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DBruggeman

CRA President among life science's most inspiring

Tempe-based Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), the country’s largest wholly owned network of clinical trial sites, announced that the company’s President & Chief Operating Officer,  David M. Bruggeman, has been selected by PharmaVOICE Magazine as one of the 100 most inspiring people in the life sciences industry. Bruggeman, a 30-year healthcare industry veteran, was honored for his vision and innovation in the clinical trials industry.

Since acquiring CRA in 2007, Bruggeman has been the pioneering force behind the development of an integrated platform for clinical research. This platform has allowed CRA to standardize its research procedures and make the trial process safer and more efficient. It has also enabled CRA to expand rapidly – growing from just six sites in Phoenix to more than 60 sites across the country in the past six years.

“David is an inspiring leader who is dedicated to furthering our industry,” said Mark S. Hanley, CRA’s Chief Executive Officer.  “David’s work has improved the quality and efficiency of clinical trials and improved the patient experience. On behalf of the CRA team, I’d like to congratulate David on this well-deserved honor.”

The PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life sciences industry. Nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers, the recipients are selected based on comprehensive essays describing how they have inspired or motivated their colleagues, peers and others; and how they have affected positive change in their organizations or communities. The individuals of the PharmaVOICE 100 represent a broad cross section of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research, clinical trial, research and development, patient education, patient recruitment, advertising, technology and many others.

joint

CORE Institute Acquires Premier Orthopedics

The CORE Institute announced it has acquired Tempe-based Premier Orthopedics and that its Founder, Mitchell Wagner, MD will join The CORE Institute’s dynamic clinical team.

“Partnering with The CORE Institute will directly benefit our patients,” said Dr. Mitchell Wagner, MD.  “I am excited to join The CORE Institute team and contribute to achieving its mission of bringing a new standard of excellence to surgical care across Arizona and the nation based on the Excellence through Evidence® platform.”

“We are excited to add Dr. Wagner and his talented team to The CORE Institute as we continue to expand and implement our Excellence through Evidence® platform across the nation,” said Arizona Market President, John Brown, MD. “The move also demonstrates our commitment to grow within the Arizona market, while we continue to pursue our national expansion efforts.”

Mitchell Wagner, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the Founder and Medical Director of Premier Orthopedics of Arizona, which he opened in early in 2011 after practicing with a large local orthopedic group since 1999. He has expertise in orthopedic joint reconstruction, specifically of the knees, shoulders, and hips affected by diseases such as osteoarthritis, and acute and chronic injuries.

Arizona School Choice Trust

Fulton Homes ‘Teacher of the Week’ returns

While school teachers may be under-recognized by many, Fulton Homes continues to acknowledge educators for their unwavering sacrifice and dedication to their students. As the new school year begins, the Tempe-based homebuilder is once again taking the lead to support teachers and education.

For the 14th consecutive year Fulton Homes’ “Teacher of the Week” program returns to honor Valley school teachers. Throughout the school year the program showcases teachers who inspire their students. Both students and parents can nominate their favorite educator each week for that teacher’s chance to win $300 from Fulton Homes and other prizes. The chosen educator will be announced each Friday from 6:20 to 7:20 a.m. on KNIX’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show, heard at 102.5 FM. Students and parents can nominate their favorite teacher each week by visiting www.knixcountry.com, and submitting a brief form describing why their teacher deserves the title.

In May a ‘Teacher of the Year’ will be chosen from the list of weekly winners, and they will be presented with a $1,000 check at a ceremony honoring all the weekly winners. Based on the entries submitted, a panel of judges will select a winner and the teacher will be announced at the May banquet.

“Teacher of the Week is our longest-running program at Fulton Homes,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “This campaign honors local educators who go the extra mile for their students.”

For more information about Fulton Homes “Teacher of the Week,” visit www.fultonhomes.com, or visit www.knixcountry.com and type in the keyword “teacher.”

data.center

CGI expands in Phoenix and Tempe, bringing new IT jobs

CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the opening of its newest Global Infrastructure Services support facility at Tempe Crossroads in Tempe.

Planned hiring in Tempe, and at CGI’s Phoenix-based U.S. Data Center, will grow CGI’s employee base in the region by more than 30 percent. Its new 11,000 square foot Tempe offices at 309 West Elliot Road will house more than 150 employees, bringing CGI’s total headcount in Arizona to more than 550.

