Feedback: December 2016

by Bill Jabjiniak, Janine Jerkovic, Christine Mackay

Question: Describe one or two of your most effective policies or strategies to help startups grow in your city. Bill Jabjiniak Economic Development Director City of Mesa Sector: Government LAUNCHPOINT, Mesa Technology Accelerator is a City of Mesa program created to accelerate the growth of young technology companies, thereby creating quality jobs and economic growth in… [More]

Feedback: November 2016

by David E. Doss | Susan Frank

Question: What distinguishes your credit union from other types of lending institutions? David E. Doss President and Chief Executive Officer OneAZ Credit Union Sector: Financial Services As a local financial cooperative, OneAZ Credit Union exists to serve members who live and work in Arizona. We are owned and controlled by our members, meaning the money they put… [More]

Feedback: October 2016

by Debora Gallo-Capaldi, Michael Cocanower, Michael Cocanower

Question: Stress has a tremendous impact on a person’s well-being. How do you address workplace stress among your employees?   Debora Gallo-Capaldi Owner Pucci Salon Sector: Beauty Salon During particularly stressful times — such as when a stylist is running behind schedule or two clients are waiting — that’s when I’m hands-on. I’m at our salon… [More]

Feedback: September 2016

by Debbie Esparza, Christy McClendon, Terri Wogan-Calderón

Question: As a leader of a nonprofit working with many local business leaders as members of its board of directors, what leadership skills and values do you find most valuable? Debbie Esparza Senior Associate Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Sector: Nonprofit Valley Leadership Institute class 35 There are several leadership skills and values that… [More]

Feedback: August 2016

by Sarah Groen, Frank Lara, David Long

Question: “To go” has been a growing part of the restaurant industry. The delivery side of that has largely been focused on pizza, but there seems to be increasing interest in expanding this aspect of the food service industry. What is your take on this trend, and how are you responding to it? Sarah Groen… [More]

Feedback: July 2016

by Mayors W.J. “Jim” Lane, Jay Tibshraeny, Jerry Weiers

Question: Describe one or two of your most effective policies or strategies to help small business grow in your city. W.J. “Jim” Lane Mayor City of Scottsdale Sector: Government The City of Scottsdale was named one of the Top 10 locations to launch a startup for a reason, and closely helps local businesses and entrepreneurs grow… [More]

Feedback: June 2016

by Julie Brassell | Brian Cassidy | James Lundy

Question: Economic development is a community-wide enterprise. This issue’s cover story deals with the importance of factors beyond just attracting new business. How does your organization contribute to the bigger picture of economic development for our region? Julie Brassell Executive Director Business United for Scottsdale Schools Sector: Nonprofit We can help our local business community… [More]

Feedback: May 2016

by Chris Chamberlain | Alvaro Sande | Patricia Watts

Question: What do you feel are the main drivers for projects like yours? How is your project indicative of trends in the current commercial real estate market? Chris Chamberlain Real Estate Developer North American Development Group Sector: Real Estate With the growing demand in the Valley for truly great live/work spaces in our urban areas,… [More]

Feedback: April 2016

by Chad Falkenberg, Carson Holmquist, Nathan Perrins

Question: What is the most notable need your employees have expressed regarding healthcare and wellness since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Chad Falkenberg Chairman and CEO Soilworks Sector: Manufacturing At Soilworks, offering a choice in healthcare plans is very important to our employees. They appreciate having three quality healthcare choices available… [More]

Feedback: March 2016

by Bo Calbert, John Lines, Jason Mitchell

Question: What has your company’s philanthropic giving or activities done for the morale of your workforce? Bo Calbert President McCarthy Building Companies Southwest Division Sector: Construction Heart Hats is the volunteer-based community outreach arm of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division, based in Phoenix. Heart Hats is organized by McCarthy employees and their families to support the communities… [More]