AZCREW April events include ‘Women in Action’ series and multifamily update

AZCREW April events include ‘Women in Action’ series and multifamily update

          PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 3, 2018) – AZCREW, the leading organization for senior-level executive women in the Metro Phoenix real estate field, kicks off April with two relevant and informative programs: its Women In Action event and its annual Multifamily Market Update.

AZCREW presents Kathy B. Dempsey, CSP, RN, MED, on April 12 for her presentation: “Shed For Success: How to stay alive and thrive in the midst of change. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are lost by organizations each year due to the inability to get members and leaders to move forward with change.

Among her topics, Dempsey will address overcoming barriers in embracing change and creating a game plan.

The event begins April 12 at 7:30 a.m. with registration and networking at the E-center at the Esplanade, 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 50, Phoenix. The program begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Registration is $60 for AZCREW member; $75 for non-members.

AZCREW’s Multifamily Market Update is scheduled for April 17 at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon.

Speakers include the Cooke Team from Colliers International: Senior Executive Vice President Cindy Cooke and Executive VP Brad Cooke; and Karl Abert, Senior VP, Kidder Mathews.

Early registration for members is $40 ($45 after April 6); non-member pre-registration is $65, $85 at the event. Lunch is included. Register here, click on the Events link.


Valley favorite Duck Soup to perform at CRENAB golf tournament after party

Valley favorite Duck Soup to perform at CRENAB golf tournament after party

     PHOENIX, ARIZ.  (April 3, 2018) – Duck Soup, a long-time musical favorite among local golf enthusiasts, is returning to the Valley on April 13 and will perform at the after party of the Fifth Ever Golf Gala hosted by CRENAB.

The Austin, Texas-based band will perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Biltmore Golf Course, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., in Phoenix.

CRENAB is a commercial real estate industry networking group.

“We’re billing our event as the ‘CRENEST After Party,’” said CRENAB organizer Joseph McGovern. “Our golf event has always been a huge and is sold out again this year. We’re hoping those who have enjoyed Duck Soup over the years at the Valley’s professional golf tournament will come hear them again.”

The annual CRENAB golf tourney benefits St. Joseph The Worker, which assists the homeless, low-income, and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.

Tickets to the Duck Soup event are $20 before April 10; $25 after that date. For more information and to purchase tickets for the CRENEST After Party, visit



BOMA Greater Phoenix rallies behind extension of Prop. 301 for K-12 funding

BOMA Greater Phoenix rallies behind extension of Prop. 301 for K-12 funding

     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 29, 2018) — BOMA Greater Phoenix, which advances commercial real estate through advocacy, influence, and knowledge, was one of two industry groups to register in favor of a Prop. 301 extension of the 0.6 cent state sales tax (TPT) to continue putting more money into Arizona classrooms.

The Arizona Legislature last week passed and sent to Gov. Doug Ducey the Prop. 301 extension that funds K-12 education in Arizona by approximately $600 million per year.

The vote on SB1390 was 53-6 in the House and 26-4 in Senate and was passed in one day. The only significant tweak to existing law is it redirected $64.1 million that was for capital bonding to have that money also go into the classroom (Classroom Site Fund).

“While there were a myriad of groups and individuals that supported this bill including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Tax Research Association, BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) and CREED (Commercial Real-estate Executives for Economic Development) were the only two commercial real estate groups to register in favor,” said BOMA Greater Phoenix Executive Director Tim Lawless.

The passage was as a legislative bill rather than a referral to the ballot. The Legislature now retains control to make tweaks to the funding buckets on a moving-forward basis. If it had been passed by voters, it would have been Prop. 105 protected, which would require supermajorities to amend or further the intent.

“The reason this was wise to support is we are now on official record in support of K-12 education and the expenditure of new resources,” Lawless said. “This will give us credibility and a seat at the table when the discussion now moves to funding sources and an additional $400 million per year that the education lobby will seek by the 2020 ballot.

“While we would not prefer this new funding to be a new statewide property tax, we need to be flexible should this be put on the table so we can pursue greater property tax fairness and equity for all businesses that pay as much into supporting K-12 as everyone else,” Lawless said.

Industry mentor Pete Bolton honored with Award of Excellence at Best of NAIOP Arizona

Industry mentor Pete Bolton honored with Award of Excellence at Best of NAIOP Arizona

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 27, 2018) – The Arizona Chapter of NAIOP recognized the best in commercial real estate on March 22 at the annual Best of NAIOP event. Nearly 1,000 commercial real estate professionals attended the celebration which was held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

Pete Bolton, who mentored generations of commercial real estate professionals and managed four companies, was honored with the Award of Excellence. After more than 30 years in the industry, Bolton launched Pete Bolton Company in 2017.

