Feedback: July 2016

by Mayors W.J. “Jim” Lane, Jay Tibshraeny, Jerry Weiers

Question: Describe one or two of your most effective policies or strategies to help small business grow in your city. W.J. “Jim” Lane Mayor City of Scottsdale Sector: Government The City of Scottsdale was named one of the Top 10 locations to launch a startup for a reason, and closely helps local businesses and entrepreneurs grow… [More]

Feedback: June 2016

by Julie Brassell | Brian Cassidy | James Lundy

Question: Economic development is a community-wide enterprise. This issue’s cover story deals with the importance of factors beyond just attracting new business. How does your organization contribute to the bigger picture of economic development for our region? Julie Brassell Executive Director Business United for Scottsdale Schools Sector: Nonprofit We can help our local business community… [More]

Feedback: May 2016

by Chris Chamberlain | Alvaro Sande | Patricia Watts

Question: What do you feel are the main drivers for projects like yours? How is your project indicative of trends in the current commercial real estate market? Chris Chamberlain Real Estate Developer North American Development Group Sector: Real Estate With the growing demand in the Valley for truly great live/work spaces in our urban areas,… [More]

Feedback: April 2016

by Chad Falkenberg, Carson Holmquist, Nathan Perrins

Question: What is the most notable need your employees have expressed regarding healthcare and wellness since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Chad Falkenberg Chairman and CEO Soilworks Sector: Manufacturing At Soilworks, offering a choice in healthcare plans is very important to our employees. They appreciate having three quality healthcare choices available… [More]

Feedback: March 2016

by Bo Calbert, John Lines, Jason Mitchell

Question: What has your company’s philanthropic giving or activities done for the morale of your workforce? Bo Calbert President McCarthy Building Companies Southwest Division Sector: Construction Heart Hats is the volunteer-based community outreach arm of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division, based in Phoenix. Heart Hats is organized by McCarthy employees and their families to support the communities… [More]

Feedback: February 2016

by Howard Lein, Brad Taylor, Lorraine Zomok

Question: It is expected that a major event venue will generate benefit to local businesses as well as impacting the quality of life for residents. But what has been the single most surprising benefit to business in your community you have seen or experienced? Howard Lein Founder & Owner RE/MAX Excalibur Sector: Real Estate We feel… [More]

Feedback: January 2016

by Judy Bernas | Rick DeGraw | Kimber Lanning

Question: What do you feel is the one thing the Arizona State Legislature needs to focus on in the next year or two that would dramatically improve the economic picture in Arizona?   Judy Bernas Associate VP for External Relations The University of Arizona Sector: Education There are too many needs and never enough money.… [More]

Feedback: December 2015

by David Racich, Hamid Shojaee, Katee Van Horn

Question: It has always been clear that jobs fix the economy. What strategies have you employed company-wide that have resulted in job creation? David Racich Founder and Chief Executive Officer Brokers Alliance Sectors: Financial Services and Technology In 2015 I made a decision for our family of companies to bring all employees home here, to Arizona.… [More]

Feedback: November 2015

by Dennis Cornelius | Joel Gottesman | Liesl Harder Kielp

Question: What strategy have you followed in using your business’s resources or capital to grow, or what advice do you have for companies with capital to do so? Dennis Cornelius Managing Partner CKS Advisors, LLC Sector: Finance Business owners have many new choices as they consider the best alternative to finance growth. With restrictive changes… [More]

Feedback: September 2015

by Bernie Clark, Ed Colby, Tomas Gorny

Question: What are the key elements of company culture for your business? And how do you foster this culture? Bernie Clark Executive Vice President Charles Schwab Sector: Financial For more than 40 years, Schwab has been challenging the status quo to help investors and those who serve them transform lives and realize dreams. Every decision… [More]