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  • Scottsdale Airport reopens after aircraft accident - AZCentral.comScottsdale Airport reopens after aircraft accident - AZCentral.com

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    AZCentral.comScottsdale calls on Arizona to handle LGBT non-discrimination protectionsAZCentral.comPhoenix and a handful of Arizona cities have banned discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity, while efforts have stalled elsewhere, including Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale ...

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  • Barrett-Jackson 2018: Tuesday's auction cars include Model A, Trans Am - AZCentral.comBarrett-Jackson 2018: Tuesday's auction cars include Model A, Trans Am - AZCentral.com

    duPont REGISTRY (blog)Barrett-Jackson 2018: Tuesday's auction cars include Model A, Trans AmAZCentral.comAfter three days of nonstop car festivities at WestWorld in Scottsdale, more than 200 collector cars will roll onto the Barrett-Jackson auction block for the second day of bidding on Tuesday. The auction has a record 1,770 cars up for grabs through ...duPont REGISTRY Live: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale PreviewduPont REGISTRY (blog)See the top 10 cars sold at Barrett-Jackson on MondayPhoenix Business JournalVelocity's Live Coverage Of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car AuctionBroadway Worldall 5 news articles »

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  • Arizona Vegetarian Festival Returns to Downtown Scottsdale This WeekendArizona Vegetarian Festival Returns to Downtown Scottsdale This Weekend

    If you're interested in learning more about what a vegan diet entails, or just curious about plant-based cooking in general, the place to be this weekend is downtown Scottsdale. The Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival, now in its fourth year, returns to the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

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  • Here's the 2018 Lineup for Canal ConvergenceHere's the 2018 Lineup for Canal Convergence

    Scottsdale Public Art has posted its preliminary lineup for Canal Convergence 2018, which opens on Friday, February 23. The four-day event at the Scottsdale Waterfront continues on Saturday, February 24, as well as the following weekend on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. The free event will include an eclectic mix of public art, performance, and workshops that reflect its three themes: water, art, and light. Hours each day are 4 to 10 p.m. It's the first of two Canal Convergence events happening in 2018, according to the event website , where Scottsdale Public Art notes that another Canal Convergence is scheduled for November.

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  • Hitler's wartime Mercedes car to be sold in Scottsdale, Arizona - CNBCHitler's wartime Mercedes car to be sold in Scottsdale, Arizona - CNBC

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  • $27 million renovations underway for Scottsdale Airport - Arizona's ... - AZFamily$27 million renovations underway for Scottsdale Airport - Arizona's ... - AZFamily

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  • Here's Your Chance To Buy The World's Fastest Motorized LogHere's Your Chance To Buy The World's Fastest Motorized Log

    In Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, you could become the new owner of an all-electric beast carved from pure Canadian red cedar-the world's fastest motorized log. The car, er, vehicle, is the work of a log-home manufacturer; Bryan Reid Sr., the founder of Pioneer Log Homes, explained his reasoning to the CBC .

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  • Area Agency Hoarding Therapy Groups For Seniors Begin In FebruaryArea Agency Hoarding Therapy Groups For Seniors Begin In February

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  • The forecast for the Maggiore Group’s new Sicilian Butcher looks brightThe forecast for the Maggiore Group’s new Sicilian Butcher looks bright

    By Niki D’Andrea / Photos by Debby Wolvos “This is sooo good! It’s sooo good!” The woman at the table across from us is talking to her male dining companion, pointing emphatically with her fork at the dish in front of her. I don’t know what she’s eating, but that doesn’t matter, because we are at The Sicilian Butcher, and everything on the menu is “sooo good!” Branded as a “craft meatballs and charcuterie bar,” The Sicilian Butcher is the latest restaurant concept from Chef Joey Maggiore of The Maggiore Group. Chef Joey also owns and operates Hash Kitchen, and his father Tomaso is the founder of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant and Tomaso’s When in Rome. This Italian foodie family knows its flavors. Every concept that’s opened under the Maggiore umbrella so far has been a success, and The Sicilian Butcher is no exception – but it is exceptional, starting with the set-up. The interior design is stylish and food-forward. There’s a little Italy in everything, from the mobster-figure murals painted above the bar and the artsy cascade of butcher axes hanging between chain-link curtains to the colossal glass-enclosed display of hanging meats and the black-and-white wall-size photo of Tomaso Maggiore with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. The interior space is big and bright, with views of the open kitchen, and there’s also an expansive patio. A full bar serves a slew of craft cocktails, most notably the Milan Margarita (tequila, pineapple rosemary agave, lime juice and Campari) and the Pepe Pepe (tequila, red pepper agave, lime juice and grapefruit juice). If tequila isn’t your taste, The Italiano brings the brawn with bourbon, Averna, amaretto syrup and a dash of orange bitters. Of course wine is prime here, and the all-Italian vino list features Maggiore family Monte Olimpo varietals (a Chardonnay and a Nero D’Avola) and several Sicilian white and red blends. Beer options are far fewer, but you can never go wrong with Peroni. But considering how fantastic the food here is, you might want to steer clear of filling beer. Let’s start with the appetizers, and a bowl of slick and flavorful Sicilian olives with a warm basket of ciabatta bread. A good way to sample a few different starters is via a charcuterie board. The Sicilian Street Board (two-person minimum) includes cazzilli (fried potato sticks stuffed with mozzarella, crispy pancetta, and tomato herb sauce), panelle (chickpea French fries with lemon aioli), arancini (saffron rice balls packed with mozzarella, meat ragu and English peas), and crispy cuttlefish, which our server likened to calamari but which is actually more rubbery in texture and briny in taste. Excellent bruschetta boards, flatbread, panini and salads abound on the menu, but the stars of this show are really the pastas (crafted in-house) and handmade meatballs. There are ten kinds of meatballs on the menu, ranging from more traditional (Tomaso’s Sicilian Meatballs, made with veal, pork and beef) to completely unexpected (Sicilian Tuna Fresh, made with ahi tuna, raisins, pine nuts, pecorino, garlic, lemon and herb bread crumbs). Lamb meatballs satisfy, and lump crab and shrimp meatballs are surprisingly savory with whipped Boursin cheese, but far and away my favorite meatball on the menu is the turkey meatball – the best iteration I’ve ever had, and a huge hit at the grand opening in late November, when groups of people were literally stalking the servers for samples of them and hanging around the kitchen counter waiting. Cut into a turkey meatball with your fork, and a pillow of fragrant steam rises to greet you. Pasta and meatball orders work like this: You pick your meatball, then your sauce and your pasta. There are nine sauces to choose from, including basil-tinged marinara, vodka cream sauce and a decadent truffle mushroom cream. Pastas are masterfully made with not a bad “bottom” among them. The mafalde (wide ribbon pasta) is one of the most popular, with the paccheri (large tube pasta) a close second. Spaghetti is of the long square variety, and ever al dente. If you manage to make room for dessert, you won’t be sorry. Olive oil cake with mascarpone cream and house-made honeycomb is spongy and sweet — but in a comforting, not cloying, sense. The espresso caramel budino is a bed of vanilla custard covered in an eye-opening espresso caramel. The “Deconstructed Cannoli” is decent and adorned with crushed pistachio, candied lemon wheel and pizzel cookies, but if you’re Italian and grew up with an auntie who made magnificent cannoli, you should know right now that nothing will ever be as good – but The Sicilian Butcher’s version isn’t bad. The restaurant’s location in a strip mall near Tatum Boulevard and Greenway Road puts it smack-dab in the middle of my neighborhood, and it’s quickly become my new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Chef Joey is usually there greeting guests, along with restaurant manager Luigi. And the place is almost always packed, inside and out, which is pretty impressive considering it’s only been open for a few months. Some of that has to do with the Maggiore reputation for creating superlative Italian dining experiences, but I’m convinced it’s mostly because of the mind-blowing meatballs. They’re the kind of food experience that make you loudly enthuse “It’s sooo good!”  The Sicilian Butcher 15530 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix 480-775-5140, thesicilianbutcher.com

