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Vee Quiva Pays Largest Pai Gow Jackpot in Arizona History

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino have linked the Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpot at each property to create the largest progressive table games jackpot in Arizona. The progressive wager gives players an opportunity to win all or part of a large, incrementing jackpot and it has paid off for lucky Phoenix resident Xo Carroll who won $518,315 last night at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. This is the largest Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpot payout in Arizona history.

Gila River Casinos is the first in Arizona, and only the second casino operator in the country to offer players a progressive jackpot funded by tables at each of their properties. The progressive jackpot system creates higher jackpots for players, and increases the excitement of one of the more popular table games. Since its inception, the Pai Gow progressive jackpot has paid out over a million dollars to lucky winners at all three Gila River Casinos’ properties.

Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ is a popular title offered by Bally Technologies who provides the global gaming industry with innovative games, table game products, systems, mobile, and iGaming solutions. The company introduced the ability to link Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpots across properties early in 2012, and Gila River Casinos is the first in Arizona to offer a multi-property linked progressive.

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Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Casino Resort Destinations! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

Apache Gold Casino Resort
Location: Hwy. 70, 5 miles East of Globe San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
Website
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 850-7777
Website
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000 square foot gaming floor and two pools.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226

(800) 946-4452
Website
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757

(855) 765-7829
Website
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004

(928) 856-7200
Website
Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

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Meet Market: More business leaders seeking atypical event solutions

Competitors always seek an edge over an opponent.

That’s especially true in business where corporate meetings and team-building events are taking competition to a whole new level.

“We will do more than 1,000 corporate events this year,” says Scott Sanders, founder and president of Octane Raceway, which offers high-speed kart racing on an indoor-outdoor track in Scottsdale.

Octane is part of a growing trend that has seen a growing number of companies move away from staging their corporate events at the nearest airport hotel meeting room and evolving their events into more unique, fun and fresh environments.

“Companies are looking for different ways to engage their employees,” Sanders says. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is creating a memorable event. It’s not like people leave and say, ‘We went to a meeting and accomplished our business objective.’ When they come to Octane, they get to go off site, experience something together and get their competitive juices flowing. Companies are starting to recognize that team building not just as a line item on their budget, but something that has a true return on investment when it comes to having productive teams and having employees who feel appreciated.”

Octane Raceway isn’t the only place in the Valley where business leaders can effectively mix business with pleasure and team building. Here are just a few options:

casino-del-solCasino del Sol
In addition to its 18,000-square-foot ballroom that divides into five smaller rooms to allow meeting planners to hold multiple events side-by-side throughout their stay, Casino Del Sol Resort offers its corporate visitors world-class gaming, a Ty Butler- and Notah Begay-designed golf course, scenic hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horseback riding. casinodelsolresort.com

tontoClubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde offers companies a unique way to recharge after a half-day or full day executive meeting on its 18-hole natural grass putting course, offering a fun alternative event for golfers and non-golfers alike. The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde has customized programs to meet your business needs that include a variety of food and beverage packages. tontoverdeweddings.com

dave-and-bustersDave and Busters
With all the amenities of a hotel plus customized team building options, D&B guests attend an experience, not just a meeting. By-products of a D&B event result in building team cohesion, melting strong personality types and re-energizing your strongest asset – your employees. Now that’s a way to justify your meeting dollars. daveandbusters.com

hardrockHard Rock Cafe Phoenix
The Hard Rock is the perfect venue for parties and special events, large and small. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Hard Rock can host a variety of events, from corporate meetings to elegant galas, each with a custom design to fit clients’ specific needs. The venue provides guests with a legendary culinary experience, along with a one-of-a-kind memorabilia collection, giving each event its own built-in vibe. hardrock.com

Hot-AirHot Air Expeditions
Hot air balloon flights and tethered rides are fun and unique activities for meetings and events. Tethered rides are a great addition to an event and balloon flights are perfect for bonding outside of the office and showcasing the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Post-flight gourmet cuisine and optional teambuilding events and activities are available. hotairexpeditions.com

