Molera Alvarez hosts Harvard Law Professor Robert Bordone

Harvard Law School Professor and renowned negotiation expert Robert C. Bordone conducted negotiation workshops for more than 100 Arizona professionals on April 3, in a visit organized by Molera Alvarez and several community partners. The International Law Section of the Arizona Bar, chaired by Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers, coordinated the programs with support from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Arizona Public Service, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and several of Arizona’s top law firms. Professor Bordone is sought after by leading companies and government entities for his expertise in dispute-systems design and managing difficult conflicts.

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Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Hosts a Successful Day at the Capitol

Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) held, as one legislator noted, “one of the best industry days I’ve ever been to,” led by Kim Sabow, AzLTA CEO and President. Ms. Sabow added, “I was thrilled by the turnout, both in the legislators who attended, as well as the number of AzLTA members who came to discuss the importance and positive impact we make for Arizona on a daily basis.” 

Pictured above is Speaker pro Tempore, T.J. Shope, a strong advocate for Arizona’s tourism industry, posing with Arizona Coyotes’ mascot Howler.  

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Molera Alvarez Partner Heads Panel for Valley Young Professionals

Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera moderated a discussion with Senators Kate Brophy-McGee (R – Dist. 28) and Sean Bowie (D – Dist. 18) for members of Valley Young Professionals (VYP). Molera noted that he was very happy with the depth and breadth of the conversation. “Both Senators were extremely candid and impressive about the major issues facing Arizona, and what young leaders can and should do to tackle these issues head-on.” Molera also led a discussion with Greater Phoenix Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Mike Huckins on how major business community organizations (like the Greater Phoenix Chamber) engage on significant public policy issues. More information on the VYP visit can be found here.

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Ruben Alvarez Honored by Los Diablos

On Thursday, April 5, Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez was honored with the Los Diablos El Diablo Alumni Award. It is the highest honor awarded by the Los Diablos ASU Alumni Association, the official Latino alumni chapter for ASU. Founded in 1984, Los Diablos has raised and awarded over 2,000 scholarships to Arizona residents to attend ASU with a value over $3 million dollars. The best part of the evening was the “Toast and Roast” where his business partners, Jaime A. Molera and Lisa Urias, had the honor of “roasting” him on stage. Although Ruben left a little battered, it was wonderful evening benefitting the Los Diablos scholarship fund. 

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Molera Speaks to Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board

There are many significant issues facing the Arizona Legislature, including education, water, and economic development. Jamie A. Molera recently spoke to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce about these issues, and about the major political battles we can expect in November, both statewide and nationally. In his speech, Molera noted the Arizona U.S. Senate race will likely be one of the most watched contests in the country. “The Hispanic Chamber is growing in influence and stature and I was very honored to present to these leaders,” Molera stated.

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Molera Alvarez Attends NAFTA Panel in Wichita, Kansas

This month the World Trade Council of Wichita hosted a program called “NAFTA’s Impact on Our Economy: A Conversation.” Molera Alvarez sent two representatives — James Ahlers, General Counsel and VP of Global Initiatives, and José Andrés García, the firm’s Mexico City-based representative — to attend the panel discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Also attending the event were U.S. Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas’ First Congressional District; Alfonso Navarro Bernachi, Mexico’s Head Consul in Kansas City; and Jerome Pischella, Senior Trade Commissioner & Consulate General of Canada, Denver. The panel was moderated by Karyn Page, President & CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc. 

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Molera Speaks to Tucson Business and Political Leaders

Jaime A. Molera spoke to an array of Tucson area business and political leaders at the Southern Arizona Lodging and Resort Association (SALARA) on February 11th.  Attendees included Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Arizona Lodging and Tourism President & CEO Kim Sabow, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President & CEO Glenn Hamer. “I was honored to present information on the value and significance of tourism in Arizona to such a distinguished group,” Molera said. “The work of our leaders, like Ms. Sabow and Mr. Hamer, reflect the importance of pro-business policies that make Arizona competitive.”

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James Ahlers appointed to Arizona District Export Council

Molera Alvarez VP of Global Initiatives and General Counsel James Ahlers has been appointed to a four-year term on the Arizona District Export Council (DEC) by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  The Arizona DEC – known as “Arizona’s Voice for Global Trade” – is a 30-plus member council of international trade veterans and experts. The DEC collaborates with Arizona business, public and private sector groups to stimulate economic growth through trade and investment, and advocates for a well-informed public and political dialogue about global business in Arizona.  The Arizona DEC also supports the Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center, a division of the U.S. Commercial Service. Molera Alvarez congratulates all the appointees to the Arizona DEC.


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AzLTA CEO and MA Partner Testify Before House Commerce Committee

Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association President and CEO Kim Sabow testified with Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime Molera before the Arizona House Commerce Committee this month. Ms. Sabow highlighted the significant economic contribution our tourism industry provides to Arizona and Molera explained the importance of mega-events not just to the region but for all of Arizona. Molera said afterwards, “AzLTA is very appreciative of Commerce Chairman Jeff Weninger (R – Dist. 17) for his enormous interest and leadership of our tourism and lodging industry, and we must also thank Representative Maria Syms (R – Dist. 28) who helped make this presentation happen and is a stead-fast supporter of pro-growth policies that undergird businesses throughout Arizona.”

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Phoenix Strengthens Ties with Fast-Growing Tijuana Market

The City of Phoenix conducted a successful trade mission to Tijuana, Baja California Sur, on February 15-17, led by Vice Mayor Laura Pastor and Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and organized by Molera Alvarez. Tijuana is the fifth largest city in Mexico and one of the fastest growing due to the concentration of advanced manufacturing clusters in aerospace and electronics, among others. The delegation met with Tijuana City Council members and the Tijuana Secretary of Economic Development, visited the city’s Business Innovation & Technology (BIT) Center, and toured several advanced manufacturing facilities with ties to Arizona companies.  The leaders from Arizona industry and tourism composing the delegation included: Steve Zylstra, President & CEO of the Arizona Technology Council; Robin Reed, President & CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona; Bill Harris, President & CEO, Science Foundation Arizona; and Glenn Hamer, President & CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


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