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Client Highlight: LogistiCare

logisticareLogistiCare, the nation’s leading non-emergency medical transportation management company is making a significant impact in Arizona. LogistiCare contracts with both state governments and private managed-care organizations to coordinate the provision of cost effective transportation solutions for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens (in Arizona they recently signed on with Mercy Care Plan – Arizona’s largest Medicaid plan). In our state alone, LogistiCare employs over 450 Arizonans (with over 125 bi-lingual speakers) in Tempe and Phoenix. Nationally, LogistiCare services 40 states and the District of Columbia and serves over 20 million people annually. For more information, visit www.logisticare.com.

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Molera presents to Greater Phoenix Leadership Board

Jaime Molera recently spoke with the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) Board of Directors on the implications of the recent K-12 school finance ruling on the Arizona budget. Molera spoke of the need to find closure for this lawsuit but in a way that will not harm other budget areas (e.g. Universities, AHCCCS, or Corrections). Molera said, “I was honored to speak to this impressive group. GPL is a leader in crafting state policy and I believe they are well-suited to crafting a positive school finance solution that will incentivize performance over seat-time.”

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¡Sabor! A Culinary Journey of the Americas

From left to right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez and Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher

From left to right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez and Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher

On October 22, 2014, CALA Alliance hosted one of the most exciting Latin American culinary events of the Year – ¡Sabor! A Culinary Journey of the Americas. This exclusive and intimate culinary event celebrates the distinct and diverse cuisines of the Americas. A team of top chefs from across Metro Phoenix presented different takes on the national dishes of lands from Cuba to Argentina, regions of Mexico to the mountains of Chile. Those in attendance experienced elaborate table décors, lively Latin American music by Guitarras Latinas, exquisite fine wine pairings, tequila tasting and interesting conversation and education with their very own chef.

DSC_2144This year’s event was Co-chaired by the Honorable Laura Pastor, Phoenix City Councilwoman and the Honorable Daniel Garcia, City of Phoenix Chief of Police. Co-Chairmen Chefs Chaz Frankenfield, of the District American Kitchen and Chef Roberto Madrid, of Deseo headlined a lineup of top Executive Chefs from the Phoenician, the Renaissance Hotels, Prado, Province, Sol Mexican Cocina, Compass Arizona Grill and Hacienda at Scottsdale Princess.

For more information about ¡Sabor! or CALA Alliance, please visit www.calaalliance.org.

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Molera Alvarez participates in charity golf tournament

WTS Halloween Golf TournemantWTS Metro Phoenix Chapter Annual Halloween Golf Extravaganza is the primary fundraiser of the year in support of the WTS scholarship program. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs. This year’s tournament was held at the Arizona Biltmore with beautiful weather and great golf. In addition to the usual golf trophies, awards were given for the best Halloween costumes. The board members and staff of WTS Metro Phoenix Chapter did an outstanding job.

Pictured above from left to right is CEO of Keolis Transit Michael Griffus, Melissa Griffus, MA VP Claude Mattox, WTS Tournament Chairwoman Christina Bird and Rob Bird

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton leads milestone mission to open Mexico trade office

First Row Left to Right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Mayor Greg Stanton, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia. Back Row Left to Right: MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and City Manager Ed Zuercher

First Row Left to Right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilwoman Kate Gallego, Mayor Greg Stanton, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia. Back Row Left to Right: MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and City Manager Ed Zuercher

City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton capped his ninth trade mission to Mexico since taking office with the opening of the Arizona Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City on October 7, 2014. Nearly two hundred business, government and academic leaders from Arizona and Mexico – including U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Mexico’s Undersecretary of Foreign Relations Sergio Alcocer – gathered to mark the occasion of the trade office opening, following two days of meetings to further trade relations.

Mayor Stanton and Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson led a high-level delegation that included, among others, Phoenix Councilmembers Michael Nowakowski, Kate Gallego and Sal DiCiccio, and leaders of the major Greater Phoenix and State of Arizona chambers of commerce and tourism promotion agencies.

In addition to the trade office opening, highlights of the mission included a meeting with Mexico’s export promotion authority ProMéxico, in which CEO Francisco González Díaz confirmed the Mexican government’s commitment to open a ProMéxico office in Phoenix in the coming months.

From Left to Right: Executive Officer for the City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Hank Marshall, MA General Counsel James Ahlers, Mayor Greg Stanton and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia

From Left to Right: Executive Officer, City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Hank Marshall, MA General Counsel James Ahlers, Mayor Greg Stanton and Mexico Trade Representative Jose Andres Garcia

The Arizona delegation brought together local business and government leaders from Phoenix, Tucson, and border communities with state and federal leaders such as Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director Margie Emmermann and U.S. Commercial Service Arizona Director Kristian Richardson.

