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Framework for Success
Fall/Winter 2019

Acclaimed American engineer and inventor Charles Kettering once said, “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” This same philosophy is what drives Matt Cormier, Owner of Executive West Building, LLC, to set…

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Woman-Owned & Family-Oriented
Fall/Winter 2019

Growing up, Melissa Neumeyer always knew that she had a passion for working with her hands. Generations of her family had worked in the construction industry, including her uncle who ran a successful tile business. As a young adult, she experimented…

Eye on the Horizon
Fall/Winter 2019

In 2005, Scott Carpenter decided to become a crime fighter—but not in the way you’d expect. While he didn’t don a cape or become endowed with superhuman powers, he had something better: an idea. Scott’s idea was to revolutionize the construction…

The Holy Grail of Construction
Fall/Winter 2019

Whether restoring an historic building from the Old West or constructing a waterslide park, Grail Construction, LLC thrives on intricate, challenging and unique projects. “We take on the difficult jobs others can’t or won’t do,” says Donna Smith,…

Rolling With The Flow
Spring/Summer 2019

After more than a decade in the corporate world, Mike Lanning had had enough and started looking for a new career in something outside the profit-focused norm of big business. Little did he know that dust control trucks, street sweepers and…

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Keeping It Cool
Spring/Summer 2019

From a toddler carrying tools to a teenager handling service calls, Northern Arizona Refrigeration President Dave Sundquist learned the family business from the bottom to top before stepping into the top leadership role in 1991.

It’s OK to Fire Your Lawnmower
Spring/Summer 2019

As most great company origin stories begin, co-owner of The Synthetic Grass Store, LLC Bonnie Mull says, “It’s kind of a funny story.” She continues, “It all started because of bunny rabbits.”

Roadways, Runways & Beyond
Spring/Summer 2019

Phoenix-based Falcon Contracting, Inc. (Falcon), once known mostly for parking lots and roadway projects, has fulfilled several highly visible pavement marking and maintenance jobs, including airports, parking garages and raceways.

Aligned and Community-Focused
Spring/Summer 2019

When companies, so intrinsically tied to profitability and performance, choose to place an emphasis on workplace culture, it’s anything but counterintuitive. In fact, businesses—like Adolfson & Peterson Construction—that make an investment in…

Opening New Doors
Fall/Winter 2018

Beyond the sustainable materials, beautiful designs and customized characteristics, J&K Cabinetry in Phoenix, now just four years old, is fast becoming an industry leader in large part because of one man’s quest for excellence.

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From Horse & Wagon
Fall/Winter 2018

In 1906, downtown Phoenix had dirt roads. Horse and wagon was still the main mode of transportation around town. Arizona wasn’t yet an official state. And Coleman Plumbing & Heating Co. (Coleman Plumbing) was founded by Jack Coleman’s grandfather,…

Giving Back to the Community
Fall/Winter 2018

Sunstate Equipment Co. (Sunstate) is more than a construction equipment rental company with a reputation for its commitment to people, integrity and service; it’s a company that has a long-standing history of being a charitable steward within…

Polish & Shine
Fall/Winter 2018

The Yezzi brothers took Arizona by storm with the launch of one of the first commercial polished concrete businesses in the state. They opened the doors of Yezco Concrete Polishing (Yezco) in 2002. Soon after, they were serving high-profile…

New Game in Town
Fall/Winter 2018

When the previous owner of Agate, Inc. (Agate), Jim Uhl, decided to develop a succession plan for his Arizona-based company in 2017, he wanted to find the type of leadership that could carry on his legacy. His search criteria included seeking…

The Roots of Success
Spring/Summer 2018

Brian Smith has a natural affinity for landscaping, both as an art and a science. He has spent his entire career, 20+ years, helping commercial and residential customers create and maintain some of the most beautiful, natural and sustainable…

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Family Values
Spring/Summer 2018

Being a boss and being a dad are tough enough jobs on their own. Combining the two brings a whole new set of challenges. “It’s sometimes hard to separate being a father from being a boss,” says Steve Danielson, co-owner of the Phoenix-based…

Build. Grow. Repeat.
Spring/Summer 2018

Most of us would be happy and content to build one business, sell it for a tidy sum and then enjoy retirement. Bill Burke did exactly that—and then he founded Arizona Stone & Architectural Products and built a second successful company.

Exceeding Expectations
Spring/Summer 2018

Sister companies Fleming West, LLC and Fleming Complete are celebrating their 20th and 10th anniversaries this year and Aaron Wolf, the President of Fleming West, LLC and Fleming Complete couldn’t be more pleased.

Investing in the Future
Spring/Summer 2018

Caliber – The Wealth Development Co. isn’t just a real estate investment company. With five businesses—investment, construction and development, property management, brokerage and hospitality—Caliber offers a 360-degree approach to buying, selling,…

Arizona Framing Contractor Keeps it Simple
Fall/Winter 2017

Like any 9-year-old boy, Mike Roberts wanted to be in the great outdoors. He did that—and learned a lot—as he traveled the foothills of Tucson with his dad, who was selling lumber to custom home builders. That childhood experience was the beginning…

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Better Business Solutions that Empower
Fall/Winter 2017

Oftentimes, small business owners wear many hats when they first start their companies. When one person juggles the roles of owner, marketing manager, office manager and tradesperson, responsibilities can become overwhelming—even unmanageable,…

A Sibling Success Story
Fall/Winter 2017

A writer once said, “a sibling represents a person’s past, present and future.” For Angie Pflueger and her brother Trevor Brescia, nothing could be closer to the truth.

For Country And Customers
Spring/Summer 2017

Stay in the fight. Never give up on your dreams. Kelley “Hutch” Hutchinson adopted these principles back when he was a soldier in the U.S. Army’s special operations light infantry unit. This former Army Ranger is a Co-Owner of LaborMax Staffing,…

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Tofel Twins Re-Engineer ‘Family’ Construction in the Southwest
Fall/Winter 2017

With a background in microchip development and the Gemini space program, twin brothers Steve and Rich Tofel are not your conventional building contractors. They’re both engineers and likely those who knew them in college in the 1960s would never…

Growing Beyond the Playground
Spring/Summer 2017

In 2014 and 2015, Inc. Magazine listed Flexground, a surfacing company headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. Flexgound boasted a three-year growth rate of 1,322% the first year it was featured…

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A Second Generation of Polished Leadership
Spring/Summer 2017

Flooring Systems of Arizona Inc., led by Victor Corella Jr. and his father, Victor Corella Sr., has made a name for itself in the Grand Canyon State, one built on a reputation of capability and resourcefulness. Headquartered in Tucson, the flooring…

Graycliff the Groundbreaker
Fall/Winter 2016

Specializing in multiple segments of an industry can sometimes be a detriment to a company’s success, unless the company proves its worth by pulling off major accomplishments. This is the case for Graycliff Enterprises Inc. (Graycliff), a firm…

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