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Wells Fargo Supports Neighborhood Revitalization

Wells Fargo & Company announced it will donate $75,000 to Native American Connections (NAC) of Phoenix as part of a $6 million in grants awarded across 67 nonprofits through its 2013 Leading the Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative to  help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods impacted by the economy.   The Leading The Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative provides grant support for neighborhood stabilization projects that are located in areas designated for revitalization to stimulate growth, stability and investment in distressed areas.

“Wells Fargo is bringing much needed support to enable these nonprofits to help stabilize and revitalize local communities,” said Michael Riley, Metro West area president for Wells Fargo Arizona. “We believe the work of the nonprofit community is a critical conduit to revitalize neighborhoods in cities that have been deeply affected by the challenging economy.”

Native American Connections, is actively involved and experienced in community revitalization efforts and was identified by Wells Fargo as being in need of extra help with large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects. Priority Markets Initiative program grants can be used for any costs associated with the development or redevelopment of the project. Recipients must be an IRS 501c3 organizations with successful histories of building or renovating housing for low-to moderate-income homebuyers.

“Native American Connections first partnered with Wells Fargo in 2004 for our very first Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development,” said Diana Yazzie Devine, NAC chief executive officer. “The experience helped us grow our capacity to develop high quality, affordable housing serving a range of our client’s needs throughout central Phoenix.  Wells Fargo supports NAC’s strategies of building along Phoenix’s new light rail system, selecting difficult urban infill sites that increase density, reduce parking, building green, and embracing our mission of ensuring our residents have access to much-needed support systems and employment. We would like to thank Wells Fargo for their years of continued support and we look forward to our work together in the future.”

Native American Connections will use the grant funds to make additional energy efficiency improvements to Urban Living on 2nd (UL2), and to further reduce building operating costs and individual unit energy costs.  UL2, opening January 2014, is a 70-unit LIHTC development offering affordable housing along the light rail line at 650 North 2nd Avenue in Phoenix.  Wells Fargo provided construction financing for the project.
Wells Fargo’s Leading the Way Home® community outreach program helps communities stabilize their current housing situation while advancing homeownership to build strong communities into the future. Since 2009, the Leading the Way Priority Markets Initiative grant program, funded through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, has provided more than $25 million to nearly 100 communities.

The Leading the Way Home Program Priority Markets Initiatives are administered through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Since 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $284 million in support of affordable housing and community revitalization programs, and delivered 4.7 million in volunteer hours to build or rehabilitate more than 5,000 homes.

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Tibshraeny Named Municipal Leader of the Year

American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year.

Mayor Tibshraeny will be featured in the November edition of American City & County, which has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves city, county and state officials who are charged with developing and implementing government policy, programs and projects.

“Mayor Tibshraeny proves that through foresight and endurance, America’s local leaders can help overcome their community’s problems,” said Bill Wolpin, Editor, American City & County Magazine. “His story is worth sharing in the hopes that others will become inspired.”

This honor is in large part due to Mayor Tibshraeny’s role in economic development and specifically, creating, protecting and preserving the Price Corridor.  The Price Corridor is Chandler’s major employment corridor and has been instrumental in attracting high wage technology jobs to the city.

Price Corridor is home to large corporations such as Intel, Bank of America, PayPal, Microchip Technologies, Orbital Sciences, Rogers Corporation and Wells Fargo. In the past year alone, General Motors, Infusionsoft and Nationstar opened in the Price Corridor.

“Chandler is a leader in the region in job creation and today the Price Corridor is home to an impressive roster of companies,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This success validates our efforts to protect the area from residential encroachment. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the area as Chandler is now recognized as a premier innovation and technology hub throughout the Southwest.”

In addition to his achievements with the Price Corridor, Mayor Tibshraeny is being recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments including; the Four Corner Initiative and Adaptive Reuse Program, creating a healthier community, neighborhood outreach, job creation and University partnerships and transparency through technology.

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Wells Fargo team members donate $3M to nonprofits

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

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

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

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

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Leadership spotlight: Theresa Chacopulos

Theresa Chacopulos
Senior vice president and senior financial advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
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Chacopulos was ranked among Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for 2013 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Chacopulos serves high net worth clients, offering a customized approach to portfolio management.  A 29-year financial services veteran, she holds the Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst designations.

Best advice to offer: “Wealth management as an investment-advisory discipline incorporates a number of aggregated financial services. My advice is to find an advisor that will properly manage these segments, in addition to working with your attorney, CPA or any of your professional advisors.”

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Leadership spotlight: Pamela Conboy

Pamela Conboy
Lead regional president
Wells Fargo
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Conboy has 34 years of leadership experience in retail, business banking and learning and sales development. She manages 4,200 team members, 340 stores and $24.4 billion in deposits. She sits on numerous boards, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way and American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer.

Biggest challenge: “I have relocated five times during my career and each move required forming new professional relationships, and personal as well.  I learned how to effectively network, joining Chambers, seeking high impact Community Boards where I could meet new leaders and make a difference.  Arizona has been terrific since my arrival six years ago.”

Best advice to offer: “The best way to get promoted is by being great in your current role and master your business knowledge and skills … One of my favorite quotes is, ‘In search of perfection, you just might catch excellence.’”

Best accomplishment: “My most proud successes are those that I get to share with my team.  At Wells Fargo we are One Team — no “I,” only “We.”  Together we achieve greatness, and we always get better by having everyone get better together — we like to say a high tide raises all ships!  And WE LOVE to recognize, to celebrate and to always have fun!”

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Wells Fargo Arizona No. 1 SBA lender in dollars

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), America’s No. 1 small business lender, today announced it is the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) lender in Arizona in amount of dollars for the seventh consecutive year and tied for #1 in terms of number of loans  approved.  Wells Fargo approved $75 million dollars and 176 loans to Arizona businesses from Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.

“Wells Fargo has a long history of supporting the growth of Arizona’s small businesses and providing credit to meet their financing needs,” said Jim Valley, SBA regional sales manager for Wells Fargo Arizona.  “We believe that the flow of new loan dollars into our communities represents a very powerful statement for job creation and economic development, and we are pleased to provide financial support that gives business owners the funds they need to grow their businesses, retain employees and continue to create new jobs in our community and across the country.”

Among the customers who Wells Fargo helped become business owners with an SBA loan are military veterans Bradley and Barbara Frey of Tucson, Ariz. The couple secured an SBA 7(a) loan to buy a mobile home parts manufacturing business, M&M Home Supply Warehouse, earlier this year.

