Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie recognized by Chambers USA

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie announced 25 attorneys and 10 practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2019, one of the most highly regarded annual rankings of law firms and attorneys.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys from Arizona who were recognized in Chambers USA 2019 are:

• Carla Consoli – Environment (including water rights)

• Dale Danneman – Litigation: General Commercial

• Scott DeWald – Corporate/M&A

• Dan Goldfine – Litigation: General Commercial

• Steve Hart – Native American Law

• Robert McKirgan – Litigation: General Commercial

• Randy Papetti – Litigation: General Commercial

• Melanie Pate – Labor & Employment

• Michael Phalen – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

• Pilar Thomas – Native American Law

• Andrew Schorr – Real Estate

• Lewis Schorr – Real Estate

• Mary Ellen Simonson – Labor & Employment

• Heidi Short – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

• Matt Sweger – Corporate/M&A

• Kenneth Van Winkle, Jr. – Real Estate

• John West – Healthcare

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie practice areas in Arizona recognized by Chambers USA 2019 are:

 • Environment (including water rights)

 • Healthcare

 • Labor & Employment

 • Litigation: General Commercial

 • Native American Law

 • Real Estate

 • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

National Bank of Arizona promotes Kate Smith

National Bank of Arizona announced that Kate Smith has a new role as senior manager, power project finance. The Power Project Finance group has led the way in alternative energy financing for 10 years and is part of a larger platform held by Zions Bancorporation.

As a leader in alternative energy financing, National Bank of Arizona has established clients who have created self-sustaining power generators. The Power Project Finance Group has a proven track record of financing power generation assets, as National Bank of Arizona helps bring together industry experts to lead targeted financing for power-related infrastructure projects.

Kate Smith studied Business Administration and Finance at the University of Arizona and has been with National Bank of Arizona for over eight years. She began as the Power Project Finance Relationship Manager, helping lift this division of NB|AZ off the ground and is now its Senior Manager of the Power Project Finance group.  She will now originate and manage the Distributed Generation Power Project Finance group, with her expertise in solar distributed generation and structured finance.

10 to 1 Public Relations continues to grow

10 to 1 Public Relations announced the promotion of Laura Slawny to Account Manager and the hiring of Zoe Hawkins as a Senior Account Executive. With extensive international experience, Zoe brings more than 14 years of experience in communications, public relations, digital marketing, journalism, and content strategy to the expanding Scottsdale-based public relations firm.

Zoe spent more than four years as a video game and technology journalist and content editor at the largest gaming news site in South Africa. Prior to that, she gained skills and insights from her experience working in education institutions as a public relations and marketing coordinator. She also runs her own blog and YouTube channel, bringing a unique perspective to digital and online publications. Because she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in The Netherlands and lived in South Africa for almost a decade, she adds another layer of international understanding to the Scottsdale-based team.

Zoe’s hire comes only a few months after the addition of Erica Fetherston to the 10 to 1 Public Relations team and coincided with the promotion of Laura Slawny to Account Manager who first joined the company in 2017.

A former television reporter, news producer and executive producer, Laura is a gifted storyteller that has earned numerous awards including four regional Emmy awards and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. She has earned noteworthy local, regional, industry and national media coverage for clients and is excited to use her expand her role and expertise to mentor fellow 10 to 1 Public Relations team members to excel at serving their clients.

MEB Management Services promotes 4 professionals

MEB Management Services, a provider of comprehensive multifamily management services throughout the Southwest, is pleased to announce the promotion of three industry professionals at its Tucson office and a title change for one of its professionals at its Phoenix office.

In the Tucson office, Denise Trentacosta, ARM, CPM, was promoted to Asset Director; Laura Zorrilla was promoted to Director of Business Development; and Nicole Huffman was promoted to Accounts Payable Manager. In Phoenix, Susan Kauffman’s new title is Director of Strategic Relationships.

“These promotions reflect MEB’s culture of attracting and retaining the best property management professionals,” said MEB Principal Libby Ekre. “It’s also a testament to the excellent leadership we have in our Tucson office.”

Trentacosta, who has been with MEB for almost 10 years, was promoted from Assistant Asset Director. She will now have direct oversight and management of 36 employees at six multifamily communities totaling 1,525 units.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Trentacosta is involved with the Arizona Multihousing Association and its Big Hearts program. She has received ARM and CPM designations from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Zorrilla was promoted from Analyst. She has been with MEB for 2 years and will develop and oversee new business planning and implementation. She will also oversee corporate marketing strategy and actively represent MEB in the multifamily industry.

A native of Tucson, Zorrilla is an AMA Lyceum and a member of the AMA Communications Committee.

Huffman, who has been with MEB for 5 years, was promoted from Accounts Payable Coordinator. She will now supervise accounts payable and oversee the compliance department and vendor compliance. Huffman is a native of Indiana and was raised in Tucson.

Kauffman, who has been with MEB for 7 years, formerly was Director of Business Development. She holds a real estate license from the Arizona School of Real Estate. A native of West Virginia, she is involved industry groups including the National Multi Housing Council and the Arizona Association of Economic Development.

Kauffman’s expertise is in market analysis, creative marketing, training, business development, corporate relocation, corporate housing and creating collaborative relationships within the real estate industry and municipalities.

“Susan’s vast experience in the real estate industry has translated into quite impressive results for our clients,” Ekre said. “Her years of relationship building and her industry affiliations have also allowed for great insight into our new builds. Her ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit give our clients the confidence they need in projected future rents, ancillary income and demographic targets.”

Kauffman is also the leasing and outreach trainer for MEB team members.