November Business Briefs

November Business Briefs

Optima Kierland condo tower under way

Optima Kierland, a high-rise luxury condominium and boutique rental community that opened in April, is now going vertical with construction of the project’s first 12-story condominium tower with about 220 residences.

More than 80 Optima Kierland residences have been sold, with prices ranging from the low $300,000s to $4.5 million.

In the tower, one- to five-bedroom homes range from approximately 720 square feet to 6,500 square feet start in the low $300,000s. There are more than 30 floor plans.

Optima Kierland, is on 9.5 acres at Scottsdale Road and Kierland Boulevard. The project, developed by Optima, will see its first condo residents in December 2017, with completion of the tower planned for August 2018.

Construction also is under way on a 150-residence boutique leasing tower, which will begin pre-leasing and occupancy in early 2017. The two towers are part of the development’s first phase. There will be four residential towers ultimately.

Optima Kierland will be distinctive for its geometric design and lush vertical gardens and floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing unencumbered desert and mountain views.

The property, in the heart of the North Scottsdale urban core, is surrounded by upscale shopping and dining destinations Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, and several neighboring golf clubs, including the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

Parties interested in leasing may sign up on Optima Kierland’s priority list at

CCS Presentation Systems celebrates silver anniversary

Scottsdale-based CCS Presentation Systems, a leader in the audio-visual systems integrator industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Since 1991, CCS Presentation Systems, led by CEO John Godbout, has expanded from a two-person operation to one of the largest A/V integrators in the U.S. with more than 300 employees, sales offices in 17 states and an annual revenue in excess of $115 million.

As an industry leader, CCS Presentation Systems, 17350 N. Hartford Dr., continually strives for innovation. This year, the company has announced new divisions for health care, home automation and electrical space. Additionally, CCS was recently ranked by Commercial Integrator among the top commercial audio-visual integrators in the country.

Jackalope: Local culture meets craft on Small Business Saturday

Jackalope Arts, a must-go shopping destination for all things handmade, returns to the Indie Artisan Market on Nov. 26-27 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, which includes Small Business Saturday. Fair Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The market will feature more than 150 trendsetting makers and designers of local goods. It is free and includes DIY art-focused workshops, live music, local food and a full bar.

Loco Patrõn expanding to North Scottsdale

Longtime Valley restaurant operator Loco Patrõn has leased the former Salty Senorita building, 14950 N. Northsight Blvd. in the Airpark, for a new Loco Patrõn Mexican Breweryto open in Janaury.

“We have been looking for the right location for the past three years to deliver our newest concept,” said Ryan Vertuca, who owns Loco Patrõn along with Josh Levine and Jeremy Jazwinski. “First on the list is to almost double the size of the current patio. The new patio will have a ‘backyard feel’ to it.”

Judi Butterworth, senior vice president of Orion Investment Real Estate, facilitated the lease. The new location is anticipated to open in January of 2017.

City’s largest development in 5 years coming to Pima Center

The Block at Pima Center, a 12-acre retail development, is coming to the northwestern corner of Loop 101 and Via de Ventura, developer MainSpring Capital announced.

MainSpring developed the nearby Pima Center, a 232-acre mixed-use project.

“We currently have 3,800 existing employees on-site at Pima Center, as well as thousands of additional employees and residents in the nearby area,” said Curtis Brown, principal with MainSpring Capital Group. “Our visibility along Loop 101 and access to two different interchanges of the freeway make this a great location for retailers and restaurants.”

The property contains six pad sites for stand-alone users. A large freeway pylon and monument sign will be erected along Loop 101 to provide additional visibility for The Block’s tenants.

Stan Sanchez, Larry Miller and John “JK” Jackson of Colliers International in Greater Phoenix are exclusive leasing/sales agents.

Johnson Insurance Services acquires Monterey Benefits

Johnson Insurance Services has acquired Monterey Benefits LLC., an employee-benefits firm headquartered in Scottsdale, according to Joanne Szymaszek, Johnson president

Along with employee-benefit services, the combined firm will have a dedicated service team that offers personal and commercial insurance, risk management and consulting services. Combined clients will have full access to banking and wealth-management solutions.

Quarles & Brady names local partners

North Scottsdale residents Sarah R. Anchors and Simone Colgan Dunlap have been named partners in the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP.

Seven other members of the Arizona team also were admitted as partners in the Phoenix office.

Kierland Village Center sold for $34.5 million

Kierland Village Center, a grocery and drug anchored neighborhood shopping center at the southeastern corner of 64th Street and Greenway Road in Scottsdale, sold for $34.5 million to Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management, Cushman & Wakefield announced.

Cushman & Wakefield executive managing directors Michael Hackett and Ryan Schubert represented the seller, Kierland Village CMH LLC.
Developed in 2001, Kierland Village Center encompasses 118,226 square feet of retail space. The property is located within the Kierland Master Planned Community, a 730-acre community.

Plexus employees walk Pima Center for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Airpark-based Plexus Worldwide, a direct-selling health, wellness and weight-management company, launched “Chek it America,” a campaign against breast cancer.

Nearly 300 Plexus Worldwide employees took to the streets of Scottsdale in October dressed in matching pink “Chekit America” shirts, and walked 1 mile around the Pima Center to promote breast cancer awareness.

The goal is to make a statement nationwide in three categories:
Chek it: encouraging everyone to do monthly breast self-exams.
Share it: Use social media to spread the word about #ChekItAmerica.
Give it: Participate in a local walk, run, or donate to the cause.

During October, 25% of profits from all Plexus Breast Chek Kit sales went to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Charros award $10K grant to Arizona Helping Hands

The Scottsdale Charro Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Arizona Helping Hands in support of the agency’s work providing basic essential needs to boys and girls in foster care.

