January 2021 | The WM Phoenix Open Returns! The start of the new year means Scottsdale is ready for a season of fun to start. And no better way to start than with the People’s Open. There may not be as many people there this year, but still plenty of fun to have. WM Open Scott Jenkins gives Alicia the inside scoop on what to expect this year. She also talks with Darren Tackett and Jeremy Mueller about their favorite memories of past Opens.
December 2020 | Goodbye 2020, A Hopeful Look Forward Melinda joins in on a roundtable conversation with the new DC Ranch podcast host Ben Cruz, and Alicia Haygood the host of the McDowell Mountain Ranch podcast about what each of their podcasts have meant to them, their favorite holiday memories, and what they are looking forward to in 2021. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties talks about his year, and outlook for the new year.
December 2020 | Generosity Filling the Needs of Many The holidays are a time of giving back to our communities near and far. Melinda talks to Pam DiPietro, the Executive Director from the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center about their food item wish list, their adopt-a-family program, volunteer opportunities and how we can help support them during these trying times. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties tells us about the continued booming real estate market and his charitable support of the Foothills Animal Rescue.
December 2020 | A House Divided: Divorce, Finances, & Taxes Considering a divorce, in the midst of a divorce, or recovering from a divorce? Melinda speaks with Grayhawk community member Mina Kuper, from Madison Tax Solutions about what we need to consider when it comes to our finances, and how we can prepare ourselves by knowing our financial situation. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties talks about his lessons learned, and his involvement with the American Dream TV show.
November 2020 | Get Your Sparkle On, It’s Holiday Time Get your sparkle on because it’s the holiday season! Melinda speaks with Jackie Contaldo from the City of Scottsdale Tourism and Events about the events happening in Old Town Scottsdale. As part of the City’s annual Scottsdazzle Holiday Extravaganza starting on November 27th through January 1st 2021. She also talks about the local shops and restaurants participating in this annual tradition. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties shares his holiday plans.
November 2020 | Once in a Blue Moon Meet Grayhawk’s very own NASA Solar System Ambassador and community outreach astronomy speaker, Mark Johnston. Melinda speaks with Mark about his love for astronomy, and his astronomy evening events held at Pinnacle Peak park. HOA Lifestyle Director, Sarah Van Duyne, tells us about the different events planned for the community in November. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties updates us on the housing market and lease back programs for sellers.
October 2020 | CoWorking Space Alternatives for the Remote Worker For many working from home has become the “new normal” and while it has its benefits, the downside is finding a dedicated, and quiet space that is away from the rest of the family or other distractions. Melinda and Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties talk about what home buyers are looking for given this trend. Alicia speaks with Kristin Whitnable and Teagan Fail from AZ CoWork about office space, conference rooms, and private desks that are available when time away from home is needed.
September 2020 | Pandemic Pet Adoptions The COVID pandemic has impacted many of our local animal shelters in a positive way with an increase in adoptions. While shelters were closed their revenue streams were drastically reduced. Alicia and Melinda speak with Foothills Animal Rescue to learn more about how they have been impacted and what we can do to help them recover. They also share how they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties tells us how he got involved as a long time supporter.
September 2020 | Won’t You Be, My Neighbor One thing about Grayhawk that stands out more than other neighborhoods are the people. It truly is a community in all senses. Meeting our neighbors can be difficult in this digital, COVID world. But that’s why we here at the Grayhawk Podcast enjoy introducing you to your neighbors. This week Alicia speaks with Grayhawk resident, Melinda Medina. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties takes time from his super busy day to talk with Alicia on his love of the Grayhawk residents as well.
August 2020 | Is There a Dr. (or two) In The house?! Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Rob knew he wanted to become a dentist, working from the mailroom to the main chair. Alicia was all too eager to speak with the father/son duo on their relationship in and out of the mouth. We also have Darren Tackett check in this week. While he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps, he has a fun path to his successful real estate career.
August 2020 | “Summer” of 2020 Besides the exceptional hot summer months, was it really a summer break? Alicia sits down with some of her favorite Grayhawk business to hear how they spent this COVID summer. And now that summer is over and school starts next, how is that going to look for us with and without kids? We discuss that along with the great FUN activities planned with the HOA.
July 2020 | Rainbows and Royalty Combined Our favorite Grayhawk realtor Darren Tackett talks to Alicia about the growing demand for houses. Different day and same message from Darren, NOW is the time to sell. No need to wait.
June 2020 | Girl Power On and Off The Green Lead by Director Cori Matheson, Girls Golf of Phoenix is not only a great place for girls to learn about the game of golf but life lessons too.
June 2020 | Is This The BEST Burger in Town? With the market at about 50% less saturation than normal, this time of year, Darren has the buyers ready to go. Are you ready to sell?!
April 2020 | School’s Out Til Summer! Well, the classroom is at least. Students, teachers and parents are learning in a whole new way now that coronavirus has shut everything down. We get three perspectives on online schooling, from a parent with Darren Tackett, Tori Divito is an online teacher and Notre Dame Prep Principal, Mrs. Jill Platt talks leadership.
March 2020 | 200 Wondrous Trail Miles of Sonoran Preserve! Co-hosts Darren Tackett of the Grayhawk Group & Sarah Van Duyne of the Grayhawk HOA had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Justin Owen, the executive Director of the McDowell Mt Conservatory Preserve. With over 200 miles of trails, there’s so much more to see than what’s in our backyard. Listen in about all the great things Justin and his extremely small team are doing to keep this preserve top notch.
February 2020 | Airbnb, VRBO and Horses on Planes!? We are joined by our resident contributors Jeremy Mueller and Darren Tackett to talk about how Airbnb and VRBO affects the local community. We also sit down and have an insightful discussion about the upcoming Arabian Horse Show with show veterans Andy Sellman and former Arabian Horse Show President, Jay Allen.
January 2020 | Housing Market Insights & SPD Crime Prevention Unit Tells All. Get to know Darren Tackett of ReMax Fine Properties as he joins Kevin in the studio to talk about his love for Grayhawk and his perspective on the current housing market. Also, Scottsdale Police Officer David Kamleiter and Police Aide Sherri Hawkinson share all things crime prevention, for our neighborhood.