NAIOP Arizona’s Award of Excellence is awarded by the Arizona Chapter Board of Directors on an annual basis at the Best of NAIOP event. The recipient must be an individual who has made a significant, positive impact on the commercial real estate market in Arizona over a period of at least 15 years and has made direct volunteer contributions to NAIOP.

The Owner/Developer of the Year went to ViaWest Group, which also won Office Tenant Improvement of the Year (Less Than 30,000 SF) for Integrate at The Monroe. It was also a big night for Willmeng Construction, which won Firm of the Year. The Talk of the Town, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal, went to Biltmore Center. Willmeng Construction was the General Contractor and ViaWest Group was the Owner/Developer on this outstanding project.

In the brokerage awards, Cushman & Wakefield won Brokerage Firm of the Year. CBRE took home top honors for Emerging, Office, Healthcare, and Rookie brokers of the year. Cushman & Wakefield won Industrial and Investment brokers of the year. The complete list of winners can be found below.

The 2017 Best of NAIOP winners (alpha by award title):

Architect of the Year: Butler Design Group

Award of Excellence: Pete Bolton, The Pete Bolton Company

Brokerage Firm of the Year: Cushman & Wakefield

Developing Leader of the Year: Jenna Borcherding, JLL

Emerging Broker of the Year: Chris Marchildon, CBRE

Firm of the Year: Willmeng Construction, Inc.

General Contractor of the Year: Layton Construction

Healthcare Broker of the Year: Kate Morris & Vince Femiano, CBRE

Industrial Broker of the Year: Andy Markham, Mike Haenel & Will Strong, Cushman & Wakefield

Industrial Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Conair

Industrial Tenant Improvement of the Year: Huhtamaki

Interior Architect of the Year: Phoenix Design One, Inc.

Investment Broker of the Year: Eric Wichterman, Cushman & Wakefield

Medical Office Project of the Year: Arizona Oncology

Office Broker of the Year: Kevin Calihan & Bryan Taute, CBRE

Office Build-to-Suit of the Year: Farmers Insurance

Office Tenant Improvement of the Year (Less Than 30,000 SF): Integrate at The Monroe

Office Tenant Improvement of the Year (More Than 30,000SF): Marina Heights Building 600

Owner/Developer of the Year: ViaWest Group

Redevelopment Project of the Year: The Quad

Retail Broker of the Year: Darren Pitts, Velocity Retail Group

Retail Project of the Year: Alliance Bank – Gilbert

Rookie Broker of the Year: Stephen Sonntag, CBRE

Spec Industrial Project of the Year: PV | 303 Spec Building A

Spec Office Project of the Year: The Grand at Papago Park Center – Building One

Sustainable Project of the Year: Liberty Center at Rio Salado – Building 3

Talk of the Town: Biltmore Center

Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year: Layton Construction

Tenant Representative Broker of the Year: Pat Williams, JLL

Transaction of the Year: Marina Heights



Warehouse sale in Mesa, land sale in Maricopa County highlight recent NAI Horizon deals

Warehouse sale in Mesa, land sale in Maricopa County highlight recent NAI Horizon deals

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA (March 26, 2018) – The sale of a contractor’s warehouse in Mesa and a land sale, 15 acres within Maricopa County, highlight recent transactions closed by NAI Horizon professionals.

Sale Transactions:

Rick Foss and Tom Bean, CCIM, negotiated the sale of a 12,436 SF property, representing both the buyer, YBL, LLC, and the seller, DMW Properties, LLC, for $2.675 million. The property is located at 10646 E. Pecos Road, Mesa, AZ.

Mark Wilcke negotiated the sale of a 15-acre plot of land, representing the buyer, United States of America, for $907,200. The property is located south of the SEC of Litchfield Road and Glendale Avenue in Maricopa County. Chad Russell with Land Advisors represented the seller, M&S Land Investment Company, LLP.

John Toben negotiated the sale of a 7,100 SF office property, representing the seller 16th Street Property Investments, LLC, for $800,000. The property is located at 7325 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ. Jacques-Henri Munro with Munro Realty International represented the buyer, ADLS Inc.

Rick Foss negotiated the sale of a 1.832-acre land property, representing the seller, Nelson AZ Properties, LLC, for $466,841. The property is located at 0 E. Corporate Place, Chandler, AZ. Kent Hanson with Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer, Unique Companies, LLC.

