Earthworks Environmental, housing market experiencing growth, bucking COVID-19

Earthworks Environmental, housing market experiencing growth, bucking COVID-19

      MESA, ARIZ.  (Sept. 14, 2020) – With the residential housing market across Arizona and the U.S. experiencing steady growth despite COVID-19, Earthworks Environmental LLC has seen an increase in business of 20 percent compared to a year ago.

The Mesa-based woman/minority-owned environmental compliance firm operates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas.

Services provided include stormwater pollution prevention, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, dust control, and construction safety compliances. The firm primarily serves land developers, vertical developers, commercial construction, and land-holding companies.

“Our growth has been impressive considering we haven’t added any new states,” said Earthworks Environmental Principal Cherie Koester. “It’s several things. The market is there across the country. Interest rates are low. In Arizona, people are moving here from other states. We’re also seeing more projects and home builders here.”

Koester said the firm is consulting on nearly 900 permits nationally, including more than 500 in Arizona. She said her firm hired a new employee whose sole job is to apply for the new Arizona Department of Air Quality (ADEQ) construction general permit (CGP).

“We’re active in Arizona now from Flagstaff to Bisbee,” Koester said.

Earthworks Environmental employs a proprietary program, ERX, a reporting software program that puts all aspects of environmental compliance into one program. This includes any permits and inspections. Koester said nearly 75 percent of the violations in her industry occur in the paperwork process.

“ERX can adapt to changes and is very customizable,” she said. “There is no program out there that has that capacity.”

Earthworks Environmental was founded in 2014, recently celebrating its 6-year anniversary. The office comprises 40 employees.

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NAI Horizon negotiates $4.35M sale of pair of mobile home parks in Casa Grande, Arizona

NAI Horizon negotiates $4.35M sale of pair of mobile home parks in Casa Grande, Arizona

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (September 3, 2020) NAI Horizon represented the seller, a Florida-based LLC, in the sale of two mobile home parks in Casa Grande, Arizona, for $4.35 million.

NAI Horizon Manufactured Housing Specialist Andrew Warner represented Casa MHP LLC of Stuart, Florida, in the sale of Casa Mobile Home Ranch, 1409 N. French St., and Embers Mobile Home Park, 1431 N. French St.

The buyer was the Boavida Group of Sacramento, California.

“These communities are relatively older and were in need of improvement. The previous owners had already invested money and time in improving them and have passed the torch to Boavida Group,” Warner said. “It plans on continuing to invest in these communities, fixing the homes, the infrastructure and giving residents housing that is not only affordable but safe.”

Embers MHP comprises 26 units and sits on 2.09 acres. It was built in 1973. The park has historically maintained a vacancy rate of below 5 percent. Three of the units are tenant owned. Casa Mobile Home Ranch recently underwent $500,000 in improvements. Built in 1961, it comprises 132 units on 13.19 acres.

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 located in Phoenix and Tucson.  NAI Horizon is passionate about the commercial real estate business, 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 375+ offices worldwide. For more information visit

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 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with 6,000 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.15 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions.

NAI Global professionals achieve extraordinary results for clients locally and globally through creativity, collaboration and the consistent delivery of exceptional knowledge and service that only market-leading firms can provide.

NAI Global provides a full range of corporate 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.

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Sales of 3 office buildings, self-storage facility, retail building totaling $11.3M highlight recent deals closed by NAI Horizon professionals

Sales of 3 office buildings, self-storage facility, retail building totaling $11.3M highlight recent deals closed by NAI Horizon professionals

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (September 2, 2020) – The sales of three office buildings, a self-storage facility and a retail building totaling $11.3 million highlight recent deals closed by NAI Horizon professionals.

Sale Transactions:

Denise Nunez and Victoria Filice represented the seller, Lawhead Family, LLC; and secured the buyer, Vault at Riggs Road, LLC, in the $8.35 million investment sale of American Self Storage & Mail Center. The property is located at 12220 E. Riggs Road, Chandler, AZ.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega, Patrick Anthon and Laurel Lewis negotiated a sale of a 20,672 SF retail building representing the seller, Katz and Katz, LLC for $1.5 million. The property is located at 3216 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ. The buyer, Likey International Corp. was represented by Dave Freeman with HomeSmart.

