By Laura Stoddard / Photo by Mark Morgan
Both creativity and necessity inspired Valley entrepreneur Hamid Salari to create a line of outdoor patio furniture that proves functional, fashionable, and virtually indestructible.
“I love making things, and I wanted to do custom furniture,” Salari says. “I quickly realized that no one was doing custom patio furniture.”
So, when he started his company, CC Patio in 2005, his focus was on creating outdoor furniture that fit individual spaces perfectly (as opposed to ill-fitting items made for the masses bought online or in a store), and that it was made from the best materials possible, to combat Phoenix’s extreme temperatures.
“It’s the best quality you can get,” says Salari of his furniture, “because we use only four products, which [are] the best of the best. We use steel for the frame; Sunbrella for fabric, which is the best material you can use outdoors; Dekton, which is the best stone you can use; and for accent, we use ironwood, which we import from Nicaragua. So, our final product is basically commercial grade — it’s indestructible. You have a lifetime warranty on our frame, and a five-year warranty for our finishes.”
Quality is important, but so is appearance. With bold colors and patterns, modern, geometric designs, and a sleek, classy feel, you’d swear you were in a resort. In fact, you will find Salari’s products at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. Other notable clients include Scottsdale Stadium; luxury residential builder, Optima; and Mountain Shadows resort, the exclusive, new housing development and resort in Paradise Valley.
CC Patio (www.ccpatio.com) offers complimentary site consultations, where measurements, photos, and client requests are recorded.
“We have six different designs you can pick from. Then you pick the sizes, colors, and finishes.” He also adds, “Nothing’s too small or too big for us. Everything is manufactured locally. And we have the best value that you can imagine. We’re not the cheapest, and we’re also not the most expensive. But ours is the best quality.”
By Brittany Maroney / Photo by Mark Morgan
Whether she’s juggling groceries, work presentations, her sons’ sports gear or is training for her next athletic competition, multitasker Erica Anderson makes it all look like a breeze. Those closest to her say she has endless energy and is always on the go. It’s her enthusiastic spirit to get everything done that keeps her at the helm of some of Phoenix’s largest charities and at the top of her industry.
At online photo publishing service, Shutterfly customers can create customized photo books, cards, stationary, calendars, prints, blankets, jewelery – you name it, they can custom make it with images that you upload onto the site. Anderson is behind the scenes, closing deals and negotiating partnerships. She began her journey at the company as the director of marketing for the company’s business solutions and transitioned to the account development director for their enterprise business.
“Part of my job is working with Fortune 500 companies to formulate and execute targeted multi-channel marketing campaigns,” she explains of her role. “Shutterfly is an amazing place to work because everyone works hard and plays hard. They also offer a lot of employee perks, as a way to give back to their employees.”
When she is not in meetings, at the gym or with her family, Anderson commits her time to championing various nonprofit fundraising events, currently serving on the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Colleen’s Dream Foundation boards. How does she find the time? Well, it’s just who she is.
“I believe in giving 100 percent to everything I do,” says Anderson. “It’s just who I am.”
She has been on the LLS board for five years and is currently focusing her attention on this year’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign, which kicks off in March. Also on the horizon is the 5th annual Colleen’s Dream Golf Tournament and Evening of Dreams Gala in February, which Anderson will be co-hosting.
“Giving back is truly gratifying, as there are so many people that are less fortunate and so appreciative of any and all effort,” she says. “Knowing that each time I am giving, someone else is benefitting, is so rewarding.”