August 2015 Around Town 2

Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Business Leaders Recognized in ‘Chambers USA 2015’

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP has announced that North Scottsdale residents Steven P. Emerick and Roger Morris, as well as Paradise Valley resident Don P. Martin, all partners in the local office of Quarles & Brady, have been ranked in the 2015 edition of the esteemed “Chambers USA” directory. “Chambers USA” ranks attorneys and law firms based on reputation. Researchers spend six months speaking with clients and lawyers across the United States and conduct thousands of in-depth telephone interviews. Law firms and individual attorneys are then ranked based on the interviews. Ranking criteria includes technical and legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness and astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings. Additional information can be found online at

Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation Construct Boutique Property

Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation are partnering to develop a new luxury resort on the former location of Paradise Valley’s iconic Mountain Shadows Resort. With escrow now closed, construction is scheduled to begin this summer at the southwest corner of 56th St. and Lincoln Dr., with a projected opening in early 2017. The boutique luxury resort will feature 180 modern guest rooms in two buildings, an adjacent building with 32 hotel-condominium units, a neighborhood restaurant and market, a high-tech fitness facility, and the rehabilitated Mountain Shadows Golf Course with 18 executive-style holes.

The Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, one of the first resorts in the area, closed in 2004, and was demolished in 2014. The new Mountain Shadows Resort will capitalize on Woodbine’s 40 years of hospitality and mixed-use-development experience, including Kierland Commons and the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. This strength, combined with Westroc Hospitality’s expertise in boutique resort redevelopment, including the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale and the luxurious Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, will bring the first new-build hotel property to the area in the last seven years.

“Woodbine has had its eye on this piece of property for years, knowing how much potential exists to restore Mountain Shadows to its former glory,” says Woodbine President and CEO John Scovell. Westroc CEO and Paradise Valley resident Scott Lyon states, “This is a tremendous opportunity to blend the history of the property with a fresh, contemporary design that will complement the amazing views of Camelback Mountain and the prestigious neighborhood of Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley.”

Child help Announces Chairs for Annual Gala

Childhelp ® is pleased to announce the chairs for the 12th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala. Community Leaders Char Hubble, Deborah Pshebniski and Erika Williams will lend their tremendous support to the event through planning, fundraising and generating awareness.  Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson DC, CNS, DABAAHP, FAARM and Richard J. Stephenson of Cancer Treatment Centers of America are serving as honorary chairs. Bob and Pat Bondurant of Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving will serve as gala special advisors. Childhelp’s Drive the Dream Gala “A Night of Wonderment” will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore.

“We are blessed to have these amazing women as part of the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala,” says Sara O’Meara, co-founder, CEO and chairwoman of the board for Childhelp. “Each has insurmountable passion, knowledge and experience with charity events and Yvonne and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for agreeing to be our Dream Team.”

FirstBank Continues Arizona Expansion with New Branch at Pinnacle Peak

FirstBank Holding Company, a holding company with multiple banking locations throughout Arizona, announced the opening of its newest branch in North Scottsdale at 23399 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite E101. The 4,000-square-foot location officially opened on May 13, marking FirstBank’s 16th branch in Arizona.

“FirstBank’s rapid growth throughout Phoenix has been very exciting and we’re proud to add another Scottsdale location, play an active role and make a positive impact within our local community,” says Bryce Lloyd, president – Phoenix market. “Since we entered the Phoenix market eight years ago, we have worked hard to become a resource for individuals, families, businesses and non-profits across Arizona. Adding this new branch in North Scottsdale helps us expand that footprint to become an even greater resource to our customers.”

Scottsdale Company Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Providing Non-Profits with 50-Plus Tools and Services.

Blacktie-Arizona, part of a national company providing web-based event planning and promotional tools for nonprofits, associations and businesses, just celebrated its tenth anniversary. The company brings visibility and cutting-edge online tools to thousands of nonprofit agencies and businesses in the Valley. Myra Richman, president of Blacktie-Arizona, says, “It’s very rewarding to see how much help we can provide our members in order to help them facilitate the everyday tasks of running their organizations.” The company serves as a clearinghouse of events and services for the nonprofit, business and philanthropic community, offering a variety of web-based tools and photo/story coverage. Blacktie provides a variety of functions for its members, including photo/story coverage of events and posting 30-60 photos of each event on the Blacktie site within 48 hours, as well as a comprehensive calendar of nonprofit fundraising events for advance planning and scheduling purposes, among many other services.

Scottsdale-Based Ideas Collide Communication and Marketing Agency Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Scottsdale-based Ideas Collide Communication and Marketing Agency recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the Hotel Valley Ho Skyline Rooftop with special guests from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Ideas Collide was pleased to be able to donate $7,500, along with $2,500 in toys and gifts to the foundation that evening.

Ideas Collide has been an economic driver and community supporter in the Valley for 10 years, and is still going strong. They are a full-service agency that works with  high profile companies such as Best Western International, Intel and Komen CAN AZ, just to name a few. Through mostly word-of-mouth, the creative marketing agency is proud to work with a diverse set of over 30 clients globally. The agency just hired its 30th employee and will be adding six additional team members. In addition, the agency will expand its office space over the course of the next four months. In 2013, the Business Journal named owner Matthew Clyde to the “40 Under 40” list of influential business leaders in Phoenix, and the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) recognized him on their list of “Top 25 Minds in Sales & Marketing.” Clyde is the board chair of Phoenix’s Valley Young Professionals group and also donates time and services to Little Kids Rock, among other non-profits.