Jay Mininberg, J.D. and Thomas Bean, CCIM negotiated the acquisition of a 2,824 SF office building representing the buyer, Valley Insurance Professionals, Inc. for $650,000. The property is located at 3402 N. 36th St., Phoenix, AZ. The seller, Simonson Building, Inc. was represented by Trenton McCullough with LevRose Commercial Real Estate.

Mike Myrick, CCIM negotiated a sale of a 2,098 SF medical office building representing the seller, Sudhakar Reddy for $547,500. The property is located at 1810 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, AZ. The buyer, Cheung and Liao, LLC was represented by Brett Ranta with AK Commercial Properties.

Joan Krueger negotiated the acquisition of a 1,360 SF office building representing the buyer, Dow Realty, LLC for $260,000. The property is located at 815 E. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ. The seller, Big 10 REI, LLC was represented by Langdon Bridges with J&J Commercial Properties, Inc.

Lease Transactions:

Troy Giammarco and Joe Pequeno represented the subtenant, Bright Health in a 59-month office sublease for 28,000 SF at 2120 Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ. The sublandlord, Varsity Tutor was represented by Ryan Bartos with JLL.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, CP6GT, LLC in a 120-month retail lease for 2,100 SF at 5870 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ. The tenant, Cruce Café, LLC was represented by Cole Shillne with CBRE.

Jay Mininberg, J.D. and Thomas Bean, CCIM represented the tenant, Technical Training Professionals, LLC in a 64-month office lease for 2,342 SF at 2929 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, CP62929, LLC was represented by Joe Vale, Tarryn Fountain and Greg McMillan with Cushman & Wakefield.

Laurel Lewis represented the tenant, Sapphire Media Group, LLC in a 65.5-month office lease for 3,247 SF at 9414 E. San Salvador, Scottsdale, AZ. The landlord, Signature Holdings Limited Partnership was represented by Chris Jantz with Cushman & Wakefield.

Matt Harper, CCIM represented the tenant, Litchfield Park Crossfit in a 65.5-month industrial lease for 6,210 SF at 9299 W. Olive Avenue, Peoria, AZ. The landlord, Mangat Investments I, LLC was represented by Chris Keeley with Phoenix Commercial Brokers.

Jeff Adams represented the tenant, Exhibits on Time, LLC in a 62-month industrial lease for 9,440 SF at 206 E. Main St., and 33 N. Hibbert St., Mesa, AZ. The landlord, Quaystone, LLC was represented by Brad Burress with Cutler Commercial.

Rick Foss and Jay Olson represented the tenant, John J. Fredizzi Trust in a 39-month industrial lease for 5,707 SF at 41780 N. Vision Way, Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, OAS Wholesale, LLC was represented by Jim Ryder with Capital Realty Advisors.

Laurel Lewis represented the tenant, PCB Group Sales Company, Inc. in a 39-month office lease for 2,435 SF at 4505 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, HHP Ahwatukee, LLC was represented by Joe Vale with Cushman and Wakefield.

 Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Hope Thunderbird Investments, LLC in a 38-month retail lease for 2,000 SF at 5145 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ the tenant, Holland Center for Family Health, LTD. was self-represented.

Jeff Adams represented the tenant, MMKK, LLC in a 39-month industrial lease for 3,480 SF at 4602 E. Elwood Street, Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, LBA Reality Fund II-WBP, LLC was represented by Mike Goldwater with Commercial Properties, Inc.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, Los Rios Farms, Inc. in a 36-month retail lease for 2,437 SF at 4705 E. Carefree Highway, Cave Creek, AZ. The tenant, Amoroso Visuals, LLC was self-represented.

