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Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.

“The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women under consideration and chose 50 influential women, five Generation Next women to watch and 12 groundbreakers in commercial real estate.”

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Green said all the women featured have earned influence in their respective fields through demonstrated track records of profitability, leadership and innovation.   

The women selected to the 2015 list for 2015 and honored Thursday were:

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

The groundbreakers selected from the commercial real estate world were:

Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of University Medicine, Banner Health

Danielle Casey, economic development director, City of Scottsdale

Cindy Cooke, senior executive vice president, Colliers International

Karen Halpert, senior vice president, Head of Property Management, VEREIT, Inc.

Diane Jacobs, principal, Holly Street Studio Architects

Alison Melnychenko, vice president of marketing , DTZ

Jody Pokorski, partner, Snell & Wilmer

Barbi Reuter, COO, Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Salenger, senior associate, Jones Studio

Cathy Thuringer, principal, Trammell Crow

Alisa Timm, director of management services, Lincoln Property Company

Vicki Williams, senior vice president, commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona

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

Women.Format

Lauren Bailey: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lauren Bailey, co-founder, Upward Projects

Bailey focuses on the conceptualization, design and operations four Postino industrial wine cafes; Windsor, a pub-style neighborhood hangout; Churn, the adjoining nostalgic ice cream shop; Federal Pizza, an artisan pizza restaurant; and two Joyride Taco Houses.

Greatest accomplishment: “Creating a company culture that puts people first, every time.”

Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be an artist. Doing creative work has always been a guiding force for me in business.”

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.

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Postino WineCafé is coming to Scottsdale

Upward Projects, the Valley-based hospitality company known for cult-fav neighborhood restaurants like Joyride Taco House, Federal Pizza, Windsor & Churn, announced that Postino WineCafé is expanding to Scottsdale, with new locations coming to both downtown and north Scottsdale. Scheduled to open in October, Postino Highland (4821 N. Scottsdale Rd.) will be carved into the former 60’s-era Valley National Bank on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Highland Ave., just east of Scottsdale Fashion Square. Tucked behind a towering wall of cast concrete fins, Postino Highland’s future home was co-designed by renowned local architect, Frank Henry of Weaver & Drover, best known for his landmark “Mushroom Bank” at the corner of 44th St. & Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, making this sleek 1960s space the perfect fit for Postino, says co-owners, Craig DeMarco & Lauren Bailey.

“From our first Postino inside the former Arcadia Post Office, Upward Projects is dedicated to finding, restoring and reusing historically relevant buildings in great local neighborhoods,” DeMarco says. “It’s somewhat spiritual for us that on Postino’s 15th anniversary, we’re able to find a proper home for our first Scottsdale location, and we couldn’t have done it without our partners Bill Levine and Andrew Cohn who helped bring this project to fruition.”  The 5,900-sq.-ft. Postino Highland will boast both front and back patios set amidst the verdant, grass-lined grounds, surrounded by original water fountains and mature ficus trees that provide a respite from bustling Scottsdale Rd. – all accessed via Postino’s signature yellow rollaway garage doors that blur the lines between indoors and out.

Tentatively scheduled to open in November, Postino Kierland is the second location arriving in 2015 and will come to life within the award-winning, pedestrian-friendly Kierland Commons’.  Drawn to the location because of its visionary mix of walkability and live/work/play sensibilities, Bailey says, “we love the north Scottsdale neighborhood, and Kierland offers the urban sense of community that we’re always looking for in a dynamic, mature neighborhood.” As with Postino Highland, final details of Postino Kierland are still being determined, however, expect a stylish indoor-outdoor layout, including rollaway garage doors, expansive patios, and the crave-worthy Postino menu packed full of bruschetta, big healthy salads, paninis and an award-winning wine and beer program.

