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JUNE 2019

The Men’s Issue

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JUNE 2019 PUBLISHER

Joyce Selk | joyce.selk@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Michelle Glicksman | michelle.glicksman@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Amazing Men OK, GENTLEMEN—YOU’VE WAITED PATIENTLY FOR YOUR TURN. Last month,

Kat McMahon | kat.mcmahon@lifestylepubs.com Mike Sanchez | mike.sanchez@lifestylepubs.com Kelley Wojack | kelley.wojack@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Michelle Everson, Annemarie O'Donnell, Alison Stanton, Michelle Guerrero, Georgann Yara

we brought you our Women's Issue—it is ladies first, after all—and this month, we pres-

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

ent our Man Issue, celebrating all things masculine. This was another difficult issue for

Lindsay Borg

us to put together at Chandler Lifestyle—there are just so many amazing men in the community! We wanted to spotlight them all in our 2019 Men of Chandler feature, but our selection committee was charged with choosing this year's winners. They said it was an extremely difficult task! Thank you to everyone who nominated their favorite guy. This year's list of men ranges from a museum administrator to business owners  to a precinct commander, and so many others. The one thing they all have in common is that they're making an impact on our wonderful community. Speaking of our wonderful community, it was such a joy to see so many of these men arrive at our photo shoot and realize that they knew others there, too. Paths cross often when you're doing so many amazing things! 

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Throughout this issue we celebrate men—from who they are to what they like. Check

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

out our stories on the latest auto spots, a brand of tequila, a new Chandler hot spot,

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

and the famous Ray brothers.

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

And to the men in my life—my dad, Stu; my husband, Dan; and my son, Brian... thank you for all you do, for enriching my life and the lives of those around you, and happy June! Yours,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JUNE 2019

FEATURES 18 Home for Generations The Ray family (yes, that Ray family!) shares their story

22 Meet the 2019 Men of Chandler With drive and dedication, these men help shape Chandler

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32 Car Craze New car-centric businesses are ideal for “car guys"

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30 Hot Spot 32 Local Limelight 36 Tech Savvy 38 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Local’s Choice


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26th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Thank You Breakfast The 26th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Thank You Breakfast was held at San Marcos Golf Course Clubhouse. More than $25,000 was presented to deserving local charities. The event was held outside and attended by community leaders from many organizations, including Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe, Councilmember Sam Huang, and Chandler Police Cadet Program Officer Kevin Quinn.

Positive Paths' Night of Heroes Gala On March 21, Positive Paths honored Michael Pollack, president and founder of Pollack Investments, and Kathy Tilque, CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, as the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year at its annual Night of Heroes Gala held at the Hilton Phoenix/ Mesa. Positive Paths is a non-profit organization focused on providing women with self-sustainability through mentoring and education.

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EGGSTASY OPENS IN CHANDLER Eggstasy’s Chandler location is opening the first week of this month! Located at 2430 S. Gilbert Road, Eggstasy is a gourmet breakfast and lunch restaurant dedicated to bringing the best food, service and atmosphere to every community it is a part of. “We want to make sure that every guest who walks through our door knows that they’re now a member of the Eggstasy family. Our philosophy is simple: high-quality ingredients; fast, attentive service; and a bright atmosphere make for an experience you won’t forget. Whether you’re going light with our ‘skinny b@#c*’ wrap or decadent with our Banana Cream Pie waffles, we guarantee that everyone at the table will leave full and happy,” says Peter Verros. Stop by for a cup of hot Lavazza coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, or a Bloody Mary garnished with chocolate covered bacon as they celebrate their new location.

PICK 5 IS LIVE AT CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS For its 30th anniversary, Chandler Center for the Arts presents one of its best seasons yet—and it is again making the Pick 5 Series subscription available. With Pick 5, purchase tickets for performers such as  Bernadette Peters, John Cusack,  LeAnn Rimes and more at a discount. The series subscription offers patrons  the flexibility to curate their  own season from a variety of performances. It also gives patrons advance access to tickets for performances that aren’t yet on sale.  Pick five or more shows and save $6 per ticket. ChandlerCenter.org. Photography By Andrew Eccles

LEARNING GRANTS BY SRP AWARDED TO ARIZONA SCHOOLS Students across Arizona will explore how to use