Jeff Adams represented the tenant, QLED, LLC in a 39-month industrial lease renewal for 1,848 SF at 4602 E. Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ. The landlord, LBA Realty Fund II-WBP, LLC was represented by Mike Goldwater with Commercial Properties, Inc.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Ed Rapee Family Trust in a 36-month retail lease for 1,400 SF at 515 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ. The tenant, Age of Aquarius, LLC was self-represented.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Sayan 26 Investment Group, LLC in a 38-month retail lease for 1,200 SF at 4323 W. Cactus Road, Glendale, AZ. The tenant, Future Greats, LLC was self-represented.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented both the landlord, 43rd Avenue, LLC and the tenant, New Grace House of Worship, a corporation in a 26-month retail lease for 2,000 SF at 9250 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ.

Tom Bean, CCIM, and Jay Mininberg, J.D. represented the landlord, Vintage Garden Properties in a 12-month lease renewal for 1,472 SF at 10240 W. Bell Road, Sun City, AZ. The tenant, DKAZ, LLC was self-represented.                                                       

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Elmo Tari Revocable Trust/LLMJ, LLC in a 3-month retail lease for 1,500 SF at 2150 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ. The tenant, EOS Fitness was represented by John Matthews with Echelon Realty Advisors.






LivGenerations makes pledge to promote ‘communities built on caring,’ keep its residents well and  safe as seniors battle COVID-19

LivGenerations makes pledge to promote ‘communities built on caring,’ keep its residents well and safe as seniors battle COVID-19

      TEMPE, ARIZONA (August 31, 2020) – “Communities built on caring” comprises more than just a slogan at the three LivGenerations senior living, independent living, assisted living and memory care communities in the Valley.

Keeping residents well and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is priority No. 1 at LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak, Ahwatukee and Gilbert. From a wide variety of daily care to sponsoring Mother’s Day and Father’s Day drive-through parades, LivGenerations is keeping its residents well, safe and engaged by:

  • Virtual classes and events;
  • Meal delivery as well as social distancing fine dining;
  • Grocery shopping/delivery;
  • Temperature checks regularly;
  • Masks being worn at all times;
  • Wireless 24/7 emergency call system
  • Designated telecommunication room for resident physician appointments;
  • Dedicated task force committed to following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and senior living guidelines.

“Scrolling through resident surveys recently, I found a positive and sincere comment from LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak that truly resonated with me,” said Sonya Paterno, Regional Director of Sales for LivGenerations. “The comment read:

I will applaud the effort everyone has put in for us to get through this and the creativity used for virtual activities offered. This has been a once-in-a-lifetime event for all of us and the friendly, upbeat and reassuring attitude from all personnel has made a positive difference.”

LivGenerations has also received kudos from public health officials as it continues to keep its residents safe from the virus. LivGenerations Ahwatukee reached 1+ month (two full incubation timeframes for COVID-19) without transmission, according to Director of Clinical Services Belinda Radder.

        “We truly appreciate all of your partnership throughout this exposure and we would ask that you remain vigilant in your infection control actions as COVID-19 continues to spread in our community,” wrote Kasey Busick, MPH, Epidemiology Data Analyst, Maricopa County Health. “Thank you for all of your hard work.”

LivGenerations Pinnacle Peak is a 110-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care apartment community. It opened in February at 23733 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. Liv Communities has two additional senior living communities in the Valley.

LivGenerations Ahwatukee is a senior living, independent living, assisted living and memory care community at 15815 S. 50th St., in Phoenix, with 137 residents. Liv Generations Agritopia is an independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care community at 2811 E. Agritopia Loop S, in Gilbert.

Last year LivGenerations Ahwatukee embarked on a partnership with the National Charity League, Inc., a non-profit organization that fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic manner committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

The Mother’s Day drive-through parade was a successful event. It was followed by a Father’s Day drive-through parade in June. In September, LivGenerations will celebrate a Grandparent’s Day event.

About Liv Communities

Liv Communities helps people live fuller lives by developing, owning and operating luxury residential communities through their Liv multifamily and LivGenerations senior living brands. In addition to providing prime locations, premium finishes, inspired designs, and resort-style amenities, Liv Communities provides extensive opportunities for residents and team members to engage in community activities and with each other that ultimately results in their staying longer and referring others to join them. For information visit


AMA’s 28th Annual Tribute Awards positively impact Arizona businesses and communities

AMA’s 28th Annual Tribute Awards positively impact Arizona businesses and communities

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (August 27, 2020) – Each spring, the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA), the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, hosts its annual Tribute Awards program.

