ASU Masters of Real Estate Development Students Put Creativity to the Test on May 8

ASU Masters of Real Estate Development Students Put Creativity to the Test on May 8

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REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge lets teams compete for bragging rights

 PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 23, 2018) – The 2017 winner was a mixed-use development at Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard in Tempe. It featured six separate parcels including a new school for the arts; a retail center at the NWC of Dorsey and Apache; retail/office space at the NEC corner of Dorsey and Apache; and three parcels of vacant City of Tempe land.

This year, the focus is on the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus in Glendale, Arizona. Now that Arizona State University is moving the school to downtown Phoenix, what will become of the 100-plus acre campus after it moves?

How will this year’s winning team dazzle the judges with their solutions?

Three teams of graduating students from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) program will compete for cash prizes of $1,000 per team member at the 5th annual REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge May 8 at Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane, in Phoenix.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $35 for non-REIAC members and $25 for students. Registration and networking begin at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 4:30 p.m. A networking mixer begins at 5:30 p.m. It includes hosted beverages and appetizers.

Each team is allotted 10 minutes to present a development solution for a storied piece of Arizona commercial real estate, followed by questions from the audience. Audience members will vote to choose the winning team after the presentations, awarding each winning team member a $1,000 check at the Challenge, up to $6,000.

“It is hard to believe this is already our fifth year supporting the annual MRED/REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge,” said Mark Singerman, President of the REIAC Southwest Chapter and Vice President/Regional Director-Arizona for The Rockefeller Group, the event’s title sponsor. “I think that the cash prize is welcomed, but it’s the bragging rights from winning this competition that has changed the dynamics for the entire MRED class.

“From the start of the academic year to their final synthesis project, one of the goals for each team is to be in the top three chosen to present to the REIAC Southwest membership and the public. This is a great way for all the participating teams to field questions and comments from experienced developers and investors. Everyone is a winner in this competition,” Singerman said.

Registration for the REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge is required. Register at


by Apr 22, 2018
Chef Lisa Dahl to Open Two New Restaurant Concepts at Popular Sedona Vista Village

Chef Lisa Dahl to Open Two New Restaurant Concepts at Popular Sedona Vista Village

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Debuting Butterfly Burger, a couture-burger lounge, 2nd location of Pisa Lisa  

     Sedona, Ariz.  (April 18, 2018) – Sedona Vista Village announces Chef Lisa Dahl, owner and executive Dahl Restaurant Group, is expanding her restaurant concepts with the debut of a “couture-burger lounge,” Butterfly Burger, and a second location of her fast-casual, wood-fired pizzeria Pisa Lisa at the mixed-use destination.

The two new restaurants are expected to open at Sedona Vista Village in early 2019.

Butterfly Burger will occupy a 2,500-square-foot restaurant located at the development’s main entrance, off SR-179, sharing the building currently occupied by Tuesday Morning. The restaurant will offer fast-casual service in a chic, high-end environment.

The menu will feature close to a dozen of Dahl’s award-winning burgers such as the Funghi Sublime, smothered in sautéed mushrooms and finished with imported truffle gouda and truffle dijonnaise; the Chimi Burger, a Black Angus beef burger with white cheddar, louis remoulade sauce, shredded romaine and crispy onion strings; and The Hipster Burger, a vegan’s dream made from lentil and walnuts with green goddess salad, roasted tomato and pimenton aioli.

The menu will also include robust salads and side dishes like Parmesan Dusted Duck-Fat Fries; Quinoa Tabouli; Mediterranean Orecchiette Pasta Salad; Mariposa Gold Yukon Potato Salad and more. Butterfly Burger will be home to a dozen signature sauces, which Dahl plans to roll out in specialty grocery stores later this year.

The second Pisa Lisa location will occupy a prime 3,500 SF restaurant in the development’s south building, nestled on the corner of Jack’s Canyon Road and SR-179. The new location will be similar in style and menu to the original, located in West Sedona. Pisa Lisa offers wood-fired pizzas, organic salads, tapas and homemade gelato within an eclectic setting that pays homage to Dahl’s love of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Both restaurants will begin tenant improvements in the coming months as renovations of Sedona Vista Village continue, transforming the former outlet mall into a premium mixed-use destination with restaurants, retail and a new 117-room hotel, Element by Westin. Phoenix-based Brick & West Design, owned by Michael Rumpeltin, is leading the architectural design of Dahl’s restaurants.