“Postino WineCafé will be great a addition to Scottsdale, and we’re excited to have not one but two new locations coming in 2015.  Postino has figured out that perfect mix of elevated hospitality and sense of place for those in the community, and by restoring a 60-year old building, are perpetuating our history into the future,” says Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

Open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Postino Highland and Postino Kierland will also offer signature specials such as $5 Before 5pm, offered everyday on all wines by the glass and draft beer pitchers, and $20 Bottle & Board on Monday & Tuesday evenings.

Hall of Fame 2014

Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame honors innovators

Prepare yourself for a new flavor of ceremony at this year’s Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, presented by the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts. The star-studded soiree will be held at Scottsdale’s premier entertainment venue, Livewire. Photos of Arizona’s culinary legends will light up the 25-foot HD diagonal video wall, while the names of this year’s nominees will carousel on the mezzanine’s sweeping LED screen. Unlike previous celebrations of the Grand Canyon state’s culinary masters, this year’s tickets will be available to the general public for $25.

The ceremony will recognize 2015’s best chef, restaurateur, and beverage master. All of last year’s recipients (Joe Johnston of Agritopia, Joe’s Real BBQ and Joe’s Farm Grill; Craig DeMarco & Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects; Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Café; and Micah Olson of Bar Crudo) will present the award to 2015’s culinary tastemakers. What’s more, small bites will be provided by each of the 2014 Culinary Hall of Fame recipients for those in attendance.

Also as part of this year’s event, the late Glenn Humphrey, an icon in the culinary world in Phoenix, will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to his family in memory of his achievements in the culinary landscape of Arizona.  Judith Wolf, a leader in childhood arts education and director of arts programs at Young Arts Arizona, will receive this year’s Alex Simon Award. 

Along with their induction into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, winners will be presented with their own Ed Mell-designed trophy that has been given to each inductee over the 24-year history, and $500 will be donated to the charitable organization of their choosing. An electoral kitchen including chefs, mixologists, media, farmers, organization leaders and board members will vote for this year’s inductees.   The voting body includes the Scottsdale League for the Arts membership, the food and beverage community, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and all past recipients of the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame awards.

When: Monday, March 30 at 6:30 pm

Where: Livewire, 7320 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tickets: $25 per person, tickets can be purchased at www.scottsdalefest.org

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs’ group honors innovators

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Arizona (EO) announced its selection for two highly coveted membership awards for the 2013-14-board year. Lauren Bailey, co-owner of the Upward Projects restaurants was dubbed the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Robert Clinkenbeard, founding principal of Integrated Landscape Management received the ‘Member of the Year’ award at the conclusion of the group’s global 24-Hour Learning Day event. Both recipients were peer nominated from amongst the membership, which is made up of 150 successful Arizona business owners.

Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to join EO based on business performance. Out of 131 global chapters spanning 40 countries, EO Arizona is a leader in ingenuity and creative thought. Their purpose is to propel entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and enriched personal lives.

“This is the first year for the prestigious awards and all nominees were, quite frankly, outstanding,” says David Loaney EO Arizona board president. “We have a highly driven membership that includes some of the most successful business leaders in Arizona. We felt it was important to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions they have made to the organization as well as the greater community.”

The EO Arizona board set stringent guidelines for award recipients. After being nominated by fellow member, the award selection committee reviewed each submission, selected finalists, then held lengthy individual interviews for in-depth discovery of goal attainment. Winners were chosen based solely on accomplishments throughout the year. Entrepreneur of the Year was measured on the successes and growth of the member’s business while the Member of the Year was determined on the individual contributions to the chapter.

With Upward Projects in the past year, Bailey oversaw considerable growth of her company as they opened two new restaurants, one new concept and added 140 employees to the organization. Individually, Bailey was also nominated for various community honors. Clinkenbeard served as a role model for members and prospects with his active engagement and participation.

“My goal in EO is to impart some of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career to other business owners, helping them navigate the sometimes difficult path to success,” says Clinkenbeard on his active chapter participation. “When our Arizona business owners are successful, the community wins with greater employment, a healthier workforce and increased attention to our local neighborhoods. Giving back of our time and talent is the best way I’ve found to achieve that.”