CGI’s Phoenix area operations offer highly skilled, in-demand career opportunities in cloud computing, virtualization, cyber security, data center operations, client application hosting and infrastructure management. Aligned with the company’s veterans initiative, military veterans are among those encouraged to apply for entry-level to highly experienced technical positions.

Arizona ranks fifth in Fortune’s list of Fastest Growing Tech Markets, and CGI is growing its presence in the state to support federal, state and local governments and Fortune 100 companies with high-quality technology infrastructure services. CGI also supports federal clients from its offices in Sierra Vista and Tucson.

A leader in cloud computing, CGI’s U.S. data center operations were granted provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of the Federal Risk Management Authorization Program (FedRAMPSM). Frost & Sullivan recognized has CGI with its North American Company of the Year Award in Government Cloud Solutions.

“CGI recognizes the quality of Arizona’s workforce and is pleased to expand our operations in the Phoenix technology corridor. This is a great opportunity to draw on a strong talent pool while offering outstanding career opportunities locally,” said Douglas Crane, Vice President of Global Infrastructure Services at CGI. “We are committed to delivering an outstanding work experience and being active members of the community.”

Interested candidates should visit www.cgi.com/careers to view open positions in Phoenix.

medical.research

Clinical Research Advantage expands reach

Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), the country’s largest wholly owned network of clinical trial sites, has further expanded its geographic and therapeutic reach by acquiring the late phase division of Comprehensive Clinical Development (CCD). This transaction will allow CRA to offer pharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations an across-the-board solution for their diverse clinical research needs.

Clinical Research Advantage includes 63 sites listed under “CRA” and “Radiant Research.” Both brands are known as leaders in Stage II-IV clinical trials. CRA focuses on on family practice and general medicine, while Radiant conducts multi-specialty and consumer trials. Comprehensive Clinical Development is a leader in psychiatric clinical trials, specifically in the areas of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. CCD has participated in the development of every major psychiatric drug that has been developed over the past 10 years, and it is recognized in the industry as a high quality researcher and successful enroller for psychiatric trials.

“By adding Comprehensive Clinical Development to the CRA family of trial sites we are able to increase our capabilities to meet the needs of the growing pharmaceutical marketplace,” said Mark S. Hanley, Chief Executive Officer of CRA. “We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity to move into new therapeutic areas of clinical research. CCD has an impressive track record in psychiatric trials, and we see it as an ideal partner as we continue to expand our operations.”

Based in Miramar, Fla., CCD was founded in 1998. The company operates four independent sites in Atlanta, Ga., Cerritos, Calif., Holliswood, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. The combined companies will continue to function under the names Clinical Research Advantage and Comprehensive Clinical Development, but will be looking to integrate and streamline their operations where appropriate.

AMR-US Airways

Shareholders OK US Airways -American merger

US Airways and American Airlines moved closer to creating the world’s biggest airline Friday, as US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved their proposed merger.

Shareholders of US Airways Group Inc. would get 28 percent of the shares in the combined company, with the rest going to creditors, employees and shareholders of American Airlines parent AMR Corp.

US Airways said that 132,273,780 shares were voted in favor of the merger while 257,757 shares were voted against it. Another 256,523 abstained.

The merger is still being reviewed by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. It also needs the approval of American’s creditors the judge overseeing the airline’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Critics of the merger worry that it will reduce competition and drive up prices. Similar complaints arose around the mergers of Delta and Northwest in 2008, United and Continental in 2010, and Southwest and AirTran in 2011. Antitrust regulators allowed all those deals to go through.

Those other mergers changed the industry landscape, creating giants that made it harder for US Airways and American to compete, said Doug Parker, CEO of Tempe-based US Airways.

The merger “creates a fourth strong competitor to United, Delta and Southwest,” said Parker, who will become CEO of the combined carrier, which will keep the American Airlines name and be based in Texas.

If the American-US Airways deal goes through, those four airlines will control more than 80 percent of the domestic air-travel market.