Arizona’s apartment industry annually generates 22,000 jobs, $699 million in wages and $3.8 billion in economic output. Events such as the Tribute Awards are important because they elevate the industry and create motivation for improvement for more than 2,300 AMA members.

The Tribute Awards are about more than one night of recognition – being a nominee, a finalist or award recipient creates new opportunities for mentorship, leadership development and pathways for promotion.


Courtney LeVinus

Due to the current climate, the 28th Annual AMA/Cox Communications Tribute Awards ceremony took place virtually on Aug. 21. A total of 660 nominations from 34 member companies participated. Volunteers donated 575 hours of their time to judge all the nominees.

“The Tribute Awards program creates more opportunity for young, diverse professionals and creates new pathways for this talent pool to be mentored and succeed,” said Courtney LeVinus, AMA President and CEO. “The program continues to recognize and develop ethical leaders that positively impact thousands of apartment community residents by strengthening and elevating rental housing properties across Arizona.”

The AMA’s nomination and interview process is one of the most rigorous in the industry.  AMA judges conduct an interview and nominees complete a questionnaire or aptitude test to keep the process impartial while learning more about each candidate. The playing field is level whether nominees are a large or small organization, in Maricopa County, or Tucson, or other counties around the state.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award, and means your team feels you are an example that others should follow as they seek to become the best,” said Reid Butler, Tribute Awards Committee Chairman.

“The Tribute Awards annually recognize the best within our industry across Arizona. Tributes is one way the AMA ensures our industry is always improving while empowering future leaders that will continue to uphold the highest standards,” LeVinus said. “I am proud to be a part of the AMA as we recognize these individuals for continuing to raise the bar each year.”


2020 Tribute Awards winners

Housekeeper: Roxanne Redfield, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Service Technician: Ildefonso Alejandro Salinas Duran, Camden Property Trust

Service Supervisor 1-199 Units: James Brancatelli, Quarterpenny Management Service

Supervisor 200+ Units: Carlos Silva, PEM Real Estate Group

Leasing Consultant: Isaac Davis, Bella Investment Group, LLC

Assistant Manager: Kimberly Frampton, BH Management Services

Community Manager 1-199 Units: Staci Zimmerman, Baron Property Services, LLC

Community Manager 200+ Units: Nicole Woodley, Baron Property Services, LLC

Property Supervisor: Sandra Giambanco, MEB Management Services

Regional Service Supervisor: Troy Carnicle, BH Management Services

Best Team & Community prior 2001: Denim Scottsdale Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Best Team & Community 2001-2011: Encantada Queen Creek HSL Asset Management, LLC

Best Team & Community 2012-2019: 7160 Optima Kierland Optima Realty Inc.

Community Manager Outside the Valley: Hilda Lopez, Shelton Residential

Maintenance Supervisor OTV: Jose Mills, Quarterpenney Management

Best Team & Community OTV: The Colony Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Volunteer of the Year Tucson: Kimberly Barrow, MEB Management Services

Volunteer of the Year Statewide: Michelle Sinclair, Evergreen Devco, Inc.

Industry Partner Statewide: Mark Zinman, Zona Law Group

Industry Partner Tucson: Natalie Evans,

Corporate Employee of the Year: Luis Verger, Shelton Residential

Arizona Executive of the Year: Lesley Brice, MC Residential

Developers Award for Best Community Design, High Rise Style: The Link Phoenix, CA Ventures

Developers Award for Best Community Design, Garden Style: Riverwalk, MC Residential

Developers Award for Best Community Design, Mid/Low Rise Style: Arista at Ocotillo, P.B. Bell Companies

Renovated Community of the Year: The Wexler, Chamberlin & Associates

Affordable Community of the Year: Downtown Motor, MEB Management Services

Appreciation for 28 years as title sponsor: Cox Communications

 About Arizona Multihousing Association:

 The Arizona Multihousing Association is the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, representing more than 2,300 members in legislative, legal, and regulatory matters.  The AMA provides services, products, educational programs, and networking opportunities to promote ethical, quality rental housing throughout Arizona.  For more information, visit



Marwest Enterprises announces ground-breaking of Landing 3, new 525,000 SF industrial complex near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Marwest Enterprises announces ground-breaking of Landing 3, new 525,000 SF industrial complex near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Multi-phase project in the Southeast Valley continues with seven new buildings

       SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (August 25, 2020) Marwest Enterprises, LLC (Marwest) is pleased to announce the ground-breaking of its new 525,000 SF, Class A industrial development, Landing 3, part of a multi-phase, master-planned industrial project at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Landing 3, 7827 E. Ray Road, is expected to serve tenants from 5,000 SF to 250,000 SF in the Southeast Valley.

“Congratulations to Marwest Enterprises on the groundbreaking of Landing 3. This brand-new project will join Landing at PMG and Landing 202, in the heart of the Gateway area and close to multiple freeways. An awesome location for a wide range of businesses,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “It’s exciting to watch southeast Mesa maintain its momentum as a thriving economic engine for the entire city.”

Landing Phase III is within an opportunity zone, one of Phoenix’s nearly 90 designated land areas that encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities with tax incentives for investors.

“The continued success of the Landing is not only an indication of the demand in the market place for Class A spec industrial space, but also a desire by businesses to be in the Gateway area,” said District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson. “Adding Landing 3 to the existing 1 million square foot footprint is the perfect new addition to the area and region.”

Marwest partnered on the project with a large institutional equity provider; construction financing was provided by a regional bank.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with Mesa and our existing partners at PMG,” said David Martens, Principal with Marwest. “There is a tremendous amount of momentum in Mesa. We continue to see significant economic growth and sustained interest for these projects – we’re very pleased to be there.”

Additional partners on the project include: CapMatrix LTD, which served as strategic capital markets advisor on the transaction; Ware Malcomb, architect; Willmeng Construction, general contractor; Hunter Engineering as the civil engineer; and leasing handled by the Wentis/Cosca team at CBRE.

About Marwest Enterprises LLC

Marwest Enterprises LLC is a real estate investment firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, which focuses on investment opportunities in the Southern United States. Founded in 1994, Marwest has been advising capital sources on development and value-add opportunities on behalf of their clients by providing unbiased analysis and a comprehensive real estate management solution to projects in the region. For more information, visit


About City of Mesa

The City of Mesa’s estimated population is more than 518,000 within an incorporated area of approximately 133 square miles. Total land area encompasses 182 square miles. The City ranks as the 35th most populous city in the United States, larger than the cities of Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Mesa is a favorite destination to thousands of visitors with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 72.6 degrees. The area’s economy is driven by four major industries healthcare, education, aerospace, and tourism. Mesa is home to two award-winning airports, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Falcon Field Airport. For more information about the City of Mesa go to


Sigma Contracting, Inc. helps brings unique food concept Broth & Bao to SkySong in S. Scottsdale

Sigma Contracting, Inc. helps brings unique food concept Broth & Bao to SkySong in S. Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (August 25, 2020) – Sigma Contracting, Inc. is pleased to announce its collaboration on a unique restaurant concept opening this fall at 1455 N. Scottdale Road, on the campus of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Sigma Contracting is providing design-build tenant improvement services for locally-owned Born & Raised Hospitality, which anticipates opening its newest concept, Broth & Bao, in November. The $550,000 TI project comprises 2,500 SF.

Broth & Bao will be in the same building owned by Wetta Ventures as Fellow Osteria & Pizzeria, also co-owned by Joshua James and Nicholas Campisano of Born & Raised Hospitality.

“We are delighted to help bring this new concept from Born & Raised Hospitality to life,” said Sigma Contracting President Dan Hinkson. “Nick and Josh have had great success with their previous endeavors, and no doubt will again with Broth and Bao. We are finding out that people are passionate about finding good ‘bao buns.”

