Katie Flanigan: Co-Owner of Juice Core

Katie Flanigan, co-owner of Juice Core, photographed at Juice Core in Old Town Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Katie Flanigan, co-owner of Juice Core, photographed at Juice Core in Old Town Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Katie Flanigan
www.juicecore.com

Katie Flanigan is helping Valley residents achieve their daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables with Juice Core, a cold-pressed juice business she co-owns with her mom, Patty Flanigan, that serves up delicious liquid concoctions, cleanses and raw vegan foods packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The 25-year-old Phoenix resident’s fondness for fresh juice coincides with her love of yoga and a healthy lifestyle, and Juice Core offers juice both at its Old Town Scottsdale location, where it’s been open for the past two years, and via deliveries. Juice Core juices can also be found at the Scottsdale Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market and Gilbert Farmers Market every Saturday.

Besides her work at Juice Core, Flanigan also models and teaches yoga at Humble Monkey and at companies throughout the Valley. She talked about passion for juicing and how she started her business, and you can hear her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born here. I went to Horizon High School and ASU for two years. Continue reading

Laura Strickland: Executive Director and Principal Flutist of Arizona Pro Arte

Laura Strickland, executive director and principle flutist of Arizona Pro Arte, photographed at Fountain Hills Community Theater, by Nicki Escudero

Laura Strickland, executive director and principle flutist of Arizona Pro Arte, photographed at Fountain Hills Community Theater, by Nicki Escudero

Laura Strickland
www.azproarte.com

Laura Strickland is one of the most talented flute players in the Valley, with multiple master’s degrees related to music and performance chops with several ensembles. You can catch the Fountain Hills resident with orchestra Arizona Pro Arte, where she serves as principal flutist and executive director, and as part of flute/guitar duo SoSco.

Strickland also teaches flute lessons at Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP), when she’s not working as a business strategist for the FrameShift Group, a health care quality improvement and change management consultancy. Strickland talked about her passion for music and flute performance, and you can hear her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video below.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m from Seattle and came to Arizona to start my undergrad at ASU. I absolutely loved it here, but as a junior, I transferred colleges and moved to Chicago to study with a flute teacher I wanted to study with. I moved around a lot as I went to different colleges but always wanted to come back, so once I got married and had an opportunity to move wherever I wanted, we decided to come here. Continue reading

Dennis Wise: Founder of Dennis Wise Golf Course Design

Dennis Wise, founder of Dennis Wise Golf Course Design, photographed at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, by Nicki Escudero

Dennis Wise, founder of Dennis Wise Golf Course Design, photographed at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, by Nicki Escudero

Dennis Wise
www.wisegolfdesign.com

Dennis Wise has added his touch to some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, as a golf course designer with more than 35 years’ experience, personally responsible for more than 100 courses in three countries and more than 30 states, including several in Arizona. Seven of those courses are currently ranked in Golf Digest‘s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. The 57-year-old Scottsdale resident worked for golf architect greats such as Larry Packard and Tom Fazio, and he has also consulted on or renovated more than 40 golf courses.

Wise founded Dennis Wise Golf Course Design in 2012 out of an enduring love of golf, nature and architecture, and a deep personal desire to create memorable golf environments that would enrich lives and connect people to the outdoors. His first solo endeavor was the two-year redesign of the Makena Golf & Beach Club in Maui for the Discovery Land Company, which will launch as a private golf course community this fall.

Wise talked about why he’s passionate about working on golf course design, and you can watch him name his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

I managed golf design studios for Tom Fazio in South Florida in the 1980s and then in Kansas City, Kansas, in the 1990s. I relocated 20-plus individuals from our Kansas City design team to Scottsdale in July 2000.

We felt that growth existed in the West for our brand. I had finished a private club in Scottsdale called Estancia, and was about to commence on a new project called Mirabel. Furthermore, I wanted to be nearer a larger metropolitan city with an airport hub that would allow all of us the ability to go nonstop to numerous cities, which did not exist living in Kansas City. I looked for a year and half throughout the West, and felt Phoenix had the airport, the weather and the Midwest people connectivity and was a very affordable place to live.

I was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and lived several places before settling here in Arizona. Continue reading

Miguel Ivery: DJ Seduce and Founder of Afro:Baile Records

Miguel Ivery, aka DJ Seduce and founder of Afro:Baile Records and Brazilian Day Arizona, photographed at his home in Gilbert, by Nicki Escudero

Miguel Ivery, aka DJ Seduce and founder of Afro:Baile Records and Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, photographed at his home in Gilbert, by Nicki Escudero

Miguel Ivery
www.afrobaile.com

Miguel Ivery is at the forefront of bringing Brazilian music to the masses, as founder of Brazilian music-focused Afro:Baile Records and the annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, whose sixth event will happen at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts September 19. He also spins records as DJ Seduce, specializing in world music that gets crowds dancing.

Ivery, a 37-year-old Gilbert resident, talked about what inspired him to start his own label and what he strives for as a DJ. Keep reading to see him name his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

Actually, I’m a native, one of barely any left or living here in the Valley. I attended high school at Saguaro High School and continued to community college before leaving to pursue music. Continue reading

Audrey Thacker: Founder and President of Artisan Markets

Audrey Thacker, founder and president of Artisan Markets, photographed at the Scottsdale Waterfront, by Nicki Escudero

Audrey Thacker, founder and president of Artisan Markets, photographed at the Scottsdale Waterfront, by Nicki Escudero

Audrey Thacker
www.artisanmarketsaz.com

Audrey Thacker was a jewelry maker who saw a need for an artist market community in the Valley. She founded Artisan Markets in 2009, which has grown to a twice-weekly Scottsdale market featuring items ranging from metal sculptures to glass art for purchase. The markets are every Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront, complete with live music to listen to as you peruse the artist offerings.

The 37-year-old Phoenix resident talked more about what goes into organizing the Artisan Markets, and you can hear Thacker name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was attracted to the prospect of good weather, opportunity and affordability. I am originally from Connecticut, but moved to Arizona after living in Hawaii, because I wanted a place where I could embark on my career as an artist. Arizona had everything I was looking for. Continue reading