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BMO Names Miller as President, Western U.S.

BMO Private Bank announced today that Matt Miller has been promoted to President, Western U.S. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic development and delivery of wealth management services for high-net-worth individuals, family-owned businesses, endowments and foundations throughout the Western U.S.

Miller has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined the organization in 2009 as Managing Director. During this time, he was responsible for organizing the western regional hub office and recruiting many of its senior managers and advisors.

“Matt is an ideal fit for this position. He is passionate about guiding his clients and helping them achieve their financial goals,” said Terry Jenkins, President and CEO, BMO Private Bank, U.S. “He leads by example, is focused on excellence and motivates his teams to success. We are confident the Western region will achieve even greater success in the years to come.”

Miller is headquartered at BMO Private Bank’s Scottsdale location, which also serves as the hub of Western regional operations. He will oversee a team of 75 financial professionals located in Arizona, Utah and Washington.

A fourth-generation Arizonan, Miller is an active leader in local business and civic communities. He currently serves on the board of directors for Teach for America Arizona, Valley of the Sun United Way Financial Stability Council and volunteers regularly at JAG (Jobs for Arizona Graduates). He previously served on the board of the University Medical Center in Tucson for 12 years. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona.

“This is an exciting time to lead an organization that is poised for significant growth,” said Miller. “The caliber of our team is second to none, and our clients benefit from industry-leading planning tools that enable us to provide the best in financial planning and analysis.”

BMO Private Bank has Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson. For more information about services and operations, visit www.bmoprivatebank.com.

Steve Moore, president and CEO of Visit Phoenix; Andrea Streat, director of meetings and events for the American Alliance of Museums; Alyssa Kolat, conference manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs; and James Jessie, senior vice president of sales at Visit Phoenix.

Visit Phoenix spearheads sales blitz in D.C.

Commuters hailing a cab or waiting for public transit in Washington, D.C. this month are likely to get a glimpse of iconic Phoenix imagery before their trip commences.

Visit Phoenix (CVB) is blitzing the D.C. area with a transit-based advertising buy that includes mini-billboards atop taxis and digital posters in transit stations. The ads showcase Visit Phoenix’s “This is Phoenix” ad campaign, which is built around dramatic photography of Greater Phoenix outdoor activity in the Sonoran Desert.

The ad blitz coincides with a sales mission in the Washington D.C. area by Visit Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center, and nine of the city’s largest hotels and resorts. The convention sales mission delegation will meet with professional associations and national trade unions, hundreds of which are headquartered in and around the nation’s capital.

Visit Phoenix staff just completed its fiscal year with a 30% increase in Phoenix Convention Center future year bookings and a strong rebound in resort/hotel leads and bookings. Continuing this momentum, the Phoenix convention sales delegation will meet with more than 250 DC convention planners and association executives through sales appointments, reception-trade shows, and a meeting planner forum during its three-day sales mission.

“Washington is a hotbed for meetings and conventions, and our sales team maintains a strategic presence there with in-market offices and annual events,” said Melissa Gogel, vice president of marketing, communications and tourism for Visit Phoenix. “To support those sales efforts, we’re placing our new ‘This is Phoenix’ ads in some high-traffic transit locations. The goal is to increase the exposure of the Visit Phoenix brand in one of our most important markets, and to do it at a time when our sales team is saturating the market with face-to-face calls.”

The delegation of sales professionals from Phoenix will host four events during the next three days, with one event each in Washington, Alexandria, VA and Chevy Chase, MD.

Phoenix was ranked No. 10 in the list of the “Top 50 U.S. Cities for Conventions in 2013,” according to Cvent, a technology company that connects event planners with more than 200,000 venues in destinations across the United States. Phoenix earned its top-10 destination based on its weather, its air-travel accessibility, its spectrum of meeting-friendly hotels and resorts, and its newly expanded convention center.

