Ben Gorbea rejoins Sigma Contracting as Superintendent, brings 25 years experience

Ben Gorbea rejoins Sigma Contracting as Superintendent, brings 25 years experience

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (July 15, 2019) – Sigma Contracting is pleased to announce the re-hiring of Superintendent Ben Gorbea, who had previously worked for the Arizona-based general contracting company.

Currently supervising the addition to Legacy Traditional School in the City of Maricopa, Gorbea will oversee the operations of his construction site, from planning to completion. He will be responsible for daily scheduling, supervising all activities and tasks and ensuring the safety and compliance of the project site.

Gorbea possesses 25 years of industry experience and has served as a superintendent for various construction companies including Sigma Contracting and Balfour Beatty. He also worked as an industrial mechanic/industrial electrician for OMCO solar.

“Having previously worked for us, we are pleased to have the opportunity to rehire and welcome him back,” said Dan Hinkson, President of Sigma Contracting. “We are truly honored to have him back in the field.”

A native of New York, N.Y., Gorbea is married. He and his wife have young boys. Away from the construction site, he enjoys off-roading and camping. He also enjoys working around the house, teaching his sons how to fix things “so I won’t have to one day.”


by Jul 15, 2019
NAI Horizon’s Manufactured Housing Investments team closes $5.4M sale of SEV mobile home park

NAI Horizon’s Manufactured Housing Investments team closes $5.4M sale of SEV mobile home park

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (July 8, 2019) – The NAI Horizon Manufactured Housing Investments team of Russ Warner, Andrew Warner and Victoria Filice negotiated the $5.4 million sale of Palms Mobile Home Park, 1050 E. Broadway Ave., in Apache Junction, Arizona.

NAI Horizon represented the seller, Christine G. Weech Testamentary Trust & Hyrum Newell Weech Testamentary Trust of Safford, Arizona.

Built in 1970, Palms Mobile Home Park is a senior living community with 89 spaces. Amenities include a clubhouse with meeting space and a kitchen; shuffleboard courts; and lighted streets.

The price equates to a 2.6 percent cap rate using 2018 actual income and expenses.

“This was an older but extremely well-maintained senior park with upgraded infrastructure and extremely low rents,” said Russ Warner, a Senior Vice President in Manufactured Housing Investments. “The buyer was in a position to integrate the park with his adjacent property, White Sands Mobile Estates.”

Andrew Warner is an Associate at NAI Horizon. Victoria Filice is an intern in the Investment Sales Division.

The buyer was First Exchange Company as Qualified Intermediary for White Sands MHC LLC c/o MHC Management Services LLC of Tampa, Florida.

by Jul 08, 2019
New leadership takes the helm of ULI Arizona; Heidi Kimball of Sunbelt Holdings named Chair

New leadership takes the helm of ULI Arizona; Heidi Kimball of Sunbelt Holdings named Chair

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (July 8, 2019) – Longtime ULI leader Heidi Kimball, Senior Vice President with Sunbelt Holdings, has been selected as the new Chair of the Urban Land Institute, Arizona District Council (ULI Arizona), serving on a voluntary basis for a two-year term that started on July 1.

Kimball, a full member of the Urban Land Institute, has been actively involved in ULI since 2007 and was previously Vice Chair with responsibility for Mission Advancement.  Her extensive volunteerism at ULI locally includes District Council Treasurer, Trends Day Chair, and a Partnership Forum Mentor. At the ULI national level, she is Vice Chair of the Responsible Property Investment Product Council.

Mark Winkleman

Kimball is highly engaged in real estate development endeavors through her professional work as well as her volunteer efforts with ULI and the Arizona State University’s Real Estate Advisory Board. Her charitable work includes positions within the Mesa Arts Center Foundation, East Valley Partnership, and serving as a Trustee of Valley Partnership’s Political Action Committee. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming and earned a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Kimball succeeds Charley Freericks, Senior Vice President with Catellus Development Corporation, who will move into the Governance Chair role for ULI.

“Our district and national councils are the foundation for ULI’s collective impact,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Ed Walter. “They make an incredible difference in the quality of our work and the fulfillment of our mission.”

Kimball is a recognized leader in real estate development, management and investment throughout the Southwest since 1979. Over the course of its 40-year history, Sunbelt has developed a strong presence in commercial development and asset management, as well as the developer of some of the Valley’s most beloved residential communities including McDowell Mountain Ranch in Scottsdale, Power Ranch in the East Valley, Vistancia in the Northwest Valley and Marina Heights in Tempe.

