Arizona Masonry Council celebrates 30 years of the Masonry Apprenticeship Program with 12 graduates in Class of 2023, now journeymen

Arizona Masonry Council celebrates 30 years of the Masonry Apprenticeship Program with 12 graduates in Class of 2023, now journeymen

     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Feb. 28, 2024) – The Arizona Masonry Council celebrated 30 years of its Masonry Apprenticeship Program recently with a graduating class of 12, each of whom was certified as a journeyman.

The 2023 Apprentice Graduation Dinner was held at Culinary Dropout in Tempe. Besides celebrating 30 years of the apprenticeship program, the event also celebrated the first graduating class from the AMC Block Machine Operators Apprenticeship Program.

With more than 170 family, friends, and industry members in attendance, the event celebrated the accomplishments of the Arizona Masonry Council’s 12 graduating apprentices as well as its industry leaders. Each apprentice received their certified journeyman certificate and card from the state of Arizona.

“Our industry now has the privilege of recognizing these 12 graduates as certified journeymen,” said Arizona Masonry Council Executive Director Dawn Rogers. “Congratulations as well to our 2023 Instructor of the Year, John Sugameli (Sun Valley Masonry). Thank you for your hard work and dedication.”

The 2023 graduates: Michael Anderson, Allied Masonry; Richard Bedoya, Re-Create Companies; Gilberto Davila, Rare Breed Masonry; John Haynes, Atlas Masonry; Jeromy Phillips, Desert State Landscape; Daniel Ross, Block-Lite; Ruben Rodriguez, Hobbs Masonry; Franco Sanchez, Superlite an Oldcastle Company; Nestor Sanchez, Re-Create Companies; George Shmakov, Yavapai Block; Richard Venegas, Sutter Masonry; and Merlin Weber, Block-Lite.

About the Arizona Masonry Council

The mission of the Arizona Masonry Council is to create significant and lasting positive change for the Arizona masonry industry and to reinforce that our systems provide the premier building envelope solution in the minds of public and private owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, and the general public. The Council and its members have played a significant role in economic development, new product and construction standards, enhanced safety policies and increased energy efficiency of masonry products. It has also been on the forefront of developing and implementing statewide education programs for the professional community as well as students from college to the high school level. The Arizona Masonry Council can be reached at (602) 265-5999 or visit azmasonry.org.

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NAI Horizon facilitates long-term lease for U.S. maker of office, hospital, classroom furniture

NAI Horizon facilitates long-term lease for U.S. maker of office, hospital, classroom furniture

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (Feb. 22, 2024) – The leading manufacturer of furniture for offices, hospitals, and classrooms is developing its footprint in the West Valley by taking 211,360 SF at C|303, an industrial development under construction at 5101 N. Cotton Lane in Glendale, Arizona.

Executive Managing Director Isy Sonabend and Senior Associate Drew Eisen with NAI Horizon and Arie Salomon with NAI P-S-P in Seattle, Washington, represented Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a long-term lease valued at $10.8 million. Upon completion of construction, the building that Steelcase will occupy – Building A – will total 375,000 SF.

Phoenix-based Merit Partners, First Industrial Realty Trust, and Diamond Realty Investments broke ground on 2022 on Phase One of C|303, a Class A industrial logistics park in the West Valley’s Loop 303 industrial corridor. At build-out, the project will occupy one full mile of Loop 303 frontage.

“Following an extensive site selection process, the occupancy of Steelcase Inc. in the West Valley provides this iconic American furniture manufacturer with a strategic location to distribute its product lines in the Southwest,” Sonabend said. “This tenancy represents another expression of Phoenix’s capability to attract world-class organizations to dynamic Arizona.”

Phase One spans almost 113 acres and more than 1.75 MSF feet at the NWC of Loop 303 and Camelback Road. Phase One includes three buildings: Building A, 375,000 SF; Building B, 420,536 SF; and Building C, 958,847 SF.

C|303 is 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and less than a four-hour drive from Southern California’s Inland Empire, providing proximity to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The site is Foreign Trade Zone capable, sitting within a hub of corporate users including Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mlily, REI, Sub-Zero, UPS, White Claw, Williams Sonoma, and XPO Logistics.

The landlord, First Industrial Trust c/o Merit Partners, LLC, was represented by Riley Gilbert with JLL.