 

childrens hospital

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

childrens hospital

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has charitable celebration

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, announced it is making a $1,000 donation to Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network as part of a campaign making five donations in five weeks to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary.
“The Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer,” said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Hopefully our donation will help local children and families struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis.”

“Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner has long been an active supporter of the community, and specifically to the Children’s Cancer Network,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network.  “We’re grateful for their ongoing financial and volunteer efforts to help local children and families battling childhood cancer.”

Celebrating its anniversary by making donations to local non-profits fits with the firm’s belief that its rapid growth is a direct credit to its talented staff and their personal and professional commitment to community involvement.  This commitment to community is in addition to the firm’s year-round donations and volunteer efforts.

The firm was founded in July of 2008 by Randy Nussbaum and Gregory Gillis with a focus on complex bankruptcies, commercial litigation, construction law, real estate law, just as the economic downturn began. Despite the recession, the firm surpassed its initial three-year business plan in just two years. Dean Dinner became the third named partner in 2010 and since then the firms areas of practice have grown to include trust and estate planning and probate, insurance defense work, administrative and regulatory law including the pest control and landscaping industries. Over the years, the firm has continued to expand to its current number of 11 lawyers, bringing its total to nearly 30 employees.

Additional recipients of donations from Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, will be announced weekly throughout July, as part of the firm’s anniversary celebrations.

For more information about the Children’s Cancer Network visit:  http://www.childrenscancernetwork.org/

Fulton Home building

EPA recognizes Fulton for energy efficient construction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored Fulton Homes for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes by presenting the Tempe-based homebuilder with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. The honor recognizes a builder that promotes energy efficient construction and helps to protect the environment through partnership with ENERGY STAR.

“Not only does Fulton Homes provide a top quality home, but we make sure they are environmentally friendly and efficient,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Fulton Homes is dedicated to preserving the environment through the focused attention we give in our construction process. Receiving an ENERGY STAR award is testimony for the care and attention we put in to every Fulton Home.”

ENERGY STAR, an EPA voluntary program, helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR label have undergone a long process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict U.S. requirements.

Exercises

Insight Announces Launch of On-Site Health Center

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading worldwide technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has opened an on-site health center at its corporate headquarters location in Tempe.

At the Insight Health Center, teammates can receive annual exams, immunizations, blood tests, generic drug prescriptions, urgent care and other screening procedures. These new clinical services are offered to teammates on an Insight sponsored health plan, with plans to expand to all teammates and teammate dependents.

Insight recently celebrated the grand opening of the health center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a large number of teammates.

“We are thrilled to offer the convenience of an on-site health center to our 1,400 Tempe-based teammates,” said Jen Fernandez, vice president, human resources. “We all lead busy lives and the Insight Health Center is one way we’re helping our teammates achieve some additional work-life balance.”

Additionally, Insight’s existing wellness program, which has been in place for the past five years, has been relocated to the health center. This program assists teammates with managing their health through improved nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation and more.

For more information on Insight visit www.INSIGHT.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan

Wells Fargo opens LEED-Silver store in Tempe

Wells Fargo announced the opening of its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 20 E. University St. in Tempe, on June 3.  The 2,249-square-foot location – the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in the state – is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Wells Fargo has five LEED certified stores in Arizona.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of promoting environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.  “In addition to our commitment to have 35 percent of our leased and owned buildings LEED certified by 2020, we also have introduced new envelope-free ATMs throughout Arizona and continue to provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share our environmental commitment.”

Environmental features in the new store include:
· Water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices help us cut water usage by up to 40% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Energy efficient light fixtures and HVAC system help to reduce energy use by up to 21% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Light harvesting system helps cut energy use by automatically adjusting indoor lighting for maximum use of available daylight
· Bike racks help reduce pollution impacts from automobile usage
· Increased use of recycled content, like porcelain tiles that contain 40% recycled content and insulation  made from recycled cotton – including scraps of denim
· Fully recyclable materials such as counter surfaces comprised of recycled bottles and cement, carpet, and window shades divert these materials from the landfill at their end of life
· Sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured wood materials
· Low toxic paints and other materials and strict air quality management practices during construction contribute to a healthier environment
· Waste diversion during construction keeps much of our construction waste from ever seeing the landfill
*Compared to conventional buildings of the same type.
“Our vision as a company is to help our customers succeed financially, and this new store will make it even easier for our customers to connect with the full financial services that Wells Fargo has to offer,” said Store Manager Chris McCarthy.  “We’re excited to be serving our customers in this new energy efficient store.”