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LAURA ROBERTSON NAMED CEO OF NEW BANNER HEALTH HOSPITAL Banner Health announced that Laura Robertson has accepted the additional role as CEO of Banner Ocotillo Medical Center in Chandler, while continuing to serve as CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. Robertson began her career as a cardiac critical care nurse at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, now Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. She transferred to Banner Heart Hospital, where she served in various leadership roles, including associate administrator, chief nursing officer and CEO. Laura also served as CEO of Banner Baywood Medical Center and, eventually, assumed the CEO role of both

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LOCALLY OWNED

ARTICLE MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON | PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY BORG

HOME FOR GENERATIONS THE RAY FAMILY (YES, THAT RAY FAMILY!) SHARES THEIR STORY

WHEN BROTHERS PETER OR ANDY RAY MEET SOMEONE NEW WHO IS FROM CHANDLER, THEIR LAST NAME IS ONE OF THE FIRST TALKING POINTS. Grandsons of Milton and Gwen Ray—part of the original local family that Ray Road was named for—the two are part of a large family with roots that go back a century to Chandler’s beginnings. In

2005,

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College “Driving

Chandler’s Streets: The History of Chandler’s Streets as told by CGCC Students.” It provides details on how Milton Ray was born to a farming family in 1910, and moved to Chandler in 1915. “Their farm was located along Ray Road, between Cooper and Gilbert Roads,” according to CGCC. “They raised hay and cattle. When Milton was 10, his father died, and the whole family had to help bring in money for the family. Eventually, the Ray family moved off the farm and rented various homes. Milton grew up in Chandler and in 1929 he graduated from Chandler High School.” According to CGCC, Milton shared memories of his school days. “There were a lot of horse-drawn buggy races and saddle pony races to and from school, and even at noon hour until they were forbidden. As usual, a few accidents of broken wheels, crippled horses, riders and drivers caused the curtailment. Hitching racks and water troughs were available at school. Each owner went out at noon or recess and watered their horses.... Many a student walked to school and back home. Later, when a CONTINUED >

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“KNOWING OUR HISTORY PROVIDES US WITH A SENSE OF FAMILY AND HELPS GET US THROUGH TOUGH TIMES,” PETER ADDS. “MY BROTHERS AND I ALL HAVE BOLO TIES IN MEMORY OF OUR GRANDFATHER AND WEAR THEM FROM TIME TO TIME. FAMILY AND ANCESTRY ARE IMPORTANT PARTS OF WHO WE ARE AS PEOPLE AND OUR FAITH.”


Gwen and Ward Ray with daughter Marian in 1935. Photo provided.

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few cement roads were constructed about the area, those close to these roads skated to school. Also when one could afford a bicycle, later, it was ridden to school. All of us who skated to school and had a friend riding a horse along the same paved road, we’d hang on to the horse’s tail, thus getting pulled and getting a free ride.” Milton would grow up, marry Gwen, and continue to live in the area and raise a family. Andy and Peter’s father, Mario, was their youngest son. He raised his family—Andy, Peter and brothers Brennan, Tim and Matt—in Chandler as well, but tragically died in a plane crash in 1990. All five Ray sons—who have 19 children of their own between them—stayed in the area. Peter is now a general dentist at Ray Family Dental Care and Andy is an oral surgeon at Canyon State Oral

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The Ray family at their Pecos Road home in 1918. Photo provided.


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and Dental Implant Surgery. Brennan, Tim and Matt have found career success in law and entrepreneurship. “People recognize the name and I always tell the backstory every chance I get,” Andy says. “I think it helps to show local community members that we just didn’t show up in Chandler yesterday,” Peter adds. Andy shares how the three eldest Ray brothers went to Chandler High School, the same school their grandpa graduated from in 1929. “I still live in the same zip code I grew up in,” shares Peter. While both Ray brothers admit that Chandler has changed since they were children, they note that they love the community’s great schools, weather, and are active in their local faith community (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). “Having such a history in Chandler gives

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us a total sense of pride—and my last name is my one claim to fame, so I have to use it!” Andy jokes. “Knowing our history provides us with a sense of family and helps get us through tough times,” Peter adds. “My brothers and I all have bolo ties in memory of our grandfather and wear them from time to time. Family and ancestry are important parts of who we are as people and our faith.” Peter adds that their father passing away decades ago impacted the family in a big way, so having access to old photographs, history, and even items like their grandpa’s high school letters, provides a sense of peace. “Whenever my patients get lost I direct them to Ray Road and tell them about my

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grandfather and great grandfather who had a farm there,” he shares. “We all joke that they sold the farm about 80 years too early, but we have such a rich history that it doesn’t matter.” “As a local family and local businessmen, we’re proud of our heritage and invested in our community,” says Peter.

