. We expect to add approximately $500,000 in annual revenues with this acquisition and we expect the acquisition to be accretive from day one. This acquisition confirms our commitment to acquiring accretive companies that expand our customer base and increase shareholder value. At the same time, we continue to make improvements to our internal sales as well as our dealer/partner program which we also expect will increase shareholder value.”

“We knew that to keep providing the level of service our customers expect, substantial infrastructure investment was required,” says Simon of the deal. “Crexendo provides world-class products and services and we knew our customers were in excellent hands. We are confident Crexendo will continue to provide the level of service that OSV customers have enjoyed while having the additional opportunity to provide some expanded services and offerings Crexendo has available.”

Simon is now able to focus his attention to his other business venture, SimonCRE, which is a nationally focused commercial real estate development company.

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Tempe App Developer Launches Golf GPS

Tempe-based mobile app developer Shotzoom, the world leader in mobile golf GPS and instruction apps since 2009, with more than 1.5 million active users worldwide, announces the launch of Golfshot: Golf GPS with Golfshot Pro and “Tips and Drills” in-app upgrade options for iOS and Android. The app is available in 12 languages and may be downloaded in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Golfshot: Golf GPS is a free app that takes on-course management and shot performance to a whole new level. Golfshot: Golf GPS offers unparalleled features such as real-time GPS distances to the green and aerial 3D flyovers of each hole so that golfers can plot their way around the course. Golfshot features and benefits don’t end there, as Golfshot Pro subscribers gain access to incredible features, such as personal club recommendations, for an easier more enjoyable golfing experience. “Tips and Drills” subscribers haveadynamic coaching feature with the most complete and up-to-date lesson library, including 175+ videos from TOURAcademy Instructors. As a forthcoming upgrade, the “Tips and Drills” feature will also use personally recorded statistics to identify and customize tutorial recommendations based on poor playing habits and the user’s skill level.

“The all new Golfshot app represents the culmination of over 5 years’ experience in developing golf mobile apps designed to improve golfers scores and their enjoyment of the game” said Ben Addoms, President of Shotzoom.

All Golfshot: Golf GPS downloads will include a free one-week trial to Golfshot Pro. To continue advanced features, subscriptions are available following the trial period.

FULL FEATURE COMPARISON CHART VIEWABLE HERE

Golfshot: Golf GPS (Free):
· Real-time GPS distances to the green on 500,000+ golf holes and 41,000+ courses worldwide
· 3D flyover previews of each hole to help with course strategy
· Ability to track distances in real time for each shot
· Easy-to-use scorecard that allows you to keep score for yourself or entire foursome
· Ability to track fairways hit, greens hit in regulation (GIR), putts per hole, and other vital user stats
· Unique sharing feature that allows you to share scorecards and photos
· NEW! The latest golf news and offers, both on your app and in our weekly newsletter, “The Pin Sheet”

Golfshot Pro ($29.99/year or $4.99/month):
· All Golfshot: Golf GPS features
· Interactive real-time distances to all hazards and targets on 500,000+ golf holes
· Personalized club recommendations (based on past performance) of each hole displayed on 3D flyovers
· Ability to zoom in on a target to plan your shots better and save strokes
· NEW! Scoring for Skins, Nassau, Match Play and other games

Golfshot “Tips and Drills” In-App Purchase ($9.99/year or $1.99/month):
· On-demand access to 175+ instruction videos from certified TOURAcademy Instructors
· Available with Golfshot: Golf GPS and Golfshot Pro

Golfshot: Golf GPS, Golfshot Pro and “Tips and Drills” are available in 12 languages and are available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Annual Pro membership includes a six-month subscription toGolfweek, a $20 gift card from GlobalGolf, and great deals from other leading golf companies.

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Wilkinson Named Business Woman of the Year

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has named Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson as its 2014 Business Woman of the Year. She was honored at the 19th Annual Women in Business Conference on May 21 at the PERA Club in Tempe.