Heather Personne

Recent acquisitions have provided unique opportunities in commercial development in urban centers, including the Brown and Brown Chevrolet dealership site in downtown Mesa and several mixed-use projects in Phoenix.

“I look forward to this opportunity to serve ULI Arizona, and advance ULI’s tradition of knowledge sharing and mentoring through the district council network,” Kimball said. “As a neutral convener, ULI creates forums for highly effective information exchange where members representing vastly different markets can share ideas and best practices.  It is one of ULI’s great offerings.”

ULI Arizona also announced the following industry professionals will be rounding out the District Council leadership team: Mark Winkleman, a ULI full member and President of MGS Realty Partners, is the incoming Vice Chair. Heather Personne, a ULI full member and Managing Principal of Evolve Ventures, is the incoming Treasurer. Both have been extensively involved in ULI leadership positions locally and Personne is Vice Chair of the ULI National Placemaking Product Council.

About ULI

The Urban Land Institute is a 501[c][3] nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute has more than 42,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent multidisciplinary land use and real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Learn more about ULI Arizona at



by Jul 08, 2019
NAI Horizon negotiates $4.63M sale of iconic, award-winning Phoenix building, 2944 Plaza

NAI Horizon negotiates $4.63M sale of iconic, award-winning Phoenix building, 2944 Plaza

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    PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 26, 2019) – NAI Horizon represented Alva Pinchot, LLC (Frederic Winssinger, Principal), in the $4.63 million disposition of 2944 Plaza, a 28,312 SF office property located at 2944 North 44th St., in Phoenix.

NAI Horizon Senior Vice President Lane Neville and Associate Logan Crum represented the seller. Tenants at 2944 Plaza include NAI Horizon, RW Partners, ORB Architecture, Freestar LLC, Salt Digital and the office of U.S. Congressman Greg Stanton.

The building near the intersection of 44th Street and Thomas Road was designed by award-winning architect Eddie Jones. It earned two prestigious design awards: the American Institute Honor Award and the AIA Western International Design Award.

“The property is strategically located in the heart of the 44th Street corridor with immediate proximity to the acclaimed Arcadia neighborhood, one of the most sought after residential areas in the City of Phoenix,” Neville said.

Jeff Conrad with Lee & Associates was the broker for the buyer, Curran Properties, L.P. of Washington, represented by Michael Dolan, Scott Carson and Carrie Carson.


by Jun 26, 2019
NAIOP Arizona Developing Leaders Young Professional Group honors its 2018-19 class

NAIOP Arizona Developing Leaders Young Professional Group honors its 2018-19 class

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 25, 2019) – A stellar group of 19 protégés was honored recently as the NAIOP Arizona Developing Leaders Young Professional Group (YPG) Mentor Program hosted graduation for the 2018-2019 class at Citizen Public House.

Mentors and protégés gathered June 10 in Scottsdale for a reception, presentations and dinner. The 19 protégés, grouped into four teams, pitched development proposals on their choice of two sites: Cactus Commerce Center, an industrial development; and Summit Business Park, an office development.

Teams were matched throughout the 9-month program and created a development and business plan for the site. The program culminated with project presentations to equity sources, pitching them to invest in their respective deals.

NITTA Commerce Center took home top honors. The proposal was to take down the site in four phases and develop a combination of industrial, flex space and retail. Future phases incorporated self-storage and cold storage.

Team members included Ryan Donahue, Lovitt-Touche; Mark Esslinger, Colliers, Matt Field, Ryan Companies US; Lauren Fisher, Deutsch Architecture Group; Jake Hanvey, Willmeng Construction; and Aaron Kimberlin, McShane Companies. John Orsak of Lincoln Property Company was mentor of the winning team.

“This program is truly a great opportunity for the participating protégés to gain a better perspective of the various aspects of real estate development,” said mentor Cathy Thuringer of Trammell Crow Company. “I have served as a mentor for the last four years, and continue to be a huge advocate of the program for the valuable insight it provides young professionals into the complicated world of development.”

Additional mentors were Megan Creecy-Herman, Prologis; and Molly Carson, Ryan Companies US. Serving on the Investment Committee (judging panel) were Cooper Fratt, CBRE; Gary Anderson, Cushman & Wakefield; Pat Devine, Artis REIT; and Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise Economic Development.

Program chair was Cullen Mahoney of Trammell Crow Company. Co-chairs were Josh Tracy, Ryan Companies US; and Mollie Zemer, Barclay Group.

