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Everest Holdings gets new vice president of financial operations

Everest Holdings has hired Kate Beatty to serve as vice president of financial operations to provide oversight of the diversified real estate investment and advisory company’s finances, financial reporting and asset management activities.

“Kate is a veteran in real estate finance and strategy on the local and national stage and will provide tremendous leadership for Everest Holdings’ financial operations,” said Joe Blackbourn, president and CEO of Everest Holdings.

Prior to joining Everest, Beatty worked more than 14 years with real estate services for Ernst & Young in New York, N.Y. and Phoenix. Her most recent position with the company was senior manager, supervising acquisition due diligence, valuation and strategic advisory for some of the largest homebuilders, developers, REITs and financial institutions in the United States.  While working for Ernst & Young, Beatty provided valuation and due diligence services for more than $100 billion in real estate assets including residential, office, retail, industrial and hospitality.

“Everest Holdings has a solid reputation and proven record of creating extraordinary value for clients based on a thorough understanding of market dynamics and creative thinking,” said Beatty. “I’m thrilled to be part of the Everest team.”

Beatty received a softball scholarship to Fordham University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in finance.  While in attendance, she was an Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree.

Beatty is an active member of Urban Land Institute and also is involved with United Way and various professional women’s networks.

Honoring, Hiring and Helping our HEROES of Pinal County  (HOHP)

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino employees impact community

In 2014, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino made a large impact in the community through its HERO program. HERO is an employee-based volunteer program in which employees and their families make noteworthy, visible contributions to the community by lending their time, skills, expertise and caring to dozens of volunteer projects throughout the community.

Once again, HERO volunteers broke the property record for the amount of time and money donated in 2014. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino volunteers surpassed their goal of 12,000 by contributing a total of 15,423 hours.

Harrah’s employees also continue to donate their time and attention through participation in events throughout the year that benefit local non-profit organizations. In 2014, 84 percent of employees participated in a HERO activity, up from 75 percent of employees in 2013.

The casino also provided monetary and in-kind donations amounting to more than $41,500 to organizations such as the Area Agency on Aging’s DOVES® Program, American Cancer Society, Honoring, Hiring and Helping our HEROES of Pinal County,  F.O.R. Maricopa, Melonhead Foundation, Maricopa Against Abuse, Recycling Association of Maricopa, Susan G. Koman Foundation, United Way and many others.

For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin and their HERO Program. visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call (480) 802-5000.


United Way Announces New Board Members

Valley of the Sun United Way welcomes six new Board Members: Ruben Alvarez, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez, LLC; Bridget Olesiewicz, Principal, The Vanguard Group; Steve Purves, President and CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System; Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Rob Schaffer, Vice President and General Manager, USAA; and Farzana Scofield, Social Media Specialist for Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

As new Board Members, each will provide dynamic leadership to achieve United Way’s three Community Objectives: 1) Ensure Children and Youth Succeed; 2) End Hunger and Homelessness; and, 3) Increase Financial Stability of Families and Individuals.

“The depth and breadth of experience of our 2015 Board Members represent the diverse voices in our community, will facilitate even greater change in the Valley and broaden our impact,” said Merl Waschler, Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO. “Each has significant influence personally and professionally and will advance long-term community solutions as we transform individual lives.”

The new members will work with the existing Board and United Way executives to engage a broader base of community members to inspire them to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way. With a keen focus on creating new connections with businesses, seasoned professionals, young leaders and Millennials, United Way will build a stronger community.

“We appreciate our Board Members’ willingness to serve and look forward to working together to ensure each member of our community has the ability to achieve the aspirations we all share: a good education for our kids, food on the table, a roof over our heads and the security of financial self-sufficiency,” Waschler added.

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Wells Fargo team members donate $3M to nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company announced today that its team members donated $3.02 million to nonprofit organizations and schools in Arizona as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign.  All donations were funded personally by team members.  In addition to a 14 percent year-over-year increase in donations, the one-month campaign also resulted in more than 6,800 team member volunteer hours to 477 nonprofit organizations and schools across the state.

“The engagement, thoughtfulness and caring of our Arizona team members is inspiring,” said Pam Conboy, Arizona lead regional president and state campaign co-chair. “This annual campaign highlights the compassion of our great team members and reinforces that Wells Fargo truly is Arizona’s Community Bank.  Our team members’ deep commitment to our community explains why Wells Fargo has been United Way’s No. 1 largest corporate campaign over the past four years nationally.”

The annual Community Support and United Way Campaign encourages team members to give in ways that mean the most to them, whether by going out into the community to volunteer for their favorite nonprofit, or through financial contributions to any nonprofit, school, or religious institution of their choice. One hundred percent of team member donations go to the organizations they choose. Wells Fargo pays all processing costs and matches gifts, up to $5,000 per team member, to qualifying schools.

During this year’s national campaign, team members pledged a record $64.9 million to community nonprofits and schools. Wells Fargo team members invest in nonprofits throughout the year.  To-date, including the campaign, team members have donated $89 million of their own dollars to nonprofits, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and the tenth straight year of year-over-year double-digit increases in pledge totals.

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D-backs Raise $57K For Tornado Victims

The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised $57,000 to help the victims of the tornadoes that hit Moore, Okla. and Oklahoma City.  The funds were raised via personal donations by D-backs players, an online auction with game-used and autographed items from D-backs players and a 50-50 raffle supported by D-backs wives.