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  • Drew Alcazar’s 1960 Ferrari 250 CabrioletDrew Alcazar’s 1960 Ferrari 250 Cabriolet

    By Niki D’Andrea / Photos by Kimberly Carrillo Some people keep photos of their families in their offices. Others hang their degrees and awards on the walls. Some might outfit their offices with microwaves and mini-fridges, maybe even a flat-screen TV. Drew Alcazar has a Ferrari parked in the middle of his office. The sleek black 1960 Ferrari 250 Cabriolet with the Pinin Farina body design is the closest he’s come to his dream car: a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, regarded by many as the most beautiful convertible ever produced, and perhaps most well-known for smashing through its glass showroom doors and careening into a ravine in a scene from the 1986 hit film Ferris Buehler’s Day Off. One fully restored model sold for £12.5 million in 2015. “I think the Holy Grail for most collector car enthusiasts is a Spyder California – the Ferris Bueller car,” says Alcazar, who co-founded the Russo and Steele collector car auction company with his wife Jospehine in 2001. “I knew I couldn’t afford a Spyder California… this was as close as I could get to my Spyder California dream.” Alcazar found his dream car surrogate in a carriage house in Long Island, New York in 2003. It hadn’t been started since 1972, and sported blue paint with a vinyl blue interior and white piping. “You can’t get any more ‘70s,” Alcazar recalls of the color scheme. “I picture someone in bell bottoms taking it for their last ride in the ‘70s.” The Ferrari needed extensive work to restore it to its original condition. But Alcazar saw the car’s potential, and went to some pains to purchase it. “Russo and Steele was just getting started,” he says. “It took every penny I had in the piggy bank and a few others. I had no idea how I was going to restore the car, but I knew I wanted to buy it.” It took Alcazar eight years to restore the car. He owned five other Cabriolets throughout the process. “Every time I had some extra coin, I’d buy headlights or an emblem or a tail strip,” he recalls. He eventually stripped the car down to metal. The color was important to him. “Almost everything in my collection is black,” he says. Alcazar says the car is now “100 percent correct, down to the nuts and washers.” Such accuracy and authenticity was an integral part of achieving his longtime dream to show a car at the prestigious Concours d’Elegance event in Pebble Beach, California. “That’s the Super Bowl – crème de la crème, top of the heap,” Alcazar says. “You can’t just restore a car – it has to be over-the-top, not just in the restoration process but in the finish. You have to have all the proper components. You have to do a lot of research. Ferraris are all put together by hand. If you took the door off my car, it wouldn’t fit another car.” The car was displayed at Pebble Beach in 2012. “Some people believe when you die, you get to live certain days over again. If I could, I’d live that day over again,” Alcazar says. “Getting to show at Pebble Beach was a day I’d live over again.” Alcazar’s car also won a Ferrari Club of America International Meet Coppa GT award, another bucket-list accolade. After that and Concours d’Elegance, Alcazar says it just made sense to park the car on a rotating showroom platform in the middle of his second-floor office in Scottsdale. “After you have a car that’s been everywhere and done everything, what do you do? I decided to put it in my office. It’s a satisfaction to sit and do business while looking at the car.” Do you have a remarkable car with a story to tell? Share it with us, and you and your wheels could be featured in a future “My Ride” story. Send an email with the subject line “My Ride” to ndandrea@timespublications.com for more information. 

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  • Grand Coach to Display Lines at Ariz. Auto ShowGrand Coach to Display Lines at Ariz. Auto Show

    Class B builder Grand Coach is displaying three of its motorhome lines this week at the Jan. 13-21 Barrett Jackson Auto Show in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to a press release, Grand Coach will be represented by its Arizona dealer, Desert Autoplex RV, showcasing the company's Dolphin, CapeCod and ExecuJet models.

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  • Guy Fieri Ate at This Vietnamese Restaurant in Scottsdale - and So Did IGuy Fieri Ate at This Vietnamese Restaurant in Scottsdale - and So Did I

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  • Guy Fieri Ate at This Vietnamese Restaurant in Scottsdale — and So Did I - Phoenix New TimesGuy Fieri Ate at This Vietnamese Restaurant in Scottsdale — and So Did I - Phoenix New Times

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  • Kentucky Powerky Power Receives Emergency Assistance Award for Hurricane WorkKentucky Powerky Power Receives Emergency Assistance Award for Hurricane Work

    Kentucky Power is a recipient of the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Assistance Award for its outstanding work assisting customers affected by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The award is presented to EEI investor-owned member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.

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  • States rethink sexual harassment policies after misconduct claims NEWStates rethink sexual harassment policies after misconduct claims NEW

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    The Edison Electric Institute presented Alectra Utilities with the association's "Emergency Assistance Award" for its outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The award is presented to EEI member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.

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  • GM says its driverless car could be in fleets by next yearGM says its driverless car could be in fleets by next year

    The four-passenger Cruise AV, with no steering wheel or pedals, is a version of the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt. The four-passenger Cruise AV, with no steering wheel or pedals, is a version of the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt.

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  • Glendale Enhanced Image Med Spa gives patients an inner boost as well as outer oneGlendale Enhanced Image Med Spa gives patients an inner boost as well as outer one

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  • The Latest: Cops: Suspect in custody in repair shop incidentThe Latest: Cops: Suspect in custody in repair shop incident

    Authorities say a male suspect is in custody in connection with what's been called a possible explosive device at an auto body repair shop in a Phoenix suburb. Scottsdale police say the Arizona Department of Public Safety removed the device from a Service King Collision Repair Center in north Scottsdale Friday but didn't immediately say whether the device actually was explosive in nature.

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  • Phoenix spring arts preview: Top 10 classical concerts, plays, exhibitsPhoenix spring arts preview: Top 10 classical concerts, plays, exhibits

    If you're interested in things to do besides a little musical called "Hamilton," we have the top arts events for you. Artists hold up a mirror to society.