Dr. Wilkinson is Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University and President, ASU Alumni Association, Arizona State University. Prior to these appointments, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs for 13 years. Among her other administrative assignments, Wilkinson has served as the university’s interim athletic director on three separate occasions. She is a tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher College.

The Business Woman of the Year award was established to recognize an outstanding business woman who has positively impacted the Tempe community. Wilkinson and the other two finalists have achieved excellence in their fields, displayed leadership in the community, served as positive role models and are active in programs within the community and the Tempe Chamber. They have received numerous awards and accolades for their professionalism and spirit of service.

“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that the candidates have made to the business community and to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Their hard work and dedication have made an admirable and positive impact that we are proud to recognize,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber.

Wilkinson’s current involvement in the community includes serving on the Community Advisory Council for Wells Fargo, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Board and the Governance Committee for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, just to name a few. In addition, she is a member of the Arizona Business Leadership Association, Arizona Women’s Forum and ASU Women & Philanthropy.

She has received the University’s Award of Merit, the Alumni Achievement Award, was named the Valley Leadership 2009 Woman of the Year, and, in 2012, was selected as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women for the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Education with distinction from ASU, a Master of Arts in Education, Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from ASU.

The two other finalists were Kate Hanley, Executive Director, Tempe Community Council, and Nancy Kinnard, Vice President/Executive Relationship Manager, National Bank of Arizona.

Immediate previous recipients of the award include Kristine Kassel in 2013 and Robin Trick in 2012.

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Hayden Station in Tempe sold for $26.5M

Cassidy Turley has announced that Mill Avenue Office, L.L.C. (owned by Bob Parsons) has acquired Hayden Station, a 107,508 square foot, mixed-use office and retail property located on the southwest corner of Mill Avenue and 3rd Street, for $26.5 million ($246.49 per square foot). The seller was Tucson, Arizona-based Holualoa Companies.

Senior Managing Directors Bob Buckley, Tracy Cartledge and Steve Lindley with Cassidy Turley’s Capital Markets Group and Jeff Hartland, Scott Boardman, Trevor Klinkhamer and Brent Mallonee with Cassidy Turley’s Office and Retail Groups brokered the transaction on behalf of the buyer and the seller.

“Urban, infill properties in true walkable, 24/7 locations are generating exceptional investor interest,” Mr. Lindley said. “We were able to take advantage of this interest with Hayden Station’s Mill Avenue address in Downtown Tempe right at the light rail station.”

Built in 1986, Hayden Station (formally Hayden Square), includes five buildings: 310,350,404 and 410 S. Mill Avenue and 51 W. 3rd Street. The four Mill Avenue buildings are all two story and range in size from 5,642 to 9,548 square feet. The 3rd Street building is a five story, 74,307 square feet multi-tenant office building. The entire project was 97.9% leased at the time of sale.

“Hayden Station has had a history of maintaining high occupancy, even during the recent downturn,” according to Stan Shafer, Chief Operating Officer for Holualoa Companies. “Downtown Tempe is now the strongest office market in the Phoenix Metro.”

Hayden Station is strategically located on Mill Avenue, adjacent to a Light Rail station and within a short walk to Arizona State University. Downtown Tempe is one of Arizona’s most supply-constrained and successful office markets, with the Tempe North

Knockouts Haircuts For Men signs first lease in Tempe

El Dorado SpringsSRS Real Estate Partners is pleased to announce that Knockouts Haircuts For Men, a boxing-themed hair salon that caters exclusively to men, has leased a 1,028-square-foot space in El Dorado Crossing.

Knockouts is a sports-themed full-service salon specializing in competitively priced haircuts, color/lightening, manicures, pedicures, hair waxing, and massage. The Knockouts environment is upscale, yet casual and relaxed, with the stylists cutting hair inside boxing rings. Knockouts offers many other amenities including all cable & sports channels, individual remote controls at each station, and free beverages.