 About NAI Horizon

Exceptional global commercial real estate solutions begin with local market leadership and expertise. Established in 1992, NAI Horizon is a full-service commercial real estate company serving Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. NAI Horizon is passionate about commercial real estate, providing Brokerage and Property Management Services for local, national, and international clients. NAI Horizon is a member of the NAI Global commercial real estate network providing real estate solutions to more than 325 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.naihorizon.com.

About NAI Global

 Advisory Services, Leasing, Property Management, Property & Note Sales, and Tenant Representation

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 325 offices strategically located in 65 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with over 5,800 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.1 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.

 

 

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NAIOP Arizona garners two national honors from annual Chapter Merit Awards in Washington, D.C.

NAIOP Arizona garners two national honors from annual Chapter Merit Awards in Washington, D.C.

     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Feb. 21, 2024) – The Arizona Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, brought home two honors from the 2024 Chapter Merit Awards (CMAs) held recently in Washington, D.C.

NAIOP Arizona President and CEO Suzanne Kinney was named Top Chapter Executive of the Year for large chapters. NAIOP Arizona tied for first in the Education Award category for its creative educational series entitled “Becoming a Tier 1 City: Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities.”

NAIOP Corporate honored 11 chapters and nine individuals as part of the annual CMAs. The awards recognize success in DEI, education, legislative affairs, membership, and special events, as well as individual leader recognitions and Chapter of the Year. Recipients are selected by a committee of their peers comprised of volunteer judges.

“NAIOP continues to be the premier real estate industry group in Arizona,” said NAIOP Arizona Board Chair John Orsak, Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company. “Our Board and members working closely with the NAIOP staff led by Suzanne are best in class locally and nationally.”

The Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Executive Award is presented to chapter leaders for their valued contributions, innovation, and knowledge. Kinney was NAIOP’s large chapter winner. Debra Wimpee with NAIOP Oklahoma was the small chapter winner.

“This year’s winners have developed exciting initiatives, engaged members in fresh ways, and grown their chapters’ membership,” according to a statement from NAIOP.

Under Kinney’s direction for the past 6 years, NAIOP Arizona has become the premier association representing commercial real estate in Metro Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona. Among her accomplishments, her effectiveness in public policy advocacy stands out. Kinney has greatly enhanced the chapter’s educational and mentorship programs and elevated NAIOP Arizona’s premier events including Night at the Fights, Best of NAIOP awards, Thursday Night Live, and the annual golf tournament.

“It is an honor to be recognized among my peers in the NAIOP network,” Kinney said. “I want to thank the hard-working staff at NAIOP Arizona and our active Board of Directors for all the support they’ve provided me in growing our chapter and enhancing the benefits we provide our members.”

Kinney’s accomplishments include growing membership to more than 1,000, making Arizona the fifth-largest chapter; securing 111 corporate sponsors in 2023; implementing DEI programs at the high school and college levels to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to careers in commercial real estate; and successful legislative representation at the state and local levels.

The Education Award is presented to chapters that organize an exceptional program, series, event, or seminar with educational content. NAIOP Arizona tied with NAIOP Southern Nevada for the large chapter title.

In winning the Education Award, NAIOP Arizona was lauded for its series that recognizes Metro Phoenix as an emerging global city. Long considered second-tier, Metro Phoenix has become the fifth-largest metropolitan region in the U.S. and has developed a diverse and resilient economy.

The series consisted of three programs in 2023. All were in a “Lunch and Learn” format. The topics included Homelessness in Greater Phoenix; Successful Entertainment Districts, Every City Wants One; and Attainable Housing in Greater Phoenix. The goal of the series was not only to educate its members, but to provide tools for them to take action after they left the seminar.

Since 2020, NAIOP Arizona has also been recognized for its Membership Program, Legislative/Government Affairs Program, and as Large Chapter of the Year.

About NAIOP

 NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises over 21,000 members in North America. The Arizona Chapter is among the largest in the bi-national network with nearly 1,100 members and is among the largest in the 54-chapter network. For more information, visit naiop.org or naiopaz.org.

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Maricopa window blinds firm sees light of ownership with help of a small business loan

Maricopa window blinds firm sees light of ownership with help of a small business loan

     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Feb. 21, 2024) – For more than a decade, Danielle Collazo has owned and operated a thriving business, Adobe Blinds and More, in Maricopa, Arizona.

