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Party will honor Arizona’s Most Influential Women

They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of industry.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2015, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. Members of the 2015 list will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2015 are:

Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig

Jennifer Anderson, senior vice president and regional manager, Wells Fargo

Karen Anderson, researcher, ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Lauren Bailey, founder, Upward Projects

Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises

Rita Cheng, president, NAU

Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank

Melissa Ho, Polsinelli

Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank

Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency

Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of strategy, LaneTerralever

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies

Becky Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health

Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, Goodyear

Nona Lee, SVP and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hope Leibsohn, member, Sherman & Howard

Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy

Tina Machado, president, CodeRed-I

Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

Sara McCoy, first female to manage a power plant for SRP

Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group

Tammy McLeod, vice president, APS

Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona

Dion Messer, general counsel – intellectual property, Limelight Networks

MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet

Ioanna Morfessis, president, IO.Inc.

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh,VP and General Counsel, Honeywell

Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank

Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona

Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union

Susan Pepin, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Christina Roderick, principal, REDW

Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust

Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute

Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District

Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo

Molly Stockley, vice president of hospital growth, CTCA

Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank

Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO, Casino Del Sol Resort

Cheryl Vogt, managing director, Marsh

Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL

Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady LLP

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Denyse Airheart, interim director of economic development, City of Maricopa

Jessica Benford, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Dr. Ivana Dzeletovic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Stephanie Parra, executive director, T.W. Lewis Foundation

Teresa M. Pilatowicz, of counsel, Garman Turner Gordon

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.


Barbi Reuter – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the struggles of being a single parent and what it’s like to be the only female voice in a boardroom. All of these women are active in their communities and industry organizations. And, all of them are changing the Arizona landscape one deal, drawing and deadline at a time.

Barbi Reuter
Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR
Years in the industry: 30

Barbi Reuter has been with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR since 1985, when the firm opened. At the time, she was a student at the University of Arizona studying regional development. Now, she is responsible for operations, research, finance, marketing and social media for the Tucson-based company.

What is the hardest professional or personal challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
About five years ago, I failed to define and articulate my role and value to my partners, after partially off-ramping and transitioning from a division leadership role to a company one. To overcome, I owned my shortcomings, worked with coaches and mentors, and battled back with actions to earn trust.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?
Personally, being awarded the BOMA International President’s Award for advancing CRE industry education was a true highlight. More recently, positioning our relatively-small firm in a tertiary market as industry thought leaders has been very rewarding.

What is your most memorable deal or project and why?
When I was in college typing leases for our company founder on Saturdays, he held up a commission check that was likely triple my single-mother annual salary. That got my attention. Determination not to live in poverty may have launched my interest in CRE, but the memorable deals are the firsts: The first receivership for a national bank, the first high-rise management account we landed, etc.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Making connections that advance someone’s success – whether a client, staff member or professional colleague through CREW Network or other CRE industry affiliations.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and how did that aspiration affect your career?
Among my career aspirations were geologist, hair stylist, pilot, architect and judge. Judge may have come closest to my many years spent in commercial property management.

What is one little-known fact about you?
I’ve had (fleeting) onstage moments with Barry Manilow and Bobby McFerrin and once joined a group that sang in Carnegie Hall.


Judith S. Gordon: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Gordon, who has been involved in research projects totaling more than $42 million, developed the first mobile app to help women quit smoking, eat well and get moving.

Greatest accomplishment: “Helping to reduce the morbidity and mortality related to tobacco use in the U.S.”

Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be an archaeologist and have always wanted to gain a better understanding of how individuals, groups and cultures can interact to improve our world.”

Reception: The 2015 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.


UMB hires Richard Ziegner as director of healthcare banking

UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), announced that it has hired Richard Ziegner as executive vice president and director of healthcare banking. Ziegner is responsible for leading the bank’s efforts in the healthcare sector and providing capital and financial solutions to healthcare providers.

Ziegner has more than 20 years of financial and healthcare banking and consulting experience. Prior to his new role at UMB, he was senior vice president and regional manager in the healthcare financial services and commercial banking segments at Wells Fargo.

“Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to UMB with more than two decades of experience in the financial services, consulting and healthcare lending areas,” said Pat Thelen executive vice president of treasury management, capital markets and international banking at UMB Bank. “We are excited to have him join our team and provide strategic leadership in healthcare banking.”

Ziegner graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Arizona University. Ziegner is active in the community having served on several nonprofit boards, including First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc., and Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation.

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UA program gives teachers added hands-on experience

The University of Arizona College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies is now accepting applications for the summer of 2016 for its Teachers in Industry program. Fifty teachers are expected to be accepted to participate.

Teachers in Industry is an innovative, award-winning professional development and degree program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers; it was created as a result of a business education partnership inspired by Tucson Values Teachers, a nonprofit dedicated to raising the status of the teaching profession. Participants complete coursework at the University of Arizona and spend their summers working for pay at Arizona businesses in STEM fields, giving them a substantial income boost for the years they are in the program, as well as rich hands-on job experience. Teachers can choose to work for professional development credit or to earn a master of arts degree in science or math education. Teachers in Industry is the only program of its kind in the United States and was recently honored by Change the Equation.

“Teachers in Industry has enabled dozens of Arizona teachers to practice their science and mathematics disciplines in business settings around Arizona,” College of Education Dean Ronald W. Marx said. “They bring what they learn from these businesses back to their classrooms, helping their students learn how abstract concepts in the school curriculum actually operate in real-life settings.”

The Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation (through 100Kin10) is now in its third year of funding Teachers in Industry and has contributed $670,000 total. The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is in its first year of funding and has contributed $250,000. This funding helps pay for tuition remission and program costs.

