Convey Complex Ideas Simply and Persuasively

by Harrison Monarth

Not everyone is a natural raconteur. But everyone can enhance his or her skill by keeping three principles in mind: People need to feel something for a story to have an impact. The story must be easy to follow and stripped of unnecessary detail. And finally, because focus is a scarce resource in the brain and attention spans are dwindling, the quicker it gets to the point the … [More]

Heroes for Zero Waste and Zero Hunger

by Tyler Butler

Feeding the Human Spirit is a guiding principle that Kroger Fry’s brands live by. Their commitment to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across their company is something of an amazing undertaking. Sadly, in the United States an astounding 40 percent of food produced is thrown away. This is where Fry’s’ signature campaign, Zero Hunger Zero Waste, comes into play. … [More]

Organizational Capacity Defined

by Bruce Weber and Charlie Smith

These days, businesses are often exhorted to build organizational capacity, but what does that really mean? There are many definitions of “capacity,” but in simple terms, an organization’s capacity is its potential to perform — its ability to successfully apply its talent and resources to accomplish stated goals and satisfy stakeholder expectations. Capacity is the engine that … [More]

Pushing Down the Pain

by Andy Maurer

Something is stirring deep beneath the often-polished exterior of startup founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Studies have revealed startling rates of toxic stress and disruptive mental health conditions among this population. A study by KPMG Enterprises revealed that 66 percent of founders say their role is extremely or very stressful and 40 percent reported working seven days a … [More]

Feedback: November 2019

by Michael H. Bill, Peter D. Holt, Chuck McLane

What wellness programs have proven effective with your employees? MICHAEL H. BILL Chief Executive Officer MJ Insurance Sector: Insurance MJ Insurance offers different challenges throughout the year that include mindfulness challenges, healthy recipe challenges and physical challenges like daily stretching and wall sits. We continually look for new and innovative ways to … [More]

Arizona Cardinals-themed Hotel Rooms Debut at Gila River Hotels & Casinos

by Teaya Vicente

Guests booking a room at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass in Chandler or Vee Quiva in Laveen can now stay in newly remodeled Arizona Cardinals-themed hotel rooms. Unveiled in September, the two rooms (one at each location) were specially created after the announcement that Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva is the … [More]

Small-Business Lending: Arizona Entrepreneurs on a Fast Track for Growth

by Brock Blake

In spite of growing concerns, the economy remains strong. As a result, entrepreneurs continue to seek fresh capital to help grow their businesses. According to a recent SMB economic insights report from Lendio, the demand for small-business loans is on the rise nationwide. In Q2 2019, the number of small-business loan inquiries increased 27 percent over the previous … [More]

Drafting an Entitlement Team

by Adam Baugh

Assembling one’s entitlement team is a lot like drafting an NFL prospect. Given the significant investment and risk of acquiring and entitling property, smart developers should assemble a team of pros that balance a roster and position a project for success. The best property owners and developers prioritize the value of strategic teammates. That includes zoning counsel, … [More]

Favorable Activity in Office Pipeline

by Mike Hunter

The Phoenix office market has already absorbed more than 3.07 million square feet of office space in 2019. According to the Q3 Office Insight report just released by the Phoenix office of JLL, that is a three-quarter absorption rate record for the Valley, topping the last high-water mark of 2.9 million square feet of space absorbed during the first three quarters of … [More]

Infill Parking Field to Site Pad Development

by Mike Hunter

Evergreen Devco, Inc., a leading retail and multifamily development company, has begun construction on a pair of single-tenant retail buildings that will house a Black Rock Coffee Bar and a Wilhelm Automotive on the southeast corner of 35th Avenue and Greenway Road in Phoenix. The two buildings are part of Evergreen’s pad development project of an existing shopping center. … [More]