Growing Business – Scaling to Greatness

by RaeAnne Marsh

A local startup that grew to international prominence and impacts industries across the business spectrum, GoDaddy is one of many Valley companies that have scaled up successfully. It was founded in 1997, and only five years ago began looking at international expansion as a core growth driver, according to Andrew Low Ah Kee, executive vice president international. “Today, 40 … [More]

David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

from David Krietor

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lKRrIslT5U[/embedyt]   Scaling for growth is a goal not only of individual companies but also of economic development and community-based organizations. Some of the companies that are industry and headline-grabbing giants today started at a kitchen table or in the family garage, and Arizona has several native success stories … [More]

The Game for Talent Has Changed – Have You?

by Gary Covert and Monique Porras

Improvements in the economy have dramatically altered the game for talent. Today, employers have entered a situation where the script has flipped and it is now much more of a candidate-driven market versus the employer’s market of the Great Recession. Organizations need to consider whether they are responding to the new realities or still playing by the old rules. The following … [More]

Real-Life Scenarios – Real-World Advice to CEOs

by Bennett Curry 

Third-generation entrepreneur Jim Butler knows great buildings — and great companies — are nothing without solid support. His company, Tucson-based HJ3 Composite Technologies, manufactures, engineers and installs carbon fiber systems to repair the world’s corroding infrastructure. Since connecting with the Arizona Commerce Authority six years ago, HJ3 has scaled to 30 … [More]

Navigate Recent International Trade Policy Developments

by Melissa Proctor

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, U.S. international trade policy has undergone several momentous changes, and more developments are on the horizon. Most recently, the continued viability of international trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, has been called into question, as well as the U.S. … [More]

When a Business’s Reputation Is on the Line

by Robin L. Lawton

Whatever happened to the attitude that “the customer is always right”? The airline industry has been taking its hits lately, thanks to several mishandled passenger interactions: pulling a doctor off an overbooked flight in Chicago, a dispute over a carried-on stroller in San Francisco, a couple booted off a flight in Maui when they put their baby in a seat purchased for his … [More]

The Costs of Democracy

by Joseph Kanefield

The courts decided long ago that money is an important component of political speech. Campaigns need it to succeed and citizens need it to raise their voices during the election process. After all, a campaign advertisement on television reaches a lot more people than a megaphone at the local park. So, how can citizens and businesses use their resources to influence the … [More]

Rick Ueable: Reject Passivity, Stand United, Invest Internally 

by Alison Bailin Batz 

According to Rick Ueable, Foods 2000, Inc. was supposed to be a distant memory well before 2017. Rewind to 1983, when Ueable formally partnered with colleague Ken Clark on a business called Real Investments, a commercial real estate company that was met with great success nationwide … until the fallout from the Tax Reform Act of 1986. “The Tax Reform Act changed the way … [More]

3-D Transforming Business

by Linda Capcara

Jack King, founder and CEO of DustRam LLC, has spent his entire career in flooring, and, 15 years ago, founded Arizona Home Floors, LLC. In 2008, high-end  flooring took a huge hit when the market for new housing construction collapsed. Since remodeling became the only game in town, he went to work on an invention for dust-free tile removal. After several prototypes and … [More]

McDonald’s ‘Snaplications’

by Mike Hunter

For the 250,000 restaurant employees McDonald’s and its independent franchisees anticipated hiring for the summer (4,200 in Arizona), McDonald’s implemented a modern approach to recruiting — Snapchat. “Snaplications,” a term coined by McDonald’s, is a first-to-Ωmarket hiring tool in the U.S. that allows job seekers to be served an ad and opportunity to begin the application … [More]

Tech-Enabled Collaboration

by Mike Hunter

Bolste has joined Current, powered by GE’s partner ecosystem, aiming to provide collaboration and communication technology to customers and partners worldwide. Bolste’s all-in-one platform provides all the familiar collaboration tools a team needs for optimal alignment, increased productivity and cohesive, instant communication with those that matter most. The platform … [More]

Happy? Sad? Sleep Deprivation Blurs the ‘Read’

by Mike Hunter

Business leaders who rely on their people-reading skills, take note: A recently released study led by William D.S. Killgore, University of Arizona professor of psychiatry, psychology and medical imaging, found that study participants had a harder time identifying facial expressions of happiness or sadness when they were sleep deprived than when they were well-rested. While the … [More]

Advancements in ENT – Helping Put Our Community on the Map

by Robert Bridge, M.D.

HonorHealth Ear, Nose and Throat is excited about some new innovative technologies that help us serve our community here in Arizona. Currently, our otolaryngology group in Central Phoenix is the only one in the Southwest to offer the unique services below. Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is a new device approved for persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) in adults … [More]

Ethnic-Sensitive Healthcare

by Mike Hunter

Equality Health, an Arizona-based organization pioneering healthcare delivery to underserved and ethnic populations, has officially launched its cultural care program with an initial focus on the Hispanic community. “Challenges with language, health literacy and cultural and social norms have created large healthcare disparities for a growing portion of our society, and that’s … [More]

Real-Time Remote Imaging 

By Mike Hunter

Banner Health, in partnership with DigiSight Technologies, a San Francisco-based digital health company, and EyeNet, a group of Phoenix-based community ophthalmologists, has launched Paxos — a telehealth solution that enables healthcare teams to collaborate and make informed decisions at the point of care — at 13 of its facilities across Arizona. Replacing real-time care for … [More]

Humana: Healthy AZ Worksite Award

by Mike Hunter

Humana Inc., a leading health and well-being company, was recognized recently by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program for achieving the Platinum Award level of excellence in worksite wellness. Humana partnered with Southwest Human Development, the local Easterseals affiliate, to positively impact literacy in the Phoenix community, helping collect more than 12,500 books and … [More]

Challenges in Repurposing Commercial Projects

by James B. Connor

With the desire by many Arizona residents to experience a more urban lifestyle, the repurposing of commercial buildings and areas has become very popular over the last seven years. As evidenced in Phoenix by the Seventh Street Corridor, Roosevelt Row and ASU’s downtown campus, these projects can thrive, but it is important to note that real estate development involving … [More]

Camelback Luxury

by Mike Hunter

District at Biltmore is the latest luxury apartment community in the Camelback Corridor from Kaplan Management Company and Simpson Housing® LLLP. The four-story luxury mid-rise is conveniently located within walking distance to the Biltmore Fashion Park, and offers 227 elegant one- and two-bedroom apartments. Among its one-of-a-kind amenities are a large fitness center that … [More]

Canadian Investment

by Mike Hunter

Canadian-based Western Wealth Capital continues to add to its Arizona rental portfolio; it is the third largest multifamily owner in the Phoenix area. The real estate investment company and its partners recently acquired Tierra Santa, a 274-unit rental building, for US$13.4 million. WWC considers Phoenix a highly prospective rental market owing to robust population and … [More]

Net-Zero Townhomes

by Mike Hunter

Real estate investment firm Caliber – The Wealth Development Company has partnered with one of the nation’s leading Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, on their second project, Eclipse, which officially broke ground and has begun development. This is Scottsdale’s newest environmentally sustainable townhome community, designed with Zero Energy Star® … [More]