Airpark: Business News

Airpark: Business News

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Houston auction hits $37.5M in sales

Airpark-based Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, continued at full throttle during the inaugural Houston auction at NRG Center in mid-September with $37.5 million in sales.

Leading the way was the $1.98 million sale of a 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business.” It was a world record auction sale of any Porsche 928 from any year.

Barrett-Jackson’s first auction in the Lone Star State featured a 100% no-reserve docket with nearly 500 collectible vehicles that sold for more than $35.4 million. The Automobilia Auction featured 279 pieces that sold for over $1 million, marking the company’s most successful non-Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Barrett-Jackson also continued to trailblaze with the auction of two NFTs, which brought in a combined $14,000.

“This was a banner year filled with historic events made up of over 200 world-record auction sales that are forever etched into automotive history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

“Thanks to our sponsors, consignors, bidders and guests, our inaugural Houston auction was an extraordinary extension of this year’s success. We’re far more than a car auction; we’re an immersive automotive experience with exhibitors, thrill rides and activities that rivals any event. We can’t wait for our January 2022 Scottsdale auction, when we’ll celebrate everything we’ve accomplished over our 50-year history, in true Barrett-Jackson fashion.”

Barrett-Jackson also continued to fill the demand for collector car NFTs with two movie-themed Motoclub SparkNFTs. The 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile Re-Creation NFT sold for $8,000, and the 1994 Toyota Supra from “The Fast & the Furious” franchise NFT hammered in at $6,000.

Consignments are open for the 2022 Scottsdale auction, January 22 to January 30. Tickets to the 2022 Scottsdale auction are also on sale.



Devoted Health expands to Scottsdale, plans to hire for at least 100 positions

Medicare Advantage Plan Devoted Health is opening a new office in Scottsdale to support its rapid expansion and will be hiring for at least 100 positions in the new location.

“In Arizona and across the country, we’re committed to treating our members like our own family, and our incredible team in Scottsdale enables us to deliver the best possible care by supporting members throughout their health care journey,” says Keith Dines, Arizona vice president at Devoted Health.

“As we expand our membership in Arizona, we’re proud to be adding top talent from the greater Phoenix area to grow Devoted Health’s diverse workforce, ranging from service guides who solve problems for seniors trying to navigate their health care to medical personnel like nurses and pharmacists ensuring our members get the best clinical care.”

The office is in the Promenade Corporate Center in Scottsdale.

Over the last year, Devoted Health’s workforce has continued to grow, despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout 2021 and into 2022, the company hopes to add 100 team members in Scottsdale.



Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group donates kits for abused children

Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group supported Free Arts for Abused Children by crafting affirmation cards and bravery bracelet kits for nearly 60 local youth participants.

The volunteer project included a fundraising effort for items on the children’s wish lists.

“Each quarter, in addition to our team’s participation on individual nonprofit boards and other fundraising activities, we choose a local nonprofit organization that will allow us to volunteer time together on a single day so that we may affect positive change as a team,” says Trevor Wilde, co-founder and chief executive officer of Wilde Wealth Management Group.

The tasks were accomplished through Wilde for Arizona, its community relations arm. In addition to this project, Wilde recently engaged its offices statewide in a volunteer effort for the Southwest Human Development Reading Buddies program as well as a project for the city of Scottsdale’s Brown Bag Program, which helps seniors in need.

Wilde also partnered with Arizona Tuition Connection on the development of a scholarship fund that will help low-income students to attend Notre Dame Preparatory Academy this school year. They are also active in their support for Toys for Tots, Junior Achievement of Arizona and Sunshine Acres.



Plexus Worldwide promotes Chris Reid

Plexus Worldwide promoted Chris Reid to chief legal officer. In his expanded role, Reid will lead the legal, regulatory affairs, corporate affairs, quality and compliance teams, as well as provide strategic counsel to the company’s executive team and independent sales representatives, dubbed “brand ambassadors.”

“This is a well-deserved promotion for Chris, a strategic adviser and trusted member of the executive team who has consistently enhanced our business integrity through ethics, quality, compliance and consumer protection standards to be among the best in the digital age,” says Tarl Robinson, Plexus Worldwide chief executive officer and co-founder.

