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Phoenix Children’s Hospital will provide care at TMC

TMC for Children will partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the country, for inpatient pediatric hospitalist and intensive care services beginning June 3.

“TMC for Children is committed to the children and families we serve,” said Judy Rich, TMC president and chief executive officer. “Our relationship with Phoenix Children’s builds upon a tradition of excellence and comprehensive, family-focused care that the community has come to expect from TMC for Children.”

Phoenix Children’s staff will be based in Pima County and call TMC their Tucson hospital home. They will assist in augmenting specialty services where gaps might exist in Tucson so families can access a broader spectrum of pediatric services closer to home and without having to travel to Phoenix. 

“We’re excited to bring our special brand of pediatric care to TMC for Children,” said Ryan Bode, M.D., Hospitalist division chief, Phoenix Children’s. “This relationship will allow us to collaborate and consult with community pediatricians and pediatric specialists practicing in the Tucson area on the care of their patients and fill any gaps in pediatric specialty care that may exist in the region.”

Other long-standing pediatric relationships will remain the same. Pediatrix will continue to provide medical coverage to TMC’s newborn intensive care unit. The TMC Pediatric Emergency Department – the first in the region and the busiest in the city – will remain open 24/7 with the same dedicated staff.

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UA researcher develops app to help quit smoking

See Me Smoke-Free, the first multi-behavioral mobile health (mHealth) app designed to help women quit smoking, eat well and get moving, now is available for free on the Google Play Store.

The Android phone app, officially released March 30, uses guided imagery to help women resist the urge to smoke, while encouraging them to make healthful food choices and increase their physical activity. The app can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.arizona.guidedimagery

See Me Smoke Free was developed by a multi-disciplinary research team, headed by Judith S. Gordon, PhD, associate professor and associate head for research with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The goal of See Me Smoke-Free is to provide an overall sense of well-being and self-efficacy, said Dr. Gordon. “We want women to recognize that they are strong, they are beautiful, they are powerful and they’re in control of their lives,” she said. “And that they can use the app to engage in a healthier lifestyle.”

“And that includes being smoke-free,” she added.

The app is designed specifically for women, with input from women smokers, because studies have shown that women experience particular challenges when they quit smoking, like gaining weight, which may make quitting harder for them than for men, said Dr. Gordon.

The main component of the app is a guided imagery program, which consists of several audio files. Guided imagery is an enhanced visualization technique that encourages users to imagine themselves smoke-free and capable of dealing with cravings.

In addition to sight imagery, the app prompts women to use all their senses for a fully immersive experience. For example, users are guided through a farmers’ market, where they imagine seeing, smelling and tasting their favorite fruit or vegetable.

Users are prompted to use the guided imagery files daily. The app also allows users to access additional information and resources on quitting, eating well and being physically active; record achievement of their daily goals; and display how many days they have gone without smoking, the intensity of their cravings over time and how much money they have saved. Users will receive daily motivational messages and tips for living a healthy lifestyle, and will get virtual awards for meeting their goals and engaging with the app.

“The reason we developed this as an android app is two-fold,” Dr. Gordon said. “First, Android currently has the largest market share of smartphone operating systems. Second, we know that people with lower incomes are more likely to use Androids, and they are more likely to smoke.”

See Me Smoke-Free was developed as part of a two-phase study. Participants are needed for the second phase of the study, which will evaluate the app. Additional information about the app and the research study is available at the website: www.seemesmokefree.org

“A multi-behavioral intervention such as ours requires experts from a variety of fields,” noted Dr. Gordon. The study team includes Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, assistant professor with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Thienne Johnson, PhD, research associate with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UA College of Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science, UA College of Science; and Peter Giacobbi, PhD, associate professor with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and the School of Public Health at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Jim Cunningham, PhD, an epidemiologist with the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, is the study’s methodologist and statistician.

See Me Smoke-Free is funded by a two-year, $366,400 National Cancer Institute grant, 1R21CA174639.

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Phoenix faces growing gap between income, rent hikes

A new report shows Tucson and Phoenix-area renters have had to deal with a double whammy: Dwindling or stagnant incomes coupled with significant rent hikes.

The report, released last week by the National Association of Realtors, indicated the two metro areas are among those where the gap between rental costs and household income is increasing.

“It’s something we are watching since rising housing costs are getting to unhealthy levels,” association spokesman Adam DeSanctis said.

The association collected data on 70 major metro areas and analyzed household income growth, housing costs and homeownership changes in renter and owner-occupied households over the past five years.

Tucson ranked fifth for the largest decrease in income for renters aged 25 to 44 years old. The study indicated income dropped about 3.5 percent. During the same time period, the area saw an 11 percent increase in rent.

“We don’t have the jobs we need,” said Allan Mendelsberg, real estate agent at PICOR Commercial Real Estate in Tucson. “We’re doing a lot to revitalize downtown, with a lot of renovation throughout Tucson. But until we have high paying jobs, people are not going to be able to afford high apartment pricing.”

Tucson has experienced a trend in luxury property building as well, which may fuel the disparity between rental cost and income.

However, Mendelsberg, who specializes in multifamily apartment and investment properties sales, did point out that rent in Tucson remains lower than most cities at an average of $638 a month for a single unit.

The Phoenix area, which included Mesa and Glendale, saw a 2 percent increase in income during the five-year period coupled with a 9.8 percent hike in rents.

Phoenix rentals have been rising 5 to 8 percent per year for single-family homes and condominiums, said Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W.P. Carey School at Arizona State University.

“Relative to many areas, Phoenix rentals are cheap compared to other places, but wages are low,” he said.

Nationwide, rents have increased 15 percent over the past five years, while the association estimated that household income has gone up 11 percent.

The association used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, among other sources.

Experts said the problem with the disparity between rent and income is that it makes it difficult for renters to become homeowners because they spend so much on rent, they can’t save for a down payment.

To relieve rental costs, increasing the supply of new home construction is a solution, Orr said.

However, builders have been hesitant since the Great Recession because of growing construction costs, buyers’ limited access to credit from lenders and concerns about the re-emergence of younger buyers, according to the association.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the association, said in a news release that without new housing opportunities, entry-level buyers will face affordability issues.