Teachers earn $8,000 on average each summer through the program. Master’s program teachers pay 35 percent of the tuition costs ($2,600 per year) from that pay. Professional development teachers pay all of their tuition costs ($1,340 per year) from that pay. Leading employers in the region hire and pay the teachers directly and then provide training and supervision during the summer.

The program was created through a partnership between the university, Tucson Values Teachers, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and Tucson-area STEM businesses and industries, most notably Raytheon Missile Systems, a founding employer that hired 10 teachers in the summer of 2015. Other industry partners include Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Tucson Electric Power, the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service and Texas Instruments.

“Teachers in Industry is a unique opportunity for businesses to invest in their future workforce,” said Colleen Niccum, a Tucson Values Teachers board member and a retired Raytheon executive who helped to create the program. “After their experience working in the field, these teachers can help their students make critical connections between what they are learning in school and their future careers. The return for businesses is significant when you consider that most middle and high school teachers influence 150 students each year.”

Teachers in Industry is one of the most effective teacher retention programs in Arizona, a state that faces a huge retention problem, losing over 40 percent of new teachers by the end of their second years. In contrast, more than 90 percent of the teachers who have participated in Teachers in Industry have remained in the profession. STEM businesses and industries are concerned about Arizona’s future work force and also about the quality of education in general, because their employees send their children to Arizona schools.

“Developing the best teachers and keeping them in the profession is key,” said Bruce Johnson, University of Arizona department head of teaching, learning and sociocultural studies, co-director of the University of Arizona STEM Learning Center and principal investigator of Teachers in Industry. He added, “Teachers in Industry helps teachers implement strategies for bringing STEM practices from their workplaces to their classrooms and involves them in a network of support—fellow STEM teachers, industry partners and university faculty—that continues after their final year in the program.”

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Flinn Foundation announces staff leadership appointments

After more than five years in a key role at the Flinn Foundation, Executive Vice President Cathy McGonigle has announced her retirement. McGonigle’s departure June 26 will trigger three additional leadership changes at the Foundation.

Two of the further staff moves will be internal. Brad Halvorsen has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Vice President. Matt Ellsworth will fill Halvorsen’s previous role as Vice President, Communications. Anne Lassen has been hired from the University of Arizona to serve as Assistant Vice President, Flinn Scholars Program, the position Ellsworth previously held.

McGonigle arrived at the Foundation in 2010 and has provided strategic management across the Foundation’s program areas. Among many accomplishments, she led the design and early implementation of Flinn’s newest program, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership; developed an initiative to support early-stage bioscience firms; and oversaw the update of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap for its second decade.

“Cathy’s 46-year career testifies to how one person’s talent, commitment, and smart decisions can benefit the whole community,” said Jack B. Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation. “She had a distinguished tenure in state and local government and a highly effective decade at the Arizona Board of Regents.

“At Flinn, we have benefitted immeasurably from Cathy’s skills in strategic planning, communication, and coalition building,” Jewett continued. “In no small part because of her work, the Flinn Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year in a dynamic and promising position.”

Post-retirement, McGonigle will consult part-time for the Foundation, primarily on projects intended to advance the biosciences in Arizona.

Halvorsen, a longtime staff member, has been promoted to serve as the Flinn Foundation’s next Executive Vice President. Halvorsen joined the Foundation as its first communications officer in 1989, and his responsibilities have grown with the scope of the Foundation’s initiatives. As Vice President, Communications, he has overseen communications with internal and external audiences, publications development, online productions, media relations, and special events. As Executive Vice President, Halvorsen will exercise strategic leadership across the Foundation’s program areas, in particular guiding the Foundation’s stewardship of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap and providing senior oversight of the Flinn Scholars Program.
“Brad is not just a superb writer. He’s a superb thinker,” Jewett said. “He understands the vision that Dr. and Mrs. Flinn had for this Foundation. He is very well acquainted with the philanthropic landscape and has encyclopedic knowledge of our past endeavors. In his new role, he will enhance the Flinn Foundation’s pursuit of its mission: improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.”

Ellsworth, who joined the Foundation in 2007 as a member of the communications team, will succeed Halvorsen as Vice President, Communications. In 2012, he was appointed Assistant Vice President, Flinn Scholars Program. A 1993 Flinn Scholar himself, Ellsworth has achieved a record volume of application submissions and led the Scholars Program’s accelerating outreach to Flinn Scholar alumni. In addition, he has overseen the early development of a new professional-leadership internship program for current Scholars.

Lassen, the Flinn Foundation’s newest executive, is the incoming Assistant Vice President, Flinn Scholars Program. Lassen joins the Foundation from the University of Arizona, where she served as Associate Director of National Recruitment. In that position, Lassen managed UA’s out-of-state undergraduate recruitment efforts, as well as those in central and northern Arizona. A lifelong Arizonan, Lassen holds a master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in speech communication, both from Northern Arizona University.

The initiative she will lead, the Flinn Scholars Program, was introduced in 1986 as a partnership with Arizona’s public universities to retain in Arizona the state’s most accomplished and promising high-school graduates. Each spring, approximately 20 Arizona high-school seniors are awarded the comprehensive scholarship, valued at more than $115,000, to attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona. The Flinn Scholarship is one of only a handful of foundation-sponsored merit scholarships of its scope nationwide.

“Matt’s time as director of the Flinn Scholars Program has been relatively brief but it has been impactful,” Jewett said. “Now we have the opportunity to apply his strategic and management skills in a broader way. I’m pleased that communications will remain one of Flinn’s hallmark strengths with Matt at the helm.

