Helen Davis: Affirming Mentorship as a Valuable Asset 

by Leslie Sonnenklar

Helen Davis is the managing partner and chair of the board at The Cavanagh Law Firm, one of the most prestigious firms in the Southwest. She credits her career and success to mentorship, both as a mentee and a mentor, passing on the valuable lessons she learned along the way. Davis began her professional career at age 19 working as a secretary for a nuclear engineering firm … [More]

Adam Goodman, Goodmans Interior Structures

from Adam Goodman

As a business leader in a for-profit company, you create jobs, build markets and grow the economy. While your achievements should be celebrated, instead they are increasingly vilified. For example, a recent Harvard University study found that 51 percent of U.S. adults under 30 have a negative view of capitalism. This generational animosity is born out of a lifelong media … [More]

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December. As with any law, there are the specified rules and regulations that are written into it as well as impact that extends from those rules and regulations. But Austin Graff, an accountant with Schwartzer Tax and Accounting, notes the key effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will depend in large part on how the business is … [More]

Money, the Final ‘Off Limits’ Topic

by George Grombacher

Religion and politics used to be the “off limits” topics around polite company, but now a visit to Facebook suggests Americans are more than comfortable with those subjects. Two subjects that have also remained off limits until recently are sex and money. The #MeToo movement that started in Hollywood has opened the door to conversations about sexual abuse as well as many … [More]

How Firms Manipulate Numbers for Market Gain

by Ken Beckrich

Businesses constantly hear that, to succeed when selecting partners, they need to do their homework. But what if the financials they review don’t really reflect reality? How does a firm make good decisions when it comes to their money? Or, maybe more importantly, how do businesses know the real strength of the firms they’re intending to partner with? GAAP vs. Non-GAAP … [More]

Attitudes toward Supplier Integration: the U.S. vs. China

by Professor Thomas J. Kull

Employees don’t always agree with company initiatives. On the one hand, leadership may be committed toward an organizational change that many company employees view negatively. Downsizing is an obvious example, but new technologies or new techniques may also have this effect. On the other hand, employees may have a positive view toward an initiative that leadership refuses to … [More]

The GDPR Deadline Is Looming and Most Companies Are Not Ready

by John Barchie

Current regulations require companies to notify customers if a data breach occurs, but businesses have rarely suffered more consequences other than the loss of information. In May, the General Data Protection Regulation will start holding companies operating in the European Union — a target market for many American companies — accountable for breaches. And the consequences of … [More]

Bassel Osmani Masters ‘The Art of Eating Healthy’

by Robyn Moore

More than two decades ago, three Arizona State University students teamed up to open a health food restaurant called Pita Jungle, and today, it stands as the go-to spot for delicious, mindful cuisine with 20 locations throughout Arizona, half of which are franchises. The latest opening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport took the concept to new heights. Bassel Osmani … [More]

Unblocking Blockchain

by Mike Hunter

KryptoPal is a blockchain-based platform that can be integrated into various applications around the world to perform various cryptocurrency transactions. Headquartered in Phoenix, it was started by technologists who have been inside the world of blockchain (records linked and secured by cryptography) for years and are frustrated with the current barriers preventing widespread … [More]

Invigorating the Valley’s Tech Growth 

by Skyler Scott

One startup at a time, Chandler-based Kadima.Ventures is changing the way businesses are launching with its integrative, hands-on marketing solutions; tech applications; savvy business connections; and much more. Earlier this year, Kadima partnered with fellow East Valley startup BrightGuest, a business known for its mobile messaging and marketing automation capabilities, to … [More]

Startup Support

by Mike Hunter

Last month’s ASU Innovation Open attracted support from the established business community for upcoming startups. The ASUio is the largest student venture competition in the southwestern United States. University students from across the nation and from all disciplines participate in a series of competitive rounds to showcase the power of entrepreneurship in tackling the … [More]

Driving Supply Chain Excellence in the Health Sector

by Eugene Schneller, Ph.D.

Supply chain excellence is a distinguishing characteristic of many U.S. and global businesses. Companies as diverse as Walmart, IBM, John Deere and Costco attribute much of their success to having an efficient and effective supply chain as a differentiator. The healthcare provider industry, while frequently depicted as having one of the most inefficient supply chains, has … [More]

UA Physician-Scientist Awarded Grant for Schizophrenia Diagnostic Test

by Mike Hunter

Amelia Gallitano, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and a faculty member of its Department of Basic Medical Sciences, has received a grant to develop the first diagnostic test for schizophrenia. The $175,000 grant from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation funds the development of a rapid and easily administered, … [More]

Sonora Quest Laboratories Launches Mobile-Friendly Website 

by Mike Hunter

Sonora Quest Laboratories’ newly redesigned website includes, among many new state-of-the-art capabilities, a simple online process that allows healthcare consumers to order their own lab tests without a doctor’s order through My Lab ReQuest™. The easy-to-use, secure experience, which also enables consumers to prepay and schedule their appointment, allows consumers an increased … [More]

Handwriting Tech Poised for Exciting Year

by Gary Baum

Handwriting technology in 2017 burst out in a big way as major hardware vendors began bundling active pens with their tablets, laptops and smartphones. The Pixelbook was Google’s entry into this market. A Chromebook that comes with an advanced pen that virtually eliminates ink lag, the Pixelbook was built to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro — the dominant … [More]

Gamification App as Management Tool

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix-based Driggs Title Agency kicked off 2018 with the launch of its latest app, Kindness Kwest. The app utilizes gamification to build teamwork, enhance client relations and inspire employees to give back to the community. As they work through the levels and complete tasks, employees earn rewards; their efforts will generate donations in their name to charity. Adam … [More]

Digitization Coming to the Fore in Construction

by Mike Hunter

Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, recently added Justin Wright to its global IT leadership team to oversee regional IT operations while defining and implementing a progressive digital strategy for the firm and its clients. “Arcadis has prioritized technology investment as a key part of its ‘Creating a Sustainable Future’ … [More]

Phoenix a Top Industrial Market

by Pete Quinn

In the “Top 10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets Report” released last month, Colliers International features metropolitan Phoenix as a market to watch in 2018. Noting a robust tenant demand fueling new development, Bob Mulhern, senior managing director for Greater Phoenix, says, “With vacancy at a 10-year low, spec and build-to-suit projects continue to work their way through … [More]

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