Perfect Partnerships

CEM-i1-14-COVERAfter ending 2013 with a bang, Commercial Executive Magazine is ready to hit the ground running in 2014. Exciting things are already happening this year and we are proud to be your source for commercial real estate news in the Valley.

 In order to get the new year started off right, we are bringing you coverage of some of the faces that work diligently to make real estate deals come together. Our cover story focuses on the Perfect Partnerships in Arizona’s real estate community that have paid dividends for buyers and sellers looking to make deals. These partnerships, characterized by individuals that work well together and play off of each other’s strengths, include teams from Cassidy Turley and Jones Lang LaSalle. 

Additionally, in this issue you will find features on several of the top legal minds working in real estate in Arizona today. The Legends of Law section is comprised of professionals who have truly made their mark on the Arizona landscape by affecting each real estate transaction they work on. Not only are these lawyers the best at what they do, they also treat clients and colleagues with respect and have been recognized time and time again for their professionalism and skill. In this section, you will find sections featuring Becky Burnham, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Scott Henderson, NewLAWu.s.; Greg Mast, Mast Law Firm, P.C.; Michael Withey and Jason Barclay Morris, Withey Morris; and Andy Abraham, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

The Urban Land Institute Arizona’s 9th Annual Real Estate Trends Day is of interest to everyone involved in Arizona real estate. Because of this, we have provided an in-depth preview of the event, including a schedule of speakers and information on the keynote speaker. The day-long conference, which takes place on February 19 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, promises to include need-to-know information and trends concerning the immediate future of the real estate market at a local, state and national level. Thirty-five speakers will participate to discuss the effect emerging trends will have on both the public and private sectors.

As always, our sector updates section includes expert analysis and opinions concerning a variety of important topics. In this issue, we have an update on the Arizona market from Land Advisors Organization in addition to two legal updates addressing topics of immediate interest to the real estate community. We have also culled data from a variety of sources to provide you with a market forecast for 2014. We also have an update for the retail sector from Mark Stapp, Executive Director of the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

As we embark on the new year, take a moment to read about and recognize the professionals driving Arizona real estate forward. In this issue, you will find inspirational stories and keen insight from people who have experience in the Arizona market, have weathered the ups and downs, and emerged stronger for it.

Enjoy the issue!

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