German Osio: Owner of Sumo Maya, Central Bistro

German Osio, owner of Local Bistro, Central Bistro and Sumo Maya, photographed at his office in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

German Osio, owner of Local Bistro, Central Bistro and Sumo Maya, photographed at his office in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

German Osio
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German Osio is already responsible for some popular names in the Valley dining scene, Local Bistro and Central Bistro. Early next year, the 32-year-old Scottsdale resident will bring a very innovative concept, an Asian/Mexican fusion spot, to the Valley: Scottsdale’s Sumo Maya. The trained chef collaborated on his restaurants’ menus with his partners and executive chefs, Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro and Central Bistro, and Herb Wilson of Sumo Maya.

When he’s not running his Valley restaurants, Osio owns a commercial real estate company in his native Mexico City. Read on for how this restaurant mogul got his start, and for what diners can expect from Sumo Maya.

What brought you to Arizona?

Weather, family and business opportunities. I was born in Mexico City and moved to Connecticut when I was 6 years old, then went to Les Roches university in Switzerland and majored in hotel business administration and got a culinary degree. I pursued that for about five and a half years before moving to Texas and lived in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio for about six years and opened four restaurants.

My business partner ended up selling the restaurants, so I decided to move to Phoenix. I was always attracted to Arizona because of the quality of life, the kindness of the people, the cleanliness of the city, and the weather. It was also a market I knew indirectly because my family always had a winter home here. I moved here in 2010.

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Taryn Liberman: Fashion Designer, Owner of Moderndrift Clotherie

Taryn Liberman, fashion designer and owner of Moderndrift Clotherie, photographed at The House in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Taryn Liberman, fashion designer and owner of Moderndrift Clotherie, photographed at The House in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Taryn Liberman
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Taryn Liberman had no fashion design experience, but after an inspiring trip to Hawaii and within only about six months, she designed and produced her own line of resort and beachwear. The brand, Moderndrift Clotherie, is characterized by light and flowy fabrics and bold prints and includes tops, a dress and shorts. The 28-year-old Scottsdale resident launched the line in June and plans on an official launch party this December, besides bringing it to farmers markets and boutiques in addition to having her current e-commerce and Etsy business. She talked about where her drive comes from and how she started her line, as well as why she’s happy she lives in Arizona, below.

What brought you to Arizona?

My current company, Republic Services, brought me here from Los Angeles. I’m a Sales Supervisor. I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, went to college at the University of Central Florida and got a degree in marketing, then moved to Orange County and Santa Monica with my company. I came to Tucson, then came to Phoenix and have been here for a year. Continue reading

Jody Jackson: Fox Sports Arizona Reporter

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Jody Jackson is blonde and gorgeous and fits right in on a football field — not in a cheerleading outfit, but as one of the most well-respected professional sports reporters for the Arizona Cardinals for Fox Sports Arizona, as well as for the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old Tempe resident is a veteran reporter, with nearly 20 years of sports reporting experience and covering the Valley’s pros for nearly 15. Jackson shared her thoughts on the recently completed Diamondbacks season, as well as her predictions for the Coyotes and Cardinals, below. Keep reading to also watch a video of Jackson talking about five of her favorite reasons for living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I grew up in South Florida and was born in Hallandale, and I was there until I was 23. I’m a graduate of the University of Miami, and then worked at a sports radio station. Buffalo, N.Y. was my first TV job, and I spent a few years there. Fox Sports was branching out with these regional networks. I was offered a similar position in Atlanta, Denver or Phoenix, and I chose Phoenix.

I wanted to thaw out and be warm again, because Buffalo was not. I had been to Atlanta a number of times, and Phoenix intrigued me. Here I am almost 14 years later. Continue reading

Craig DeMarco: Founding Partner of Upward Projects, Postino

Craig DeMarco, founding partner of Upward Projects including Postino, Windsor and Federal Pizza, photographed at the new Joyride Taco House in Central Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Craig DeMarco, founding partner of Upward Projects including Postino, Windsor and Federal Pizza, photographed at the new Joyride Taco House in Central Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Craig DeMarco
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Craig DeMarco is responsible for some of the Valley’s best restaurants, including Postino, Windsor and Federal Pizza. As founding partner of Upward Projects, he, along with founding members Kris DeMarco (Craig’s wife) and Wyatt and Lauren Bailey, have brought a dozen restaurant projects to the Valley. He’s also a founding partner of Chelsea’s Kitchen and Le Grande Orange, focusing on re-purposing classic Valley buildings and invigorating neighborhoods, such as North Central Phoenix, Arcadia and downtown Gilbert. This December, Upward Projects opens its Central Phoenix location of Joyride Taco House. Keep reading for the philosophy behind Upward Project’s eateries, as well as to watch a video of DeMarco talking about his favorite reasons for living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born in Connecticut and lived there until I was 6 years old, then moved to the Bay area until I was 12. In 1982, my dad was in the software business and moved his whole company to Tempe because it was less expensive. I went to Marcos de Niza, then ASU and got my business degree. That’s where I met my wife Kris and Lauren. She and her husband Wyatt are both ASU alumni, so we all four care deeply about ASU. Continue reading