All Mixed Up: How Mixed-Use Development Is Transforming Commercial Real Estate 

by RaeAnne Marsh

“The world has changed and so has the world of development,” says Charley Freericks, senior vice president of Catellus Development Corporation. “Three years of living with COVID-19 has created new economic pressures, social inequities and a greater need for connection. People are looking for convenience. They want to work closer to home and live in a place with easy access to … [More]

Navigating Murky Waters?

‘Sacred Six’ principles will help you succeed like a shark

by Walter Bond

Whenever we open a news app, we’re inundated with headlines on foreboding topics. Looming recession. Political turmoil. Social unrest. Climate change. It seems there’s no end to the doom and gloom. In times like these, the path toward success isn’t just murky; it seems to have fallen away altogether. How can leaders navigate the challenges ahead — and come out on top — if we … [More]

Build a Culture of Safety and Human Reliability

Seven practical steps that take good ideas from talk to action

by Jake Mazulewicz, Ph.D.

A technician spills a toxic chemical. She isn’t injured, but easily could have been. The Hazmat cleanup costs more than $10,000, and shuts down a critical building for a week.  An electrical engineer flips the wrong switch in a substation control room. He isn’t injured. But within seconds, a $50,000 transformer is destroyed. Three financial clerks in two different … [More]

Build Strength in Your Business through Stakeholder Engagement

Organizations build a sense of community while promoting their brand reputation

by Bruce Weber

Often, we arrive at a business idea and approach and decide: This will be our business, our mission, our purpose. The excitement of the opportunity and our depth of knowledge encourage us to move forward with the belief that we have all the knowledge and resources internally to succeed. Often, that may not be the case, and in the rush to create, we overlook a key component: … [More]

Waymo Rides for Community

And transforms how people move in our cities

by Tyler Butler

Waymo’s autonomous driving technology has been front page news recently, shaking up the ride share arena with the introduction of rides from Sky Harbor Airport. This is not Waymo’s first time disrupting the transportation industry, though; the company has been a changemaker since Google first introduced the brand as its self-driving car project in 2016. While Waymo has since … [More]

Intellectual Property Trends: What’s in Store for 2023 and Beyond? 

It’s an increasingly complex landscape for patents

by Steven Laureanti

In the current economic climate, inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes must be diligent in turning their creativity into marketable products and services. Part of this process involves understanding the intersection of operations and the full life cycle and protectable scope of intellectual property, focusing on maximizing long-term value and viability. … [More]

Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix

Mix and Match

from Christine Mackay

They have it all. The most exciting developments in Phoenix combine retail, restaurants and residential … and office, hotel, education, entertainment and community space — or at least several of these on the same parcel of land. And if you think these are all high-density vertical towers in the urban centers of our Valley … think again. Like the Phoenix that rose out of the … [More]

Two Phoenix Public Financing Organizations Impact Local Communities

Investments benefit under-resourced communities

by Juan Salgado

The Phoenix IDA, as outlined in the IDA Act, the state law that created it more than four decades ago, promotes community and economic development. Through innovative financing, the Phoenix IDA helps attract private capital that boosts economic development in the Greater Phoenix area.  Additionally, as administrators of the Phoenix Community Development & Investment … [More]

Feedback: March 2023

by John Kobierowski, Jamison Manwaring, Alexis Vance

What are you finding most important in attracting people to multifamily projects, and is this different for different areas of the Valley? John Kobierowski President & CEO ABI Multifamily Sector: Real Estate When it comes to attracting multifamily investors, strong rents and high occupancy rates are the top factors. In the Phoenix market, occupancy rates have … [More]

Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs from SRP

by RaeAnne Marsh

Salt River Project’s commercial energy efficiency programs range from offering common facility upgrades to customized solutions with review of customer projects for potential energy-efficient upgrades unique to their facilities and operations. These programs frequently provide business rebates for purchases of popular high-efficiency equipment used in lighting, HVAC, compressed … [More]

State’s First Woman-Owned, South Asian Film Production and Entertainment Company

by Mike Hunter

Bringing her expertise in real estate to the film industry, award-winning commercial real estate and land consultant Anita Verma-Lallian recently announced the creation of Camelback Productions, Arizona’s first female- and South Asian-owned film production and entertainment company. It is also the first company of its kind with a focus on South Asian storytelling. There are … [More]

Cave + Post Trading Co. Men’s Boutique Triples Size with New Location

by Elaina Verhoff

Nearly a year and a half after opening their original location, Patrick and Mary Burch, owners of Cave + Post Trading Co., recently moved their popular men’s boutique into an expanded space in the former Easley’s Fun Shop (509 W. McDowell Road, Suite 102, Phoenix).  “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the shop,” says Cave + Post co-owner Patrick Burch. “Over … [More]

Looking Good 2023 – March Standouts

Local Standouts Recognized for Achievements and Philanthropy

Achievements Cavanagh Attorney Appointed to Prestigious Chairmanship Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Amenities Awarded Five Stars by Forbes VanTrust EVP Honored with NAIOP Arizona’s 2022 Award of Excellence Philanthropy Michael Pollack Donates Life-Changing Gift  U.S. Egg Partners with Local Rescue to Find Dogs ‘Furever’ Homes … [More]

Cavanagh Attorney Appointed to Prestigious Chairmanship

by Mike Hunter

John Wittwer, a senior member at The Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, was recently appointed to chapter chair for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) in Arizona. PLUS is the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, networking events, educational products and information regarding professional liability. … [More]

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Amenities Awarded Five Stars by Forbes 

by Mike Hunter

In the recently announced 2023 Star Awards and Recommended Ratings by Forbes Travel Guide, the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass earned the 2023 Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Rating, and both Aji Spa and Kai restaurant earned the 2023 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award. … [More]

VanTrust EVP Honored with NAIOP Arizona’s 2022 Award of Excellence

by Mike Hunter

Keith Earnest, a 35-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and executive vice president for VanTrust Real Estate, LLC, recently received NAIOP Arizona’s 2022 Award of Excellence. As EVP of VanTrust, Earnest has overseen the completion of 2.3 million square feet of development in Arizona, including office, industrial and multifamily projects. … [More]

Michael Pollack Donates Life-Changing Gift 

by Mike Hunter

Michael A. Pollack, president and founder of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, partnered last December with Child Crisis Arizona to treat each of 20 Valley families to a $1,000 shopping spree at Target, where they could use the money to buy groceries, clothing, toys or anything they might want or need for the holidays.  … [More]

U.S. Egg Partners with Local Rescue to Find Dogs ‘Furever’ Homes

by Mike Hunter

Family-owned and -operated U.S. Egg recently teamed up with local nonprofit KD’s Husky Rescue AZ to host a free adoption and fundraiser event where attendees could meet adoptable dogs as well as enjoy breakfast and lunch, including “pupcakes” shaped like huskies, while raising money for the nonprofit dedicated to helping unwanted huskies escape high-kill shelters in Arizona. … [More]

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