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Distinguished public servant Margie A. Emmermann joins Molera Alvarez

Molera Alvarez proudly announces the addition of accomplished Arizona state government leader Margie A. Emmermann as the firm’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Margie distinguished herself in a government service career spanning four Governors’ administrations and multiple state agencies. She most recently served Governor Jan Brewer as Policy Advisor for Mexico and Latin America, and Executive Director of the Arizona Mexico Commission, positions she also held under Governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull.

As Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce in the early 2000’s, Margie positioned the state in the new global economy and promoted rural development. Her accomplishments as Commerce Director include playing a key role in attracting the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) to Phoenix. Governor Napolitano later appointed Margie to direct the Arizona Office of Tourism. During her six-year tenure, Margie successfully grew the volume of travel activity and related expenditures in Arizona through tourism promotion and development.

Margie’s exceptional government service was preceded by a 21-year career in the private sector, including serving as Vice President and Manager of Hispanic Marketing/Community Relations for Bank of America. Margie also held key management positions in marketing and strategic planning for US WEST Communications.

“Margie has been a tremendous asset to the State of Arizona and we are thrilled to be able to claim her as an asset to our firm and our clients,” said Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez. “She embodies the commitment to excellence and community that we strive for every day.”

Margie has been honored by many Valley organizations for her community involvement and is a recipient of the prestigious OHTLI award, bestowed by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations on a U.S. resident of Mexican heritage for outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community. Margie was named “2008 State Tourism Director of the Year” by the National Council of State Tourism Directors, which is a part of the U.S. Travel Association.

Margie donates much of her time to charitable organizations and serves on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, AAA Arizona, Celebración Artística de las Americas, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Arizona District Export Council, and the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.

Margie currently resides in Glendale with her husband Carlos, a financial manager. Margie has two sons, Nicolas and Carlitos, and three stepdaughters, Anne, Alexia, and Carolina.

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Molera Alvarez hires new Legislative Associate

IMG_6495Robert Celaya has joined the Molera Alvarez team as our new Legislative Associate. Robert will assist the firm in attending various committee & caucus meetings held at the Capitol, perform research & analysis on legislation as well as communicating with our legislative clients on current issues.

In 2012, Robert joined Jeff Flake’s campaign for U.S. Senate where he participated in phone banks and campaign rallies among other general campaign tasks. In December 2012, Robert graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He then began working for the Arizona State Senate where he gained valuable experience and in-depth knowledge about the state’s legislative process. For the 2014 Arizona legislative session, Robert served as a Legislative Research Intern for the Committee on Public Safety at the State Senate. Robert is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) at Arizona State University.

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Molera moderates panel for Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Post Election Play Book 2Recently, Jaime Molera moderated a panel for the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, “Post-Election Playbook” (seen here from left to right) with Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and John Tahsuda, Managing Partner, Navigators Global.  Molera indicated, “to be a part of a conference like this is amazing and to listen to political experts like Glenn and John is doubly fun.”

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Margie Emmermann Honored by Four Governors for Two Decades of Service to Arizona

Margie listens on as Former Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull gives her speech

Margie listens on as Former Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull gives her speech

Former Governor Jane Dee Hull led a distinguished group of Arizona business and political leaders at a November 18 reception honoring Margie Emmermann, who is retiring after 20 years of state service.  Ms. Emmermann served Governors Fife Symington, Jane Hull and Janet Napolitano before assuming her current position as Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director and Policy Advisor for Mexico and Latin America to Governor Jan Brewer. In addition to serving multiple Governors as Policy Advisor for Mexico, Ms. Emmermann also headed the Arizona Department of Commerce and Arizona Office of Tourism. Governor Hull presented Ms. Emmermann with a joint proclamation from the four Governors honoring her two decades of service.

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton presides over launch of Global Chamber of Commerce

The Global Chamber of Commerce launched its flagship Phoenix location on November 5 with a gathering at Phoenix City Hall, with Mayor Greg Stanton presiding.  Leaders of Arizona’s international community, including Mexican Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, joined Global Chamber founder Doug Bruhnke to mark the occasion. The Global Chamber, which provides information, connections and mentoring to help capture global business opportunities, also has locations in Tucson and Salt Lake City, and plans to expand to hundreds of cities worldwide.

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Client Highlight: LogistiCare

logisticareLogistiCare, the nation’s leading non-emergency medical transportation management company is making a significant impact in Arizona. LogistiCare contracts with both state governments and private managed-care organizations to coordinate the provision of cost effective transportation solutions for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens (in Arizona they recently signed on with Mercy Care Plan – Arizona’s largest Medicaid plan). In our state alone, LogistiCare employs over 450 Arizonans (with over 125 bi-lingual speakers) in Tempe and Phoenix. Nationally, LogistiCare services 40 states and the District of Columbia and serves over 20 million people annually. For more information, visit www.logisticare.com.