“Many of the metro areas that have experienced the highest rent increases are popular to millennials because of their employment opportunities,” Yun said in the release.

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Governor’s Arts Awards honors Arizona’s best

Guitar artist, musician and luthier William Eaton of Sedona, Tucson arts advocate I. Michael Kasser and Arizona State University strings professor Dr. Margaret Schmidt captured the top individual awards at the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

More than 600 arts supporters, artists, advocates and business leaders were on hand for the presentation of awards and remarks by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.  The event was emceed by CBS5 anchor Nicole Crites.

Sixty-five nominations were submitted from 22 Arizona communities in six categories for this year’s awards. SRP was the Presenting Sponsor; APS, the Nominees Sponsor; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Entertainment Sponsor; and the Arizona Lottery was the Artist Award Sponsor.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards were presented to:

  • William Eaton, Artist Award
  • I. Michael Kasser, Individual Award
  • Dr. Margaret Schmidt, Arizona State University, Arts In Education Individual Award
  • Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Arts in Education Organization Award
  • West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37, Community Award
  • CopperPoint Mutual, Business Award.

Also during the evening, the tenth annual Shelley Award was presented to the Papp Family for their individual and collective support of the arts as advocates and donors.  The Papp Family is represented by family patriarch the late L. Roy Papp and his wife, Marilyn  A. Papp; their son, Harry A. Papp, and his wife, Rosellen Papp.  The Papp family’s devotion to arts and culture endeavors also is shared by Marilyn and Roy’s daughter, Victoria Papp Cavallero and her husband, Patrick F. Cavallero.

Each honoree received specially created awards by Arizona artists Alexandra Bowers, Randy Kemp, Jacob Meders, Gabriela Muñoz, Rossitza Todorova, Kathleen Velo and Claire A. Warden.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards honorees:

Artist Award: William Eaton (Sedona): Building guitars and beyond since 1971, William Eaton’s imaginative, sculptural multi-stringed instruments are showcased at major museums, art galleries and in books, magazines and publications. During the past 40 years the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school he co-founded in Phoenix, has graduated over 2000 students, from Arizona, the U.S. and every other continent, except Antarctica. As Director of the School, William has influenced hundreds of luthiers who have become artist-entrepreneurs, employees, managers, foreman and repair techs – for major guitar manufacturers, small custom shops, touring companies and music stores – worldwide. Eaton has composed for and performed solo, with the William Eaton Ensemble, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Trio, and R. Carlos Nakai, among others.

Individual Award: I. Michael Kasser (Tucson): Michael Kasser and his wife, Beth, have been ardent and generous supporters of the arts in Southern Arizona for many years. His passion extends to Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art and other arts and cultural programs working to enrich the lives of those within his community. Specifically, through his business acumen and generous donations, Mike has ensured the survival and growth of a number of arts organizations in Southern Arizona. He strongly believes that the arts attract businesses to Southern Arizona and has encouraged many of his fellow business leaders to communicate their support for the Pima County Bond election to the Pima County Bond Committee, which would include a number of arts and cultural-related projects. He is active in the revitalization of downtown Tucson and is vocal in his belief that arts and culture are vital to this revitalization.

Arts In Education Individual Award: Dr. Margaret E. Schmidt (Tempe): Dr. Margaret Schmidt’s extraordinary contributions to arts education in string music education occur in nearly every imaginable facet, from the earliest years of education to the high-level work of research and publication. As a string specialist at Arizona State University and a vibrant member of the Arizona string education community, since 2001, every undergraduate student at ASU who wants to teach strings has been prepared for his or her career by Dr. Schmidt, whether through course work with her and/or through internships in the ASU String Project. She also has collaborated with K-12 string music teachers throughout the state in developing their own programs and has conducted string festival orchestras for children statewide.

Arts in Education Organization Award: Phoenix Conservatory of Music (Phoenix): The Phoenix Conservatory of Music is bringing best practices and national practices to our local community through their affiliation with the Berklee City Music Network and Berklee College of Music. By implementing its unique college preparatory program, Phoenix Conservatory of Music is creating a pipeline of popular music learning and critical skill sets in musical and developmental assets in youth grades 4-12. The Phoenix Conservatory offers innovative and engaging programs for teens that develop their musical skill sets, life skills and developmental assets. PCM’s City Music college prep program allows students who don’t have as much access to music education or access to contemporary music education. In 2014, 99 students were in the program, including 12 seniors who all graduated high school and earned over $445,000 in scholarships.

Community Award: West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37 Programs (Surprise): Since 2001, the West Valley Arts Council’s signature Gallery 37 (G37) summer public art program has employed over 200 teens from the West Valley and beyond to create works of public art under the guidance of local master artists. Fourteen works of art include murals, sculptures, ramadas, seating and shade structures and are located throughout Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Goodyear, Surprise and Tolleson. For several of these West Valley cities, Gallery 37 was their first step into the world of public art. Over time as these cities grow, they often reengage and integrate G37 projects into the planning and development process.

Business Award: CopperPoint Mutual (Phoenix):  CopperPoint Mutual has been committed to helping both the arts and community groups in many ways throughout its history. The company invests in the arts statewide, extending from Phoenix and surrounding cities to Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff, Globe, Miami and well beyond. The arts are a particularly integral component to the company’s commitment to and investment in education in Arizona. CopperPoint also works directly with 25 major arts groups across the state and has invested and assisted in the launch of a wide variety of arts related programs for groups such as Autism Speaks and Arizona Autism United, Arizona Lost Boys Center, and Apache ASL Trails, a senior living center for the hearing impaired with a robust arts program.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Rendering, planned clinical tower, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. Image courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.

Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN awarded Banner project in Tucson

Banner Health has awarded the contract for the design of the new Banner – University Medical Center hospital facility in Tucson to Shepley Bulfinch architects of Phoenix, in association with GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. of Tucson. The 11-story tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

This news follows Banner’s acquisition of the University of Arizona Medical Center, which was finalized on February 27.

“We are honored to be working with Banner Health as they rebuild the core of the hospital,” said Shepley Bulfinch’s David Derr, AIA, principal-in-charge for the project. “Both Shepley and GLHN know the University Medical Center well from our previous work, and we understand its importance to the residents of Tucson and surrounding communities.”

