Land Advisors Organization opens Nashville office

Eric S. Deems

Scottsdale-based Land Advisors Organization is expanding its southeast regional footprint with the addition of a new office in Nashville, Tennessee to serve middle Tennessee and the surrounding markets, which include Huntsville, Alabama and southern Kentucky.

The new office will be managed by Eric S. Deems, an established real estate professional with expertise in strategic real estate planning, land brokerage and development, and site selection. The firm plans to continue growing its Nashville team with the addition of several more advisors and support staff throughout the first part of the year.

This new location marks Land Advisors Organization’s sixth office in the region, with offices currently in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida.

Deems has facilitated more than $500 million in real estate transactions over his career. A resident of Nashville, Deems is recognized in the real estate industry for his ability to connect parties with shared objectives as well as his adeptness in navigating complex transactions and guiding investor relations through acquisitions, public-private partnerships, and joint venture arrangements.

Local restaurateur, chef collaborate to bring Source Restaurant to Gilbert

Claudio Urciuoli

Source restaurant and market is set to open its doors this spring in Gilbert, bringing to the East Valley a relaxed fast-fine dining environment boasting ultra-Mediterranean flavors, style and curated music. Source will be located at 3150 East Ray Road within The Epicenter at Agritopia.

“We are honored to share our passion for serving high-quality food that is both delicious and nutritious through Source,” says Co-Founder Akshat Sethi, who together with Chef Claudio Urciuoli of Palaphx fame are building Source on the simple yet essential concepts of integrity and quality. “We meticulously source our ingredients from a network of farmers, fishers, producers and other purveyors that exemplify our ethos. We are a vital connection between land and sea and our guests. We believe in cooking in symbiosis with the ecosystem, balancing our consumption with the rhythms of nature.”

Source is an organic ingredient-driven, fast-fine dining restaurant centered around the flavors of the Mediterranean. Utilizing traditional techniques and methods such as steel plancha cooking, steaming, braising, as well as fermentation, crucial for pickling, and baking with naturally leavened stone ground whole grains, Source strives to bring out the best flavors and qualities of their ingredients. Serving sandwiches, salads, pizza and a variety of mezze, tapas and Venetian-style cicchetti along with a finely-curated selection of natural wines, Source will have a retail market boasting house made breads, wines and other goods to go.

Source is set to open this spring. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more, visit

BKD expands into Arizona with latest acquisition

BKD CPAs & Advisors CEO Tom Watson is pleased to announce the expansion of the Top 15 firm’s footprint into the Phoenix market as Schmidt Westergard joins BKD, effective Jan. 16.

“We extend a warm welcome to the newest members of our One Great Firm,” Watson said. “BKD is intentional about growing wisely, so we carefully look for firms that are a strong strategic and cultural fit when making such moves. Arizona has long been a target for BKD, and I’m confident the team at Schmidt Westergard is the right fit as we grow once again.”

Established in 1968 in Mesa, Arizona, Schmidt Westergard provides full-service tax, audit, accounting and business advisory services. Four partners, one managing director and approximately 30 staff join BKD. Adding this Phoenix location brings the total number of BKD locations to 41 offices in 19 states. Current Schmidt Westergard Managing Partner Lynn Westergard will serve as BKD’s market leader in Phoenix.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to provide enhanced and rewarding career opportunities for our team members and our passion for better serving our clients,” Westergard said. “We closely identify with BKD’s culture, core values and philosophy of providing Unmatched Client Service. By joining forces, we also gain access to new and exciting solutions for our clients and BKD’s national presence in our niche industries.”

Pinewell Capital acquires majority stake in Dickens Quality Demolition

Dickens Quality Demolition (DQD) and Arizona-based Pinewell Capital jointly and announced the successful completion of a majority stake acquisition of DQD by Pinewell. DQD will continue to operate with its current management and staff, at its current location, providing its high-quality services and safety standards to its customers as it has in the past. Details of the transaction remain private.

“I made the decision to partner with Pinewell after very careful consideration and nearly a year of getting to know Pinewell and its owners,” said Richard Dickens, founder of DQD who will continue in his previous role as President of the company. “The additional support, resources, and relevant knowledge that Pinewell brings to the table will provide DQD a force multiplier to continue and further accelerate our leading position in the markets that we serve. My entire management staff and I are truly excited about this joint prospect with Pinewell and the vision that we share for the company.”

Chris Christensen, VP of Sales at DQD further added, “I am genuinely excited by what this partnership means for my company, our employees and our customers. We are in discussions around exciting plans that we will roll out in the coming months and years to increase our ability to serve our customers via greater investments in our people and training, in equipment and related tools, and in potentially expanding the breadth of our services.”


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