“A bucket-list item was checked off!” so said Jaime Molera when notified of his 2013 Hammer Award for Youngest Elder Statesman. Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer annually presents the “Hammer Awards” to a variety of political figures in Arizona. The award stemmed from the work Molera Alvarez provided to the Arizona Business Coalition for heading the successful Restoring Arizona Coalition. To see the full list of 2013 Hammer Award recipients, please click here.
Last month, Molera Alvarez client Coca-Cola awarded the City of Phoenix a $25,000 grant to help kick-off their FitPHX program. FitPHX will use the funds to focus on promoting the City’s trails and parks, encouraging residents to get outside and get active. Recently, the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tempe invited members of the Phoenix Parks Department management staff as well as Molera Alvarez V.P. of Government & Community Relations Claude Mattox for a tour where they learned about Coca-Cola’s efforts around recycling, water conservation and active, healthy living. The tour included a sneak peek of the Coca-Cola Plant expansion that is in process, and the new technology in production and distribution that is being installed to meet the demand for the many Coca-Cola products distributed throughout Arizona.
Molera Alvarez has expanded consulting services for client American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) into the Tennessee legislative arena. ATRS is working on legislation that impacts its industry and Kristin Greene, Molera Alvarez V.P. of Federal & Local Affairs, is assisting with these efforts. “Members of the Tennessee General Assembly have been receptive to our client’s concerns and we look forward to continuing the working relationship we began in Nashville last month.” says Kristin Greene.
Jaime Molera joined the Board of WestEd- a nonprofit, public research and development agency, headquartered in San Francisco with annual revenues of over $130 million. Molera states, “WestEd is a national leader in education research, and I’m proud to be a member of the Board.”. To learn more about WestEd, please visit their website at www.wested.org/.
From Left to Right: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, LLN Founder Mickey Ibarra, Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray
On January 23, 2014, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was recognized by the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter meetings in Washington, D.C.. Mayor Stanton was awarded the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform, vocal opposition to SB 1070, appointments of Latinos to public boards and commissions and efforts to improve business and political relationships with Mexico. The award, which honors mayors from cities with significant minority populations, was presented at LLN’s annual Tribute to Mayors dinner. You can watch a video of Mayor Stanton’s remarks here. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was also recognized and received the leadership award.
The Latino Leaders Network is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “Bringing Leaders Together” to establish relationships, build unity, and foster dialogue on issues important to the community. Ruben Alvarez, Molera Alvarez Managing Partner serves as Treasurer of this organization. For more information about LLN, please visit
From left to right: Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Zapopan Mayor Hector Robles Peiro and Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot
In late October, Molera Alvarez organized a trade mission for the City of Phoenix to Jalisco, Mexico. During the trade mission, which took place in conjunction with Volaris Airlines’ inaugural Guadalajara-Phoenix flight service, the group of delegates met with business and tourism representatives from the City of Guadalajara and the City of Zapopan. Trade mission participants included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot, and representatives from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Phoenix Suns and Visit Phoenix.
- From left to right: Ralph Marchetta (Phoenix Suns), Luis Gonzalez (Arizona Diamondbacks), Steve Moore (Visit Phoenix), Secretary of Tourism Enrique Ramos Flores (State of Jalisco) and Phoenix City Councilman
- Michael Nowakowski
Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) has hired Molera Alvarez to assist their efforts to strengthen Arizona’s K-12 system. According to Jaime Molera, “We are honored to work for GPL, they are one of the strongest voices in our community for meaningful K-12 education reform and accountability. GPL is committed to making Arizona the premier state in establishing a quality education system, and we are delighted to assist them in this important endeavor.” For more information about GPL, please visit: http:www.gplinc.org/.
This past week, the College Football Playoff selected Arizona to host the 2016 College Football National Championship Game, set for Jan. 11, 2016 at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Tom Sadler, CEO/President of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (client of Molera Alvarez), led the effort as Chairman of the Arizona Host Committee. Please click here for the full press release from the Fiesta Bowl announcing this decision.
The CALA Alliance (Celabracion Artistica de las Americas) International Festival is back for 2013 with more participants and activities designed to bridge cultures and highlight the state’s cutlural and distinct ties to the Americas. The apex of the CALA 2013 International Festival will be the “CALA Phx Fest!” being held in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, Inc. on Friday evening and all day Saturday, November 1-2. Anchored by nearby cultural institutions and landmarks in downtown Phoenix, the two day street festival will feature a children’s plaza, an artists’ mercado, an area dedicated to Latin American music, and various performances and exhibits celebrating Arizona’s Latino culture. “Arizona is diverse and has strong business ties with Mexico,” said Ruben Alvarez, CALA Alliance President. “Our focus is on Latin America, not just Mexico, and we want to showcase the Latino organizations and artists from Arizona that makes us a stronger state.”
On Monday, September 23rd, Molera Alvarez partners Jaime Molera and Ruben Alvarez joined more than 150 Anheuser-Busch employees, wholesalers and community partners to play in the 2nd annual America Made Better Golf Tournament to benefit the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Following the tournament, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation presented a check for $2 million to the United Way of Greater St. Louis. All funds raised through the golf tournament were also donated to the non-profit organization. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation provides support to United Way organizations across the United States and has contributed more than $42 million to it’s affiliates since 1985.