“Since joining Plexus, Chris has spearheaded numerous enhancements including contract and legal inquiry management, along with quality modernization to ensure our customers can rely on a world-class quality assurance system.”

Reid has more than 39 years of experience in the legal field, with 29 of those spent in the direct selling industry. He joined Plexus in August of 2015 as vice president of compliance and corporate affairs. In 2017, he was named vice president of compliance and general counsel.

“Partnering with legislators to advance public policy and self-regulatory standards at the local level to the international marketplace will continue to be a key part of how we do business,” Reid said.

“I am honored the executive team at Plexus continues to trust my expertise as the company grows.”


Creta joins Wilde Wealth Management Group as a registered professional

Wilde Wealth Management Group has hired Kenneth Creta as a registered professional in its Airpark-area headquarters. 

New York native Creta studied at Hartwick College in New York, where he earned a degree in economics before enlisting in the military, serving in the continental Army as well as Vietnam.

Upon his honorable discharge in the 1960s, Creta began his career as a registered representative with Bache & Co. on Wall Street. Creta worked in New York for more than 10 years until making the move to Arizona in 1980.

“My interest in aligning with Wilde began thanks to my friendship with Mike Self, founder of Self Wealth Management, who is a colleague and friend for more than 30 years,” Creta says.

Self Wealth Management joined Wilde in December. Both teams retained their branding, and Self moved from his current location at 7373 N. Scottsdale Road to Wilde Wealth’s headquarters a block away at 7025 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 115.

“Through the move, Mike gained access to the depth of experience as well as the array of in-house service offerings in the fields of legal, taxes, risk management, family services, real estate and insurance, which Wilde Wealth offers. That similarly appealed to me,” Creta says.

“I also realized I needed to add youth and depth to my practice, and to do so with the highest-quality people. I believe Wilde Wealth Management clearly meets that need. This partnership ensures that I’ve taken the steps to ensure the long-term success of my clients’ futures.”   


Thunderbird Field II supports relationship with Dogs4Vets

Airpark-based Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial financially supported Dogs4Vets of the American Service Animal Society, a nonprofit organization offering no-cost service dog training to veterans. D4V is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. Arizona has 96,000 disabled veterans, and 35% of them have serious disabilities.

“As a veteran, I am extremely proud and honored to be able to support such a worthwhile cause,” says Steve Ziomek, TB2 chairman and president. “The help and financial assistance TB2 will provide to the Dogs4Vets organization will go a long way toward helping many disabled veterans live a more productive life.”

Dogs4Vets was founded in 2005 in Gilbert and has a satellite location in Pinedale.

The training programs are tailor-made for each veteran’s specific need and uses the veteran’s dog or, if the veteran doesn’t have a dog, D4V will assist in finding one.

Approximately 100 veterans and their dogs are trained each year. D4V’s dedicated staff also specializes in mobility assistance; seizure alert; diabetes alert; traumatic brain injury; MST; Parkinson’s and all forms of PTSD; and psychological disorders, such as night terrors, depression and anxiety. It takes 10 to 16 months, depending on the tasks needed, to complete training and obtain service dog certification which includes lifetime support. Continuing education is also offered to those who have completed the program.

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In other news, Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial has awarded an aviation scholarship to Kathryn Pena, a Pima Community College student who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in aircraft powerplant mechanics.

Before enrolling in the PCC aviation program, Pena received her paramedic and EMT certifications from the college. Although being a paramedic was her dream job, she decided to make a professional career change to spend more time with her family.

PCC avionics instructor Brey Mitchell says, “There are people we come across in life that exude motivation and determination in everything they do. Kathryn is one of those people. From the moment she started this program, the tremendous tenacity for learning was apparent. Earning her place here while starting a business and taking care of her family was no walk in the park, and we applaud her effort and dedication. I can speak for everyone here at the Aviation Technology Center when I say there is no doubt that she deserved this scholarship. I am eager to see how she applies her hard work in her future endeavors to be the best aviation technician she can be.”


Scottsdale Bar Association hosting
CLE program at Gainey Ranch

Paul Avelar will present “Supreme Court Overview: 2021” during the Scottsdale Bar Association’s Tuesday, October 12, CLE program.

Sponsored by Gravity Systems, the program will be presented at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale, from noon to 1:15 p.m.


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