September 2015 Around Town 1

Cullum Homes to Transform 56th Street for Community Celebration

The wait is over for the highly anticipated new developments at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley. Scottsdale based and family-owned Cullum Homes Inc., along with the Town of Paradise Valley, Sanctuary Resort, El Chorro and others, are inviting the local community to celebrate at the first-ever 56th Street Festival on Saturday, September 26th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. For one day only, 56th Street will transform into a pedestrian pathway connecting The Sanctuary Resort to El Chorro Restaurant (between McDonald and Lincoln Drives), showcasing the new Village at Mountain Shadows community and planned Mountain Shadows Resort.“We are thrilled to celebrate The Village at Mountain Shadows and share the experience with the community,” said Rod Cullum, owner and founder of Cullum Homes. “Mountain Shadows is such a big part of Paradise Valley’s history, and it’s an honor to be a part of the next chapter. We thought a dramatic event like shutting down this iconic new street would be a fun way to celebrate.”

Washington Federal Finances Economic Development Project at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport

Washington Federal, regionally headquartered in Scottsdale, was pleased to recently join Lux Air Jet Centers, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and City of Phoenix Aviation Department officials to break ground on its planned Corporate Hangar and FBO Facility at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. Washington Federal, now with 35 branches across Arizona, is serving as the primary financer on the $9.7 million project. Additional financing has been made by Southwestern Business Financing Corporation.“Post-recession, we initiated a proactive business banking initiative specifically focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses in Arizona,” said Ben Danner, business banking manager at Washington Federal. “Lux fits the bill in every way. This project will have a major economic impact on not just the West Valley, but all of Arizona.” The nearly $10 million project, slated to be completed in Spring 2016 will include, three hangars,12,500-square feet each; a Lux Air Jet Fixed Base Operator Facility, 10,000-square feet; and an office space,18,000 square feet.

Scottsdale Dentist Writes Chapter for Textbook

Scottsdale dentist Dr. Terry Work, DMD, of Dental Works Family Dentistry, is helping to introduce new techniques that may someday be used in all general dentistry offices, not just his own. At the request of Dental Learning Systems, LLC, Work recently authored a Continuing Dental Education for Life-Long Learning article that appeared in an issue of  The article was titled “CBCT Scanners for the General Dental Office.” CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. “While I enjoy lecturing and interacting with fellow dentists, writing this article for peers knowing that it counts towards continuing education credits made it a very different kind of task,” Work said. “I had a lot of fun writing this article knowing that each concept needed to be concise and clear, with documentation to back up each and every statement.”

Citizen Public House Announces Updated Menu
Award-winning Citizen Public House has updated their menu with some very interesting additions. For example, the Grilled Peach Salad features baby romaine, mascarpone, bacon lardons, candied pecans and Champagne vinaigrette. The Burrata is made from pickled grapes, red spinach, chili oil, and basil seed vinaigrette on Noble bread. A variety of new sandwiches have been added, including the Cubano made from tender belly ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and house-made pickle on pressed demi baguette, served with yucca chips. For more information, visit

Scottsdale-based Camelot Homes to Refurbish Residential Homes of Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Arizona

This summer, local builders Camelot Homes and Robson Communities, along with their partners and subcontractors, refurbished the residential homes of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona. Robson Resort Communities led efforts to revitalize the “Boys Hope” home and Camelot Homes focused their efforts on revitalizing the “Girls Hope” home for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, a privately funded, non-profit organization serving aspiring youth-in-need. The improvements covered essentially all areas of the homes such as plumbing and electrical work, flooring, paint, cabinets, fixtures, appliances, landscape improvements and various repairs. More than 60 trade companies and volunteer groups were involved in the project. “Camelot Homes, together with our trade partners, is so proud to be a part of this project,” said Julie Hancock, managing director of Camelot Homes. “The first time we visited the Girls House and met the amazing residents and staff, we immediately knew we wanted to help in any way we could to make their house a place they could be proud to call home. These young men and women are an inspiration to us all and we’re honored by the opportunity to create an environment that will continue to foster growth, learning, and prosperity for current and future residents. The mission and values of Boys Hope, Girls Hope epitomize the solid foundation necessary for success not only in the home and at school, but also in the business world, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them – it’s bound to be bright, and we’re happy to have played a small role in what’s sure to be their big success.”

Scottsdale College Fair

On Saturday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the 2015 Scottsdale College Fair will take place at Saguaro High School. Corporations who are interested in providing scholarships to students are welcome to do so; options are being an Event Sponsor for $250, which includes a company name or logo on all event advertising, or a Table Sponsor for $500 which includes a table at the event plus the Event Sponsor level details. The college fair typically draws a large crowd; last year’s event had almost 800 attendees. To register as a sponsor, visit, click “register” and then select “registration as a sponsor.”

New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of First Choice Bank, has announced that its branch located in Scottsdale, and led by R.J. Crosby and Kimberley Crosby, was named the company’s Branch of the Year for 2014. Selected from 15 First Choice Loan Services locations, the Scottsdale branch was chosen as Branch of the Year because of the ways the team embodies the core values of First Choice Loan Services; these values are working with honesty and integrity, operating on a foundation of teamwork, respecting and honoring the worth of each individual, being proactively nimble, and providing service beyond belief. The Scottsdale loan origination team includes six mortgage loan originators, six assistant mortgage loan originators and four loan processors. With the ability to close in 48 states and offering loan products including FHA, jumbo, renovation and VA Loans, the team members provide exceptional service to their real estate and builder partners and the homeowners and homebuyers of Scottsdale and the surrounding communities.“We are very excited to have been named the Branch of the Year in 2014 for First Choice. The First Choice family is filled with dedicated and hard working teams that are deeply connected to their communities, so it’s an honor to be recognized in this way,” said Scottsdale Branch Manager Kimberley Crosby. “In the meeting space of our office, we have the core values of First Choice painted on our walls. Having them present and in front of us on a daily basis helps focus us on the foundation that makes us a success. We know when we are able to live out these values, the result is the happy and satisfied customers. At the end of the day, we want nothing less. We want them to know that they come first.” To learn more about First Choice, visit