Empowering Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Thrive

by Manny Lucero

Starting, running and growing a business and/or nonprofit is no small task. In a rapidly evolving business landscape, Lucero Consulting Group remains committed to empowering organizations and individuals to not only survive but thrive. With a commitment to equity, inclusivity and tangible outcomes, LCG is your partner in realizing your vision and building a lasting … [More]

Maximizing Employee Benefits

Maximizing Employee Benefits: The Benefits of Including a 401(k) Enrollment Meeting with Annual Benefit Open Enrollment

by Joseph Weber

As the annual benefits open enrollment season rolls around, employers have an opportunity to empower their employees to make more informed decisions about their financial future. While health insurance and other employee benefits may take center stage during this time, it's essential to not overlook the importance of including a 401(k)-enrollment meeting as part of the process. … [More]

Show Love, Shop Small this Holiday Season

by Christina Calhoun, Director of Marketing for Scottsdale Quarter 

’Tis the season for holiday shopping and, while we navigate our options, it's important to consider the numerous benefits of supporting small businesses and shopping locally. While the allure of big-box retailers and online giants may be strong, let's not overlook the value of our local shops. Small Business Saturday, celebrated on the last Saturday in November, was … [More]

The Data’s In – The Secret Sauce to Making Hybrid Work Work

by Eric Knott

As the dust from evolving hybrid and remote work guidelines settles, we’re seeing consistent themes regarding what employees want from their employers.  For example, Gallup’s 2023 State of the Global Workplace (focusing on US data) shows employee feedback becoming more unified in what workers want from their bosses and their companies, what motivates employees, and what causes … [More]

Trust in Banking

Digital Banking Development

by Mike Hunter

As brick-and-mortar establishments had to severely limit their working hours during the lockdowns of recent years necessitated by COVID-19, digital banking picked up the slack to accommodate the financial needs of people working from home. “These circumstances unveiled the true importance of taking a digital-first approach,” explains Agne Selemonaitė, chief strategy officer at … [More]

Brandon Michaels

President and CEO, OneAZ Credit Union

Brandon Michaels joined OneAZ Credit Union in May, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in banking and finance. He is passionate about driving technological innovations that provide members with outstanding banking experiences and improve their financial well-being. Michaels always aims to be a leader who challenges existing paradigms and invests in what matters … [More]

Elevating Patient Experience

The strategic imperative for today’s healthcare organizations

by Chris Johnson

The healthcare landscape is in flux, influenced by technological advancements and changing demographics. While medical proficiency remains crucial, there’s an emerging battleground that healthcare organizations can’t afford to ignore: patient experience. No longer a secondary concern, optimizing the patient experience has become a business-critical initiative. Here’s why it’s … [More]

Stability and Positive Prospects in Greater Phoenix Residential Real Estate 

by Mike Hunter

Examining the latest market indicators closely, there are notable trends suggesting stability and positive prospects for the Greater Phoenix area, according to the latest data released by Phoenix REALTORS, the Valley’s preeminent real estate membership organization and most reputable source for real estate news today, with many resources that include a clearinghouse of … [More]

Remembering the Wrong Things …

by Robert Blaney 

Recently, I attended an event, and the food was wonderful. The adult beverages, not so much … and everyone remembered that for all the wrong reasons.  The host enjoyed top-shelf vodka, evidently his drink of choice, but forgot those of us who enjoy whatever else.  We had all hoped for better, but it was generic, from a wholesale club and disappointing. My point is simply … [More]

We Rise: Developments Are Met with Weary Investors but Keep on Building

by Anita Verma-Lallian

The year 2023 was viewed as potentially a challenging one for the commercial real estate industry, with the combination of market volatility, high inflation and interest rate hikes. Not to mention, the latter half of 2022 brought instability to the U.S. economy, causing hesitation and anxiety in consumers and investors. With the rise in real estate prices and the prospects of … [More]

Novus Innovation Corridor

Project by Catellus Development Corporation

Novus Innovation Corridor is a 355-acre, multi-phased development, that at completion will encompass more than 10 million square feet of urban mixed-use developments. Strategically integrated with the ASU campus on Tempe Town Lake, the Novus Innovation Corridor is a partnership between master developer Catellus Development Corporation and Arizona State University, ranked as the … [More]

Insight Enterprises Global Headquarters

Project by Gensler

Insight’s new 241,000-square-foot Chandler headquarters serves as a brand beacon and a true reflection of their entrepreneurial culture. Type of Project: Office Interiors Location: 2701 E. Insight Way, Chandler, AZ 85286 Developer: Gensler General Contractor: Holder Construction Landscape Design: Norris Design Interior Design: Gensler Size: 240,000 sq. ft. Date … [More]

The Link

Project by Gensler

Positioned at a significant commercial corner in Phoenix, The Link repositions two existing buildings into a vibrant, class-A creative office campus and is home to a Provision coffee shop. Type of Project: Office Reposition & Hospitality Interiors Location: 711 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85014 Developer: Gensler Architect: Gensler General Contractor: Wespac … [More]

Optima McDowell Mountain Village

Project by Optima Inc.

Optima McDowell Mountain Village will create an environmentally friendly residential neighborhood in the burgeoning area of North Scottsdale with a state-of-the-art, all-inclusive, health-based, amenity-rich community. Most notably from a sustainability perspective, it will be the largest private rainwater harvesting site in the U.S. The residences within the community are … [More]


Project by RED Development

Located in the heart of one of the oldest and most affluent neighborhoods in metro Phoenix, PV is set to become one of the Southwest’s most monumental mixed-use developments. The multi-phase, multi-year project will contain a more than 3-acre central park and community gathering place situated amongst a mecca of dining, entertainment and retail experiences. Surrounded by lush … [More]

Our Healthcare Matters

Our allergies may be getting in the way of our productivity

by Graham Chapman

Americans miss 24.5 million workdays each year due to “occupational asthma” and lose energy and focus due to sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. And these numbers are getting worse as the number of people with allergies is increasing and global warming, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, is fueling longer allergy seasons. With the EPA saying the lingering cold … [More]

More Than a Bank: A Community Partner 

by Jennifer Purcell

FirstBank has been the presenting sponsor for the Arizona Gives program since its inception. Its focus on “banking for good” is one it takes seriously, and it’s evident in its partnership to this program over the past 11 years as well as its ongoing commitment to giving both its time and financial resources to all causes. Arizona Gives is a statewide online giving program that … [More]

9 Things Donors Need to Know About Arizona Gives Day

by Jennifer Purcell

Donors, collectively, are part of a larger community and can have a significant impact on our lives and our neighbor’s lives.  If you’re considering donating a gift on Arizona Gives Day on April 4, 2023, it’s important for donors to understand a few things about Arizona Gives Day and donating in general so you are knowledgeable and prepared.  Nonprofits rely on donations … [More]

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