Delegates met with their Mexican counterparts to further regional cooperation and opportunities in the areas of economic development, border infrastructure, and tourism. The mission included discussions with Mexico’s Institute for Competitiveness and leaders of the State of Mexico, as well as a reception at Mexico’s Congress for Mayor Stanton and Phoenix City Council members.

The shared City of Phoenix and State of Arizona trade office offers local businesses a resource for exploring and connecting with trade and investment opportunities throughout central and southern Mexico. For more information about the Arizona Trade and Investment Office and facilitation of business in Mexico, please contact James Ahlers.

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James Ahlers appears at McCain Institute/ Center for American Progress forum on Mexico trade

James at panelThe McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Center for American Progress held on September 12 a forum on U.S.-Mexico economic relations that included among several distinguished panelists Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers.

The forum, entitled “Growing Together: Mexico and the United States,” featured Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations Jose Antonio Meade and Former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, among others, and took place at the First Amendment Forum at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The event included panel discussions on how Mexico and the United States should use their relationship as a platform for further economic development and political partnership based on shared values, shared interests, and shared prosperity.

Mr. Ahlers appeared on a panel on economic and regional trade ties, along with Juan E. Pardinas, Director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, and Margie Emmermann, Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, moderated by Michael Werz, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. The panelists engaged in discussion about the U.S.-Mexico relationship and ways that Phoenix and Arizona can improve and leverage the relationship to further drive job creation, human development, and regional growth.

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Molera moderates Flinn Foundation panel on Biosciences

Jaime at FlinnJaime Molera served a moderator for a panel on the outlook of Arizona’s Bioscience Industry. “The Flinn Foundation’s Bioscience Steering Committee is a leader in helping to grow this important sector in Arizona’s economy,” said Mr. Molera. “I was thrilled to moderate such a great panel of experts.”

Pictured left to right: Jaime Molera, Partner of Molera Alvarez, Eileen Klein, President of Arizona Board of Regents, Joan Koerber-Walker, CEO of Arizona Bioindustry Association, and Steve Zylstra, President of Arizona Technology Council.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Retail Concession Outreach Meeting

Jeff Sailer, VP of Business Development, LS Travel Retail North America

Jeff Sailer, VP of Business Development, LS Travel Retail North America

On August 26, 2014, LS Travel Retail, one of Molera Alvarez’s clients, conducted an outreach and business informational meeting for ACDBE, DBE, small business operators and retail suppliers and provided information regarding potential opportunities with LS Travel Retail with regards to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s upcoming Request for Proposals for the Terminal 4 retail concessions. For more information about potential retail supplier opportunities, please contact us.

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Molera Alvarez expands local affairs services to Michigan and Tennessee

ATRSKristin Greene, Vice President, Federal and Local Affairs continued expansion of Molera Alvarez’s advocacy and business consulting services at the local level by beginning work with the states of Tennessee and Michigan. American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) has hired Molera Alvarez to advocate for proactive state and municipal legislation aimed at regulating recycling and donation bins prior to public sentiment asking for an outright ban on the industry. In particular, Molera Alvarez will seek legislation that will both satiate public concerns with the proliferation of bins, and allow for conducive regulatory climates for companies such as ATRS that want to be part of local business communities.

Ms. Greene and ATRS’ local staff met with Michigan Legislative members and city councilmembers in Ann Arbor, Lansing and Meridian this month to begin discussions on legislation. “The value of bringing an issue to a municipality’s attention prior to that issue becoming a concern, is that you can be instrumental in guiding the discussion and the outcome of any regulation” says Ms. Greene. “We saw this value in Michigan when we approached cities that had been discussing banning recycling bins. When we were able to educate elected officials and staff about ATRS as a company and the benefits it brings to communities, we saw a very different discussion happen – one where we have been asked to assist in writing the regulations”.

Molera Alvarez will also be working on state legislation in Tennessee and California in 2015.

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USHCC 2014 Annual Convention Gathers in Salt Lake City

Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes

On September 21 – 23, 2014 one of the largest gatherings of Hispanic business leaders convened during the 31st Annual United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Convention which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the conference, Hispanic business owners, government officials and corporate executives participated in various meetings and workshops focused on building business relationships and creating procurement opportunities.

USHCC President/CEO Javier Palomarez addressing the crowd

USHCC President/CEO Javier Palomarez addressing the crowd

Featured speakers included the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Honorable Julian Castro, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Honorable Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah and the Honorable Sean Reyes, Utah’s Attorney General.

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