A bao (pronounced bow) bun, also known as a steamed bun, is a type of bread-like dumpling that originates from Chinese cuisines.

“With the contributions of visionary developers like Wetta Ventures at SkySong (who is bringing in Broth & Bao and other restaurants) and our work with Pivot Development at Papago Plaza across the street, South Scottsdale is becoming a destination for the community. It’s exciting to be part of that evolution with those new developments.”

In December 2019, Sigma Contracting broke ground across the street at iconic Papago Plaza for up to 88,000 SF in new retail and office buildings and a 120,000 SF parking garage.

Sigma’s portion of the project is valued at $11 million to $16 million and will consist of the complete demolition of the original Papago Plaza, 1408 N. Scottsdale Road, that was constructed in the mid-1960s and renovated in the early 1980s.

The architect of record on Broth & Bao is A-Line Architecture. Notable subcontractors include State Electrical Contractors, Inc., electrical; and Lion Craft LLC, millwork.



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



2019 Best of NAIOP honors year’s most successful projects, companies, individuals within Arizona’s bustling commercial real estate industry 

2019 Best of NAIOP honors year’s most successful projects, companies, individuals within Arizona’s bustling commercial real estate industry 

      PHOENIX, ARIZ. (August 25, 2020) – Commercial real estate’s leading annual awards, the Best of NAIOP, were presented virtually for the first time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NAIOP Arizona, like most organizations, has had to adapt during this unprecedented time.  I commend Keith Earnest, Bryon Carney, Tom Jarvis and Katrina DeBaker for their fun and creative approach to making sure that we were able to recognize the amazing accomplishments of our industry,” said Jim Wentworth, Wentworth Property Company, the chapter’s Chairman.

The Arizona Chapter of NAIOP handed out awards in 29 categories.

The 2019 Best of NAIOP honors the year’s most successful projects, companies, and individuals within the commercial real estate industry (office/medical office, industrial, and retail). Best of NAIOP 2019 applications set an all-time record which is a testament to the abundance of quality development happening in Arizona.

“Congratulations to all the 2019 Best of NAIOP award nominees and winners. We applaud your efforts and appreciate your contributions to our community,” said Co-Chairman Keith Earnest, VanTrust Real Estate LLC. Bryon Carney, Cushman & Wakefield, served as the Co-Chairman.

Butler Design Group kept its win streak alive, bringing home its eighth straight Architect of the Year award. Other company winners were CBRE, Brokerage Firm of the Year; Ryan Companies US, Inc., Firm of the Year and General Contractor of the Year; McCarthy Nordburg, Interior Architect of the Year; Willmeng Construction, Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year; and Lincoln Property Company, Owner/Developer of the Year.

In the brokerage awards, Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE each captured three honors.

2019 Best of NAIOP Winners:

Architect of the Year: Butler Design Group

Brokerage Firm of the Year: CBRE

Firm of the Year: Ryan Companies US, Inc.

General Contractor of the Year: Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Interior Architect of the Year: McCarthy Nordburg

Owner/Developer of the Year: Lincoln Property Company

Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year: Willmeng Construction

Developing Leader of the Year: Pat Boyle, Cushman & Wakefield

Emerging Broker of the Year: Kyle Campbell, Colliers International

Healthcare Broker of the Year: Perry Gabuzzi, Margaret Lloyd, Bill Cook and Mike McWilliams, Plaza Companies

Industrial Broker of the Year: Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan & Rusty Kennedy, CBRE

Investment Broker of the Year: Barry Gabel, CBRE

Office Broker of the Year: Jerry Roberts & Pat Boyle, Cushman & Wakefield

Retail Broker of the Year: Chris Hollenbeck, Regan Amato & Brent Mallonee, Cushman & Wakefield

Rookie Broker of the Year: James Cohn, CBRE

Tenant Representative Broker of the Year: Ryan Bartos, JLL

Economic Impact Project of the Year: Northrop Grumman Office

Industrial Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Northrop Grumman Manufacturing

