1. A Valley Metro bus delivered more than 2,000 books to three schools in Tempe through the agency’s Driving for Books initiative. Employees of Valley Metro and bus service provider, First Transit, donated the books to support education and local students.
Awards & Accolades
2. Cox Communications Arizona has once again earned the No. 1 spot on the Phoenix Business Journal’s Telecom Contractors list. The list was ranked by the number of local employees. Cox reported 3,200, while runner-up Wilson Electrical Services Corp. reported 540 and third-place The Fishel Co. had 410.
3. Arizona State University Gammage and Southwest Airlines were named the best businesses of the year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce during the 30th annual Impact Awards.
4. The Arizona Association for Economic Development has elected two new members and re-elected five members to its board of directors. The new board members representing rural Arizona are: Bobby Davis, AZED Pro, economic development specialist for the Town of Payson, and Casey Rooney, economic development director for the City of Cottonwood. Victor Gonzales, CEcD, economic development manager for the Town of Sahuarita; Kristen Howard, business development for IMEG Corp.; Kelly Patton, senior economic development consultant for Arizona Public Service; and Angela Talbot, vice president, JE Dunn Construction; were re-elected to represent metro Arizona communities, while Tom Pitts, an economic development consultant in Yavapai County, was re-elected to represent rural Arizona. Each was elected for a two-year term.
5. Concord General Contracting, Inc. has hired Kendall Chadwell as Marketing Manager.
6. Cushman & Wakefield announced that Dave Carder has joined the firm’s office group as Managing Director in the Phoenix office. He joins the firm from CBRE.
7. CBRE Group, Inc. has hired Carol Schillne as its first vice president for the real estate group’s Phoenix office. Schillne comes from Macerich Co., where she spent seven years as senior manager for outlet leasing.
8. Pima County has hired Diane Frisch as Director of Attractions and Tourism. Frisch comes to Pima County from the PGA TOUR where she served as sales and marketing manager for tournaments.
9. Harlow Spanier & Heckele has changed its name to Giordano Spanier & Heckle to reflect Gerald Giordano’s appointment as the firm’s newest partner.
10. A.R. Mays Construction has announced three new hires: Corey Fitzgerald, Assistant Project Manager; Frank Varela, Assistant Project Superintendent; John Orta, Project Superintendent.
11. W&W Structural, Inc., has added a vice president of operations and project manager to its growing team in its Tempe office. President/Owner Jodi Malenfant announced the hiring of Les McCauley as vice president of operations and Beth Ehrhardt as project manager.
12. Peoria City Manager Carl Swenson announced his retirement, effective July 4, 2017.