From left to right: Peter Villegas (Coca-Cola), Ruben Alvarez (MA Managing Partner), U.S. Sen. Flake, Former Congressman Ed Pastor and Gonzalo De La Melena (AZHCC).
On August 26, 2016, the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at Arizona State University and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented a Community Town Hall with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. During the Town Hall, Sen. Flake addressed various issues impacting Arizona including the need to implement immigration reform and promote fair trade. The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola and Arizona State University.
Jaime A. Molera joined Andres Ramirez, Democrat campaign consultant, and Joseph Garcia, Professor at the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University, to discuss the upcoming November elections at a conference sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “As a strong supporter of AIPAC and their mission, I was honored to discuss my impressions of what might occur in this election-cycle,” Molera said. “We had a lively discussion and while I didn’t convince my friends on the other side of the aisle…neither did they with me!”
Margie Emmermann, Molera Alvarez Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, spoke at the Borderplex Alliance panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Border Economy during the 2016 US-Mexico Summit held in El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, August 3-5, 2016. The summit brought together key business, government, and civic leaders from across the border with the goal of elevating the critical role border regions play in facilitating economic, social, and cultural transactions and transformations between our two nations. Roberta Jacobson, newly appointed US Ambassador to Mexico, and Carlos Sada, Mexico’s Ambassador to the US, addressed the audience on the importance of North American integration and the key role border regions play in US-Mexico relations. Several Arizonans were in attendance representing Arizona economic development entities including Lea Marquez Peterson, President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Marisa Walker, Senior Vice President, Arizona Commerce Authority, and Garrick Taylor, Sr. Vice President of Government Relations & Communications with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Jaime A. Molera was asked to introduce United States Senator John McCain at a forum of business leaders at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. “Introducing John McCain and being able to talk about why Arizona needs him, now more than ever, was quite an honor,” Molera stated. “While folks might be less than enthusiastic with the choices at the top of the national ticket, I am confident Arizonans will eagerly and whole-heartedly support John McCain for another term in the U.S. Senate.”
Team Aetna with Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance
Molera Alvarez client Aetna co-sponsored the fourth annual Surprise Mayor’s Bowling Challenge at the Uptown Bowling Alley in Surprise, Arizona. The event hosted elected officials and staff from cities and towns throughout the Valley and beyond, as well as Luke Air Force Base and other affiliates and vendors. The event was a lot of fun with heated bowling competitions, great food and entertainment. As Mayor Sharon Wolcott said, “we normally are meeting with each other doing the business of our communities, this event is an opportunity to meet on a social basis, and have fun.”
On July 6-9, 2016, City of Phoenix Councilmembers Laura Pastor and Daniel Valenzuela led a trade, tourism and protocol mission to the Greater Guadalajara Region that brought together an impressive delegation of public and private sector leaders. Mission goals focused on establishing connections among leaders of the Phoenix and Greater Guadalajara business, entrepreneurial, tourism, education, arts/culture, and government ecosystems and were greatly advanced through the opportunities provided for delegates. The group participated in a series of interactive events that showcased the vast prospects the region has to offer.
Highlights of the mission included visits to our counterparts and colleagues at Reto Zapopan, ITESO University and Centro de Software to see firsthand how innovation and entrepreneurship is igniting in this competitive regional ecosystem. Some lessons learned; interaction with FEMAC, one of the region’s leading women business organizations; the signing of an MOU between CALA Alliance and PAOS Residencias – Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco which will provide artistic exchanges between Phoenix and Guadalajara; and a tour of an Arizona business, Tiempo Development, who is mastering the regional business model with operations in the U.S. (Arizona) as well as in Mexico (Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Monterrey).
Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio last week. Ruben Alvarez said, “it was a terrific time to both connect with the Arizona leaders who attended, as well as reconnect with many of our national friends Molera Alvarez has worked with in the past.” “It is always interesting to watch political drama unfold,” Molera added, “and with this particular convention, we never knew what to expect next.”
We are pleased to present the first edition of EDGE, The Trade and Investment Review, a joint effort between Molera Alvarez and our Mexico-based Partner Estrategia Global.
EDGE is a short publication that aims to highlight various Mexico Trade & Investment Opportunities to the business community. Through information gathered from important sources like the Mexican Census Bureau (INEGI), the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Cluster Organizations and leading media outlets; EDGE will introduce Phoenix businesses into the most vibrant aspects of the Mexican economy.
The information you will find in our monthly publication will be presented in various formats ranging from articles, interviews, statistics as well as briefs on trade and investment opportunities.
For our August Edition, don’t miss the interview with Federico de Arteaga, Strategic Planning Director for Mundo Cuervo. Today, Tequila Jalisco is undertaking an ambitious plan where their goal is to export the complete tequila experience to the world by 2020.
Jaime Molera interviewing Arizona Atorrney General Mark Brnovich
Molera Alvarez Partner, Jaime Molera, confirmed that Politics in the Yard will return for another season. “I am very excited the CW Network wants to continue this new type of political show. I had a terrific time doing 25 episodes in season one and look forward to many more.” While he admitted there may be a few tweaks, Molera is excited for the quality of guests they will have on, and the in-depth discussions that will occur. “We will also have quite a bit of fun doing it again,” he added.
Mayor Greg Stanton and leadership from various Phoenix Metro economic development organizations met with Jesús Antonio Valdés Palazuelos, Mayor Elect of the City of Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico at an event hosted by the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Polsinelli and the City of Phoenix this month. Margie Emmermann and James Ahlers representing Molera Alvarez were present to hear Mayor Elect Valdés talk about his great interest in establishing a robust economic agenda with the Greater Phoenix region to advance business opportunities of mutual interest for both sides of the border. Mayor Stanton in his remarks re-emphasized the importance of a strong relationship on all fronts with our number one trading partner, Mexico. The Mayors agreed to identify ways for their cities to work together once the Mayor is inaugurated.