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Thousands attend AZ Big Media’s home, travel shows

Thousands of people got a chance to see the best home services, home products, home furnishings and travel opportunities in one place at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

On March 28-29, AZ Big Media hosted the first Home Furnishing & Design Show and first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show under the same roof.

The combination of the two events was a hit with show-goers.

“People were very happy that they got to see the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners got to see the newest and highest-quality items and services that will help them create their dream homes. And those looking to book their dream vacations were presented with amazing options.”

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine were sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which was held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld. Attendees were also able to attend classes and workshops presented by industry experts.

The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show — sponsored by American Express Travel, Sears Vacations, and DirectBuy — offered hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees were treated to special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

“What was most impressive was the quality of the attendees we had for both shows,” Atkinson said. “It was a very sophisticated audience and they left the shows very happy because we were were happy to give them two shows that gave them great products and services to enhance their lives.”

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Get free tickets for Home Furnishing & Design Show

AZ Big Media is preparing to host Scottsdale’s biggest home furnishings and design show.

“The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners are going to see the newest and highest-quality items, unique countertops and floors and meet upscale designers that will help them create their dream homes.”

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $5 at the door or you can click here to get free tickets. This annual weekend event will showcase the best of Arizona’s home furnishing and interior design industry and will be open to the general public.

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine are sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which will be held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld.

Hand selecting only top-of-the-line exhibitors to participate, the Home Furnishings & Design Show will strategically target the luxury home buyer market, showcasing hundreds of home furnishings, materials and professional services in the only show of its kind in the Southwest. The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature valet parking, upscale food and beverages and seminars for both the public and design professionals.

All exhibit spaces will be reserved for high-end designers and retailers, trade showrooms and professional service providers. The Home Furnishings & Design Show will raise awareness for professional interior design and products not always available to the public. ASID and IFDA will serve as ambassadors for the show and also facilitate seminars and an “ask the professional” program.

For more information or to get the latest information about the show, call (602) 277-6045 or visit http://exposaz.com/.

Tim McGraw

Things to do this weekend

Don’t let these hot days get in the way of all the fun to be had all around the Valley this weekend. From concerts and comedy shows to the Phoenix Pet Expo, a peach festival and the fourth annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, there’s something for everyone (A/C included). Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Tim McGraw
Pull on those cowgirl boots and hold onto your stetsons! The Dancehall Doctor himself is swooping down on Phoenix for his “Sundown Heaven Town” Tour this weekend. His new album of the same name isn’t due for release until September, but he may just sneak in a few newbies for the diehard fans. If not, the well-awarded country artist can always play one of his many, many hit songs from albums past.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Friday, May 16, 7 p.m., $40 to $308

George Lopez
Your kids may know George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf, but you probably know him as the raucous stand-up comedian or his work on TV shows “George Lopez” and “Lopez Tonight.” No seat in Celebrity Theatre will be immune to Lopez’s observational humor, but that’s half the fun!
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 8 p.m., $51 to $96

“Life is Peachy” Peach Festival
Walk the orchards of Schnepf Farms and dig into all kinds of peachy events, from pie-eating and pit-throwing contests to honeybee rides, live entertainment and other free attractions.
Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., free

Phoenix Pet Expo
Want to know the best place to commission a painting of your prized pup? What about vet care, accessories and hundreds of other services and goods that could improve the life of your furry family member? More than 200 exhibitors are scheduled to attend the Phoenix Pet Expo, including discount vaccinations, microchipping, a pet costume and talent contest, agility demonstrations and a doxie derby. Plus, you can meet Shorty and Hercules from Animal Planet’s TV show “Pit Boss.”
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixpetexpo.com, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free

Ameri-Can Canned Craft Beer Festival
SanTan Brewing Company has rallied more than 250 locally and nationally produced canned brews for its fourth annual Ameri-CAN Cannred Craft Beer Festival during American Craft Beer Week. Bring your liver and an appetite ready to take on the food vendors, beer Olympics, an interactive nano beer garden and loads of aluminum vessels filled with your soon-to-be-new-favorite brewski.
If you can’t make it out, you can watch the event live from the event’s website.
Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, cannedcraftbeerfest.com, Saturday, May 17, 1 to 6 p.m., $35 adv, $35 dos, $100 VIP


Neon Night Envy Run kicks off Scottsdale Super Expo

Racers across greater Phoenix will run, dance and party in the dark during the Night Envy Neon Run on Nov. 1, all while benefiting Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity.