Shepley Bulfinch brings national expertise in academic medical center design to the project, with clients that include Yale-New Haven Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The firm prepared the Master Plan for the new facility and completed the hospital’s surgical services renovation and expansion in 2013. Elsewhere in Tucson, Shepley Bulfinch worked with city officials and community stakeholders on the development of the Main Gate Overlay District near the University of Arizona campus.

Tucson-based GLHN has collaborated on significant local projects, including the Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility and Pima County Courts Complex, both integral to the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts.  The firm has provided services to the healthcare industry for over 40 years, working at over 120 VA Medical Centers nationwide and renovating more than 100 areas on the University of Arizona Medical Center campus.


Sam Fox is UA Eller’s Executive of the Year

Sam Fox, CEO and Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, will be recognized as the 2015 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, April 17. The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 East Sunrise, in Tucson.

“Sam studied real estate finance at the University of Arizona, but food was always his passion,” said UA Eller College Dean Jeffrey Schatzberg. “Since opening his first restaurant, Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, in Tucson at age 20, he has earned an outstanding reputation as a creative visionary, savvy entrepreneur and philanthropist – values we share here at the Eller College. It is only fitting that we honor him as Executive of the Year.”

Fox’s restaurant group currently boasts 44 locations and 15 unique concepts spanning seven states. Tucson’s Wildflower American Cuisine was the company’s first concept. Now based in Phoenix, Fox Restaurant Concepts includes Blanco Tacos & Tequila, True Food Kitchen, The Henry, Flower Child, North Italia, Culinary Dropout and several other popular restaurants. Together, his restaurant group employs nearly 4,000 people.

A Sabino High School graduate, Fox is an eight-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year and a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. He was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry by Nation’s Restaurant News for the second consecutive year and he was the 2014 recipient of the Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award by Restaurant Hospitality magazine.

A Paradise Valley resident, he nourishes and grows talent through his “un-corporate” culture and shares his success by giving back to the communities his restaurants serve. He has been an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs since his company’s inception in 1998 and recently held the position of honorary chair for the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Ball. In addition, Fox Restaurant Concepts supports several non-profit organizations including notMYkid and UMOM New Day Centers.

The University of Arizona Executive of the Year program was established by the Eller College National Board of Advisors in 1983 to honor individuals who exemplify executive qualities in private enterprise and public service. Recent honorees include Janet Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor (2014); Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants (2013); former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (2012); and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (2011).

Tickets are $85 per person. Registration is at www.eller.arizona.edu/eoy. For more information, call (520) 621-0053.


William S. Sowders joins Gust Rosenfeld

Gust Rosenfeld, PLC announced that William S. Sowders joined the firm on March 2, 2015.  Sowders’ practice is concentrated on litigation, specifically in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice and healthcare, transportation, and accident and personal injury.

“Bill is a highly respected lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in litigation, in particular in the insurance defense field,” said Richard B. Hood, partner and member of the Executive Committee. “He is widely published and well known in the legal and the civic communities.  We look forward to having him join us at Gust Rosenfeld.” 

William Sowders received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and completed his B.S. degree at Northern Arizona University.  In 2012 and 2013, Sowders was honored as one of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars. He has published in several professional journals, and conducted a webinar on “Medical Records Review and Analysis.”  Sowders is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of California, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. 

“I am very excited to join Gust Rosenfeld. The firm has fantastic attorneys across the board.  I’m looking forward to bringing my trial experience to an already strong litigation group and making our team evening stronger,” said Sowders.

Gust Rosenfeld is a full service law firm established in 1921 with offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Wickenburg. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law.  Gust Rosenfeld is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.

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CORE Institute looks to hire 15 surgeons

With its upcoming expansion into Tucson, Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute, announced it was seeking 15 highly qualified Board Eligible/Board Certified orthopedic surgeons to be part of its dynamic team dedicated to delivering the best in musculoskeletal healthcare in Southern Arizona.

The CORE Institute plans to open its first Tucson facility this summer. Earlier this year, The CORE Institute announced it had signed a co-management agreement to lead the Orthopedics Department at Green Valley Hospital. Additionally, The CORE Institute will begin recruiting to fill positions for clinical and administrative staff closer to the opening of the Green Valley clinic and future clinical sites.

Among the orthopedic surgeon subspecialties it is seeking include: Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, Orthopedic Traumatology, Hand Surgery, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Oncology, Spine Surgery, and Pain Management/ Interventional Spine. Interested candidates should contact: The CORE Institute at JoinUs@thecoreinstitute.com or by calling 1.866.974.2673.

“The CORE Institute has earned its national reputation thanks to its talented physicians and we’re very excited to expand that reputation of excellence to Tucson,” said Jason Scalise, MD, Vice Chair and Director of National Physician Integration at The CORE Institute. “We plan to start by adding 15 talented orthopedic surgeons in the greater Tucson area that share The CORE Institute’s passion and a dedication to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.”

There are several reasons why talented, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons from across the nation have joined The CORE Institute. The CORE Institute has delivered care to more than a quarter of a million patients from all 50 states and around the world over the past 10 years. The organization has grown to more than 140 providers with nearly 700 employees. It is home to several research facilities including: one of the most sophisticated motion analysis and gait laboratories, state-of-the-art biomechanics facilities, and cell culture-chondrocyte facilities. It’s documented, excellent patient outcomes are ensured by a unique and dedicated Quality Department, which sets benchmarks in orthopedic care through evidence-based medicine and standardized protocols managed through a custom, proprietary IT infrastructure. The organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives and at the forefront of systems-based quality initiatives that drive value across health care organizations. The CORE Institute’s team of fellowship-trained physicians provides specialized care in the areas of surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitative medicine, across the continuum of musculoskeletal care.
For more information about The CORE Institute visit www.thecoreinstitute.com.


2 Arizona hospitals designated Ebola treatment centers

Hospital systems in Phoenix and Tucson are among 55 across the United States designated as Ebola treatment centers.

The two Arizona hospital systems designated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in Phoenix and the University of Arizona Health Network.

MIHS President CEO Steve Purves says the CDC designation for his institution reflects many months of preparation and training by hospital personnel to develop and implement comprehensive protocols for treating Ebola.