MastroMastro’s
Mastro’s private dining space offers corporate clients an exclusive, fine dining experience in a business-minded atmosphere complete with audio-visual capabilities and high-level service. Options include Mastro’s Steak House, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s City Hall. mastrosrestaurants.com

mimMusical Instrument Museum
MIM offers a stunning and unique setting for events, with world-class service, sumptuous cuisine, magical entertainment, and incomparable musical and cultural exhibits. Displaying more than 5,000 musical instruments and artifacts from around the world, MIM provides a one-of-a-kind event experience for seated dinners, cocktail receptions, corporate meetings, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, fundraising galas and other special events. mim.org

octaneOctane Raceway
Companies can do a couple races per person with a catered breakfast, lunch or dinner. Off-track activities that can supplement the experience include a rock wall, Phoenix International Raceway Pit Crew Challenge, Segway course and other games. Expect to pay just $30-$60 per person or go all out and do the Octane Olympics for $100 per person. octaneraceway.com

rawhideRawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
at Wild Horse Pass

Rawhide offers companies an opportunity to enjoy a unique memorable experience with a true taste of the Old West. Rawhide can accommodate groups from 20 to 7,500 and has more than 14 different private Western-themed venues so corporate groups can enjoy a unique journey back in time. rawhide.com

stratumStratum Laser Tag & Event Headquarters
Stratum specializes in “meetings with a mission;” out-of-the-box programs with an out-of-the-ordinary and affordable setting. Teams will incorporate their meeting message, team-building effectiveness, entertainment, camaraderie and fun along with upscale food and bar packages, all at a lower cost than a hotel and within a unique setting. stratumhq.com

tpcTPC Scottsdale
TPC offers word-class golf accommodations for all corporate groups. Besides golf, TPC offers post0event function spaces, private meeting spaces and banquet areas that allow for corporate groups to enjoy a round of golf while including business activities. This can include a power point presentation before teeing off or a large post-event function area to entertain clients before or after their round. pgatourtpc.com

wild-horse-passWild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
With 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Wild Horse Pass offers a great option for memorable meetings, epic events and special celebrations. Its showroom features amazing production possibilities for a general session for up to 1,400 people or a meal for up to 300. The venue also boasts five unique spaces from swanky lounges – including the popular AiRIA Unplugged — to a sports bar. wingilariver.com

Wrigley-MansionWrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion is a breathtaking landmark built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th anniversary gift to his wife. Now celebrating its 20th year under the Hormel family’s ownership, the Wrigley Mansion offer a historical venue that specializes in meetings, conferences and every milestone celebration from a sit-down event for 20 to 300 to a reception-style event for up to 1,500. wrigleymansionclub.com

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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Debuts Festival Park

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will debut its new 5.6 acre, Festival Park with Sammy Hagar, the ‘Red Rocker’ and his Four Decades of Rock performance in conjunction with Phoenix Bikefest™, April 4 to April 6. This exciting new multipurpose outdoor venue boasts one of the valley’s best new entertainment options and is in a prime location, adjacent to the popular Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

“The all-new Festival Park at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino expands our entertainment and group business footprint,” said Michael Olujic, General Manager of Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. “The Festival Park will allow us to accommodate up to 15,000 people in a concert setting and showcase major talent such as Sammy Hagar,” said Olujic.

The Festival Park encompasses 5.6 acres of outdoor land located between Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and the recently opened Phoenix Premium Outlet Mall. The Festival Park is a multipurpose, outdoor facility designed to accommodate concerts and outdoor festivals of various sizes. Olujic went on to say, “With land and construction costs at a premium, we were able to economically design and build the Festival Park at Wild Horse Pass to meet the demands of smaller groups while also accommodating up to 15,000 guests for an outdoor concert. We estimate that the Festival Park can easily accommodate major outdoor festivals such as the inaugural Phoenix Bikefest™ or any other major outdoor festival.”

To unveil Festival Park to the public, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has partnered with Phoenix Bikefest and R Entertainment Company to offer a coveted lineup of entertainment. British rock band The Cult will kick things off with its Electric 13 Concert Tour on April 4 followed by headliner “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar on April 5. Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, by phone at 877.840.0457 or by visiting the box office at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Guests can experience all the action in one place at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino with a spacious gaming floor featuring big-time tables, red-hot slots, Arizona’s only Shula’s, the best in live entertainment, a luxurious hotel and now, the all-new Festival Park.

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D-backs Announce Most Valuable Partner Awards

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced the winners of last week’s Most Valuable Partner Awards, the unique award show designed to honor the best D-backs’ partners in a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Gila River Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Ovations Live! Showroom.

