EEOC Provides COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

by Mike Hunter

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addresses questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a technical assistance publication it published in December.  The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” includes a new section providing … [More]

2021 Land Rover Defender

by Mike Hunter

The new model represents 70 years of innovation and improvement, honoring the vehicle’s history for rugged solidity while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century. Developed in partnership with LEGO@ Technic™, the Land Rover Defender is a building kit — with multiple options and interchangeable parts. From doors, roof styles, wheels and explorers packages, this is a … [More]

PPE Kits: Return to Office Surprise 

by Leo Friedman

PPE kits are a cost-effective, convenient and efficient way to make sure individuals and teams are outfitted with the protection needed. A variety of kits are available, ranging from personal coverage or for the whole office, as well as on-the-go kits for stocking up the supply closet. In addition to providing protection, these kits — and products in the kits — provide a unique … [More]

The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen: Built on (of course) Craftsmanship

by Steven Morin

Roughly one year ago, The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen was in the works. With the COVID-19 crisis not yet in sight, business ventures were going as planned, and smoothly at that. When the pandemic took the world by storm, however, the owners and investors decided it was best to slow things down and push plans back. The Craftsman finally set an opening date for several months … [More]

Leadership Ethics, the Only Standard

by Garry Barnes

It seems the public’s faith in many U.S. businesses, banks and financial markets has been eroded because of reported management failings, continued bankruptcies and repeated financial crises. Sadly, trust in corporate management, boards of directors and political leaders seems to be at a low point.  What led us to such a low point in our moral beliefs and our moral conduct? … [More]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is working to make a difference and is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, we offer health insurance and related services to more than 1.7 million customers. Through advanced clinical programs and community outreach, BCBSAZ is … [More]

Spring 2021 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

We’re fortunate when it comes to our members at the Arizona Technology Council. Beyond being our supporters through dues and sponsorships, many have become our partners in a number of initiatives that ultimately benefit the entire technology community here.  But there is one member in particular that often is the first to respond when we have an idea or just need a hand. And … [More]

Embry Health

Embry Health operates the widest network of COVID-19 test locations in the State of Arizona. In March 2020, CEO Raymond Embry saw the toll COVID-19 was taking on his community, so he pivoted resources from Embry Women’s Health clinic in Mesa and began offering free* PCR COVID testing to the public.  Today, Embry Health has more than 1,000 employees and more than 70 … [More]

Equality Health

Equality Health is a Phoenix-based whole-health delivery system focused on transforming value-based care delivery with population-specific programs that improve access, quality and member trust. Through an integrated technology and services platform, culturally competent provider network and personalized care model, Equality Health helps managed care plans and healthcare … [More]

Change Agents

by Don Rodriguez

Giving of yourself for something bigger than yourself. That mindset is alive and well among a group of individuals working quietly behind the scenes with a single mission in mind: to ensure Arizona’s competitiveness to accelerate technology-related policy and legislation, thus affecting positively the growth and development of a vibrant technology state. These are members … [More]


Fennemore’s client-focused approach means that in today’s complex and constantly evolving business and legal landscape, we aggressively protect the legal interests of the companies we serve, while identifying endless opportunities. As a law firm with 135-plus-years of storied history in Arizona and the Mountain West, and now California, Fennemore lets clients safely assume – … [More]

Healthcare Solutions Centers

Healthcare Solutions Centers, LLC (HCS) provides employers and their employees with exceptional and unique healthcare through our on-site, near-site and shared healthcare clinics. HCS assists your company reduce its overall healthcare costs and expenses, while improving the well-being of your workforce and attracting and retaining top talent.  Employers want healthcare that … [More]


To stay alive over the last year, your business has had to incorporate new protocols to keep your team and customers physically safe. However, the ongoing trauma-level stress which has assaulted your team neurologically corrodes the underlying sense of psychological safety. The perception of safety is a critical cornerstone in having the mental and physical capacity to focus … [More]

Redirect Health

Redirect Health is an integrated healthcare technology company that created a new healthcare plan and end-to-end system that specifically enables  small to medium sized businesses and their employees to have simple and truly affordable access to healthcare, nationwide. And, for a fraction of typical costs. The system’s strategy eliminates unnecessary activity and wasteful … [More]

10 Years – and Counting

by Don Rodriguez

Anyone with a 10-year-old daughter or son probably has heard this reaction when the child walks into the room: “(He/she) has grown so big — and so fast!” Jeremy Babendure can relate. When he set out to pull together an entire state for a celebration of science and technology with the inaugural SciTech Festival in February 2012, Babendure was just hoping some people would … [More]

New Vice President for Southern Arizona

by Don Rodriguez

Karla Morales has been named the Arizona Technology Council’s new vice president to oversee all operations for the Southern Arizona regional office. In this role, Morales will lead an expansion plan in the region, including recruiting members, securing sponsorships and supporting events through underwriting from member organizations. She also will serve as the liaison to the … [More]

Southwellness & Southwellness COVID Solutions

Founded in October 2020, SCS is a Southwellness LLC division created specifically by primary care physician Tyler Southwell, M.D.  The division (the first and only of its kind in Paradise Valley) offers a range of affordable COVID-19 tests, research-based guidance on preventive care and recovery, up-to-date and easily accessible information, targeted therapies and private-label … [More]

Titan Restoration of AZ

Titan Restoration of AZ is a premier full-service Emergency Response Company based out of Phoenix, Ariz. From emergency services to complete reconstruction and everything in between, we are experts at handling it all. No matter the size and scope of your project we have advanced equipment, cutting-edge technology, and the professional experience to restore your property and … [More]

Two Corporate Leaders Added to Council Board

by Don Rodriguez

Mike Stewart, vice president of Advanced Technology Engineering, Honeywell Aerospace, and Amit Bhandari, vice president of Strategic Relationships, Solugenix, are the newest members of the Arizona Technology Council’s board of directors after being elected to three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting in January. At Honeywell Aerospace, Stewart uses his … [More]

Healthy Start

by Don Rodriguez

As the rebuilding of the Arizona economy begins, small businesses and startups likely are looking for ways to provide more generous overall compensation packages to their employees, a critical factor in helping technology companies attract and retain top talent. The Arizona Technology Council’s association health plan (AHP) formed in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield … [More]

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