“My wife and I have always dreamed of running our own small business together,” said Brad Frey. “As new small business owners, it was a daunting task to get our business up and running, but Wells Fargo helped us from the beginning and is a significant reason why we are thriving. My wife and I had tears of happiness when we were signing our loan documents because we could not believe our dream was now a reality.”

Nationally, Wells Fargo approved a record $1.47 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in federal fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) and for the fifth consecutive year is America’s leading SBA 7(a) lender in dollar volume. This is the third year in a row that Wells Fargo has approved more than $1 billion in SBA 7(a) loans to small business owners – the only lender to achieve this milestone.  An SBA preferred lender in all 50 states, Wells Fargo also is the second largest SBA lender in units extending 3,481 SBA 7(a) loans in federal fiscal year 2013.

Wells Fargo is the No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars in 12 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia – and the No.1 SBA 7(a) lender in number of loans (units) in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona (tied), California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada (tied), New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virginia.

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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
President
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager
Intel

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Attorney
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
President
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
President
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
President
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
President
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
President
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
CEO
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
Mayor
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
CEO
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Mayor
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Partner
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
Mayor
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Mayor
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Mayor
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Mayor
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
Mayor
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
President
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President
Abengoa

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
Mayor
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Councilmember
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
Mayor
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
Councilmember
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
President
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
Power-One

Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
President
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise

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Attorney at Law
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Wells Fargo Celebrates Arizona Teacher of the Year

Wells Fargo is honoring Arizona’s Teacher of the Year on its ATMs across the state.  For the month of September most of Wells Fargo’s 541 ATMs in Arizona will feature a screen congratulating 2013 Teacher of the Year, Nancie Lindblom. Wells Fargo’s ATM customers will see a picture of Lindblom and some details about her teaching achievements.

“Teachers are the backbone of our community and we believe it’s important to celebrate the great teachers who encourage, support and inspire great achievements from their students,” said Pam Conboy, lead regional president for Wells Fargo in Arizona. “We congratulate Nancie Lindblom and thank all of our Arizona teachers for their service. Our entire community benefits from their work, and we want to show our appreciation by honoring one of Arizona’s best.”

Lindblom teaches 11th and 12th grade American History and Government at Skyline High School in Mesa.  She has been an educator for 18 years.  Lindblom earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in American History and Government from Ashland University and will graduate in May 2014.

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Wells Fargo Names new Business Banking Managers

Kyle Hanson, Tom Traylor and Jerry Ritchie, financial services veterans with more than 47 years of experience between them, have been named Business Banking managers for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the Valley.  Jim Pfeiffer, Area Business Banking manager for Arizona announced the appointment.

Kyle Hanson will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in Scottsdale. Hanson joined Wells Fargo in 2003 and comes to the Valley from Portland, Oregon where he served as a Business Banking manager leading a team of seven relationship managers, three industry specialists and three support staff for Wells Fargo’s Specialty Markets in Oregon and Business Banking in Vancouver. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Alaska.

Tom Traylor will serve as Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in the North Valley.  Traylor joined Wells Fargo in 1995.  Prior to this appointment, he served as senior regional credit officer responsible for credit approval and lending activities for both Arizona and Nevada.  Traylor has also served as senior examiner, credit manager, senior commercial lender, business banker and credit analyst. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

Jerry Ritchie will serve as Business Banking manager for the Phoenix Business Bank.  In this role, he also will oversee Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Real Estate Division.  Ritchie has been with Wells Fargo since 1994 and comes to the Valley from Wells Fargo’s Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate team where he was office manager.  Ritchie also has served as homebuilder lending manager, relationship manager, credit analyst, and consumer loan officer for Wells Fargo. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Management from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in Banking Administration & Finance from the Pacific Coast Banking School

“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,” Pfeiffer said.  “Kyle, Tom and Jerry bring strong leadership skills and a wealth of experience to our Arizona Business Banking team, and their scope of knowledge and commitment to serving our business customers make them a perfect fit for our business teams in Phoenix, Scottsdale and the North Valley.”

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.

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Office/Industrial: Money in the Market

As recent as two years ago, commercial foreclosures were affecting the markets and underlying property values. Then talk surfaced that the “blue blood” money was back and looking to make deals.
Fast forward to 2013: Is this still the case?
“In regards to office and industrial, the ‘blue blood’ is very active in the marketplace,” says Todd Jarman, senior vice president Commercial Real Estate for BBVA Compass. “The recent announcement of joint ventures with Clarion Partners (and Wentworth Property) and Walton Street Capital (and Everest Holdings) continue a string of similar headlines we have seen more for many months now.
Values are holding very well, Jarman says, and in many cases appreciating nicely. He adds the market has not seen the wave of commercial foreclosures that were expected a number of years ago. Given the strong demand for good product, he adds, lenders holding distressed properties have instead opted to either entertain short-sales, note sales or direct borrower negotiations.
“In regards to the current lending environment, our local banks are very hungry for stabilized product (both office and industrial), and we are beginning to see lenders take market/leasing risk on industrial buildings (big box /West side) — as several speculative developments are underway,” Jarman says. “Lenders continue to be hesitant on market/leasing risk on office, unless a very ‘special story’ exists. I would suspect that any new office development would require substantial pre-leasing — at least 50% or a number that could provide break even DSCR.”
According to Scott Holland, managing partner, Keystone Commercial Capital, foreclosures have tailed off to a point that they are not having the downward pressure on values that they did over the past few years.
“I believe the market has found a floor and while there are still good values to be found in the market, the increasing transaction activity is bringing buyers back into the market as they can begin to feel comfortable with where the floor is and can focus on creating value as the market begin to resurge.
“As for money, I believe there is a significant amount of various equity capital (institutional, wealthy private and true entrepreneurial investors) in the market looking for value creation opportunities,” he says, “These markets appear to be in the early stages of recovery and everyone is trying to get an investment stake in the ground in order to enjoy the market lift that traditionally follows a significant down market — and what a down market it was.
But just as with the abundance of equity capital, there is an abundance of debt capital.  While the sheer volume of both equity and debt capital can’t be disputed, their adherence to fundamentals at this stage of the recovery is also clear.
“The not-so-distant memory of bad buys and bad loans will continue to keep both of these capital sources disciplined in their approach to the business for the reasonable foreseeable future, Holland says.
Commercial foreclosures are waning and CMBS special servicers have the bulk of what is available, says Jaclyn Noel, senior VP and private banker at Wells Fargo.
“The process with these groups takes longer because of the layers of legality,” she says. “Bank inventories are down and the economy is improving. Capitalization rates for these property types are normalizing.
Capital is flowing from different sources both locally and internationally, especially from Canadian investors.
“All the usual suspects are active again: banks, CMBS, life companies, pension funds, finance companies, private placements. Our Private Bank is actively providing commercial real estate investor financing.”
The Metro Phoenix office market remains very soft due to over-supply and weak absorption, says Vicki Williams, senior VP Commercial Real Estate at Alliance Bank of Arizona. Leasing activity, she says, consists primarily of tenants moving from one submarket to another and/or moving up from Class B properties to Class A properties.
“Institutional capital is available to acquire trophy, stabilized Class A properties only, which trade at low cap rates,” Williams says.
The market for Class B properties is the most active, according to Williams. Buyers for stabilized — or relatively stabilized —  Class B properties include investment funds and private REITs who partner with pension funds. These assets are selling at higher cap rates, which is reflective of those investors looking for risk adjusted returns.
“They do not anticipate rents to trend upwards in the short term and therefore plan on a longer hold strategy of 7 years or more,” she says. “Truly value-ad, distressed, multi-tenant office properties are being acquired by buyers willing to take more risk for a higher potential return. These investors are Canadian investors, individual investors and opportunity funds.
“Financing for these properties continues to be difficult to find due to the higher risk and lack of cash flow, as these value-ad properties have significant vacancy and may also need some rehab work. They are being acquired at very favorable prices, often from a lender.”
These investors’ strategy, Williams adds, is to lease up the properties at the current, low rental rates and then sell them at lower cap rate within a 3-year time frame. Multi-tenant medical office is the favored property type, though well located multi-tenant office properties in the Southeast Valley, the Camelback corridor and North Scottsdale are also trading.
“While the office market is expected to remain soft for the next several years, the industrial market has been strengthening,” Williams says. “Institutional investors continue to prefer big box, single-tenant properties.  Life insurance companies are starting to invest in new, speculative construction of big box space based on the strong absorption in this segment seen in the past couple of years.
“Multi-tenant, small bay industrial properties are being acquired by private investment companies consisting of ‘friends and family investors.’ This Class B market is the most active.”