“The Village of Oak Creek is the gateway to Sedona and it’s long overdue for a culinary identity all its own,” Dahl said. “When I opened Cucina Rustica in The Village 15 years ago, it was the only fine-dining option in the area. Today, it’s more popular than ever and we’re outpacing our numbers year-after-year. There’s huge demand for more dining options in the area and I’m excited to further our presence in the community.”

Dahl is one of the country’s leading female chefs and restaurateurs who have pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona for more than 20 years. A James Beard House-featured chef and completely self-taught, Dahl is widely credited for Sedona’s recent emergence as a national “foodie destination.”

Dahl introduced fine dining to Sedona in the late 90s with the opening of Dahl & Di Luca and has since expanded to become the largest restaurant group in the area with accolades spanning the culinary spectrum. Today, she also runs Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill.

“Welcoming Lisa Dahl’s two new restaurants to Sedona Vista Village is significant for us, the community we serve and the guests we look forward to hosting at the highly-anticipated Element by Westin,” said Marty Aronson, owner of Sedona Vista Village. “This is validation that our renovation is bringing positive change and creating a desirable new destination for Sedona area residents and guests.”

by Apr 18, 2018
Veteran residential real estate broker Jennifer Wehner brings top team to eXp Realty

Veteran residential real estate broker Jennifer Wehner brings top team to eXp Realty

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     PHOENIX, ARIZ.  (April 18, 2018) – Residential real estate broker Jennifer Wehner, who boasts the No. 1 female Re/Max team in the state, is joining eXp Realty, an agent-owned cloud brokerage firm.

A 15-year veteran of the real estate industry, Wehner joins eXp from Re/Max Fine Properties. She is in the top 20 Realtors (out of 36,000) in the Metro Phoenix MLS.

Wehner leads a team of 10 licensed professionals who specialize in resale, new homes, land, and investment properties in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and surrounding municipalities in Maricopa County.

“I’m thrilled to grow team and our business with the fastest growing firm in brokerage history with eXp Realty,” Wehner said. “It’s an opportunity for our entire team to own a part of the business. We have a good-sized team selling between 200 and 300 homes a year, heavily focused on the customer service experience. We also offer a unique guaranteed sale program that gives sellers more than one option.”

Wehner and her team give back to the community. The goal this year is raise $15,000 for Sunshine Acres children’s home in Mesa. Wehner is a mother of four children, ages 2-20. She is a graduate of Cal State University-Long Beach.

by Apr 18, 2018
Artisan Colour celebrates 20 years of bringing perfect color to clients in the business world

Artisan Colour celebrates 20 years of bringing perfect color to clients in the business world

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     SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (April 18, 2018) – Artisan Colour, founded by a trio of print professionals in 1998, is celebrating 20 years of providing innovative catalog services and custom commercial printing to businesses and individuals locally and nationwide.

Located in a 36,000-square-foot building in North Scottsdale, Artisan Colour was founded by catalog industry veterans Doug Bondon, Joe Vallone, and John Passante. Together, the founders represent more than 115 years of color separation and printing experience.

The company employs a team of more than 60 industry professionals dedicated to providing clients of any size with color management, professional studio photography, in-house creative services, and high-quality printing solutions.

“Artisan is delighted to be celebrating 20 years in business. Looking back on two decades, we have built a solid foundation based on a customer-first mindset and unwavering attention to quality,” said President and CEO Doug Bondon.

Artisan Colour utilizes a large format, flatbed printer for many of its clients.

“Today’s Artisan is a state-of-the-art color graphics agency with a flair for exquisite modern printing. We are proud to have served the community in Phoenix and nationwide and will continue to do so for many years to come,” Bondon said.

Artisan Colour began as a catalog production company in 1998. For its first five years, Artisan built a reputation as one of the top catalog production and color management companies in the nation, winning clients such as Neiman Marcus, Chico’s, Patagonia, and Sundance Catalog. Artisan has since added other highly-recognizable national brands including Prana, Pottery Barn, White House/Black Market, and Bergdorf Goodman.