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Molera presents to Greater Phoenix Leadership Board

Jaime Molera recently spoke with the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) Board of Directors on the implications of the recent K-12 school finance ruling on the Arizona budget. Molera spoke of the need to find closure for this lawsuit but in a way that will not harm other budget areas (e.g. Universities, AHCCCS, or Corrections). Molera said, “I was honored to speak to this impressive group. GPL is a leader in crafting state policy and I believe they are well-suited to crafting a positive school finance solution that will incentivize performance over seat-time.”

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¡Sabor! A Culinary Journey of the Americas

From left to right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez and Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher

From left to right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez and Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher

On October 22, 2014, CALA Alliance hosted one of the most exciting Latin American culinary events of the Year – ¡Sabor! A Culinary Journey of the Americas. This exclusive and intimate culinary event celebrates the distinct and diverse cuisines of the Americas. A team of top chefs from across Metro Phoenix presented different takes on the national dishes of lands from Cuba to Argentina, regions of Mexico to the mountains of Chile. Those in attendance experienced elaborate table décors, lively Latin American music by Guitarras Latinas, exquisite fine wine pairings, tequila tasting and interesting conversation and education with their very own chef.

DSC_2144This year’s event was Co-chaired by the Honorable Laura Pastor, Phoenix City Councilwoman and the Honorable Daniel Garcia, City of Phoenix Chief of Police. Co-Chairmen Chefs Chaz Frankenfield, of the District American Kitchen and Chef Roberto Madrid, of Deseo headlined a lineup of top Executive Chefs from the Phoenician, the Renaissance Hotels, Prado, Province, Sol Mexican Cocina, Compass Arizona Grill and Hacienda at Scottsdale Princess.

For more information about ¡Sabor! or CALA Alliance, please visit www.calaalliance.org.

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Molera Alvarez participates in charity golf tournament

WTS Halloween Golf TournemantWTS Metro Phoenix Chapter Annual Halloween Golf Extravaganza is the primary fundraiser of the year in support of the WTS scholarship program. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs. This year’s tournament was held at the Arizona Biltmore with beautiful weather and great golf. In addition to the usual golf trophies, awards were given for the best Halloween costumes. The board members and staff of WTS Metro Phoenix Chapter did an outstanding job.

Pictured above from left to right is CEO of Keolis Transit Michael Griffus, Melissa Griffus, MA VP Claude Mattox, WTS Tournament Chairwoman Christina Bird and Rob Bird

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton leads milestone mission to open Mexico trade office

First Row Left to Right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Mayor Greg Stanton, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia. Back Row Left to Right: MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and City Manager Ed Zuercher

First Row Left to Right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Mayor Greg Stanton, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia. Back Row Left to Right: MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and City Manager Ed Zuercher

City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton capped his ninth trade mission to Mexico since taking office with the opening of the Arizona Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City on October 7, 2014. Nearly two hundred business, government and academic leaders from Arizona and Mexico – including U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Mexico’s Undersecretary of Foreign Relations Sergio Alcocer – gathered to mark the occasion of the trade office opening, following two days of meetings to further trade relations.

Mayor Stanton and Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson led a high-level delegation that included, among others, Phoenix Councilmembers Michael Nowakowski, Kate Gallego and Sal DiCiccio, and leaders of the major Greater Phoenix and State of Arizona chambers of commerce and tourism promotion agencies.

In addition to the trade office opening, highlights of the mission included a meeting with Mexico’s export promotion authority ProMéxico, in which CEO Francisco González Díaz confirmed the Mexican government’s commitment to open a ProMéxico office in Phoenix in the coming months.

From Left to Right: Executive Officer for the City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Hank Marshall, MA General Counsel James Ahlers, Mayor Greg Stanton and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia

From Left to Right: Executive Officer, City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Hank Marshall, MA General Counsel James Ahlers, Mayor Greg Stanton and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia

The Arizona delegation brought together local business and government leaders from Phoenix, Tucson, and border communities with state and federal leaders such as Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director Margie Emmermann and U.S. Commercial Service Arizona Director Kristian Richardson.

Delegates met with their Mexican counterparts to further regional cooperation and opportunities in the areas of economic development, border infrastructure, and tourism. The mission included discussions with Mexico’s Institute for Competitiveness and leaders of the State of Mexico, as well as a reception at Mexico’s Congress for Mayor Stanton and Phoenix City Council members.

The shared City of Phoenix and State of Arizona trade office offers local businesses a resource for exploring and connecting with trade and investment opportunities throughout central and southern Mexico. For more information about the Arizona Trade and Investment Office and facilitation of business in Mexico, please contact James Ahlers.

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