“And in Anne Lassen, we have an experienced, multitalented new leader for the Flinn Scholars Program,” Jewett continued. “Her excellence as a manager and her deep knowledge of Arizona’s education landscape will pay dividends for us, but even more so for those she will serve: prospective, current, and alumni Flinn Scholars and their families.”

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Arizona trade mission builds confidence with Mexico

President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Chris Camacho, joined Governor Doug Ducey in Mexico City for an important trade mission last week, with more than 40 business, university and government leaders – including GPEC board members Sharon Harper of The Plaza Companies, David Rousseau of SRP and University of Arizona President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart.

At $15.8 billion, bilateral trade (imports into Arizona and exports to Mexico) between Arizona and Mexico is larger than the state’s next six largest trading partners combined. And according to an April 2015 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, growth for total exports and manufacturing exports to Mexico is up 22.7 percent and 28.5 percent, respectively.  

“Arizona and Mexico share more than an important border for global commerce, but are also connected by the rich historical, social and cultural ties,” said Camacho. “Governor Ducey’s leadership, and the work of David Farca, president of the Arizona Mexico Commission, has set a new tone and reinvigorated dialogue with Mexico City.”

The impact of Gov. Ducey’s trade mission, and the recent opening of the Trade & Investment Office in Mexico City, sends a strong message that Greater Phoenix and the state of Arizona is open for business with our neighbor to the south. With more than 370 miles of shared border, there is an unparalleled opportunity for both Arizona and Mexico to continue to increase trade.

Camacho also added, “The meetings this past week with government and business leaders will further enhance the economic prosperity for both sides of the border, and I am eager to continue the work being done to foster this growth.”

For an international guide to doing business in Greater Phoenix, visit http://www.gpec.org/toolkit.  

Bioscience in Arizona - AZ Business Magazine November 2008

UA, Phoenix will expand Phoenix Biomedical Campus

The University of Arizona, the anchor tenant of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and the City of Phoenix have entered into an agreement to expand the university’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The agreement approved by the Phoenix City Council on Wednesday calls for the university, Banner Health, and any potential development partners, to develop up to five acres on the biomedical campus aligned with the City Council-adopted Comprehensive Master Plan. Included in the agreement is the planning and development of an academic and innovative outpatient primary care clinic that will be designed to advantage all of the new advances and technology to improve patient care.  This 40,000 to 60,000 square-foot clinic will be jointly planned and developed by the UA and Banner Health.

“The University of Arizona has been a critical and transformative partner in the development of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “This agreement will move that partnership forward by advancing the academic medical enterprise of the school, advancing science, creating jobs and enhancing medical care for Phoenix residents.”

Leading efforts to develop the biosciences in downtown Phoenix, the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix opened its doors in historic buildings in 2007.  Since then, the medical school has graduated more than 250 new physicians and has built close to a million square feet of capital projects on the downtown campus.  The UA has invested nearly $450 million in building projects on the campus.

“These new projects will expand the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, enhancing its contributions to both the biosciences and the vibrancy of the Phoenix and statewide economy,” said Ann Weaver Hart, president of the UA. “We are continuing to execute the UA plan of training superior physicians and other healthcare professionals, advancing biomedical research and healthcare practice, and serving our community.”

According to a recent study by Tripp Umbach, the UA’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus had an impact of $961 million in 2013. In addition, the employment impact for 2013 was 7,185 jobs with tax revenue of $44 million. At full build-out, the UA’s presence is expected to have an economic impact of more than $3.1 billion per year.

The agreement also calls for the City and the UA to develop an updated master plan for the area, focusing on uses, density and proposed development schedules. The City will provide the UA a no-cost exclusive 10-year lease option for development of the property.

“The continued development of this education and biomedical hub is a great catalyst for the citizens of District 8,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who represents the downtown area. “We have seen the area make great strides with the development of the campus, bringing not just construction but permanent jobs in the biosciences to our city.”

The UA’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus includes the College of Medicine – Phoenix, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Eller College of Management.  Additional programs on the campus include Alumni Association, the UA Foundation and Admissions.  Additional programs are exploring an expansion to Phoenix.

“Our partnership with the University of Arizona has been crucial to the success of the growing bioscience and medical education hub in downtown,” said Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the city council’s Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and cements our national reputation as a mecca for higher education and biosciences research.”

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Severe heat can be deadly, experts warn

The heat is on for Arizona – specifically the Phoenix area – and it’s more than just an annoyance.

“It’s particularly dangerous for folks that either have outdoor occupations or that do outdoor work or even are exercising in the heat of the day, if they haven’t ‘cameled’ up with water before hand,” said Will Humble, MPH, director of the Division of Health Policy and Program Evaluation the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Arizona and Southern California that begins Tuesday and runs through the rest of the week. Temperatures in the Phoenix area are expected to top 110 this week.

Humble notes that heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in Arizona and the United States, more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires combined.

“It’s hard to take a picture of heat so it gets less attention than things like floods, lightning, hurricanes and tropical storms,” said Humble, former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “The Arizona heat is a lot more than a nuisance – it’s dangerous and lethal.”

Experts remind everyone to stay hydrated, wearing light-colored clothing and keeping your head cooler with a hat. Symptoms of dehydration to watch for include headache, thirst and muscle cramps.

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U of A Old Main Rehab Project Wins 3 Awards

Sundt Construction, Inc. led the design-build team that won three prestigious awards this month for renovating the University of Arizona (UA) Old Main building in Tucson, Arizona. The rehabilitation project, which preserved Arizona’s second oldest continuously occupied building, received two awards from the Arizona Preservation Foundation and one from the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region (DBIA WPR).