McCarthy joined Wells Fargo as a teller in 2001 and also has held positions as a personal banker and training consultant.  His store team will consist of 11 Retail Banking team members, including Service Manager Samantha Brock, four personal bankers and five tellers.  Representatives from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Wells Fargo Investments also will serve customers at the store.

The new store includes two ATMs with 24-hour access, a merchant night drop and an online terminal where customers can access their Wells Fargo accounts online. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

volunteer

SRP Donates $94,500 to Nonprofit Agencies

Salt River Project employees are turning their volunteer hours into much-needed funds for the nonprofit organizations they assist through the SRP Dollars for Doers program.

The program contributes funds, ranging from $250 to $1,000, directly to community nonprofits based upon the number of volunteer hours donated during the 2012 calendar year by SRP employees. The grant program is designed to provide funding to nonprofit agencies that are also supported by the volunteer efforts of SRP employees.

“SRP has a distinct heritage built upon responding to the needs of our customers and the communities in which they live, and we recognize the value of providing support to organizations whose programs are improving the lives of our community,” said Jen Martyn who manages the SRP Volunteer Program.

SRP donated $94,500 to 106 nonprofit agencies in which 141 SRP employees donated more than 29,000 hours of their time and experience in cities throughout the Valley, including Avondale, Camp Verde, Casa Grande, Chandler, Douglas, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Higley, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Page, Peoria, Phoenix, Pine Top, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, St. Johns, Tempe and Tolleson and Tucson.

Employees contributed to their community in a number of ways, including:

· coaching youth football, baseball, soccer and swimming,
· providing children with special needs horse therapy rides,
· ushering during arts and cultural events,
· preparing meals for those in need,
· mentoring and providing leadership to youth and
· assisting schools through parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs.

Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival

Tempe lands state’s largest office development deal

The City of Tempe announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizona State University adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month.

State Farm will lease office space and anchor the multi-use development.

“We are thrilled that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings have been selected to co-develop and construct the State Farm regional hub,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

“With retail and recreational amenities on site for State Farm employees and the entire community to enjoy, Marina Heights will become an important icon of the Tempe Town Lake landscape and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office development deal in Arizona history, with more than 2 MSF to be constructed on more than 20 acres. Construction costs are estimated at $600M. Additionally, 40,000 SF to 60,000 SF of retail amenities will complement the transit-oriented development, including food service, coffee shops, restaurants, business services, and fitness facilities.

The site will also feature an approximately 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public.

“This is a proud day for Tempe and everyone involved. We are tremendously excited about what the addition of State Farm will mean to our community over the decades to come,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “These employees, buildings, and amenities will further contribute to and showcase the vibrancy of Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, and Arizona State University, and serve as a catalyst for more high-quality development.”

“We are thrilled that State Farm will be expanding in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “The jobs that will be created to make this project a reality will be a tremendous boon to our economy. This is a great example of how our plan to build an Arizona that is attractive to high value employers is hitting the mark.”

The five-building campus will be leased by State Farm and become a hub to include a combination of new hires and existing employees who will provide claims, service, and sales support to State Farm customers.

“State Farm selected Tempe because it has a growing population with skill sets that match our customers’ needs,” said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President, State Farm. “The site along Tempe Town Lake gives our employees access to nearby amenities as well as easy connections to public transportation.”

“We look forward to having State Farm as a neighbor and to working with the company on a variety of programs including employee recruitment and academic programs for their staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“State Farm’s decision to lease the land owned by the university immediately adjacent to the ASU Athletic Facilities District is the first major step in the campaign to fund new and renovated sports facilities for the university. The Athletic Facilities District will be home to an exciting mixed-use development reflecting high quality and the best practices of sustainability. A high stature tenant such as State Farm will add to the luster of the district and validates its attractiveness.”

The project is being developed by Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings. Tempe-based architectural firm DAVIS designed the project.

Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival

Tempe lands state's largest office development deal

The City of Tempe announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizona State University adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month.

State Farm will lease office space and anchor the multi-use development.