Tom Friday, founder and CEO of the franchise said, „The reason why Knockouts is so great is we are really a day-spa for dudes where men feel comfortable and enjoy products and services specifically designed for them. The concept has been enormously popular and successful across the country. The men‚s personal grooming segment is growing twice as fast as the women‚s. Knockouts‚ creates a pampered grooming experience in a guy-friendly environment and at an affordable price.‰

El Dorado Crossing is located west of the northwest corner of Elliot Road and Kyrene Road in Tempe, Ariz. Other tenants in the center include Jimmy John‚s and America‚s Taco Shop. Knockouts Haircuts For Men plans to open fall of 2014, this will be this franchisee‚s first location in Arizona with plans to open additional locations in Tempe, Chandler, and Scottsdale in 2015.

Scott Ellsworth with SRS Real Estate Partners represented the tenant, Knockouts Haircuts for Men, and Gabe Ortega with NAI Horizon represented the Landlord, Anthony Leparulo Separate Property Trust, in this transaction.

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Colliers Completes 247,000 SF of New Leases at Diablo Technology Park

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix has completed 247,000 square feet of new leases at Diablo Technology Center in the last year and is currently marketing additional space there for a data center and also a speculative suite.

The leases at 2900 S. Diablo Way in Tempe include 110,000 square feet for Computershare, 71,000 square feet for Xerox and 66,000 square feet for Emerson, a manufacturing and technology company.

Charles Miscio, an executive vice president at Colliers International, and Danny Plapp, a senior associate with Colliers International, served as brokers for the landlords, Walton Street Capital of Chicago and The Muller Company of Irvine, Calif.

Computershare is the most recent transaction at Diablo Technology Center. Dan Dobric of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank served as Computershare’s broker.

In the other transactions, Emerson was not represented by a broker while JLL served as Xerox’s broker.

Motorola Solutions is the Diablo Technology Center’s original tenant, dating back 20 years, and continues to operate on a long-term lease.

Remaining in the project is 38,000 square feet of repurposed space that Colliers International is marketing to data centers and also an 18,000-square-foot speculative suite.

The Diablo Technology Center has a new 13,000-square-foot fitness center that serves as an amenity for all tenants. In addition, negotiations are underway for a food operator, with 1,500 to 2,000 employees on campus, to serve on-site breakfast and lunch and offer catering services.

“The building’s convenient location near Interstate 10, large campus environment with amenities and ample parking attracted the tenants,” Miscio said. “Success of the project is due to strong institutional ownership through The Muller Company and Walton Street Capital.”

“In addition, Diablo Technology Park’s proximity to high-quality employees in Tempe and the landlords’ involvement helped to drive the successful transactions,” Plapp said.

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Fulton Homes Presents $76,500 to Suns Charities

Monday night just before tip-off of the Phoenix Suns-Memphis Grizzlies game, Fulton Homes Vice President Dennis Webb presented a $76,500 check to Suns Charities for the season-long “Proud to Own the 3-Point Zone” program. Throughout the season the Tempe-based homebuilder paid $100 each time a Suns player drained a three-point shot. Monies collected will go to support the U.S. Navy League, an organization that serves and supports all sea services of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, the Joe Foss Institute and the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA).

For more than ten years Fulton Homes has partnered with the Suns to give back to a wide variety of charitable organizations. Last year through the 3-Point Zone program Fulton Homes donated $46,000, which was shared with the Youth Assistance Foundation and CAMRA.

“Fulton Homes is happy that the great success the Suns had this season will benefit the U.S. Navy League, the Joe Foss Institute and CAMRA,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Fulton Homes is dedicated to giving back to a community that has given so much to our family throughout the years.”

Arizona State University student team members Haylee Hilgers, right, and Jason Hyacinthe won the EMC Green Data Center Challenge at the Avnet Tech Games.

