Making news: Clear Title, Plexus, AT&T, HomeSmart, Howard
Clear Title expands to Flagstaff and Northern Arizona
Clear Title, a leader in commercial and residential title and escrow services, continues fast paced growth by opening a branch location in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The new branch, strategically located at 513 N. Beaver St., Flagstaff, Arizona 86001, will position the locally owned title and Escrow Company to better service already established clients in Northern Arizona.
Rhett Rucker and Bobbie Acklin have accepted key leadership roles as Vice Presidents of the Company to lead, grow and service the increasing demand for residential and commercial escrow services in Northern Arizona.
Their addition to the Clear Title family brings with it a wealth of knowledge about the Coconino County market including; relationships with real estate agents, lenders and the community at large. “We have deep roots in Arizona and are proud of the opportunity to invest in the Flagstaff community” said Bart Patterson, CEO and Founder of Clear Title.
“As our company grows, we have made it a point to also focus on our community.” Patterson said. “Our ability to positively impact and contribute philanthropically to the communities where we do business is a key value within our Company. And, we look forward to giving back to Flagstaff and Northern Arizona in the years ahead.”
Plexus Worldwide ranked No. 30 globally
Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®), a leading health and happiness company, ranked #30 globally and #14 in the U.S. on Direct Selling News’ List of Top Revenue Generating Direct Selling Companies. Plexus climbed nine spots on the list since last year, showcasing the company’s continued success and exemplary leadership.
The DSN Global 100 ranks industry corporations by annual revenue to show the enormous impact and potential of the $189 billion direct selling industry. The 2019 rankings highlight the top 100 companies from 20 countries which represent a combined revenue of more than $75 billion.
“We are extremely proud of all our Ambassadors, as well as our corporate team, who work so hard to make Plexus an organization that continues to prove itself each year in such a crowded direct selling industry,” said Tarl Robinson, Founder and CEO of Plexus Worldwide. “Just a decade ago, Plexus had revenues of less than a million dollars, which makes looking back on how far we’ve come even more impressive. Looking forward to the future, we’re excited to see continued growth and expansion.”
Alec Clark, Founder and President of Plexus, gave a keynote address at the event where he showcased how companies can build a leadership culture. Particularly poignant was his highlight of how the Plexus team hires great people, creates an environment for them to thrive, and trusts them to do amazing things.
“It fills me with joy to see Plexus continue to climb in the rankings,” said Clark. “Plexus is built on the energy and enthusiasm of its employees and Ambassadors, and these successes reflect their talent and hard work.”
AT&T announces initiative to fight hunger
AT&T launched a new initiative, called Believe Phoenix℠, to address hunger and food insecurity in the Valley.
In Arizona, 1 in 7 people, and 1 in 4 children, struggle with hunger. Through Believe Phoenix, AT&T is bringing together its leadership, employees and resources to work alongside nonprofits and community leaders on this issue. This program is an extension of AT&T Believes℠, a larger company-wide initiative which aims to create positive change in local communities.
“Everyone deserves to live and work without worrying about where their next meal is coming from, but that’s not the reality for too many in our community,” said Toni Morales Broberg, president of AT&T Arizona. “We’re passionate about addressing this problem and making a positive impact.”
AT&T is investing $275,000 in contributions to local nonprofit organizations to fund and expand their hunger and food insecurity outreach programs. Contributions include:
• $150,000 to Saint Mary’s Food Bank to assist Children’s Feeding Programs, which provide food items to children in need and their families.
• $50,000 to United Food Bank to provide food delivery to those most vulnerable by helping fund a new distribution truck.
• $25,000 to Saint Vincent de Paul to help the Urban Farm fund permaculture and chemical-free methods to grow and harvest hundreds of pounds of fresh produce every week. These fruits and vegetables are used in their kitchen and added to food boxes for families.
• $25,000 to A New Leaf to assist the Autumn House in providing meals on a consistent basis to their 22-bed domestic violence shelter for women, children and men fleeing abuse.
• $20,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to support the Meals Assistance Program, which provides meals to families in need.
• $5,000 to the Joy Bus Diner, a local charity that delivers chef-crafted meals to cancer patients Valley-wide.
HomeSmart releases RealSmart agent mobile App
HomeSmart International, a technology-powered real estate franchisor, announced the launch of its RealSmart Agent (RSA) Mobile application in the iTunes app store today and coming soon to Google Play. As is the case with all other HomeSmart proprietary technology, the application was written entirely in-house and integrated directly into HomeSmart’s extensive technology platform.
RSA Mobile offers functions similar to HomeSmart International’s web-based tool RealSmart Agent, developed by the company to manage all aspects of its agents’ business on a single platform. From their smartphone, HomeSmart agents can now access:
• Listing and sales transaction information
• Broker compliance review items
• Listing web traffic from HomeSmart.com, Zillow and Trulia
• Showing details via Supra Lockbox integration
• Download forms
“The launch of our agent mobile app brings all the ease and features of our end-to-end real estate transaction management platform to the palms of our agents’ hands,” said Matt Widdows, CEO and founder of HomeSmart International. “This is just the beginning of what we intend to do with RSA Mobile and I’m excited as we continue to watch the product mature in new and exciting ways!”
HomeSmart has plans to release future versions that will include the ability to write offers, manage and edit forms and set up and route showings for buyers.
Kevin B. Howard Architects part of $300M Grande Vita
Grande Vita, a BioCity Campus, has added another lifelong Arizonan to the 800,000 square foot project in Mesa. Kevin Howard, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and his award-winning team at Kevin B. Howard Architects have been selected to be the lead architects for the project. The firm will bring the ideals of sustainability, authenticity of materials and carefully integrated construction to a project that is the first of its kind and is expected to create an estimated 476 jobs and generate 38.6 million dollars in wages.
Kevin Howard, founder of Kevin B. Howard Architects, discusses why the firm was interested in an opportunity to be a part of Grande Vita. “Grande Vita’s goal of giving its residents an idea of a sense of place and purpose, while also aging in place, is what brought me to this project. Also, after growing up in Phoenix and spending most of my professional time in Tucson, I am excited to be a part of such a large scale project that will have a great impact on my home community,” said Howard.
From a very young age, Kevin Howard knew that he wanted to be an architect. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his love for the Sonoran Desert, Howard and his team have an innate appreciation for the local land and designs site-specific homes that are fully integrated into the landscape, adapting principles of organic modern architecture. Kevin B. Howard Architects has mastered the art of building a modern home in the middle of the desert in a process that is both streamlined and state of the art.
The $300 Million project called Grande Vita, a BioCity Enterprise, and will allow seniors to “age in place” in a high tech, innovative environment. Grande Vita’s concept and design has been developed with the intent of creating a unique campus atmosphere with a world class resort feel. The campus is nearly 700,000 square feet of independent and assisted living, hotel rooms, multiple dining options, medical offices, a luxury tower and luxury condos, nursing school and rehab clinic spread out over 20 acres.
Groundbreaking for Grande Vita will take place on May 21st, 2019. Kevin Howard and his team have already developed incredible 3D renderings of what the grounds will look like upon completion.