Best Places to Work

December 14, 2009

Congratulations to four of our fabulous clients, each of whom has been named among the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” honorees:

The Phoenix Business Journal is right on the money – our clients ROCK!


HMA client W.J. Maloney Plumbing Co., Inc. has been racking up recognitions left and right!  The company has recently received several important designations:

  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certification, meaning the company is at least 50 percent owned and controlled by a woman.  The WBE certification is an incentive program to ensure woman-owned firms have an equal opportunity to participate in city of Phoenix projects. 
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, which means the business is owned and controlled by a person or persons belonging to designated minority groups or by women.  The company is certified in the following specialties: commercial plumbing, process piping, mechanical piping and as a supplier of plumbing materials.
  • The company was recognized by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) as a vital contributor to the acceptance of the CityScape project in Phoenix as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site.  The company is the first and only Arizona plumbing subcontractor to contribute to the attainment of VPP Star Site status by a general contractor.  Approval into VPP is ADOSH’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved excellent occupational safety and health.

In addition, the Arizona Business Gazette recently ran a great profile of company president Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade.  We’re proud to have such a great company as a client.


December 8, 2009

It’s time for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate’s third annual video contest – “REPRESENT IF YOU’RE ABOVE IT!”  The contest gives teens across the state a chance to create a project that highlights the skills and talents that help them stay above the influence of drugs and alcohol – whether it is playing sports, singing or showing off the next great recipe.  Previously a video contest, this year’s contest includes a category for still photography as well.

“REPRESENT IF YOU’RE ABOVE IT” is designed to give teenagers, school districts and media departments a unique and educational way to discuss tough issues.  This year’s contest not only includes videos but still photography as well.

The contest is open to residents of Arizona between the ages of 12 and 18 at the time of entry.  Entrants can start by visiting to find the entry form, rules and information about the contest.  All entries must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.  The grand prize winner in each category will be awarded $250 and the runner-up in each category will receive $150.

Last year dozens of teens participated in the program, with the grand prize awarded to Andrew Madrid, Wesley Ollerton, Lawson Neilsen and Kyler Lee, students from St. Johns High School in St. Johns, Arizona.  Last year’s winning video is available for viewing on The Partnership’s website,

The contest is sponsored by the Phoenix Coyotes and Phoenix Suns.

Tell all the teens you know to enter their projects for a chance to win!

Giving Back

December 7, 2009

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) recently held its annual charity luncheon and raffle, in which proceeds are donated to a local organization.  This year, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona was the selected beneficiary of the event.  Proceeds from raffle ticket sales were donated to the organization, whose mission is to help children in homeless families by treating the whole family with programs to break the negative cycles of poverty, abuse and homelessness.  Pictured here: AAED holiday luncheon committee members Melinda Hinkson (far left) and Christine Ulibarri (second from left), along with John Ulibarri (far right), present a check for $3,444 to John Lamkin, Andrea Sok and Kyle Hamblin of Save the Family.  For more information visit  

DSCF1678Are you a member of or do you support a great children’s organization?

 Then Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona wants to hear from you! The organization is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations across the state. Proposals must illustrate how your organization’s needs directly relate to the mission of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona. To obtain the application and criteria, please click here. To be considered, organizations must submit 10 copies of the application, along with any accompanying materials, by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009.

Grant recipients will be announced at the 10th Annual Subway Kids & Sports Golf Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. Recipients will also be posted to the website in December.

HMA Everywhere this Week!

October 19, 2009

HMA on Space Mtn.It was been quite the week for team HMA. First, we celebrated National Bosses Day this past Monday with a scavenger hunt for the ages. Next, we celebrated Abbie’s birthday Tuesday with a day trip to the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland!

After that was a week filled with media training and social media presentations to a client, S.M.A.C.N.A., and the Andrea Beth Abbie and Rose 002ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Non-Profit Innovation, followed by one of our staffers falling ill (Beth), one being stuck in Yuma (Scott) and two meeting up with fellow Valley Libras for one heck of a party at the Vig (Abbie & Alison).

3TV Brittney Shipp and Abbie 2But, the real star of the week was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s 6th Annual Uncorked & Unplugged event on Sunday, a casual yet sophisticated night under the stars with great food, great wine and great friends. We spent several morning hours with the great folks at 3TV doing a live remote as the event was set up, and then several evening hours with folks from the local media, marketing and business worlds as the event kicked off.

SBGC_Uncorked08_212All in all, Uncorked & Unplugged was a hit – featuring more than 20 local restaurants, 30 wineries, a martini bar hosted by Blue Martini and a margarita bar hosted by San Felipe’s Cantina. While indulging with both food and beverage, guests also danced the night away with several Scott at Uncorkedpopular local acts including retro ’80s cover band Rock Lobster, DJ William Reed, The Love Me Nots and featured performers from Casino Arizona’s Showstoppers Live!

And, when the evening came to a close, guests Uncorked Unplugged 006were able to take advantage of free cab rides home, courtesy of Hensley & Company and Scottsdale Insurance Company, ensuring all party-goers a safe trip home.

And now it’s time to conquer this week! Make it a great one!