Laurel Lewis, Barbara Lloyd, and Lane Neville negotiated the sale of a 3,900 SF office property, representing the seller, Troon, LLC, for $270,883. The property is located at 10031 E. Dynamite, Units 200, 205 and 210, Scottsdale, AZ.

Lease Transactions:

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, The Market at Estrella Falls, LLC, in a retail lease with Party City for 15,068 SF at 1981 N. Pebble Creek Parkway, Goodyear, AZ.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, Queen Creek Fiesta, LLC, in a 120-month retail lease with Five Guys Burgers for 2,405 SF at 21545 S. Ellsworth Loop Rd., Queen Creek, AZ. Ben Craney with NAI Horizon – Tucson represented the tenant.

Tyler Smith represented the tenant, Landmark Title Assurance Agency of Arizona, LLC, in a 63-month lease at 7047 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Mike Strittmatter with CBRE represented the landlord, JPMCC 2007-CIBC19 East Greenway, LLC.

Barbara Lloyd and Tom Bean, CCIM, represented the landlord, Tempe CC, LLC, in a 60-month office lease for 2,604 SF at 4515 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ. Tim Whipple with West USA Commercial represented the tenant, Coelho & Associates.

Matt Harper represented the landlord, Hope Thunderbird, LLC, in a 60-month retail lease for 1,584 SF at 13702-4 N. 51st Ave., Glendale, AZ.

Tom Bean, CCIM, represented the tenant, Delante Solutions, LLC, in a 66-month retail lease for 825 SF at 960 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ. Trent Rustan with CPI represented the landlord, 32 Gallon Investments, LLC.

Matt Harper represented the landlord, Puchhi, Inc., in a 12-month retail lease renewal for 1,020 SF at 9501 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ.

Matt Harper represented the landlord, Hillcrest Plaza, LLC, in a 12-month retail lease for 820 SF at 1241 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ.




NAI Horizon negotiates $6.3M sale of flex building in Scottsdale Airpark submarket

NAI Horizon negotiates $6.3M sale of flex building in Scottsdale Airpark submarket

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (March 21, 2018) – NAI Horizon represented the seller in the $6.3 million sale of a flex building that will be converted into a music venue at 8445 E. Hartford Dr., in the highly-sought after Scottsdale Airpark submarket.

NAI Horizon Senior Vice Presidents Troy Giammarco and Tyler Smith represented C.R.C. Investments LLC, of Paradise Valley, an Arizona limited liability company, in the sale of the 30,000-square-foot building.

“We were pleased to obtain the full asking price for the property,” said Giammarco, who added it was one of the highest prices paid for a flex building in Perimeter Center in Scottsdale. “All parties involved collaborated to find solutions to everyone’s ultimate satisfaction. The new owner/occupiers will create an incredible music venue and ministry. We thank everyone for all their hard work.”

The building (55 percent office and 45 percent manufacturing) previously housed the headquarters for a natural supplement company.





NAI Horizon negotiates $2.675M acquisition of contractor’s facility in Mesa

NAI Horizon negotiates $2.675M acquisition of contractor’s facility in Mesa

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (March 19, 2018) – NAI Horizon Senior Vice President Rick Foss and Vice President Tom Bean, CCIM, represented the buyer and the seller, respectively, in the $2.675 million acquisition of a contractor’s facility at 10646 E. Pecos Rd., in Mesa, Arizona.

NAI Horizon negotiated the sale of the 12,436-square-foot property on behalf of DMW Properties LLC, an Oregon limited liability company.

“Wilson Construction Company made good use of this premier contractor’s facility since acquiring it in 2008,” Bean said. “With more new business developing in the West Valley, the decision was made to sell the property and relocate to a central location to better serve its clients in the Valley. Wilson Construction Company continues to expand its business throughout Metro Phoenix.”

The buyer was YBL LLC, an Arizona limited liability company whose corporate office is located in Peoria, Arizona.

“Younger Brothers acquired this facility to support the expansion of their numerous businesses related to residential construction,” Foss said. “This acquisition will specifically support their work on the Eastmark project and other residential development activity in the Southeast Valley in the future.”

YBL, which also operates as Liberty Lumber, is a contractor of residential and commercial lumber and supplies. It is moving its operations to the Mesa facility, which sits on 5.47 acres.

Business Development Guild accepting applications for 2018 Certified Business Developer training program

Business Development Guild accepting applications for 2018 Certified Business Developer training program

     PHOENIX, ARIZ.  (March 16, 2018) – The Business Development Guild, a source of education, coaching, and support for the business development profession, is accepting applications for its 2018 Certified Business Developer (CBD) program. It begins May 15.