     What started as a small business run out of her garage became a shop run out of a shared business space and eventually grew into a 1,500 SF building that included a retail showroom and warehouse.

      She had big dreams, though. Among her goals? To design a building that fit her company’s specific needs with even more retail and warehouse space required to operate her business. This dream also included owning her building and never negotiating with a landlord again.

That dream became a reality when she held the ribbon cutting last November for her newly completed 5,200 SF office/showroom condominium that included warehouse space at Maricopa Grand Professional Village, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road in Maricopa.

“No more shared or leased facilities,” Collazo said. “I have my own building and it’s big and it’s beautiful.”

Collazo was able to make her dream come true with an SBA 504 loan through JP Morgan Chase Bank and CDC Small Business Finance. The SBA 504 loan program allows business such as Collazo to purchase commercial real estate with a blend of conventional loan terms and a government-backed bond debenture funding in second position, secured with the commercial property. Collazo began the process by purchasing a commercial pad in 2021.

 

Danielle Collazo

With the help of an SBA 504 loan, she designed and oversaw the construction of a building that met her specific needs. Assisting her was commercial loan officer Belinda Rosthenhausler and her team at CDC Small Business Finance, a mission-driven non-profit lender that works nationally, including in Arizona, to ensure that small business owners have access to capital and opportunities they deserve.

“I’m so happy at the place I am now,” said Collazo, who has seven employees. “There’s nothing like getting something you always wanted. There wasn’t a space to rent in this town to meet our growing needs. We sell window treatments, doors, custom closets and have display walls, things that have lots of moving parts. I wanted an open concept design. We worked with our architect to design the space to fit our business. It was a collaboration that also included our contractor.  They listened to my needs and helped design the perfect space for my business to thrive and provide the community with a retail showroom to visit.”

As a business owner, Collazo handled managing the company’s daily operations while overseeing the construction project. Jason Harvey, a senior business relationship manager with Chase Business Banking advised Collazo on the SBA 504 loan program benefits and selected CDC Small Business Finance as their partner for the project. They made the process as seamless as possible.

“Small business owners are not necessarily experts in developing a commercial real estate project,” Rosthenhausler said. “Our goal was to guide her the best we could through the process. There are so many moving parts to these loans that you need to anticipate the hurdles. Our collaboration with Chase Business Banking helped her work through every hurdle.”

Now that she has experienced the SBA 504 loan program, Collazo stressed the importance of assembling the right team: a team that communicates throughout the entire construction period.  From building permits and construction draws to final certificate of occupancy issued, every layer required documentation.

“This is generational wealth that is being created by a family-owned business,” Rosthenhausler said. “It’s family that will benefit, beyond pride of ownership, fulfilling a dream Danielle has realized.”

The SBA 504 loan structure continues to be in high demand, allowing up to 90 percent financing with a 25-year fixed interest rate option. Business owners want to control their budgets and lease rates continue to climb.

“I steer my own ship now,” Collazo said. “All the money I put into this building and business is on my balance sheet and I own it all.”

The many local businesses Rosthenhausler and her team have supported include physical therapy practices, dentists, providers of occupational therapy/speech therapy to elderly patients, an artificial turf installation company, a law firm, and a long-standing family auto repair shop.

The design team also consisted of general contractor Kroll Contractors Inc., and architect of record Café Design & Architecture.

The interior of the newly completed 5,200 SF office/showroom condominium that includes warehouse space at Maricopa Grand Professional Village, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road in Maricopa.

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About CDC Small Business Finance

CDC Small Business Finance is transforming how capital and investments flow into communities to provide people access to the capital and opportunities they deserve. The nation’s leading mission-based small business lender CDC delivers small business and commercial real estate loans paired with small business owner assistance to bolster entrepreneurship, economic development, and job creation.

CDC offers numerous financing products including the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 commercial real estate loans; SBA Community Advantage working capital loans; and the SBA Microloan. We also offer non-SBA products to provide more equitable access to credit for those who are unable to qualify for traditional financing. CDC also provides free business advice to support both potential borrowers to get loan-ready as well as to help existing small business borrowers grow and expand their business. Since 1978 CDC has provided more than $21.3 billion in funding to 12,000 borrowers and helped create and preserve more than 214,000 jobs.

