From left to right: Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton & Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix Roberto Rodriguez
The City of Phoenix formalized a partnership with one of Mexico’s leading tech hubs this month, capping a successful trade and tourism mission to the State of Jalisco from April 19-21. Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Michael Nowakowski led the mission to the cities of Guadalajara and Zapopan, known for their importance in the areas of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Among the delegates were representatives of the Phoenix startup community, biomedical sector, universities, chamber leaders and tourism industry. Highlights of the mission included discussions with Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval and his Secretary of Innovation, Science & Technology, meetings with the Mayors of Guadalajara, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque, and a tour of an Intel design facility. The mission culminated in a signing ceremony to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding between Phoenix and Zapopan to cooperate on two-way trade and investment promotion. Mexico’s Consul General in Phoenix, Roberto Rodriguez, and U.S. Consul General in Guadalajara, Susan Abeyta, participated in the signing with Mayor Stanton and Zapopan Mayor Hector Robles.
The group picture on the left (from left to right) includes: MA V.P. Margie Emmermann, Phoenix Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Governor of Jalisco Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval, Jalisco Secretary of Economic Development José Palacios Jiménez and Jaime Reyes Robles, Secretary of Innovation, Science and Technology for the State of Jalisco.
On April 16, 2015, Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez received the Arizona State University’s Hispanic Business Students Association’s 2015 Male Alumni of the Year Award during HBSA’s 41st Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony. “Receiving this award is special given that it comes from an organization that I was intimately involved with as a student at ASU. Organizations such as the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) play an important role in providing a network of support for students and I can honestly say that my involvement in HBSA positively impacted my experience at Arizona State University.”
On April 2nd, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Legislature’s Latino Caucus hosted “Arizona-Mexico Trade: Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Economies”. Panel moderator Ray Schey, Publisher for the Phoenix Business Journal led a wide-ranging discussion regarding the current state of Arizona-Mexico trade, as well as examining the future of two way trade between Arizona and Mexico, our largest international trading partner. Margie appeared on the panel with Gonzalo de la Melena, President & CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Michael Patterson, shareholder, Polsinelli PC; Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership; Kevin O’Shea, Vice President, Arizona Commerce Authority. Latino Caucus Chair, Senator Catherine Miranda, was eloquent in her remarks about the importance of Arizona’s relationship with Mexico.
From Left to Right: Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner – MA, Eddy Broadway, CEO – Mercy Maricopa, Rep. Juan Mendez, Vice-Chair – AZ Latino Caucus, Sen. Catherine Miranda, Chair – AZ Latino Caucus, Jaime A. Molera, Partner- MA
On March 30th, Mercy Maricopa – a locally owned, not-for-profit organization serving nearly 800,000 children and adults in Maricopa County, including 18,000 diagnosed with a serious mental illness, and the largest public, managed-care system that integrates physical and mental health care – hosted a reception for the Arizona Legislature’s Latino Caucus. Guests also included the leadership of major business organizations from across the state. According to Eddy Broadway, CEO for Mercy Maricopa, “We were honored to host this event because these legislators understand the linkage between a strong economy and quality of life is tied inextricably with a first-rate behavioral health system. We were thrilled so many business leaders came to show the importance of this connection and express appreciation to them and particularly their Chairwoman, Sen. Catherine Miranda.”
On April 16th the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors held their annual Commercial Summit “Where Local Meets Global” with an international focus to provide its members information on the vast opportunities provided by the growing North American Market and how the importance of Arizona’s strategic relationships and business attraction endeavors play into the economic growth of our state. Margie joined panel members Mike Hammond, President/Managing Shareholder of PICOR, Glen Williamson, Founder & CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council and Dennis Smith, Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments to engage in a discussion on how the real estate market can benefit from international opportunities.
The 106th Arizona Town Hall: Transportation and Arizona was held April 19 – 22 in Tucson, AZ. Molera Alvarez VP Claude Mattox participated as a Panel Chairman facilitating discussions on the current state of Arizona Transportation, Technology, Land Use, Economy and Financing. Ultimately the 125 participants came together to draft a final report identifying the top priorities for the state regarding transportation and the future of Arizona. The last town hall to discuss transportation was held in 2009 (94th Arizona Town Hall: From Here to There: Transportation Opportunities for Arizona). A copy of the 106th Town Hall final report and other Arizona Town Hall Reports can be found at www.aztownhall.org. Pictured above from left to right is Claude Mattox (Molera Alvarez V.P.), Tara Jackson (Arizona Town Hall President) and J. Scott Rhodes (Arizona Town Hall Board Chairman).
On April 23rd, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Ralph Marchetta, Phoenix Sister Cities Chairman of the Board, presented Margie with the City of Phoenix Global Citizen Award at the Second Annual Mayor’s International Gala to celebrate the City’s cultural diversity. Margie was recognized as an individual who embraces the qualities of a global citizen, exemplifies global citizenship through her leadership and vision, advances the City of Phoenix’s global position, and opens doors and facilitates economic development between Phoenix and Mexico.
On April 9, 2015, the Yarnell community launched an urgent care telemedicine program provided by MeMD (a 24×7 telehealth provider) and coordinated by, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center (SJHMC). This is another step in the community’s recovery efforts since the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire. The clinic will serve the 2000 residents in Yarnell, Peeples Valley and Wilhoit who had limited access to on demand urgent care. Limited medical care is a challenge to the recovery as businesses and potential residents prefer to be closer to medical services.
Dr. John Shufeldt, CEO of MeMD and a SJHMC emergency room physician agreed to offer the service to the community. Andrea Kamenca worked closely with MeMD ‘s Theresa Alvarez, Dr. Shufeldt, Yarnell Fire Department (YFD) Fire Chief Ben Palm and staff, and YFD Board members to launch the service. The service includes a computer (supplied by SJHMC) available for patients who visit the fire station to “see” a physician (at little or no cost) using the MeMD technology. Pictured above from left to right is Andrea Kamenca (SJHMC), Claude Mattox (MA VP), Ben Palm (YFD Chief) and Arlon Rice (YFD Board Chairman).
From Left to Right: MA V.P Margie Emmermann, Sinaloa Governor
Mario López Valdez and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor Mario López Valdez from the Mexican State of Sinaloa led a diplomatic and trade mission to Arizona in January that culminated in meetings with Governor Doug Ducey and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, organized by Molera Alvarez and the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC). The Sinaloa delegation included Culiacán Mayor Sergio Felix Torres and Mazatlán Mayor Carlos E. Felton, as well as economic development and tourism officials.
The activities coordinated by Molera Alvarez and the AMC also included meetings with the City of Phoenix international trade team led by Christine Mackay, Director of Community and Economic Development, as well as with Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski, and leadership of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Office of Tourism. The participants agreed to collaborate on joint efforts to promote trade and investment between Arizona and Sinaloa, which share complementary interests in the agribusiness and energy sectors, among others. In addition, Governor López Valdez was introduced to the Arizona State Senate by Senator Catherine Miranda.
The Maestro Cares Foundation held its 2nd annual “Changing Lives, Building Dreams” Gala in New York City on February 17, 2015. Singer Marc Anthony and business executive Henry Cárdenas, Co-founders of the organization, honored three individuals for their significant contributions to the well-being of children and who are passionately involved with other charitable causes worldwide. Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez (pictured above), Co-founder of The Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, was presented the Community Hero Award. Meera T. Ghandi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation was honored with the Global Humanitarian Award; and Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint Corporation was honored with the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility. Anheuser-Busch, a Molera Alvarez client, was one of the sponsors of the event, which was hosted by the Bravo network’s “Million Dollar Listing” star Luis Ortiz.