The commercial real estate industry is constantly changing, affecting all levels of employees as well as both large and small companies.

Economic circumstances further enhance the industry’s volatility — and the Metro Phoenix and Metro Tucson marketplaces are not immune to those changes.

When AZRE magazine first published it four years ago, People to Know in commercial real estate featured some of the most well-respected and knowledgeable experts in the industry. This year’s edition is no different.

It was quite a feat to track own some people who had moved on, companies that had left the area, and new ones that were coming in, but we have done our best to bring you a useful and informative resource to further support the local industry’s mission of building great communities throughout Arizona.

This year, nominees were evaluated be a selection committee using the following criteria: length of time in the community; accomplishments in the commercial real estate industry; and work in the community.

From the individuals in this publication, AZRE will elect the top person in the industry in their respective category. The winners will be honored at a reception Thursday 16 at the former McCormick and Schmick restaurant at the Esplanade.

The industry leaders, announced at the event, will be featured in the July/August 2013 issue of AZRE.