Tourism: Dollars and Sense of Place

by RaeAnne Marsh

In 2015, the latest year for which industry figures are available, the greater Phoenix area welcomed an estimated 22 million visitors, who were responsible for $13.6 billion in estimated direct spending, according Megan Doyle, senior manager of corporate communications and community relations with Visit Phoenix, crediting a report by Longwoods International Dean Runyan … [More]

Debbie Johnson, Arizona Office of Tourism

from Debbie Johnson

By its very nature, tourism is synonymous with escapism and fun. But getting people to choose Arizona for their vacations and conventions is serious business. Marketing the state as a tourism destination involves way more than touting our much-lauded climate, and it yields economic impact far beyond the hotel check-in desk. Tourism is Arizona’s No. 1 export and one of the … [More]

Core Motivators of Human Behavior

by Shari Levitin

Human beings are more alike than we are different. We all yearn for deeper connection. We all want more time and less stress. We all desire health and well-being, freedom, adventure, revitalization and self-improvement, but most of all we crave significance — a sense of purpose. When companies connect with their customers’ deep emotional motivators, the pay-off can be … [More]

The Case Study Format – Valuable Lessons for CEOs 

by Bennett Curry

As the CEO of a mobile communications platform in the healthcare sector, Andrew Steele maintains a sharp focus on the rapid growth of his early-stage company, BeckonCall. Like many entrepreneurs, he is hard at work attracting capital, networking and managing a growing team. It’s the nature of the business for CEOs, he says, to have a strong emphasis on aggressively scaling a … [More]

Avoiding the Operational Black Hole 

by Richard Tollefson 

“There is not enough time in the day to get my job done.” It’s a complaint echoed by a majority of fundraising leaders. For many who have risen through the ranks as chief development officers — or even CEOs — it often boils down to an excess of time spent on operations. Unused to managing people and processes, new leaders can become mired in operations tasks, often … [More]

Daniel Owen: Taking the Flooring Business to New Heights

by Taylor Holmes

Walking through the newly constructed 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona Polymer Flooring CEO and co-owner Daniel Owen remains surprisingly humble. At just 36 years old, the young leader has transformed a small yet innovative mom-and-pop operation into an international concrete coatings powerhouse. Known for integrity, superior products and systems, … [More]

Tech? Or Healthcare?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Oscar operates in the healthcare realm. But it identifies as a tech company. “We use data, technology and design to make healthcare easier for employers,” explains Paul Gazeley, VP of customer care for the company he describes as a healthcare insurer and tech startup. “We believe if we help inform members about all their options and help them use the healthcare system whenever … [More]

Best Western Walking a Path of Well-Being – Literally!

by Myrna Collins

Best Western International is building a legacy of providing engaging employee wellness programs that create a long-lasting culture of wellness. Inspired and guided by the American Heart Association’s recommendation to take 10,000 steps a day to combat stress and prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, Best Western ensures employees have the support and tools they need to be … [More]

Groundbreaking Coronary Angioplasty Procedure

by Mike Hunter

St. Luke’s Medical Center, the first hospital in Arizona to offer a same-day coronary angioplasty through the radial artery in the wrist, is reporting significantly improved outcomes and cost savings for patients and the health system using the new artery access point. As a result, the less-invasive procedure is attracting national attention. According to a national study from … [More]

Holistic Model for Healthcare

by Mike Hunter

Bayless Integrated Healthcare, which has served the Central Phoenix community for 35 years, recently opened 9,000-square-foot Bayless Integrated Health Center, a fully integrated health center. The new center offers a holistic approach to healthcare by combining family medicine for a patient’s physical healthcare needs with emotional and behavioral healthcare, plus social … [More]

Strong Multifamily Market

by Mike Hunter

Greater Phoenix’s multifamily market continues its dynamic pace, according to a report released by Colliers International in Greater Phoenix. During the first quarter of 2017, vacancy fell 40 basis points to 5.6 percent. This is welcome improvement for the beginning of the year, but the rate is 40 basis points higher than a year ago. Rental rates rose further in the … [More]

Relo Bay Area to Phoenix 

by Mike Hunter

The Phoenix office of JLL has completed a new, 38,000-square-foot lease that will relocate FinTech company Upgrade Inc. from San Francisco into two floors at Renaissance Center I in Downtown Phoenix. The move is the latest example of a Silicon Valley company expanding its essential business functions in Phoenix. Upgrade is hiring 100 customer service, credit operations and … [More]

Lobby Renaissance

by Mike Hunter

Cypress Office Properties, LLC has commenced construction on phase one of a $50 million renovation of Renaissance Square in Phoenix. The first phase includes upgrades to both buildings’ lobbies, each to have a different theme. Building One (pictured) will have a “tech” atmosphere. Building Two will have a warm hospitality feel with boutique-style interior finishes. Both lobbies … [More]

Trending: Seniors Housing 

by Mike Hunter

Savanna House Assisted Living and Memory Care, developed by Prevarian Senior Living, recently opened in Gilbert. A full complement of amenities makes it a self-contained social community, with private residences as well as an assisted living portion. It will also place a special emphasis on Memory Care, offering three distinct memory care neighborhoods, each catering to … [More]

Business-for-Sale Market Hot and Balanced

by Bob House

A record number of businesses were bought and sold across the nation in the early months of 2017, according to 2017 Q1 Insight Report from BizBuySell, an online business-for-sale marketplace. A total of 2,368 closed transactions were reported in the first quarter of 2017, a 29-percent increase from this time last year. Though the spike in small-business transactions may be … [More]

Return on Recognition

by Mike Hunter

Vistance, new patent-pending technology from Rideau, Inc., uses predictive analytic employee recognition data to identify the return on recognition for companies and to create tailored education for managers by focusing on their individual needs around recognition and engagement dimensions for their employees. Built upon award-winning, state-of-the-art technology and validated … [More]

Automated Consulting?

by Mike Hunter

Valley-based SaaS startup ForeIQ has created an app that offers a one-of-a-kind option for modern consulting companies looking to adopt automation. It was originally developed by Fuller Solutions founder Patrick Fuller and his team as an internal solution to automate the day-to-day business management of their own professional services firm, which realized a three-fold increase … [More]

Things To Do

by Mike Hunter

Things 3 takes the popular task manager app to a higher level. An Apple Editor’s choice, it has all the bells and whistles. Multiple windows helps ensure things don’t get lost in the shuffle of a stack of memos, and the calendar view gives users a step up on time management — with reminders, too, so important items don’t get overlooked. Make to-do lists and checklists, and … [More]

2017 Lincoln Navigator

by RaeAnne Marsh

One of the first luxury SUVs to ever hit the market, the Lincoln Navigator has come a long way. With fuel efficiencies that are leading the market, a mild redesign to speak to today’s tech and design trends, and overall performance that is all about quality and toughness that is inherent with parent company, Ford, the new Nav is hitting the market to great acclaim. The … [More]

Car Care to Impress

by RaeAnne Marsh

In business, “putting your best foot forward” extends to one’s wheels, too. These local detailers will give a car the spiff-up it truly deserves and provide their customers with the luxury and ease of mobile or shuttle service. Advanced Auto Detail comes straight to the customer’s door, offering the works at value prices. Mobile service Valley-wide (623) 776-2070 The … [More]