“The YPG program is educational, collaborative and offers participants a better understanding of how all the pieces of a development come together,” Zemer said. “We had four great presentations this year, all groups chose industrial for this site and each pitch was unique in its offering.”

The rest of the protégés include Alyssa Altosino, Cushman & Wakefield; Justin Arnitz, Lincoln Property Company; Shane Coppedge, Brycon; Tanner Ferrandi, CBRE; Connor Maloney, Transwestern; Matthew Miceli, Midfirst Bank Juan Montoya, Okland Capital; Michael Mulé, Wells Fargo; Cody Pillsbury, Layton Construction; Nico Rochwalik, JOKAKE Construction; Patrick Schrimsher, Cushman & Wakefield; Massimo Sommacampagna, CIMA Holdings, LLC; and Drew Wenger, FCI Constructors, Inc.

Applications for the 2019-2020 NAIOP YPG Mentor Program will be available in September. All NAIOP members who are age 35 or under qualify to participate in the Developing Leaders program, whether they joined through the DL membership category or as part of a corporate membership.

by Jun 25, 2019
ULI Arizona receives $30,000 to study affordable housing, Vitalyst Health Foundation a key partner

ULI Arizona receives $30,000 to study affordable housing, Vitalyst Health Foundation a key partner

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      PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 25, 2019) – The Urban Land Institute Arizona District Council (ULI Arizona) was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from global ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to convene a local task force to study the intersection of health and housing in Arizona.

A key feature that made ULI Arizona’s application stand out is the financial commitment and strong partnership with Vitalyst Health Foundation, which is making an additional $10,000 contribution. ULI Arizona is one of four ULI District Councils (Arizona, Chicago, Sacramento and Tampa Bay) selected to explore land use and transportation barriers to healthy places and identify sustainable and equitable solutions.

“Lack of affordable housing is responsible for some of the most damaging health effects to individuals and families,” says Heidi Kimball, Senior Vice President, Sunbelt Holdings, and incoming Chair, ULI Arizona. “No one entity alone will be able to solve the growing affordability and equity challenges facing our communities. This grant will help us work with development industry, public sector and nonprofit leaders to explore new equitable models and approaches supporting healthy living and affordable housing.”

ULI Arizona and Vitalyst Health Foundation will work closely together and with other community partners (Maricopa Association of Governments, City of Tempe, ASU Stardust Center Affordable Homes and the Family, LISC Phoenix, and others) to examine how the lack of affordable housing in core urban areas exacerbates health inequities and how to shift policies and practices to help more people be healthier and live well in quality housing connected to essential services.

In Metro Phoenix, the gap between what residents earn and housing costs is widening, especially along transit corridors, pricing out the people who benefit the most from living near public transportation options.

C.J. Eisenbarth Hager, Director of Healthy Community Policies for Vitalyst Health Foundation, will co-chair the task force with housing expert Silvia Urrutia, Managing Partner, U Developing, LLC. Hager explains that health is inextricably tied to where people live.

“When you look at life expectancy by ZIP code across the Valley, you see short distances can reveal significant gaps in health,” Hager said. “Children born in the City of Scottsdale can expect to see their 85th birthday, whereas in South Phoenix, people are likely to only reach their 71st. As seen in other communities, ZIP codes can be more important indicators of health than people’s genetic code.”

Working over the course of a year and a half in collaboration with ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative experts and the other awarded District Councils, the task force will develop local action and outreach plans and document a synthesis of best practices that will be shared with communities throughout the region and nationally.

About ULI

The Urban Land Institute is a 501[c][3] nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Arizona is one of the largest and most active District Councils with over 1,100 members statewide. For more information visit

by Jun 24, 2019
Pair of sales involving retail building, 1.89 acres of land, long-term lease for furniture distributor highlight recent deals by NAI Horizon   

Pair of sales involving retail building, 1.89 acres of land, long-term lease for furniture distributor highlight recent deals by NAI Horizon  

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 24, 2019) – A pair of sales involving a retail building and 1.89 acres of land and the long-term lease for a furniture distributor highlight transactions recently closed by NAI Horizon professionals.

Sale Transactions:

Sharon Reeves negotiated the sale of a retail building, representing the seller, Vertical Bridge, LLC, for $475,000. The property is located at 7318 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. The buyer, Roberto Hernandez, was represented by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s.

Mark Wilcke negotiated the sale of 1.89 acres of vacant land, representing the seller, WINCO, LLC, for $310,000. The property is located at 15675 & 15689 W. Elwood St., Goodyear, AZ. The buyer, ECBP AZ, LLC, was represented by Tarja Panfil with West USA Realty, Inc.