Avnet Tech Games Winners Announced

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced the 2014 winners of the Avnet Tech Games. Close to 200 students from Arizona community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the Avnet Tech Games Arizona onsite competition on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. In addition, college students competing on a national level in the Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games had their work displayed and winners were announced during the awards ceremony at the onsite competition. Thirty winning students collected $1,000 each in scholarship money.

A panel of judges including technology executives, engineers and other business leaders selected the winners based on the students’ ability to meet the technical requirements of a task, apply innovative approaches to the solution and demonstrate professional skills. Nearly 76 teams of students competed in the onsite and virtual Avnet Tech Games, including 8 Arizona community colleges and universities: Arizona State University, ITT Technical Institute, seven Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, The University of Advancing Technology and University of Arizona.

The winners of the 2014 Onsite Avnet Tech Games are:

Cisco Networking Expert Battle
South Mountain Community College
Faculty Coach: Tom Polliard
Student Team Members: Huy Mai and Justin Woys

Desktop Domination
The University of Advancing Technology
Student Team Members: William Hartman and Kelly Stahlberg

Digital Design Dilemma
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Bassam Matar
Student Team Members: Michelle Smekal, Niccolo Horvath and Neel Mistry

EMC Green Data Center Challenge
Arizona State University
Student Team Members: Haylee Hilgers and Jason Hyacinthe

HP Build the Fastest Computer
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Troy Gerloff, Blake Knoll and Jeremy Morgan

Java Blitz
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Rameen Kaliqu
Student Team Members: Zachary Peshke, Samuel Slater and Larry Standage

Robot Race Obstacle Course
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Richard Dale, Spencer Hall and Federico Ortega

Solar Scrimmage
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Justin Arispe, Drew Carlson and Jennifer Hooker

Since the inception of the Avnet Tech Games in 2006, nearly $300,000 in scholarship money and prizes have been awarded to hundreds of the approximately 2,680 students and 215 faculty members who have participated in the competitions.

“The Avnet Tech Games provide a great opportunity for students to test their technical and strategy skills by applying what they have learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios,” said Joal Redmond, vice president of public relations for Avnet, Inc. “Students also had the opportunity to improve their communications skills by participating in a networking workshop and then practice those skills by meeting with Avnet and sponsor executives during a networking hour. Students win, schools win and business wins with the Avnet Tech Games.”

The annual multidisciplinary technology competition, composed of eight separate events, required students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills. During the event, students showcased how they can make a difference in advancing business and improving quality of life by participating in competitions such as creating a solar-powered water-pumping system, racing to build a computer using refurbished parts and troubleshoot issues in the Windows 7 operating system.

2014 Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games
The Virtual Avnet Tech Games were introduced in 2010 to expand the breadth of the onsite event by allowing students to compete on a national level. More than 115 teams competed in the Virtual Avnet Tech Games competition. The winners were:

Android App™ Showdown
ITT Technical Institute
Student Team Member: Bryan Geesey

Green Video Competition
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Dustin Allen, Kendra Charnick, Joel Parker and Brian Weeks

JDA Supply Chain Challenge
Southern Methodist University
Student Team Members: Aaron Barnard, Matt Mulholland, Tushar Solanki and Meredith Titus

“Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual and onsite Avnet Tech Games, especially our winners,” added Redmond. On behalf of Avnet, thank you to all of our sponsors, business partners and volunteers for helping to make this year’s event a success.”

Avnet Tech Games 2014 sponsors included signature sponsors CA, Cisco, CDW, Datalink, DPAIR, EMC, HP, JDA, Kyocera, Microchip, Nimble Storage and Sungard.

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New East Valley Women’s Professional Group Launches

The Phoenix-metro-based Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women groups proudly announce the launch of a third, localized chapter, East Valley Women being added to serve women business professionals who live or work in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. East Valley Women will meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30am to 9am at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, Ariz., beginning on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The new East Valley Women group is a sister organization of the esteemed Women of Scottsdale, founded in 1998 and Central Phoenix Women, founded in 2006 by Linda Herold. Herold retired in December 2013, and named JoAnn Holland CEO of the groups. It is under her stewardship that the East Valley Women group has launched. The groups endeavor to support women beginning their professional career, business and professional leaders, women in government, women in education and those who have retired to create a deep and long-lasting community of mutual support.