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  • 10 cool rides at next week's Scottsdale's Barrett-Jackson auction10 cool rides at next week's Scottsdale's Barrett-Jackson auction

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  • Vermillion Celebrates Native American Artistry & HeritageVermillion Celebrates Native American Artistry & Heritage

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  • Richard Benson’s Wine Cellar Experts creates custom vino cellarsRichard Benson’s Wine Cellar Experts creates custom vino cellars

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski / Photos by Kimberly Carrillo Richard Benson’s business creates custom vino cellars To say Richard Benson is enthusiastic about wine is an understatement. He owned and operated a winery and specialty wine store in Washington State, and his wife’s family started Signorello Vineyards, which perished in the 2017 wildfires. The Bensons moved from Washington to the Valley so their daughter could pursue an Olympic gymnastics career, and it gave him the opportunity to rethink his own career. Benson founded Airpark-based Wine Cellar Experts during the economic downturn in 2006. “Getting into the wine cellar business was somewhat accidental,” says Benson, in his Airpark-based studio and shop. “I married my wife, whose family has been in the wine industry since 1969. The more I learned about it, the more I loved it. I was already in the construction business in high-end woodworking with multimillion-dollar yachts. It was a natural integration to start doing wine cellars. After all, it’s a large, custom piece of furniture.” Wine Cellar Experts provides complete wine cellar construction, refrigeration and design services to fit clients’ needs. It’s a five-step process: consultation, design, approval, construction and fulfillment. “We go through a process,” Benson says about his initial meeting with clients. “We talk about our company model. There are other companies that do this – most of them do it differently. Ours is unique in that everything is fully customized. We have to know this person pretty well. We most likely just met, so there’s a bit of a disconnect until we connect at the passion level. It makes it easier for us to connect and (learn) how to integrate everything into their lifestyle.” “We have a lot of different clients who have different needs,” Benson says. “We provide everything they’re going to want in terms of entertaining. We’ve been busy, so this is a good time.” Sitting around his swanky studio that is decorated with an antique press, barrels, corks and other wine accessories, Benson says it’s fun to discuss with clients the benefits of wine cellars. When they see the designs come to fruition, the reaction is magical. “It’s really fun to see people when they look at their designs,” he says. “It’s fun to see clients get really excited about that. Most of the time, they didn’t know that was possible. It’s nice to make that connection.” Benson calls his average customer “knowledgeable” about cellaring wine. They could be executives, sports stars or entertainment figures. Benson builds wine cellars for homes or off-site locations at places like Vinotel. “People can store their collection safely and securely off site, but still be engaged in the art of collecting wine,” he says. “It fits millionaires; it fits people who have smaller homes. They’re anywhere from 40 to 55. They’re all over the board.” Personally, Benson prefers in-home wine cellars. “It’s fun to make a spontaneous decision about wine,” he says. “But one-third of our wine cellars have something else in them. They’ll have wine, or single-malt Scotch collections. Some have a humidor in them. “We’re finishing one in Sedona where the lady will keep her furs in there. It’s the same exact environment, in terms of humidity, the cool and the dark. We end up with many different things that go in there. Others put decanters and stemware in there, too.” When it comes to Arizona, Benson admits he thought his family would only stay in the Grand Canyon State for a few years, just long enough for his daughter to train for a possible Olympic bid. But like most transplants, they saw Arizona and decided to stay. Benson says he’s filling a niche. “It’s a great community and a great state to have this type of business,” Benson says. “People here have multiple homes and have wine collections in their main house. We stay pretty busy here.”  Wine Cellar Experts 844-922-WINE winecellarexperts.com

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  • Advanced Energy Systems celebrates a decade of solar powerAdvanced Energy Systems celebrates a decade of solar power

    By Lara Piu / Photo by Kimberly Carrillo When Brian Gibson established his solar panel business in Scottsdale in 2008, solar energy wasn’t a widely accepted way to generate power. “We were still trying to convince the public that solar panels work, that you put them on your roof and they really did something,” Gibson recalls. “Now, we really never have to say that to anyone anymore.” A third-generation construction contractor, Gibson and his wife Cindy opened Advanced Energy Systems during the Great Recession because its construction similarities and environmental benefits were a good fit. “I’ve always been interested in renewables, so this was like a dream come true,” the Scottsdale Airpark business owner says. “It’s good for the planet, and in construction, in particular, there are so many things that are not green – although the industry is getting better all of the time – [sustainable construction] is something that I always felt that we needed to concentrate on.” And as electricity bills increase, he notes, the solar market demand corresponds. “Utility rates keep going up and up and up and up,” he adds. “Even at our own house, I don’t think I’ve had a bill more than $9.78 from APS in years.” The process of generating electricity from sunlight (photovoltaics) has remained the same since his company was established. Solar panels are arranged in groups to form a solar array. Each array transfers the direct current electricity (DC) to an inverter which changes the electricity to alternating current (AC), which is the form of usable electricity which can be fed back to the grid. However, the supporting technology has constantly improved throughout the years, Gibson stresses. For example, present-day panels are now more efficient and therefore put out more energy, and when a panel gets shaded or isn’t working well, its entire string no longer shuts down. “This is much better than what we used to be able to do,” Gibson says, as he demonstrates another advancement: A smartphone application that allows him to evaluate in real time if customer panels are working correctly. In one case, he detected a down panel and replaced it. His solar panels come with a 25-year warranty. “Being able to control and watch what’s going on is key,” he elaborates, “because what good is a 25-year warranty if you really don’t know what your panels are doing? So we can see these things much better now.” Commercial property owners, like DBM Architects, are increasingly going solar, Gibson reports, and like homeowners, they’re in it for the money. “If you’ve got a $200 electric bill, and you can put solar on your roof and eliminate that bill, that’s great,” he says. Plus, there are tax incentives for both businesses and homeowners. And things seem to have settled down between the Corporation Commission and APS. “The program that APS has in place now is, I think, a very fair program. It’s good for both,” Gibson says. The main dispute, he explains, was the disparity between the demand for when electricity is generated and when it’s used; however, the new program counters that. “It’s kind of a partnership now between solar and utility companies, whereas we’ve really been archenemies up until this point,” he says, adding there are a lot of incentives to add the LG Chem wall battery, which stores power at the house and feeds it back to the grid between high-demand times. Gibson has ridden the solar wave in his ten years of owning Advanced Energy Systems and is one of few solar companies to survive the long haul. One of several ways the company remains competitive in the market is having a staff for installations. “The big companies farm out people to install panels and they really don’t have control over what’s going on and they don’t design it in a custom fashion like we do,” Gibson says. “We customize everything we do. We do an analysis of what their electric bill has been for the last 12 months and see what their solar needs are and what we can produce.” Advanced Energy Systems installs solar panels throughout the Valley as well as in Casa Grande, Florence, Prescott, Chino Valley, and throughout the state. Commercial customers have included Blessed Sacrament Church, Franciscan Renewal Center, Andre House, Celebrity Equine, Casa Grande Mini Storage, McDowell Mountain Community Church, and DBM Architects. For more information about Advanced Energy Systems, call 602-228-6384 or visit solar-aes.com.

