The Herm Edwards Train Has Arrived in Tempe

Yesterday was the “official” announcement that Herm Edwards has been hired to coach the ASU football team. This morning, there was a press conference where we learned a little more about how Dr. Crow, Ray Anderson and many others hope to “elevate” this program to another level.

Welcome to Tempe,  Herm!

During the press conference we learned more about the “new model” that will be used at ASU going forward.

Under the new athletic department model being run by Ray Anderson, it sounds like Herm will have roles in management and as the head coach. There will be a multi-pronged approach that is more common is professional sports organizations.

We heard that success in the atletics department is critical to the future of the University. We heard several times that there is a goal to “elevate” the program at ASU.  Ray Anderson gave a lot of credit to former head coach Todd Graham by saying that ASU has done a great job with their student athletes in academics, discipline and character.

We also learned that Herm Edwards is a man of “extreme decency and extreme integrity” who never intended to leave ESPN until he learned more about what Crow and Anderson have as a vision for the athletics programs at ASU. Personally, I think many of us are glad to learn more about the character of Edwards, as we felt that Todd Graham had done such a good job in mentoring the athletes into better players and better people.

Discipline was mentioned several times in the press conference. We also heard Ray Anderson say that this is not a starting over. ASU has been doing a good job in developing, coaching, and preparing student athletes. The new model is being put in place to give the head football coach more support from people outside of what has been the traditional model.

Recruit. Coach. Develop. Elevate.

Those are things ASU plans to accomplish.

Anderson made it pretty clear that he knows there are people who don’t agree with their decision, but he was very clear in the vision to elevate the program to a new level of excellence.

Said Anderson: This train is leaving the station. Jump on board, because we’ve got a seat for you.

Some things I remember hearing from Herm Edwards during the press conference.

I’m on the train!

Herm addressed some of the criticisms about his age and about not having coached for a long time by saying things like: “That’s what I do, I coach football.” “They’re not bringing me here to play.” “I’m here to build a program.”

We also heard a lot about his role and about what it means to be around football players. “Coaches don’t give players talent, God does.” Leadership on and off the field are going to be key initiatives for Edwards. He is looking forward to hitting the recruiting trail, and he is looking forward to getting back in the huddle of football.  He said he’s proud to be the head coach and promised to give whatever he has to work tirelessly and be committed to the vision of Dr. Crow and Ray Anderson.

Herm’s ESPN duties are over this coming Friday. “After that I’m out recruiting.”

Welcome to Tempe, Herm!

Go Devils.

New South Tempe Restaurants Coming Soon

We will soon be seeing three new South Tempe restaurants in an area where demand has seemed to outpace supply.

The Tempe Public Market Cafe, Oink Cafe and Zipps Sports Grill are all opening soon off of Warner Road. Oink and Zipps are at McClintock and Warner, and the Tempe Public Market will be opening at Rural and Warner.

Maybe the biggest news is the new Tempe Public Market Cafe that’s coming to the NE corner of Rural and Warner in the old Circle K building. They’ll have a 3200 square foot restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They’ll have sandwiches, salads, slow-cooked meats, pastries, coffee and a bar with local beer and wine. I’ve been talking to people about this for a few months, and everyone seems to be really excited for these guys to be coming to South Tempe. While the press release and the New Times story didn’t mention it, we’ve also heard that a “high-end” Mexican food restaurant could be joining them on that corner in the old Barro’s space.

Tempe Public Market

Another really cool addition to the area is going to be the new Oink Cafe, which is opening in the old Marcello’s space at the SW corner of McClintock and Warner. Breakfast, lunch and bacon. What else could we ask for. Right? They have 2 current locations and their reviews are awesome. I am really looking forward to this one opening as it is the closest of the three to my home!

The other one I noticed back in like March or April. A liquor license application in the window said that Zipps Sports Grill was looking to move into a building near the NE corner of McClintock and Warner. They have done a LOT of work to the building and added a pretty cool looking outdoor patio. Nothing wrong with having a new sports bar in the ‘hood, right?

Here’s the sign I saw in the window earlier this year.

Looks like @zippssportsgrills is coming to McClintock and Warner. I'm cool with that! 🙂 #southtempestyle #Tempe

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Chickens, Eggs and South Tempe Restaurants

For years, I have talked to people about how underserved this area seems to be with quality restaurant options. Sure, there are nice homes here and disposable income in this area is higher than several areas with more dining options, but density has been a big question mark. Larger homes on larger lots have apparently kept some restaurant owners away. Until now… I’m glad to see this recent activity in the area. Sure, we have yummy local places like Great Harvest Bread, Vincitorio’s, Crepe Bar and several others nearby, but I think all three of these places will be a great addition.

The 85284 zip code was recently ranked as a top 5 wealthiest zip code in the state, with average incomes north of $148,000. Most of these people can probably afford to eat out. I hope these new restaurants thrive and open the door for more to come!

Hud Reiersgaard Joins The Nick Bastian Team

NIck Bastian Team real estate professionalsWe are super excited to announce that Hud Reiersgaard has joined the Nick Bastian Team as a full service REALTOR. Hud has been involved with many aspects of the real estate business for most of his life.

Here is a quick look at Hud Reiersgaard’s background:

Hud began his Real Estate career working in his father’s property management company in Crested Butte, Colorado. He moved to Arizona in 1994 where he graduated from Arizona State University and is a loyal Sun Devil Fan! Hud continued his career as a builder and has owned and operated as a general contractor for 10 years. He has many accreditations in the building industry including BPI Certifications and LEED AP designations. He believes strongly in the energy efficiency and water conservation movement and how they integrate into the homes in which we live. Hud has built many high-quality luxury custom homes including one of the first National Green Build Council certified Emerald custom luxury homes in Paradise Valley. Hud has chosen to continue his career in this field by offering his unique set of skills to potential buyers and sellers as a real estate agent.