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Wells Fargo Donates to Yarnell Wildfire Relief Efforts

Wells Fargo announced it has contributed $65,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief funds and the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund in response to the Yarnell wildfire in Yavapai County.  Specifically, Wells Fargo will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief and $15,000 to the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund for families of the fallen firefighters.

“The enormity of this loss is devastating, and we want to help our customers, friends and communities who have been so tragically affected by this fire,” said Pamela Conboy, Arizona Lead Regional President.  “We know our contribution will help fund the important work of the American Red Cross and the 100 Club in assisting victims of the fire. We truly appreciate their efforts.”

Wells Fargo customers can also donate to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter at 540 Wells Fargo ATMs in Arizona until July 22. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.

Wells Fargo customers affected by the Yarnell wild fire in Yavapai County should contact their banker and visit their nearest Wells Fargo store to discuss financial options.  Customers who need assistance can call 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Customers can also visit their nearest Wells Fargo store once normal hours of operation resume.

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Chacopulos among Top 100 Women Financial Advisors

Theresa Chacopulos, Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President – Investments, at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, was named to the prestigious 2013 Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list.  Chacopulos was number 8 on the list.  This is her 6th time making the list.

The list, published annually, provides readers with a comprehensive, objective look at the top women advisors as determined by the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for their firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices.  Barron’s magazine is one of the industry’s leading publications.

Chacopulos has consistently been recognized for her client service standards at Wells Fargo Advisors where she’s been named a “Premier Advisor.”  The Premier Advisor program honors those advisors who are meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors’ highest standards of excellence.  Earlier this year, she was also recognized as one of Barron’s 2013 “Top 100 Financial Advisors” in the country, where she was ranked the number one advisor in the state of Arizona.  In 2011, she was inducted into Research Magazine’s “Advisor Hall of Fame.”

Chacopulos has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for 25 years and has 29 years of experience in the industry.  She is very involved in her community, choosing to dedicate her time to the Phoenix Zoo and Autism Speaks.  Her office is located at 8601 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. Scottsdale, AZ  85253.

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Wells Fargo Opens LEED Silver Banking Store In Tempe

 

Wells Fargo opened newest Arizona Community Banking store, which is designed and built to LEED Silver standards as set by the USGBC.

The 2,249 SF location, the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in Arizona, is at 20 E. University St. in Tempe.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of promoting environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.

“In addition to our commitment to have 35% of our leased and owned buildings LEED certified by 2020, we also have introduced new envelope-free ATMs throughout Arizona and continue to provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share our environmental commitment.”

Environmental features in the new store include:

>> Water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices help us cut water usage by up to 40%;

>> Energy efficient light fixtures and HVAC system help to reduce energy use by up to 21%;

>> Light harvesting system helps cut energy use by automatically adjusting indoor lighting for maximum use of available daylight;

>> Bike racks help reduce pollution impacts from automobile usage;

>> Increased use of recycled content, like porcelain tiles that contain 40% recycled content and insulation made from recycled cotton – including scraps of denim;

>> Fully recyclable materials such as counter surfaces comprised of recycled bottles and cement, carpet, and window shades divert these materials from the landfill at their end of life;

>> Sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured wood materials;

>> Low toxic paints and other materials and strict air quality management practices during construction contribute to a healthier environment;

>> Waste diversion during construction keeps much of our construction waste from ever seeing the landfill.

“Our vision as a company is to help our customers succeed financially, and this new store will make it even easier for our customers to connect with the full financial services that Wells Fargo has to offer,” said store manager Chris McCarthy. “We’re excited to be serving our customers in this new energy efficient store.”

 

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Wells Fargo opens LEED-Silver store in Tempe

Wells Fargo announced the opening of its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 20 E. University St. in Tempe, on June 3.  The 2,249-square-foot location – the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in the state – is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Wells Fargo has five LEED certified stores in Arizona.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of promoting environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.  “In addition to our commitment to have 35 percent of our leased and owned buildings LEED certified by 2020, we also have introduced new envelope-free ATMs throughout Arizona and continue to provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share our environmental commitment.”