“We are thrilled that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings have been selected to co-develop and construct the State Farm regional hub,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

“With retail and recreational amenities on site for State Farm employees and the entire community to enjoy, Marina Heights will become an important icon of the Tempe Town Lake landscape and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office development deal in Arizona history, with more than 2 MSF to be constructed on more than 20 acres. Construction costs are estimated at $600M. Additionally, 40,000 SF to 60,000 SF of retail amenities will complement the transit-oriented development, including food service, coffee shops, restaurants, business services, and fitness facilities.

The site will also feature an approximately 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public.

“This is a proud day for Tempe and everyone involved. We are tremendously excited about what the addition of State Farm will mean to our community over the decades to come,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “These employees, buildings, and amenities will further contribute to and showcase the vibrancy of Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, and Arizona State University, and serve as a catalyst for more high-quality development.”

“We are thrilled that State Farm will be expanding in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “The jobs that will be created to make this project a reality will be a tremendous boon to our economy. This is a great example of how our plan to build an Arizona that is attractive to high value employers is hitting the mark.”

The five-building campus will be leased by State Farm and become a hub to include a combination of new hires and existing employees who will provide claims, service, and sales support to State Farm customers.

“State Farm selected Tempe because it has a growing population with skill sets that match our customers’ needs,” said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President, State Farm. “The site along Tempe Town Lake gives our employees access to nearby amenities as well as easy connections to public transportation.”

“We look forward to having State Farm as a neighbor and to working with the company on a variety of programs including employee recruitment and academic programs for their staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“State Farm’s decision to lease the land owned by the university immediately adjacent to the ASU Athletic Facilities District is the first major step in the campaign to fund new and renovated sports facilities for the university. The Athletic Facilities District will be home to an exciting mixed-use development reflecting high quality and the best practices of sustainability. A high stature tenant such as State Farm will add to the luster of the district and validates its attractiveness.”

The project is being developed by Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings. Tempe-based architectural firm DAVIS designed the project.

tempe

Ryan Companies US, Sunbelt Holdings To Co-Develop 2 MSF Multi-Use Office Development In Tempe

The City of Tempe announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizona State University adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month.

State Farm will lease office space and anchor the multi-use development.

“We are thrilled that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings have been selected to co-develop and construct the State Farm regional hub,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

“With retail and recreational amenities on site for State Farm employees and the entire community to enjoy, Marina Heights will become an important icon of the Tempe Town Lake landscape and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office development deal in Arizona history, with more than 2 MSF to be constructed on more than 20 acres. Construction costs are estimated at $600M. Additionally, 40,000 SF to 60,000 SF of retail amenities will complement the transit-oriented development, including food service, coffee shops, restaurants, business services, and fitness facilities.

The site will also feature an approximately 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public.

“This is a proud day for Tempe and everyone involved. We are tremendously excited about what the addition of State Farm will mean to our community over the decades to come,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “These employees, buildings, and amenities will further contribute to and showcase the vibrancy of Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, and Arizona State University, and serve as a catalyst for more high-quality development.”

“We are thrilled that State Farm will be expanding in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “The jobs that will be created to make this project a reality will be a tremendous boon to our economy. This is a great example of how our plan to build an Arizona that is attractive to high value employers is hitting the mark.”

The five-building campus will be leased by State Farm and become a hub to include a combination of new hires and existing employees who will provide claims, service, and sales support to State Farm customers.

“State Farm selected Tempe because it has a growing population with skill sets that match our customers’ needs,” said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President, State Farm. “The site along Tempe Town Lake gives our employees access to nearby amenities as well as easy connections to public transportation.”

“We look forward to having State Farm as a neighbor and to working with the company on a variety of programs including employee recruitment and academic programs for their staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“State Farm’s decision to lease the land owned by the university immediately adjacent to the ASU Athletic Facilities District is the first major step in the campaign to fund new and renovated sports facilities for the university. The Athletic Facilities District will be home to an exciting mixed-use development reflecting high quality and the best practices of sustainability. A high stature tenant such as State Farm will add to the luster of the district and validates its attractiveness.”