The Arizona Preservation Foundation, in collaboration with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office/Arizona State Parks, chose Old Main from among nine Heritage Preservation Honor Award winners to receive the 2015 Grand Award. Presented on Friday, May 15, at the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards at Northern Arizona University’s Du Bois Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, the awards recognize people, organizations and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources.

“Both awards further confirm our success in preserving one of Arizona’s oldest and most iconic buildings,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “Our team worked cohesively with the architects at Poster Frost Mirto to maintain the building’s unique character and history while upgrading the facility for safety and efficient use.”

Old Main also received the Award of Merit during the 2015 DBIA WPR Annual Design-Build Awards Competition Dinner held on Thursday, May 21, at the Newport Beach Marriott in Newport Beach, California. The design-build team, led by Sundt, received the honor not only for delivering the project on a fast-tracked schedule, but also for determining the necessary scope of rehabilitation and delivering solutions that preserved the historical integrity of the building.

“This award belongs to the entire design-build team, including the subcontractors, who brought with them critical expertise in landmark building that ultimately led to the success of the project,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Fred Briscoe. “Because of the hard work and effort put into this rehabilitation, Old Main will remain the centerpiece for the UA campus for many years to come.”

The $9.7 million project involved rehabilitating deteriorated building elements to extend the building’s life and restore the second floor interior to its original character while accommodating new functional uses. The work included stabilizing the perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles, and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. The rehabilitation, which began in early 2013 and finished during the summer of 2014, is expected to earn LEED Silver Certification.

Originally built in 1891, Old Main is the oldest building on The University of Arizona campus. During World War II, when the U.S. Navy stepped in to save the building from demolition and used the space for a training facility, Sundt was hired by the Navy to repair the exterior and interior walls, replace the failing roof trusses, and make several other updates. UA later reclaimed Old Main as a functional building and it housed ROTC and various student services functions since. In 1972, Old Main was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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General contractors selected for Banner-University Medical Center

The general contractors have been selected for an 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.

The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will raise the total bed count slightly from its current 479 to 489 licensed beds in 2019, because beds in the original hospital building will close at that time.

In addition to constructing the new patient tower, Sundt I DPR have been retained to renovate two floors and the lobby of Diamond Children’s, now called Banner Children’s­ – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They also will remodel the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as “University Hospital,” for non-patient-care uses such as administrative functions.

“Banner’s decision to select this joint venture team was based on its combined strengths: Sundt’s innovative approach to technical construction and deep roots in the community, and DPR’s expertise as the nation’s No. 1 health-care builder,” said Kip Edwards, vice president, Development and Construction for Banner Health.  “Once completed, this facility will help Banner Health fulfill its mission in Southern Arizona to improve lives through excellent patient care.”

“We believe in Banner Health’s mission and its relentless drive and passion in achieving the highest quality and function at the lowest cost,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s Southwest business development manager. “We’ve vowed to provide the construction innovation, collaboration and productivity to create an environment that supports their transformation of sick care into health care.”

“Banner Health’s ‘high-tech, high-touch’ approach to provide innovative health care throughout Arizona is ambitious and a commitment Sundt I DPR Joint Venture will help them meet,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of Arizona for DPR Construction. “Our team unites each company’s individual ideas and experiences, while continually streamlining processes and developing new methodology and technology for building one-of-a-kind health-care projects throughout Arizona.”

Sundt has been building in Tucson since 1929. The Banner ­– University Medical Center Tucson project will be the seventh joint venture of Sundt and DPR, which began partnering in 2002. Among their accomplishments are the 265,000-square-foot Bioscience Partnership Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the 10-story Biosciences Partnership Building, also in Phoenix.

Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization with hospitals in seven states, acquired Banner – University Medical Center Tucson this spring in a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network. At the same time, Banner Health entered into a 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with the University of Arizona to serve as the primary clinical partner to the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix


Sam Fox honored as UA Executive of the Year

Sam Fox, CEO and Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, was recognized as the 2015 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, April 17 during a luncheon at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson. Some 450 guests attended the event, including Governor Doug Ducey, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, UA philanthropic supporters Karl and Stevie Eller and many other high-profile leaders and business executives.

A Paradise Valley resident, Fox studied real estate finance at the University of Arizona and opened his first restaurant, Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, in Tucson at age 20. Fox Restaurant Concepts 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.

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).


UA program secures land-rights win in Belize

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program of the (UA) University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of of Law has achieved another groundbreaking legal victory, this time before the Caribbean Court of Justice.

In a final resolution of the Maya land rights case before the highest court for Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice affirmed the existence of Maya customary land tenure, significantly advancing the developing worldwide jurisprudence on indigenous peoples’ rights to lands and resources.

The Caribbean Court of Justice recently announced its judgment affirming the 2013 holding of the Court of Appeal of Belize that the Maya indigenous people of southern Belize have rights to the lands they customarily have used and occupied. In the judgment, the court affirmed that these traditional land rights, belonging to some 38 Maya villages spread out over most of Belize’s Toledo District, constitute property within the meaning of the provisions of the Belize Constitution that generally protect property free from discrimination.

For more than a decade, the IPLP Program has worked with Maya leaders and representative organizations to secure Maya rights to their traditional lands and resources. The judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice is based on a novel legal theory developed by UA Regents’ Professor James Anaya, the co-director of the IPLP Program, in collaboration with the Montana-based Indian Law Resource Center. That theory, drawn from an evolving body of domestic and international precedents and published in the inaugural 1998 issue of the Yale Human Rights and Development Journal, was adopted by the Belize Supreme Court in 2007 and 2010 and upheld by the Court of Appeal of Belize in 2013.