The 5K run, which starts at 6 p.m., takes place at Westworld of Scottsdale as the kick-off event of the Scottsdale SUPER EXPO. The high-energy race will feature five color zones full of black lights, loud music, neon paint cannons, and dozens of obstacles. Racers are invited to an 80s-themed after party following to continue the fun late into the night.

“It’s a great time for adults and families who want to get out and have a blast,” said Priscilla Barney, owner of B Extreme events, the organization producing the race. “No one can resist the explosion of neon paint and the glow of black lights, but the race also provides a fun way to exercise and feel great while raising money for a very important Phoenix nonprofit.”

Shape Up US will receive a percentage of proceeds when racers register online with promo code SHAPEUPUS. The organization is committed to building a healthy future for America’s children by improving the health, fitness and overall wellbeing of youth and their families.

Funds from the Night Envy Neon Run have been earmarked for Shape Up US’ Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™, an innovative, engaging education curriculum that helps teachers motivate their students to live healthy, active, balanced lives.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” said Jyl Steinback, executive director, Shape Up US. “We must reverse this trend through awareness, education and action. The Night Envy Neon Run goes a long way in supporting our efforts, as it raises funds for Shape Up US while also giving people an opportunity to shape up themselves.”

Registration for the Night Envy Neon Run is $30 with promo code SHAPEUPUS . The fee includes participation in the Run, a race T-shirt, bib number, swag bag, and entrance to the after-party. For more information or to register for the Night Envy Neon Run, visit nightnv.com.

Craig Jackson of Barrett Jackson

Barrett-Jackson generates $109 million

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, generated nearly $109 Million in gross sales of rare, high-end collectible vehicles, exotics, customs, classics, hot rods and resto-mods during its 42nd  annual Arizona auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan 13-20, 2013. This sale was on par with the 2007 Barrett-Jackson auction that also generated nearly $109 Million in gross sales.

The 2013 Scottsdale auction also set two world records with the largest number of No Reserve vehicles offered at one auction, as well as the largest-ever Barrett-Jackson auction measured by the number of cars sold. In addition to the two auction records, Barrett-Jackson set two world records for individual vehicle sales. (Lot #5034) a 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible sold for a record $1.375 Million and (Lot #5019) a 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport sold for a record $2.035 Million. Both were among the superb Salon Collection, Barrett-Jackson’s premium selection of blue chip collectible vehicles.

“This has made a mark in history for Barrett-Jackson, both in numbers and in showmanship. There has never been an auction as entertaining or as personal as this one,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson. “We love that enthusiasts of all kinds have contributed to this sense of charity and community. With a start like this, we can only expect big things for the rest 2013.”

It was clear from the cheers of the crowd and the final sales price throughout the Salon Collection, that the collector car market continues to rise and Barrett-Jackson’s retains its stronghold within the industry. In fact, reports in 2012 showed a 33 percent increase in the value of collector cars, which was proven once more by the company’s success in Scottsdale.

Overall, the Salon Collection’s presence was far from subtle, selling at a total of $29.2 Million. Within these rare and highly coveted vehicles, Hollywood icons such as the 1966 Original #1 Batmobile (Lot #5037) by renowned customizer, George Barris, sold at an astonishing $4.62 Million. Following the Batmobile in top sales was Clark Gable’s breathtaking 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (Lot #5001), which sold at $2.035 Million, a price also achieved by the record-breaking Talbot-Lago.