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Mee t t he 2 0 19 Men of Ch a ndl er ARTICLE MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON, MICHELLE GLICKSMAN, MICHELLE GUERRERO, GEORGANN YARA | PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY BORG PHOTOGRAPHED ON-SITE AT THE SLEEPY WHALE

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J o d y C r a g o M u s eum A dminis t r at or , Ch a n dl er M u s eu m

“I FELL IN LOVE WITH A MUSEUM’S ABILITY TO TAKE TANGIBLE OBJECTS AND OPEN UP A NEW WORLD TO A VISITOR.” When he was 6, Jody Crago knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He told his mother he wanted to be a museum curator. And he grew up to be one.

E d w a r d U p s h a w Pr ec in c t C o m m a n d er , C h a n d l er Po l ic e Depa r t m en t Edward Upshaw had three goals: learn to fly, become an undercover police officer, and scuba dive. “Check, check and check!” he says. He’s the Chandler Heights Substation Commander with

During his time at Penn State University, Jody held a museum

undercover experience, a veteran of the United States Air Force,

internship—and what seemed like a child’s dream then became

a pilot, and a martial artist. He volunteers for several youth-fo-

his grown-up career. And because of that, Chandler now has

cused organizations and he learned to dive.

the Chandler Museum.

In fact, he’s an adaptive diver scuba instructor who volun-

“I fell in love with a museum’s ability to take tangible objects and

teers for Lifewaters, a program that certifies paralyzed veterans,

open up a new world to a visitor,” says Jody, whose determination

amputees and veterans with traumatic brain injuries to become

and skill was instrumental in bringing the Chandler Museum’s

open water scuba divers.

concept to life. “The most rewarding thing is seeing visitors become inspired or touched by the exhibits and programs.” In addition to being instrumental in creating the museum,

“Chandler has provided me with so much, and anyone who volunteers their time knows you get more out of it than you put in,” he says.

Jody has also been involved with bringing Chandlerpedia to

Edward has volunteered with ICAN for more than 28 years.

life, turned the Museum’s Tumbleweed Ranch into a learning

He’s the president of the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance

environment for school groups, established the popular Chuck

Abuse and volunteers for the Chandler I AM Project to address

Wagon Cook-off, and more.

the growing opioid epidemic.

Jody credits a college professor whose creative ways of weaving an educational tale inspired him. “He showed me the joy of awakening minds to a topic that his listeners probably knew very little about,” he says. “He showed me what it was to be a great storyteller.”—GY

He’s been a police officer for 32 years, and when Edward retires, he hopes to travel the world with his wife and scuba dive whenever possible. His wife and two daughters dive, as well. Words he lives by? “It’s a round world. What goes around comes around.”—MG

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MEET THE 2019 MEN OF CHANDLER

(CON TI N UED)

Aram Chomina-Chavez Fa cult y, A r i zo n a S tat e Un i v er s i t y

After years of investing and building companies, Aram Chomina-Chavez followed his mother’s footsteps into teaching. A teacher and mentor to the students at Fulton School of Engineering, Aram is set on mentoring the next generation of leaders, and his teaching style frees them from the traditional constructs of uniformity with lateral thinking through entrepreneurial road mapping. It’s something he finds incredibly rewarding. “Mentoring several students and startups each semester and teaching our future leaders is a priceless occupation. Getting to listen to people’s dreams every day is incredibly humbling,” he says. His teaching at ASU earned him the Highest Rated Professor at ASU (State Press, 2015). He’s also received the FSE Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (ASU, 2017), was featured as “20 People to Know-Startups” by Phoenix Business Journal (2017), and was nominated for the FSE Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (ASU, 2018). Outside of his 70- to 80-hour workweek, Aram donates his time to efforts like Tonto Creek Camp, which delivers curriculum to underserved youth every summer. The married father of two also volunteers his time to coach soccer to young kids, mentor students, and help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Chandler. He is also currently publishing a book on entrepreneurship.—GY

