Steve Betts As CEO of PhoenixMart
PhoenixMart of Scottsdale recently welcomed Steve Betts as its new CEO from SunCor Development Co.. As a servicing center that helps Arizona companies market their products internationally, PhoenixMart will serve Arizona companies seeking international growth opportunities.
Betts has held various public and private board memberships including serving on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee and Board, chairman and trustee for Nature Conservancy, chairing Urban Land Institute AZ District Council as well as serving on its Advisory Board.
Early Life and Education
Steve Betts came of age during an era when both hard sciences and psychology were essential components of education. His work in teaching reading started in the 1920s, when his informal reading inventories first gained popularity; these tests determined a student’s reading capability before assigning them an appropriate reading level.
Betts Real Estate Advisors was established and lead by Betts as its President to provide guidance and counsel for Concord Wilshire Capital’s Metrocenter Mall redevelopment project. Betts also serves as senior advisor to Hines Development Southwest Region and Helios Education Foundation as well as serving on University Realty (ASU) Board of Trustees.
Betts played an instrumental role at SunCor in creating and overseeing an extensive portfolio of commercial properties throughout Phoenix, while serving on Arizona State University Enterprise Partners and Foundation boards to aid with real estate acquisition and development activities.
Betts has worked on numerous aircraft during his time with Metropolitan Aviation and amassed extensive experience with professional maintenance and avionics. Additionally, he served as quality assurance manager and flight operations manager.
As of 2020, Steve Betts serves as Managing Director at Holualoa Companies’s impressive portfolio of commercial properties across Phoenix and Tucson. In addition, he acts as senior advisor within this firm and seeks out new investment opportunities on its behalf.
As former president and CEO of SunCor Development Company, Betts oversaw its strategic development of master planned communities throughout the mountain west as well as large-scale office, industrial, retail and mixed-use urban projects in metropolitan Phoenix. He currently sits on both the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors as well as being chair of ULI Arizona District Council Governance Committee.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Betts has received 1989 and 1999 Planning Recognition Awards from the American Planning Association, a 2000 Governor’s Proclamation for State Planning Initiatives, 2021 Phoenix Zoo Good Partner Award as well as being recognized with several speaking engagements on development and public policy topics throughout Chicagoland, nationally, regionally and globally. Additionally he serves on ACORD Corporation, British American Business Council of Chicago as well as Lumity (a non-profit IT resource center).
Betts was previously a shareholder with Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy where he led their land use/governmental affairs practice group. Now he serves as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Assets for Arizona State University Foundation where he oversees strategic oversight, community positioning and opportunistic investments into entrepreneurial real estate assets of the Foundation.
Steve Betts lives with his wife Yvonne in central Phoenix with their four rescue dogs. Steve is active in his community and serves on various boards such as ACORD Corporation, Lumity (a non-profit IT resource center) and British American Business Council of Chicago.
He is also the former chairman of the Urban Land Institute Arizona District Council, former chairman and current member of Teach for America Phoenix board, and sits on Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee. Additionally, he has played an instrumental role in several landmark legislative enactments throughout Arizona.
He is survived by his daughter Dominica Betts Hill of Ava, his two sons Seth and Landon Betts both from Du Quoin, sister Sherry Tudor from Mt Vernon, three nieces – Danielle, Brittany and Kaylyn from Oakdale; as well as numerous cousins.
His family resides in Phoenix, Arizona along with his wife Yvonne and four rescue dogs. As the Managing Director of Development for Holualoa Companies – which boasts an impressive portfolio of master planned communities as well as large scale office, retail and mixed use projects throughout metropolitan Phoenix – he plays an instrumental role in overseeing projects for Holualoa Companies.
Betts was honored by The Rolling Stone as one of their 100 greatest guitarists twice; once in 2003 and again in 2011. Additionally, he received a Grammy award for his work on Dickey Betts & Great Southern’s 1977 album Bougainvillea and then took on more singing and leadership duties after Duane Allman passed away. Betts suffered a minor stroke in 2018, however is currently recovering and playing with Mayday Parade; their first studio album A Lesson in Romantics was released in 2007 which also has its roots within it as well as co-founding charity Musicians for Human Rights.