Environmental features in the new store include:
· Water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices help us cut water usage by up to 40% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Energy efficient light fixtures and HVAC system help to reduce energy use by up to 21% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Light harvesting system helps cut energy use by automatically adjusting indoor lighting for maximum use of available daylight
· Bike racks help reduce pollution impacts from automobile usage
· Increased use of recycled content, like porcelain tiles that contain 40% recycled content and insulation  made from recycled cotton – including scraps of denim
· Fully recyclable materials such as counter surfaces comprised of recycled bottles and cement, carpet, and window shades divert these materials from the landfill at their end of life
· Sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured wood materials
· Low toxic paints and other materials and strict air quality management practices during construction contribute to a healthier environment
· Waste diversion during construction keeps much of our construction waste from ever seeing the landfill
*Compared to conventional buildings of the same type.
“Our vision as a company is to help our customers succeed financially, and this new store will make it even easier for our customers to connect with the full financial services that Wells Fargo has to offer,” said Store Manager Chris McCarthy.  “We’re excited to be serving our customers in this new energy efficient store.”

McCarthy joined Wells Fargo as a teller in 2001 and also has held positions as a personal banker and training consultant.  His store team will consist of 11 Retail Banking team members, including Service Manager Samantha Brock, four personal bankers and five tellers.  Representatives from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Wells Fargo Investments also will serve customers at the store.

The new store includes two ATMs with 24-hour access, a merchant night drop and an online terminal where customers can access their Wells Fargo accounts online. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

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Small businesses get loans in record numbers

A common complaint since the financial crisis began was that some of the Wall Street banks that were being bailed out by the federal government weren’t doing enough to help the mom-and-pop shops on Main Street.

“In 2008 when the recession hit, the impact on small business lending was pretty catastrophic,” said Greg Lehmann, managing director of Biltmore Bank of Arizona. “Not only did you have small businesses struggling with lost revenue and weakening balance sheets, but all the banks were retrenching and looking inward.  The unique element about the Recession was that it hit every business sector; small business, large businesses, banks, etc. Nobody was immune to its impact.”

In 2013, small business owners and entrepreneurs have a little more reason for optimism. So far this year, big banks are approving small business loans at the highest rate in more than two years, according to Biz2Credit, which calculates its monthly Small Business Lending Index using 1,000 loan applications made over its online lending platform.

“With an improving economy, Wells Fargo is growing new lending commitments, providing more dollars to help small businesses stay competitive today and for the long term,” said Jennifer Anderson, business banking manager for Wells Fargo Arizona. “The business owners who see increased demand for their products and services are investing in their businesses now. As business owners become more confident and find more opportunities to grow and improve their businesses, we expect to do more business.”

Wells Fargo literally puts its money where its mouth is. According to SNL Financial, the bank was the nation’s largest lender to small business in 2012, lending $32.8 billion to small businesses.

But Wells Fargo isn’t alone. If you look at recent reports, small business lending is up across the board:

* Biz2Credit found that big banks — those with more than $10 billion in assets — approved 15.9 percent of the small business loan applications in February 2013, up from 11.7 percent in February 2012. Small bank approval rates have also ticked up — 50.3 percent in February, up from 47.6 percent in February 2012.
* Government-guaranteed loans have increased 6 percent year-over-year in fiscal 2013. That represents $9.2 billion, an 18 percent increase over the dollars approved during the same period a year ago. Approvals in the last two years have set Small Business Administration records.

Despite the positive reports, the general belief is that small businesses aren’t getting loans, which isn’t true, said Dee H. Burton, executive vice president of Alliance Bank of Arizona.

“Yes, small businesses can get loans now,” Burton said. “At Alliance Bank, we have always been actively engaged in lending to small business — and we never stopped lending even through the toughest times of the Recession.”

What about the perception that lending standards have changed or tightened? That’s another misperception, bankers said.

“General underwriting guidelines have not really changed over the years,” Burton said. “Unfortunately, the Recession has made it more challenging for businesses to qualify. For most businesses, a reduction in revenue may have resulted in a negative impact on cash flow or resulted in a more leveraged balance sheet. Further, the value of assets which banks often look to take as collateral — equipment, real estate, accounts receivable, etc. — are not at the levels they were pre-Recession. All-in-all, these factors have impacted small businesses’ ability to meet the typical standards under which banks underwrite business loans.”

While Lehmann said banks were more willing to bend on some of the fundamentals prior to the Recession, he said banks always look to cash flow, collateral, and capital levels to make a credit decision.

At Wells Fargo, Anderson said lending standards have remained consistent. Before the bank extends credit, it looks for a business to show:

* Steady cash flow. Cash flow is a key indicator of a business’ financial health and its future prospects. When it can show reliable cash flow, we can see it has the resources to repay new loans.
* Debt load is manageable. Banks want to make sure a business has the ability to take on additional debt and is in a strong financial position to manage its debt payments.
* Good payment history. Payment history provides an important record of its ability to responsibly pay down debt.

As for lines of credit for small businesses, Ward Hickey, business banking manager for National Bank of Arizona, said, “Small business lines of credit are based on  business cash flow and collateral values. As both of these improve for small businesses in Arizona, the underwriting standards will ease and more small business lines of credit will be available.”

As the economy in Arizona continues to strengthen, bankers see a better environment for small business.

“We can point to a number of positive signs in small business lending,” Anderson said. “There is more small business activity in our stores, more small businesses are applying for credit, and loan delinquencies continue to decline.”

As businesses shift from survival mode to growth mode, the outlook for lending to small and medium-sized businesses — which Lehmann called “the life blood of the Arizona economy” — continues to be positive, which will help small businesses grow and add workers.

“Arizona will continue to be a growth state and businesses that have survived this Recession will be able to grow as the state continues to grow,” Burton said. “We see businesses are now investing in items such as new equipment and new expansion, which had been put on hold during the Recession. Businesses are also taking advantage of the current interest rate environment to fund their expansion.”

Lehmann agreed.

“As the economy continues to heal and grow,” he said, “so will the small businesses of Arizona.”

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Millennials: Burdened by Debt Today

In a new Wells Fargo study on the attitudes and behaviors of millennials on money and saving,  more than half  (54%) say their top financial concern is debt. That’s right, primarily student loan debt. And 42% say their debt is “overwhelming” — twice the rate of boomers who were also surveyed.

Other key findings:
· Sixty-one percent of millennials consider themselves “a saver”.  The gender differences are big with 66% of millennial men calling themselves a ”saver” versus 56% of women
· About half (49%) of millennials have begun saving for retirement and the gender differences persist with 54% of men saving and far fewer — 43% — women millennials saving
· Millennials (43%) rate the value of their education as “a great value” and 45% say “somewhat of a value.”