MJ Reavley has always had a love for both fitness and people and, as the owner of Fit Society, he is able to combine both of those passions daily. He believes in steward leadership—essentially leading by serving and doing—to help him create a fitness community that “connects, challenges and inspires people to be better together.” With a “work, play, achieve” approach to life, MJ says that the most satisfying part of what he does is helping his clients to create real relationships. “The most rewarding feeling is being able to act as a vessel for real, positive life-changing relationships for the better,” he says. In addition to his work at the studio, he also gives back to local charities, schools and small businesses in a variety of ways. While several coaches have inspired him throughout his fitness journey, he shares that his mother is his biggest supporter and inspiration. From a small town in Colorado, he appreciates the hometown feel of Chandler and— while he’s known for his fitness and healthy lifestyle—he admits that he has an affinity for chocolate chip cookies and “people who do the uncommon, uncommonly well.”—MTE 24

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M J R e a v l e y O w n er , Fi t S o c ie t y


“Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I believe in owning your life, taking some risk, helping others in need, and helping others achieve their dreams of owning a business.”

Jimmy Silva is a problem solver, a good listener and a people person. He’s also a United States Marine Corps veteran who supports a long list of non-profit organizations. “Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I believe in owning your life, taking some risk, helping others in need, and helping others achieve their dreams of owning a business,” he says. He gives his dad credit for his work ethic and his ability to overcome challenges. He also tips his hat to his wife and kids. “My wife is my rock and inspiration,” he says. “We’ve been through so many life battles together and continue to come out on top. My four kids show me every day why I’m here and that no matter how hard business gets, connections to people you love are the most important thing and offer the greatest wealth,” says Jimmy. Jimmy and his wife are adoptive parents. Their four kids are siblings who they fostered for two years before making their family official about a year ago. “When we took on the challenge, we thought we could be some kids’

James “J i m m y ” S i l v a

heroes, but we found that we were the lucky ones being taught lessons of humility, adversity, healing, and resiliency of humanity. We are humbled by this experience.”—MG

O w n er , T h e U P S S t o r e C h a n d l er /D o b s o n

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MEET THE 2019 MEN OF CHANDLER

(CON TI N UED)

Robert Whetstine Cr edi t A n a ly s t, T o y o ta Fin a n ci a l S er v ices Robert Whetstine is a positive guy who’s not afraid to dress up as the Grinch for ICAN’s youth holiday party. He’ll even bring his son, dressed as Buddy the Elf. Family is important to Robert, and he has a big one. He’s married and has two teen sons, three rescue dogs, two cats, two tortoises, a snake and a hamster. “My family inspires me, because any success I have had is a direct result of the amount of love and support they have always provided me,” he says. Robert is a member of The Henrys, ICAN’s leadership development group that fundraises. And thanks to his efforts, Toyota Financial Services is a sponsor of its annual Thanksgiving dinner, which feeds 500 community members a free holiday meal. Robert also volunteers for Together We Rise, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Guadalupe and UMOM. He coaches youth sports and enjoys giving back to the community by supporting local businesses. His next goal is to share his love of books by reading to kids in character. The most rewarding part of what he does is knowing he made a child smile and feel important.—MG

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“ M y fa m i ly i n s p i r e s m e , b e c a u s e a n y s u c c e s s I h av e h a d i s a d i r e c t r e s u lt o f the amount of love and s u p p o r t t h e y h av e a lway s p r o v i d e d m e .”


