Kristin Greene, V.P., Federal and Local Affairs for Molera Alvarez provided a policy and legislative strategy training session for MA client American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) employees from around the country at their corporate headquarters in Houston. The three hour training session was designed to introduce basic legislative procedure and policy assessment tactics so employees can effectively interact with elected officials and state and municipal staff and learn how to discuss pertinent company related policy issues in their respective communities.
Debra Stevenson-Peganyee of ATRS said “The feedback from our employees about the training was phenomenal. Kristin made the concepts easy to understand and relevant to the level of interaction our employees will have in their communities. I highly recommend this type of training to any organization or corporation. There is always a need to understand government procedure and ways to influence policy that affects how business is conducted. The training session helped us become better equipped to do just that.” If you or anyone you know is interested in a similar legislative training session for your business, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
Aguascalientes Governor Carlos Lozano de la Torre welcomes ACE 2014 participants at the Jose Guadalupe Posada Museum
Molera Alvarez continued to advance its efforts as the City of Phoenix Mexico Trade Representative by participating in the second “Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” a high-level exchange sponsored jointly by the U.S. and Mexican governments. Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers joined a distinguished group of economic development professionals and entrepreneurs from seven different North American and Latin American countries – including several representatives from Arizona – in touring three Mexican centers of innovation from August 11-15.
The Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) program is an outgrowth of the May 2013 meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto, during which they announced several new initiatives to strengthen economic ties between Mexico and the United States. That meeting launched the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), a unique partnership of public and private sector representatives from both countries who are working to enhance regional competitiveness by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
The August program connected participants with leading entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives in the cities of Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara and Zapopan. Highlights of the exchange included participation in Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Week and a visit to technology startup incubator StartUpMexico in Mexico City, tours of technology parks and innovative agribusiness facilities in Aguascalientes, and meetings with entrepreneurs and investors at Ooyala and Agave Lab in Guadalajara. The program was sponsored by Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM) and the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce.
From Left to Right: Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig and Molera Alvarez V.P., Government & Community Relations Claude Mattox
Molera Alvarez was a Bronze Sponsor of the 2014 Arizona League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference hosted by the City of Phoenix at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. Over 1,000 Arizona local and state elected officials and staff attended the conference to discuss important issues for local communities and the future of Arizona. Topics included; Innovative Transportation Financing, I-11 CANAMEX Corridor, Military Veterans Issues, Water and Infrastructure Strategies, Arizona – Sonora Mega Region and many others. The conference is an excellent networking opportunity for elected officials and sponsors in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers has been elected to serve on the Executive Council of the International Law Section of the Arizona State Bar, and began his term at the Council’s August 21 meeting. The International Law Section seeks to further the development of the fields of private and public international law, to study the impact of foreign and U.S. laws on international law practice, and to educate members of the State Bar and the public on developments in international law.
Claude Mattox, Vice President of Government & Community Relations for Molera Alvarez, has been appointed to the Citizens Committee On The Future Of Phoenix Transportation. This committee is comprised of community leaders and business professionals who support the improvement of the City of Phoenix transportation system. The charge of the committee is to evaluate the City of Phoenix public transit and street transportation needs, develop a transit expansion plan and funding strategy, identify street transportation needs and make funding recommendations to the city council. Pictured above from left to right is Colton Lauer (Molera Alvarez’s former intern), Claude Mattox, Mary Peters (former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Committee Co-Chair) and City of Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams (Chairwoman of the Phoenix Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee).
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.
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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.
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.”
Molera 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.
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.