Although millennials are burdened by debt, they are very optimistic about their future with 67% of millennials saying they believe they will be better off than their parents. Seventy (70%) are very to somewhat confident that they will be able to save enough to afford the lifestyle that they hope to have in retirement.

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IO Raises $260 Million in Financing

IO, the global leader in software-defined data centers, today announced the closing of a new $260,000,000 multi-year credit facility led by Wells Fargo. IO’s existing bank group, consisting of Wells Fargo and Mutual Bank of Omaha, has been expanded to include Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, National Bank of Arizona, Goldman Sachs Lending Partners and Morgan Stanley Bank.

“We are pleased to have led the charge in this financing for IO, and we look forward to IO’s continued success and growth,” said Frank Pizzo, managing director and head of the Loan Syndications and High Yield Debt Capital Markets group at Wells Fargo Securities.

“This new credit facility will help IO to continue to design, engineer and deliver the world’s leading software-defined data center technology,” said George D. Slessman, IO CEO and Product Architect. “Our IO Intelligent Control® platform solves the data center needs of our customers in an efficient, scalable and cost-effective manner. We are pleased to continue our relationship with Wells Fargo and Mutual of Omaha, and welcome the new members of the bank group to IO.”

Wells Fargo Securities, BMO Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and RBC Capital Markets served as joint lead arrangers.

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Wells Fargo employees get time off to volunteer

Shirley Burns, David Decker, and Sandy Whitver have been awarded a Volunteer Leave Award from Wells Fargo. These awards are presented annually to a select group of Wells Fargo team members and enable them to take up to four months off, while still receiving full pay and benefits, to focus on a community-based volunteer project of their choice.  These three individuals are among 24 Wells Fargo team members across the country to receive an award this year.

Shirley Burns
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Burns will receive 45 days of paid leave supporting the Back-to-School Clothing Drive Stiches of Love program.  The organization’s mission is to provide new school uniforms and outfits, backpacks and school supplies for children in need.  She will create a filing system and database to help the organization keep track of donors, business partners, volunteers, and participating schools. Burns resides in Mesa.

David Decker
Operations Manager
Community Banking Business Direct, Phoenix
Decker will receive three weeks of paid leave to support Justa Center of Phoenix.  The Center is a day resource center for elderly homeless people, age 55 and older. Justa Center is the only senior-focused day center in the U.S. and its mission is to help members address the problems that led to their homeless situation, which can include catastrophic medical issues, job loss, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. Decker will work with Justa Center directors to establish a nonprofit estate moving business that will to move clients’ belongs into new housing.  The decision to move forward with this project was approved some time ago, but they were unable to proceed because they did not have a dedicated resource.  Decker will fill that need during his leave.  Decker resides in Cave Creek.

Sandy Whitver
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Whitver will receive one week of paid leave to the Back-to-School Clothing Drive New Beginnings program.  During her leave, Whitver will help prepare for and participate in New Clothes, New Beginnings, a week-long distribution held in July where approximately 6,000 pre-selected Title 1 students come and pick up a back pack containing school supplies, a school uniform, personal items , and select an outfit and accessories.  Whitver resides in Deer Valley.

“Wells Fargo team members from across Arizona are out in our communities making a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis,” said Pam Conboy, Lead Regional President for Wells Fargo Arizona. “Each year our team members volunteer their time and talent in communities across the country, helping thousands of individuals, families, and nonprofit groups. Our Volunteer Leave Program is one way that we honor this community involvement, and recognize our most exceptional team member volunteers like Shirley, David and Sandy.”

Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Leave Program was established in 1976. Wells Fargo team members who have been with the company for five years, and who meet other criteria, may apply. Winners are chosen annually based on their personal commitment to the organization, their proposed project, and the potential impact that their project goals will have on addressing a specific social issue.

Wells Fargo encourages team members to get involved in the communities where they live and work. In 2012, 57,036 team members reported a total of 1.5 million community involvement and volunteer hours, an 8.2% increase over 2011, and a contribution valued at $32.7 million1. Examples of volunteer activities included Habitat for Humanity builds; restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to 153,902 individuals and families using Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.

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Wells Fargo invests $6.7 million in Arizona nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company announced that it invested more than $6.7 million to almost 900 nonprofits and schools in Arizona in 2012. Wells Fargo team members personally contributed more than $2.4 million of the total in addition to almost 100,000 volunteer hours to help Arizona neighborhoods and communities succeed.

“There are people who have been affected by economic challenges in communities all across the country. Wells Fargo is committed to meeting the challenge of bringing local solutions to local needs, and I am so proud of how our company and team members have truly helped make a difference,” said Pam Conboy, Arizona Lead Regional President. “Wells Fargo has a long history of working closely with nonprofits and other stakeholders to promote long-term economic growth and quality of life in the communities we serve – and I know our 15,000 Arizona team members will continue this tradition of support.”

In 2012 community development received the largest amount of donations, totaling $1,378,372. Wells Fargo focused its contributions in the following areas within Arizona:

Community Development: $1,378,372
Human Services: $1,149,744
Education: $1,077,969
Environment and Civic: $229,450
Arts and Culture: $219,086

Nationally, Wells Fargo invested $315.8 million in 19,500 nonprofits in 2012, a 48 percent increase over the total donations for 2011. In addition, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $60.5 million and 1.5 million volunteer hours to 25,000 nonprofits and schools.

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Wells Fargo hosts Home Preservation Workshop

Wells Fargo & Company is hosting a free Home Preservation Workshop in Phoenix for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Wells Fargo has invited more than 2,600 mortgage customers in the Phoenix area to the free workshop which will be held on Tuesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., at the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building Ballroom, 33 South 3rd St., in Phoenix.  Parking and attendance are free.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly recommended in order to guarantee the ability to meet one-on-one with a representative.  Sign up by midnight on Sunday, April 21, at www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome. For more information call 1-800-405-8067.

“Although less than two percent of homeowner-occupied loans in our servicing portfolio have resulted in foreclosure sale over the past year, we understand that some of our customers are going through difficult times during this economic recovery,” said Pam Conboy, Lead Regional President for Wells Fargo Arizona.  “During this free workshop, Wells Fargo home mortgage customers who are faced with payment challenges will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our home preservation specialists to explore the options available to them.  Our goal with this event is to help as many people as possible preserve their homes.”

This is the fifth Home Preservation Workshop Wells Fargo has hosted in Arizona, and the fourth in Phoenix since 2009.