The BD Guild is partnering with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering on the curriculum, which is designed in six modules encompassing two class sessions of 90 minutes each. Each module is held the third Tuesday of each month beginning in May.

The curriculum is a comprehensive view of the numerous aspects, skill sets and market understanding that make up the business development profession. The program is viewed as a critical element in training current and the next generation of BD professionals. The curriculum is designed to take the BD professional and their organization to the next level.  The benefits of obtaining the CBD include:

  • Maximizing return on BD investment;
  • Practical applications to daily activity;
  • Advanced industry knowledge;
  • Access to industry experts;
  • Improved communications with the operations team;
  • Understanding best in class revenue generation.

“We’re excited about the 2018 class and future Certified Business Developers,” said Joseph McGovern, co-founder of the Valley-based BD Guild. “The faculty is experts in their field and with our partnership with ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering, the BD Guild and CBD curriculum are raising the bar of the for the BD profession.”

The cost for the program is $1,800 for BD Guild members; $2,100 for non-members; and a millennial rate of $1,500 (35 and under). Lunch is served at each class.

Module 1, “The Anatomy of a Chase” and “Business Development Models and Roles/Definitions,” is May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Esplanade Conference Center, 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.

Curriculum and registration available at


LAI Phoenix chapter presents Mary C. Daly of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

LAI Phoenix chapter presents Mary C. Daly of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 14, 2018) – Shocks and Adjustments. The Outlook for U.S. Labor-Quality Growth. The Intensive and Extensive Margins of Real Wage Adjustment.

Mary C. Daly

Pretty heady stuff, all are working papers co-authored by Mary C. Daly, guest speaker as the Phoenix chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) presents the Executive Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

In her role, Daly oversees key research functions and supports the development of monetary policy by guiding and providing relevant economic and financial analyses. She is also the chair of the Bank’s Diversity Council, committed to creating an inclusive environment where employees have an opportunity to grow and develop.

Daly also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee in charge of strategic direction and policy for the Twelfth District. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 1996 after completing a National Institute of Aging Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University.

Her research focuses on topics including labor economics, economic inequality, wage and unemployment dynamics, and disability and retirement policy. She has collaborated with scholars in a multitude of fields and from around the globe to bring economic analysis into the development of effective and sustainable public policies.

The March 29 event at Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane in Phoenix, begins with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m. The presentation begins at noon. Registration fee is $45 for LAI Arizona members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register.

Iconic Design Studio, AWE Corporate Interiors collaborating for 2018 WRDE in Glendale

Iconic Design Studio, AWE Corporate Interiors collaborating for 2018 WRDE in Glendale

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 14, 2018) – Phoenix-based Iconic Design Studio (IDS) and AWE Corporate Interiors are combining their talents to represent the design and furniture industries at the 2018 Western Regional Dental Experience (WRDE) in Glendale, Arizona.

IDS is a full-service interior design firm led by Owner/Principal Kelli Berry. AWE Corporate Interiors is a commercial furniture dealership that specializes in office furniture and related services. AWE is owned by President and CEO Andrea Moseley. Both are women-owned companies.

The two firms will collaborate on “Iconic & AWE: One & Done Dental Design” at the 2018 WRDE, scheduled for April 12-14 at the Renaissance Glendale Resort & Spa.

“IDS has been actively involved in the delivery of interior design services for the dental market for the past four years,” said Berry, who possesses more than 40 years of experience in design and interior subcontracting. “We’ve managed the interior design, signage, logo, and branding scope for more than 20 locations from North Carolina to Mississippi to Texas and Arizona.”

Besides providing interior design services, IDS also offers consultation on conceptual interior space.

“Kelli Berry brings design knowledge and ideas to any project and makes them extraordinary offices,” said Moseley, who has more than 30 years of experience in commercial furniture. “With her design ideas, AWE incorporates furniture, lighting, accessories, and ergonomic options to make each office a unique experience for the client, all within the desired budget.”

AWE Corporate Interiors offers products ranging from cubicles and conference room furniture to reception and break room products, stand-up desks, and collaborative workspaces. It works with corporate, medical, hospitality, banking, legal, GSA, and educational clients.

WRDE brings together more than 1,000 dental industry professionals who provide comprehensive information on the latest dental-related technology including diagnostic tools, radiography, sterilization, dental equipment, billing and marketing solutions, general contracting, interior design, and logo branding. There will be numerous speakers covering topics from risk management, ethics, regulatory missteps, and a myriad of other topics.

The event is organized by the Arizona Dental Association. It features more than 55 speakers and 131 exhibitors. The keynote speaker is Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.