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Joyride Taco House Opens in Gilbert

In what has gracefully become one of the Valley’s most exciting dining destinations, downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District adds another spell to its book of charm – a second restaurant from Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey called Joyride Taco House. Located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Rd. and Page Ave., the new concept joins neighboring Postino East to bring the renovated Grainbelt building to full capacity.

Informed by authenticity, but not beholden to it, Joyride Taco House is Mexican food made for daily life. With inspiration infused from the cultural stylings of the all-star Upward Projects kitchen development team (Chris Newstrom, Minerva Orduño Rincón, Monica Castillo and Mark Martinez), everything here is fresh and made from scratch, including the salsas, marinades and hand-pressed tortillas and tortilla chips.

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Sharable starters include three different types of ceviche, two types of guacamole and hearty pozole soup. Entrées include salads, burritos and tortas, as well as house specialties such as slow-braised beef tamales and slow-roasted rotisserie chicken. They also offer ten different varieties of hand-crafted tacos ranging from carne asada and short rib to beer-battered fish, grilled shrimp and an ever-changing Chef’s Special. Joyride’s extensive beverage menu showcases refreshing and colorful agua frescas, both for adults (mixed with your choice of spirit) and for the kiddos. Plus, enjoy their staple “$5 Until 5” wine and beer specials every day of the week.

Inside the lively 3,400 square foot space, you’ll swear salt is in the air with the well-worn beach vibe. Splashes of color reach from floor to ceiling, most noticeably from the custom-made concrete tiles imported from Mexico and the salvaged steering wheels and headlights, all working together to create a vintage-inspired vibe. Signature garage doors adorn both the front and back of the building, creating a breezeway and two distinct patios that keep the laid-back experience intact.

Joyride Taco House carries the same Upward Projects’ soul as its siblings Postino WineCafe, Windsor, Churn and Federal Pizza with lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Expect hours of 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday plus their staple $5 Until 5 every day of the week.

joyride inside

Joyride Taco House Opens in Gilbert

In what has gracefully become one of the Valley’s most exciting dining destinations, downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District adds another spell to its book of charm – a second restaurant from Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey called Joyride Taco House. Located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Rd. and Page Ave., the new concept joins neighboring Postino East to bring the renovated Grainbelt building to full capacity.

Informed by authenticity, but not beholden to it, Joyride Taco House is Mexican food made for daily life. With inspiration infused from the cultural stylings of the all-star Upward Projects kitchen development team (Chris Newstrom, Minerva Orduño Rincón, Monica Castillo and Mark Martinez), everything here is fresh and made from scratch, including the salsas, marinades and hand-pressed tortillas and tortilla chips.

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Sharable starters include three different types of ceviche, two types of guacamole and hearty pozole soup. Entrées include salads, burritos and tortas, as well as house specialties such as slow-braised beef tamales and slow-roasted rotisserie chicken. They also offer ten different varieties of hand-crafted tacos ranging from carne asada and short rib to beer-battered fish, grilled shrimp and an ever-changing Chef’s Special. Joyride’s extensive beverage menu showcases refreshing and colorful agua frescas, both for adults (mixed with your choice of spirit) and for the kiddos. Plus, enjoy their staple “$5 Until 5” wine and beer specials every day of the week.

Inside the lively 3,400 square foot space, you’ll swear salt is in the air with the well-worn beach vibe. Splashes of color reach from floor to ceiling, most noticeably from the custom-made concrete tiles imported from Mexico and the salvaged steering wheels and headlights, all working together to create a vintage-inspired vibe. Signature garage doors adorn both the front and back of the building, creating a breezeway and two distinct patios that keep the laid-back experience intact.

Joyride Taco House carries the same Upward Projects’ soul as its siblings Postino WineCafe, Windsor, Churn and Federal Pizza with lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Expect hours of 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday plus their staple $5 Until 5 every day of the week.