The project is being developed by Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings. Tempe-based architectural firm DAVIS designed the project.

education.business

ASU launches program for inventors and entrepreneurs

Arizona State University is seeking aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors who want to develop their ideas into solutions, products and services in a free summer program.

The university is recruiting participants for AREA48 (Applied Regional Economic Activity), a revolutionary new “formation space” that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with opportunities to access human and knowledge assets. While AREA48 is open to anyone, ASU is particularly seeking participation from retirees, veterans rejoining the civilian workforce and knowledge workers seeking new opportunities.

Located in a former restaurant in downtown Tempe, AREA48 supports the development of entrepreneurs by providing a central place for them to connect, collaborate and create as well as receive mentorship, advice and practical business training. There is no cost to participate in AREA48, which runs from June through September. Anyone interested in participating may apply online.

The initiative, which is run by ASU Venture Catalyst, the university’s startup unit, is funded by a grant from the Blackstone Organizational Grants Program, an annual $1 million program targeting organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Through this program, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is helping innovative organizations that directly support entrepreneurs to pilot, expand or replicate projects or programs that will catalyze the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities.

“AREA48 provides an opportunity to harvest untapped human resources to create high-growth ventures that will spur long-term economic growth and job creation in Arizona,” said Gordon McConnell, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “In addition, it will become a feeder to the state’s entire entrepreneurial ecosystem, including accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces.”

At AREA48, participants from diverse backgrounds who have varied skill sets will learn to use new product development and Lean methodologies to turn ideas into solutions, products and services. The initiative’s practitioner-oriented approach allows participants to engage in hands-on activities ranging from prototyping products to establishing a social enterprise to turning a hobby into a business.

AREA48, which officially opens June 24, is housed in the former Bamboo Club restaurant at 699 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The location features team huddle spaces, areas for prototyping and testing products, classroom space for “pracademic” courses and a “showcase space” open to the public.

ASU Venture Catalyst will offer its highly successful Rapid Startup School at AREA48, with classes on topics ranging from customer development, fundraising, and business modeling to product development, marketing strategies, and intellectual property. In addition, ASU faculty who teach entrepreneurship and innovation will serve as academics-in-residence.

AREA48’s location is also an innovative way of solving the problem of vacant buildings that is so prevalent in urban and downtown areas throughout the country.

“Locating AREA48 in a vacant restaurant in the heart of downtown Tempe creates easy accessibility for all audiences,” McConnell said. “It allows us to connect ASU’s tremendously diverse students, faculty and staff with AREA48 participants, helping bridge the divide that often exists between a university and its local human and economic infrastructure. Not only does this help create diverse teams, it offers students a real-world experience that is very different from a typical internship or academic course.”

For more information about AREA48, please visit http://www.asuventurecatalyst.org/p/content/area48.

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Direct Energy Opens Phoenix Area Call Center

Direct Energy today officially opened its Phoenix area call center in Tempe symbolizing the company’s dedication to grow long-term in the Phoenix community. As part of the grand opening festivities, Direct Energy announced that the company and its employees would commit to volunteering a minimum of 2,000 hours over the next year among several different area non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the St. Mary’s Food Bank.

“Direct Energy takes community investment and corporate social responsibility very seriously,” said Scott Boose, president, Direct Energy Services. “We are committed to making a difference in our customer’s lives and positive impacts in areas like Phoenix where we are part of the community employing hundreds of people with plans to grow even more.”
The community involvement initiative announcement was made at a press conference at Direct Energy’s new call center. During the press conference, Direct Energy also discussed its optimism that Arizona will open to retail electric competition, an industry where Direct Energy is the largest in North America. Recently, Direct Energy submitted a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N) to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to serve retail electric customers in the state. The ultimate goal is to allow more consumers, specifically residential and small businesses, in Arizona to reap the full benefits of a competitive retail market structure, which may include cost savings.

“Across the United States in competitive retail electric markets, Direct Energy has offered choice and innovative time-of-use products to consumers that will save them money,” said Steven Murray, president, Direct Energy Residential. “Arizona should be no different and we look forward to working with the Arizona Corporation Commission Commissioners and other parties to continue the forward progress the state is making toward competition.”

Direct Energy employs more than 200 people in the Phoenix area with current plans to grow to as many as 500. The company’s call center in Tempe serves customers in both Direct Energy Services for their plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electricians needs, and Direct Energy Residential for our retail electric customers.