“The Phoenix Convention Center was expanded with big association groups in mind,” Gogel said. “It has the space and sophistication to host the biggest of them, or to host smaller ones concurrently. Our focus is to keep the convention center, the hotels and resorts, and the destination as a whole at the top of mind for meeting planners in D.C. and beyond.”

Sheryl Hildebrand - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – Partner, Deloitte

Hildebrand is Deloitte’s Phoenix leader for its Enterprise Risk Advisory Services practice. She previously held similar roles in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Hildebrand leads a team of 40 professionals providing internal audit, IT auditing, enterprise risk management and finance process improvement services.

Surprising fact: “On sunny weekends, you can find me on the back seat of a Harley — in desert mountain ranges near Phoenix or forested highways of Washington state, traveling with the wind in my hair.”

Biggest challenge: “Being asked to uproot and move my family and my practice two times to take on business growth and leadership responsibilities in new locations. Network, network, network.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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Customers Rank SRP Highest in West, U.S.

Salt River Project’s electric customers continue to give SRP high marks for customer satisfaction.  In a report issued today by J.D. Power and Associates, SRP received the top score for residential electric service in the Large Utilities segment in the western United States for the 12th consecutive year and the highest total among the nation’s largest utilities for the fifth year in a row.

SRP’s ranking was bolstered by sweeping the No. 1 spot in the survey’s Large Utilities segment in the West region for all six survey components, Power Quality and Reliability, Billing and Payment, Corporate Citizenship, Price, Communications and Customer Service. Among all large utilities across the nation, SRP scored highest in customer satisfaction for the eighth time in the 15 years J.D. Power and Associates has conducted its study of residential customers.  With a Customer Satisfaction Index score of 709 on a 1,000-point scale in this year’s ranking, SRP is the only electric utility that has been ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. in all 15 years.

It is the 14th time in the last 15 years that SRP scored the highest in the West among large electric utilities (500,000 or more residential customers). The average score in the West large region, which covers utilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, was 654.

The 2013 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study was based on responses from about 103,000 online interviews conducted from July 2012 through May 2013 among residential customers of the 126 largest electric utility brands across the nation, which collectively represent more than 94 million households.  More information on the J.D. Power and Associates’ study can be found at www.jdpower.com/library/index.htm.

SRP is the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, providing electric service to more than 970,000 customers.  SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 1 million acre-feet to agricultural, urban and municipal water users.

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HomeSmart International Continues Market Share Growth

Real estate firm HomeSmart International recently opened its newest franchise in Seattle, Washington. The nationwide company based in Phoenix, Arizona began franchising in 2011, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. Recently ranked as the number one real estate company in the Southwest, HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States.

Seattle franchise owner Teri Jones has more than 22 years of experience in the real estate business. Jones felt that affiliating with HomeSmart International was the best way to take her business to the next level. The franchise operates as HomeSmart Real Estate Associates.

“I am excited to be a part of HomeSmart and very encouraged with the company’s tools and commitment to their agents and clients,” said Jones. “I feel confident with the company’s reputation for advanced technologies and that we will continue to grow and assist brokers with the tools needed to grow the business in a more efficient and professional way.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also puts its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing them to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

“Some of the world’s best companies are based in Seattle; Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks to name three. Each is known for their innovation, operational excellence and customer service,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “We are proud to now be among those successful businesses. Teri brings decades of experience along with a youthful, innovative team. Armed with the technology and systems HomeSmart provides, she will bring a tremendous environment to all agents in Seattle and the surrounding communities.”

HomeSmart currently has offices throughout eight states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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Heard Museum Names New CEO

James Pepper Henry has been named as the Heard Museum’s director and CEO. Henry comes to the Heard after a successful six-year tenure at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska’s premier art, history and science institution. There, he oversaw the completion of the museum’s $110 million, 80,000-square-foot expansion, including the debut of the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibition hall and the new Imaginarium Discovery Center.

“We are very pleased to announce that Jim Pepper Henry will become the new director of the Heard Museum,” said Heard Museum Board of Trustees Chair Mark Bonsall. “An extensive national search was conducted to find the person who will lead us into the future.”