IPLP attorneys Seánna Howard, Maia Campbell and Marina Waters, along with IPLP students participating in the College of Law’s International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop, worked with Anaya on the Belize case. Staff and students conducted research, helped draft court documents and traveled to Belize to assist in coordinating efforts with the Maya leaders and local counsel Antoinette Moore, who was retained by the IPLP Program to argue the case before the courts of Belize. Also assisting as local counsel in the later stages of the litigation was Monica Magnusson, who is the first licensed Maya attorney in Belize. Moira Gracey, an alumnus of the IPLP Program and now a practicing attorney, joined the IPLP team to take a leading role in developing the case as it made its way through the lower courts to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

“This judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice sets an important precedent worldwide, building upon ever-greater recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples internationally,” Anaya said, explaining that the judgement “reinforces the international standard that indigenous peoples have collective property rights based on their own customary land tenure systems, even when they do not have a formal title or other official recognition of those rights, and that states are bound to recognize and protect those rights.”

Complementing and informing the domestic litigation, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an agency of Organization of American States, issued a report in 2004 finding in favor of Maya land rights in Belize in terms similar to the recent judgment. The IPLP Program, which, along with the Indian Law Resource Center, litigated the case before the Inter-American Commission, also has assisted Maya leaders to raise the land-rights issue to United Nations bodies.

The Caribbean Court of Justice order, entered into on consent of the parties, requires the government of Belize to take measures to identify and protect Maya property and other rights arising from customary land tenure and to abstain from interference with these rights unless consultation occurs in order to obtain Maya consent. This means that the government of Belize may not issue any leases, grants, permits, concessions or contracts to lands or resources authorizing logging, petroleum, mineral extraction or any other activities that would affect Maya property rights.

With this final recognition and protection of rights by the highest court in Belize, the Maya people can refocus their attention on governance-building and strengthening their communities, a process that will guide other indigenous nations.

The IPLP Program provides training and promotes research on issues concerning indigenous peoples worldwide. It offers legal assistance to indigenous peoples and their communities in matters before domestic and international human rights forums. 


Bobby Mendez joins Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) is pleased added Bobby Mendez to the organization as Project Manager.

“Bobby’s experience with varied project types, energy and competence make him a truly great addition to the A&P family,” states Jeff Keck, Vice President for A&P’s Arizona office.

Mendez brings 10 years of local construction experience. He has managed projects from under $1 million to over $36 million in a variety of market segments including – office, industrial, retail, historical, municipal and multifamily.  Mendez holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and is currently completing his juris doctorate from Taft School of Law.

“I joined A&P because I wanted to surround myself and be part of a team with the best players and coaches who hold the same core values as I,” states Mendez.

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Wells Fargo names Pam Green business banking manager

Pam Green, a financial services veteran with more than 14 years of experience, has been named Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the North Valley.  John Bush, Business Banking manager for the Northwest Markets, announced the appointment.

Green joined Wells Fargo in 2001 as a business sales associate. She also has served as a credit analyst and, most recently was a principal business relationship manager where she was responsible for business credit and deposit needs, cash management solutions and risk management for Wells Fargo business customers.  She currently serves on the board of directors for Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services.

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.  Her office will be located at 2123 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix.

“As the nation’s leading business lender, Wells Fargo is committed to satisfying all of the financial services needs of business customers and helping them succeed financially,” Bush said.  “During her career, Pam has excelled at providing outstanding service to our customers.  Her strong skills, years of experience, and commitment to helping our business customers reach their goals under all economic conditions, make her tremendous asset for our North Valley Business Banking and our customers.”

Wells Fargo Business Banking delivers customized solutions and tailored business packages to help our business customers grow and prosper.  These include loans and lines of credit, treasury management, payroll, merchant card services, foreign exchange, employee benefit plans, real estate lending, online banking and bill payment, business and personal insurance, investments, trusts, wealth management, business valuation and retirement planning.


Universities scramble to balance budgets after state cuts

At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects.

But with Arizona’s public universities losing $99 million in state funding in the recently approved state budget, NAU has dropped plans for the building to help absorb that school’s $17 million hit.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” said Gass, who is studying mechanical engineering. “The entire year, they had planned the building down to the room.”

While universities are still formulating plans for the budget year that begins July 1, some details are starting to emerge.

At Arizona State University, President Michael M. Crow said in an interview with The State Press last week that seeking a tuition increase, something he had said wasn’t on the table, is now a possibility because of the depth of ASU’s cut: $54 million.

“Our total cut since 2008 on a per-student basis is above a 50 percent reduction on the public investment,” Crow said. “We’ve already had furloughs, we’ve already had 1,800 layoffs. We already restructured the institution. We have already made massive changes to everything that we are doing.”

Joe Cutter, director and professor of Chinese at the ASU School of International Letters & Cultures, told students in an email that the availability of some courses will be reduced. He mentioned Hindi as an example.

“We don’t have much to cut this time,” the email said. “It is very likely that we will not be able to offer some classes needed by students.”

At the University of Arizona, which faces a $28 million cut, Andrew Comrie, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in an interview that while the funding cuts will be hard to take the school is committed to making it so no group bears the whole load.
“Tuition announcements will be out soon, and we have a proposal that really does not burden the students,” he said. “We’ve had extensive discussions with our student leadership over the last few months, and we’ve had a team-based approach on how we want to set tuition, and I just really want to recognize the leadership role the student played in shaping a budget proposal.”
Tom Bauer, director of the Office of Public Affairs at NAU, said the university wouldn’t be making any cuts to academics.

