Hello readers,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is David McGlothlin, University of Arizona School of Journalism graduate and newest associate editor at AZ Big Media. I’m a Phoenix native, food junkie and sports lover. If I’m not traveling or exploring new adventures, then I’m probably trying to replicate a dish from Food Network or practicing my golf swing.

Before joining the AZ Big Media team, I covered this year’s legislative session at the Capitol as the UA Don Bolles fellowship recipient. Prior to that, I worked at the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Weekly and as the editor in chief and news editor of the UA student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat. I want to give a nod to the amazing colleagues, mentors and sources that I’ve worked with during that time.

Today, I’m again surrounded by another great staff and an opportunity to cover another fascinating beat. Within my first two weeks on the job, I had the privilege of meeting this year’s most influential women in commercial real estate (pg. 32). Their achievements and career success reflect the progression of the market, which is bouncing back from the economic downturn of ’08.

This issue also features what is believed to be the largest commercial real estate single-day sales event in Arizona history (pg. 14), totaling $248 million. The market update (pg. 24) looks at several Tucson projects in the pipeline that reflects its expanding sectors.

Also in this issue, Mark Minter of the Arizona Builders Alliance shares his thoughts on the state of the market and what’s next (pg. 57). AZCREW joins the issue on page 41 to highlight leadership and speak about the gender wage gap.

I’m looking forward to bringing you the latest and greatest from the commercial real estate industry. Your thoughts, comments, concerns and insights matter to me, so please share them. Stop me at the next commercial real estate function. Reach out with news or tips. Send me an email or give me a ring in the office (602-424-8830). Last but not least, try to stay cool ’til September.


David McGlothlin, Associate Editor