The online auction was inspired by D-backs prospect Archie Bradley, a native of Muskogee, Okla. The online auction featured several personal items, including Jackie Robinson Day jerseys from 14 D-backs players, game-worn Los D-backs jerseys from Miguel Montero and Patrick Corbin, Kirk Gibson autographed bobblehead, autographed baseballs and bats and a team-signed D-backs jersey. Fans can still bid on three Paul Goldschmidt items, including game-used and autographed cleats, bat and batting glove at dbacks.com/auctions through June 6.

D-backs wives helped sell 50-50 Raffle tickets on May 25 that raised $11,605 through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The funds raised from the online auction, personal player donations and the 50-50 Raffle will all be donated to the American Red Cross, United Way’s OK Strong Campaign and Moore, Okla. Public Schools to help rebuild the areas hit the hardest by the tornadoes.


SRS Names Alan Houston A 1st VP Of Its Phoenix Office

SRS Real Estate Partners named Alan Houston as a first vice president in the Phoenix office.

Alan Houston brings with him nearly 20 years of commercial real estate experience and relationships throughout major markets across the south central and southwestern U.S.

Alan Houston has been actively involved in acquisition, disposition, development, land brokerage and the completion of more than 700 leases and renewals. He began his retail brokerage career in Austin, Texas, and relocated to Houston in 1996 to join Weingarten Realty Investors. There he was responsible for the leasing and marketing of retail and mixed use properties in multiple states across the south central U.S. Houston relocated to Phoenix in 2007, and as vice president/regional leasing director, led a team of leasing executives covering five southwestern states and a varied portfolio that at times consisted of more than 50 shopping centers, encompassing over six million square feet.

“Alan is a great addition to our team,” said Ed Beeh, executive vice president and market leader for the SRS Phoenix office. “He has extensive and well-rounded knowledge of the retail real estate industry, which will greatly benefit our company and clients.”

Alan Houston graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree, specializing in finance and real estate. He has been an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1994 and spends time volunteering at the United Way serving on the Resource Management Committee.

For more information on SRS Real Estate Partners, visit their website at www.srsre.com.

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Wells Fargo Receives United Way’s Summit Award

Wells Fargo & Company has received a 2012 Summit Award from United Way in recognition of its outstanding record of volunteer engagement. United Way presented the award to Wells Fargo at the organization’s Community Leadership Conference in Nashville on May 3. Wells Fargo was one of six companies, and one of two banks, receiving Summit awards. Wells Fargo received Summit awards in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

“I am proud of the generosity and compassion that our team member volunteers have demonstrated in the work that they do in their communities each year,” said Jon Campbell, head of Social Responsibility for Wells Fargo. “Last year alone they volunteered a total of 1.5 million hours to 28,000 organizations; that’s an increase of nearly 11 percent over last year. We are honored to have this recognition from United Way, and proud to be a partner with them in the important work that they’ve been doing in so many communities for so long.”

More than 3,200 Wells Fargo Arizona team members volunteered almost 100,000 hours in 2011.  “Community support is at the heart of Wells Fargo’s Vision & Values and we have had a long history of support for United Way both financially and through team member volunteerism,” said Pam Conboy, regional president for Wells Fargo Arizona. “Our team members take great pride in serving their communities and our customers know about our community support, and they tell us it’s one of the reasons they choose Wells Fargo.”

The United Way Summit Award is part of United Way’s Spirit of America and Summit Awards program, the organization’s highest national honor. For 20 years the program has recognized corporate citizens that set the example in terms of employee and community engagement. The Summit Awards honor company excellence in three areas: community impact, volunteer engagement, and philanthropic engagement.

“When it comes to investing in communities to create lasting impact, Wells Fargo is a national leader,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “The company and its employees give more than $200 million to nonprofits and are United Way’s largest campaign in the U.S. In addition to this incredible generosity, Wells Fargo and its team members have stepped up to give their time as well, providing more than one million volunteer hours to nonprofits large and small in communities across the nation.”

United Way is a global network of volunteer-led nonprofit organizations supporting a variety of initiatives that promote education, income stability, and community health.

For more information on the 2012 Summit Award presented to Wells Fargo, visit United Way’s website at unitedwayla.org.

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United Way Honors Gallagher & Kennedy

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., received top honors at the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Annual Campaign Recognition Luncheon on April 20. Having contributed $108,146 to the cause, the full service business law firm was ranked the fifth Top Campaign of 2011 in its category of 100-249 employees. The Top Campaign awards are comprised of the top organizations with the highest achievement in employee and corporate giving for each category based on number of employees.

The firm also placed seventh for 2011 Top Tocqueville Society Campaigns with seven members raising a total of $72,500. The Top Tocqueville Society Campaigns recognizes organizations with the highest achievement in the number of Tocqueville members and total Tocqueville dollars raised.

The Valley of the Sun United Way hosts the awards luncheon each year to honor the dedication and contributions of the many individuals and businesses that support its mission to improve education, help people achieve financial stability and promote healthy lifestyles.

The United Way is just one of many local and national charities the firm supports throughout the year. For more information about Gallagher & Kennedy, visit www.gknet.com.