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Rebekah Morris – Publisher

Rebekah’s background in construction engineering puts her in a unique position to publish the Arizona Builder’s Exchange. Her dedication to providing quality content that is relevant, current, and local is apparent in every issue.

Rebekah has a BS in Construction Engineering Technology from Cal Poly Pomona, CA. She has worked on projects such as a parking structure, a seismic upgrade of high-end retail, a large hospital, a wastewater treatment plant expansion, and a central power station upgrade for the University of Oregon.

She is active in the local trade organizations, and has recently volunteered as a member of the ADOT DBE task force for Construction Services. She sees the Arizona Builder’s Exchange as a platform for the betterment of the local industry. One way she is doing this is by only hiring industry professionals to work at AZBEX. When hiring her first employee, Rachel Kettenhofen, she worked very hard to hire a) someone who was unemployed and b) an industry person.

Rebekah’s industry experience and desire to provide consistent, quality information, quickly and efficiently will exceed your expectations.

 

Rachel Kettenhofen – Editor

 

Rachel’s Background is in Architecture. She received an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Drafting from Phoenix College in 2002 and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Arizona State University in 2008. She has worked for several locals architectural firms including David Hovey & Associates aka Optima Inc. and Creo Architects in Phoenix, AZ. Before she entered her Architectural Career she worked as an estimating coordinator for a grading, paving and site utility construction firm for 4 years.

Rachel has a passion for Green Building and acquired her LEED Accreditation in 2008 and is a member in the USGBC. She was the Vice Chairman of the Emerging Green Builders Committee of the Phoenix chapter of the USGBC in 2007 and has volunteered her time at Architectural Firms in the valley as well as the Building safety dept at the City of Glendale during the slow economy.

Rachel’s background in architecture and construction make her a valuable asset to AZBEX. She is responsible for tracking all the projects, events, permits, bid results and awards. She is also responsible for putting the issue together and the layout, as well as keeping the website up to date.

 

Matthew G. Roy – Assistant Editor

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Matthew’s professional background encompasses writing, journalism, editing, publishing, graphic design and marketing communications. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University at the West campus, where he earned a B.A. in English and a Writing Certificate with an emphasis in journalism. While at ASU, he served a Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The West Express, and founding president of the ASU West Chess ClubAfter graduation, he was an editor and news writer at The Independent, a non-profit community newspaper serving six localities in the West Valley.
For the next seven years, Matthew’s career focus involved advocacy and marketing communications for non-profit and not-for-profit healthcare agencies and companies, including the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at ASU, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, and Lifewell Behavioral Wellness. He later designed and produced sales proposals and other marketing materials for a local civil engineering firm before joining AZBEX as an assistant editor.

Eric Jay Toll – Senior Correspondent

 

Eric Jay Toll is a professional business communicator and former urban planner. He has 30 years experience in the development profession working in public and private sectors. Eric earned his AICP national planning certification in 1989. Eric was a project manager for David Evans and Associates, Inc., in Phoenix. Prior to joining DEA, Eric was Planning Director in Mariposa County, Calif. and Community Development Director for Logan, Utah. He was a planning consultant and former Deputy Community Development Director in Carson City, Nev., and started his planning career in Calaveras County, Calif., in 1980. Prior to becoming a planner, Eric work in advertising and marketing and was a news writer for CBS Radio in Chicago.

Eric’s feature stories have appeared in USA Today, Cardio Source World News, the Examiner.com eZine, TravelingDad.com, and Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong.com. He has been published in Golf magazine, and was a regular contributor to Trails.com and eHow Money. In addition to his publication features, Eric writes marketing and sales collateral for businesses in the region. He is an expert at PowerPoint presentations.

Eric is an avid camper, sometime photographer, and artisan breadmaker. He lives in northeast Phoenix where he is owned by a chocolate lab named Hershey and enjoys distance cycling, hiking, playing his piano, and searching for foursomes to add to the AZBEX collection.

 

 

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