Making news: 10 to 1, Acacia Health, Crossroads, The Joint, Kovach

Newsmakers | 26 Nov, 2019 |

10 to 1 Public Relations earns Sterling Award

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce recently named strategic communications firm 10 to 1 Public Relations the winner of this year’s Sterling Award in its employee size category. 10 to 1 Public Relations was selected following a lengthy nomination and judging process which focused on contributions to the business community, evidence of future growth and a commitment to community stewardship.

“The Sterling Awards recognize the great accomplishments of businesses in Scottsdale,” said Mark Stanton, President & CEO of the Scottsdale Chamber in a prepared statement about the Sterling Awards. “The honorees represent innovation, success and the highest standards of business practice excellence.”

Founder and President of 10 to 1 Public Relations Josh Weiss launched his firm in Scottsdale in 2012 and quickly gained a strong reputation for proactive media relations, crisis communications, product and market launches, and trade show related media support. In 2017, 10 to 1 Public Relations was accepted as the sole Arizona member of IPREX, a network of more than 70 Independent PR firms with 115 offices across the world. In the last 18 months the company has experienced exceptional growth, doubling its staff count and client roster in that time.  Earlier this year, the company moved into larger offices behind the highly trafficked Scottsdale Quarter.

Acacia Health Center at Sagewood earns 5-star quality rating

The Acacia Health Center at Sagewood, a Life Plan Community featuring resort-like amenities focused on independence and well-being including a comprehensive suite of health care services, has earned a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The criteria for the Five-Star Quality Rating was based on recent state-conducted health inspections, staffing and overall quality measures of medical care.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare skilled nursing facilities and make the best choice when deciding on care.

Acacia Health Center received the highest rating in all categories as well as the highest Five-Star Quality Rating overall for the health center.

Valley substance abuse treatment provider expands

In response to the rampant opioid epidemic in Arizona, Crossroads, a local residential substance abuse treatment program, has relocated their admissions office to a larger space located on 2002 E. Osborn Rd. in Phoenix. With five treatment centers in the Phoenix area and two in the City of Mesa, Crossroads serves over 400 men and women in recovery.

By moving into a larger office, the Crossroads admissions team will be able to provide a greater staff to patient ratio which will result in shorter wait times for the up to 45 men and women seeking recovery daily. The new admissions office will also feature a brand new, fully integrated health care clinic equipped to provide physical exams, immunizations and lab work services.

“Each morning, we typically have over 20 people already waiting for us at the door by 6 a.m. It doesn’t matter if we’re in the midst of record-breaking hot summer months, monsoon season or Christmas Eve… people camp out overnight to be as close to the front of the line as possible,” says Lee Pioske, Crossroads Executive Director. “By moving our admissions office into a bigger building, we will be able to serve people seeking help at a much faster rate and help them through the process more efficiently by providing more safety, comfort and privacy due to the building’s size and orientation from the main roads.” 

For 60 years, Crossroads has been continuously working to expand and improve their programs to meet the rapidly growing need for addiction services in Arizona. Those interested in information on any of Crossroads’ seven facilities across the Valley should contact the admissions department at 602-263-5242 or visit  

The Joint Chiropractic opening 500th clinic

The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation’s largest provider of chiropractic care through The Joint Chiropractic  network, has reached a remarkable milestone – the opening of its 500th chiropractic clinic. Since its founding in Tucson, Ariz. in 1999, The Joint has grown to a nationwide system of 500 chiropractic clinics in 33 states.

“We have achieved the elite status of 500 clinics, which, according to FRANdata, less than five percent of franchise brands can claim,” said Peter D. Holt, president and CEO of The Joint Corp. “This accomplishment reflects the strength of our retail healthcare franchise and the relentless dedication of our amazing team of franchisees, regional developers and employees. Most importantly, our growth is fueled by the rising number of patients we serve, which supports our increasing presence across the country. With our expansion, The Joint Chiropractic is gaining national recognition, and we expect to continue to drive accelerated growth momentum.” 

The official 500th clinic in the network was The Joint Chiropractic – South Orange in Orlando, Fla.

Kovach Enclosure Systems is formed

Kovach Enclosure Systems, LLC of Chandler, AZ, is a newly formed company owned by Steve Kovach IV and construction industry veteran, Kelly Sands. The new company announced that on October 21, 2019, it purchased all assets and hired all employees of Kovach, LLC, a 50-year-old company providing exterior building enclosures. The purchase also includes trademarked Kovabond, one of two ICC fire-rated exterior ACM building materials in the United States. 

The new company brings surety bonding and investment capital to the company’s already impressive manufacturing technologies and capabilities. With roughly 400 total employees, Kovach Enclosure Systems projects $80 million of revenue in 2020. “This is the classic definition of opportunity meets preparedness,” said co-owner, Kelly Sands. 

Steve Kovach IV and Kelly Sands, kicked off the purchase with a culture celebration for employees and their families in Tempe, AZ. “I am thrilled to see pride that every employee feels for what we do and the smiles on their children’s faces,” remarked Kovach.

The company is one of the nation’s largest integrated designers, manufacturers, and installers of the high-quality panel and glazing systems for commercial buildings in the higher education, healthcare, municipal, commercial, sports arena, and airport markets and is positioning to expand even further.  

Chief Executive Officer, Troy Garrett, sees immense promise in the future, “Kovach has built a Super Bowl level team in terms of talent and ability, and the company is in the best position to provide superior results for our architectural and contracting partners.” 

Local projects include Helios Foundation Headquarters (32nd and Camelback) in Phoenix and the Watermark (southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Highway 202) in Tempe. These projects reflect Kovach’s ability to bring imaginative visions for building enclosures into reality.

Kovach Enclosure Systems has over 260,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities locally. Offices are also located in California, Texas, and Tennessee. For information, contact James Hatch at

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