CDC’s subsidiary, Ventures Lending Technologies, offers Ventures+, a proprietary loan processing and portfolio management tool that has become one of the top resources for small business and community lenders. This cloud-based platform provides a low-cost way for smaller lenders to offer services throughout the entire lifecycle from a borrower prospect to loan payoff. Through this work, the Ventures+ team helps scale the ability of local lenders to create an impact in their communities by providing access to high-level services they would otherwise be unlikely to manage on their own. Learn more at cdcloans.com/locations/arizona and momentuscap.org.

NAI Horizon expands and bolsters its retail practice with Senior Associate Leah Motsinger

NAI Horizon expands and bolsters its retail practice with Senior Associate Leah Motsinger

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (Feb. 15, 2024) – NAI Horizon has bolstered its retail practice by hiring Leah Motsinger as Senior Associate.

Motsinger specializes in retail leasing and sales and will work with NAI Horizon Managing Director | Retail Matt Harper, CCIM. She has a multifaceted skill set and depth of knowledge working with both landlords and tenants. She will provide both landlord and tenant representation and be responsible for transaction management and developing new business relationships.

Motsinger has almost 30 years of experience in managing and leasing all types of commercial properties, with extensive experience in retail, industrial, and office buildings. She has served as a commercial property manager with several prominent firms in the Valley and as a commercial portfolio director.

She has extensive experience in lease administration, lease negotiations, property operations, financial oversight, due diligence for property acquisitions and dispositions, and client relations. During her career, she has worked with both institutional and private clients and completed thousands of lease renewal transactions on behalf of her landlord clients.

Her notable completed lease transactions include Starbucks, Pei Wei, Rubio’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts, UPS Store, Thomas Reprographics, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Pita Jungle, and others.

“We are excited to have Leah on our NAI team,” said NAI Horizon CEO, Terry Martin-Denning. “We have been looking for the right individual to join Matt Harper’s team. Leah is a great addition.”

A native of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Motsinger has held an Arizona real estate salesperson’s license since 1997 and obtained her Arizona Broker’s license in 2023. Away from the office she enjoys camping, artistic painting, jewelry making, and spending time with her family.

About NAI Horizon

Exceptional global commercial real estate solutions begin with local market leadership and expertise. Established in 1992, NAI Horizon is a full-service commercial real estate company serving Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. NAI Horizon is passionate about commercial real estate, providing Brokerage and Property Management Services for local, national, and international clients. NAI Horizon is a member of the NAI Global commercial real estate network providing real estate solutions to more than 325 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.naihorizon.com.

About NAI Global

 Advisory Services, Leasing, Property Management, Property & Note Sales, and Tenant Representation

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 325 offices strategically located in 65 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with over 5,800 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.1 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world. NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.

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Interior angle: Ali Brooks embarks on creative career by taking Sketch Design Co. full time

Interior angle: Ali Brooks embarks on creative career by taking Sketch Design Co. full time

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Feb. 15, 2024) – Ali Brooks possesses a keen eye for design, whether it’s a spectacular residential interior or a multi-million-dollar Class A multifamily project.

“I have a strong belief that everyone has a unique personality; spaces should, too,” Brooks said. “In the built environment it can be achieved by creating one-of-a-kind spaces that are inviting, sophisticated, and timeless.”

Brooks was working full-time as marketing director for a global commercial real estate firm overseeing all marketing and new business initiatives in the West in 2020 when she established Sketch Design Co. Always wanting to learn, she embraced the idea of expanding her design education by taking on an occasional residential interior design project. She left her corporate job to take Sketch Design Co. full-time.

“With function at the forefront, Sketch Design Co. intentionally sources pieces that work harmoniously within the space, while meeting the outlined aesthetic, ultimately saving our clients time and money,” Brooks said proudly.

     Sketch Design Co. specializes in commercial and residential design. Brooks, who serves as Founder + Principal Designer, boasts a diverse background in corporate branding, corporate strategy, construction, marketing, and real estate development.

She was honored as “One of the Best & Brightest: Top 20 in Their 20s” in the multifamily industry by the National Apartment Association (she was a director at 27 and a vice president by 30).

Brooks has worked with the industry’s leading client ownership groups in both private and public sectors including Blackstone, Invesco, Nuveen, TruAmerica, Schulman Properties, and Goodman Real Estate.

Sketch Desing Co. is currently providing design work on Eagle Ridge Apartments in Peoria, Arizona, for The Hampton Group. Eagle Ridge Apartments is a new, 208-unit lease-up multifamily project.