Several D-backs players were on hand to take part in the red carpet Oscar-style awards show, including Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, J.J. Putz, A.J. Pollock and Josh Collmenter. The quintet competed in Family Feud against several D-backs partners and comedic results can be viewed here: http://atmlb.com/1aJPQGZ

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall emceed the annual event and was featured throughout the night in several commercial spoofs, including the following parodies of a popular AT&T commercial: http://atmlb.com/1dNRpJR and http://atmlb.com/1ap2WPd

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Luis Gonzalez Community Champion – Western Refining
Brand Integration – Subway
D-backs Ambassador – Safelite
Marketing Activation – Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi
Rookie of the Year (first-year partnership) – Safelite
Lifetime Achievement – APS
Fans’ Choice Award – Taco Bell
Most Valuable Partner – Sanderson Ford (Silver Slugger) and Gila River Casinos (Gold Glove)

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HSMAI member profile: Tiffany Nelson

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011.

Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Az Business is profiling some of those HSMAI members who are driving Arizona’s economy.

Tiffany Nelson
Senior business development director
TPC Scottsdale/PGA Tour

What attracted you to the hospitality industry? “Golf is my passion and to be able to do what you love every day, I don’t ever feel like it’s work.  My office is a golf course — it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Biggest challenge: “The economy. When the economy is down, people don’t travel, which hurts our industry,but when it’s up, the industry thrives.  It’s a double edge sword being tied so directly to the economy.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected amongst my peers as the hospitality sales and marketing person of the year.”

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HSMAI member profile: Lynn M. Flosi

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011.

Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Az Business is profiling some of those HSMAI members who are driving Arizona’s economy.

Lynn M. Flosi
Corporate sales manager
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

What attracted you to the hospitality industry? “All of the opportunities to assist guests and clients in creating outstanding meeting and or events. I never would have thought that I would make so many friends along the way.”

Biggest challenge: “As amazing as our destination is, sometimes it is a challenge to overcome the negative media our industry has had to face these past few years.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Being the president of the HSMAI Arizona Chapter for 2012.  It truly has been an amazing year. We were able to offer and grow our  mentorship program with the hospitality students in our collegiate chapter and we selected a new charity of the year.  The partnerships that were developed in our chapter this past year have been so rewarding and making a difference for all who are involved.”

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Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

 

strawberries

Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

8. Vampire’s Wedding: If you’re in the Tucson area and looking for a laugh, head to Tucson Dinner Theatre on the 14th. “Murder at The Vampire’s Wedding” is a 3-act interactive show at Arizona’s oldest dinner theatre. A 3-course meal and champagne toast will be served, and the ladies will receive a ‘Keepstake’ rose.

2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-624-0172. Tickets $42. Show starts at 7 p.m.

9. Orange Sky: If you prefer something a little more traditional, Orange Sky at Talking Stick is offering an excellent $70 prix-fixe on the 14th. What makes Orange Sky different is the romantic, award-winning view of the Valley at dusk. The wine room is stunning and a sommelier can help you choose the best bottle.

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Reservations: http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky.aspx

Dress code enforced: see site for details.

Talking Stick Resort’s hotel tower.

Top 5: Casino Resort Destinations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Casino Resort Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
(480) 789-5300
radissonfortmcdowellresort.com
A four-diamond Scottsdale resort that won Radisson brand’s “Hotel of the Year” award in 2008, the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort offers a casino, golf course, restaurant, pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and specials.


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor, and two pools.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.


Casino Del Sol Resort

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100-million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


Apache Gold Casino Resort

Hwy. 70, 5 miles east of Globe,
San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
apachegoldcasinoresort.com
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.

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Top 5 Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Casino Arizona At Salt River

524 N. 92nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-850-7777
casinoarizona.com
Offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants.


Casino Arizona At Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-850-7777
casinoarizona.com
The most distinct resort and entertainment destination recently opened in Scottsdale. Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa; eight world-class restaurants; 10 entertainment lounges, including a 750-seat showroom; a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor; and two pools.


Fort Mcdowell Casino

10424 Ft. McDowell Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
800-THE-FORT
fortmcdowellcasino.com
Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, black jack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.