“We are not spreading this $17 million reduction across everything equally,” he said. “It’s divided on what will best serve students.”

In a letter to students about the cut, NAU President Rita Cheng said all hiring must be “carefully considered,” including her office approving any new positions. It said all travel must be approved by the university’s vice presidents and provost.

“We had been expecting cuts for several weeks, but the higher number significantly changes the scale of all that has been considered thus far,” her letter said.

Crow said ASU’s cut, which amounts to 15 percent per student, reflects an era in which public support for higher education is dwindling lower than ever before. listen

While ASU’s plan had been to reduce expenses in ways that don’t affect students, it might be unavoidable given the scale of the cut.

“We are doing everything we can to not raise in-state tuition,” he said. “We do, however, have an unprecedented financial adjustment that was unanticipated. So we have not made our final thinking on any of this yet.”

Pima Community College, which along with Maricopa Community Colleges lost all of its state funding, is raising in-state tuition by $5 per credit hour to $75.50 and out-of-state tuition by $23 per credit hour to $352 for the upcoming school year. The state eliminated $6.8 million in funding for PCC, which has a budget of $170 million this school year.

“There was already anticipation that funding would be gradually reduced, but not totally cut altogether,” spokeswoman Jodi Horton said.

Ducey said during Thursday’s Arizona Board of Regents meeting that he is going to partner with university presidents to redesign higher education.

The UA’s Comrie said he welcomes the governor’s proposal.

“We’ve had very good discussions with him already,” Comrie said. “We have to be realists of what the budget will look like, and we are partnering on doing that.”

Public university cuts:

• NAU: $17 million (from $118.3 million in fiscal 2015)

• ASU: $54 million (from $349.3 million in fiscal 2015)

• UA: $28 million (from $278.9 million in fiscal 2015)

Source: Joint Legislative Budget Committee


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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.


Experts share ‘wins and losses’ on Arizona state budget

Alberta Charney said she hasn’t heard much outrage from the business community over Arizona’s latest budget.

“Maybe we are used to it,” said the research economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. “We have seen so many cuts over the years.”

The fiscal 2016 budget is no different. Gov. Doug Ducey in March signed a $9.1 billion budget that adds some funding, but also trims millions from higher education and social service programs.

Business and economic experts said although they’re concerned about long-term implications on the state’s economy and job market, they also found some bright spots for the business community.

Cronkite News spoke to five experts to get their take on the highs and lows of the state budget. Here are their insights:

Win: Mexico trade office
In 2014, the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office in Mexico opened to expand the state’s business presence across the border.

State lawmakers included $300,000 to open the office in this year’s budget. And the state allocated the same amount to operate it for fiscal 2016, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Mexico is a growing world market and Arizona’s most important trading partner, according to the authority. In 2013, trade generated between Arizona and Mexico exceeded $14 billion, the group said.

Allocating funds to keep this office during this budgetary time is a win, said Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

However, Jim Rounds, a senior economist with consulting firm Elliott D. Pollack and Co., said it’s only a “win” if they’re successful in expanding business to Mexico.

Win: Tax reforms
Members of the business community said they were happy to see the tax reform competitiveness package, signed into law in 2011, remain on schedule.

This package includes phased-in reductions of the state’s corporate income tax down to 4.9 percent, among other reforms. The latest budget maintains the tax reforms the business community advocated for a few years ago, Hamer said.

“Businesses want to know with certainty that the environment will continue every year,” Hamer said, “providing the predictability in our tax environment that is necessary for economic growth.”

Rounds agreed it’s a win that lawmakers kept the tax reform. However, he said lawmakers need to “research first and put in the time to figure out where to get good return on investment.”

He said other investments may yield more than tax reform.

For business to remain competitive, the state needs to reduce the tax burden, said Dennis Hoffman, an economic expert at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Additionally, Ducey added indexing to income-tax brackets to account for inflation. Small business will benefit from millions in income that’s protected from being taxed at higher rates, Hamer said.

Win: Tourism
The state halted initial plans to cut $4.5 million from the Arizona Office of Tourism. Tourism is the state’s third-largest export industry and one of the largest state revenue generators, according to the Arizona Office Of Tourism.

“It’s a win, in this budgetary environment, to be able to preserve the budget of an agency so integral to the success of one of Arizona’s base industries is a very positive outcome,” Hamer said.

But, officials said, the budget still leaves the state short changed compared to neighboring states. Arizona has a $13.5 million tourism budget for fiscal 2016, while California’s is $100 million.

Loss: Higher education
The budget includes deep cuts for the state’s three universities: $99 million, a 13 percent cut.

“Some states are well endowed with college-educated people in the workforce and may not need to invest as much in their universities. That is not true of Arizona,” Hoffman said.

Experts agree that the larger share of college graduates in the labor force, the more prosperous the economy. As the world becomes more technologically advanced, skilled workers are imperative and it is “important to maintain a world class university system,” Hamer said.

Arizona business may have to look out of state to find skilled workers, which could increase search costs to find quality workers, said Daniel Herder, an Arizona State University student and president of the student economics association.

“It could, in fact, cause a bit of flight,” Herder said about people who must move out of state to find opportunities.

Rounds agreed that higher education funding is an important business concern. However, he said that in this current economy, lawmakers needed to make cuts.

He said he does not believe cuts to universities are permanent.

Hamer said that going forward, there is a consensus among experts that Arizona needs to put more resources into universities to keep Arizona businesses competitive.

