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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:00 pm

Wild Horse Pass appoints group sales director

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Bill Hunter as Director of Group Sales.

Most recently serving as Associate Director of Sales at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Hunter has spent the past 14 years honing his skills in various positions within the luxury hospitality industry. Prior to his time at the Arizona Biltmore, Hunter worked as a Conference Services Manager as well as a National Sales Manager at the Arizona Grande Resort.  His duties as Director of Group Sales include overseeing the resort's sales team, researching potential convention and meeting clients and leading the sales initiative to generate revenue for the resort and Phoenix's tourism industry. He replaced Paul Pelican who was promoted to Director of Sales at the Sheraton Denver.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is located on the Gila River Indian Community. For more information, visit">


Business Academy launched

Salt River Project and Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development will join this fall to launch the Small Business Leadership Academy.

Each course will take place over a two-week period, with classes held one evening each week. Participants will graduate Nov. 20, earning a Certificate of Participation from SRP and the W. P. Carey School of Business, and four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from ASU.

For more information on scholarships and admission requirements, contact Art Oros at (602) 236-8773 or


Home prices drop by 18 percent

The Arizona State University-Repeat Sales Index (ASU-RSI) shows home prices in the metro Phoenix area declined 18 percent from April 2007 to April 2008.

This is an even steeper drop than the 13 percent reported from March 2007 to March 2008.

For more information, visit

Resort offers new casual cuisine

Arizona Grand Resort announced plans to add two new restaurants along with a bar and a new barista-style coffee bar.

The resort will introduce The Lobby Grill, a new American grill concept designed to become the heartbeat of the resort, and will re-concept the existing Phantom Horse Grill into an Italian restaurant. The resort will also add a lounge-like atmosphere with the introduction of the new The Lobby Bar, as well as add a barista-style coffee bar offering fresh pastries, take-and-go deli sandwiches and gelato.

Additionally, Latitude 30 Pacific Rim Cuisine officially closed for the summer in May and will re-open under a new name in the fall as a private dining facility available for catered events and group functions.

Aunt Chilada's and Rustler's Rooste will remain on property.

For more information, visit">


Small business ‘Webinars'

Infusionsoft, a marketing automation software company for small businesses, has begun to offer a monthly Webinar series focused on helping businesses market and grow sales more effectively.

Upcoming marketing Webinars include:

Aug. 7: Supercharge your Web site

Sept. 15: Convert and Flip Your Funnel

Oct. 13: Sell Stuff Online

Nov. 10: Collect the Cash

To register, visit">


Toy store offers free fun

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., has begun hosting free activities to serve as inexpensive outings for parents and kids.

The toy store will hold Friday game nights, story book hours, baby sign language story time, yo-yo classes and morning social times for moms and dads.

Friday game night runs from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 1. Mommy/daddy mornings run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon through July 31.

For more information, call Janet Hoo at (480) 785-8697.


Simplot named president

Tom Simplot has been named president of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

Simplot is responsible for operations and general management of all association activities.


Romp n' Roll now open

Ahwatukee Foothills residents Jim and Lisa Cook have opened Romp n' Roll play center, which focuses on "nurturing the genius, unleashing the goofball" in children ages 3 months to 6 years.

The brightly-colored facility has ramps, bridges, slides, tulles, a trapeze, balance beam and monkey bars.

Romp n' Roll is located at 4825 E. Warner Road. For more information, call (480) 961-7655 or visit">


Web site to help students

Former Ahwatukee Foothills resident Daniel Berke has launched a nonprofit Web site asking for donations to help students pay off their student loans.

The Web site,">, asks that people put $5 toward helping students with outstanding student loans, rather than spending the money on their morning latte. Berke came up with the idea for the Web site when he realized presidential candidates can raise $5 million a month in donations. His goal is to raise $50,000 within two months.

Requirements is that they must have at least a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and they must be working in the field that their degree is in.

For more information or to make a donation, visit">


The Buttes offers summer package

The Buttes is offering summer room rates valued at $89 per night.

With rooms starting at $139 per night, The Buttes also offers a $50 voucher per night good for food and beverage or spa treatments. The credit can be used at any of the resort's restaurants, lounges or room service. Restaurants include the Market Cafe, Thirsty Cactus and Top of the Rock.

The Buttes is located at 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe. The summer package is available through Aug. 31. For more information, call (888) 867-7492.


The BAR Fitness

Ahwatukee Foothills fitness center The BAR Fitness begins its summer program this week to engage young athletes in sport-specific training.

Participants of the BAR School of Athletic Performance will be spending up to four days each week in the weight room building strength, power and speed, as well as confidence, leadership, teamwork and service.


Goodwill offers free pick-up services

Goodwill is offering Valley residents free pick-up services to donate their gently-used household and clothing items.

A uniformed team will come to residents' homes, pick up their items and leave them with a Goodwill tax receipt.

For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up, call (480) 663-0000 or visit">


Local man opens copy, imaging business

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michael Corey announced the opening of Imaging Technology Solutions in Tempe.

Imaging Technology Solutions offers a variety of copiers, printers and business equipment, and also services and repairs products of major brand names. The company's goal is to respond quickly and keep offices running smoothly, and most service calls are completed in the same day.


Online tool for home improvement projects

Arizona homeowners experience up to $25 million in annual losses in the remodeling industry due to contractor fraud, so Buildproof allows for every project, regardless of size, to be paid for, managed and tracked online. Project funds are held by an independent third-party financial institution to ensure safe handling and timely payment processing. There is no cost for homeowners to use the system and contractors are only required to pay a small percentage of the total project cost.

For more information, visit">


Dance studio makes changes

Desert Dance Club, located in the Fry's/Melting Pot shopping center, has been purchased by Michael and Sheila Jewell and named ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio.

Instructors Tony and Margaret Long are five-time British and International Ballroom champions, eight-time Open French champions and Open British Latin champions.

For details, call (480) 706-0171 or e-mail


Send submissions to: (480) 898-7911 or

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