As the Charros’ website states that the foundation awards grants to organizations thato “share our passion to strengthen our communities and build a better future for our children”

According to Dan Shufelt, president and CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, the funds will be used to provide beds and cribs to give children in foster care a safe place to sleep. As the only provider of beds, cribs and items to nearly 19,000 kids in foster care, demand for services is heavy.

AHH is among three finalists for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award recognizing Organizations “that make our community a great place to live, work and play.”

Financial advisor named to Top 40 Under 40 list

Darin R. Shebesta, 32, of Jackson/Roskelley Wealth Advisors, Inc., an independent financial advisory firm based in Scottsdale, recently was named a 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Advisor by InvestmentNews.

J.McLaughlin coming to North Scottsdale

J.McLaughlin, the classic American clothing and accessories brand for women and men, is opening its newest location in Scottsdale.
The 1,715-square-foot store, at 15220 N. Scottsdale Road, will feature a full assortment of women’s and men’s product. It is the company’s first store in Arizona and its 111th overall.

“ Kierland Commons is a unique, outdoor lifestyle center with a Main Street atmosphere that aligns perfectly with the JMcLaughlin brand,” said CEO Mary Ellen Coyne.

Biker Blast to aid Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Bikers will make the annual pilgrimage from Phoenix Children’s Hospital to Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale in the Airpark on Saturday, Nov. 5, for the fifth Bob’s Biker Blast.

One-hundred percent of registration fees, concert tickets and T-shirt sales, as well as a portion of food and drink sales, benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Hundreds of riders will take part in honor of a patient, and many of those patients will be in attendance in a heartwarming party that shows the softer side of bikers.

The ride ends at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, where party goers will enjoy food, entertainment and performances by Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan and Montgomery Gentry. Phoenix Children’s Hospital leaders, including chief financial officer Craig McKnight and assistant general council Evan Coppola, will join the ride.

Pre-registration is $20 per rider, $35 per pair and $15 per passenger. Day of registration it’s $25 per rider, $40 per pair and $15 per passenger. Registration fees include admission to Bob’s Biker Blast and concerts.


Festival of Speed to benefit children’s hospital

Collectors of high-performance, exotic and vintage sports cars will display 100 vehicles to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital during Scuderia Southwest’s Festival of Speed, presented by Russo & Steele, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, to raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The festival at McCormick Hotel, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale brings together the Valley’s most iconic collection of cars, including classic and recent Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Porsches, and McLarens. For the first time, exotic motorcycles like Ducati and MV Augusta will participate. Also on display will be an authentic Gulf Mirage GT40 as raced at world-famous tracks like LeMans and Daytona.

“The Valley has arguably the greatest concentration of high-performance, exotic, and collector cars in the country and we’re excited about bringing that community together to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said David Crofford, one of the show’s organizers.

The show is free to spectators, but there is a $60 fee to enter a vehicle. All fees go to Phoenix Childrens Hospital.

Flight school comes to Scottsdale Airport

American Flyers Flight School opened a training facility at Scottsdale Airport on Nov. 1, and has scheduled an open house on Saturday, Nov. 12, that includes free lunch from 12-2 p.m.

“Arizona’s favorable weather means more flying days, and provides us the opportunity to attract pilots during the winter who are preparing for their private pilot or commercial licenses and instrument rating,” said Andrew Henley of American Flyers.

In addition to flight training, weekend classes will be conducted monthly for FAA Knowledge Test preparation as well as the Flight Instructor Renewal requirement.

American Flyers has provided instruction for personal aviators and those pursuing an Aviation Career since 1939. It operates six additional FAA-approved schools throughout the country.

Bank of Hope new title sponsor of Valley women’s pro golf tourney

The LPGA has announced a partnership with Bank of Hope, the largest Korean-American bank in the U.S., as the new title sponsor for the Scottsdale LPGA Founders Cup Tournament.

The agreement is three years for the women’s professional golf tournament. The Bank of Hope Founders Cup Tournament will be March 14-19 at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

The tournament will feature a full field of LPGA players who will compete for a $1.5 million purse and will be broadcast in 151 nations.

Men’s E-tailer Bonobos brings innovative model to Scottsdale Quarter

Menswear brand Bonobos is opening it’s first Scottsdale shop at Scottsdale Quarter on Nov. 18.

Bonobos Guideshop Scottsdale is a 1,700-square-foot store serving as a highly personal extension of the brand’s comprehensive customer service for those who want to see and try on the clothing in-person before placing an order online.

This “e-commerce store” showcases the expansive website offering in a range of sizes with as a virtual stockroom. Pioneered by Bonobos in 2011, the innovative Guideshop model evolves the shopping experience by focusing on the customer and eliminating hassles associated with a traditional retail store.

Rather than searching for assistance, customers are assigned a guide upon arrival. Similar to personal shoppers,Bonobos Guides know the brand’s entire inventory and turn fitting into an art.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. Guideshop appointments can be scheduled by visiting

Benefit program to transports disabled veterans to medical care

The inaugural fundraising Ride N’ Raise: MORE Veteran Mobility – Service for your Service is 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.10, at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Road in the Airpark.

Live music and dinner are $25 per person.

All proceeds go to MORE Foundation’s Veterans Transportation Assistance Program. V-TAP helps military veterans get to medical appointments with free transportation, including those who require special assistance.

The program aims to provide about 1,200 rides to veterans and family members in 2016. V-TAP was launched in July 2015 by the MORE Foundation, a non-profit, and  Quality Transportation Services.

Purchase tickets online by Nov. 4 at ; go to and click on the Ride N’ Raise logo.

Veterans may receive help with transportation to any physician or physical-therapy office in the Valley through V-TAP. Those needing transportation should call 602-371-1000 and ask about V-TAP.