Marcia Rowley: Trading Up on Timeshares

by Alison Stanton

Co-founder, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of International Cruise & Excursions, Inc., Marcia Rowley took an idea based on common sense and turned it into a successful company that quickly grew to be the leader in the travel and leisure industry. At least, it seemed common sense to her, though she found it had never been done before. Like millions … [More]

Feedback: June 2012

by Edward (Trey) Basha | Kimber Lanning

Question: With the industry impacted by factors that include real estate, online sales and consumer spending activity, what do you see as the top challenge facing retail today? Edward (Trey) Basha Bashas’ Family of Stores VP of Retail Operations and Chairman of the Board Sector: Retail The overall economy, in my opinion, is the top retail challenge today. And … [More]

Michelle Ahlmer, Arizona Retailers Association

from Michelle Ahlmer

Consumers may be going back into retail establishments and spending money, but the survival of many retail businesses is due to the tenacity and innovative nature that is key to being a success in the retail industry. Independent, mom-and-pop retailers are particularly given tribute as businesses that have reinvented their models to adapt to this changing economy. Regardless of … [More]

Seek and Defuse: How to Recognize Anger in the Workplace

by Mike Staver

Workplace violence in the U.S. is a persistent and dangerous problem. How bad is it? A statistic from the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that homicide is the fourth-leading cause of occupational injuries. And it is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace. But the real tragedy is, so many of these violent incidents could be avoided if employees and leaders … [More]

Security and Technology: The Growing Risk of Compromised Data

by Don Rodriguez

There’s no disputing a company’s data is as valued as its best worker. But that “best worker” employee could be the source of data being compromised. Hunter Bennett, vice president of managed hosting of Scottsdale-based OneNeck IT Services, offers this rundown of risks that are too close to home for any business: internal breaches from employees (70 percent of security … [More]