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Meet Our Committee of the Most Discerning Men in Scottsdale

David Zivan | September 25, 2019 | People


ERIK PETERSON, Architect and founder/president of PHX Architecture


OSCAR DE LAS SALAS, Project manager at Gensler architecture firm; stylist; fashion aficionado

It can be helpful, at the start of a great party, to make a few introductions. And while some of the gentlemen featured in this spread may already be known to you, please allow us a bit of formality. We’re at the beginning of something big.

This month, Modern Luxury, the owners of this magazine, launches The first thing to do, we decided, was to get some conversations started with the men in Phoenix and Scottsdale—the fellows who have a strong hand in making the city such a vibrant, stylish and exciting place to live. Please meet Gensler architect and beloved socialite Oscar De las salas, who has a secret ardor for fashion design and philanthropic deeds. Say hello to hospitality titan Nick DiFerdinando of Marquee Commercial Lodging Advisors, who has an affinity for collecting rare watches, cars and Japanese whisky. Tip your hat to president of PHX Architecture, Erik Peterson, known for his genial demeanor and for building some of the most spectacular luxury homes in the Valley. Shake hands with Wayne Rainey, the artist, director and photographer who has helped shape the arts scene in this city. And, of course, real estate mogul and author Michael Banovac, who can almost always be found at some of the most fabulous parties in Scottsdale. In the coming months, you’ll be hearing a lot more about them—and from them. They have been tapped as inaugural members of The Committee, a council of gents across the country who will lend their knowledge to will be a curated resource, a go-to place for the finest products the luxury market has to offer. We’ll bring you the latest watches, wine and spirits. We’ll take the latest automobiles for a spin and try on the newest collections from top men’s designers. We’ll deliver gorgeous spaces designed to inspire your own home. Maybe even offer some gift-giving advice. Plus, much more.

Please say hello. We look forward to seeing you again soon. –David Zivan, editor-in-chief,


MICHAEL BANOVAC, Managing partner of RMB Luxury Real Estate; author; president of Millionaire Date Doctor


WAYNE RAINEY, Director; photographer; artistic community activist


NICK DIFERDINANDO, Founding partner and managing principal at hospitality company Marquee Commercial Lodging Advisors

Photography by: peterson photo by diana elizabeth via phx architecture | oscar de las salas photo by Hassan Rasul for Sweet Culture | banovac photo by chris loomi | rainey photo by Christine Johnson, with coat custom made by magro clothing | diferdinando photo by carl schultz