Each of the top 10 sales exceeded $1 Million. Additional milestones include:

· Lot #5004,  1934    Duesenberg J Murphy LWB Custom Beverly Sedan, $1,430,000.00
· Lot #5007,  1929    Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Roadster, $1,320,000.00
· Lot #5025,  1971    Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible, $1,320,000.00
· Lot #5016,  1949    Delahaye Type 175 Saoutchik Coupe de Ville,$1,210,000.00

This year also brought the largest offering of Shelby vehicles at one event in honor of one of the world’s greatest automotive icons, Carroll Shelby. 48 Shelby automobiles were auctioned off at No Reserve including (Lot #5036) a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback which sold for $225,000, (Lot #5023) a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback which sold for $220,000.00 and (Lot #5024) a 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback which sold for $175,000.

Beyond the vehicle sales, a record number of committed attendees from around the world included buyers, consignors and enthusiasts. Despite the unusual cold temperatures in Scottsdale, 300,000 attended Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale charity vehicles helped to raise over $5 Million for charities that benefit children, military personnel, medical research and community support. As a result of the company’s 42 years of dedication to philanthropy, Barrett-Jackson has raised a total of over $53 Million to-date. Scottsdale highlights include the sale of (Lot #3016), the first production Chevrolet Corvette Stingray which sold for $1,000,000 to benefit Detroit-based College for Creative Studies. Also, a 1969 Ford Bronco Custom SUV (Lot #3020) sold for $500,000 to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation.

“We are proud and honored to be amongst some of the most unique and impressive vehicles that have ever been offered at Barrett-Jackson, as well as support some of our nation’s most important causes,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “No two auctions are ever the same, and Scottsdale proves that the quality and diversity of our collections only intensify over the years. We are thrilled that again this year, our charitable sales raised millions, including $500,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation during our Sunday offering, a cause very close to my heart. ”

Consignments are now available for the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, Reno Tahoe and Las Vegas 2013 Auctions. For more information, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com/consign/.

Barrett-Jackson - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Barrett-Jackson, Russo And Steele Draw Visitors, Pump Money Into Valley Economy

Economic Engines: Classic car auctions — Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele — draw visitors, pump money into Valley economy

If Steppenwolf was performing in the Valley this month, the band might want to tinker with the lyrics to “Born to be Wild.”

“Get your motor runnin,’ head out into Scottsdale, lookin’ for some auctions, and there are plenty coming our way.”

Two of the premiere classic car auctions in the United States call Scottsdale home in January.

The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction takes place from January 16-22 at Westworld of Scottsdale; and car enthusiasts can also hit the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction from January 18-22 at its location near Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

“The highlights to this year’s auction event would have to be the event site,” says Russo and Steele spokeswoman Stephanie Quinn. “The main structure will have all the auction elements that people have come to know and love, such as staging lanes of up to six lanes of automobiles awaiting their turn on the block, vendors with everything from automobile memorabilia to high fashion, and of course the auction in the round auction block.”

But the auctions aren’t just about showing off cool cars. It’s big business. Despite the sluggish economy in the 2011, Barrett-Jackson beat its 2010 sales figures, generating almost $70 million from the sales of about 1,200 vehicles. Russo and Steele had 2011 sales of more than $21 million.

The auctions are also a boost to the local economy and neighboring businesses as more than 300,000 people are expected to pour into Scottsdale to attend the two events.

Barrett-Jackson will feature 27 vehicles from the Jimmy Richardson Collection, representing a variety of autmobile categories from the past nine decades, but all have one common charasteristic: they are all fast.

“Jimmy Richardson, one of the leading classic automotive collectors in the world, is providing an opportunity to own a unique offering of vehicles from his personal collection,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson.  “Jimmy will consign all of these vehicles at no reserve which will be a major component that adds excitement.”
Russo and Steele will have some showcase cars as well.

“People can expect some of the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles at Russo and Steele,” Quinn says. “We are featuring more that 700 automobiles and have some spectacular automobiles such as the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX3127 Prototype that changed automotive history by paving the way for the production of all 427 street Cobras; and the ‘Noland Adams’ 1953 Chevrolet Corvette NCRS Duntov Award 99.8 (United States Postal Service) Stamp Car, making its debut on the auction floor for the first time ever.”

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction

When: January 18-22
Where: 18601 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: russoandsteele.com

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction

When: January 16-22
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: barrett-jackson.com

Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012