Don’t Sign that Lease without Verified Ventilation Performance Defined

by Tom Kolsun

Did you know you breathe more than 11,000 liters of air a day? If you’re reading this, you will probably spend around 2,000 hours per year breathing the air in the office for which you are about to sign that lease. This year alone, you will bring into your lungs more than 900,000 liters of whatever is in the air of that cool new office space. Would you drink 900,000 liters of … [More]

Workplace Wellness

by RaeAnne Marsh

The landscape of healthcare is in constant flux. This adds an extra element of concern for employers, for whom healthcare benefits are an important part of their operating calculations. Businesses serving those employers’ needs innovate their programs and services as advances in knowledge and technology open new avenues. In Business Magazine asked some of our local leaders … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Frank Molinaro

CEO, Abrazo Community Health Network Arizona Group CEO, Tenet Healthcare What innovations and products have you launched recently or are preparing? First and foremost, Abrazo Community Health Network is focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. Our employees, physicians and volunteers collaborate as a community of care with support for continuing education to … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Paul D. Barnes, Ph.D.

Arizona Plan President Arizona Complete Health What innovations and/or products have you launched recently or are preparing? We have a couple of exciting programs designed to make accessing healthcare easier and more rewarding. Ambetter Telehealth powered by Teladoc is our convenient, 24-hour access to in-network Ambetter healthcare providers for non-emergency health … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Thomas J. Grote

CEO Banner/Aetna What innovations and/or products have you launched recently or are preparing? In 2019, we will continue to make progress in providing a more simplified healthcare delivery process that makes it easier for members to access the care they need at an affordable cost. We will be launching a new virtual healthcare offering this year, allowing members to get the … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Paige Rothermel

Chief Growth Officer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What innovations and/or products have you launched recently or are preparing? At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, our customers are at the center of everything we do. We understand that Arizonans need access to health and wellness services that will help them live healthier lives. Healthcare is complicated and our goal … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Kim Shepard

Arizona Market President Cigna What innovations and products have you launched recently or are preparing? It’s important for employers to build and maintain a healthy, productive workforce. As a global health service company, Cigna focuses on total health — physical and mental — and partners with employers to consult with them and design the right programs and benefits that … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Allan Allford

President and CEO Delta Dental of Arizona What innovations and products have you launched recently or are preparing? It’s been an exciting 18 months at Delta Dental of Arizona. Last year, we introduced new dental plans for individuals and families that emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age by waiving premiums for children less than … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Bob Meyer

President & CEO Phoenix Children’s What innovations and/or products have you launched recently or are preparing? Our focus is providing high-quality, highly specialized pediatric healthcare to children and families across Arizona. The goal is to simplify access for our patient families, to ensure they receive services no matter which part of town they live in. To that … [More]

Workplace Wellness with David F. Berg

President and Co-founder Redirect Health What innovations and products have you launched recently or are preparing? We’ve always been highly focused on helping small businesses provide affordable and meaningful access to healthcare, so we could turn this into their recruiting and retention advantage over larger competitors. Today, many of these companies and people are … [More]

Workplace Wellness with David A. Dexter

President and CEO, Sonora Quest Laboratories, LLC President and CEO for Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, LLC What innovations and/or products have you launched recently or are preparing? Sonora Quest is committed to providing innovative solutions to assist in improving health outcomes, including employers and employee wellness. One key to employee wellness is awareness. By … [More]

Workplace Wellness with Wendy Arnone

Regional CEO, Employer & Individual UnitedHealthcare What innovations and products have you launched recently or are preparing? Technology is continuing to change how all Arizonans navigate the healthcare system, with new advances putting information at our fingertips and creating a more seamless and interactive healthcare experience. This results in improved health … [More]

Kim Shepard, Cigna

from Kim Shepard

From an employer’s perspective, healthcare has long been viewed as an important employee benefit — and its importance as a benefit has increased dramatically over the past decade. But within that context, two elements of healthcare have also increased in importance: preventive wellness programs, and individual engagement in one’s healthcare coverage plan. Healthcare is going … [More]

Agents of Organizational Change

by Valerie Zeller

There has always been a co-dependent relationship between program and portfolio management (PPM) and organizational change management (OCM). After all, projects are the agent of change, and change is required for enterprises to survive and thrive. Businesses need projects and programs to implement a strategic initiative, deliver a new service or bring a new product to … [More]

Negotiation: How to Defuse Tension and Mistrust

by Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind

Most entrepreneurs enter a negotiation thinking they will be successful and are surprised when they fail to reach an agreement. We have found that, in order to negotiate productively, entrepreneurs or their agents need to learn how to defuse tension and mistrust right from the beginning. Implementing the following actions can be highly effective: Defuse Tension before It … [More]

Multilevel Marketing – Legal Pitfalls to Avoid

by Shelley Tolman and Marvin Ruth

For decades, multilevel marketing has permeated not only the business landscape but the American home. From Tupperware to jewelry to dietary supplements, the concept is familiar and widely utilized to grow brands from the mom-and-pop level to national powerhouse.  Essentially, a multilevel marketing business model is one in which the company sells products directly to the … [More]

Staying Local during Multimillion-Dollar Marijuana Buyouts

by Marie Paredes Saloum

I like to think that we’re in an era when the small business rules the roost. Being a small business in 2019 not only allows for versatility, mobility and scalability, but it also allows business owners to be in total control of their creative direction, expansion plans and advertising initiatives. What’s most important to me, though, is that maintaining a small size gives me … [More]

Startups Find Community at Perimeter83

by Carolyn Vasos

What’s a typical day for a startup at Perimeter83? Companies, which may be in-house tenants or affiliate members with offices of their own, may start with a “tech life coaching” meeting in our boardroom on the University of Advancing Technology campus for an individual strategy session. Maybe it’s a tough business decision the client wants to talk through with Executive … [More]

Arboles Home Mortgage: Emphasis on ‘Home’

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Arboles Home Mortgage, LLC is a mortgage lender that offers financing and refinancing on homes throughout Arizona, but we’re more than your usual mortgage lender,” says its principal, Patricia Garcia Duarte, who launched the company as a social enterprise last year. “We know that homeownership creates prosperity for owners and our communities. That’s why we’re committed to … [More]

Master-Planning Luxury

by Mike Hunter

Straddling the Scottsdale-Paradise Valley border, The Palmeraie project is an important addition to the local economy. It was previously touted as a new Ritz-Carlton hotel and residential development, announced concurrent with Marriott taking over management of what was previously Ritz-Carlton at The Esplanade in Phoenix as The Camby. Now, the exclusive Ritz-Carlton residences … [More]

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