For those who encounter him at Desert Car Care of Chandler, they might be surprised to find out that Frank Leutz is also a highly trained jazz trombonist, a DJ and a short film producer. The dad of two though calls the family business home because he was inspired by his father-in-law years ago while serving as his apprentice. He realizes that car care isn’t just about the vehicles, but he appreciates the opportunity to make an impact, too, by helping to reassure customers when they’re going through a stressful time. “My primary goal is to be the best I can be for my family and community while inspiring others to do the same,” he says. His shares that his inspiration in life was his mother. “As a single mom working to keep things safe and comfortable, I learned the value of work ethic and accountability while always enjoying the smallest things in life.” Frank also dedicates time to working with an extensive list of charitable causes, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 22 Too Many veterans, Youth World Education Program Mentor and many others.—MTE

F r a n k L e u t z C O O , D es er t C a r C a r e o f C h a n d l er Herbert Washington lives a life filled with music. Since he was a child, the notes have frequently carried him to the Phoenix Boys Choir, which he joined when he was 10-years-old. The choir provided him opportunities to perform, travel abroad and meet incredible people. His adoptive mother, Judy Van Boening, was their nurse for many years. She’s also Herbert’s greatest inspiration. “She taught me that no matter the negative circumstance, great people are in this world to support, and perseverance reigns supreme,” he says. Today, Herbert is a singer, choral conductor and composer, and the music has carried him back to the Phoenix Boys Choir as its new artistic director. “In a world plagued by an epidemic of bullying, depression, loneliness and anxiety, choir

Herbert Washington

provides a positive, safe, fun, expressive, communal environment to combat societal issues that destroy our youth,” he says. When Herbert’s not in the classroom, he can be found with his wife and two boys. He enjoys playing basketball, Latin dancing, and volunteering at a variety of places such as food banks

A r t is t ic Dir ec t or , Ph oen i x B o y s Ch oir

and retirement homes, where he performs for the residents.—MG

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MEET THE 2019 MEN OF CHANDLER

(CON TI N UED)

Jack Murray Jon Murray One Dog Arizona This father-son duo is having a

his mom care for the animals, as well

doggone good time together—they

as assists her with data entry for the

both volunteer with One Dog Arizona,

rescue during tax season.

which was founded by Jon’s wife and Jack’s mother, Jennifer Bell. “My wife started bringing home foster

to the rescue dogs and the families that

puppies and I kind of got roped into help-

inevitably adopt them. While letting go

ing, at first,” Jon, who also works full-time

of an animal you’ve spent so much time

at APS, says. “Then I grew to love dogs

caring for is certainly hard, it feels amazing

that needed extra love and care.”

to find them a furever home!” Jack says.

Jack was initially inspired to help with

In addition to volunteering with the

rescue animals because the owner of

dog rescue, the pair enjoys spending time

the farm where he rode horseback as a

together with other pursuits, as well.

child ran a dog rescue, and he wanted to help the animals find a home. Jack Murray

“The most rewarding part of what I do would be the happiness that I help bring

Today, he is a full-time employee at

Jon Murray

Fry’s, a part-time student, and helps

“I’m a fan of Rick and Morty, thanks to spending one-on-one time with my son, who is a major fan of it,” Jack says.—MGlicksman

Rev. Victor Hardy Pa s t or , C on gr eg at ion a l Ch ur ch of t h e Va l l e y Dir ec t or , For Ou r C i t y Ch a n d l er Pr es iden t, C h a n dl er M en of A c t ion Several decades may have passed since Rev. Victor Hardy was

His involvement with Chandler Men of Action, a non-profit with a

a kid. However, the Chandler pastor has something in common

mission to mentor African-American youth, was sparked by his sons

with many children today—and this difficult experience he shares

and wife, all of whom took on city positions or key community roles.

with them ultimately shaped his future. “As a child, I was bullied and called ugly. This made a huge impression on my life,” says Victor, who did a lot of self-searching

Victor is extremely involved in the community, working on such organizations as The Chandler Symphony Orchestra, The Chandler Operation Back to School, Chandler Multicultural Festival and so many others.

and came up with a response. “I chose kindness… to be a friend

When asked what the most rewarding part of what he does is,

to everyone I meet. No matter the situation, I want to respect each

he says, “Seeing the impact the (Chandler) Men (of Action) have on

and every person along my travels, even if they do not respect me.”

others, realizing the potential they can have on others.”—GY

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“I want my companies to bless our local community by providing a great place to connect and practical training to the business community for both business and personal growth,” explains Chuck Fazio. Chuck (along with his wife, Angela) owns

four

Chandler-based

busi-

nesses: Revelation Real Estate, the Chandler Real Estate Training Center,

C h u c k F a z i o Owner, Revelation Real Estate, the Chandler Real Estate Training Center, The Forum Coworking + Events, The Forum Business School

The Forum Coworking + Events and The Forum Business School. “My wife and I run businesses in order to serve people and bring the community together,” he says. These businesses exist to establish environments where people are free to grow and thrive financially, professionally, personally and spiritually together. When asked what words Chuck tries to live by, he quoted Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another,” adding, “It really matters who you surround yourself with. Walk by faith, not sight.”