“With residential projects, my goal is to create a space that goes beyond aesthetics, weaving in personal touches and meaningful details to evoke emotion and create a profound sense of ‘home’ for my clients,” she said. “With commercial projects, my role is to advise on a multifamily community’s design and amenity activation as well as selecting finishes that will increase the community’s overall value and yield the highest ROI for my clients.”

Besides becoming a full-time business owner and businesswoman, Brooks also became a first-time parent in 2022. A native of Newport Beach, California, and raised in Scottsdale, Brooks attended high school in the Valley. She earned a BA in interdisciplinary students from Arizona State University.

Brooks enjoys high-end fashion, fine dining experiences, and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan and daughter Joie.

For more information visit sketchdesigncompany.com.

Sketch Desing Co. is currently providing design work on Eagle Ridge Apartments in Peoria, Arizona, for The Hampton Group. Eagle Ridge Apartments is a new, 208-unit lease-up multifamily project. (Rendering by Reborn Renderings)

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CG Schmidt taps construction industry executive Nicole Cuéllar to build its presence in Arizona

CG Schmidt taps construction industry executive Nicole Cuéllar to build its presence in Arizona

TEMPE, ARIZ. (Feb. 14, 2024) – Building things has always been a part of her life. So, it was only natural that after graduating with a civil engineering degree, Nicole Cuellar would pursue a career in construction – and excel at it.

Cuéllar, who has developed an extensive construction background across service markets, has been named General Manager of construction management firm CG Schmidt’s Arizona office. Cuéllar is joined by Phoenix-native, Superintendent Darren Scott; and long-time Valley industry professional, Director of Business Development Nicole Snyder.

Cuéllar credits her relatives in Wisconsin for fueling her aptitude to build things.

“I have a whole garage full of tools that feed my creative side,” she said. “I credit my great-uncle and grandpa for introducing me to tools when I was young. They let me try every power tool in their shed as a kid and were always patient with me. My first project was building a wooden armoire for my dolls. I have kept a few of those early projects as reminders of where I started.”

      As General Manager, Cuéllar will oversee CG Schmidt’s Arizona field and office operations. Cuéllar and her team will collaborate with building partners to grow their project portfolios by providing building expertise from concept through completion. She will also mentor staff to provide exceptional services to clients and subcontractors.

Cuéllar ’s national construction experience includes corporate, industrial, and custom projects and geographically extends from Washington DC to Los Angeles. She spent the first seven years of her career with Hensel Phelps as Lead Field Engineer, Estimator, and Project Engineer. After relocating back to the Midwest, she worked for Wisconsin’s only self-performing tilt wall contractor. Cuéllar joined CG Schmidt six years ago.

CG Schmidt opened its Arizona office in 2023. It offers clients a complete range of services from planning and development through close-out.

“No matter where a client is in the construction process, we have experienced professionals ready to guide them through it,” Cuéllar said.

CG Schmidt is led from its Milwaukee, Wisconsin headquarters by President Eric Schmidt, CEO & Chairman of the Board Rick Schmidt, and COO Mike Abuls.

“Nicole’s industry experience is unmatched,” said Eric Schmidt. “Nicole completely embodies the values of caring, accountability, and excellence that we as a firm take pride in. She is an incredible leader, a steadfast partner, and she has my full confidence and admiration in establishing and growing CG Schmidt’s southwest construction services.”

Cuéllar is active in numerous industry groups including GPEC, Arizona Builder’s Alliance, NAIOP Arizona, and AZCREW.

A native of Hartford, Wisconsin, Cuéllar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a certificate in construction management. Away from the office, Cuéllar is an outdoors enthusiast. Along with trail running in different state and national parks, she enjoys taking long walks with her boyfriend of 10 years and the couple’s two dogs.

CG Schmidt is located at 999 E. Playa del North Drive, Suite 110, in Tempe, Arizona. For more information call (602) 830-8460 or visit cgschmidt.com.

 About CG Schmidt

CG Schmidt, a family-owned company since 1920, CG Schmidt is a leader in quality construction management, general construction and design-build services with offices in Arizona and Wisconsin. The company serves the markets of education, healthcare, senior living, multi-family, corporate, industrial, community and religious facilities. As a fifth-generation firm, CG Schmidt is a respected industry leader. The company has built a reputation for tackling the most complex and recognizable projects to create quality, state-of-the-art buildings in communities across the nation. For more information, please visit www.cgschmidt.com.

