Biz Ins and Outs

Goodmans wins BOOST! Award from Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy has chosen Goodmans Interior Structures as one of its first-ever winners in the BOOST! Prize competition. An office furniture dealer with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque, Goodmans will receive $40,000 to boost their efforts as good corporate citizens. Fann Contracting Inc., a Prescott-based highway and civil construction company, also received a BOOST! Prize, as well as $40,000.

Goodmans is one of the first certified B Corporations in Arizona, a legal designation that recognizes commitment to the community, the environment and employees. Under the leadership of third-generation President & CEO, Adam Goodman, the company has become a nationwide leader in products that support cultural alignment, workplace strategy and sustainable construction practices.

Goodmans will use the BOOST! Prize dollars to enhance three of its many programs that give back to the community: GoodTHREADS Boutique, which is a clothing bank in southern Arizona that collects and distributes clothing to foster, adoptive and kinship families; the AIM to Make a Difference program for furniture repurposing that matches local nonprofits with surplus used office furniture; and Good Inc., an incubator that gives mission-aligned startups access to Goodmans work environment, including mentorship with executives in human resources, marketing, technology, finance, operations and sales.

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold opens new location

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP has opened an office at 9933 E. Bell Road in north Scottsdale. This new location, which opened May 1, marks Frazer Ryan’s first expansion beyond its main offices in Phoenix located at 3101 N. Central Ave.

“Our new Scottsdale office provides more convenience for our north Scottsdale clients,” says managing partner James W. Ryan. “And gives them the option of meeting with their attorney at our Phoenix or Scottsdale location.”

Founded in 1989, Frazer Ryan is a 2017 “Best Law Firms” honoree in trusts and estate law, tax law, tax controversy, ERISA law, elder law and estate controversy. The firm’s 24 attorneys include nine certified legal specialists, six Best Lawyers in America honorees, and 10 Super Lawyers honorees.

Iris Karas opens personal and educational consulting practice

Iris Karas has opened a consulting practice in Tucson specializing in personal counseling, educational support and college guidance. Iris has 30-plus years of experience as a therapist, guidance counselor and teacher. She works with individuals, students of all ages, and parents to meet personal and academic challenges with creativity and insight. Iris believes each individual has a unique combination of talents and strengths. Her work is to discover and nurture those positive attributes through individualized private sessions.

She earned a master’s degree in education in community mental health from Northeastern University, a bachelor’s degree of science in psychology from Northeastern University and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in guidance counseling from American International College.

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona hires Melissa Hall

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has hired Melissa Hall as office and facilities manager. She will transition from her current position as executive assistant at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, where she has worked for the past 16 years. She will support both JFSA and JCF when they move into their new location. She started at JCF as marketing and events coordinator, added technology coordinator to that position, then became a legacy coordinator before moving to her current role. Melissa serves on the board of Congregation Or Chadash. She is a former Tucson Hebrew Academy board member and a former member of the JFSA Young Women’s Cabinet.

BBYO sends record amount of teens to conclave

Tucson’s BBYO groups, Abba Godol AZA and Kadima BBG, sent a record 20 teens to the Mountain Region conclave held in Prescott on April 6-9. Since their establishment in 1924 and 1944, the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) have served as BBYO’s core teen leaders. BBYO is an international movement aspiring to involve Jewish teens in Jewish experiences. Six members ran for the regional board, with Josh Cohen elected regional aleph godol (president), Jaden Boling elected regional gizbor (treasurer) and Avin Kreisler elected regional shaliach (Judaics vice president). Tucson senior Alex Senti, as regional moreh (membership vice president), led a membership drive that increased regional membership by more than 12 percent.

Todd Herzog’s song selected for music project

Local musician, Todd Herzog, had one of his songs selected for inclusion in the Dunst Social Justice Music Project – a project to benefit the Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism. Todd’s song, “Here and Today,” will be included in a musical collection designed to provide new social justice music for public singing in congregations, summer camps, youth groups and community gatherings of all kinds. Eight songs were selected from 43 submissions nationwide. All selected artists will be flown to Nashville, TN for recording. The expected release date is December 2017.

Todd has been an artist-in-residence at the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest and with several of the day schools in the Phoenix area. He continues to impact the Jewish community and beyond with his uplifting music. In addition to his duties as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Solel, Todd travels around the country doing concerts, services and artist-in-residence weekends.

Steven Meckler wins ADDY gold

Steven Meckler of Steven Meckler Photographer won a District Gold ADDY Award for color photography for “School Lunch Trays” published in Edible Baja Magazine, in the American Advertising Federation’s District 12 competition. The mission of the ADDY competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. The District competition included a total of 317 entries from advertising federation clubs throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso.

Gold and Silver ADDY Award winning entries from the District 12 competition are eligible to compete in the AAF National American Advertising Awards competition, which was judged in May. The final tier of awards will be announced during the national awards gala event on Saturday, June 10 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the 2017 AAF National Conference.

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