Lease Transactions:

Isy Sonabend represented the tenant, International Furniture Direct, in an 81-month lease for 48,000 SF at 9310 W. Buckeye Rd., Tolleson, AZ. Steve Bodeman with Daum Commercial, represented the landlord, First Industrial.

Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek, Gabe Ortega and Patrick Anthon represented the landlord, Queen Creek Fiesta, LLC, in a 120-month retail lease for 3,000 SF at 21545 S. Ellsworth Loop Road, Queen Creek, AZ. Marty Olejarczyk with GPS Advisors represented the tenant, SCFoust, LLC.

 Stan Matzinger and Thomas Bean, CCIM, represented the tenant, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, in a 15-month lease for 2,793 SF at 12515 W. Bell Road, Surprise, AZ. The landlord, 12515 LLC, was represented by Bonnie C. Halley, CCIM, with Colliers International.

Laurel Lewis and Dylan Whitwer represented the landlord, Prolific Business Solutions, LLC, in a 21-month office sublease for 2,015 SF at 11111 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. The tenant, Nicole D. Stoutner, PLLC and Steven N. Cole, LLC, was represented by Claudia Lucaire with Realty One Group.

Laurel Lewis represented the tenant, Craig Penrod, in a 12-month renewal lease for 1,885 SF at 301 W. Warner Road, Tempe, AZ.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the tenant, John M. Hilland Insurance Agency, Inc., in a 38-month office lease for 850 SF at 4545 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ. The landlord, The Killian Company, was represented by Jeff Sorenson with Sunny Mesa Realty.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Grand Center Plaza, LLC, in a 36-month retail lease for 1,107 SF at 11001 N. 99th Ave., Peoria, AZ. The tenant, SVP Sewing Brands, LLC, represented itself.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, SAJ Properties, LLC, in a 26-month retail lease for 900 SF at 15420 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ. The tenant, Seamless Hair Reflections Studio, LLC, represented itself.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Arizona MSK, LLC, in a 14-month retail lease for 1,000 SF at 5270 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ. The tenant, Raspados Y Antojitos JCS, LLC, represented itself.

Matt Harper, CCIM, represented the landlord, Puchhi, Inc., in a 12-month renewal lease for 1,020 SF at 9501 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ. The tenant, The Greenline Enterprises Brokerage, Inc., represented itself.


by Jun 24, 2019
Arizona Self-Storage Association elects 3 new board members; re-elects 7 current members

Arizona Self-Storage Association elects 3 new board members; re-elects 7 current members

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      PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 25, 2019) – Arizona Self-Storage Association (AZSA), the trade association that represents the self-storage industry in Arizona, recently elected three new board members and re-elected seven board members.

Newly elected board members are David Brown, Wentworth Property Company; Matthew Hall, Stadium Properties / Dollar Self Storage; and Belinda Rosthenhausler, Clear Title Agency of Arizona.


David Brown

Re-elected to the board are Bill Alter, Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate; Diane Gibson, Cox Armored Mini Storage Management, Inc.; Jeff Gorden, Eagle Commercial Realty Services; Dave King, Wentworth Property Company; Martin Lorch, BPI Capital Management, Inc.; Ray McRae, Arizona Mini Storage Management Company/Storage Solutions; and Chris Rudel, The Rudel Company.

AZSA boasts more than 600 facilities in the association owned by approximately 300 owner/operators as well as more than 100 associate members who are both local and national vendors to the self-storage industry.

AZSA holds 25 events a year, including live and virtual (webinar) educational offerings and networking opportunities. Its annual conference is Sept. 25-26, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona. The AZSA Golf Tournament is Sept. 24 at the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass.

Matt Hall

“AZSA events are a great way to get involved and engage with our membership,” said Executive Director Anne Mari DeCoster. “Our events include five Phoenix networking breakfasts and five Tucson Tuesday happy hours or breakfasts.”

The group also offers workshops in various cities around the state throughout the year and monthly webinars.

Officers for 2019 are: Dave King, President; Diane Gibson, Vice President; Jeff Gorden, Secretary; Martin Lorch, Treasurer; Poppy Behrens, Conference Chair; Carol Mixon Krendl, Education Chair; Travis Morrow, Immediate Past President; and Richard Marmor, Legal & Legislative Chair. Directors include Bill Alter, James Appleton, Matthew Hall, Korey Hanson, Whitney Jurjevich, Andrew Kelly, Ray McRae, Chris Rudel, Belinda Rosthenhausler, Tarik Williams and David Brown.