“We are so pleased to celebrate this day with Direct Energy and its employees,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “Tempe is excited about adding 500 new jobs to our community, and we are appreciative of the volunteerism of the Direct Energy employees. That is a genuine and generous sign that they are here to stay.”

“Our new call center is a symbol of the important position Tempe and the Phoenix area has toward growing our customer base and business in North America,” said Matt George, Direct Energy’s call center director and senior executive in the Phoenix area. “I look forward to showing the community our new workplace and enhancing our visibility and influence here.”

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Andrew Thomas will run for governor

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s planning to run for Arizona governor in 2014.

Thomas served as county attorney from 2005 until he resigned in 2010 to unsuccessfully run for Arizona attorney general.

A three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona courts disbarred Thomas about a year ago for failed corruption investigations that he and county Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched against officials with whom they were having political and legal disputes.

Thomas is a Republican and he joins a growing list of candidates for governor.

Democrat and former Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal, Republican and ex-Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Americans Elect party candidate John Mealer have already formally filed to run.

Republicans Sen. Al Melvin and Secretary of State Ken Bennett have formed exploratory committees.

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Tips for Getting Booked as a paid speaker

With 90,000 international, national and local associations holding 767 meetings a day, speakers are needed. But sometimes it’s hard for speakers to find those paying audiences. At the April meeting of the NSA-Arizona chapter, Certified Speaking Professional Ed Rigsbee will share how to get paid bookings through article writing.

Rigsbee, an author and expert on strategic alliances, has written 2,000 articles that he has offered to associations at no charge. It’s his primary strategy for getting booked as a speaker.

“Giving a talk at an association meeting is a great way to break into the speaking business,” said Susan Ratliff, president of NSA-AZ. “And our April speaker, Ed Rigsbee will tell us exactly how to do it.”

Rigsbee speaks to Arizona speakers and those interested in a speaking career at the chapter’s Tempe conference center on April 13 from 9-noon. More information and registration links are at http://nsa-arizona.org.

National Speakers Association-Arizona is an award-winning chapter of the National Speakers Association, an organization of professional speakers, trainers, facilitators and consultants. The chapter helps members increase their business, improve skills and network. For more information, go to http://nsa-arizona.org.

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Z’Tejas Opens Fifth Location in Central Phoenix

On the heels of celebrating its 20th anniversary in Arizona, Scottsdale-based Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is announcing the opening of their fifth Valley location in central Phoenix located at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, opening to the public April 22, 2013. This Z’Tejas location was one of the first “ground-up” construction projects in the neighborhood, with the restaurant modeled after famed architect, Ralph Haver, to blend in with the surrounding homes.

“This location is a sign of perseverance and support from the neighborhood,” says Z’Tejas CEO Steven Micheletti. “We are excited to open our doors in the heart of central Phoenix.”

The new location features five uniquely designed dining rooms each with a different feel, side panels that open to the outside, a greenhouse room with a retractable roof and “living wall” inset with live plants and greenery. The restaurant will seat roughly 290 guests and conveys a light, airy design.

The first Arizona Z’Tejas restaurant opened December 1991 in Scottsdale Fashion Square and continues to thrive in the community. The concept then continued to grow with three other locations at Shea & Tatum in Phoenix (1996) Tempe (2000) and Chandler in (2001).

Z’Tejas is at the forefront of unique Southwestern fare with seasonal menu items and specialty cocktails, including their award-winning Chambord margarita. Visit www.ztejas.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ztejassouthwesterngrill and Twitter @ZTejas.

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Wist signs contract with Infusionsoft

Wist Office Products, the longtime Tempe-based office supplier ranked “Best Office Supply Company” in the state for seven years and counting, today announced yet another victory in a year that’s already proven to be a standout for the locally-owned and operated retailer.

Infusionsoft, designer of the only all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses and a six-time Inc. 500/5000 company, has signed on with Wist Office Products, Arizona’s largest independent business product supplier, to exclusively provide all of the company’s office supply and business product needs. The announcement was made shortly after Wist Office Products secured a prestigious ILoA Award from AZ Business Magazine, recognizing local businesses for their contributions in five key industries – alternative energy, distribution and logistics, healthcare, hospitality, and retail.

