Phoenix, Arizona – January 31, 2018 – The Phoenix Business Journal is one of the valley’s leading daily business news online resource and print publication.  Over the last fifteen years, what is often referred to the “PBJ” has been an industry leader is acknowledging local businesses, leaders, mentors, influences and visionaries in the valley. Just last week, the Phoenix Business Journal announced the winners of the “2018 Outstanding Women in Business” in the valley.  Melissa Swader, the Director of Marketing & Administration with SVN Desert Commercial Advisors was recently notified she was one of twenty-seven women in the valley that received this prestigious honor.

Melissa Swader, Director of Marketing & Administration, SVN | Desert Commercial Advisors

Director of Retail Leasing & Sales Investments Rommie Mojahed said, “Melissa is a leader within our SVN organization and had a pivotal role in the record breaking success our office had in 2017.”  Swader has been a leading contributor to the valley’s news with her work in the media and collaboration covering commercial real estate news across the valley. She was also recently recognized for the writer behind SVN as one of the TOP 10+ CRE national bloggers providing transaction news on closed transactions at the brokerage. In addition, her blog covering land opportunities for investors was also acknowledged as one of the top blogs of November 2017. Swader is not a novice to publishing either.  She had her business license before graduating from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.  Swader has approximately 20 years combined experience in marketing, graphic design, editing, advertising and public relations.  She was a previous exclusive business magazine publisher/editor and continues to be a small business advocate for business owners, hosts quarterly business events for small local business owners and hosts secondary events for women in business to encourage, motivate and provide expert insight into strategizing business growth development.

Not only is Swader the Director of Marketing, she is also responsible for and directs all the administration at the SVN brokerage. She balances the administration, marketing, and PR on a daily basis. “Melissa’s list of marketing talents seems endless.  She has put into motion a very detailed, strategic, scheduled plan of action for the advisors at SVN that put and keep them marketed as they achieve,” senior advisor Jennifer Hill stated. “She’s a machine, churning out the right stuff to fuel the growth of each individual, branding them and the company along the way.  Her efforts are tireless and creative…we are fortunate to have her expertise.”

Swader will be recognized this April in a room full of other women honorees who according to the Phoenix Business Journal are trailblazing the valleys business community, as mentors, influencers and visionaries. The 15-year tradition continues to support the growing strength of business women and believe they are essential to the valley’s community success.  Speaking of tradition, on a personal note Swader will also be acknowledged in February at the Gila River Arena to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the St. Mary’s High School girls basketball team’s first ever State Championship. Saint Mary’s also has a long tradition of educating some of Arizona’s most successful citizens, including prominent members of the business community and professional athletes. Swader, also an alumnus was on the full coaching staff when they took home the big prize at Arizona State University’s Wells Fargo Arena back in the early 90’s.

“Being named as one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal is an incredible accomplishment that is extremely well deserved. Melissa has worked tirelessly to elevate the brand of our company and advisors while implementing processes to help us operate more efficiently.”


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Media Contact: Melissa Swader