About 75 Wells Fargo home retention team members – including bilingual specialists – will be on hand at the upcoming workshop to assist customers. Where possible, borrowers will receive a decision on a workout, loan modification, or other options, on site or shortly following the workshop.

Options include Wells Fargo’s own loan modification program and the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). This will be the eighth scheduled workshop Wells Fargo will host in 2013. Wells Fargo has met with more than 40,000 customers at 89 Home Preservation Workshops since Sept. 2009 nationwide.

Customers across the country facing mortgage payment difficulties can also call 1-800-678-7986 for more information about potential options to avoid foreclosure.

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The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders

Benito Almanza
Arizona president
Bank of America
Born into a family of migrant workers, Almanza is now responsible for all lines of business efforts, community and civic activities in the state. The graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara has been with Bank of America for 30 years, working in California before moving to Arizona in 1992.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Hiring top talent and developing them to replace me someday.”
Surprising fact: “Growing up working with my family in the fields helped me better understand agribusiness banking.”

Marty Alvarez
CEO, principal in charge
Sun Eagle Corporation
Alvarez is founder of family-owned and operated Sun Eagle, one of the top minority-owned general contracting and construction management firms in the country. He has been a chair and officer for the Associated Minority Contractors of America since 1993.
His hope for his professional legacy: “That our well-constructed buildings improved the landscape, and our assistance to individuals and families improved lives.”
Surprising fact: “I have been involved with Shotokan Karate continuously for the past 39 years.”

Victor M. Aranda
Area president, Northern Arizona
Wells Fargo Arizona
Aranda manages six Wells Fargo Community Banking markets; Northeast Arizona, Central Arizona, White Mountains, North Phoenix, North Scottsdale and Scottsdale. He is responsible for 816 team members, 69 banking stores, and $4.1 billion in deposits. A 25-year financial services veteran, Aranda presently serves as a board member for Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Valley Leadership Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “My passion in life is to add value to those I come in contact with.  What I would like to be remembered for is how I spent my life serving, helping and developing the leaders of tomorrow.”
Surprising fact: “I was involved and directed a church Spanish choir and I have also sang in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel.”

Tony Astorga
Retired CFO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Astorga recently retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where he served as the Senior Vice President, CFO & CBDO since 1988. He currently serves as chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, AZHCC, ASU Foundation, CSA General Insurance Agency, Phoenix Art Museum, and US Bank Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I would like to be remembered in my profession as a CPA and CFO for being a good mentor and for helping develop my staff in their work ethic and level of growth.”
Surprising fact: “I have a sweet tooth for twinkies or that my favorite movie is ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, I still laugh when I think about the movie”.

Miguel Bravo
Senior community development consultant
Arizona Public Service Company
Bravo is responsible for directing community development initiatives statewide to help serve diverse markets for APS. He also collaborates with economic development organizations to attract industry to Arizona. Bravo also serves the boards of Friendly House, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Center at Morrison Institute, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates.
His hope for his professional legacy: “For conducting business with integrity, purpose, passion; and for having a conviction for public service.”
Surprising fact: “I became a US Citizen in 2007. Having grown up in Arizona, this was one of my proudest moments.”

José Cárdenas
Senior vice president and general counsel
Arizona State University
Before joining ASU in 2009, Cárdenas was chairman at Lewis & Roca, where he became the first Hispanic to serve as managing partner of a major law firm in Arizona. A Stanford Law School graduate, Cárdenas has served on many boards and commissions and has received various awards.
His hope for his professional legacy: “As a good lawyer who served his clients and community well with the utmost integrity.”
Surprising fact: Cárdenas was involved with death penalty cases for more than 30 years.

America Corrales-Bortin
Co-founder
America’s Taco Shop
Corrales-Bortin grew up Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico, watching her mother prepare the dishes that would become the recipes for success at America’s Taco Shop. Founded in 2008, America’s authentic carne asada and al pastor quickly built a following that has led to rapid expansion and a partnership Kahala, a franchise development company. So far in 2013, America’s has already moved into California, Texas and Maryland.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “As someone who has a passion for the food we serve at America’s Taco Shop.”
Surprising fact: “People would be surprised that I am named after a famous soccer team in Mexico.”

Gonzalo de la Melena Jr.
President and CEO
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
In addition to leading the Hispanic Chamber, de la Melena Jr. operates the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the state’s leading advocate representing more than 100,000 minority business enterprises. De la Melena is also the Founder of edmVentures, LLC a small business investment company with holdings in Phoenix airport concessions at Sky Harbor International.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Helping small businesses succeed.”
Surprising fact: “I had the opportunity to do business in more than 30 countries before the age of 30.”

Robert Espiritu
Acquisition marketing
American Express
Espiritu’s diversified professional experience includes working for small business enterprises as well as corporate 100 businesses in the areas of sales, marketing and financial management. He has also been actively involved with various nonprofit organizations; most recently as the former chairman of the board for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Innovative and focused leader who delivers with energy and is known for building successful relationships and high performing teams.”
Surprising fact: “As a first generation American, I am passionate about helping aspiring and under-privileged youth achieve their dreams and advocating for Hispanic career advancement, education and scholarships.”

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive vice chancellor and provost
Maricopa Community Colleges
Harper-Marinick oversees all areas of academic and student affairs, workforce development, and strategic planning. She serves on several national and local boards including ABEC and AMEPAC, which she chairs.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Harper-Marinick came to ASU as a Fulbright Scholar.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Passion for, and unwavering commitment to, public education as the foundation of a democratic society.”
Surprising fact: “The joy I get from driving fast cars.”

Julio Herrera
National Spanish Sales and Retention Director
Cox Communications
Herrera and his team work across markets and cross-functional departments to drive Spanish language sales and grow Cox’s Hispanic markets nationally. He also helped establish LIDER, a leadership program tailored for Hispanic team members looking for advancement opportunities in Phoenix and Southern Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Growing and improving the Hispanic customer experience and making a difference our communities.”
Surprising fact: “Spanish was my first language and I started my career in sales leadership at 18 ears old.”

Lori Higuera
Director
Fennemore Craig
Higuera defends, provides counsel and trains employers of all sizes. She’s a Southwest Super Lawyer, an employment law expert for the Arizona Republic/Arizona Business Gazette and is a recent recipient of the High-Level Business Spanish Diploma from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “A skilled lawyer who elevated the practice by integrating the diverse perspectives of our community.”
Surprising fact: “I was fired from my first job as a Santa’s helper for being too social!”

