For a period of 18 days (between June 12-25, 1974), the mercury rose to a whopping 100+ degrees, with the apex hitting 116.1°F June 24. Still, the hottest day in Arizona history came two decades later – a sizzling 128°F – recorded in late June 1994

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Featured Business — Top Quotes, December 2023

In selecting ILoveOV’s 2023 Business of the Month, we featured a broad mix of important players in our community, including dedicated NPOs, luxury businesses, essential services, distinguished realtors, and local art.

On the not-for-profit side, we covered the important work of Casa de la Luz, Freedom Warriors, and the Chamber of Commerce. We balanced these NPOs out with the luxe offerings of El Conquistador Golf and Splendido at Rancho Vistoso – discovering in the process that they include their own charitable efforts. This was also proved true for stand-out local realtors Lisa Bayless and the Vallee Gold Team.

We also covered two critical services in OV: the Oro Valley Hospital, and the Chamber of Commerce. Believing that “art is not optional” (in the words of community legend Dave Eggerding), we also put together a feature on the OV Theater Company.

And just so you know that we’re happy OV residents just like you, we also included a story on how ILoveOV came to be. -Ed.

Casa de La Luz

“The strength of our nurses is second to none. They are out there caring for people every single day. They might have 15-20 patients on their caseload, and they could lose all of those patients in 6 months. Being able to cope with that loss is immensely powerful. That’s why these caregivers always seem to have a personal story.”

– Tobias Emms, Executive Director

Oro Valley Theater Company

“We produce book shows, not musical revues.”

– Judi Rodman

The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce

“The OV Chamber offers programs, events, and support to members I have not seen in other chambers. More importantly, the membership reciprocates with remarkable participation and support.”

– Michael Burns, Managing Director of Red Coyote Services

Splendido at Rancho Vistoso

“An atmosphere like this provides endless possibilities.”

– James Edwartoski, Executive Director

Oro Valley Hospital

“Research has shown that physicians often stay in the same community where they carry out their residency. This new program will help our hospital place new physicians, and also bring new physicians into Pima County.”

– Cameron Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer

I Love O.V., L.L.C.

“My wife loves Pusch Ridge so much that she’ll just sit there and gaze at the mountain. It’s just a ridge, but it evolves – the color changes, the weather changes…all sorts of things are going on. It’s never boring. We love it so much; we want to share it.”

– Michael Burns, founder ILoveOV<

Lisa Bayless

“I began to understand that real estate is as much about people as it is about the commodity itself.”

– Lisa Bayless, Long Realty

El Conquistador Tucson

“Because we can give, we should give.”

– Shelby Francom, General Manager

Freedom Warriors

“Children, the most defenseless individuals in our society, require our protection. We cannot fail our kids anymore.”

– Maria Cochrane, Philanthropist & Local Business Owner

Oro Valley Water Utility

“For the size of our utility we have a lot of infrastructure.”

– Peter A. Abraham, P.E., Director

Vallee Gold Team

“OV speaks for itself; it stands on its own merits…There’s all the biking and hiking in the washes, and it seems like every house built in the last 15 years has a trail right up to it.”

– Don Vallee