The ARIZONA JEWISH POST has hired JAMES ALEWINE as graphic designer. Alewine, a Tucson native, spent most of his adult life in the restaurant industry before returning to college in 2014 to follow his passion for digital arts. He will receive his associate’s degree in graphic design from Pima Community College in May. In 2016, Alewine won a gold Addy award in the student illustration category from the American Advertising Federation–Tucson. He has supported the PCC Center for the Arts with poster designs for “Crazy for You” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” A father of three, he coaches basketball and volleyball. Alewine replaces Grace Sams, who retired last month after serving as production manager of the AJP since 1993.
ADAM GOLDSTEIN, senior vice president–financial advisor in RBC Wealth Management’s Tucson office, recently was selected as a member of the firm’s Portfolio Focus–Senior Portfolio Manager Group, an exclusive group of financial advisors recognized for their success in building fee-based discretionary portfolio management practices.
DIY TECHNOLOGIES, founded by MICHAEL HEISLER, has been acquired by Chesterfield, Mo.-based MITEK INDUSTRIES, INC. DIY is a market leader in web-based design software for home improvement projects. MiTek, a global business, supplies engineered products, proprietary business management and design software, and automated equipment to the construction and industrial markets. Heisler and all DIY employees have joined MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company.
MARY ELLEN LOEBL was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year from Homer Davis Elementary School. Loebl is the coordinator of “Making A Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project” for the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. She was recognized as one of the “January Building Blocks for Character” at the Flowing Wells School District Governing Board meeting on Jan. 10.
The JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM/HOLOCAUST HISTORY CENTER is among local nonprofits donating tickets, passes and coupons to help Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and school superintendents launch the Great Start program, which will help teach students in five school districts the arts, history and science in settings beyond the classroom. Each school district has created its own incentive and reward program to make use of these opportunities for students and their families to visit the participating institutions. Other nonprofits in the program include the Arizona Historical Society, Children’s Museum Tucson, MOCA, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and University of Arizona Museum of Art.
JAM CULINARY CONCEPTS has opened a new restaurant, SAZERAC CREOLE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS, at 4340 N. Campbell Ave. in St Philip’s Plaza. Sazerac’s executive chef, Robert Iaccarino, has many years of experience with Creole cooking, having worked at Chef Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans Louisiana Kitchen and Irene’s Cuisine in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Sazerac joints other JAM Tucson-area restaurants — Vero Amore, The Still Speakeasy, Noble Hops Craft Beer + Fine Fare and the upcoming Twisted Tandoor. JAM Culinary Concepts is owned and operated by Tucson brothers Joshua and Aric Mussman and their mother, Suzanne Kaiser.