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Upward Projects plans Federal Pizza opening for October 9th

The soul of North Central Phoenix is about to run a little deeper as Upward Projects, a group of locally-focused restaurateurs headed by Craig & Kris DeMarco and Lauren & Wyatt Bailey, prepares to open their latest vision, Federal Pizza (5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85012), in the historic First Federal Savings & Loan building originally designed by famed architect Al Beadle.  Federal Pizza joins neighbors Windsor, Churn and Postino Central to create not only a geographic trifecta, but a locally owned dining district integrated into the neighborhoods that surround.

When the restaurant opens to the public on October 9th, diners can look forward to a menu of big healthy salads, sharable appetizers, and perhaps most exciting of all, wood-fired pizzas designed by master baker MJ Coe.  Selected to guide the pizza design process, MJ Coe is a rockstar in his own rite, became a certified master baker at the age of 33 and quickly rising to prominence as one of Arizona’s premier local producers.  “I was tapped to create a bespoke ciabatta loaf for Postino in the early 2000’s, and we are still baking the same exact recipe 11 years later.  The pizza here is going to be designed the same way, to stand the test of time and become a part of peoples lives,” says Coe.

The beverage program at Federal proves to be one-of-a-kind as well, as the entire menu of beer and wine will be available to be picked up to-go, and at a screaming discount.  Fueled by the expertise of beverage director Brent Karlicek, mastermind behind the programs at Windsor and Postino, the wine list will be seasonal and progressive, and beers local and regional with an emphasis on small-batch craft selections.  For those wondering how to get draft beer to-go, Federal will offer custom Growlers, large reusable glass jugs that can be filled with any of the local and regional craft beers on tap.

“We’re really excited about turning the bank’s old teller lane into a pickup window so you can grab everything without getting out of your car,” says Craig DeMarco.  Those opting to dine-in, however, are sure to explore the restaurant’s design, which will pay tribute to Al Beadle’s original work wherever possible and evoke a mid-century feel with modern touches.  The 30-foot long butcher block bar will likely be a popular spot, as will the coveted eight seats that surround the wood-fired pizza oven.  But there is not a bad seat in the house with floor to ceiling glass keeping the mood light and airy, and while enjoying a pie, the moon might even hit your eye through the glass skylights above.

Federal Pizza opens October 9th for lunch and dinner service seven days a week.  Hours are 11a-11p Sunday through Thursday, and 11a – 12p Friday and Saturday.  “$5 until 5” will also be available daily.  For more information, visit www.upwardprojects.com.

Postino Gilbert

Shepley Bulfinch Design Breathes New Life Into Downtown Gilbert Building

Architect Shepley Bulfinch has partnered again with Upward Projects to create Postino East, a neighborhood dining spot in the heart of downtown Gilbert.

Postino Gilbert - Outside BarThe 2,700 SF renovation in the southern end of the former Grainbelt Building is the third locale for Postino Wine Cafe and the second collaboration between Shepley Bulfinch and Upward Projects.

“It means a lot to us to be involved with projects like this,” Shepley Bulfinch principal Joseph Herzog, the project’s lead architect, said. “They help breathe life back into communities and neighborhoods and give people new ways to experience a part of the town’s history that has been long overlooked.”

“Shepley Bulfinch understands our commitment to adaptive reuse projects, and together we have resurrected historically relevant buildings with a modern twist,” said Upward Projects partner Lauren Bailey.

The design juxtaposes the building’s original yellow painted structural steel beams and exposed CMU walls and concrete floors with wood trusses, warm colors, and carefully selected vintage furniture, décor, and tile. Mixing industrial features with warm colors and custom wood furniture defines a contemporary space with an inviting atmosphere. The versatile layout includes a wrap-around patio, and green space for larger events. The design blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. The signature interior-exterior bar draws guests through a 16-foot garage door to the patio, where diners have a view of Gilbert’s iconic water tower.

Postino East opened with a March 17 benefit that supported their community partners, Gilbert Public Schools. Upward Projects and Shepley Bulfinch have since announced their latest restaurant design venture: the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century Phoenix bank building designed by Alfred Newman Beadle.