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Arizona. Public health officials said the designation is precautionary and that the likelihood of an Ebola patient arriving in Arizona is remote.

Isaac Figueroa joins C&W | PICOR

Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR announced that Isaac Figueroa has joined it Tucson commercial real estate brokerage team. Figueroa, a Tucson native, joins one of the region’s top producing Office & Medical Office teams, specializing in the leasing and sale of office and medical properties, representing landlords and tenants as well as buyers and sellers. Figueroa began his real estate career in a residential brokerage where he personally closed over $8 million in sales in his first two years in real estate.  A University of Arizona graduate, Figueroa is a member of Tucson Young Professionals, a CCIM candidate, and President of Theta Chi-Beta Iota Alumni Corporation.



LCMS Laboratories expands into Arizona

To serve the growing needs of the bioscience and healthcare communities in the greater Tucson area, LCMS Laboratories, Inc. is opening a high-complexity laboratory in March 2015 and will operate under the guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).  The laboratory will utilize the latest mass spectrometry technologies and will create high-paying laboratory and administrative jobs within the region.
The new laboratory, located at 10831 N. Mavinee Drive, Suite 105 near Innovation Park, in Oro Valley, will provide clinical diagnostics, contract research organization (CRO) support and diagnostic test development.
LCMS Laboratories worked closely with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), Bioscience Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA) and other bioscience/diagnostic partners to establish its presence and support the community.”Our company was founded on the premise of having science support the practice of medicine, primarily in high-complexity diagnostic testing,” states Dale Ziegler, CEO of LCMS Laboratories. The goals and objectives of the Tucson scientific and medical communities blend perfectly with our future endeavors. The enthusiastic support of the Tucson area community leaders in establishing a diagnostic center of excellence made the decision to establish our new laboratory in Tucson an easy one. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.” Adds Dr. Ray Woosley, president of AZCERT, Inc., and member of the Board of Directors of TREO and BIOSA, “TREO’s 2013 Diagnostics Business Development Strategy identified the need to reach a critical mass of diagnostic companies in our region and the need for a CLIA-certified lab that could support emerging companies. Currently many new bioscience companies send testing of this nature out of our market, increasing the turnaround time and cost of doing business.  The attraction of LCMS Laboratories represents a success story that helps to fill both of these needs within our community.”

Numerous civic and business leaders welcomed the news and provided the following comments:
  • “TREO is laser focused on business development in targeted industries that match our strengths,” said Joe Snell, president & CEO, TREO. “LCMS Laboratories will offer highly-skilled, high-wage jobs in our region and represents the next step to build a critical mass in a competitive industry.”
  • “We are very pleased that LCMS Laboratories has decided to expand in Oro Valley,” said Satish Hiremath, mayor of Oro Valley. “Oro Valley has become a hub for bio-science, diagnostics and high-tech industries, with companies like Ventana Medical Systems, Sanofi and Securaplane. LCMS Laboratories will help strengthen the town’s reputation for these industries and enrich our community with its talented, diverse workforce.”
  • “Arizona’s strategic location, proximity to key regional growth markets and highly-skilled talent pool continue to make our state one of the best places in the nation for today’s corporate leaders and emerging companies to advance their business success,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “We thank LCMS Laboratories for its investment and expansion in Oro Valley, and are excited to see its new state-of-the-art diagnostics testing facility become an integral part of Arizona’s thriving biotechnology ecosystem.”
Brokers for the new lease agreements were Bob Davis of Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate who represented LCMS Laboratories and Diana Dessy of Anthem Equity Group who represented MATRIXX EQUITIES, L.L.L.P

Dove Mountain gets S. Arizona’s 1st 5-star rating

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain a new Five Star hotel. The 253-room adventure, spa and golf resort near Tucson, Arizona is the latest addition to the prestigious ratings, which have been considered the gold standard in luxury hospitality since 1958. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the only property in southern Arizona to receive coveted Five Star status for 2015.

“These Stars are a worthy and well-deserved tribute to the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain,” said Liam Doyle, general manager for the high Sonoran Desert playground. “Thanks to this caring and highly service-focused team, The Ritz-Carlton is attracting year-round travelers to a remarkable desert destination where a return to life awaits. We are also deeply grateful to our treasured guests and neighbors for their friendship and loyalty, and we extend our warmest thanks to them.”

Properties for this award are evaluated anonymously against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards. “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world and serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

With a lush high Sonoran desert setting between Phoenix and Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presents year-round blue skies and an authentic southwestern sense of place where guests can escape, play – and return to the youthful joys of life. Highlights include three swimming pools, a 235-foot water slide and splash pad, 27 holes of adjoining Jack Nicklaus signature golf, daily Sunset Vista Cocktail Hikes, guided rock art tours to discover ancient Hohokam petroglyphs, GPS-guided geocaching, morning Nature Walks, Cactus Discovery tours showcasing the rare and ancient Saguaro, astronomer-guided stargazing, and access to miles of scenic and beautiful hiking, cycling and four-wheel drive trails.

An adventure-filled Ritz Kids Rangers program provides younger guests with myriad delights, including indigenous critter meet-and-greets, desert expeditions and even In-Room Camping. A daily highlight for guests of all ages is the property’s signature Spirit of Adventure Celebration, when guests gather to welcome the evening and take in the haunting refrain of a Native American flutist performing from the surrounding Tortolita Foothills. An Arizona spa vacation is also just steps away, as The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain features spectacular open-air design, a private serenity pool with tanning island, spa cabanas, day beds and a roster of treatments inspired by the healing therapies of centuries-old Native American civilizations. For foodies, award-winning restaurants are complemented by weekend sushi in the lobby, the charming Roadrunner Food Truck which plies the resort grounds with holiday weekend ice cream treats and which also raises charitable funds via local food truck rallies, acclaimed wine and spirits experiences, and the destination’s own Dove Mountain Cuvée wine label. A 42-tree citrus orchard sits directly outside of the resort’s award-winning CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, encouraging guests to pick their own fresh Arizona citrus for memorable morning libations.

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain may be made at 800-241-3333, via www.ritzcarlton.com/DoveMountain, or through a travel professional. Dining and spa experiences, luxury weddings, shared voluntourism/VolunTeaming™ activities, and the resort’s award-winning meetings and events may be requested at 520-572-3000. The scenic high-desert destination in Marana, Arizona is served by both the Tucson and Phoenix international airports.