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Sigma Contracting starts year with new Assistant Project Manager, Project Development personnel

Sigma Contracting starts year with new Assistant Project Manager, Project Development personnel

     SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Feb. 13, 2024) – Sigma Contracting Inc., a leading commercial general contractor, is proud to announce the recent hirings of Assistant Project Manager Denise Ballesteros and Ian Storlie in a Project Development role.

“We are excited to start the new year with new staff input to complement our tenured personnel as well as new project potential,” said Melinda Hinkson, LEED AP, Business Development/Secretary-Treasurer for Sigma Contracting.

Ballesteros will assist the Sigma Contracting operations team with change orders, scheduling, addressing owner and client needs, assisting on-site and supervision as needed, submittals, meeting minutes, develop and distribution of all required documentation, and facilitate project documents into Procore. She is OSHA certified.

Away from the office she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and rappelling. She also enjoys time volunteering with St. Mary’s Food Bank, Save the Children, and Ryan’s House. Her favorite soulmate is her four-legged companion, a chihuahua labrador.

A native of Arizona, Ballesteros is a Reiki Master Teacher and practices Jin Shin Jyutsu. Ballesteros brings a level of passion and excitement to work each day and has proven to be a valuable asset to the firm.

Storlie will work with Sigma’s development team and help facilitate business and project development. The 40-year industry veteran joins Sigma Contracting after recently serving as chief of operations and director of construction with Market Street Development helping it to expand a variety of medical facilities.

Prior to his tenure there, he held various roles in Metro Phoenix commercial real estate, including as a project manager for Sprouts Farmers Market expansions throughout the West for Fitch Architects, as a senior project manager for multiple roll-outs in the West, and for Best Buy on 35 or its new locations.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Storlie holds an associate degree in criminal justice and is a veteran military police for the U.S. Army. Storlie and his wife Wilma have two children and nine grandchildren. Away from the office he enjoys fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, and a great cigar.

ABOUT SIGMA CONTRACTING INC.

Sigma Contracting, Inc. is an Arizona-based company founded in 1983 and licensed in eight Southwestern states. As a premier commercial general contractor, Sigma has established a broad footprint in the region with an extensive portfolio of projects in a variety of sizes, industries, and property types, with established long-standing client relationships with top developers, architects, municipalities, and businesses in the region. For 35 years Sigma has been the turnkey contractor for more than 900 construction projects including hospitals, medical office buildings, schools, public venues, retail and industrial spaces, banks, office buildings, and municipal facilities. For more information visit www.sigmacontracting.com.

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Trio of diverse asset sales fetches more than $3M in recent deals by NAI Horizon professionals

Trio of diverse asset sales fetches more than $3M in recent deals by NAI Horizon professionals

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (February 7, 2024) – NAI Horizon professionals recently facilitated a trio of diverse sales totaling more than $3 million. The assets include land, an industrial building, and a medical condo.

Sales Transactions:

Matt Harper, CCIM and Thomas Smith negotiated the sale of 2.73 acres for $1.295 million, representing the seller, Via Church, Inc. The property is located at 6739 E. Dallas St., Mesa, AZ. The buyer, Power Rd Development, LLC, was represented by Gunnar Sinnett with LevRose.

Laurel Lewis, SIOR, Don Morrow and Dylan Whitwer negotiated the sale of a 3,802 SF industrial building for $950,000 representing the seller, Davalco, LLC. The property is located at 3135 N. Delaware St., #102, Chandler, AZ. The buyers, Shane Matsumoto and Catherine Matsumoto were represented by Warren Johnston with ORION.

Jay Mininberg negotiated the sale of a 3,525 SF medical condo for $790,000 representing the seller, Continuum CFG, LLC. The property is at 3710 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ. The buyer, Abrio Investment Group, LLC, was represented by Dawn Rajda with Coldwell Banker Realty.

Lease Transactions:

Jeffrey Garza Walker represented the landlord, Liberty Irvington, LLC, in a 60-month retail lease for 2,183 SF at 315 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, AZ. The tenant, Align Tucson, LLC, was represented by Commercial Retail Advisors, LLC.