Industrial Tenant Improvement Project of the Year: Andersen Windows

Medical Office Project of the Year: Banner-University Medical Center Tucson

Mixed-Use Project of the Year: The Watermark | Tempe

Office Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Northrop Grumman Office

Office Tenant Improvement Project of the Year (Less Than 40,000 SF): Sendoso

Office Tenant Improvement Project of the Year (More Than 40,000 SF): Zovio

Redevelopment Project of the Year: 225 W Madison Street

Retail Project of the Year: Osborn Marketplace/The Astor at Osborn

Spec Industrial Project of the Year: Lincoln Logistics 40

Spec Office Project of the Year: Grand 2

Transaction of the Year: Northrop Grumman Office

NAIOP Arizona’s Official Branding Sponsor: TRADEMARK

Phoenix Business Journal’s Talk of the Town: Lincoln Logistics 40

NAIOP, a 20,000+ member organization in North America, advocates responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. It is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP provides unparalleled industry networking and education, and advocates for effective legislation on behalf of our members.


NAI Horizon expands its Tucson office, hires Retail Associate Sam Nalli   

NAI Horizon expands its Tucson office, hires Retail Associate Sam Nalli  

     TUCSON, ARIZONA (August 24, 2020) – NAI Horizon’s Tucson office is proud to announce the hiring of Sam Nalli as Retail Associate.

“We are very excited to have Sam as an addition to our Tucson retail team as he continues his real estate career,” said Ben Craney, Managing Director of the NAI Horizon Tucson office.

Nalli joins NAI Horizon after spending the past 3 years at United Real Estate Southern Arizona. He was responsible for guiding buyers and sellers in all aspects of the real estate transaction process. Nalli also has extensive experience in the restaurant business.

A native of India, Nalli moved to Arizona when he was 2 and was raised in Tucson. He attended the University of Arizona and Hogan School of Real Estate.

Nalli and his wife, Lien Liu have been married almost a year and he enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid basketball fan.




Woman co-owned Elevated Emergency Restoration unites trio of industry experts

Woman co-owned Elevated Emergency Restoration unites trio of industry experts

         SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (August 24, 2020) – A trio of Valley commercial landscaping and restoration professionals has pooled its expertise to launch a woman co-owned firm, Elevated Emergency Restoration.

Services offered by the Scottsdale-based firm include water mitigation; mold and asbestos removal; fire and smoke damage; and reconstruction. Elevated ER is a qualified and equipped company with the required training and protocol to clean any facility affected by a pathogen outbreak.

Co-owners include Mai Vu, Brittany Trotter and John Garigen.

“For the past 3 years I’ve been wanting to start a business in the commercial real estate space,” Vu said. “I was determined to do so; my proudest moment is believing in what I wanted and launched Elevated ER with my business partners.”

Vu’s primary responsibilities will include networking, driving in new business, maintaining business relationships and helping the company to continually grow.

Vu, a native of Vietnam, was raised in the Central Phoenix corridor and in a family of eight children. She was a pre-dental student but soon transitioned to commercial real estate. She worked with Garigen at Integrated Landscape Management in 2016 as its business developer.

Vu is involved with Valley industry groups including BOMA Greater Phoenix, NAIOP Arizona and BD Guild.

A native of Canada and raised in Detroit, Trotter now calls Gilbert home. She began her career in restoration in 2013 as an administrative assistant to the water mitigation department at ECI Services.

Trotter’s primary duties at Elevated ER include overseeing all aspects of operations including walking jobs, writing estimates, creating social media content and creating processes and procedures to ensure client satisfaction and proper job safety protocol. Trotter is active in the Arizona Insurance Claims Association.

As the third co-owner and partner, Garigen will focus on client retention, business development and company vision/direction. He developed his skills of running businesses while co-owning the area’s largest commercial landscape maintenance company for 20 years.

Garigen is involved with industry groups including the Phoenix Thunderbirds Y.P.O (Young Presidents Organization).

“I’m excited to help a woman-owned construction company get started in a predominantly male industry,” Garigen said. “I’m also excited to have the opportunity to play a role in improving the reputation of restoration work in this industry. Change is easy – improving can be a challenge.”

For more information, visit