Entrepreneurs & Innovators

by Don Rodriguez

To recover from an injury, any boxer will credit being fit as critical to a speedy comeback. That’s not unlike an Arizona economy counting on being FIT to get it back to fighting form. Only this FIT stands for three pillars: franchise, invention and technology. Entrepreneurs and innovators from these three economic drivers are contributing to a new economy that is proving a … [More]

Bob Parsons, GoDaddy

from Bob Parsons

One of Arizona’s economic strengths is its wealth of entrepreneurial activity. In fact, our state ranks among the highest in the nation for start-up enterprises. Businesses span the gamut from service to high-tech. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life start and develop businesses, feeding our economic engine with the fuel it needs to grow. This entrepreneurial activity … [More]

CopperPoint Mutual Emerges from SCF Arizona

by RaeAnne Marsh

“It seemed like a natural to turn the insurance business over to the people it was created for,” says Don Smith, CEO of what is now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company. His 14 years with the state’s workers’ compensation insurance company included leading SCF Arizona through its transition from a state fund to a private company, officially launched this past … [More]

Manage Distracted Employees

by Marty Martin, Psy.D.

As all managers know, workday distractions are everywhere, stealing employees’ precious time and productivity. Between new technologies that beg for people’s attention to the prevalence of shortened attention spans, everyone on your team has the opportunity to be more distracted today than in the past. Of course, being distracted at work creates numerous problems, from missed … [More]

Are Teams Obsolete?

by Glenda Eoyang, Ph.D.

Ten years ago, the business world couldn’t stop talking about teams. Remember all those slightly cheesy posters that showed rowers rowing in perfect sync or maybe just close-ups of interlocked hands? As we saw it then, teams of smart, innovative people were how work would get done in the “organization of the future.” Well, here we are in the future, and teams — at least as we … [More]

Valley Meetings & Conventions Guide

by Mike Hunter

Click here to view the entire Valley Meetings & Conventions Guide Over the past few years, Arizona has begun to rebound as a major event destination. Always a favorite among tourists and snowbirds, the Valley of the Sun is home to some of the best resorts, performance venues, conference centers and hotels. In Business Magazine presents this year’s guide, showcasing some … [More]

Business, Social Media and the First Amendment

by RaeAnne Marsh

A recent court case that upheld a business’s right to fine a customer for posting a negative review on social media may have some businesses questioning: Do we have legal recourse when someone bad-mouths us? Does the First Amendment protect people who say bad things about our company? What is often overlooked in these discussions is the fact that the First Amendment does not … [More]

Companies Must Be Open to Stakeholders Who Criticize

by Mike Hunter

Now is a new age of stakeholder activism. From single billionaires seeking to disrupt boards to activist “Davids” in the field launching stones at the temple of these global Goliaths, more and more passionate — and very vocal — critics are scrutinizing how corporations handle issues like energy, water use, conservation and social justice. “‘Corporate mansions’ have taken on … [More]

Mark Russell: Translating Training to Guest Experience

by Kristian Seemeyer

“Training. It’s all about training.” So says Mark Russell, CEO and founder of Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, when asked about how he stays ahead of the pack. His office is a wonderland of street signs, old marketing signs and wooden barrels, and he’s got a pinball machine behind his desk. It’s a décor not unlike that of his restaurants — hardly surprising, as he actually decorates … [More]

Beacon Technology Application: Service Tool with Money Stream

by RaeAnne Marsh

SightCompass was conceived as a solution for blind and visually impaired individuals needing to navigate in unfamiliar locations. But in the short time since beginning to build the technology — in 2011 — founders Briggs Cunningham, Ken Hirsch and Steve Lippert have identified much broader application in the marketplace, with tremendous revenue-generating potential, and are … [More]