Lone Butte Casino

1200 S. 56th St.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
800-WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Minutes from the Chandler/Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
800-WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

July/August 2012 - AZRE Magazine

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

Looking down on an industry that is finally starting to look up

Peter MadridI flew out of Sky Harbor International Airport recently and my bird’s eye view of construction cranes reaching to the sky around the Valley offered further proof that the industry is making a comeback.

Work is moving along on a new student housing project for ASU students attending school in Downtown Phoenix. Although the Kimpton Palomar Hotel opened in June at CityScape, a remaining crane stands guard, ready to spring back into action. (My guess is that upscale residences could be next).

And as the airplane made a turn to head south, workmen on the ground in Chandler resembled industrious ants at the new Phoenix Premium Outlets next to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

These projects are not only crucial to the major general contractors in the state. They are also the lifeblood of the many Arizona subcontractors, some of which are featured in our annual Arizona Builders’ Alliance supplement.

The July/August issue of AZRE also profiles Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women, better known as AZCREW. Formed in 1985, AZCREW “promotes the advancement of professionals in commercial real estate by providing high-level networking opportunities, connections and access to decision-makers within the Phoenix market.” The local chapter also does a wonderful job giving back to the community.

Finally, our annual statewide real estate update focuses on Tucson.

As my return flight began its descent, I challenged the passenger sitting in the window seat across the aisle to a spirited game of “Name That Property Type.” Four points for medical office; 3 for multi-family, 2 for a retail center and 1 for industrial.

I skunked him, 21-0. After all, if the editor of a commercial real estate magazine can’t identify a medical office building or industrial warehouse from the air, who can?

Editors Letter Signature

Peter Madrid, Editor

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Tribes Pursue Retail Projects

Arizona Tribes Pursue Retail Projects

Arizona tribes pursuing retail projects as economic engines as well as entertainment and shipping options for their members

With gaming and hospitality reaching closer to a saturation point, many Arizona tribes are choosing to invest in markets where traditional retail developers and lenders have shied away from during the current economy.

In Metro Phoenix, three tribes have major retail projects in the works:

  • The Gila River Indian Community just signed a lease with the Simon Property Group for the Phoenix Premium Outlets adjacent to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler.
  • The Ak-Chin Indian Community is building the 185,000 SF Ak-Chin Family Entertainment Complex in Maricopa.
  • The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is getting a Courtyard by Marriott in Scottsdale plus a possible Tanger Outlet Mall. “This (Phoenix Premium Outlets) development represents the next steps toward economic self sufficiency for our community,” says Gila River Gov. Gregory Mendoza. “It’s going to complement this area.”

The outlet, to be located off of I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd., is expected to create 500 construction jobs and 800 to 1,000 full or part-time jobs, according to the tribe. The 360,000 SF center will include 90 high quality and name-brand stroes. It is scheduled to open in 2Q 2013.

Developers can find a real benefit to working with tribes on reservation land as development fees and lease rates can be very competitive and can be areas of high visibility and underserves areas, according to Kari McCormick, business development manager for Kitchell’s Native American Division.

“There are progressive tribes such as the Ak-Chin who recognized a need in the community in which their own members lived and worked and were underserved by the local market and realized they have the resources to fulfill a need within the community and complement their existing enterprises by adding the entertainment venue,” McCormick says.

The 185,000 SF, $35M-$40M Ak-Chin facility will consist of a 12-screen movie theater, 24-lane bowling center, arcade, laser tag arena, restaurant and concession area aong with 23,000 SF of retail and 45 acres of site work. A.R. Mays Construction is the general contractor and Nelsen Partners is the architect.

Retail outlets and entertainment venues are nothing new to tribes, but what they are seeing is “bigger, better, more diversified developments in Indian Country,” McCormick says.

“For many tribes the stand-alone C-stores and gas stations still remain very profitable enterprises, but tribes are seeking ways to create destination sites and expanding their customer base in a competitive market,” she says. “Although each tribe has very different reasons for getting into the retail market, usually it is a variety of reasons that leads them to take the plunge to diversify as their gaming market becomes more saturated.”

