Co-Working Spaces: Hot Trend in Commercial Real Estate

by RaeAnne Marsh

Co-working space has been around for a long time. Ryan Bartos, executive vice president of JLL, which specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management, notes that Regus, now the world’s largest provider of flexible work spaces, has been around since 1989. “The big change that we’re seeing from the late 1990s to now,” Bartos says, “is a shift to a more … [More]

Sharon Harper, Plaza Companies

from Sharon Harper

Co-working spaces have come into their own in the commercial real estate market. Garage startups and early entrepreneurs are moving from their Starbucks meetups to ever-evolving collaborative work environments and public spaces with amenities that fully serve business; the trend is attracting even established businesses. With each passing day technology and innovation become … [More]

Even Successful CEOs Need Peer-to-Peer Feedback

by Bennett Curry

Patrick Stafford’s Phoenix-based business has a front-row seat to the global economy. His tower cranes are shipped all over the world — anywhere there’s a building boom and a need for a 300-foot crane to help change the skyline. His equipment has been on construction sites in Dubai, Ireland, Guam, Brazil, Uganda and Peru —to name just a few countries. Locally, Stafford … [More]

Impact Investing – Making a Difference in the Community

by Greg Wait

More jobs. Affordable housing. Sustainability. These are among the many areas in which impact investing has been put to use, not only in Arizona but also around the country and world. There has been a growing demand for this type of investment, as more people are looking for ways to not only earn a return on investment, but also to put their money toward making the world a … [More]

Truth May Be Muddled in Perception

by Mark Murphy

Imagine you’ve got an employee who’s recently been doing a lousy job. You sit him down and give him some constructive feedback about his subpar work. But instead of accepting your feedback, he looks at you genuinely bewildered and says, “I think I’ve been doing a great job. I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about!” If you’ve ever had that challenge, you’ve witnessed … [More]

Cultivating Mobile Philanthropists

by Richard Tollefson 

Don Budinger, chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, supports Arizona’s public K-12 schools through a variety of programs. His philanthropic endeavors extend nationally to the communities where his business, Rodel Inc. — now part of Dow — grew its manufacturing facilities and, more broadly, to national public education issues. Budinger is among a … [More]

Michael Finn: Leading Redflex on the Road with Public Safety

by Andrea Aker

The path from tech startup to a market leader is rarely straight. It’s filled with peaks and valleys that create a unique landscape, culture and opportunity in the marketplace. Over the past quarter century, Glendale-based Redflex Traffic Systems has traversed a very diverse terrain. Now, CEO Michael Finn, who has held the post since May 2015, is ushering the company into a new … [More]

Zoning – Consequences of Code Violations

by Bruce May

Zoning is the manner in which cities and counties regulate land use. Typically, land is divided into residential, commercial and industrial districts, or it can also be designated as mixed-use, each with its own parking, setback, height and other design requirements. In addition, the city, in the course of approving a zoning application, may require variances, special use … [More]

Retail in PV Area

by Mike Hunter

Ready to break ground following unanimous approval by the Scottsdale City Council, The Palmeraie will incorporate a variety of dining destinations led by celebrated local and international chefs and be home to more than 60 exceptional luxury and specialty boutiques. Its initial phase encompasses approximately 160,000 square feet of high-end, mixed-use space located on 18 acres … [More]

Chandler for Entertainment 

by Mike Hunter

Over street, the large-scale retail, dining and entertainment destination set to take shape in Downtown Chandler broke ground March 29, and the first phase of the sprawling, 77,000-square-foot space is expected to open for business sometime in early 2018. Phoenix-based LGE Design Build has taken on the role of general contractor for the undertaking, teaming up alongside project … [More]

Downtown Grocery

by Mike Hunter

Last month’s groundbreaking for Block 23 heralded the addition of a crucial and long-awaited amenity for Downtown Phoenix, as Arizona-based Fry’s Food Stores becomes the area’s first grocery store and is promised to be the most technologically advanced grocery store in the state. Slated for completion in 2019, RED Development’s Block 23 will also include approximately 330 … [More]

One for All

by RaeAnne Marsh

Over his 13 years treating patients at his Lipogenex Anti-Aging Center, Emmanouil Karampahtsis, N.D., had found many people have a similar core problem that, in many cases, required the patient to remember and juggle dosage schedules for numerous products. “That inspired me to come up with a simple solution that will help most people and provide an easy solution to the many … [More]

Strengthening Telehealth

by Mike Hunter

Healthcare IT company Topaz Information Solutions has partnered with Scottsdale-based iTel Companies Inc., a telehealth company, to offer a seamless integration of telehealth services to its clients. Phoenix-based Topaz is a national provider of healthcare technology solutions, including electronic health records, practice management tools, population health and data analytics, … [More]

Smile

by Mike Hunter

While oral health is increasingly understood to impact overall health, evidence is mounting that smiling, alone, has health benefits. A Smile for Health Smiling may impact a person’s longevity. A 2010 study by Wayne State University measured the span of smiles on Major League Baseball players from their 1952 trading cards, and found those who didn’t smile in their pictures … [More]

Top vs. Bottom Performers: What Role Does Technology Play?

by Michael Cocanower

Our IT firm was curious about the role technology strategies play in separating exceptionally successful firms from those that are stagnant in growth. We reviewed the business practices for dozens of local small and mid-sized businesses ranging from 20 to 500 employees, and we took an in-depth look at everything from mitigating risk and developing IT standards to budgeting, … [More]

Tech for Healthcare

by Mike Hunter

Advances in technology and healthcare often overlap. Diet by App Order Healthy has created an app with which people ordering take-out or delivery can quickly and easily compare how healthy their food choices are. Recently launched for the Phoenix area, the app gives the user access to more than 10,000 restaurants, marking each menu item with a traffic-light rating system — … [More]

Occupancy Efficiency

by CBRE

While talent continues to reign supreme on the list of top concerns for companies today, a new survey of corporate executives underscores the challenges they are facing in today’s economic environment. Of the 176 Americas executives surveyed by CBRE Group, Inc., 52 percent named economic uncertainty as a top-three concern, up from 36 percent in 2016. As a result, 87 percent … [More]

Bike Service Goes Mobile

by RaeAnne Marsh

The “we’ll come to you” concept now has a bicycle incarnation in Beeline Bikes, a Bay Area startup that has a Phoenix-area franchise operator in The Velo to serve Downtown Phoenix and segments of the East and South Valley. “The typical Beeline Bikes mobile bike shop customer is very different from the typical local bike customers,” says Beeline CEO and founder Pete Buhl. In … [More]

Hilton Debuts Eco- and Pet-Friendly Concept

by RaeAnne Marsh

Hilton’s latest concept in its hospitality portfolio is Home2 Suites, aimed at guests looking to stay five or more nights, and it chose Glendale, across the street from University of Phoenix Stadium, as one of its debut locations. Evidence indicates that was a smart choice, as the hotel has been booked solid since its first week two months ago, according to Jake Rodriguez, … [More]

Monetizing Spare Time

by Mike Hunter

Hire.Bid improves the way people find and hire high-end professionals and allows professionals to better leverage and monetize their skills. Its proprietary system incentivizes professionals to perform their best for clients and allows those same professionals — even if employed — to make money by auctioning off their spare time. The platform inverses the traditional model … [More]