In 2005, Artisan Colour moved to its current location near Westworld in North Scottsdale. The company absorbed a large format printing company, expanding into a state-of-the-art print production facility. Artisan Colour has diversified its offerings by adding in-house software design engineers, graphic design, and advanced online ordering solutions.

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by Apr 16, 2018
The Muller Company Phoenix office earns prestigious AMO designation from IREM

The Muller Company Phoenix office earns prestigious AMO designation from IREM

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     PHOENIX, ARIZ.  (April 16, 2018) – The Muller Company, a privately held real-estate investment, development, and management firm, has earned the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

The interior of Sky Harbor Towers.

Jenny Blanchart, CPM, LEED GA, Director of Property Management for The Muller Company, will be formally awarded the AMO certificate at the IREM Greater Phoenix Chapter’s lunch meeting on May 22 at the Arizona Country Club.

A select group of 30 Arizona firms holds the AMO designation and 550 firms hold the accreditation nationwide. IREM Greater Phoenix Chapter represents more than 300 property managers, owners, and developers in Metro Phoenix.

Genna Goldberg, CPM, The Muller Company’s Senior Property Manager, initiated the accreditation process. The Muller Company manages office, retail, and industrial properties.

“We are honored to receive the AMO designation on behalf of The Muller Company,” Blanchart said. “This accreditation represents a high level of commitment to our industry and continued efforts to meet and push the guidelines set by IREM and our colleagues in this market. The AMO is a designation that immediately speaks to the quality of our company and the character of our team.”

Buildings in Metro Phoenix for which The Muller Company provides property management include Phoenix Corporate Tower, 3003 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Diablo Technology Park, 2900 S. Diablo Way, Tempe; and Sky Harbor Towers at 4605 and 4615 E. Elwood St., Phoenix.

IREM’s AMO accreditation is awarded to companies that demonstrate a high level of performance, experience, stability and financial accountability, and have a Certified Property Manager (CPM) in an executive position.

IREM ensures that these standards are maintained by reviewing accreditation every three years. AMO firms must abide by a rigorous Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the institute.

IREM has 82 U.S. chapters, seven international chapters, and several other partnerships around the world. The organization is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.




by Apr 14, 2018
ULI Arizona Main Program presents ‘Creating a New Identity for Malls: One Size Doesn’t Fit All’

ULI Arizona Main Program presents ‘Creating a New Identity for Malls: One Size Doesn’t Fit All’

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     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 12, 2018) – Changes in consumer preferences, population dynamics, and real estate requirements have created opportunities for mall owners to respond with new design concepts, retail formats, public space, and amenities.

Re-positioning and adaptive reuse of space, enhancement of experiences and entertainment, and intensification of uses can be witnessed around the country as well as in the Valley.

These and other topics will be discussed when ULI Arizona presents its Main Program, “Creating a New Identity for Malls: One Size Doesn’t Fit All.”

The event is scheduled for April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. Member registration is $75, private; $55, public/under 35/non-profit; and $40, student. Non-member registration is $100, $75, and $60.

Moderating the event will be David Larcher, President, Vestar. Panelists include Warren Fink, COO, Carlyle Development Group; Sharon Harper, President and CEO, Plaza Companies; and Scott Nelson, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Services, Macerich.

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by Apr 12, 2018
Sedona Vista Village Welcomes Tortas de Fuego Restaurant

Sedona Vista Village Welcomes Tortas de Fuego Restaurant

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The Sedona-area favorite is opening its second location at Sedona Vista Village  

     Sedona, Ariz.  (April 10, 2018) – Sedona Vista Village announces that Tortas de Fuego, a popular authentic Mexican food restaurant, will be opening its second Sedona area location this summer. Tortas de Fuego, a top-ranked casual Mexican restaurant on Trip Advisor and Yelp, will occupy 2,950 square feet and a patio where the Marketplace Café was previously located.

