Pictured above (left to right): Arizona Governor Doug Ducey,
Joel Klein, and Paul Pastorek
(Photo Credit: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)
On May 14th, Governor Doug Ducey held a summit of Arizona’s business and community leaders to discuss long-term economic and educational improvement. Governor Ducey brought in prominent education reform leaders, Joel Klein (fmr. Chancellor of Public Schools for New York City) and Paul Pastorek (fmr. Louisiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Education). Also presenting on long-term economic growth were Arthur Brooks (President of the American Enterprise Institute) national communications consultant Frank Luntz, and Michael Bidwell (President of the Arizona Cardinals). According to Jaime Molera, “It was an outstanding event that correctly emphasized the need for meaningful education reform and sustained quality job growth for Arizona. The Governor should be lauded for bringing our top business leaders (i.e. Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to discuss these vital issues.”
The City of Phoenix continued to raise its international profile with Mayor Greg Stanton’s participation in the World Economic Forum on Latin America from May 7-8 in the state of Quintana Roo, with the support of Molera Alvarez through its Mexico City partner Estrategia Global. Mayor Stanton appeared on the panel discussion “The New Urban Agenda,” during which he noted that, “The City of Phoenix needs to be more active as an international player; that’s why we are developing a high quality economic agenda abroad for the benefit of our citizens.”
Mayor Stanton pictured with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto
During the forum, Mayor Stanton advanced the Phoenix trade agenda by meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, as well as other important Mexican public and private sector leaders. The forum also provided a valuable opportunity to establish contact with high-ranking executives from global corporations such as Bombardier, Nestle, Nissan, Infosys and Qualcomm, to talk about why Phoenix is a hot location for global business. Mayor Stanton also met with Mexican entrepreneurs to exchange ideas on Smart Cities, specifically the City of Phoenix vision for a quality transportation strategy.
Beginning on July 1, 2015, Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera will join the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC). Since 1888, GPCC has organized business owners in the Valley of the Sun around a needed mission: To help area businesses succeed and make the Valley a better place in which to live, work and do business. “It is indeed an honor for me to serve on the Board,” Molera stated. “GPCC is a leader in promoting a positive business climate for our community, as well as advocating for meaningful public policy to improve our quality of life, such as a quality education and health system. I am particularly thrilled to work with Todd Sanders (CEO and President), he is a powerful voice, not just for Phoenix, but for Arizona as well.” For more information on GPCC visit, www.phoenixchamber.com.
The Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA) officially launched on May 27 at an event hosted by the Arizona Small Business Association and featuring an array of private sector leaders and local, state and federal officials. MPEXA is a regional export collaboration entity created to drive the effort to double exports by Greater Phoenix companies by 2025. This effort emerged from Phoenix’s participation in the national Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, supported locally by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
MPEXA is co-chaired by: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Hank Marshall, Executive Officer of City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Division; and Karen Dickinson, Shareholder of Polsinelli PC and Chair of the Arizona District Export Council. The working board of MPEXA will be composed of business leaders committed to export promotion, among them James Ahlers, Molera Alvarez VP of Global Affairs and General Counsel.
A coalition of Greater Phoenix business leaders organized by Molera Alvarez put the spotlight on Mexico’s energy market on April 30 with the successful business forum “Mexico Now: Energy Opportunities with the Powerhouse Next Door.” The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Leadership and the City of Phoenix brought in energy market experts from Mexico City to discuss how Arizona businesses can pursue trade and investment opportunities emerging from Mexico’s historic energy reform, signed into law by President Enrique Peña Nieto in August 2014.
The forum featured Marcelo Mereles Gras, Partner at Mexico City-based energy consultancy EnergeA (pictured above right), and José García Torres, President of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Binational Office Mexico (pictured above left). Mr. Mereles addressed the reforms to Mexico’s state energy company PEMEX, applying his expertise as former head of international affairs and financial analysis coordinator at PEMEX. Mr. García Torres highlighted the many business opportunities he sees in the energy sector through his consulting career and 30 years of government experience, including his work at Mexico’s leading industrial development bank. Mayor Stanton opened the event and the forum was moderated by Andres Martinez, Editorial Director of Zócalo Public Square and Special Advisor to Arizona State University President Michael Crow.
Pictured from left to right: Claude Mattox and John Trujillo
City of Phoenix Director of Public Works John Trujillo received the prestigious 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders Of The Year Award from the American Public Works Association, recognizing the top ten leaders nationally for exemplary public works performance. John has over 25 years in the public works field working his way up to Public Works Director. Following are a few of John’s leadership accomplishments:
*Conversion of Phoenix solid waste fleet to CNG fuels;
*Phoenix Solid Waste managed competition process, requiring Phoenix employees to bid against private haulers for city waste hauling contracts;
*Phoenix same day pick up, saving the city millions;
*Green organic curbside pickup program;
*Reimagine Phoenix program to achieve 40% recycling diversion; encouraged looking at the solid waste stream as an asset to be repurposed as opposed to landfill.
As a Phoenix City Councilman, Molera Alvarez V.P. Claude Mattox worked closely with John as Chairman of various council subcommittees dealing with solid waste, public works and sustainability. “John has earned this recognition by making Phoenix a leader in their environmental sustainability efforts,” said Mattox.
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.”