Berkshire Hathaway adds Ahwatukee office

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties announced that its Team Santistevan has expanded to open its own office in the heart of Ahwatukee. The team’s new office is located at 15215 S. 48th Street, Suite 183.

Team Santistevan, one of the most successful residential real estate teams in Arizona, has been part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices family for several years. The team is led by Mary Jo and Mike Santistevan, who have been residing in Ahwatukee since 1997 and are proud to call the area home. 

“We are thrilled to see the Santistevans continue their success with an expanded office of their own, and we look forward to seeing their growth continue across Ahwatukee and all of Arizona,” says Mark Stark, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. “

Team Santistevan’s new office is located near I-10 and Warner, giving Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Arizona Properties an expanded footprint in the area. For additional information on Team Santistevan, visit


UA College of Pharmacy appoints Dr. Wei Wang

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has appointed Wei Wang, PhD, as director of its drug discovery program and professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

In his new role, Dr. Wang is responsible for advancing the mission of drug discovery at the UA Health Sciences, main campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. By uniting the UA’s state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and resources, he will help facilitate drug discovery and development while enhancing translational research collaboration.

Dr. Wang joins the college as it begins $26 million in construction on the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center Sept. 4. The work is anticipated to take 16 months and includes 12,000 square feet of renovations and two new floors, providing an additional 21,000 square feet of drug discovery facilities.

Dr. C. Kent Kwoh named to prestigious committee

Kent Kwoh, MD, a professor of medicine and medical imaging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named to the prestigious Division Directors Special Committee for the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). His three-year term will commence in October.

The American College of Rheumatology is the world’s leading professional organization of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. The ACR Division Directors Special Committee is charged with advancing academic rheumatology and rheumatology as a whole through support of clinical care, research, education and advocacy.

In addition to serving as chief of the UA Division of Rheumatology, Dr. Kwoh is director of the UA Arthritis Center and holder of the Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology at the UA.

CCS Presentation Systems appoints general manager

CCS Presentation Systems, one of the largest leaders in audio-visual integration across the United States, has promoted Victor Valliere to General Manager.

A 20-year veteran of the technology systems industry, Valliere was formerly vice president of logistics at CCS, appointed to the position just nine months ago, responsible for overseeing CCS’s high-voltage electrical and service departments as well as managing its warehouse. 

As General Manager, Valliere will oversee the day-to-day business operations of CCS Presentation Systems including integration, home automation, electrical, ecommerce, marketing, training and the CCS Tucson office. 

“Victor is a true visionary in our industry and we are thrilled to have him now as a leader at CCS to oversee our key services and help spearhead the strategic growth for the company,” said John Godbout, founder and CEO of CCS Presentation Systems. 

Prior to CCS, Valliere served as executive vice president of Technology Providers where he led corporate operations, sales and business development for the technology company in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

Amendola Communications adds healthcare journalist

Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare information technology public relations and marketing agency, announced today that Morgan Lewis Jr. has joined the agency as Senior Writer. An award-winning healthcare journalist and experienced public relations professional, Lewis will create a wide variety of PR content for the agency’s healthcare/healthcare IT clients. 

Lewis brings 20 years of journalism and PR writing experience, focused almost exclusively on business and healthcare. He most recently served as Senior Copywriter at MERGE Atlanta, formerly Dodge Communications, an integrated healthcare PR and marketing communications agency. As Senior Copywriter, Lewis created ghostwritten bylined thought leadership articles, white papers, case studies, blog posts, website copy and other pieces of strategic PR and marketing content for dozens of healthcare and healthcare IT clients over four years.

Before joining MERGE Atlanta, Lewis was an independent healthcare and healthcare IT writer creating content for several PR agency clients, as well as crafting his own bylined articles that appeared in publications such as Medscape, Physicians Practice, Managed Healthcare Executive, Medical Economics and Chiropractic Economics. Lewis previously served as Senior Editor at Medical Economics, where he focused on healthcare IT, and won three writing awards from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE), including two Gold Awards.