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate dean, outreach and multicultural affairs
Professor of medicine (Tenured) and pathology, College of Medicine
Medical director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
University of Arizona
López has a passion for addressing health inequities and human suffering. From clinical research with molecular targets to health services research, her work focuses on optimizing the health of individuals and communities.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Life is an opportunity to contribute. I hope to contribute, to make a difference.”
Surprising fact: “I love simple pleasures. Witnessing the daily miracle of the sun rising sustains me.”

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation
Luna leads Helios Education Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. He is the former president of Valley of the Sun United Way and has held positions with Pepsi, IBM and the Office of Governor Bruce Babbitt.
His hope for his professional legacy: “That I cared about our community and helped make it better.”
Surprising fact: “I’m seriously considering getting matching tattoos with my kids in the near future.”

Steve Macias
President and CEO
Pivot Manufacturing
Macias is a co-owner of Pivot Manufacturing, a Phoenix machine shop, chairs the Arizona Manufacturers Council, and is on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber. He is an active proponent of manufacturing in Arizona and a proud father of three boys.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Contributed in some small way to the sustainment of manufacturing in Arizona.”
Surprising fact: “In high school, I was the school mascot – a Bronco.”

Mario Martinez II
CEO
360 Vantage
Martinez is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution of 360 Vantage, a leader in cloud-based sales and marketing technology solutions designed to solve the unique challenges of the mobile workforce in life sciences, healthcare and other industries.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I would most like to be remembered for truly changing the lives of our clients, employees and our community in great and meaningful ways.”
Surprising fact: “I hosted a radio show during my college years.”

Clarence McCallister
CEO
Fortis Networks, Inc.
McAllister was born in Panama and earned his master’s in electrical engineering from ASU. In 2000, he and his wife started Fortis Networks, Inc., a certified 8a and HUBzone government contractor specializing in engineering, construction and technology services.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Building a world-class organization that always exceeds our customers’ expectations.”
Surprising fact: “I did an emergency landing on a City of Mesa street.”

Rodolfo Parga, Jr.
Managing shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
In addition to managing a law firm with 120 attorneys, Parga has been to Best Lawyers in America for the last four years. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Chicanos Por la Causa, a leading non-profit helping advance and create economic and educational opportunities.
His hope for his professional legacy: “I want to be remembered as always trying to do the right thing and having led with integrity.”
Surprising fact: “I was bullied until age 11, which drove me not only to strengthen my body, but my resolve.”

Hector Peñuñuri
Senior planning analyst
SRP
Peñuñuri is an Arizona native and has spent most of the past 15 years in the Customer Services Division at SRP.  He has served on several boards including the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and LISC.  He was raised in the West Valley, and currently resides in Gilbert.
His hope for his professional legacy: “A trusted and valuable team member/leader; a communicator who understands the importance of sharing knowledge to help others.”
Surprising fact: “I’m a jack of all trades – woodworker, photographer, musician, outdoorsman and a decent cook when I put my mind to it.”

Dan Puente
Owner
D.P. Electric
Puente founded D.P. Electric in 1990 out of his garage with one truck. D.P. Electric now has more than 200 employees and generated more than $30 million in revenue in 2012, making it the biggest Hispanic-owned company in Arizona.
His hope for his professional legacy: “A guy that is fair, honest, hard-working and gives back both personally and professionally.”
Surprising fact: “Professionally, that I do not have a college degree and personally, that I am a Bikram Yoga junkie.”

Marie Torres
Founder
MRM Construction Services
Torres is an Arizona native and built her business in the community that she grew up in. With more than 30 years experience in the construction field, she started MRM in 2002 and currently has more than 50 employees. The focus of her company has been in government contracting and has self performed airfield work at Luke AFB, MCAS Yuma and Davis Monthan.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “As being technically competent.”
Surprising fact: “I don’t like to drive and I am happy as a passenger – even in my own car.”

Lisa Urias
President and CEO
Urias Communications
After 15 years in international marketing and communications, Urias founded Urias Communications to address the need for advertising and PR with a uniquely multicultural focus. Now an award-winning advertising, and PR agency, Urias Communications specializes in the multicultural markets of the U.S. Southwest, with concentration on the burgeoning Hispanic market.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Bridging the divide between corporations and the growing Hispanic community for mutual benefit and respect.”
Surprising fact: “I am a fourth-generation Arizonan whose grandfather was the first Hispanic city councilman.”

Dawn C. Valdivia
Partner, chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group
Quarles & Brady
Valdivia is the chair of Quarles & Brady’s Labor and Employment Group in Phoenix. She regularly advises clients in all matters of labor and employment law and is skilled in complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class action litigation in Arizona and California.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “A creative problem solver, committed to her clients and to giving back to the community.”
Surprising fact: “I love adventure — sky diving, gliding, scuba diving, helicopters, etc.”

Lorena Valencia
CEO
Reliance Wire
Valencia is the founder and CEO of Reliance Wire Systems, a wire and tubing manufacturing company she founded in 2000. She is also the founder and president of Magin Corporation — an eco-friendly wood pallet alternative company — and the FRDM Foundation.
Her hope for her professional legacy: “Empowering children by building schools and libraries in impoverished countries through my FRDM Foundation.”
Surprising fact: “I put hot peppers on almost everything I eat. The hotter. the better.”

Roberto Yañez
Vice president and GM
Univision Arizona
Yañez is a 27-year broadcast television veteran, who has served 17 of those years with the Univision Television Group (UTG). Yañez has created various opportunities that helped build the station’s relationship with the community: Cadena de Gente Buena, El 34 Esta Aqui and Ya Es Hora.
His hope for his professional legacy: “Someone who used his craft to build bridges between the problem and the solution.”
Surprising fact: “Though Monday through Friday you will never see me without a suit and tie, I am most comfortable in boots, jeans and driving a pick-up truck.”

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Bankers: Don’t try to time the market

Timing is everything.

But when it comes to buying a house, Valley banking leaders says it’s best not to rely too much on timing.

“Potential buyers who are still on the sidelines waiting for housing prices to decline further may see themselves priced out of the market if interest rates rise,” says Carl Streicher, regional sales executive at Bank of America. “Timing the market is risky in that we never really know when the bottom has hit until it has passed us by. Also, buyers should be sure they are ready financially and personally to own a home before they purchase, so timing the market shouldn’t be the sole driver of a home purchase.”

According to Streicher, home affordability is at an all-time high, interest rates are at historic lows and home values are increasing. According to a Case-Shiller report released in December, Phoenix home prices have increased nearly 22 percent, leading the nation and indicating that the real estate market is on the rebound.

