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COACHES FOR CHARITY KICKOFF CLASSIC MEET AND GREET WITH RANDY ROBBINS AND RICKY HUNLEY / 08/03/2018 11:55 am
Friday, August 10, 2018 7-10 pm at Union Public House/Reforma $20

This event helps raise money for High School Football Scholar/Athletes at Southern Arizona Schools. We will be giving away 8 scholarships at four high school games in two weeks. 

Please share with the community, as we would like supporters to come meet Randy Robbins and Ricky Hunley. 

Foord, Drink, August and Autographs. Hope to see you there. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at www.CoachesForCharity.org

See News Release here.

Randy Robbins PosterCoaches for Charity
P.O. Box 41021
Tucson, AZ 85717-1021
www.CoachesForCharity.org
(520) 850-7058

Alexis Favis - 2018 / 07/31/2018 6:13 pm

Alexis FavisAlexis Favis was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US with her mother as a baby. Their first home in the states was Tucson, but it wasn’t until 1992, when her family put down permanent roots in the Old Pueblo. The oldest of 3, she is a natural born leader and mentor. 

While still in high school she started working at a small arcade in the mall, doing entry level work. Fast forward 6 years of graduating high school, putting herself through college at Pima and working full time at GameWorks, she found herself excelling at business operations and became the youngest general manager in company history. The experience was formative. She learned first-hand the power of building a sense of place, community, and her interest in digital marketing and advertising grew.

Alexis continued to pursue her education and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce in 2010. While at the U of A, she also started a career at Madden Media. Like GameWorks, Madden fostered continued education and community involvement, which inspired her to become an AD2 member in 2009.

Alexis is now a Senior Account Manager with Madden Media where she focuses on developing omnichannel marketing programs for destination marketing organizations around the country. She is a public speaker for numerous DMOs and small businesses locally and nationally. Sharing her knowledge and staying active in young professional initiatives to grow and attract talent to Tucson continues to be her passion.

Alexis served on the Ad 2 board in a variety of positions including, Events Chair, Fundraising Chair, Public Service Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and two terms as President. She has served on the local American Advertising Federation Tucson board and on the ADDY Awards committee and nationally with AAF as a blogger during their annual conference for three years running, as well as participating in district and regional events.

Robyn Frey - 2018 / 07/31/2018 6:10 pm

Robyn FreyRobyn grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoyed drawing from an early age. She was encouraged by her creative parents and spent hours copying illustrations from Joan Walsh Anglund books. Her high school art teacher, Dean Barber, was a major influence, and inspired her to pursue a degree in graphic design.

She attended the University of Georgia and received a BFA in Graphic Design.  After graduating, Robyn worked as an artist for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She traveled west to Tucson where she served as Art Director for Bernard Hodes Advertising.  In 1982 Robyn answered an ad for a graphic artist position and was hired at Wettstein Advertising, which had been in business since 1964.  Robyn thrived under the direction of Creative Director, Malice Keller, and learned from two of the best marketers in the business, Earl Wettstein and Michael Bolchalk.

Wettstein Advertising evolved over the years to become Wettstein/Bolchalk Advertising, then Michael Bolchalk Marketing in 1995. In 2003, Robyn partnered with Michael Bolchalk as President/Creative Director to form Bolchalk FReY Marketing. After 54 years in business, FReY Creative Marketing became the new name of the company.

Robyn works with her talented team to brainstorm, execute and produce visually impactful designs that speak to the client’s target market. Her strength is her unique perspective of combining both images and words that become the essence for an entire marketing campaign. 

Robyn serves on the 390th Memorial Museum board and is a member of SAHBA, Local First Arizona, PRSA and The Rotary Club of Tucson. She is a past board member of American Ad Federation Tucson and recipient of the coveted Phyllis Ehlinger Award in 2010.

Kerry Stratford - 2018 / 07/31/2018 6:08 pm

Kerry StratfordKerry Stratford is a native Tucsonan and has been providing innovative creative, marketing and brand strategy for more than 30 years.

Kerry learned from her entrepreneurial parents and started working with her first client at age 15. She attended the University of Arizona earning a BFA in Visual Communication. Upon graduation, Kerry started her own business providing design services for many organizations. She took a position with Boelts Bros. Design as a Designer and Art Director, and eventually became a Principal in the firm, later renamed Boelts/Stratford Associates. Kerry and her partners Jackson and Eric Boelts, provided branding and marketing services to some of the region’s most respected companies as well as brands across the country. During this time, Kerry also taught design classes at the UofA for ten years as an Adjunct Professor.