So now that you know all the kooky, off-the-wall facts about the HMA team, it’s time to introduce you to some of our wonderful clients.  First up is Phil Pangrazio, executive director of the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL).  ABIL offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.  A great organization, and a fantastic client – and Phil isn’t too shabby either.


  1. When I was 11 years old, I hit a grand slam in my first at-bat on opening day of Little League.  I struck out in my next three at-bats.
  2. I played fullback and linebacker for my high school’s football team that won the 1978 New York State Section V Class C championship.
  3. I once pre-boarded a plane with Muhammad Ali.
  4. stella artoisMy wife and I named our dog after our favorite beer – Stella Artois.
  5. I have six brothers and one sister, and I’m the youngest.
  6. I moved to Arizona from western New York (i.e. Rochester area) in 1981.
  7. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at ASU in 1986 and 1990, respectively.
  8. My celebrity crush is Julia Roberts.
  9. I met Jake Plummer at the Rock N Rodeo. We of course talked football!
  10. I, along with a few other local guys, helped start the sport of quad rugby in Arizona in 1990.
  11. PhilRugbyBecause of my involvement with the sport, I’m connected to an Oscar-nominated documentary (“Murderball”).  I was not, however, in the movie.
  12. My father-in-law, a former vice president of a meat packing company, provided all the meat (tenderloin) for our wedding.
  13. Recently, on my way to an ASU football game, I got caught in the light rail crossing and my van was hit repeatedly by the crossing gate.  Once I cleared the tracks, I was reprimanded by a police officer for my actions.  No ticket, though!
  14. My brother and I once stalked McLean Stevenson (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H) when we saw him at Disneyland.  There was a video camera involved.
  15. The Buffalo Bills are my favorite football team.
  16. My favorite place to travel (so far) is the Caribbean.
  17. My first job was picking corn for $1.50 an hour.  In the summer as a teenager, I would milk cows for $2.00 an hour, and I milked about 60 cows each morning for a local dairy farmer!
  18. I have six nieces and three nephews.
  19. Phil Pangrazio 2008In addition to my work with ABIL, I sit on the board of directors for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA).
  20. ABIL is currently trying to raise money for the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities.  The SpoFit, coupled with the Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona (DEC), will be the first of its kind in the country.
  21. My favorite musician is Bruce Springsteen – I’ve seen The Boss in concert three times.
  22. I once saw both Neil Young and the Moody Blues from front row seats.  Plus, I’m going to U2 on October 20!
  23. One of my favorite foods is pork ribs.
  24. I tried to play piano when I was a teenager, but quickly found out I am not musically inclined.
  25. My four favorite athletes as a young boy were: Reggie Jackson, Roger Staubach, John Havlicek and Muhammad Ali.

Holiday at the Ballpark

September 8, 2009

Gabrielle, Daniel, Matteo 2For the second consecutive year, P.I.P.E., Piping Industry Progress and Education Trust Fund (a client), and Arizona Pipe Trades U.A. Local 469 hosted the largest group in Arizona Diamondbacks history, including nearly 2,500 participants from the plumbing and pipefitting industry, breaking last year’s group number of nearly 2,000. 

P.I.P.E. and Local 469 were recognized on-field before the start of the game and participated in other fun Diamondbacks activities – three kids from the group got to participate in the hot dog race, and Mark Coleman of Coleman Plumbing and a member of P.I.P.E.’s board of trustees, was given the opportunity to “steal second base.” 

Mark ColemanP.I.P.E. contractors had an instrumental role in the construction of the plumbing and mechanical systems of Chase Field.  The event was held on Labor Day to honor and thank the union craftspeople and contractors who have dedicated themselves to putting unionized skilled labor above the rest.  The event was a huge success, and we’re looking forward to an even larger crowd next year.

SMACNA Radio Stars!

July 23, 2009

smacna_logoMembers of SMACNA Arizona, the Arizona chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, made their annual trek to the recording studio recently.

 The contractors cut new radio spots that will air during ASU football and Phoenix Suns basketball games this upcoming season.

Participating in the recording session were:  Carol Goguen of SMACNA Arizona; Nick Ganem of Metro Mechanical Mechanical, a Johnson Controls Company, Regina Fisher of Ramirez Mechanical;  Katie Watson of Kinetic Systems, Inc.; Darrell Fox of Dynamic Systems; Jim Dinan of Bel-Aire Mechanical; James Blackmore of Arizona System Analysis Professionals, LLC., and Terry Flood of Q.C. Analytical Services.

Check out their spots.

abbieI spent yesterday morning hosting a webinar for the members of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s Parent Advisory Board.  Our topic was Facebook, Twitter, and blogs and how these parents can use the power of social media to share important information about drug awareness and prevention.

HMA Public Relations has been providing pro bono communication services to the Partnership both nationally and locally for the past five years.  Throughout our relationship we have worked with parents whose lives have been directly impacted by drug abuse.  To say that their stories are powerful would be an understatement.  There is simply no one else more qualified to talk about it than a parent or caregiver who has dealt with it firsthand.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done for this very worthwhile organization and look forward to continuing our efforts.