Earthworks Environmental expands footprint

The tremendous growth experienced by Earthworks Environmental LLC last year has carried over to 2019 as the woman- and minority-owned environmental compliance firm opened offices in two more states and hired two employees and promoted two specialists in its Arizona office.

The Gilbert-based company now operates in Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas, where it signed its first contract in Houston last week.

Services provided include stormwater pollution prevention, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, dust control, and construction safety compliances. The firm primarily serves land developers, vertical developers, commercial construction, and land-holding companies.

Earthworks Environmental Principal Cherie Koester said the firm is consulting on nearly 600 permits nationally. She hired two additional employees in the Arizona office.

“I’m eager to see what 2019 and beyond bring Earthworks,” Koester said. “Customer service is a dying skill and I intend to continually revive it. The culture we have created here strives for excellence. I’m prepared to go the distance with this team of elite. I have no plans of slowing down.”

Founded in 2014, Earthworks Environmental expanded its operations to Florida and added two employees at its Arizona office in late 2016. The office has since grown to 30 employees.

Within the Arizona office, Koester promoted Travis Fern to Executive Director and promoted Richard Howe to National Operations Manager.

Troon announces strategic partnership with Avis Budget Group

Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is proud to announce the Avis Budget Group as its preferred rental car partner. Through the relationship, Troon and Avis will collaborate to offer Troon customers and members of Troon-managed private clubs, special rates and unique offers suited especially for golf travel.

“While selecting a partner in the car rental industry, it was clear that Avis was the ideal choice,” said Brett Brooks, Troon’s Director of Global Partnerships. “We feel their dedication to excellence and customer service matches the values and commitments on which Troon was also founded. It was also important for us to pick an innovator and leader in the space, and we’re confident we have done just that.”

The program will reach a qualified demographic of golfers through Troon’s dedicated golf travel networks and custom-tailored marketing and communication channels that include digital marketing and custom content in Troon Magazine and Troon Privé e-magazine.

Casago expansion continues

Casago, an international vacation rental and property management company, announced it’s opened a new office in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The new office expands Casago services to 13 markets across the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico representing more than 2,320 units.

Casago has seen incredible growth in both countries, servicing an additional 140 new properties last year.

In November 2018, Casago opened a new office in the eco-friendly city of Loreto Bay on the tranquil Sea of Cortez in Mexico. In 2019, Casago also contracted to represent several new complexes in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) including El Pueblo Condominiums and Sonoran Sea Resort on Sandy Beach, about an hour south of the Arizona border.

“Property owners are more savvy these days and demand greater transparency on their rental units. That is why Casago provides exclusive software that lets them monitor everything in real time, from reservations and revenue to maintenance and maid service,” said Steve Schwab, Casago Founder and CEO

RIESTER’s new venture takes data optimization to new heights

RIESTER announces “MetricsEdge” an innovative joint venture in response to market demand for data-centric marketing analytics and strategy. The company was established in response to intense market changes driven by online privacy and the accelerating decline of third-party data. Organized as a specialized digital think tank, MetricsEdge offers advanced marketing and web analytics, data enablement, conversion optimization, and performance media.   The company is led by one of the nation’s foremost pioneers in digital media, Kurt Krake.

“For the past three years, we invested in a research project focused on the rapid change in marketing technology and its impact on client marketing strategy,” said RIESTER CEO Tim Riester.  “As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of RIESTER, we believe MetricsEdge’ capabilities will provide us with the information to better serve our clients well into the future.”

Founded by digital media pioneer and former Big 5 Public Accounting auditor, Kurt Krake, MetricsEdge brings a unique specialization to RIESTER’s capabilities.  During Krake 20-year career in digital media leadership, he served as RIESTER’s Executive Director of Media. 

“MetricsEdge helps businesses take brand and product performance to the next level with data,” said MetricsEdge President Kurt Krake. “Engagements begin with: analytics and CRM audits, tracking implementations; and optimization testing; all leading to customized performance strategies for highly performing media that ultimately yield better marketing results.”

Cives Corporation building plant in West Valley

Cives Corporation, one of the largest and most successful structural steel and plate fabricators in North America, is building a new 58,257 SF Steel Fabrication Plant at 135th and Olive avenues, a former rose garden.  Cives Corporation and FCI Constructors (General Contractor) broke ground on January 9, 2019 on this facility, which is expected to be open around October 2019.  The new 25-acre site also has five outbuildings for support equipment, as well as a new railroad spur for importing and exporting materials by rail.

LawLogix launches new I-9 and E-Verify program

LawLogix, the leader in electronic I-9 and E-Verify solutions, has launched a new program to help busy franchise owners manage their I-9 and E-Verify obligations during a time of increasing government scrutiny and enforcement. The program provides franchise owners with access to Guardian, the industry’s leading electronic I-9 and E-Verify solution, through several affordable plans.

The newly-launched Guardian solution for franchise owners provides:

• An automated, secure and accurate way to complete every new hire’s I-9 in a paperless environment

• Reduced time to complete I-9’s and decreased risk of government audit fines

• An easily trackable I-9 process for all hires across all store locations

• One-click submission to E-Verify, with built-it resolution management

“Now more than ever, franchise owners must pay careful attention to their I-9 compliance practices and hiring workflows,” said John Fay, an immigration attorney and president of LawLogix. “During the past two years, we’ve seen a significant uptick in the number of government-initiated I-9 audits, many of which involve franchise businesses. Our new franchise program enables these employers (small and large) to solve their I-9 and E-Verify compliance problems through an intelligent and cost-effective software solution.”