The group has named community alumna Jodi Towns as the Inaugural Director of the new east valley group and she will serve a two-year term; promoting membership and business sponsorship for the new chapter, as well as acting as Master of Ceremonies at monthly meetings. As the new Inaugural Director, Towns intends to further the spirit of community support with a focus on communities east of Phoenix and Scottsdale. She will continue as the Director of Practice Management for LifeScape Premier, a Scottsdale-based concierge medical practice that has been actively involved in supporting and sponsoring Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women for several years, and is looking forward to launching the nascent East Valley group.

“I’m honored to uphold and extend the tradition and support that these fine groups provide business women in our communities,” says Towns. “With the new group serving the East Valley we’ll be able to reach, serve and bring more fantastic women into the fray.”

The groups’ CEO and founder is equally pleased with the chapter developments. “Jodi has been such a passionate advocate for our existing groups and we’re thrilled to have her leading the charge for the East Valley,” states JoAnn Holland. “We look forward to continued success under her direction with the new East Valley Women chapter.”

For more information about East Valley Women, please like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/eastvalleywomen

To sign up for the breakfast on April 15th please contact JoAnn Holland – CEO and Founder at ceo@eastvalleywomen.org or Anita Welsch – anita@eastvalleywomen.org or 480-567-8131

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine campus extension

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) broke ground Jan. 8 on a new 47KSF mixed-use building. The $9.5M campus expansion supports the college’s record enrollment numbers, growing patient volume in the medical center and plans to add new degree programs and community classes to match the growing interest in naturopathic medicine. The campus expansion will provide space for a larger library, more group and individual study spaces, a café, exercise space and updated classrooms to support lecture and team-based learning. Additionally, SCNM will explore new frontiers in naturopathic medicine with an integrative regenerative healing center for the treatment of pain and a demonstration kitchen for patient and community education.

Developer: Axis Developments Inc.
General contractor: Axis Developments Inc.
Architect: Cawley Architects
Location: 2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Size: 47K SF
Value: $9.5M
Start/Completion: January to fall 2014
Subcontractors: Sharp Creek, Suntec, Re-Create Companies, Bell Steel, Desert
Ridge Glass, Pinnacle Plumbing, Alliance Fire Protection, TCK AC and Heating,
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Residences at Fountainhead

The Residences at Fountainhead Corporate Park

The project consists of 322 apartment homes featuring studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans with flat and loft units contained within four-story buildings with six elevators and surface covered parking spaces. The buildings are connected by bridges on multiple levels along with balconies and apartments that span over driveway locations at the third and fourth levels creating portico entry ways on 55th Street and South Plaza Drive. The two-story clubhouse anchors the center of the community with top tier amenities, including indoor and outdoor fire pit areas, clubroom, fitness area, game room, swimming pool and spa situated within the secluded and lush landscaped grounds of Fountainhead Corporate Park in south Tempe.

Developer: Tilton Development Co. and Goodman Real Estate
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction Inc.
Architect: Todd & Associates Architecture
Location:  55th Street & S. Plaza Drive, Tempe
Size: 389,314 SF
Brokerage firm: CBRE
Value: $35M
Start/Completion: January 2014 to July 2015

The Annex

postinoAdaptive reuse of a 1952 school building into a two-restaurant building with large patios adjacent to College Avenue and across the street from the new College Avenue Commons.

Developer: Wetta Ventures
General Contractor: UEB Builders
Architect: Brick & West, LLC and RSP Architects
Location: College Avenue and 6th Street, Tempe
Size: 7,323 SF
Value: $1.2M
Start/Completion: January to August 2014