Burch & Cracchiolo welcomes Susan E. Chetlin

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., announced Susan E. (“Sue”) Chetlin has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Chetlin will lead the intellectual property practice area.

Chetlin is an intellectual property and registered patent attorney with an AV Preeminent Peer Review 5.0 out of 5.0 Martindale-Hubbell rating. She has been named a Best Lawyer in America in 2017 and 2018, an IP Star by Managing IP Magazine from 2013-2018, and selected as one of the Women Leaders in Law by Forbes Magazine from 2013-2018. 

Prior to joining Burch & Cracchiolo Chetlin founded Chetlin IP in 2015 and the firm was named a Tier 1 Best Law Firm.  She has represented clients in industries as varied as mining, equipment repair and manufacturing, robotics, insulation, geospatial technologies, autonomous systems, materials handling and transportation, and ballistic resistant technologies.  She served as a Director at Fennemore Craig, P.C. from 2006 to 2015, where she also headed the intellectual property and IP litigation and emerging business and technologies practice groups.

Chetlin graduated from Princeton University, where she received an A.B. from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School where she was a Dillard Fellow.

McCarthy’s Mike Gonzalez appointed institute chair

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. announced that Mike Gonzalez, director of McCarthy’s Southwest region, has been tapped to serve as the chair for the Arizona chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America effective Jan. 1, 2019. He will be transitioning with the current Chair Wylie Bearup, PE, Ph.D, a professor at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction.

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is a membership organization founded to advocate and advance single-source project delivery within the design and construction community. The design-build method of project delivery embraces architecture, engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby reintegrating the roles of designer and constructor. In addition to public- and private-sector project owners, DBIA members include practitioners from all project phases.

“I am looking forward to stepping into this leadership role with DBIA’s Arizona Chapter and continuing with the work that my predecessor Dr. Wylie Bearup has been doing,” Gonzalez said. “Now that the Arizona chapter is established and there is a good amount of momentum for the effort, we are well-positioned to expand our educational efforts and show through examples how design-build has benefitted projects across the community, and help both owners, contractors, designers and the community to reap the rewards of high-quality design and construction while maintaining budgets.” 

New leader for UA Tech Parks

The University of Arizona announced today that Carol Stewart, a long-standing authority on research parks, has been appointed to lead the UA Tech Parks.

In her new role as associate vice president for Tech Parks Arizona, Stewart will be charged with overseeing the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, developing the UA Tech Park at The Bridges, and elevating the Arizona Center for Innovation, the business incubator at the Rita Road park.

Stewart’s expertise in university research parks spans decades and nations. She has more than 20 years of experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, governmental relations and business development. Previously, Stewart served as CEO of the Association of University Research Parks, which represents 200 research parks worldwide. In this role, she collaborated with leaders to build and grow university-related research parks through education, unification and collaboration.

Her achievements include co-founding the Canadian chapter of the Association of University Research Parks, leading the marketing efforts and launching the professional services division of Maplesoft, a global spinoff company from the University of Waterloo, and enhancing the entrepreneurial culture of Canada at the Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre. Stewart also was founding director of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, which was named Canada’s most innovative university for 26 consecutive years by Maclean’s, a Canadian news magazine.

As a pioneer in the research parks world, Stewart has created national and international networks, built technology clusters, engaged stakeholders, and assisted countries with the development of national science and technology policies.

In her new role, Stewart will continue to advance the mission of the Association of University Research Parks by fostering innovation, commercialization and economic growth in a global economy through university, industry and government partnerships for the benefit of the UA.