Helping Employers Solve Their Healthcare Dilemma

from Scott M. Wood

As an employee benefits consulting firm, Benefit Commerce Group is involved in one of the country’s hottest topics — healthcare. Our core business is focused on one of the most significant challenges facing employers in the Valley and the nation: providing cost-effective health insurance for employees. When these benefits are normally the second- or third-highest expense on a … [More]

A Holistic View to Mission Accomplishment

from Kim Reedy

OneAZ Credit Union is committed to our mission of truly improving the lives of our members, our associates and the communities we serve. In 2019, OneAZ put a strong emphasis on making our members’ experience easy, enjoyable and effective, supporting Arizona businesses and making our associates’ jobs more efficient. In 2019, we focused on member satisfaction by taking a … [More]

Reshaping the Future of Healthcare

from Hugh Lytle

The fragmented healthcare industry still doesn’t have a solution that helps independent healthcare providers deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost while addressing the whole-health needs of individuals across entire populations. When you start looking at the whole person, you have to reimagine how and when care is delivered to address physical, behavioral and social … [More]

The Fiesta Bowl: More than Just a Game

by Tyler Butler

In only a few short weeks, the Fiesta Bowl will once again bring a national focus to our local community. Who will face off at that time is not yet known, but Arizona can count on the immense impact that this event will have on the community as a result. With partners like PlayStation, Cheez-It, Wells Fargo and more, the organization is powered by some household names while … [More]

Create Capacity through People

by Bruce Weber and Charlie Smith

Every month, organizations prepare financial statements reconciling their “numbers” for the accounting period. One of those line items — salaries — typically represents one of the largest expenditures for the business and is a significant investment for the firm. Behind those dollars are real people who are the lifeblood of the organization and one of the key drivers of … [More]

Leadership Disrupted

by Andy Maurer

At its core, leadership is about cultivating relationships, building trust and inspiring influence. Leadership guru Dale Carnegie was so convinced of this reality that he spent his lifetime teaching people how to “win friends and influence people.” Leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman studied 300,000 business leaders and identified 10 key qualities … [More]

Feedback: December 2019

by Robyn Barrett, Heather Bednorz, Brady Breese

As a small-business owner, what was one of your top challenges over this past year and how did you address it? ROBYN BARRETT Managing Member and Founder FSW Funding Sector: Finance Finding the right people — this is a continuing, nagging problem and I am sure there is no simple solution. Your team can make or break you, so I take careful consideration when hiring. FSW … [More]

Before Disaster Strikes

by Mike Hunter

Before Disaster Strikes Natural disasters can devastate communities and cause significant disruptions for local companies, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. As organizations look to minimize the business impacts of natural disasters, company leaders should consider preparing in advance to help their company weather the storm. Make a plan. Business leaders … [More]

Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaners

by Mike Hunter

During its 20-year history, Lapels Dry Cleaning has pioneered an eco-friendly dry cleaning experience. The partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry cleaning industry’s only nontoxic cleaning alternative, is the latest evolution of that experience, and Jeff Kline recently converted his Gilbert and Chandler franchise locations to the GreenEarth process. For most Lapels … [More]

‘Local’ Drives Boutique Retail Concept

by Mike Hunter

Celebrating the essence of Scottsdale’s Old Town in the historic building that was home to Saba’s Western Store for more than 60 years, The Merchantile of Scottsdale is a new 5,400-square-foot boutique marketplace featuring a curated mix of more than 40 merchants — all of which are locally owned, Metro Phoenix-based, independent businesses — that include clothing, accessories, … [More]

Tool Tracks Company Alumni

by Mike Hunter

ENGAGE Talent, an AI software company that offers the Total Talent Intelligence™ solution to help companies improve talent acquisition, engagement and retention and predict company and market performance, has released a new alumni engagement product that aggregates and tracks alumni data, mapping talent and analyzing movements in the industry, to provide companies with … [More]

Looking Good 2019 – December Standouts

by Mike Hunter

ACHIEVEMENTS Mailing.com Earns Stevie Award Mailing recently won a Stevie Award for customer service, rather a rarity among printing/direct mail companies. The company credits it passion for direct mail as its spark, and is finding a revival in interest by agencies to build business and expand services as part of a comprehensive marketing strategy. Queen Creek Olive Mill … [More]

Shannon Quagliata: Op for App for Open Houses

by Elizabeth Parra

On a quiet summer afternoon in 2017, then-realtor Shannon Quagliata sat in an empty open house and couldn’t understand why there were no interested homebuyers insight. The open house signs and directions she had organized led directly to the house and still it was deserted. What she didn’t know was that, while her client’s property was very popular and had all the components to … [More]

Got Liquid Nitrogen?

by Mike Hunter

That is the question prominently lettered on the side of the N7 Delivery truck that seeks to answer it. Inspired by the need for nitrogen delivery to service their Creamistry locations, business partners Andre Wadsworth and Ryan Zeleznak launched N7 Delivery this past summer to provide nitrogen delivery services to local retail businesses around the Valley in addition to their … [More]

Audi e-tron SUV Prestige

by Mike Hunter

This is the Audi e-tron®, the only electric SUV built with Audi DNA. With ample space for everyday life, long-range capability and exhilarating performance with quattro® all-wheel drive, this is way more than an electric car. This is electric done the Audi way. The e-tron has unparalleled driving dynamics due to its low-positioned battery and dual motors set on each axle. Each … [More]

Stay Fit while Traveling

by Cat Kom

Sticking to a normal workout routine while traveling can be challenging. Studio SWEAT OnDemand allows travelers to stream online workouts like yoga and Spinning classes from the comfort of their hotel. Other tips: Pack the right stuff. Planning workouts away begins at home. Packing the right stuff for a trip will make life much easier while traveling. Start with attire: … [More]

Spotlight Shifts from Mega to Smaller Warehouses

from CBRE

The growth of e-commerce has lifted the entire industrial and logistics real estate sector, with warehouses smaller than 120,000 square feet occupying the sweet spot. These “light industrial” properties outperformed other property types over the past five years, according to CBRE’s analysis, by size, of industrial buildings nationwide. Specifically, light industrial warehouses … [More]

Agave del Scottsdale Celebrates Southern Mexican

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mexico boasts a variety of cuisines that go farther “south of the border” than cheese-drenched enchiladas and fried street tacos. Delivering that broader culinary experience is the mission of the restaurateurs behind Agave del Scottsdale, where the dishes reflect flavor traditions of areas from Mexico City south. Several ceviche dishes offer many flavors “del mar” such as … [More]

First-of-its-Kind U.S./Mexico Inland Port and Customs Processing Hub

by Mike Hunter

SkyBridge Arizona and leading general contractor Graycor Construction Company have broken ground on the first two buildings at SkyBridge Arizona. The major master-planned development will serve as the nation’s first-ever joint U.S. and Mexico inland port and customs processing hub. SkyBridge has selected Graycor for the design-build of the first two buildings. Located on 360 … [More]

Novus Innovation Corridor Gaining Six-Story Class A Office

by Mike Hunter

The L-shaped office building — 777 Tower at Novus — is under construction by Ryan Companies US, Inc. The 160,000-square-foot, multi-tenant structure, designed by local architect DAVIS, will feature an open floor plan with penthouse office space and about 8,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor. There also are plans to create a plaza area for event usage. Located … [More]