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Local Professionals in the News 08-09-13

Awards and Accolades

ppl 11.  The Casa Grande building department is one of just six in the state with 100 percent of its inspectors earning International Code Council inspection certificates. Josea Cobb, John Minard and Blaine Thomas each earned their first ICC certificate. Martin Encinas and Jeff Douglas have garnered a pair of certifications. Chief building official Dwight Williams holds 19 certifications.

2.   Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, has been named chair of the Technology Councils of North America. He took on the two year term August 1. TECNA is composed of nearly 50 councils representing more than 16K members in the U.S., Canada and Finland. Zylstra heads its 13 member executive board.

3.  John Andoh, head of the Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority has been appointed secretary for the board of the Community Information and Referral Services in Yuma. CIRS provides referrals to participating agencies and referral programs providing services to Arizonans.

4.  Shanna Bowman Orlich, an attorney with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, has been appointed to the State Bar of Arizona task force on sustainability. The task force educates and makes recommendations to members of the bar with knowledge of sustainability and conservation practices.

5.  Maricopa mayor Christian Price has been appointed chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Ambassador Committee. Price takes the role from Goodyear mayor Georgia Lord, who held the seat for six years. Lord said that being in that position helps a city with its own branding and marketing.

6.   President Barack Obama toured Erickson Construction in Chandler before his Tuesday speech at Desert Vista High School. The contractor makes frames, door moldings and other building components for Arizona, Nevada and Northern California homebuilders.


7.  Phoenix city manager David Cavazos is leaving for the same job with Santa Ana, Calif. Cavazos took over the role in 2009 at the height of the city’s recession-era financial struggles. He has been well-lauded for his work to manage the sixth largest U.S. city during the budget crisis. Controversy has shadowed his recent tenure resulting from a $78K annual raise—intended to keep the 26-year Phoenix employee for the long-term. Santa Ana’s (population 329K) total compensation package will pay him close to $500K; Phoenix (population 1.5M) paid a compensation package of around $400K (Additional source: AZCentral premium content).

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8.  Julie Frisoni, Glendale executive communications director, has been temporarily promoted to Assistant City Manager. She will oversee community and economic development as well as communications and information technology. She assumes the role following new city manager Brenda Fischer’s decision to place Horatio Skeete on paid administrative leave. Skeete, who served as interim city manager, returned to his former role of assistant city manager in March. Fischer’s move comes as the city opens an investigation into re-allocation of trust fund monies to cover other city expenses.

9.  Robert J. Lamb is a new construction and real estate planning attorney with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham LLP. His litigation practice also includes general business, commercial and surety.

10.  Michael Banta has joined HilgartWilson as senior project surveyor for the engineering firm. Banta will be responsible for team management, scheduling and preparation of land surveys.

11.  Gay Jarvis is a new property manager with Cassidy Turley’s Property Management Group in Tucson. She will be responsible for 250KSF in Tucson West and Plaza Palomino. Jarvis joins Cassidy Turley from Anthem Equity Group.

12.  Irgens has added Edward Valeria as its vice president of Property Management Operations. Valerio will oversee the firm’s national portfolio. He will be responsible for oversight, renovation, tenant relations and property maintenance.

13.  The Pima Association of Governments and Regional Transportation Authority have appointed Farhad Moghimi as executive director. The former assistant town manager and public works director for Sahuarita, and previously public works director for Marana, has held leadership roles with PAG and RTA in the past. He will be responsible for oversight and management of the $2.1B RTA program and regional planning.

14.  As the dust settles on the Cole Real Estate Investments merger, former COO and executive vice president at Cole, Mitchell Sabshon, landed the role of CEO at Inland Real Estate Investment Corp., Oak Brook, Ill. He takes on his new post later this month. Inland is one of the nation’s largest sponsors of REITs.

15.  NAI Horizon has appointed Russ Warner its senior vice president for manufactured house and self-storage real estate. Warner comes to the broker from Winius Montandon. He previously worked for Grubb & Ellis and Cassidy Turley. Warner is one of a handful of experts in the sale of manufactured home communities and RV parks.

16.  Landmark Title Assurance Agency is opening a new location in Phoenix and appointed Vicki Ehterton to be its president. She comes to the firm from its sister company, Magnus Title Agency. The Phoenix office is in the Esplanade, 2525 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 2040. The company’s parent office has been in Tucson for 26 years.