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City of Phoenix Selects Molera Alvarez as its Mexico Trade Representative

The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously on July 2, 2014 to designate Molera Alvarez as the City’s official Mexico Trade Representative, after a competitive bidding process among multiple highly qualified respondents. In collaboration with the City’s public and private sector partners, Molera Alvarez will lead the City’s vigorous effort to expand trade and investment relations with Mexico, with the goal of promoting job growth and economic development at home.

“Molera Alvarez is honored to have earned the confidence of the full City Council and the Mayor to represent Phoenix at this exciting juncture in Arizona-Mexico trade and diplomatic relations,” said Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez. “We are committed to realizing the City’s vision that Greater Phoenix and the State of Arizona can and will lead the nation in dynamic, innovative trade relations with our partners in Mexico, leading to new, high quality job opportunities for our residents.”

Molera Alvarez will work with the City’s federal, state and local government partners, as well as private sector leaders, to enhance the export readiness of Phoenix-based companies and help them connect directly with trade and investment partners throughout Mexico. The firm’s work will include planning and executing inbound and outbound trade missions with Mexico, analyzing supply chain and distribution opportunities, and helping attract foreign direct investment.

Firm Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, former Mexico Policy Advisor to Governor Hull, and firm General Counsel James Ahlers, former Special Assistant for Mexico Policy to Governor Hull, will lead the City’s Mexico trade development efforts for Molera Alvarez.

To read more about this initiative, click here.

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Latino Leaders Network Luncheon Hosted in Phoenix

From Left to Right: Adam Rodriguez and Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez

From Left to Right: Adam Rodriguez and Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez

On May 22, 2014, Actor Adam Rodriguez was honored at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series™ hosted by the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) held in Phoenix, Arizona. Adam received the Eagle Leadership Award, which is presented as a symbol of vision, achievement and commitment to the Latino community.

Born and raised in New York, Adam Rodriguez is best known for his breakthrough role on the long running television series CSI: Miami. On the big screen, Adam recently starred in Warner Brothers’ hit film Magic Mike. In addition to his numerous television and film roles, Adam serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) in his continuing commitment to the Latino community.

The program featured remarks from Molera Alvarez Managing Partner and LLN Board member, Ruben Alvarez, LLN Chairman and Founder Mickey Ibarra, as well as from special guests including Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix, and Judge Mary Murguia of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sponsor remarks were also provided by, Molera Alvarez client, Margarita Flores, V.P. of Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch. Other program highlights included an honoree introduction from Fidel Vargas, HSF President & CEO, and an invocation delivered by Rev. Eve Nuñez, Founder, National Latina Commission.

To watch Adam Rodriguez’s acceptance speech, please click here. For more information regarding the Latino Leaders Network, you can visit their website at www.latinoleadersnetwork.org.

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Molera Moderates Panel for Phoenix Chamber Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast

From Left to Right: Jaime Molera, Janna Day, Speaker Andy Tobin, President Andy Biggs, and Scott Celley

From Left to Right: Jaime Molera, Janna Day, Speaker Andy Tobin, President Andy Biggs, and Scott Celley

Jaime A. Molera served as moderator for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Wrap-Up breakfast on May 1, 2014 for several hundred business and political leaders. Molera asked the panel (including Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, and Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs) about the positives/negatives to our business community and what to expect in 2015. Molera said, “It was a distinct honor because I have such a high regard for the Greater Phoenix Chamber, and in particular, their President/CEO Todd Sanders.”

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Ruben Alvarez Named to United Way’s Board of Directors

United-WayMolera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez was recently appointed to the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Board of Directors.

Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has been uniting diverse partners and bringing together donors, business supporters, non-profits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Arizona. To accomplish this, United Way works on achieving three Community Objectives:
• Ensure Children and Youth Succeed
• End Hunger and Homelessness
• Increase the Financial Stability of Families and Individuals

United Way is the largest investor in health and human services in the Phoenix area. For more information about Valley of the Sun United Way, please visit www.vsuw.org.

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Mexico City Trade Mission a Success

From Left to Right: Ruben Alvarez, Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

From Left to Right: Ruben Alvarez, Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

On March 20 – 22, 2014, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona Speaker of the House of Representatives Andy Tobin, led a successful trade mission of approximately 35 government and business leaders to Mexico City. The trade mission, which was organized by Molera Alvarez, included meetings with Mexican senators, high-ranking federal agency officials and economic development officials. The purpose of the trip was to continue to develop trade opportunities with Mexico, given that Mexico is Phoenix’s largest trading partner. Among the participants from Arizona included Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, State Representatives Tom Forese, Rick Gray, Lupe Contreras, Ethan Orr, and Juan Carlos Escamilla, Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Sandra Watson, and officials from the State of Arizona including the representatives from the Governor’s Office and the Office of Tourism.

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Latino Leaders Network Luncheon

From Left to Right: Ruben Alvarez, Richard Montañez, Mickey Ibarra and David Ibarra

From Left to Right: Ruben Alvarez, Richard Montañez, Mickey Ibarra and David Ibarra

On March 11. 2014, the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) hosted a luncheon in Washington, DC honoring Richard P. Montañez, a leading corporate executive and author of A Boy, A Burrito, and A Cookie: From Janitor to Executive. At the luncheon, Mr.
Montañez received the Eagle Leadership Award for his vision, achievement and commitment to the Latino community. To view Richard’s motivating and inspiring keynote address, please click here. The next LLN luncheon is scheduled for May 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Client Highlight: CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

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CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company is Arizona’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Known formerly as SCF Arizona, their name change reflects them transitioning into a mutual insurance company that is focused on becoming a leading mutual commercial lines insurance company in under-served Western states. While their name has changed, they remain the same company, with the same management teams and offering the same stellar service. They are an A.M. Best-Rated company promising to deliver peace of mind in businesses workers’ compensation needs, because they are the experts in the industry.

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Restoring Arizona Receives 2014 Pollie Award

From Left to Right: Paul Bentz, Anne DeGraw, Brittney Kaufmann, Greg Vigdor, Max Fose, Doug Cole, and Glenn Hamer
From Left to Right: Paul Bentz, Anne DeGraw, Brittney Kaufmann, Greg Vigdor, Max Fose, Doug Cole, and Glenn Hamer

Restoring Arizona led by Molera Alvarez to support the restoration of Medicaid in Arizona, has won the “2014 Campaign Excellence Public Affairs/Advocacy Campaign of the Year” award from the American Association of Political Consultants. The prestigious award was announced at the AAPC’s Annual Pollie Awards Gala Dinner on April 4th.

Restoring Arizona was a full public affairs effort driven by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and by a broad coalition of business leaders, health care professionals,social groups, conservatives and many others who worked hard to make Medicaid restoration a reality.

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Molera Receives 2013 Hammer Award

“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.

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Coca-Cola Awards Grant to City of Phoenix FitPHX Program

Phx Parks Coke Facility Tour 010914Last 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.

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