Industry veteran joins new division of Velocity Retail Group

Velocity Retail Group has named Mark Villalpando as senior vice president and designated broker of the firm’s new management services division. The division will work with new and existing clients “to maximize property value and investment returns,” according to a release. Mr. Villalpando also will be the senior vice president of development for Accelerated Development […]

Arizona artist Merrill Mahaffey to be honored by Shemer Art Center

Members of the art community with gather at Phoenix’s Shemer Art Center on Friday, Nov. 16, to recognize Arizona artist Merrill Mahaffey at its Shemer Honors event. Each year the board of directors of the Shemer Art Center and Museum Association, Inc. honors an Arizona artist who has achieved great success in his or her […]

Advocating for Arizona’s children in foster care: Becoming a voice for voiceless children

Summer has come to an end, and children are going back to school. It’s a time of excitement and uncertainty for kids of all ages, but for children in foster care it can be frightening and disorienting. In most cases, foster children have been abused or neglected by their parents or guardians. Whatever the circumstances, […]

Real estate company welcomes affiliate agent to Phoenix

Cindy Gilliland has associated with the Phoenix Metro office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 10 years of real estate experience, according to a release. “I loved being affiliated with Coldwell Banker in California because they strive for excellence in every area of the company. It’s […]

Jaburg Wilk partner Bookspan named to Phoenix Conservatory of Music board of directors

Neal Bookspan has been named to the board of directors of Phoenix Conservatory of Music. “I love music and have my entire life,” Mr. Bookspan, a business law attorney and partner at Jaburg Wilk, said in a release. “PCM fills a vital need in our community providing quality musical education to the great music artists […]

Free hands-on teacher training at Arizona Science Center

In response to the need to expand access to high-quality professional development for Arizona’s science teachers, Arizona Science Center launched the Science Teacher Residency program earlier this summer. This new science, technology, engineering and math teacher training program, supported by the Helios Education Foundation, provides instruction and mentoring to third- through eighth-grade teachers at no […]

ACLU dismisses lawsuit against Coconino County sheriff represented by Phoenix attorneys

The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of client Guillermo Tenorio-Serrano, recently moved to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Coconino County officials who were represented by a Phoenix law firm. John T. Masterson, Michele Molinario and Justin M. Ackerman, of Jones, Skelton and Hochuli, P.L.C., were the attorneys for Coconino County Sheriff James Driscoll […]

State arts commission gives $2.65 million to nonprofit programs

The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded 233 grants to Arizona arts organizations, festivals and programs throughout the state, including to Phoenix-based Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, which received a Community Investment Grant of $14,000. At a quarterly meeting in June, the governor-appointed board of the commission, a state agency that also administers […]

MEB Management Services promotes 3, opens Utah office

MEB Management Services, a provider of multifamily management services throughout the Southwest, has promoted two managers to senior vice president of operations, promoted a manager to assistant asset director and opened an office in Utah. Luz Bruscini and Dalia Bureker were promoted to senior vice presidents of operations in Tucson and Phoenix, respectively. In addition, […]

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust achieves $400 million milestone

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private foundation that honors the legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper, has achieved a grantmaking milestone by investing more than $400 million in nonprofits and programs since its inception. Piper Trust began awarding grants in 2000 and awards approximately $22 million annually to Maricopa County nonprofits. A grant to The […]