Some of the most important reasons for diversification include:

  • Expand their existing market base — increasing the foot traffic to the existing gaming facility, especially if it is focused on a client base they may not otherwise draw to their gaming facility.
  • Expand services for their existing client base, lengthening the “stay and play” for an existing customer. It is the theory of “something for everyone” where a couple goes to a casino, and only one of the partners enjoys gambling; that individual is more inclined to stay longer and play more if they know their significant other has separate activities to keep them happy.
  • Create a greater market for their gaming property by creating a complementary draw — especially if it is high recognition brands or unique brands not located everywhere.
  • Create an economic driver for tax revenues
  • Create jobs for the tribal members
  • Create opportunities for tribal entrepreneurs
  • Provide a local service for tribal members and local community (buy local/buy Indian)

Just as with any successful retail development location, visibility, access and parking require careful consideration. McCormick adds. An added consideration for retail development for tribes is ay new development must complement and create spillover to the existing gaming facility. In the end, the key to success in any retail development is that it increases foot traffic, but does not detract or disrupt the existing gaming enterprise.

“Kitchell recognizes the importance of tribal sovereignty, workforce development within the community and honoring the unique culture of each tribe,” McCormick says. “Tribes have become one of the leading investors helping to stimulate the economy in our state with developments that are creating jobs.

“We are very proud and honored to be a part of the exciting growth and construction opportunities that we are seeing. We believe that the impact tribes will have within our state and nationally will be unprecedented, as they seek to diversify and expand their existing enterprises.”

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Salt River Devco, Courtyard by Marriott - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Salt River Devco, Ak-Chin Indian Community And Tribes Diversifying Their Holdings

Salt River Devco, Ak-Chin Indian Community And Arizona’s Native American tribes are diversifying their holdings through added infrastructure, business parks and development partners

When it comes to large construction projects on Indian lands, casinos and the hospitality industry supporting them generally dominate the public’s consciousness on the subject.
Powerhouse revenue generators such as Talking Stick Casino and Resort, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and the plethora of other gaming-related projects completed in recent years support the notion.

But even those welcomed construction projects during an otherwise bleak period in the state’s commercial construction history should be viewed as the end of the boom period for casino projects, some observers say.

“A lot of tribes started in gaming and that’s consumed their focus,” says Vince Lujan, president of Salt River Devco, an entity of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Salt River Devco’s charge is to attract non-gaming related development to Indian community lands. “Now they want to diversify their holdings.”

Developing a game plan

If the build-out of casinos and their ancillary projects has indeed begun, as some suggest, Arizona tribes have already recognized the need to broaden their holdings. Several have launched into non-gaming development with little fanfare — but with the belief those projects will either keep generating revenue for the tribe and/or provide a higher quality of life for their members.

In many instances such projects are underway. The Ak-Chin Indian Community’s waste reclamation facility already is making life easier for tribal members. In other cases, tribes, such as the SRP-MIC, are aggressively adding tenants to their business park.

In addition to the spectacular Fields at Talking Stick spring training baseball facility that the SRP-MIC added to its holdings last year, it has also been ambitious in trying to grow its industrial park with tenants. Chaparral Business Center sits off Loop 101 in an area considered geographically prime because of its proximity to Scottsdale.

The 55-acre park is only partially developed, but Salt River Devco is working hard to change that.

“We want to help the community develop a general land use plan for the 101 corridor,” says Jeff Roberts, Salt River Devco’s asset manager.

That plan calls for medical, retail and light industrial and Salt River Devco is touting its build-to-suit plans to prospective tenants.

In the buildings currently completed, occupancy runs at about 90%, Roberts says. Fender Musical Instruments, William Lyon Homes, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management and Insurance Co. are among the current tenants.

The tribe’s biggest commercial project currently underway is the $22M Scottsdale 101 Courtyard by Marriott on the NEC of Pima and Vista Drive, just south of McDowell Ave. When completed in January, it will feature 158 rooms, a 3,000 SF conference center and will be pursuing LEED certification.

Catering to business travelers and spring training guests, the hotel (Marriott’s first on tribal land) is just the kind of project that will boost the industrial park’s attractiveness in addition to supporting the casino and resort,  Roberts says.

“What the 101 corridor has it lots of available land in a desirable locations,” he says. “We want to position ourselves to propose new development to users.”

Because tribes generally don’t have a property tax base to help generate revenue, they are always on the lookout about how to generate revenue through sales taxes or other types of taxes, Lujan says.

Upgrading infrastructure

At Ak-Chin Indian Community in Pinal County, it is just wrapping up construction of a new water reclamation project and breaking ground on another surface water treatment plant.