“We’re thrilled to make Infusionsoft an integral part of the Wist Office Products team,” said Ian Wist, co-owner and general manager at Wist Office Products. “We’re longtime admirers of how they operate their business, and their passion and dedication to aiding small business growth. All you need to do is look at their own history and growth to see why an Infusionsoft/Wist partnership is an ideal fit for both sides.”

“The real winners in this deal are the people of Arizona,” explains Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona. “Most folks don’t realize that having business to business support between Arizona companies keeps up to four times more money recirculating in the local economy, and that means more tax revenue for parks, libraries and fire departments.”

Headquartered in Chandler, Infusionsoft’s contract with Wist indicates yet another way the company helps further the goals and objectives of small businesses, opting to sign on with their Tempe neighbor as opposed to forging a contract with a larger, national conglomerate.

“We love Arizona and the many businesses headquartered here,” said Eric Keosky-Smith, Infusionsoft regional development director for Arizona. “A partnership with a local company like Wist makes clear sense to us because it keeps more money in Arizona, which ultimately contributes to our company’s purpose – to help small businesses succeed. We hope to lead by example and show others that partnering locally can be an excellent option that isn’t just self-fulfilling but also beneficial to everyone in the local community.”

With a catalog of more than 50,000 office supply products and nearly 60 successful years in the industry, Wist Office Products has managed to successfully avoid the economic collapse that so many local companies have fallen prey to since the Recession began.

“It’s partnerships like this one that have kept business thriving over the years,” Wist said. “We’ve had a stellar almost-sixty years in business, and with the continued support of great companies like Infusionsoft, we look ahead to another sixty more.”

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First Solar buys S. Calif. power project

First Solar said Monday that it has purchased a 150-megawatt power project in Southern California.

Construction is expected to start this year and finish in 2014. The Tempe company said that the plant could generate enough electricity to power more than 60,000 average California homes.

First Solar Inc. bought the project, which is near El Centro, Calif., from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., energy investment firm Energy Power Partners and a third partner that it didn’t identify. It didn’t say how much it paid.

First Solar, one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, also develops and builds large solar farms that generate electricity sold to utilities.

Its stock added 28 cents, or 1 percent, to $27.24 in afternoon trading.

The industry has in recent years been struggling with a steep drop in solar panel prices. Demand stagnated while manufacturing capacity increased and costs for raw materials plummeted.

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Eddie Basha memorial set for April 6

A memorial service for grocery store magnate Eddie Basha is scheduled for April 6 in Tempe.

The former chairman and CEO of the Bashas’ family-owned supermarket chain died Tuesday at age 75.

Officials of the Chandler-based company say the memorial will be held at 10 a.m. at Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State University campus.

Basha guided the company that carried his family name for more than 40 years. At one time, the chain had more than 160 supermarkets serving all 15 Arizona counties.

He was appointed to the Arizona Board of Education in 1984, the state Board of Regents in 1990 and unsuccessfully ran for Arizona governor in 1994.

Basha is survived by his wife and six sons, including four from his first marriage.

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Fulton Homes increases building

The first day of spring brought news for homebuilders that in cities across the nation potential home buyers suddenly find themselves with a low inventory of available homes to choose from. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that many homebuilders are scrambling to find construction workers and obtain permits to keep up with the spike in demand.

While many homebuilders may have been caught by surprise, Tempe-based Fulton Homes was not.

“We started construction of nearly 100 homes months ago in anticipation of this housing shortage,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “Fulton Homes currently has the most move-in-ready homes of any builder in the Phoenix market.”

According to the Times story, the National Association of Realtors reports that the raw number of homes for sale across the nation is at its lowest level since 1999.

In January, Fulton Homes sold 52 homes; in February that number jumped to 87. These numbers compare to 43 and 72 respectfully, a year ago. Closings for January were 57 and 61 in February, compared to 41 and 31 last year.

“We expect to see a continual rise in the number of new home buyers who are purchasing their first home or upgrading with a new Fulton Home, “said Fulton.

According to the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index earlier this year, sales prices of homes in the Phoenix area surged 23 percent in 2012. Rising prices often parallel the rise in the number of people looking for new homes.