“Interest rates are starting to rise and home prices are rising due to greater demand, a relatively low supply of homes for sale and foreclosure sales falling,” says Kevin Sellers, executive vice president with First Fidelity Bank in Arizona. “So, if you’re able to take advantage of the lower current market with still affordable homes and historically low mortgage rates, chances are you’ll be making a good investment.”

Valley bankers are warning potential buyers that if they are waiting for home prices to “hit bottom,” they may miss the chance to be a homeowner altogether; prices may rise before we realize they were at their lowest point; or a rise in interest rate could potentially price buyers (particularly first-time buyers) out of the market.

“Trying to time the market when it comes to the purchase of a home is very difficult in any environment considering the complex market dynamics,” says Robert Winter, Arizona manager of mortgage lending for Mutual of Omaha Bank. “For example, if you try to time the market when it comes to home pricing, you risk missing a low interest rate environment. If you try to time the market when it comes to interest rates, you risk purchasing something you don’t necessarily like and possibly paying more than necessary. This doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that not all transactions close successfully, potentially leading to a loss of the time invested.”

While the real estate market and lending are starting to find their new normal, it depends on where you’re positioned as to whether we are currently experiencing a buyer’s market or seller’s market, Winter says.

“The market advantage differs depending on the price point,” Winter says. “In general, the market favors sellers. However, the advantage shifts to buyers when it comes to higher priced homes.”

If you are in a position to take advantage of the favorable climate in the real estate market, Streicher says to ask yourself a few questions before getting started in the home buying process:
• Are you ready to settle in one location for a while?
• What is the total cost of home ownership?
• Is your job stable?

“Buyers should also research their target neighborhood to establish a baseline for local selling prices and the amount of time properties in their target area stay on the market,” he says. “For those considering an upgrade to a larger home, there are still good options available to purchase higher-end properties using jumbo loans. Bank of America continues its jumbo financing, and offers competitive rates, when many other lenders were forced to discontinue these loans due to a lack of a secondary market.”

While bankers say it’s not wise to try to time the market, they agree that working with a mortgage professional and real estate professional to help meet your real estate goals and objectives is a sure-fire formula for success.

Affordability is great,” says Tim Disbrow, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “Rates are incredibly low. It is a great time to buy as long as it meets your financial needs.”

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Bankers: Don't try to time the market

Timing is everything.

But when it comes to buying a house, Valley banking leaders says it’s best not to rely too much on timing.

“Potential buyers who are still on the sidelines waiting for housing prices to decline further may see themselves priced out of the market if interest rates rise,” says Carl Streicher, regional sales executive at Bank of America. “Timing the market is risky in that we never really know when the bottom has hit until it has passed us by. Also, buyers should be sure they are ready financially and personally to own a home before they purchase, so timing the market shouldn’t be the sole driver of a home purchase.”

According to Streicher, home affordability is at an all-time high, interest rates are at historic lows and home values are increasing. According to a Case-Shiller report released in December, Phoenix home prices have increased nearly 22 percent, leading the nation and indicating that the real estate market is on the rebound.

“Interest rates are starting to rise and home prices are rising due to greater demand, a relatively low supply of homes for sale and foreclosure sales falling,” says Kevin Sellers, executive vice president with First Fidelity Bank in Arizona. “So, if you’re able to take advantage of the lower current market with still affordable homes and historically low mortgage rates, chances are you’ll be making a good investment.”

Valley bankers are warning potential buyers that if they are waiting for home prices to “hit bottom,” they may miss the chance to be a homeowner altogether; prices may rise before we realize they were at their lowest point; or a rise in interest rate could potentially price buyers (particularly first-time buyers) out of the market.

“Trying to time the market when it comes to the purchase of a home is very difficult in any environment considering the complex market dynamics,” says Robert Winter, Arizona manager of mortgage lending for Mutual of Omaha Bank. “For example, if you try to time the market when it comes to home pricing, you risk missing a low interest rate environment. If you try to time the market when it comes to interest rates, you risk purchasing something you don’t necessarily like and possibly paying more than necessary. This doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that not all transactions close successfully, potentially leading to a loss of the time invested.”

While the real estate market and lending are starting to find their new normal, it depends on where you’re positioned as to whether we are currently experiencing a buyer’s market or seller’s market, Winter says.

“The market advantage differs depending on the price point,” Winter says. “In general, the market favors sellers. However, the advantage shifts to buyers when it comes to higher priced homes.”

If you are in a position to take advantage of the favorable climate in the real estate market, Streicher says to ask yourself a few questions before getting started in the home buying process:
• Are you ready to settle in one location for a while?
• What is the total cost of home ownership?
• Is your job stable?

“Buyers should also research their target neighborhood to establish a baseline for local selling prices and the amount of time properties in their target area stay on the market,” he says. “For those considering an upgrade to a larger home, there are still good options available to purchase higher-end properties using jumbo loans. Bank of America continues its jumbo financing, and offers competitive rates, when many other lenders were forced to discontinue these loans due to a lack of a secondary market.”

While bankers say it’s not wise to try to time the market, they agree that working with a mortgage professional and real estate professional to help meet your real estate goals and objectives is a sure-fire formula for success.

Affordability is great,” says Tim Disbrow, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “Rates are incredibly low. It is a great time to buy as long as it meets your financial needs.”

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Wells Fargo Hiring to Fill Jobs across Arizona

Wells Fargo, the third largest corporate employer in Arizona, today announced it will be participating in a job fair hosted by Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona Workforce Connections Expo at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on March 20.

The company has more than 200 positions available throughout the state.  Recruiters will be available to help qualified applicants explore available employment opportunities.  Opportunities are available for full- and part-time positions with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, vision, and dental plans; 401(k) plan; paid time off (PTO); disability plans; life insurance options; tuition reimbursement; and many more benefits.  Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. Compensation is based on experience– and many of the positions are eligible to earn quarterly incentive pay based on performance.

“Wells Fargo offers a great working environment for our team members along with many opportunities for advancement,” said Pam Conboy, lead regional president for Wells Fargo Arizona.  “Our team members are essential to achieving our vision of satisfying our customer’s financial needs and helping them succeed financially and we welcome to the opportunity to strengthen our workforce as we help put Arizonans back to work.”

Wells Fargo was recently named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine.  In Arizona, Wells Fargo employs approximately 14,000 team members and has 261 banking stores.

Applications, including complete job requirements, are available by going online to www.wellsfargo.com/careers.