Bonsall adds, “Jim brings a wealth of museum experience; he comes to us from his current post as director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and has also held leadership positions at several other museums, both Native and non-Indian. Jim is a sculptor in his own right and an enrolled member of the Kaw Nation. We are thrilled to announce his appointment as the executive director of our beloved Heard Museum, and very much look forward to his leadership of this preeminent institution.”

“I am honored to have been selected as the next director and CEO of the Heard Museum, one of the premier institutions of American Indian art and culture and an American treasure,” said Pepper Henry. “I look forward to working with the board, staff and community to present exciting exhibitions and programs, expand its audiences and steward the Heard into a new era.”

Pepper Henry formerly served as an associate director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) where, for nearly 10 years, he managed a wide variety of American Indian community-oriented programs, services, and traveling exhibitions. Pepper Henry played a pivotal role in the establishment and launch of NMAI, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that opened to the public in 2004.

Pepper Henry served as the founding director of the Kanza Museum in Kaw City, Okla.; interim curator of American Indian Art at the Portland Art Museum; gallery director at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in Portland, Ore.; and gallery director for the Institute of Alaska Native Arts in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Pepper Henry is a member of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation. He is co-founder and president of the Kanza Ilóshka Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the cultural life-ways and traditions of the Kaw people. Pepper Henry is also an active American Indian traditional dancer and is co-founder of the Kaw Nation Traditional Dance Society.

He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a recipient of the University’s prestigious Council for Minority Education Leadership Award.  He is also a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

Pepper Henry has contributed essays to various publications including Stewards of the Sacred, co-published by the American Association of Museums and Harvard University, and Native Universe: Voices of Indian America, co-published by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.

Pepper Henry will assume his duties on August 5.

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Polsinelli Shughart Shortens Firm Name

Polsinelli Shughart PC will shorten the firm name to Polsinelli PC effective late April, 2013.

The firm’s February 2009 combination with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy was preceded by several smaller mergers and acquisitions. The firm has added over 150 attorneys in the four years since the Shughart Thomson merger. Today, the national law firm has more than 630 attorneys in 16 cities including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“While our legacy firms and our history provides our foundation, we have become more than the sum of our parts. Most importantly we are all one firm today and our clients already refer to us as Polsinelli,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “The owners agreed using one name reflects we are one firm from coast to coast.”

In its 40-year history Polsinelli has had multiple firm names including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus just before the firm successfully merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy and adopted the combined name of Polsinelli Shughart. The merger added Shughart’s well recognized extensive litigation experience to the firm’s established and growing corporate, healthcare, real estate and financial services practices. Adopting one name reflects true integration of services and firm culture.

“This decision reflects branding trends in legal and other professional services which have emulated longstanding practices in consumer marketing,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Allison Yurman. “From a strategic point of view, building brand equity around one name is more viable, and this change leverages existing name awareness by focusing on the shorthand already in use by clients.”

Welsh said the Shughart merger in 2009 brought critical strength in litigation and Shughart’s long, impressive history in Kansas City since the 1940’s. Many of the original Shughart attorneys hold key leadership positions at Polsinelli as practice group chairs and board members.

“We would not be where we are today without those who joined the firm through mergers and laterally.” said Welsh. “When we first merged with Shughart we all joked that both names were a mouthful. But the core reason for the name change is that it reflects who we are now and where we are headed strategically. We are confident the one name, Polsinelli, is easier for clients and will help us strengthen our national identity.”

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BASIS Selects Eastmark for Its Next East Valley School

The nationally renowned charter school BASIS has selected Eastmark for its next East Valley campus. Construction on BASIS Mesa at Eastmark commences in March 2013.  The new school is set to open fall 2013.

“BASIS is our first 5-12 educational partner and a perfect fit for this community.  Eastmark’s central location in the East Valley will give hundreds of children more opportunities to earn a world-class education, which is a tremendous value for kids, their families and our region’s future workforce,” said Dea McDonald, Senior Vice President of DMB Associates and General Manager of Eastmark.