Owners of Tortas de Fuego are currently in the design phase of their new location at Sedona Vista Village, 6657 AZ-179. The new location will feature the same delicious, authentic Mexican food that people have come to love in a larger dining room than the original location. The new comfortable, casual dining restaurant location will feature a full bar and patio dining area. Tenant improvements will begin soon, in order to open the new restaurant during the summer of 2018.

“We are very pleased to be adding this local favorite and expanding our dining options at Sedona Vista Village,” said Marty Aronson, an owner of Sedona Vista Village. “We are pleased to be making great progress on our goal of creating a destination that offers in dining, shopping and entertainment along the gateway to Sedona.”

Tortas de Fuego is joining current tenants of the development, including Famous Footwear, Tuesday Morning, Kitchen Collection, the Majestic Theatre and Speakeasy and the Element Hotel by Westin, currently under construction on the north end of the Sedona Vista Village development. Additional storefront space on the development’s south side is available for lease immediately.

The chief leasing agent for Sedona Vista Village is Jack McMahon of John D. Miller Commercial Real Estate Services, in Sedona. He can be reached at 928-224-2709 or

by Apr 10, 2018
CoreNet Global Arizona seeks volunteers to take part in Habitat for Humanity Build Day

CoreNet Global Arizona seeks volunteers to take part in Habitat for Humanity Build Day

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      PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 5, 2018) – CoreNet Global Arizona is taking part in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day on April 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kala Roy Home, 921 S. Montezuma St., in Phoenix.

CoreNet Global Arizona is looking for volunteers interested in participating in this build day. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers are guided by trained Habitat leaders through the task of the day.

Participating in Habitat for Humanity Build Days helps bring affordable housing to local families and giving people a shot at an improved life. Benefits include better health and education as the result of kids who grow up in a Habitat home.

“CoreNet Global Arizona is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build strength, stability, and self-reliance in the community,” said Simon Davis, President of CoreNet Global Arizona. “We are excited to help raise awareness that we can build self-reliance through shelter.  We look forward to working hard, having fun with this event and changing the world one person at a time.”

Click here to register.



by Apr 05, 2018
Local firm KatzDesignGroup helps bring first medical marijuana dispensary to Chandler

Local firm KatzDesignGroup helps bring first medical marijuana dispensary to Chandler

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     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 4, 2018) – KatzDesignGroup recently provided full scope interior design for the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Chandler, Ariz.

Territory Dispensary opened its doors March 9 at 7200 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 7, in one of the Southeast Valley’s most desirable cities.

“We met our goal by making this modern space feel open and inviting for all to enjoy,” said KatzDesignGroup Principal Beth Katz. “People have commented that they feel like they have entered the Apple store of dispensaries.”

KatzDesignGroup designed the 1,600-square-foot open space with custom backlit display tables, jewelry-store-style point-of-sale stations, distressed wood cabinets, wood and steel suspended product displays, and custom topography wallpaper.

Special design features are the branded “topography lines” routed into the concrete in Territory orange and an oversized fabric tarp in Territory blue suspended over the display tables.

“As the first dispensary to open in Chandler, it is positioned to make its patrons feel as comfortable walking into Territory to purchase product as they would walk into a Patagonia store to purchase a watch or hat,” Katz said. “The space exudes a lifestyle product brand that focuses on health and wellness.”

Territory is owned and operated by James Christenson, Dixon Oats, Nic Peterson, and Rodney Hu.

Other team members include Adam Dalke, PRH Construction; Michael Hall, architect of record; AWE Collective; Vallelonga Structural Engineering; Associated Mechanical Engineering; and Tuley Engineering.

by Apr 04, 2018
Phoenix chapter of LAI to discuss education and its impact on economic development

Phoenix chapter of LAI to discuss education and its impact on economic development

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PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 3, 2018) – Education is one of the fundamental factors of economic development. No municipality or state can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital.

The Phoenix chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) presents “Education and Its Impact on Economic Development” at its April 10 lunch at Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane, Phoenix.

Panelists include Dave Stakebake, Assistant Director of Strategic Employer Development for Career and Professional Development Services at Arizona State University; Christine Thompson, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona; and Rachel Yanof, Executive Director of Achieve60AZ.

The event 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. Lunch is included. Click here to register.

by Apr 03, 2018