Reviving the Construction Industry

Santé will build state-of-the-art facility in Tucson

Santé announced its plans to build a state-of-the-art transitional rehabilitation facility in Tucson. The groundbreaking will take place in June 2015, and the center is scheduled to open in April 2016.
The Santé of Tucson transitional rehabilitation center will be a two-story, 68,000-square-foot building with 87 patient units and 89 beds, with the potential to accommodate an additional 14 beds. The new facility will also include a short-term memory care (dementia) wing, which will be privately secured and include its own private dining and physical rehabilitation gym.
More than 150 jobs will be created by the opening of the center, said Santé CEO Mark Hansen. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to serve Tucson. This is a new market for us and we look forward to becoming a part of the community in southern Arizona.”
The facility will be in close proximity to Tucson Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and surrounding medical districts. Additional hospitals to be served will be the University of Arizona Medical Center and Northwest Medical Center.
“The presence of Santé of Tucson will deepen our healthcare assets,” said Joe Snell, president and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities. “Successful economic development requires close teamwork and cooperation from all corners of our region and state. The City of Tucson, Pima County and Arizona Commerce Authority contributed greatly to this win.”
The transitional rehabilitation center will be located on Wilmot Road near Grant, just south of Costco, and will be the first Tucson location for Santé.
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Zach Sakas joins Gust Rosenfeld

ZDS 06Gust Rosenfeld, PLC announced that Zachary D. Sakas joined the firm on February 2, 2015.  Sakas’s practice concentrates public finance, municipal law, and real estate finance.

“Gust Rosenfeld is a preeminent firm in public finance and municipal law in Arizona and it is exciting to join such a distinguished group of colleagues,” said Sakas, who previously worked for J.P. Morgan Asset Management in Scottsdale where he managed approximately $400 million in assets.

Sakas received his J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating with honors and completed additional MBA coursework regarding real estate development and financial modeling.  He holds an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude with Honors, from the University of Arizona. Currently Sakas serve on the board of the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s Art Council and he also is a member of the University of Arizona Honors College Advisory Board.

“We are very pleased to welcome Zack to our firm and to our practice,” said Scott Ruby, partner at Gust Rosenfeld. “In addition to his work at J.P. Morgan, Zach brings solid legal experience in bond counsel and real estate finance law and a commitment to the community. He will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Gust Rosenfeld is a full service law firm established in 1921 with offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Wickenburg. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law.  Gust Rosenfeld is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.

Arizona Commerce Authority awards grants to innovators

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). These grant recipients represent innovative Arizona entrepreneurs who are creating technological solutions with the potential for global impact.

The Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients are:

·       Iris PR Management – Phoenix, AZ (IT – Software): Iris PR Management is the developer of the first core management system for the public relations industry. The SaaS platform enables PR teams to manage and automate all of their daily activity, streamline efficiencies, measure performance and prove value. No other software solution for the PR industry addresses these core needs.

·       Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc. – Scottsdale, AZ (Bio & Life Sciences): Iron Horse Diagnostics is the creator of a diagnostic platform for neurological traumas and diseases. The company’s tests support the diagnosis and management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury, concussions and other neurological diseases.

·       NuvOx Pharma – Tucson, AZ (Bio & Life Sciences): NuvOx Pharma is the creator of a therapeutic biotechnology for improving oxygen delivery in the bloodstream to help treat life threatening conditions, including radiation-resistant cancers. The nanotechnology platform is based on dodecafluoropentane (DDFPe) nano-emulsion, which transports hundreds of times more oxygen per dose than other materials.

·       Park Genius – Tucson, AZ (IT-Software): Park Genius is the developer of a mobile application allowing motorists to conveniently pay for parking using their smartphone. The software solution also gives parking providers a cost-efficient way to process cashless payments for their parking operations and avoid the need to purchase new and expensive hardware designed to accept credit cards.

·       Pure Chat – Scottsdale, AZ (IT-Software): Pure Chat is the developer of a live chat solution for websites that helps businesses connect to their customers from anywhere.

·       Spotlight Software – Peoria, AZ (IT-Software): Spotlight Software is the developer of a SaaS-based sales performance management platform. It is the only remote sales performance optimization tool that tracks and measures individual behavior and soft skills to drive the actionable insight required to build a high-performance sales team.

A panel of expert judges evaluated 154 applications from the Fall 2014 AIC submitted by companies based in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. These companies represent high-value industry sectors that include IT software, IT hardware, bio and life sciences, cleantech/renewable energy, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace and defense.

“Congratulations to our newest AIC winning companies. They demonstrate the innovative spirit and next-generation thinking that make Arizona one of the top hubs for entrepreneurial excellence in the nation,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority.

Under the Arizona Commerce Authority, seven rounds of the AIC have been completed and more than 1,200 applications received for the program since 2011. Including the Fall 2014 recipients, the ACA has awarded 44 AIC grants to Arizona’s entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their businesses and advance technologies, which are diversifying Arizona’s innovation economy.

Jane Poynter, CEO of Tucson-based World View Enterprises, a Spring 2014 AIC grant recipient knows the importance of Arizona’s support of its startup community. Her company develops and manufactures high-altitude balloon technology that provides trips to near space for tourism, R&D and industry uses. World View’s unmanned balloons carry payloads for communications, surveillance, research, and launching microsatellites.

“Winning an AIC award last spring represented a key milestone for our company as well as for our relationship with Arizona,” said Poynter. “We are using our grant to begin standing up our balloon manufacturing facility. It is a key enabler for our company, and affirms that Arizona is interested in supporting innovation and the creation of manufacturing jobs in the state.”


Tucson’s Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital makes history

Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and its Joint Replacement Center have accomplished something no other hospital in the United States has to date. All four total-joint replacement programs offered at St. Joseph’s—knee, hip, ankle and shoulderwere awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“As the prevalence of joint replacements grows along with our aging population, it is that much more important for patients to be confident in the safety and quality of the hospital they want overseeing their procedure and care,” said Dr. George Bradbury, an orthopedic surgeon with the Carondelet Joint Replacement Center and Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Added Dr. Edward Berghausen, medical co-director of the Joint Replacement Center, “Patients want to know not just that their surgeon is qualified, but that their care is safe. Wouldn’t you want to know your surgeon has one of the lowest rates of infection in the country? We’re putting our results out there for everyone to see.”