The water reclamation facility is a $43M project that had been underway since September 2009. With 13 miles of new pipelines and pumping structures along with a 28,000 SF operations facility, the project  has received several awards for its architects, Carollo Engineers, and general contractor, MGC Contractors.

In June, the tribe started construction on the surface water treatment plant. That $18M project being built by PCL Construction is expected to be completed in July 2012.

“In order to support future growth and expansion, we realized there was a need to upgrade our infrastructure,” says Jayne Long, Ak-Chin capital projects manager.

Other Ak-Chin projects include the recent completion of a white shell building in May at its 110-acre industrial park. They are also planning for a second building at the Santa Cruz Commerce Center. Current tenants include Hickman’s Eggs, M&S Machinery, Hit & Pitch and Crossfit Battlefit. The tribe also owns a golf course and regional airport. At both sites, they plan to make improvements.

And in July, it began construction on a 6,500 SF grocery store within the reservation. The Vekol Market will be completed in November, giving tribal members a true grocery store shopping experience.

“The Community has gotten bonding or bank financing on some of these projects,” Long says. “But this community was self sufficient before they had casino operations from its agricultural interests.”

Still, the tribe’s 16-year affiliation with Harrah’s has been a major impetus behind its ability to take on so many projects. It continues to build homes for its members and just completed a new fire station. It is currently in the design stage for a justice complex that will include a police station, detention facility and court. That 50,000 SF project could break ground in 1Q 2012.

It also plans to make improvements to the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, which it acquired last year, and the Phoenix Regional Airport, which it owns.

That’s in addition to the recently completed expansion project at Harrah’s Casino, which doubled its room capacity with the opneing of a five-story addition. The $20M project was financed by the tribe. Harrah’s manages all aspects of the gaming operation and the hotel.

Looking to the future

Casino Del Sol Hotel Lobby, Pascua Yaqui TribeStill, the recession has hurt tribal development just as it has all development.

“The boom years are over,” says Dan Lewis, a Native American market sector leader in the Phoenix office for Leo A Daly, an international architectural, engineering, planning and interior design firm. “Now the focus is on maintaining casino competitiveness and meeting the needs of its members.”

Lewis’ firm just wrapped up design additions to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Casino Del Sol in Tucson. The project included the addition of a hotel, conference center, parking garage, laundry facility and warehouse to the existing 213,000 SF casino.

Peridot Healthcare Center - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

In Peridot, the $80.2M San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center is scheduled to open in 4Q 2013. The 184,000 SF facility will be a replacement hospital campus for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. It will consist of five buildings on a 50-acre site. The buildings include an ambulatory hospital, behavioral health building, dentistry building, public health building and EMS building.

At the Gila River Indian Community, an upscale premium outlet mall is the latest addition the tribe’s portfolio. The project is expected to break ground in 1Q 2012. It will eventually reach 360,000 SF and feature 90 designer name-brand outlets stores. Plans call for the mall to cover 45 acres.

“The conception for this came quite a few years ago,” says Alia Maisonet, director of communications and public affairs for the tribe. “Then the recession hit and slowed down plans.”

But the tribe recently received word from Simon Premium Outlets that it wanted to move forward. The mall will be next to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on land previously designated for economic development. The project is expected to generate at least $2.6M in sales taxes.

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For more information about Salt River Devco, Ak-Chin and others mentioned in this story, visit the following links:

www.ak-chin.nsn.us
www.leoadaly.com
www.gilariver.org
www.saltriverdevco.com
www.sancarlosapache.com
www.srpmic-nsn.gov

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Winners & Finalists for RED Awards 2010

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

The RED Awards, Real Estate and Development Awards, are Arizona’s most comprehensive annual real estate awards. The biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions for the previous year are honored each year by the RED Awards. Awards are given to developer, general contractor, architect and broker/teams. All award winners and honorable mentions are featured within a special awards section of AZRE Magazine as well as honored at an annual awards ceremony.