“Every DMB community features education and lifelong learning among its Community Life pillars, which are empowered by partnerships that extend far beyond the classroom.  We’re delighted to bring to future residents and neighbors this charter school option in the early phase of Eastmark,” added McDonald.

The new BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will complement the East Valley BASIS programs.  Because of the strong interest by parents and students, the BASIS Board of Directors agreed there was enough demand to develop another school in the East Valley, explained Craig Barrett, retired Chairman/CEO of Intel Corporation and Chairman of the Board for BASIS Schools Inc.

“Our BASIS Chandler School has had a waiting list since we opened.  DMB brought us the opportunity to develop in their new community, in an early phase of the development, where we could be a true partner.  Its location, easy access to transportation and vision for the future made Eastmark the right choice for us.  We’re eager to grow another top performing school for the region,” Barrett said.

The BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will open with grades 5-10, adding grade 11 by 2014 and grade 12 by 2015. BASIS Mesa may also add K through 4thgrades in ensuing years.  The design and size of the new school will be similar to its Chandler and Phoenix campuses. The campus will be located adjacent to the Eastmark Great Park situated on approximately 4.5 acres. DMB is advancing the development and construction of Eastmark Parkway to meet the timelines of the opening of the charter school.

Families can sign up for the BASIS Mesa at Eastmark interest list at www.basislink.org.

The first phase of Eastmark’s residential development is in the Queen Creek School District.  The district does not have plans to build another campus in Eastmark in the immediate future.

Eastmark will host its grand opening on June 1, 2013 with seven builders offering homes in the first phase of residential development.

BASIS is the top performing school in Arizona with BASIS students ranked highest in Stanford 10 national test scores in both math and reading in 2012.
All BASIS schools are “A” rated by the Arizona Department of Education (“AZEd”).

Approximately 5,000 students attend BASIS schools with campuses in Tucson, Oro Valley, Scottsdale, Chandler, Flagstaff, Peoria and Washington, D.C.  BASIS is also opening new schools in Ahwatukee, San Antonio, and a new K-4 program in Tucson.

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Greater Phoenix CVB promotes 3 as part of reorganization effort

The Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, the nonprofit organization that markets metropolitan Phoenix as a visitor and meeting destination, has promoted Michael Mooney to the position of Executive Vice President.

Mooney, who previously held the title of Chief Operating Officer, will continue to serve in that role. He joined the Greater Phoenix CVB in 1997. In the 16 years since, he has risen in rank and responsibility, from Director of Information Technology to Chief Financial Officer to his new position as the CVB’s No. 2 executive.

Prior to joining the Greater Phoenix CVB, Mooney served as the senior financial and technology officer for a private enterprise that operated in the tourism-related realms of aviation, hotel lodging, restaurants, ground transportation and golf in Arizona, Washington, Hawaii, California and Nevada. Immediately preceding that career path, Mooney developed computer software for the casino industry, specializing in timekeeping, slot accounting and guest tracking.

Born in New Jersey, Mooney has called Phoenix home since his high school days.

Mooney’s promotion follows two other recent reorganization moves at the Greater Phoenix CVB: Melissa Gogel was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Tourism; and Scott Dunn was elevated to Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.

Gogel, who has worked at the Greater Phoenix CVB since 2000, takes the supervisory reins of three departments: marketing (which is responsible for the CVB’s advertising, branding and website); communications (which coordinates media relations efforts); and tourism (which markets Phoenix to travel agencies and tour operators).

A native of Nashville, Gogel had previously served as Director of Marketing. She began her career at the CVB as an assistant in the Membership Department. Prior to coming to Phoenix she worked as a marketing analyst for Harold’s clothing stores in Norman, Okla.

Dunn, also a native Tennessean, has worked at the Greater Phoenix CVB for six years, serving as Communication Manager and Associate Director of Communication. Before coming to Phoenix he spent 14 years in the journalism industry, working as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Utah, New Mexico and South Carolina.