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  • Kid In A Candy Store: 2018 Honda Odyssey EliteKid In A Candy Store: 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

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  • Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is the largest of its kind in the worldBarrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is the largest of its kind in the world

    By Niki D’Andrea Craig Jackson was still coming off a high from the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas last October when the press releases started rolling out in November for the Barrett-Jackson 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction this month. “We are continuing to build a collector car event… that is more than just an auction, it is the celebration of the automotive lifestyle,” Jackson said in one press release. Jackson’s just as enthusiastic about cars in person as he is on paper, which isn’t surprising. After all, he’s lived an automotive lifestyle all his life. The Showman and the Car Guy The first car Craig Jackson remembers falling in love with was a 1939 Austin Bantam, a boxy vehicle with a sharp-angled nose crowned with a giant chrome grill perched between headlights that resembled enormous eyes. The Austin Bantam had sort of a face, and exuded huge character; the 1938 model was the inspiration for Donald Duck’s cartoon roadster. Jackson was 9 years old when he helped his family restore their ’39 AB for the Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes car show in Scottsdale. It was 1967, and Jackson’s father Russ was staging the show for the first time with his business partner and fellow car enthusiast, Tom Barrett. The two had met over Barrett’s 1933 Cadillac V-16 town car, and their mutual wonder for wheels quickly developed into a family-run vehicle venture. “My dad and Tom Barrett were diametrically opposed, so it made for an  interesting dynamic,” Jackson says. “Tom was very colorful and an expert  ‘showman’ and was the wheeler-dealer who went out and found cars around the world and brought them back to Arizona. My mom ran the front office, and my dad ran the shop and restorations. He was more the ‘car guy.’” Russ Jackson had been taking his son to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and the old-car swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania since he was a little kid. “My dad often had me hauling a wagon back and forth through all the rows of cars, looking for V16 and V12 Cadillac and Delahaye parts,” he recalls. “I just remember always being around cars and I loved it.” In 1971, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett held their first classic car auction, selling two Mercedes Benz 770K Phaetons that had previously been used as Adolf Hitler’s staff cars. One of them sold for a record $153,200, more than triple the previous auction price. Craig Jackson began working for his father’s company right away, starting from the ground up and learning every aspect of the business, no matter how base it might seem now for a man with a net worth of around $50 million, according to numerous sources. “The first year I was involved in the auction, I ran the trash crew,” he says. “The next year, I worked with the drivers, before I even had a license. My parents had high expectations for me and I had to carry my own weight in the business, even at a young age, which I definitely think helped me in the long run.” That long run has taken the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction from its inaugural dirt lot next to the Safari Hotel in Scottsdale 47 years ago to a 76-acre site at WestWorld of Scottsdale, and from a small, auction-focused event into a televised and highly watched multi-day mecca of car culture that draws a slew of celebrities every year (previous attendees include Justin Bieber, Alice Cooper, Burt Reynolds, Randy Johnson, Gene Simmons and Jay Leno). Russ Jackson died in 1993, and Craig Jackson began running the company a few years later. He made several changes, starting with establishing an internet presence in 1994 and introducing internet bidding. Other innovations came from customer feedback. “When I took over the reins after my brother passed away in 1995, I sent a survey to our customers asking how we could improve,” Jackson says. “As a result, we made significant changes to the types of vehicles we offer, for example.” “Barrett-Jackson’s early auctions focused on prewar classics,” he elaborates. “I began to focus on Baby Boomers, bringing in muscle cars, ‘60s sports cars, Woodys and other vehicles that appealed to that generation. We continue to do this today, as Gen Xers and Millennials enter the hobby.” The survey also showed that people wanted more activities around the auction, “so we expanded the auction into a world-class automotive lifestyle event,” Jackson says, “with exhibitors, food vendors and entertainment and more.” “We’ve evolved,” Jackson adds. “And we have to keep evolving.”   Driven to Give Back When it comes to Corvettes, there’s perhaps never been a more passionate collector than Dave Ressler. The Montana-based auto dealership owner amassed a fleet of 55 Corvettes, including all five of the official Indianapolis 500 pace cars and a coveted 1953 Blue Flame, the oldest Corvette around and only the third one ever made. Ressler was a longtime friend of Jackson’s and a fixture of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions. He passed away suddenly last November at the age of 61, and Jackson will honor his late friend at this year’s auction with a philanthropic gesture. “We are very excited to have our first ever yearlong charitable initiative this year called ‘Driven Hearts,’ which will support the American Heart Association,” Jackson says. “My wife Carolyn and I will be auctioning a very special 1988 Chevrolet Corvette 35th anniversary edition to help kick off the initiative in Scottsdale. The vehicle was donated to my mother, Nellie, and me on the auction block by our longtime customer and friend, Dave Ressler, and will be sold in honor of his sudden passing.” Barrett-Jackson has long been a vehicle for charitable causes, with proceeds from the sale of rare rides going toward organizations like TGen and Arizona-based Childhelp. This year, multimillionaire developer and Chandler resident Ron Pratte, known among car collectors as “the bidder always in the front row at every Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction,” according to writer Daniel Strohl of classic car newsletter Hemmings Daily, will be on hand to donate his 2017 Ford GT to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation. The organization will auction off the vehicle to benefit the Austim Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program. Jackson views raising money and awareness for charitable causes as part of his family company’s legacy. “Barrett-Jackson started as a charity car show, Fiesta de los Auto Elegantes, to raise money for Scottsdale’s arts center and to buy books for the community’s new library,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to continue that legacy, which is truly a pillar of the company. We also have a unique platform that allows us to put a spotlight on these charities as well as help raise money for them, and that is very important to us.”   Auto Fixation When iconic custom car designer George Barris wheeled the original Batmobile on stage at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2014, the roar from the crowd was deafening, audible even to audiences watching the auction on TV.  It was one of the most exciting moments in the auction’s history, with bids erupting and climbing to a final sales price of $4.2 million, in what Jackson calls “a spectacular moment.” Jackson says some of the other most memorable cars ever auctioned at Barrett-Jackson include Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, which sold for $5.5 million in 2007. “Having Ford’s Mark Fields and Carroll on the block while we made Ford history was very memorable,” he says. Then there was the sale of a 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 in 2005 for $3.3 million. “Those moments completely blew the roof off the place,” Jackson says. Highlights of this year’s auction include a “Mopar Mecca” docket featuring a Plymouth HEMI Cuda (one of 59 built in 1971 and the last known of its kind) and a 1970 Super Bee R-Code (one of 21 with a 426ci HEMI engine); a custom truck show headlined by a 1956 Ford F-100 with a custom chassis and NASCAR racing legend Rusty Wallace’s 1966 Chevrolet El Camino custom pickup;  a Chevy show including a rare 1965 Corvette Stingray Cutaway and a 1969 COPO 9560 high-performance Camaro; and a Ford lineup featuring a 1966 Shelby GT 350 Protoype #001 and a 1969 Mustang Q-Code 482 Cobra Jet Convertible (one of 20 made that year). Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual auction is expected to draw around six million viewers on the internet and television, and 51,000 attendees to WestWorld of Scottsdale. Though the auctions have expanded to include events in Florida, Connecticut and Nevada, Scottsdale remains Barrett-Jackson’s home and the center of the car collector universe to Jackson. “It’s our hometown. This is really where it all started, beginning with Tom Barrett and my parents moving here. Climate also plays a role and Scottsdale is a great place to go in the winter time when it’s freezing back east, in Canada and Europe. Arizona is perfect for storing and driving cars,” says Jackson, who estimates he currently has “somewhere around 50 cars” in his personal collection. “Quite a number of Barrett-Jackson customers have bought second or third homes in the Valley and keep their cars here. It’s become quite a place for car collectors.” The Barrett-Jackson 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction takes place Saturday, January 13 through Sunday, January 21 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Ticket prices vary by day and range from $17 to $195. VIP packages are also available. See barrett-jackson.com for more information. 