Congratulations to all the 2010 RED Awards Winners

Best Hospitality Project

Winner:

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Honorable Mention:

aloft Hotel

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center

Honorable Mention:

Spectrum Ridge, Phase I

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Honorable Mention:

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Tower

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Honorable Mention:

3900 Camelback Center

Best Office Project:

Winner:

One Central Park East

Honorable Mention:

Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Grigio Metro

Honorable Mention:

Ninety Degrees Paradise Ridge

Brokerage Team: Leasing

Winner:

Tom Adelson, Kevin Calihan, Jim Fijan & Jerry Roberts

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team: Sales

Winner:

Cushman & Wakefield

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

McCarthy Building Companies

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Scottsdale Quarter

Honorable Mention:

Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

Appaloosa Branch Library

Honorable Mention:

Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott

Best Redevelopment Project:

Winner:

300 M, Studio Darek

Honorable Mention:

Phoenix Country Club Modernization

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Surprise City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility

Best Education Project:

Winner:

ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Honorable Mention:

Ironwood Hall

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

Honorable Mention:

Arcadia Gateway Reimaging

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

SmithGroup

 

For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables or attendance, please email events@azbigmedia.com or call (602) 277-6045.

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

Shula's dining room - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Don Shula’s Steakhouse Brings Perfection To The Table

Shula's steakYou don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the ambiance — or enjoy the cuisine — at Don Shula’s American Steak House at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Just make sure you bring along an NFL-sized appetite.

Shula’s is themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins team that capped the only “Perfect Season” in pro football history, finishing 17-0 with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. Photos from that season grace the walls of the Chandler restaurant. Even the menus are hand painted on official NFL game balls and signed by Shula himself

On a fall evening that could only be described as perfect football weather, the real winners were my dining companions and me. We were seated at the “coach’s table,” reserved for Shula whenever he’s in town. The dining room is spacious and quiet, and you almost forget that just outside its doors is a 100,000-square-foot casino.

For starters, we went with the flash fried lobster, French onion soup, and barbecued shrimp — considered Shula’s signature appetizer. The flash fried lobster tail was delicious and perfectly prepared. The barbecue shrimp, four large prawns wrapped in bacon with a tangy BBQ sauce, did not disappoint. The soup was equally tasty, with just the right combination of Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and French bread.

Having enjoyed the appetizers, it was now time to tackle the main course. Our selections included the 22-ounce cowboy steak, the Steak Mary Anne, and the surf-and-turf, which included a lobster tail and filet mignon. The entrees come a la carte, so from the sides menu we ordered grilled asparagus, steamed broccoli with Hollandaise sauce, crab mac & cheese and a double-baked potato.

Our steaks were prepared by Chef Colin Ribble just as we asked. The cowboy steak was a pinkish medium rare; the Steak Mary Anne and filet mignon were medium well. Shula's dessertThe lobster tail was sweet and juicy, enough for two people.

We capped the evening with key lime pie, apple cobbler and the chocolate seven-layer cake — all satisfying to our sweet tooths and taste buds.

Shula’s is ideal for dinner before or after a visit to the casino at Wild Horse Pass. It’s also a great location to close a deal with business associates.


RED Awards 2010 - AZRE Magazine March/April 2010

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, AZRE | Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine presented the 5th Annual RED Awards — Arizona’s most comprehensive annual real estate awards. The reception honored the Biggest, Best and Most Notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2009. The top projects were announced and awards given to the developer, general contractor, architect and broker/teams of each winning project. All of the award winners and honorable mentions were featured within a special award section published within the March/April 2010 issue of AZRE Magazine.


2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

Best Education Project:

Winner:

ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Honorable Mention:

Ironwood Hall

Best Hospitality Project:

Winner:

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Honorable Mention:

aloft Hotel

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center

Honorable Mention:

Spectrum Ridge, Phase I

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Honorable Mention:

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Tower

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Grigio Metro

Honorable Mention:

Ninety Degrees Paradise Ridge

Best Office Project:

Winner:

One Central Park East

Honorable Mention:

Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Surprise City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Scottsdale Quarter

Honorable Mention:

Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Best Re-Development Project:

Winner:

300 M

Honorable Mention:

Phoenix Country Club Modernization

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

Honorable Mention:

Arcadia Gateway Reimaging

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Honorable Mention:

3900 Camelback Center

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

Appaloosa Branch Library

Honorable Mention:

Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

SmithGroup

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

McCarthy Building Companies

Brokerage Team of the Year for Leasing:

Winner:

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team of the Year for Sales:

Winner:

Cushman & Wakefield


For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables or attendance, please email events@azbusinessmagazine.com or call (602) 277-6045.


AZRE Magazine March/April 2010