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HOT SPOT

ARTICLE MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY BORG

THE NEW D E S T I N AT I O N IT’S BECAUSE HE’S SPENT 15 YEARS IN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY, AND HAS BEEN IN BAR OWNERSHIP FOR THE LAST FOUR. He owns the popular spot The Wandering Tortoise, as well as Hops on Birch—and now, along with owner/operator Tony Fatica and owner/partner Ryan Kemmet, Justin Evans is the owner/operator of Chandler’s newest hot spot, The Sleepy Whale, located at 290 S. Arizona Ave. “We offer beers, meads and coffee that are not heavily distributed or distributed at all in Phoenix and/or Arizona,” Justin says. “We’ve met a lot of amazing people and built a lot of relationships in our business. This translates to the great selection we’re able to offer. We do not serve food, but always allow outside food to be brought into the tap room. We have many amazing restaurants around us that even deliver to us. Ghett’ yo’ Taco, Mingle + Graze and Civic Market, to name a few!” From concept to opening day took 15 months, and is already drawing a strong following. This “beer bar + bottle shop” offers a modern laidback atmosphere, with picnic tables and stools dotting the interior and a large patio with plenty of shade and a wall with the word “Chandler” across it outdoors. Current specials include happy hour from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Industry Happy Hour from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday and Monday. “I believe Downtown Chandler is already an amazing area offering great bars and restaurant concepts. I believe we add to this with the unique beer selection, service and ambience in an unpretentious setting. We all love what we do and love the community that surrounds it!” says Justin. 30

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THE SLEEPY WHALE OPENS ITS DOORS

though The Sleepy Whale only opened in early May, it

IN TOWN

IF THE NAME JUSTIN EVANS SOUNDS FAMILIAR,


Justin Evans

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

OTTO Car Club

CAR CRA ZE NEW CAR-CENTRIC BUSINESSES ARE IDEAL FOR “CAR GUYS” ARTICLE BY ALISON STANTON | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

APEX Motor Club

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OTTO Car Club


OTTO Car Club

REV YOUR ENGINES! Two new car destinations have opened in the Valley. Since often cars and guys just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly or football games and cold beer, we thought our Men’s Issue was the perfect time to introduce you to these locales. OTTO CAR CLUB For those who collect cars, a unique new members-only social club that features private collection management and storage, as well as a dedicated concierge service, may be just the ticket to automotive happiness. Called OTTO Car Club, it features private club space, climate-controlled storage, and a staff that’s knowledgeable to the needs of private car collectors. The 47,000-square-foot facility, which is located in Scottsdale, can accommodate up to 185 vehicles in the main storage area, with 20 more private storage spaces that give people 24/7 access for two to four cars each. Even the name of the new facility relates to cars. OTTO is in honor of Nikolaus August Otto, a German engineer and inventor of the compressed-charge combustion engine. In addition to state-of-the-art storage, OTTO offers members a number of activities and experiences, including speakers, private rallies, track days, product introductions and other events that are planned with the car collector community in mind. OTTO’s staff can also handle vehicle detailing requests, transport and collection management, and a web portal and app lets members control their collections from the convenience of their smartphones. Two tiers of membership are currently available. For more information, visit OttoCarClub.com.

APEX Motor Club

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

(CON TI N U ED)

APEX Motor Club

APEX MOTOR CLUB What is being billed as the Valley’s first private automotive

of years, APEX Motor Club will transform into a car home

country club, APEX Motor Club, is now open for business in

for vehicle collectors, car enthusiasts and hall of famers.

Maricopa. Private Motor Sports broke ground on the $40 mil-

Car buffs can drive their prized cars around the first-class

lion club last October. Since then, 2.3 miles of track have been

facility while enjoying the ambiance and amenities of a

completed and are already being enjoyed by members.

country club.

