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Barrett-Jackson to auction off 21 vehicles to benefit a variety of charities

Posted by Editor on January 10, 2013

Barett-Jackson 2Scottsdale, AZ – January 10, 2013 – Barrett-Jackson events have become well-known for their charity auctions, and 21 vehicles will be crossing the block during the Scottsdale auction to benefit a wide variety of charitable causes.

During the upcoming flagship auction at WestWorld held Jan. 13-20, Barrett-Jackson is closing in on a grand total of $50 million in charity sales that benefit children’s causes, military personnel, medical research, community support and others.

An enduring feature of Barrett-Jackson charity sales is that the auction company waives all fees so that the total sale goes to benefit the charitable organization.

The 21 charity vehicles for Scottsdale, designated by “3000” lot numbers, and their dates of sales are:


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Fender HQ Building in the Airpark sold for $30 Million

Posted by Editor on January 9, 2013

FenderScottsdale, AZ – January 9, 2013 – The world headquarters building for Fender Musical Instruments Corp. in north Scottsdale sold to a Los Angeles investor just before the end of the year for $29.85 million, according to a statement Tuesday from CBRE Inc. in Phoenix.

Bruce Karsh, president and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management LP (NYSE: OAK), one of the nation’s largest publicly-traded private equity firms, paid cash for the 127,750-square-foot office building located just off Loop 101 near Princess Drive. The facility is part of the 260-acre Perimeter Center business park, which houses other corporate headquarter facilities for such companies as Taser International and Meritage Homes Corp.

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Go Daddy Cares provides funding to over 60 Charities in 2012

Posted by Editor on December 21, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Go Daddy’s end-of-year holiday parties have become legendary and 2012 was no exception. Last night, a few thousand Go Daddy employees and their guests were wined and dined, entertained and awarded cash prizes in honor of a record-breaking Go Daddy year.
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Together, Go Daddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation presented the Semper Fi Fund with checks totaling $2 million to help injured military veterans. It was the result of a matching fund drive the two organizations first announced last month and illustrated how generosity is still very much a part of the holiday season.

Go Daddy Cares, the company’s charity division, provided funding to more than 60 charities in 2012, including Every Kid Counts, which drew gifts from hundreds of Go Daddy employees at last night’s party.

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TASER Honors 100,000 Lives Saved by ECDs since company began

Posted by Editor on December 19, 2012

TASER Plants 3,000 Trees to Represent Lives Saved by ECDs Since First Deployment 19 Years Ago

Dec 19, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) –TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR), is sponsoring the planting of 3,000 trees through Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the estimated 100,000 lives saved from death or serious personal injury by TASER® brand electronic control devices (ECDs) on Dec. 13, 19 years after the company was founded.

By giving new life to its community, TASER seeks to represent how its life-saving ECDs have made a difference in both law enforcement officers’ and citizens’ lives since the first devices were deployed in 1994.

TASER partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation because of the organization’s ongoing dedication to fostering community health through planting and nurturing trees, while TASER is empowering people around the world to provide the best safety and security for their communities. TASER selected its donations to support domestic reforestation projects of greatest need in California and Florida (representing the U.S. from east to west), as well as an international reforestation project in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest (representing TASER’s international presence).

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Scottsdale Airport space sells for nearly $10 million

Posted by Editor on December 17, 2012

Scottsddale AirparkScottsdale, AZ – Monday, December 17, 2012 – Phoenix Business Journal

A California investor has snagged all the assets and operations of an aviation business that butts up against the Scottsdale Municipal Airport runway for $9.6 million, according to a statement Monday from GPE Commercial Advisors, which represented the seller.

Southwest Jet Corporate Center LLC includes nearly 100,000 square feet of airplane hangar and office space, as well as fuel services for its aviation tenants on a five-acre property within the Scottsdale Airpark. Jim Houtz and John Castrogiovanni, listed as managers of the Southwest Jet entity in its business filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission, sold the business and its real estate assets to Southwest Jet Center LLC, a newly formed Arizona entity managed by Gary Daichendt.

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GoDaddy hires former Yahoo and Microsoft exec as CEO

Posted by Editor on December 11, 2012

Go Daddy 2Scottsdale, AZ – December 11, 2012 – GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest web hosting and domain registration company, has hired Blake Irving to be the company’s new CEO. Irving will begin duties as CEO starting January 7, succeeding interim CEO Scott Wagner. Irving was an executive at Yahoo, and also spent 15 years at Microsoft where he took on various senior roles.

The privately-held Scottsdale, Arizona-based company said that Irving will also join the company’s board of directors on top of his CEO role. He is replacing Scott Wagner, who served as interim CEO since the summer, after Warren Adelman stepped down after only eight months on the job. Adelman replaced GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons in December 2011.

Irving spent 15 years at Microsoft, where he appeared in many hats, but his most notable and most recent role at the Redmond-based company was corporate vice president of the Windows Live platform. He also spent time at Yahoo as the company’s chief product officer, where he developed and rolled out a unified product vision and strategy, which grew Yahoo to nearly one billion active PC and mobile users.

Irving currently serves on the board of GolfLogix, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based mobile web company, and in the past, he has served as a professor at Pepperdine University located outside of Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of San Diego State University and received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

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Scottsdale signs up for more red-light cameras from ATS

Posted by Editor on December 10, 2012

American TrafficScottsdale, AZ – December 11, 2012 – The City of Scottsdale will add cameras to eight intersections to catch red-light runners. The contract with American Traffic Solutions, Inc. also calls for new portable units and additional electronic feedback boards alerting drivers to the cameras.

Scottsdale will pay ATS $1.2 million the first year. According to a city report, ticket revenue essentially covers the program costs. It could take up to 18 months to install the cameras. A 30-day public education period should kick in before citations are issued.

But the cameras are snapping speeders and red-light runners in Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale and he says they’re going all out in the Arizona Legislative session starting next month to get the cameras pulled down everywhere in the state.

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Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals earn ‘A’ for quality, patient safety

Posted by Editor on November 29, 2012

All three Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals receive top grade from nonprofit quality organization

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital each received an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Scores released by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit quality improvement organization.

Leapfrog graded 2,618 U.S. hospitals, including 40 in Arizona. Scottsdale Healthcare’s three hospitals were among only seven in greater Phoenix to receive an “A,” out of a total of 11 in Arizona.

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Original 1966 TV Batmobile to be sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Posted by Editor on November 29, 2012

Holy Grail of TV Star Cars to be Sold for First Time January 19, 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz. – (November 29, 2012) – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that it will offer one of the most recognized and popular pieces of entertainment history worldwide, at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction in January – the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car which was heavily modified by legendary customizer George Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the live action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West. The car will cross the block alongside Barrett-Jackson’s 5000 Series on Saturday, January 19th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

Still as striking as when it first came out of the paint shop, the original Batmobile has been a part of Barris’ personal collection since he first bought it from the Ford Motor Company for a dollar in 1965. Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction will mark the first time the car has gone up for sale since then

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JDA Software will remain in Scottsdale Airpark after sale

Posted by Editor on November 27, 2012

Scottsdale, AZ – November 27, 2012 – JDA Software and suitor RedPrairie intend to keep the headquarters of the combined firm at JDA’s location in Scottsdale — one of several recent announcements as the companies work toward completion of their $1.9-billion merger.
The companies, which focus on supply-chain management and retailing software, said they have received notice from the Federal Trade Commission granting early termination of the waiting period for antitrust review. The companies expect the merger to close by year-end, though other regulatory hurdles remain, along with a class-action lawsuit.

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