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  • Waste Management Phoenix Open treads new turfWaste Management Phoenix Open treads new turf

    By Greg Macafee / Photos special to Airpark News The “Greatest Show on Grass” treads new turf The Grand Canyon isn’t the only famous hole in Arizona. Every winter, a certain hole in Scottsdale gets surrounded by tens of thousands of screaming people who drink beer and loudly boo and cheer on the cue of giant LED lights telling them to “Make Some Noise.” Sometimes they get flipped off by professional athletes. Sometimes they make it rain plastic cups, like they did twenty years ago when an upstart golfer named Tiger Woods took a nine iron out of his bag and hit a hole-in-one. Welcome to the 16th hole at the Tournament Players Golf Club, one of many reasons the Waste Management Phoenix Open is called the “Greatest Show on Grass.” On Monday, January 29th, this storied and exciting tournament will return for the  83rd time. First played in 1932, the Open is the fifth-oldest tournament on the PGA tour. And this year, it’s getting some upgrades and continuing to give back to the community that supports it. Given the party-like atmosphere of the tournament – elevated by several grandstands and luxury boxes throughout the 18-hole, 7,266-yard course – it’s not surprising it’s such a highly attended event – the best-attended event in golf, in fact, drawing around half a million people every year. Last year, The Waste Management Phoenix Open set a PGA Tour and Phoenix Open single-day record with 201,003 fans in attendance on Saturday, and also set a tournament week attendance record of 618,365 people. And it doesn’t plan to stop growing anytime soon. “There’s always something new for everyone,” says 2018 tournament chairman Carlos Sugich. “Whether that’s for the sponsors or the fans.” This year, they plan to add a lot to the course, starting with a brand new corporate Cove 17 on the south side of the 17th fairway. The new addition will include 60 suites, two bar areas and an expansive, brand-new patio. They are also adding close to 650 general admission seats on 17, which Sugich says will add a lot more energy to the 332-yard par four. That’s not the only new addition to the course. Sugich says they will also be adding a craft beer house on the west side of the 7th hole, and a cantina with terrific views of the golf on the 12th hole. And then there is the legendary 16th hole, one of the most exciting holes in golf and a coveted spot for cocktail-sipping spectators. It offers a stadium-like atmosphere not found anywhere else in the sport, which is why there’s often a line of people looking to nab the 3,700 general admission seats. “[The 16th hole has] become a bucket list item for people all over the Valley and the country,” Sugich says. “It’s a signature hole.” The 2018 tournament chairman says that popularity started in 1997 when Tiger Woods made a hole-in-one on the hole. While it didn’t look like it does today, surrounded by stands and luxury boxes, the hole was still a popular spot for fans. “It started growing organically and we wanted to create something special and make it more for the fans,” Sugich says. “We wanted to have something no one expected, kinda like going to a stadium-type atmosphere.” That’s exactly what they created. In the past, Arizona State alumnus John Rahm has donned a Pat Tillman jersey on the 163-yard par 3. Fans are also known for booing golfers when they don’t land their first shot on the green. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a huge economic stimulator for the Valley. The event pumped $389 million into Arizona’s economy last year. It also gives back to the community that has supported it since the beginning. In 2017, the event raised more than $10.1 million for charity and has raised more than $122 million in its 85-year history. By attending the event, fans are supporting several nonprofit organizations across the Valley, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Homeward Bound and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “It’s what the Thunderbirds are all about,” Sugich says. “Our goal is to promote the Valley of the Sun through sports while assisting those in need in our community. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a huge community event and giving back is worth all the work and effort.” The tournament kicks off with plenty of events leading up to the first round on Thursday, February 1. There will be a Special Olympics Open on Tuesday, January 30, starting at 11 a.m. There will also be two Pro-Ams, with the Kadima Ventures Pro-Am taking place on Monday, January 29 and the Annexus Pro-Am taking place on Wednesday, January 31. Other events include the Phoenix Suns Charity Shot at Glory, a hole-in-one contest that takes place on the 16th hole, and the Coors Light Birds Nest concerts throughout the week, including performances by Flo Rida, OneRepublic and Florida Georgia Line featuring Chris Lane. As for the actual tournament – which runs through Sunday, February 4  – there are no guarantees. Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama has captured the title the past two years and has placed in the top two the past three. But with top-rated players like Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas also among the competitors, anything could happen. When it comes to sports, the results can sometimes be as exciting and unpredictable as the 16th hole itself.

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  • Innovative, Creative, Local & GlobalInnovative, Creative, Local & Global

    Fine Art & Wine Festival returns to Carefree   Fine artists from around the globe will converge along Ho Hum and Easy Streets in Downtown Carefree January 19–21 for Thunderbird Artists’ 25th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. The Carefree show features more than 150 renowned, juried artists who will showcase and sell their […]

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  • Arizona Fine Art Expo Kicks Off In JanuaryArizona Fine Art Expo Kicks Off In January

    Enjoy ten weeks of fine art and more Artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in North Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of art in what has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art. The Arizona Fine Art Expo […]

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  • Barrett-Jackson Celebrates Ultimate AutomotiveBarrett-Jackson Celebrates Ultimate Automotive

    Mopar Mecca, rare prototypes, custom creations and more Barrett-Jackson is ramping up for its 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction with an incredible docket of collector vehicles and automobilia collectibles, January 13–21, at . The “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions” will once again take center stage as the ultimate automotive lifestyle event during Barrett-Jackson Week, with a […]

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  • US Cryotherapy opens its first Arizona location in Scottsdale AirparkUS Cryotherapy opens its first Arizona location in Scottsdale Airpark

