Carvana Named Title Sponsor of the Professional Pickleball Association in Multi-Year Partnership

Carvana, the industry pioneer for buying and selling used cars online was announced today as the title sponsor for the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) ahead of the 2023 season. Set to break new ground in the burgeoning world of pickleball, America’s fastest growing sport, the fastest growing used car retailer in U.S. history continues to forge new partnerships with … [More]

Science Prep Academy Wins $1M, Other Education Providers Split Additional $1M

Governor Doug Ducey joined Janine Yass, founder of The Yass Prize, to unveil the winners of the STOP for Arizona Education Awards, which rewards six Arizona education providers who best articulated how they would scale to meet the demands of a growing number of parents wishing to utilize the state’s pioneering Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The STOP Awards are an initiative … [More]

Made In Arizona: Manufacturing Month Kicks Off

As Manufacturing Month kicks off, manufacturing jobs in Arizona are growing at the fastest rate in nearly three decades and the state is experiencing rapid growth in high tech industries. Investments and expansions from companies in high-tech industries including semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, biotech, solar and more have positioned Arizona as a manufacturing … [More]

Celebrate Inaugural AppreciateAZ Day Today, Get Certified on ‘Leave No Trace’ Principles

AppreciateAZ Day is today. What does that mean for you? The Arizona Office of Tourism is inviting all Arizonans to get “AppreciateAZ certified” in responsible tourism principles to celebrate the first-ever AppreciateAZ Day. Certification, which only takes about 10 minutes via an online course, equips Arizonans and visitors with simple guidelines to enjoy the outdoors … [More]

Annual U.S. Home Price Gains Lose Steam Again in August, Says Report

CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ for August 2022. Although U.S. home prices continued their 127-month run of consecutive annual gains in August, they slowed for the fourth straight month to 13.5%. That’s the lowest year-over-year … [More]

Desirable 10-Acre Class A Industrial Building Sells in Mesa

Commercial Properties, Inc./CORFAC International (CPI), Arizona’s largest locally owned commercial real estate brokerage, is pleased to announce the sale of an industrial project in the Southeast Valley in Mesa, Arizona. The 111,415 SF project is situated on 10.6-acres strategically located in Mesa’s desirable Southeast Valley at Gateway at 8607 E Pecos Road.  Constructed in … [More]

Phoenix-Based Structural Design Firm Enhances North Carolina Firm’s Footprint in Arizona

Kimley-Horn, a premier planning and design consultancy with offices across the country, announced today the Pangolin Structural, LLC team has joined its Phoenix office. Established in 2014 as a full-service structural design and consulting firm, Pangolin Structural is led by partners Crystal Blanton, Pamela Singleton, and Jeffrey Novak. "The addition of the … [More]

High-Tech ‘Smart Fitness Studio’ Opens in Mesa

Known since 2011 as a “Smart Fitness Studio” franchise due to its bio-adaptive, robotic exercise equipment providing a customized, efficient workout, The Exercise Coach is now considered a “smart” fitness studio for yet another reason: its safe, private atmosphere. On Oct. 5, Mesa resident, Cheryl Campbell will open her first Exercise Coach location at 4711 East Falcon Suite … [More]

New President Named for South Mountain Community College

After a nationwide search, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and South Mountain Community College (SMCC) are pleased to announce Dr. Richard C. Daniel as the next President of SMCC. Dr. Daniel will replace Interim President Dr. Janet Ortega, who assumed the interim role on August 12, 2022, after the retirement of Dr. Shari Olson. “I am honored and … [More]

Banner Partnership Makes It Easier to Research the Best Medicare Programs

MST Solutions is excited to announce the next phase of our long-term partnership with Banner Health. In collaboration towards Banner Health’s growth goals for its mission to provide high quality care for its beneficiaries, MST Solutions and Banner Health’s project taskforce has launched a self-service, Medicare Shop and Enroll portal built on a Salesforce Industries … [More]

Pharmacy Services Co. Partners with Insurance Brokers in Arizona, Offers Savings on Prescriptions

HSARx – launched in August 2022 and offering traditional pharmacy benefit management savings directly to health savings account subscribers – announced today that it has partnered with two general agencies in Arizona to expand the reach of its offerings. The agencies include Paragon Partners and Arizona Benefit Administrators, which encompass over 300 brokers throughout … [More]

Scottsdale-Based Sandwich Shop Announces Expansion

Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., is pleased to announce its newest franchisee in Hungry Hospitality. The brand, led by the father-son team of Woody and Jason DeMayo as well as Jason’s lifelong friend and colleague Eli Illishah, takes immediate ownership of Mr. Pickle’s Fresno restaurant, which is located at 7967 N Blackstone Ave. and has … [More]

87% of Hotels Report Staffing Shortages, Says Survey

Rick McCartney

Nearly all hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, according to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Eighty-seven percent (87%) of survey respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 43% ranking it as their biggest … [More]

Phoenix Fashion Week is Back October 14 & 15

Phoenix Fashion Week, known for discovering and launching the next “it” fashion designers and top Arizona models is back this Fall with more than 20 runway shows, October 14-15 at the beautiful Chateau Luxe venue in North Phoenix.  Each evening the fashion forward event begins at 5:30 p.m. with unique pop-up shopping and global runway experiences until 10:00 p.m.  The two-day … [More]

This Sunday PAY WHAT YOU CAN for the New Musical Bandstand!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Visit The Phoenix Theatre Company this Sunday and PAY WHAT YOU CAN for the new musical Bandstand! The Boys Are Back for Community Night! Experience this swingin’ new American musical at a price point you define*, this Sunday, October 2, 7:00pm. Featuring spectacular choreography and an ensemble of actor-musicians, Bandstand is a … [More]

Super Bowl: Rihanna Takes Center Stage in Glendale for Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show

Apple Music, the NFL and Roc Nation announce international icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist Rihanna will take center stage at State Farm Stadium for the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show at Super Bowl LVII, on Sunday, February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. The Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show telecast will be … [More]

Typical Homebuyer’s Mortgage Payment Up 15% since Mid-August

The typical homebuyer’s monthly mortgage payment has climbed $337 (15%) over the past six weeks to a new high of $2,547, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. The extreme volatility and recent surge in mortgage rates has caused many potential homebuyers to delay or cancel their plans to purchase a home altogether. Pending sales … [More]

Arizona-Based Bank Ranks #1 among Banks Above $50B

Western Alliance Bancorporation announced its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, ranks #1 among the nation’s top-performing large banks with $50 billion or more of assets per American Banker, the leading industry trade publication. The article in American Banker focuses on the bank’s powerful performance and momentum, stating that, “Western Alliance, which crossed … [More]

Goodbye Zoom Gloom: 6 Tips for Better Online Training Facilitation

by Kate Zabriskie

I’m Zoomed out. Done. Toast. Finished. Full. What part of not doing this for a while don’t you get? You know, I think they might be multitasking while I’m trying to teach. (You don’t say, Sherlock.) This virtual stuff is here to stay, and I think I’d like to go. Years after the world went home and most classrooms moved online, a lot of people still haven’t cracked the … [More]

41% of People Report Not Feeling Valued by Their Boss or Employer

by Jonathan Shroyer

A recent study of 1,000 people across the US and Canada conducted by Jonathan Shroyer, CX Innovation Officer at Arise, found that 41% of all people surveyed said they did not feel valued by their boss or company. It also revealed that the top 3 traits people prioritize in a boss are trustworthiness, clear communication and dependability. If you are a boss or perhaps will be … [More]

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