Thomas Bean, CCIM, represented the tenant, Astonished! Massage & Facial Spa, LLC, in a 62-month office lease for 1,797 SF at 2520 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ. The landlord, BLICO Properties, was represented by Nick Eggen with Hannay Realty Advisors.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the tenant, Scale and Feather Meadery, LLC, in a 60-month industrial lease for 2,493 SF at 1050 N. Fairway Drive, Avondale, AZ. The

landlord, Avondale Commerce, LLC, was represented by Melissa Bowman with Reliance Management.

Thomas Smith represented the tenant, All Saints North America Orthodox Church in a 36-month Church lease for 2,750 SF at 18700 N. 107th Ave., Sun City, AZ. The landlord, Skyline Properties, LLC, was represented by Joeseph Heckel.

Joe Pequeno and Troy Giammarco represented the landlord, Frank J. Diaz, in a 24-month office lease for 2,400 SF at 1516-1518 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ. The tenant, THERE SPACE, LLC, was self-represented.

Dylan Whitwer and Don Morrow represented both the landlord, AP-PP, LLC, and the buyer, Thriving Mind Solutions, PLLC, in an 18-month office lease for 973 SF at 401 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, Az.

About NAI Horizon

Exceptional global commercial real estate solutions begin with local market leadership and expertise. Established in 1992, NAI Horizon is a full-service commercial real estate company serving Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. NAI Horizon is passionate about commercial real estate, providing Brokerage and Property Management Services for local, national, and international clients. NAI Horizon is a member of the NAI Global commercial real estate network providing real estate solutions to more than 325 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.naihorizon.com.

About NAI Global

 Advisory Services, Leasing, Property Management, Property & Note Sales, and Tenant Representation

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 325 offices strategically located in 65 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with over 5,800 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.1 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.

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NAI Horizon expands its team of agents with the addition of Art Verdugo as Senior Associate

NAI Horizon expands its team of agents with the addition of Art Verdugo as Senior Associate

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (February 5, 2024) – NAI Horizon expanded its team of experienced agents with the hiring of industrial, retail, and corporate services expert Art Verdugo as Senior Associate.

Verdugo joins the NAI Global Advisory Team working with Executive Vice President Jeffrey Garza Walker, MRED/MBA, and Client Coordinator Brenda Walker. Verdugo will represent tenants and landlords in Metro Phoenix and across the U.S., with additional support for investors and corporate occupiers in Mexico and various Spanish-speaking countries, addressing their U.S. real estate needs.

“Art’s addition to the Global Advisory Team has brought the extra jet fuel to expand our capabilities globally and grow as a purposeful partner to our clients,” Garza Walker said.

Verdugo possesses more than 20 years of experience in banking and residential real estate financing. Before joining NAI Horizon, he worked at Coldwell Banker Realty for four years, specializing in buyer and tenant representation, with an emphasis on office and retail space within the social services, healthcare, and construction industries.

“I am excited to have Art join NAI,” said NAI Horizon CEO Terry Martin-Denning. “His background and experience make him an excellent addition to Jeffrey Garza Walker’s team.”

Verdugo is a member of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Green Building Council/Arizona Chapter, Global Chamber Phoenix, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and NAHREP Greater Phoenix Chapter.

Verdugo serves as a teacher and mentor with Junior Achievement of Arizona and previously served in the same capacity with Junior Achievement of Chicago. He

volunteers with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation as the “Shoe Guy” at its signature event “Wine, Women, & Shoes.” Verdugo was involved in the Downtown Urban Community Kids (DUCK) annual breakfast with Santa, serving as the sports equipment donation coordinator.

Verdugo is a native of Mexico and was raised in Phoenix. Away from the office, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, exploring nature through hiking, and challenging himself in obstacle course races throughout the year. He attended Phoenix College.

About NAI Horizon

Exceptional global commercial real estate solutions begin with local market leadership and expertise. Established in 1992, NAI Horizon is a full-service commercial real estate company serving Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. NAI Horizon is passionate about commercial real estate, providing Brokerage and Property Management Services for local, national, and international clients. NAI Horizon is a member of the NAI Global commercial real estate network providing real estate solutions to more than 325 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.naihorizon.com.

About NAI Global

 Advisory Services, Leasing, Property Management, Property & Note Sales, and Tenant Representation

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 325 offices strategically located in 65 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with over 5,800 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.1 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.

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