To earn certification, Carondelet St. Joseph’s underwent a rigorous on-site review, during which Joint Commission experts verified its commitment to:

  • Use evidence-based, standardized care designed for joint replacement patients, including those with other chronic conditions
  • Provide education about the procedure for patients and their families/caregivers
  • Collect and submit data regularly on patient outcomes

“Certification is a voluntary process and I commend St. Joseph’s Hospital for successfully undertaking the challenge to meet our criteria and, in receiving certifications, instill confidence in the Tucson and Southern Arizona community,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs.

“This accomplishment is well-earned and means something very special to the entire hospital staff and certainly to the patients and their families who place their trust in us,” said Tony Fonze, president and CEO of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Carondelet Joint Replacement Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital opened in 2013, and is still the only program in Southern Arizona to offer inpatient pool therapy. Patients who have gone through the Joint Replacement Center experience outcomes that often exceed national averages, such as lower rates of infection and improved functional ability after surgery.

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Experts: Tucson economy is set to grow in 2015

Things are looking up for Tucson, with an economy that is set to grow in 2015 and 2016. That was one of the key takeaways from today’s University of Arizona Eller College of Management annual Economic Outlook Forecast Luncheon at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson. Some 540 people packed the room to hear presenters George W. Hammond, director and research professor at Eller’s Economic and Business Research Center, and Anthony Chan, Chase chief economist, share their predictions regarding job growth, the housing sector, the stock market, interest rates and more.

Despite some stumbling at the start of 2014, the year behind us helped set the stage for growth. To put things into perspective, Anthony Chan spoke first, providing an in-depth analysis of the national and global economy.

“In 2015, we expect more support from the central banks of Europe and China and less support from the United States. Such action is likely to generate faster global growth and better performing equity markets in Europe as the Euro-zone recovers to something approaching 1 percent growth,” Chan said. “As for China, we expect some improvement despite the effects of restructuring of that economy, but acknowledge that financial markets have already front-loaded some of the expected positive monetary and fiscal policy effects.”
In the case of the United States, Chan said growth closer to 3 percent is likely as the current growth momentum spills over into 2015, especially as faster consumer spending is supported by the recent plunge in energy prices.
“Finally, led by Brazil, we expect that Latin America will continue to lag the overall improvement in global economic growth,” he said.
Locally, Tucson’s economy is forecast to expand again next year and “even pick up a little steam,” according to Hammond. In his presentation, entitled “Battling Headwinds,” Hammond gave a comprehensive overview of current economic conditions, breaking down factors that slow growth and pointing to indicators that will fuel future acceleration.

Tucson added jobs and residents during the past year, continuing its recovery from the Great Recession. “The metropolitan area added 4,200 jobs during the past four quarters, which translates into a rate of 1.2 percent. That job growth is a positive sign, but it was below the state and national growth rates, of 2.0 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively,” he said.

Most of the job gains during the past year came in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, education and health services, and financial activities. Tucson experienced job losses in construction and manufacturing.

“Construction continues to be the missing link in the recovery, with employment running at levels last seen in the mid-1990s. Slow population and household gains have dampened residential real estate activity during the past year,” Hammond said.

Also dragging down local growth has been significant federal fiscal drag, in the form of declining employment and reduced federal procurement spending. Federal fiscal drag affects Tucson more than the nation as a whole, because federal activity (civilian and military) is a larger share of the local economy. “Indeed, according to the latest data, the federal government sector accounted for 7.7 percent of Tucson’s gross domestic product in 2012, more than double the national share,” he said.

The outlook calls for Tucson job growth to gradually improve, rising from 0.8 percent in 2014 to 1.3 percent by 2016. That reflects modest improvements in net migration and less federal fiscal drag. Rising job and population growth raise income gains, which support additional local spending.

During his presentation, Hammond encouraged the audience to utilize the new Making Action Possible for Southern Arizona (MAP) interactive website, mapazdashboard.arizona.edu. The project, which launched on Dec. 5, is a partnership between Eller’s Economic and Business Research Center, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
The goal of the website is to measure progress and inspire action. MAP users will find real-time data visualization and analysis for 36 socio-economic indicators grouped into six categories: Economy, Education, Health and Social Well-Being, Infrastructure, Quality of Place, and Workforce and Demographics. Users can compare Southern Arizona to the U.S., states in the West, and select metropolitan areas.

“There are so many ways MAP can benefit our community. Examine the data to drive business decisions, build collaboration or cross-sector partnerships,” Hammond said. “Or, analyze the data to help shape and pursue effective policies or seek external funding opportunities.”

Hammond closed his presentation with an upbeat prediction. “Overall, Tucson continues to battle headwinds, but the local economy is growing and moving forward,” he said.

For more information or to view Dr. Hammond’s slide presentation, visit Eller’s Economic and Business Research website, ebr.eller.arizona.edu.

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JW Marriott makes holidays a Winter Wonderland

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa creates a magical winter fantasy weekend for the entire family, December 12-14, with its Winter Wonderland event, open only to overnight registered resort guests. Festivities begin Friday, Dec. 12, with check-in starting at 3 p.m., followed by Santa’s arrival party from 6 to 7 p.m. A special gingerbread house created by the resort chef will be on display, and Casa de los Niños will be the beneficiary of the event.

At 7 p.m., the Jolly Old Man arrives, complete with a fireworks display, followed by:

• Portraits with Santa
• Snow sledding
• Bedtime story with Santa’s Elves, concluding at 8:45 p.m.

The events for Saturday, Dec. 13, begin at 8:30 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa followed by:

• Snow sledding
• Story time with Santa
• Cookie decorating
• Santa’s workshop crafts
• Polar Express train ride
• Face painting
• Horse carousel
• Complimentary candy bar
• Elf tuck-in
• Popcorn bar and a movie in Blur Teen Lounge, concluding at 10 p.m.

Space is limited. Some activities on Dec. 13 require reservations and/or an additional charge.