Loss: Health care
Lawmakers voted to cut reimbursement by 5 percent to health care providers and ambulance services that serve Medicaid patients.

“We didn’t see wins in this budget at all,” said Greg Vigdor, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.

Critics said the cut could cause long-term damage to the health care industry, one of the state’s more vibrant economic sectors.

The major factor for these losses is underpayment by government payers, particularly the state’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Containment System, according to the association.

The association predicts the repercussions in the health care industry are much larger than the savings.

“We are finally reaching the point with hospitals that it is too much of a hit,” Vigdor said.

Vigdor said cuts to the health care industry threaten hospitals’ ability to provide certain services and keep their doors open.

Since 2012, two rural hospitals in Arizona have shut down, according to the association.


University of Arizona launches new UA online campus

The University of Arizona is now registering students for 21 undergraduate degree programs offered under the newly launched UA Online campus.

The undergraduate degree programs join a robust slate of over 40 online graduate school degrees and certificates the university has offered for several years. Scheduled to begin in August 2015, the new online degree programs reflect the university’s vision and commitment to meet the evolving needs of today’s students and working professionals of all ages.

“Online learning is an integral part of Never Settle, the UA academic and business plan which calls for rapidly expanding access to our award-winning faculty, research and educational programs,” said Melissa Vito, senior vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and senior vice provost for Academic Initiatives and Student Success.

“We are thrilled that prospective students – from busy professionals advancing their careers and parents returning to the workforce to active military and veterans, community-college transfer students and others – can now earn their undergraduate degree from one of the top 100 universities in the world,” Vito said.

According to the 2015 Global Employability Survey, the UA is also ranked among the top public universities in the United States for producing the most-employable graduates. Prospective students now have access to numerous UA online degrees equally as rigorous as the traditional on-campus learning experience, leading to rewarding jobs of the future, such as:

  • Digital information and data science with a Bachelor of Arts in eSociety.
  • Data management and software development with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Informatics.
  • New green economy with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments.
  • Healthcare and Health Related Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Care, Health and Society.
  • Social services for all populations with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.

“As the land-grant University for the state of Arizona, it is our responsibility to expand educational access for all Arizona citizens. The new UA Online undergraduate programs achieve this goal, and so much more, with innovations that enhance engagement for online students,” said Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., vice provost of Digital Learning and Student Engagement.

“We are thrilled that students everywhere now have access to a life-changing University of Arizona education. Enrolling in a UA Online degree program not only positions future graduates for a rewarding career, it also provides an engaging student experience that fosters a sense of community and Wildcat pride for life,” Del Casino said.

To learn more about the new UA Online programs, visit uaonline.arizona.edu.


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.


UA hosts Native American Law Students event

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host the 2015 National Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) moot court competition, to be held March 6-7, in Tucson, Arizona. The annual event features law students representing 70 law schools from across the country. More than 120 lawyers and academic experts in American Indian Law, along with sitting judges from tribal, state, and federal courts throughout the Southwest, have volunteered to judge the two-day competition. The event is being organized by the College of Law’s NALSA chapter students and The University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program.

Every year, NALSA chapters from law schools around the country submit bidding packages, with the chapter receiving the most NALSA member votes winning the opportunity to host the annual event. Students in Arizona’s NALSA chapter produced their own YouTube video that helped secure their successful bid to host this year’s competition. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd-LO1E0838)

“We are excited to not only participate but also have the opportunity to host this year’s event,” said Chase Velasquez, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and NALSA’s President this year at the College of Law. “With a record number of teams attending from law schools across the nation, we hope to make this the best competition yet.”

Moot court competitions are an important part of the law school educational experience, providing students with the opportunity to prepare legal briefs and engage in appellate advocacy in simulated oral arguments in front of a panel of judges. This year’s National NALSA moot court competition will focus on an issue that has received extensive press coverage in the international art world—control and provenance of American Indian sacred ceremonial objects. Students will be arguing over the right of an American Indian tribe to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians trafficking in ceremonial artwork regarded as being among the most sacred pieces of cultural property belonging to the tribe.

The competition is open to the public. For more information about the moot court event or topic visit, http://www.law.arizona.edu/iplp/moot_court/.

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7 tips to maintain a healthy heart

Every year 1.5 million men and women will have a heart attack or stroke.  Heart disease will kill as many Americans each year as all cancers, pneumonias and accidents combined. What can you do to prevent heart disease or minimize its impact on your life?

Charles Katzenberg, MD, a cardiologist with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, emphasizes a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, community engagement and stress management, as the best prevention against heart disease in his program called the Heart Series.

Dr. Katzenberg shares these seven tips for a healthy heart:

  • Find your own healthful diet.Eat as close to a whole-foods, plant-based diet as possible. Minimize meat and dairy, since these are associated with heart disease. Also, minimize calorie-dense oils, including olive oil, which contains 15 percent saturated fat and 1 percent omega-3, compared to canola oil, which contains 7 percent saturated fat and 11 percent omega-3. The first Mediterranean Diet study, called the Diet Heart Study, used canola oil, not olive oil. Avoid trans fats, added salt and added sugars. Learn to read food labels.
  • Avoid weight gain.While a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) is in the 18.5 – 24.9 range, the 25-30 range is reasonable for heart health, said Dr. Katzenberg. (A link to determine your BMI is on Sarver Heart Center’s “Heart Health” webpage.)
  • Get moving. Exercise aerobically (walk, jog, bike, swim, circuit weights, aerobic exercise classes) three to four hours each week. Include a few minutes of warm-up and cool down in each session.
  • Avoid smoking, including electronic-cigarettes.E-cigarettes are tools to help quit smoking, but long-term effects are unknown; so, use these short term while stopping cigarettes.
  • Know your numbers, especially blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and, if necessary, follow treatment prescribed by your doctor to keep these under control.
  • Manage your stress.Stress is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and is associated with elevated blood pressure and poor lifestyle choices in areas of diet, exercise, smoking and weight management. Learn to recognize unhealthy stress and use tools and mechanisms to modify your response. Some people relax by reading a book or listening to music. Others benefit from tai chi, meditation, yoga or exercise. Find out what works for you and do it 30 to 60 minutes each day to remove destructive stress from your life. Seek help if you need to learn ways to manage your stress.
  • Be involved in a community you enjoy.This could be as simple as sharing a meal with friends or family, volunteering, participating in an education or fitness class, a book club, or a religious group. Find what works for you.

What if you do your best to follow a healthy lifestyle and you still develop heart disease? There are risk factors for heart disease no one can control, such as advanced age and genes. It’s important to know the signs of a heart attack and to seek early heart attack care when symptoms occur to minimize heart muscle loss. For more information, visit the Heart Health webpage.

Know heart attack symptoms. Not all heart attacks look the same. Some people experience extreme chest pain that many consider the classic heart attack. Others experience milder symptoms where damage occurs over a period of hours. In such cases, symptoms may include chest discomfort, such as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain that lasts a few minutes, goes away and comes back. Discomfort in the upper body – one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper stomach are other symptoms to watch for, as are shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, weakness and fatigue. People having heart attacks generally look unwell, so if a friend or loved one comments that you look ill, pay attention to your symptoms.

If you experience these symptoms or signs, call 911. Don’t drive yourself or have anyone else drive you. Time is heart muscle. Emergency transport to a cardiac receiving center gives a heart attack patient the best chance of saving heart muscle.

If the worst happens, a person may suffer a sudden cardiac arrest – suddenly collapses and is not responsive. Know the “3 Cs” of chest-compression-only CPR:

  1. Check for responsiveness– Shake the person and shout, “Are you OK?” Rub the chest bone with your knuckles.
  2. Call – Direct someone to call 9-1-1 and bring an AED.  If you are alone, call 9-1-1 yourself if the person is unresponsive and struggling to breathe.
  3. Compress– Begin forceful chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Position the victim backside down on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on top of the other and place the heel of the bottom hand on the center of the victim’s chest. Lock your elbows and compress the chest forcefully; make sure you lift up enough between compressions to let the chest recoil.

If an AED (automated external defibrillator) is available, turn the unit on and follow the voice instructions. If no AED is available, perform chest compressions continuously until help arrives. This is physically tiring so if someone else is available, take turns after each 100 chest compressions.

Chest-compression-only CPR, which was researched and developed at the UA Sarver Heart Center, has been shown to double a person’s chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest, compared to mouth-to-mouth CPR or doing nothing.

To learn more about heart health and chest-compression-only CPR, please visit the UA Sarver Heart Center website: heart.arizona.edu. You also can find us onFacebook (University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center) or follow us on Twitter @SarverHeart.


UA branding expert says NFL image will recover

A bad-news NFL season that began with a shocking elevator video and is ending with “Deflategate” might make you wonder if the league is the damage-control center of the universe.

To which Hope Schau says: Don’t worry about the NFL. It has survived scandals in the past, and it’s going to take much more than this season’s high-profile troubles to sink the ship.

“Every brand is a work in progress,” says Schau, an expert on branding and an associate professor of marketing in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

“The NFL hasn’t lost the essence of what it is. There was a time when (its players) might have been more representative of ideal citizenship. But there are generations now where that may not be as important. At the end of the day, people are still going to watch football. There will be fans, and the game will still represent America.”

Schau says the NFL made at least two mistakes in its handling of the Ray Rice affair. It was too slow to act in the wake of the incident, she says, and it hasn’t helped itself by keeping the focus on a negative issue.

“It was hard to see that (elevator video) and not form an opinion,” Schau says. “Getting out in front of the message and taking action early is always the better option.”

A campaign of public-service announcements on domestic violence involving current and former NFL stars isn’t allowing the league to move forward, Schau says, by the way it inadvertently prompts the public to flash back to the Rice incident.

“I would hope that our standard is that we treat people well, not just that we don’t treat them badly,” Schau says of the “No More” TV spots. “That’s a low bar to clear. The NFL could be highlighting the good things it is doing in outreach. It could show support of women’s sports, for example. I know they’re doing some of that, so why aren’t we hearing about it?”


AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

For tickets to this year’s RED Awards, click here.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Iconic Design Studio

Intel Corporation
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.


Brokerage Team Finalists

Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy
Todd Fogler, Ryan Eustice and Jami Savage-Gray
Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Robert and Corey Hawley

Leroy Breinholt
Trent Rustan
Tyson Breinholt

Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Toci and Chad Littell
Jackie Orcutt, John Grady and Mackenzie Ford
Larry Downey

Mike Haenel, Andy Markham and Will Strong
Robert Buckely, Tracy Cartledge, Steve Lindley

Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Bill Honsaker, Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Dave Seeger, Karsten Peterson and Mark Gustin
John Bonnell and Brett Abramson
Mark Detmer and Bo Mills
Pat Harlan, Steve Sayre and Kyle Westfall
Pat Williams, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Andrew Medley

Lee & Associates
Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney

Velocity Retail
Andy Kroot
Darren Pitts and Dave Cheatham

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. here for more information.