Office, Retail, Industrial & Multifamily: A Look at Commercial Real Estate as an Economic Measure

by RaeAnne Marsh

As an economic indicator, commercial real estate touches those big indicators — money and employment. As the industry continues its comeback from the down days of the Great Recession, commercial real estate developers point to many positive factors supporting the current healthy slate of new projects. Metro Phoenix is seeing some product types coming back more than others, … [More]

Bryon Carney, DTZ

from Bryon Carney

Commercial real estate affords insight into what is driving the economy, through industry accounting of the strength of its various sectors — office, industrial, retail and multifamily. All sectors of the Valley’s commercial real estate market are seeing significant new development, with more than 7.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space and more than … [More]

Are We Busy or Are We Productive? 

by Kory Kogon

The “new normal” seems to be that we are overwhelmed and don’t know where our time has gone at the end of the day. We are connected and “on” almost twenty-four hours a day. We are very busy, so much so that “busy” has become a badge of honor in this century. We often feel that if we are not busy, we may be seen as not working hard enough. But the real question is, are we … [More]


by Mike Hunter

Commercial real estate is a strong indicator as to the overall strength of the local economy, and key indicators address where we are as a market and how that compares to other markets. The Greater Phoenix area is still the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country, by population, and has proven to live up to its ranking with new construction and improved properties … [More]

Do You Have a Noble Purpose? Or Do You Just Sell Stuff?

by Lisa Earle McLeod

If someone asked your employees, “What’s the purpose of your business?” how would they answer? If the majority of your people believe that the primary purpose of your business is to make money, you’re on the road to mediocrity. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. Consider Monster was originally founded on the belief that helping people find jobs was a noble … [More]

Balancing on the Internship Tightrope 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Summer is traditionally a hot time for internships. For companies looking to bring on interns, the most important consideration is whether to make it an unpaid internship or a paid one. From the legal standpoint, “It’s a relatively new area of law that is just catching fire across the country,” says Lindsay Leavitt, an attorney in the Phoenix office of Jennings, Strouss & … [More]

Harnessing the Power of Volunteers

by Laurel Kimball

Volunteers are everywhere — sorting donations at food banks, tutoring children at local schools and greeting visitors at the zoo. They play an integral role in nonprofits across America, guiding tours at museums, visiting the sick at hospitals and wielding hammers for Habitat for Humanity. They also are active behind the scenes, serving on boards and committees, and even … [More]

Erik Olsson’s Growth Strategy: Character

by Alison Stanton

To Erik Olsson, when he came on board with Mobile Mini, Inc. two years ago as president and CEO, the company seemed somewhat complacent in its success. “It was a little bit of a sleeping giant, although it was a great business in itself and had done well for many years. But even though it had been public for 20 years, the company had always been run by the family of the … [More]

CEI’s Maker Lab Advances Manufacturing Opportunity

by RaeAnne Marsh

The new maker lab at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is making 3-D printing available, enabling rapid — and affordable — prototyping to local entrepreneurs and startup companies. PADT StartUpLabs opened last month with five portable and six larger 3-D printers and SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) software, along with hand tools and light power tools to support … [More]

Orion Health: Big Data for Big Health Impact

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Center of Excellence that Orion Health opened recently in Scottsdale to be its North American research and solution center aims to enable clinicians to provide more proactive healthcare on a population basis — “trying to understand chronic patients, pre-chronic patients, well and long-term care from a population perspective,” says David Bennett, the company’s executive vice … [More]