    By Niki D’Andrea / Photos by Carl Schultz At first, standing in the cryotherapy chamber at US Cryotherapy feels like hanging out in a walk-in freezer at a restaurant. A few moments later, the crisp sensation of cold starts its tingling dance across the cheeks. Several seconds later, it’s freezing and human breath looks like the thick mists over the mountains in The Hobbit. The body begins to shake – starting from its very core and vibrating outwards in a nervous-system attempt to create friction and its byproduct of warmth. It doesn’t work. This stinging cold session lasts anywhere from two minutes to two-and-a-half minutes, or however long it takes the body temperature to drop between 45 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. One stays chilly long after exiting the arctic chamber at US Cryotherapy. The extreme temperature – minus 150 degrees Fahrenheit, on average – is meant to shock the body into a healing mode, and many athletes use it as an alternative to ice baths for relieving extremely sore muscles. “It’s all about the flight-or-fight response,” says Timon Romero, general manager at the US Cryotherapy location that opened last month in the Airpark area, referring to the physiological reaction humans and animals have when faced with a perceived threat. The brain releases a hormonal surge that triggers the production of chemicals like norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin, which results in (among other things) enhanced blood flow to muscles and increased muscle tension to enhance strength and agility. The use of cold to treat injuries dates back to ancient Egypt, but high-tech cryotherapy has its beginnings just after World War II, when liquid nitrogen became commercially available. Though popularized in Europe and widely practiced throughout the Western world, cryotherapy has never been the subject of any thorough scientific research to determine its efficacy. But it certainly has its share of proponents and purported clients, including the Phoenix Rising soccer team – an official partner of the US Cryotherapy location in Scottsdale – and a few Arizona Cardinals. “(Our clients are) anywhere from youth athletes to pro sports,” Romero says. “We also get the middle-aged weekend warriors who want to stay active but their bodies are breaking down, and some chronic pain patients.” Unlike most other cryotherapy businesses, US Cryotherapy doesn’t use nitrogen, but instead utilizes electrically cooled and refrigerated hyper-oxygenated air. The family-founded, Roseville, California-based company was established in April 2011 and has expanded to include four company-owned wellness centers and eight franchises. The new Scottsdale location is Arizona’s first US Cryotherapy outpost, and opened almost concurrently with a Tucson facility. The atmosphere is way more stylish spa than sterile clinic. The floor plan is open and bright, and the décor boasts sleek silver and sharp cobalt blue accents, punctuated by ceiling- and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs showing sports. The cryochamber itself is large enough for guests to exercise in – which they frequently do. Two state-of-the-art speakers are mounted at one end of the chamber. “There’s music piped in to give them something to think about other than being cold,” Romero says. Guests can choose what song they want to hear while in the chamber, and Romero says clients pick everything from death metal to hardcore rap, but to his knowledge, no one’s opted for opera yet. Something with a beat probably works better when one is shocking their body with frigidity. The entire time someone is in the chamber, a staff member monitors the temperature of the chamber and the heart rate and body temperature of the guest at a computer station right outside the chamber window. Before a guest enters the chamber, their body temperature is gauged with an infrared thermometer called a Thermo Gun. The same device takes their temperature after the session to ensure the client is in the target body temp range. Benefits are immediate, according to Romero. “You’ll notice a difference after one treatment,” he says. “After that, we recommend two to three times (a month).” After a client exits the cryotherapy chamber, a Therma Gun is used to measure their body temperature. After exiting the chamber, clients warm up on stationary bikes. In addition to the cryotherapy chamber, the Scottsdale location of US Cryotherapy includes a handful of treatment rooms offering additional therapies like “localization” with a vacuum-like tube that blows 30-degree air on a specific spot for three minutes (“it’s the equivalent of an ice pack, but faster,” Romero says); HydroMassage beds that utilize water to reportedly stimulate muscles and alleviate pain; and the NormaTech compression system, which wraps one’s legs in puffy cuffs and applies intense-but-tolerable pressure from toe to thigh and back again to allegedly stimulate the lymphatic system and increase circulation. US Cryotherapy offers several services at various prices, including a “First Time Special” for $40 that includes a whole-body cryotherapy session, one localized treatment, HydroMassage bed and NormaTech compression. A la carte treatments range from $10 for a 15-minute Normatech session to $24 for a 10-minute “facial rejuvenation.” Ninety-day passes (includes whole-body cryotherapy and a localized therapy per day) are available for $499, and annual passes cost $1,499. Visit uscryotherapy.com for more information. n US Cryotherapy 14747 N. Northsight Boulevard Scottsdale, 480-508-2796, uscryotherapy.com

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  • Scott Hanson’s book explores retired athlete numbersScott Hanson’s book explores retired athlete numbers

    By Alison Bailin Batz Arizona native Scott Hanson knows that behind every jersey number and stadium name is a hidden story of grit, dedication and inspiration. Before moving to the Airpark in 1990, Hanson was a sportscaster – first in Flagstaff and then in the Valley at KPHO TV 5. But his professional connection to the local sports community began much earlier. “I started officiating high school football and baseball as a college student in 1979, when high schools like Chaparral, Coronado and the now-defunct Scottsdale High were considered north Scottsdale,” says Hanson, whose own sons – Matt and Mike – attended Horizon High School in the early 2000s. “I’ve seen a lot in my 30 years behind the plate and on the various fields in this town, and beyond. So much, in fact, I want to help preserve the legacy of high school sports throughout Arizona.” Over the course of the last several years, Hanson has penned two books – Who Is Gym? and What’s Your Number? (both available for $19.95 at scotthansonauthor.com). “Who Is Gym? is focused on telling the fascinating stories about the names behind Arizona’s high schools and their sports venues,” Hanson says. The book, released in 2015, was the result of three years of research and interviews with Arizona’s high school athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long-time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and others who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona. “The idea for the book started around 2012 on a Friday night at Cactus High School as my football crew was preparing to officiate the school’s varsity football game. The field was named M.L. Huber Stadium. Not familiar with Huber, I asked a couple people at the school who he was. To my surprise, they didn’t know who Huber was either,” Hanson says. “Then a week later, our football crew was at Independence High School and I asked about the story behind their Tolmachoff Stadium.  I got the same answer.  It was then that I was motivated to action.” Among the Scottsdale and Northeast Valley schools’ stories shared in the book are North Canyon High School, Paradise Valley High School, Shadow Mountain High School, Horizon High School, Notre Dame Preparatory, Scottsdale Christian Academy, Scottsdale Preparatory, Thunderbird Adventist, Coronado High School and Chaparral High School. Hanson thought he didn’t have a second story in him. But it was again on the field – this time while umpiring at Paradise Valley High School in 2016 – that inspiration struck. “Just after the national anthem, my umpire partner Stan ‘The Man’ Hoover pointed to the right field fence and said ‘That’s your next book’,” Hanson says. “He was motioning to the retired jersey numbers that adorned the fence, and by the third inning, I had already asked the coach about the stories and people behind those retired numbers.” After a year of research and writing, Hanson released What’s Your Number? this fall. The book shines a light on Arizona’s most legendary high school athletes, as well as those we lost too soon and those who inspired others to greatness. “To date, only 186 individuals have retired numbers at Arizona high schools,” Hanson says. The most notable in the Airpark area include former MLB pitcher and Arizona Diamondbacks legend Curt Schilling, whose number 19 is retired at Shadow Mountain High School; current MLB outfielder Peter Boujos, whose number 8 is retired at Notre Dame Preparatory; current MLB catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, whose number 2 is retired at Horizon High School; and former MLB All-Star catcher Paul Konerko, whose number 9 is retired at Chaparral High School. “There are also many stories, not only of amazing athletes, but tremendous people who had such a positive impact on those around them,” Hanson says. “Basketball player Jared Frame, for example, whose number 30 is no longer issued at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He lost his life at just 20 years old just before his junior year at Baylor, due to complications from a heart defect. In addition to his number no longer being issued, SCA’s national holiday basketball tournament is now called the Jared Frame Memorial Cactus Jam in his honor.”