In 2007, Kerry merged her business with Linda Welter to create a full-service brand marketing, digital and public relations firm – The Caliber Group. As President, Kerry is responsible for the strategy of client’s integrated brand creative, marketing and digital campaigns, and the teams necessary to build brand awareness, preference and loyalty.

Kerry is an award-winning designer who has been listed in “Who’s Who” in Graphic Design USA, and has had her work featured in many design publications and books in the U.S. and abroad. She and her companies have provided pro bono services to dozens of non-profits in the community. Kerry is a board member for the Arizona Small Business Association and a Mentor for the UofA Alumni Association. She has received leadership awards from Arizona Forward, ASBA and Greater Tucson Leadership, and was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Kerry served as President of the American Advertising Federation from 2014-2015 and is a board member of the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation. She was recognized by the AAFT with the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award” in 2009.

Simpleview to Commemorate New Headquarters with Open House Event This Friday / 06/19/2018 3:46 pm

June 19, 2018 - Simpleview, the travel and tourism industry’s leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination organizations (DMOs), proudly announces the move of its Tucson headquarters to Oro Valley. To commemorate the move, Simpleview will open its new home to the public for an open house event this Friday, June 22 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at 8950 N. Oracle Road.


“The Town of Oro Valley is excited to welcome Simpleview to our business community,” said Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, Mayor, Town of Oro Valley. “Not only does Simpleview help us build on our brand as a hub for high-tech employers, but it is also a great story of home-grown entrepreneurs who have chosen to return to Oro Valley because it is the kind of community where families and businesses thrive and succeed.”


“Simpleview’s mission is to provide an environment where caring for others, quality, productivity and accountability drive profit, innovation, and service excellence,” said Simpleview CEO Ryan George. “That’s a mouthful, but our physical environment should exemplify that statement, so having more of our staff under one roof will foster collaboration and increase efficiencies as a result. We have fewer offices, more open workspaces, motorized sit/stand workstations throughout, almost double the meetings space, and pop-ins for when people need an office for calls or one-on-one meetings.”


Friday’s open house will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Hiremath, George and Simpleview co-founders Bill Simpson and Scott Wood (currently the company’s chief technology officer and chief operating officer, respectively). Immediately following the ribbon cutting, guests are encouraged to tour the new facility and meet with the Simpleview staff. Food and light refreshments will be provided.


Simpleview began in Tucson back in 2001 as a four-person start-up; it now employs more than 235 people with offices in Tucson, Pittsburgh, and Oslo, Norway. The technology company serves more than 450 customers throughout North America and around the world, and, for 11 consecutive years, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. So while George needed more room for his ever-growing staff, he was convinced Simpleview’s headquarters would remain in Tucson.


“As I travel the world, I tell anyone who will listen just how amazing Tucson is and that Simpleview might not exist had we tried to start it in another city better known for tech,” said George. “The extraordinary cost of living and office space in other cities wouldn’t have made it possible to hire or retain the talent we have or provide the environment that we are able to.”

“Beyond the cost of doing business, I also believe that Tucson is an ideal place for start-ups,” added George. “The University of Arizona provides a steady stream of talent from an MIS program that is consistently ranked among the best in the country; our quality of life is second to none; and employment opportunities for spouses and partners at places like Ventana Medical, Raytheon, and Davis Monthan are abound.”


George and Simpson both grew up in Oro Valley, a suburb of Tucson, and attended Canyon Del Oro High School, then the University of Arizona. Now Simpleview’s home base, the Town of Oro Valley was named one of the 100 Best Places in America to Live and Launch a Small Business by Fortune Small Business magazine in 2008.


“As our employees are getting accustomed to their new home, they’re discovering how amazing a place Oro Valley is to live, work, and play,” said George. “One of my business partners and I happen to live in Oro Valley, and while it might be a bit of a trek for some, I would venture to guess that many will move to the area given the amazing schools, natural beauty, and amenities that I’ve been lucky enough to see develop over the past 40 years. We’re excited to bring our business, staff, and visitors to the community.”


About Simpleview

Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry’s leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 200+ staff and works with 450+ customers in North America and around the world; from meeting and vacation destinations the size of Paducah, Ky. (population 25,018), to clients representing 16 of the top-20 meeting destinations in the U.S., to the country of Norway. For more information about Simpleview, visit www.simpleviewinc.com.