Sunday, Dec. 14 events begin at 9 a.m. and include:

• Ornament hunt throughout the resort
• Rubber duck derby
• Farewell to Santa, ending at 12:30 p.m.

As a special holiday treat, the resort’s Starr Canyon River will be open through New Year’s Eve!

Guests staying at JW Marriott Starr Pass for Winter Wonderland may book the special Winter Wonderland Resort Package from $249 per night, which includes a $100 daily resort credit, good towards Breakfast with Santa, Winter Wonderland activities, retail purchases and more.

For more information, or to book your stay, call (520) 792-3500 and mention rate code W39 when booking. Don’t miss a holiday season to remember!


Quarles & Brady Launches Privacy and Security Blog

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, which has three offices across Arizona in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, today announced that the firm’s Data Privacy & Security Team has launched Safe & Sound, a blog that provides a practical, business-focused discussion of the legal issues relating to the privacy and security of a company’s data. This blog will keep businesses aware of current events, news, and legislation in this area.

Margaret Utterback, chair of the firm’s Madison Business Law Group, said Safe & Sound will discuss current news about U.S. and international regulations associated with privacy. It will keep businesses abreast of what they need to know to protect their electronic information.

“Our clients are facing new concerns about how safe their data is in a changing privacy landscape. They want to know how best to protect their customers from a breach,” said John Barlament, chair of the Data Privacy & Security Team. “Our Quarles & Brady lawyers often step in to help companies stay on top of changing regulations and get up-to-speed on what they need to know to be prepared. This blog will offer a place for them to get a greater understanding of what the conversation in this area is focusing on and what they need to consider.”

There are so many unknowns right now about what is required since the regulations vary from state to state and from country to country, said Heather Buchta, chair of the firm’s Phoenix Intellectual Property Group. This blog, housed on LexBlog, will allow clients to get a quick snapshot of what they need to know and what questions they should ask their legal counsel.

To subscribe to the blog and get the latest information, visit http://safeandsound.quarles.com/.


The 5 most haunted places in Arizona

Just in time for Halloween, we thought you might like to consider a ghostly visit to one of the five most haunted places in Arizona.

Hotel San Carlos, 202 N. Central Ave. Phoenix

Blood splattered on Leone Jensen’s white gown as she hit the pavement from the rooftop of the seven-story hotel. Heartbroken and lonely, 22-year-old Jensen committed suicide in 1928 at the Hotel San Carlos. Guests said they have witnessed a woman dressed in a white shear gown blown by the wind from nearby windows. Screaming children have also been heard running the halls late at night from the multiple drownings that occurred in a water well in the late 1890’s. The well remains on the first floor of the hotel and is the main water supply for the residents. Book a night in the San Carlos hotel to see what you might wake up to.

North Morton Hall at Northern Arizona University, 601 S. Knoles Drive, Flagstaff

Built in 1914, North Morton Hall on the NAU campus is a women’s residence hall and home to a girl who committed suicide in the dormitory. Her ghost has not left the premises as students have seen flickering lights, girls being locked in the bathrooms, blankets flying off beds, and even the sight of the ghost lurking the halls.

Jerome Grand Hotel, 200 Hill St., Jerome

A former hospital, a plethora of ghosts walk the halls and visit the rooms in this hotel in “Ghost City.” Many deaths have occurred in the hotel, such as Claude Harvey who was crushed by a self-serviced elevator and two suicides by hanging. Most of the ghosts are allegedly the patients who died in the United Verde Hospital. Flowers, cigar smoke, and whiskey are just some of the smells guests have said to be coming from the rooms. In the heart of the haunted city itself, witness the sights and smells of this five-story hotel.

Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., Tucson

Built in 1930, the Fox Theatre was used as vaudeville and movie house. During the Great Depression, a man would linger outside of the theatre asking for money to feed his family. Watch your wallets, there has been sight of male ghosts walking about outside of the theatre and might just snatch a couple bucks. Suspicious movement of objects in the theatre have some visitors questioning the eerie environment.

Luana’s Canyon southeast of Kingman

A miner and his family lived in a wooden shack in the opening of the canyon. The husband would leave his family for days to find food and mine for gold in the mountains. One day Luana’s husband did not return from his expedition and her family began to starve. Luana began to go insane as the children begged for food and were slowly dying. Impulsive actions took over and Luana chopped up her kids in the wooden house. The remains of her children were tossed into the nearby river, where she wept and screamed in remorse for her murdered children. Her screams are said to still be heard within the canyon and the blood-splattered house is called the “Slaughter House.” Check out this landmark to see if the blood remains on the walls and Luana’s scream can still be heard bouncing off the mountains.


Lovitt & Touché Rebrands After 100 Years in Arizona

Lovitt & Touché, an Arizona-based insurance brokerage and benefits solutions provider, announced today a rebranding of the agency that emphasizes its local roots and commitment to the community.

“Business Focused, Community Minded” will now serve as the slogan, which Chief Operating Officer Charlie Touché says speaks to the heart of the company’s history and values. “We have roots that reach back more than a century in Arizona, and we have become fixtures in the Phoenix and Tucson communities. Despite our growth, however, we have always considered our business to be family-run and community-focused. We pride ourselves on these traits, and we want to be known for them.”

Founded in 1911, Lovitt & Touché is one of the largest insurance agencies in the United States with nearly 200 employees and more than $300 million in total annual premiums. It offers comprehensive employee benefits solutions, property and casualty insurance, bonds and surety, specialty insurance and risk solutions for businesses along with personal insurance for key individuals of those companies. It has offices in Tempe, Tucson and Las Vegas, and primarily serves businesses and individuals in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.

Lovitt & Touché is a major contributor to community causes and initiatives statewide, donating hundreds of thousands to local charities annually.

“Arizona is our home, and we are committed to making it a better place for our team, our clients and our neighbors. The next phase of our branding efforts will better reflect this,” said Dave Wilder, executive vice president of Lovitt & Touché.

Along with the slogan, Lovitt & Touché is set to launch an updated logo and advertising campaign with a fresh and modern look. They will be officially unveiled at a rebrand launch party on Oct. 23, held at US Airways Center from 4 to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Lovitt & Touché, visit www.lovitt-touche.com.