After phases two and three are finished, the 280-acre development

Members will also have the opportunity to experience

will include two connected racing circuits that include more than 4

classes and instruction by some of the best people in auto

miles of track, “garage condominiums” for vehicle storage, a club-

racing. Membership is currently limited to 400 people; prices

house with a restaurant, a swimming pool, locker rooms, and many

range based on membership level.

more amenities that are usually found in exclusive country clubs.

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TECH SAVVY

TerrainHopper USA TODD LEMAY OFF-ROADING HIS WAY TO CEO

GROWING UP, TODD LEMAY ALWAYS LIKED

Lemay started thinking about all the people

THE BEACH BUT WASN’T ABLE TO FULLY

closer to home who’d enjoy it too, and contacted

EXPERIENCE IT BECAUSE HIS WHEELCHAIR

the company about the future of their business in

COULDN’T ROLL THROUGH THE SAND. Then

the States. In 2017, after more than a year of negoti-

years ago, he took his girlfriend, Leticia (now his

ations, he became the CEO of TerrainHopper USA.

wife) to the ocean for the first time—but they

The device, each custom built to meet the

couldn’t enjoy her first walk on the beach together

needs of its user and driven with hand controls,

because the sand wasn’t accessible. When

is designed for people of all ages, including kids.

Lemay discovered TerrainHopper, a British-based

The speed ranges from 4 to 12 mph, depending

company, he purchased one of its power-driven

on the area and terrain. If used by a person with a

mobility devices and had it shipped to him.

mobility impairment, they’re permitted anywhere

The TerrainHopper is the ultimate in off-road mobility, providing people a way to explore places

a pedestrian is allowed to walk, even if signs state “no motorized vehicles.”

that were previously inaccessible to them, such as

“There is no license requirement and it is

desert trails, forests, snow-covered ground, and of

extremely easy to operate. We have a lot of custom-

course, sand.

ers who are not in wheelchairs, but they might have

“It was a missed moment that I will not get

a bad back or knee, or their age prevents them from

back. I never forgot that and when I received my

walking long distances. They use the TerrainHopper

TerrainHopper, the first thing I did was walk along

so they can continue to participate in activities they

the beach holding my wife’s hand. It was all that I

love with their friends and family,” Todd explains.

had imagined and more,” Todd says.

“I have also started to go on hikes almost every

He was hooked. He merged his two success-

weekend with my wife and our friends. There is

ful businesses and sold them. Then he and his

literally a whole new list of places that I can now

wife set their sights on exploring America with

go and explore,” he shares.

the TerrainHopper.

Explore more at TerrainHopperUSA.com.

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Todd Lemay with his TerrainHopper.

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JUNE

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

THROUGH AUG. 25

and solar system, through images gath-

FANTASTICAL BONTANICALS

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ered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Learn about

The Gallery at CCA

findings from LROC which operates

Arizona is known for its iconic saguaro

from ASU. ChandlerLibrary.org

The exhibit features paintings, ceramics and other multi-media works of 19 artists inspired by botanicals from inside and outside the state. VisionGallery.org

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MIGHTY MUD MANIA

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services and more at this free event.

Mighty Mud Mania offers muddy obsta-

back? And who is this young foster girl Jaime

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cles for people of all ages and ability

from New York? The Neverland adven-

levels. The event includes the Original

tures continue in this chapter of the Peter

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Pan Adventures, presented by East Valley

Mudville, Extreme course, and Inflatable

Children's Theatre. MesaArtsCenter.com

D-BACKS BASEBALL ACADEMY YOUTH CAMP

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nity to meet top employers and interview

special field trip experience to the team’s

The rustle of silks and feathers under

for several positions during the course of

home, Chase Field. MLB.com/DBacks/

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The popular Cinematic Pop returns past and present. Soloists McKenna

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Grab your girlfriends, moms and sis-

CINEMATIC POP with a concert full of new music from

cacti that populate much of the state, as well as a wide variety of other plant life.