Hud and I are looking forward to working closely together on many new projects as we expand our business to new and exciting markets where I have not been able to serve as effectively as I would like. Because of the resources we have with the Phoenix Real Estate Guy web site and with RailLife.com, we are excited for Hud to assist more people looking to live a more “green” lifestyle. New construction, re-builds, energy efficincy and historic properties all have unique features that Hud’s years of experience will serve to benefit our home buyers and sellers.

Hud and I have been friends for approximately 13 years. I know him, trust him, and I am really glad to be in business with him and the awesome group of people we get to work with every day.

Slow and Steady Growth:

We are very fortunate to have an outstanding team of professionals who work well togther. We had our first “team lunch” with Hud this past week and immediately knew he’d be a great fit. We choose our people very carefully, and Hud was an easy choice. Please join us in welcomg Hud Reiersgaard to the Nick Bastian Team. He can be reached at our office at 602-803-6425 or on his cell phone at 480-710-8090.

 

Tempe’s First Crush Charity Gala

I remember my first Crush. She was fun, elegant, had great taste in food and always looked to give back to others. Thankfully, that has never changed. If you’ve never been to the First Crush Charity Gala in Tempe, you really are missing out.

** Update: Starting in 2017, First Crush has been re-branded as Vicinity: Internationally Tempe – Please check out the new and improved event!

There is a NEW venue for First Crush this year! The 2016 First Crush Charity Gala will be held at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. The museum is located at 1300 N College Ave Tempe, AZ 85281.  The event will feature Four Peaks brews, local wines, and tasty food favorites from places like Whole Foods, M Culinary Concepts and Snooze. There will be live, local music, as well!

The raffle and silent auction items at First Crush are always awesome! The 2016 auction is full of trips, activities, gift certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences that are totally Tempe.

The event will also feature a raffle item where the winner will get to choose their favorite getaway. Which will you choose if you win?? the Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway, a Puntacana Resort & Club Caribbean Paradise Getaway, or a Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski Getaway?!

This really is a can’t miss event!

Tempe First Crush Tickets

For more information, please visit www.tempeaction.org or contact them at 480-858-6525. Tickets for First Crush will be $100.00 per person. Early bird pricing is available until September 15th. Early bird pricing: Buy 6 tickets for $450, 4 tickets for $320, 2 tickets for $165 or purchase them for $85 each!

Surround yourself with hundreds of great people, enjoy great food and drink, a super-fun charity auction and awesome entertainment while helping some of the least fortunate people in our communities. This is truly a wonderful event that Lori and I look forward to attending each year.

 

Great Food and a Great Cause: Give Back by attending the First Crush Charity Gala!

What: 12th annual First Crush Charity Gala & Silent Auction

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6:00-10:00PM

Where: Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park – 1300 N College Ave Tempe, AZ 85281

Dress for the event is casual. But nice.

The First Crush Charity Gala supports the mission of Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit leader in providing human services to East Valley residents since 1966. First Crush features one of the best silent auctions around a delicious array of menu items, Wine and there will be a LOT of Four Peaks beer along with some great musical entertainment .

Proceeds support the programs and services of TCAA, a nonprofit leader in providing human services to East Valley residents since 1966. TCAA programs that help alleviate hunger, poverty and homelessness.

For 50 years Tempe Community Action Agency has provided a variety of essential social services to Tempe’s most vulnerable residents including providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, delivered meals for the homebound, socialization for seniors and several children’s programs.

The Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please join us in helping to raise money and awareness for this amazing organization.

A very special thanks also goes out to all of our friends at the TCAA for all of the work they put in to this great event.

Check out the TCAA on Facebook.

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Tempe Community Action Agency

 

Home and Unpacked

Nick and Colleen,
Just a quick note to let you know I’m back in Richmond, and to thank you for all your hard work through the process.
The transit from Phoenix to Richmond was speedy if uneventful, besting my prior record by a half-day – not bad for an underpowered U-Haul with the aerodynamics of a brick… I resisted the impulse to take selfies in ‘Toad Suck, Arkansas’ and the ‘Big Skin Bayou’ in Tennessee (sadly, I’m not making these up…). I arrived in town on Wednesday evening, unpacking the vehicle yesterday.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank you both for your exceptional counsel throughout the sale’s process. As you know, while Pat and I have acquired two homes over the years, this was our first crack at actually selling one. Your guidance and support was invaluable. Knowing that you had us covered on the sales-front allowed us to focus on the logistics of moving our household goods cross-country – no small thing in itself. Too, your facilitation of the donations to Goodwill (or as I liked to call it, “Moving Mount Charity”…) was a peerless success – a win for the community (and my lower back).
In your last voicemail, Nick, you mentioned our “reasonableness”. I would say the same of you, adding “expertise”, “initiative”, and “collaboration”. Quite simply, you could not have made this experience any more pleasant or successful (two terms I wouldn’t necessarily have expected to use when describing a home-sale on the front-end of this process…). Please share our thanks with your entire team for a job well done.
Did I mention how happy I am that I moved last weekend, versus this Saturday and 117 degrees?!
Thanks again, and have a great summer.
Best regards,
Sean and Patricia
Glen Allen, Virginia