Quarles & Brady Adds 2 Partners in Tucson Office

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that two of its associate attorneys in Tucson have been admitted as partners as a result of excellent performance and the promise of generating strong future value for the firm and its clients.

They are:

Elizabeth Fella, who practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. She specializes in representing local and national companies in complex contract disputes, complex financial restructuring negotiations, and related litigation.

Yakov Sidorin, who practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, handling all areas of IP counseling for a variety of clients.

“Quarles & Brady has been around for almost 125 years, and we owe much of our success to attracting the best and brightest to join us and then investing in their professional development throughout their careers,” said Firm Managing Partner Fred Lautz, who supervises the partnership across the firm’s nine nationwide locations from its founding office in Milwaukee. “We see our future in the faces of these young and successful lawyers, and I’m confident that we’ll be around for at least another 125 years.”

“Given the intensely competitive nature of the modern legal industry, it’s more important than ever to promote associates with extreme care,” added Firm Chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “All new partners must be outstanding representatives of the profession, so we’re excited to add these 17 exceptional achievers to our ranks.”

The attorneys’ new status as partners became effective on October 1.

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Phoenix MBDA Hosts Global Business Conference

The Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management, is hosting Phoenix MBDA’s 2nd Annual Global Business Conference and the concurrent Global Business to Business Trade Expo on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. The expo will focus on topical business opportunities and will provide information on how to conduct business with local, domestic, and international companies.

The two-day event is expected to bring in 150 local, national, and international attendees, including foreign consulates, Arizona Mayors, businesses looking to expand their services and product offerings in international markets, and interested individuals who are looking to start and/or grow a business to support global initiatives.

In support of the conference, Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce said, “We know that when U.S. firms sell their goods overseas, the U.S. economy stands to benefit. U.S. exports reached a record $2.3 trillion in 2013, and exports now support 11.3 million jobs, up 1.6 million since 2009.”

Alika Kumar, Executive Director of Phoenix MBDA also emphasized the importance of the conference and said, “Understanding the simplified processes of how to do business in international markets is vital to all U.S. based businesses and all individuals looking to do business abroad. This conference will lay the framework and foundation for those looking to succeed abroad.” Panelists include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, as well as Barry Broome representing the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). They will provide information about opportunities, including how to network, connect, do business, and succeed in international markets.

For information about registering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kaaren-Lyn Morton at (602) 248-0007 or e-mail kaaren@phoenixmbdacenter.com.

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CBRE releases Tucson transaction report

CBRE’s Tucson office has released the following recent transactions for the greater Tucson area:


Life Energy Wellness, LLC has leased 1,627 square feet of office space at 5232 E. Pima Street in Tucson. The local chiropractic practice led by Dr. Jaime Sanchez was represented by Bruce Suppes with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord, 2030 East, LLC was represented by Aubrey Finklestein with Vast Commercial.


TP3 Global has leased 3,929 square feet of industrial space at 1951 W. Grant Road in Tucson. The landlord, Wright and Case Holdings, was represented by Bill Di Vito and Jesse Blum with CBRE’s Tucson office. The tenant, a global provider of protection products for cold chain and temperature sensitive goods, was represented by Ron Zimmerman with Picor.


Hope, Inc. has leased 6,950 square feet of office space at Sunbelt Business Center located at 1671 W. Grant Road in Tucson. The local provider of Peer-and Family-Run behavioral health and substance abuse services was represented by CBRE’s Buzz Isaacson. The landlord, Sunbelt, LLC, was represented by Bruce Suppes, Tim Healy and Bob DeLaney, also with CBRE.


The Rodney D. Young Insurance Agency has leased 1,512 square feet of retail space at Flowing Wells Plaza located at 1320 W. Prince Road in Tucson. The landlord, the Orchards at Arizona II, LLC, was represented by CBRE’s David Dutson. The tenant was represented by Don Lieberman with KW Commercial.


Wing Factory has leased 2,297 square feet of retail space at Campbell Plaza Shopping Center located at 2800 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson. The landlord, San Francisco, Calif.-based Campbell Plaza Two, LLC, was represented by Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch with CBRE’s Tucson office. The tenant was self-represented. This lease marks the second Tucson location for the fast-casual restaurant.


Revolution Elite Cheer & Tumbling has leased 6,000 square feet of industrial space at Gymnastics World located at 6985 N. Camino Martin in Tucson. The landlord, an organization consisting of Don Gutzler, Lupita Murillo, Yoichi Tomita and Setsuko Tomita, was represented by John Ash with CBRE’s Tucson office. The tenant was self-represented.

Millennium Health and Balance has leased 1,488 square feet of medical office space at 6524 E. Carondolet Dr. in Tucson. The landlord, Michael and Debbie Lennon, was represented by Jeff Casper and David Montijo with CBRE’s Tucson office. The tenant was represented by Kevin Volk with Volk Co.

Bright Star Healthcare has leased 1,414 square feet of office space at 2330 N. Tucson Blvd. in Tucson. The home health provider, which provides the full continuum of home care services, including adult, elder and child care (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services) in addition to medical staffing services for individuals, families and healthcare facilities, was represented by Bruce Suppes with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord, Grand and Tucson Blvd, LLC was represented by Melissa Lal with Larsen Baker.

Photon Engineering has leased 4,486 square feet of office space at 310 S. Williams Blvd. in Tucson. The landlord, DHS Property Investments, was represented by David Montijo and Jeff Casper. The tenant, a software consulting and development firm based in Tucson, was represented by David Montijo and Damian Wilkinson with CBRE, Inc.


Lawlytics has leased 4,263 square feet of office space at 310 S. Williams Blvd. in Tucson. The landlord, DHS Property Investments, was represented by CBRE’s David Montijo and Jeff Casper. The tenant, a successful, Tucson-based attorney website marketing company, was represented by Tom Hunt with Rein Grossoehme.

Desert Dance LLC has leased 3,485 square feet of retail space at Crossroads Festival Shopping Center located at 4811 E. Grant Rd. in Tucson. The tenant was represented by David Blanchette, Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch with CBRE’s Tucson office. The landlord, Crossroads Canada, LLC, was represented by Andy Seleznov with Larsen Baker.