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March Dinner Program

March 20, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Lodge on the Desert
306 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Learn about the Significant Economic Impact of UA Tech Parks and How Arizona Center for Innovation Works with Businesses to Foster and Develop Ideas into Products

The UA Tech Park at Rita Road is one of the nation's premier research parks – a dynamic, interactive community located in one of Arizona’s fast-growing suburban settings on Tucson’s southeast side. The Park’s spacious campus encompasses 1,268 acres and has 2 million square feet of space for high-tech offices, R&D, and laboratory facilities. Its annual economic impact is $2 Billion on the state of Arizona.

The Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) is a full-service incubator housed at the UA Tech Park. AzCI supports science- and technology focused high-growth potential startup companies and has served over 100 of these over its 15-year history.

Join us for a presentation to learn more about Tech Parks Arizona – The UA Tech Park at Rita Road and the Arizona Center for Innovation as well as the second park in development: UA Tech Park at the Bridges.

About our Speakers:

Anita Bell, Director, Arizona Center for Innovation

Anita Bell is the Director of the Arizona Center for Innovation and leads the innovation center and business incubator helping entrepreneurs transform their ideas into successful companies. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, managing daily operations, and client services, developing programs, mentoring companies, fundraising and client recruitment.

Anita is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and supporting startup and emerging technology companies. Over the course of her professional career, Anita has assisted over 100 early-stage startups, most of them in technology and life sciences. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and organizes several signature events such as IdeaFunding, Innovative Minds Challenge, and Innovation Day at the UA. Anita follows the motto “it takes a village to raise a company” and cultivates relationships with angel organizations and other entrepreneurial supporters to build a network that benefits the startups she coaches, meeting their needs and advancing them toward commercialization.

Anita has been in the incubation and commercialization industry for over 10 years and holds the Business Incubation (BIM) Management Certificate from the International National Business Incubation Association (InBIA). She currently serves as the Secretary for the Arizona Business Incubation Association.

Ken Marcus, Director/CFO at UA Tech Park

Kenneth (Ken) Marcus has nearly twenty years of research park experience in operations, development and finance.  He began his career with Tech Parks Arizona in September 1999 as Controller, where he was quickly promoted to his current position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of the UA Tech Park.

As a senior level executive, Marcus is directly responsible for the management, operations and financing for the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, the UA Tech Park at The Bridges, and the Arizona Center for Innovation.  He has more than 30 years of experience in business management, finance, real estate and economic development.  Highlights of his expertise includes financial budgeting and reporting, loan funding packages, cash management, lease negotiations, tenant retention and expansion, emergency response and disaster recovery training and plans, as well as strategic, business and financial plans.

In collaboration with key partners, Marcus’ leadership has significantly advanced the Park’s development and elevated operations with improvements to infrastructure and amenities, completing of many construction projects such as building testing facilities, education and recreational centers. Marcus ensures that Park Operations are maintained to the highest quality to exceed industry standards.  This has resulted in new facilities including improved food operations, energy efficiency systems, sustainable principals, new meeting spaces and collaboration areas, testing facilities such as the Solar Zone.  Marcus has greatly contributed to the tenant experience by helping create a live, learn, work, play environment at the Tech Park.

Marcus is an active community member serving on the Board of Directors and Officers of several professional, community and government organizations such as the Association of University Research Parks, Nogales Community Development Corporation, Institute of Management Accountants, BOMA of Tucson, Pima County Board of Adjustments and two Home Owner Associations. 

Entree Options:

  • Pan Seared Salmon - Creamy Risotto, Asparagus, Citrus Beurre Blanc
  • Braised Short Ribs - Creamy Polenta, Red Wine Reduction
  • Vegetarian -  Chef's Choice

Pre-paid reservations are requested by 4 pm on 3/14/19 to provide our venue with a guarantee. 

Cancellations will be accepted until this time, with credit applied toward a future FEAT event. 
Late reservations will be accepted online until 4 pm on 3/19/18 with no option for cancellation or credit. Thank you.

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$50.00 Member Reservation

$60.00 Non-Member Registration