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  • The Horny Toad Opens Cave Creek Christmas CompanyThe Horny Toad Opens Cave Creek Christmas Company

    The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Tuesday, December 12, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Cave Creek Christmas Company. The Horny Toad opened Cave Creek Christmas Company at its location at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. “Cave Creek Christmas Company is a magical Christmas store filled with unique decorations and gifts for family and […]

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  • With Scottsdale seeking to broaden the Airpark’s image, will aviation businesses remain its core?With Scottsdale seeking to broaden the Airpark’s image, will aviation businesses remain its core?

    By Jimmy Magahern / Photos courtesy StandardAero It’s the day before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the busiest air travel days of the year. But the lobby of this particular terminal is quiet, with only one silver-haired businessman toting an Eddie Bauer rolling duffel, another man in full pilot regalia (Sully mustache included) watching the runway from the passenger lounge, and, talking to the concierge, one young couple and their two irrepressible kids  – who, judging from their chocolate-stained chipmunk cheeks, have already discovered the jars of free M&Ms in the cafe. Stepping into the lobby of Signature Flight Support’s Scottsdale terminal, bordering the Scottsdale Airport runway just north of Bennett Dorrance’s Hangar One, can feel like stepping back in time. While the interior design reflects nothing but cutting-edge tech, the small-scale, relaxed pace of the place definitely feels of another time. “I liken it to the golden days of airline travel,” says Greg Gibson, Signature’s general manager. “Back in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, when people dressed up to fly, they didn’t have to go through security. It was an event, you know. It was very special. This place reminds me of that era: high touch, very personalized, very classy.” StandardAero Business Aviation is one of the world’s largest independent providers of aviation services. The same attributes could be applied to many of the businesses connected to aviation around the Scottsdale Airport, which strive to serve the type of clientele that prefers flying their own private jets into a smaller airport that, at least until the completion of its current $27 million renovation, has managed to retain that golden age ambience. The City of Scottsdale lists nearly 125 aviation-related businesses in or near the Airpark, from aircraft charter services, aircraft rental and flight training to in-flight catering, hangar leasing, aircraft maintenance and repair and even aircraft washing. Together they cater to a type of air traveler who loves the skies but loathes the endless concourses and TSA lines of the big international airports – and who can afford the alternative. Signature Flight Support is one of two FBOs, or “fixed-base operators,” located adjacent to Scottsdale Airport. The term dates back to 1926, when land-owning businesses offering support services to airplane operators felt a need to distinguish themselves from traveling aviators, or “barnstormers.” Today an FBO is any airstrip-adjacent business operation that provides fueling, hangar space, aircraft maintenance, taxiing and more to the private jet set. “I didn’t know what an FBO was myself until about seven years ago, when I joined Signature,” says Gibson, an aviation lifer who started out in the industry 28 years ago as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines, served some hard time in baggage handling and moved on to management positions with United and American. “Basically, it’s a little airport,” Gibson says. “It’s that old school airline service people are wanting again. They want it, and they’re willing to pay for it.” The services FBOs provide don’t come cheap, but they’re within the budgets of “the executives, the celebrities, the sports figures” Gibson says make up the bulk of Signature’s client base. “The busiest times we have here center around the big events that happen around the Airpark: Barrett-Jackson, the Phoenix Open, the Arabian horse show,” he says. “For those events, there are always lots of people coming in on the jets.” At those times, Gibson says, watching all the aviation support services rally to take care of the arriving private aircraft is what the Scottsdale Airpark is all about. “It’s like watching a pit crew that are bringing the airplanes in, getting them into the hangars and taking care of the flyers’ needs before they even have to ask for it,” he says. “Watching that at this airport is a privilege and a pleasure for me. Because we’re all passionate about aviation. And it’s exciting to be part of that.” Spreading Scottsdale’s Wings While aviation may be at the heart of the Scottsdale Airpark, the business makeup of the area has expanded over the years to include much more than just companies focused on flying. “We would never want, in any way, to negate the tremendous value of the airport and all the related industry that supports aviation, because that’s really the heart and the core of the Airpark,” says Danielle Casey, economic development director for the City of Scottsdale. “However, if you look at our major employment sectors, over 13 percent of the employment in the airpark is in retail, 10 percent is in health care and another 7 percent is focused on professional scientific and technical services. And then you also have a huge density for office use. So when you look at the dominant uses, it’s not all aviation.” “A lot of the Airpark businesses are actually geared to cybersecurity and financial institutions,” adds Christian Green, the city’s economic development manager. “Plus you have a lot of businesses focused on what we call the Cure Corridor, the medical solutions incubator that’s grown there.” The Standard-Aero hangar at Scottsdale Airport in 2014 Updating how people, both in-state and out-of-state, view the Scottsdale Airpark is a matter the city has been working on in recent months, Casey says. “One thing that we did recently to help encourage revitalization and investment into the airpark was, we invited people that are experts in the development field to focus on the airpark and the type of development mix we have up there. What are they seeing in trends, what are they seeing in terms of what companies want when they go into the area? What’s changing in the dynamic of how buildings are used, and what’s their perception of the airpark?” Casey says the feedback they got from the focus group pointed to the Airpark’s heightened profile as an attractive choice for corporations to build their headquarters in, “not just because it’s close to where executives can fly in and out of in their private jets, but also because the area has amazing executive housing and a lifestyle supported by a variety of amenities that have grown in that area over the last few decades,” she says. “So many companies are chasing talent, and you need good workforce housing and amenities like walkable areas and restaurants that people can get to.” Negotiating Space One of the consequences of filling up the Airpark with businesses unrelated to aviation is that some companies that directly serve the airport have had to locate farther away. Such would appear to be the case for StandardAero Business Aviation, one of the world’s largest independent providers of aviation services, which in 2015 relocated its headquarters from a warehouse district in Tempe to the Scottsdale Spectrum office park, located northwest of Lincoln Drive and Scottsdale Road. Marc McGowan, StandardAero’s president, is quick to point out that the company, whose services include airplane engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engineering services and interior completions and paint applications, did have a presence at the Scottsdale Airport for a time. “In 2005, StandardAero owned Landmark Aviation and the FBO at SDL,” he says, referring to the airport by its FAA location identifier. “When the company was sold to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in 2007, Landmark was divested and StandardAero exited the FBO business and moved forward with its four primary business aviation repair facilities located on airfields at Los Angeles International Airport; Houston George Bush International Airport; Springfield, Illinois Airport; and Augusta, Georgia Airport.” As part of the buyout, StandardAero inherited the Garrett Aviation Division, part of a Phoenix-area legacy in business aviation that at different times was known as AiResearch and AlliedSignal. McGowan says the company, whose customers include not just individual aircraft owners but also large commercial airlines, corporate flight departments and military operators, still serves business aviation operators at the Scottsdale Airport, but now it does so through one of its 14 mobile service teams, which provide 24/7 customer support onsite at the airport. With more than 40 primary operating locations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, however, StandardAero’s headquarters don’t need to be located at any one airport. In November, the company also acquired Vector Aerospace from Airbus, a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company that employs approximately 2,200 people in 22 locations. Still, with the city focused on making the Airpark more attractive to big corporations, it’s surprising that a company with such a rich local history in aviation would chose to locate nearly seven miles south of the airport. In the Airpark’s ambitions to become known for more than just aviation, is it pushing away companies that most belong near the airstrip? Casey acknowledges that the Airpark will always have a strong mix of aviation businesses at its core. She points to specialty firms like SkyMed, which provides emergency travel services (including organized air evacuations) for frequent travelers, and Dillon Aero, which builds mountings for Gatling guns on military helicopters, as examples. “A lot of government contracts and things that are important to Uncle Sam happen at the Airpark,” she says. “And of course there’s always a lot of flight training going on.” But the Airpark’s future appears to depend on expanding the public’s perception of the area beyond flight schools and airplane hangars. “The Chamber of Commerce’s airpark committee has also been talking about how to promote the area, so that when people hear ‘Scottsdale Airpark,’ they think about more than just aviation,” Casey says. “There’s so much more going on at the Airpark besides that.”