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Marilyn Bostic Ballet Center, which has

Experts from the ASU School of Earth

been part of the Tempe community for over

and Space Exploration will share some

30 years, presents Throwback Thursday.

of the latest findings about our moon

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21-22

summer-camp themed games. Think

ARIZONA STATE NAL NATIONAL ARM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

from Suds & Slides will support the

of this 21+ event like summer camp for

Foster Hope Foundation, an organiza-

Talking Stick Resort

tion dedicated to supporting Arizona’s

Ready to test your strength? If so, head

foster children. SudsAndSlides.com

to Talking Stick Resort, where  World’s

DUELING PIANOS

Greatest Arm Wrestler Travis Bagent and

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The Forum

the Arizona State NAL National Arm

Get musical with a night of interactive

Wrestling

entertainment, dancing and fun at The

Participants compete for  prize money

Forum. Drinks will be available for pur-

totaling $15,000, including $5,000 to any-

chase and tickets will include an Italian

one who can beat Travis. Registration/

Buffet. The crowd-pleasing event will also

weigh-ins are on-site on  June 20  and

host a pool party for families of the

occur July 20 and August 17. Tickets are

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autism community. There will be snacks

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SUMMER BREEZE AT HIGHLAND YARD

5TH ANNUAL ARIZONA INDOOR CUSTOM CAR SHOW

POOL PARTY: AUTISM SOCIETY OF GREATER PHOENIX

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Highland Yard Vintage

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month and features over 50 local design-

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with

ers, makers and pickers. It’s located

over 500 custom cars, a pinup contest,

in an air-conditioned building behind

live music, and an airbrush and pin-

Merchant Square Antique Mall. Check

It's a "Til Death Do Us Part" theme for

stripe demonstration. Catch the vivid

out this month’s theme, Summer Breeze

this murder mystery dinner. The wed-

display of custom paint jobs, impeccable

and enjoy plenty of giveaways and a line

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happy couple when a member of the

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wedding party is murdered! Trade clues

tions on a variety of impressive rides.

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Virtual Race

Grab your racquet and enjoy a morning

Celebrate your father, the hero, with a

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virtual run. At least 15 percent of each

strawberries with cream. Players may

registration will be donated to Team

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SUDS & SLIDES

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LOCAL’S CHOICE ARTICLE ANNEMARIE O'DONNELL | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

SHARING TEQUIL A IS SHARING LIFE WHEN A FRIENDSHIP BLOSSOMS INTO LOVE AND A FAMILY IS RE-UNITED IN MEXICO, A QUALITY TEQUILA IS BORN

FIELDS OF ENDLESS BLUE WEBER AGAVE PLANTS IN THE LOWLANDS IN JALISCO, MEXICO ARE A SERENE REMINDER OF A FAMILY’S REUNION AND

THE

LOVE

SHARED

AMONG

SEÑOR

RIO CO-FOUNDERS.

Debbie and Jonathan

“It is in the spirit of family and tradition that we proudly bring to you Señor Rio Tequila,” note Co-founders Jonathan and Debbie Medina Gach at SenorRio.com. Debbie, a Chicago native, had moved to Gilbert, where she had met Jonathan. It was a short time later when she received an unexpected phone call from her father, who was in Mexico. The two had had a 30-year separation. That call resulted in the couple’s memorable trip to Jalisco. During the emotional and joyful reunion, Debbie and Jonathan tried the special homemade tequila that Debbie’s father only shared with family and friends, made from a recipe handed down through the generations. They were impressed with its smoothness and quality. Debbie’s father—or Señor Rio as he was known by those he was close to—later gifted the family’s process and recipe to the couple. Today, his picture is the iconic logo on the stylish bottles that Jonathan designed. Señor Rio’s tequilas are all handcrafted in small batches. They include Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, Double Barrel Añejo, Extra Añejo and Café Elegancia. The company has won awards in taste and presentation from the L.A. Wine and Spirits Competition, the Spirits of Mexico competition, and the San Francisco Wine and Spirits competition.  Despite the family’s devastating loss of Jonathan, the couple’s legacy continues to grow as Señor Rio is shared

Señor Rio Tequila originates from 100% blue weber

among family and friends. On Señor Rio’s 10th anniver-

agaves grown in the arid red clay soil of Jalisco, Mexico.

sary, Debbie donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer in his honor.

The hearts of the agaves, or piñas, are harvested by

Contact the company to schedule a home tasting party

hand and slow cooked in traditional stone ovens. The

or a visit to the distillery, where you can literally sleep in a

open tank fermentation process captures the fragrance

barrel. The brand is also sold at Total Wine & More.

from nearby mango and citrus trees.

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