Gerrit Steenblik: Strengthening Ties with Important Foreign Trade Partner

by RaeAnne Marsh

With fluency in the French language and experience in international law, Gerrit Steenblik was pleased to accept the office of French Honorary Consul when the French Foreign Ministry offered it to him 19 years ago. France is an important source of foreign direct investment in Arizona and Metro Phoenix. Citing data from Anubhav Bagley at Maricopa Association of Governments, … [More]

Ted Anderson: Creativity and Relationships 

by Melissa Forbes

Success isn’t about rigidly adhering to a plan at any cost. As Ted Anderson, president and founder of ANDERSON Advertising + PR, will tell you, building a legacy brand requires constant evolution, and so does advertising.  “With the ever-changing landscape of our industry, and that of our clients’ industries, I’ve found that there is no single ‘right’ way forward,” he says. … [More]

Staying Local during Multimillion-Dollar Marijuana Buyouts

by Marie Paredes Saloum

I like to think that we’re in an era when the small business rules the roost. Being a small business in 2019 not only allows for versatility, mobility and scalability, but it also allows business owners to be in total control of their creative direction, expansion plans and advertising initiatives. What’s most important to me, though, is that maintaining a small size gives me … [More]

Ryan Hibbert: Causing a Riot in Hospitality

by Robyn Moore

Ryan Hibbert knows what it takes to be successful in the hospitality industry. It was in 2010 when the Arizona native co-founded Riot Hospitality Group, a Scottsdale-based hospitality management company dedicated to evolving the typical restaurant landscape into one that provides unique and meaningful experiences. Nearly a decade and 12 venues later, Hibbert and his team … [More]

Pamela Griffin: Moving Court Reporting to a Wider World of Business

by Mary Little

As any business owner knows, it is easy to get stuck in the day-to-day grind of delivering an established menu of goods or services to clients who have come to expect them.  But standing firm with the status quo can be a slippery slope and a surefire way toward decline for any entrepreneur. Need proof? You can make a call on your smartphone without a switchboard operator, … [More]