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    By Niki D’Andrea / Photos by Kimberly Carrillo When it comes to the aviation business, a lot of things need to be nailed down before a plane gets up in the air. There’s chartering, insurance, maintenance, catering, piloting and chauffeuring, among other things. And Pinnacle Aviation does it all. “We pretty much do everything from A to Z. There’s nothing we don’t do for the client,” Pinnacle Aviation CEO Curt Pavlicek says. “They have to do nothing but just drive up in their car and get out of the car. We grab their bags, throw them in the airplane and get on the airplane and fly wherever they want to go. We take care of all the things that happen up to that point. There’s a lot of steps that happen for an aircraft to be flown to different destinations.” There were also a lot of steps for Pavlicek to transform Pinnacle Aviation – which celebrates its 30-year anniversary in the Airpark this year – into a one-stop shop for aviation. Over the past three decades, his company has grown and changed concurrently with the Scottsdale Airpark area. It really all began on a farm in North Dakota, where Pavlicek grew up. Sitting in one of the conference rooms at Pinnacle Aviation headquarters, with the occasional private jet taking off from the runway behind him, he recalls, “One of the things I knew I never wanted to be was a farmer, because it didn’t hold enough excitement for me. So my dad one day said, ‘Why don’t you go out and learn how to fly an airplane? That sounds kind of interesting.’ And I said, ‘I never thought about that, Dad.’ So the next day, I went to the airport and I took a flying lesson and just fell in love with it. It was awesome.” Pavlicek earned his pilot’s license in 1974 and got a job flying private planes. In 1980, one of his clients – who lived in Scottsdale but had a home in North Dakota – hired him to fly his plane between the destinations, so Pavlicek lived in North Dakota during the summer and in Scottsdale during the winter. The same client wanted his plane available for charter, and so Pavlicek suddenly found himself in the chartering business. The Airpark was a little different back then. “When I first came here, the runway was half the size, and half the length,” Pavlicek remembers. “The Airpark was still here, but it was in its infancy.” In 1988, Pavlicek started buying and selling planes, also on the request of a client who wanted to sell his chartered plane. After sales, buyers began asking Pavlicek’s company to manage their aircraft, and so Pinnacle Aviation began managing aircraft in all aspects from insurance to storage and maintenance. Business boomed on the basis of referrals. Pavlicek says Pinnacle Aviation’s safety ratings are also a selling point for clients; the company has not had a single accident over its three decades in the Airpark. “Companies that are Fortune 500 companies, companies that are going to charter from us – they’re going to see the ratings we have from a safety perspective, and so it’s important to me to support our operations people. They’re the ones who came to me and said, ‘If we want to be number one in this industry, we have to do this.’ And I said, ‘Absolutely. Let’s do it.’ That’s important to me, to make sure we have the basis of good safety behind us. Because then there’s no excuses,” Pavlicek says. “You’re doing the best you can in the industry, and we’re not shortcutting anything with our services, and that’s what clients appreciate. The real clients that understand our type of business, they say ‘Pinnacle does it the best and that’s why we want to fly with them.’” “We’ve had audits by some of the largest companies in the world, and they walk in and say, ‘Wow, this is great. We love what you guys are doing,’” he continues. “In fact, we’ve actually had the FAA sit in on some of our safety meetings and say, ‘We wish everybody else was like you guys and did it the right way.’” In addition to its high safety ratings, Pavlicek emphasizes the all-encompassing nature of Pinnacle Aviation’s services. “If we have a charter at 3 o’clock in the morning, the charter manager is here in a shirt and tie to see them off,” he says. “We want our clients to know – we don’t care what time it is, day or night, we’re gonna be here. Their car’s gonna be arranged, the catering, whatever has to happen. We want it to be seamless for the clients. So it’s a very topnotch service.” Pinnacle Aviation has 15 planes on charter – a point of pride for its CEO. While Pinnacle Aviation and Scottsdale Airpark have evolved simultaneously over the past 30 years, there’s one area where the aviation company has outgrown its home: hangar space. “The biggest issue that we have here in Scottsdale is the lack of hangar space. So for us to grow here, it’s very difficult, because if somebody wants to bring a big Gulfstream in here, we don’t have anywhere to put it. Really, the whole Phoenix area is limited where you can put airplanes. All the satellite airports around Phoenix Sky Harbor have no space,” Pavlicek says. “It’s going to change next year when they build those hangars across the way that they’re building. That’s going to help a little bit, but I still think that’s going to be the limiting factor, not only for our company, but for other companies on this airport and in the Phoenix Valley in general – a lack of hangar space.” “There’s really limited ground to build hangars on,” Pavlicek continues. “There are two other pieces of property that are available here, and I’m not so sure when that’s gonna happen. It could be 10 years from now. And we need hangars immediately.” To expand Pinnacle Aviation’s services, the company has branched out to other states. It has an airplane in New York, two planes in Hawaii, and one in California. Pavlicek’s also talking with a company in Texas about providing services for them. But he plans to keep Pinnacle Aviation’s corporate headquarters in the Airpark. “We’re always going to be here,” Pavlicek says. “We love Scottsdale. We’ll never change that.”

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