 About AZSA

Founded in 1996, the Arizona Self-Storage Association was created to strengthen the self-storage industry in Arizona, promote professional standards and quality, and present a unified voice on issues affecting the industry in the state and in its communities. AZSA continues that mission today with approximately 700 facility and vendor members and 300 owners. AZSA works to add and refine services which benefit it members. These services include legislative watch, legal resources, communications, facility and vendor search, educational events and networking and the AZSA Self-Storage Conference & Trade Show.  For more information visit


by Jun 24, 2019
GLHN Architects & Engineers expands Arizona offices with hiring of two electrical engineers

GLHN Architects & Engineers expands Arizona offices with hiring of two electrical engineers

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 17, 2019) – GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc., an employee-owned firm with more than 50 years of expertise in healthcare and higher education projects, added to its expanding footprint in Arizona with the hiring of two engineers, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson.

Tony Spence

Ye Zhang, PE, joins the Phoenix office as an Electrical Engineer. She will also assist with business development. Tony Spence joins GLHN’s Tucson office as a Senior Electrical Engineer. His experience includes electrical design, power distribution, motor control, grounding, lighting and lightning protection.

Zhang, a native of Beijing, China, possesses 12 years of experience as an electrical engineer. She previously worked at SNC-Lavalin (Canada), SmithGroup, WSP and was an engineer for Katerra. Zhang earned a bachelor of engineering degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Zhang’s philanthropy includes donating money to the Jane Goodall Institute and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

“We were fortunate in obtaining two electrical engineers with the experience and enthusiasm that suit the needs of the Phoenix and Tucson offices,” said Robert Alcala, GLHN’s Electrical Engineering Department Manager.

Spence, a native of Alabama, possesses 30 years of engineering experience, including 11 with Boeing. He also worked at KEY Engineering and D&S Consulting Engineers. In his free time Spence enjoys hiking and playing the guitar and drums.

GLHN recently opened a Valley location with Russell Combs named Phoenix Office Lead. GLHN’s professionals are LEED Accredited Professionals in all disciplines. Its services include architecture and electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering.

GLHN excels at medical and laboratory facilities, utility master planning, design of central plants and underground utility distribution systems, complex multi-phased renovation projects, fleet vehicle maintenance facilities, and enhanced systems commissioning.



About GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc.

GLHN is an employee-owned firm established in 1963 with a professional staff of more than 50. It operates offices in Phoenix and Tucson. The Phoenix office recently opened. Staff includes LEED Accredited Professionals in all disciplines, Certified Energy Managers, Building Energy Simulation Analysts, Certified Commissioning Authorities and Technicians, and a Lighting Certified designer. GLHN has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs continuously since 1975 and has completed projects at more than 120 VA Medical Centers nationwide. GLHN has also worked for nearly two dozen higher educational institutions, developing innovative campus carbon reduction programs.

GLHN embraces technological advancements in the A/E industry for the benefit of its clients and believes Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the future of the design and construction industry. The firm utilizes fully-integrated 3D design, using the Autodesk Autocad-based Revit and Civil3D platforms. For more information visit

by Jun 17, 2019
NAI Horizon negotiates long-term lease for  importer, distributor of furniture in Tolleson

NAI Horizon negotiates long-term lease for  importer, distributor of furniture in Tolleson

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     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 12, 2019): NAI Horizon represented the tenant in a long-term lease for a furniture importer at 9310 W. Buckeye Road, in Tolleson, Arizona.
     NAI Horizon Senior Vice Presidents Isy Sonabend represented International Furniture Direct of Houston, Texas, in a new lease totaling $1.63 million.
      “International Furniture Direct has doubled its footprint in Phoenix to meet the increasing demands for their product lines in the U.S.,” Sonabend said. “IFD is engaged in a long-term strategy of growth in Arizona while expanding its territorial reach.
       International Furniture Direct, a case goods manufacturer with two factories in Mexico, is taking up 48,000 SF of a 250,000-SF industrial building in the much sought-after Southwest Phoenix submarket. Its product lines include dining and bedroom furniture, entertainment units, occasional tables, consoles, bars, barstools and more.
      IFD occupies four U.S. warehouses strategically situated in Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.
     The landlord, First Industrial c/o Merit Partners, Inc., of Scottsdale was represented by Steve Bodeman of Daum Commercial.

by Jun 12, 2019