Arizona increases trade ties with Mexican State of Sinaloa

From Left to Right: MA V.P Margie Emmermann, Sinaloa Governor  Mario López Valdez and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

From Left to Right: MA V.P Margie Emmermann, Sinaloa Governor
Mario López Valdez and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Governor Mario López Valdez from the Mexican State of Sinaloa led a diplomatic and trade mission to Arizona in January that culminated in meetings with Governor Doug Ducey and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, organized by Molera Alvarez and the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC). The Sinaloa delegation included Culiacán Mayor Sergio Felix Torres and Mazatlán Mayor Carlos E. Felton, as well as economic development and tourism officials.

The activities coordinated by Molera Alvarez and the AMC also included meetings with the City of Phoenix international trade team led by Christine Mackay, Director of Community and Economic Development, as well as with Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski, and leadership of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Office of Tourism. The participants agreed to collaborate on joint efforts to promote trade and investment between Arizona and Sinaloa, which share complementary interests in the agribusiness and energy sectors, among others. In addition, Governor López Valdez was introduced to the Arizona State Senate by Senator Catherine Miranda.

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Anheuser-Busch supports Maestro Cares Foundation

Chi Chi Rodriguez

The Maestro Cares Foundation held its 2nd annual “Changing Lives, Building Dreams” Gala in New York City on February 17, 2015. Singer Marc Anthony and business executive Henry Cárdenas, Co-founders of the organization, honored three individuals for their significant contributions to the well-being of children and who are passionately involved with other charitable causes worldwide. Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez (pictured above), Co-founder of The Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, was presented the Community Hero Award. Meera T. Ghandi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation was honored with the Global Humanitarian Award; and Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint Corporation was honored with the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility. Anheuser-Busch, a Molera Alvarez client, was one of the sponsors of the event, which was hosted by the Bravo network’s “Million Dollar Listing” star Luis Ortiz.

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Governor of Sonora and fellow Mexican officials visit Arizona for Inauguration

From Left to Right: Sonora Governor Guillermo Padres Elias, MA V.P. of Strategic Initiatives Margie Emmermann and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

From Left to Right: Sonora Governor Guillermo Padres Elias, MA V.P. of Strategic Initiatives Margie Emmermann and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Molera Alvarez, on behalf of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), coordinated events for Mexican dignitaries attending Governor Doug Ducey’s inauguration on January 5, 2015. With a message of “it’s a new day in Arizona,” Governor Ducey communicated his genuine interest in a strong bilateral relation with Mexico, our number one trading partner. The events included meetings with Governor Guillermo Padres Elias of Sonora and other Mexican dignitaries, as well as a luncheon hosted by the AMC for our Mexican guests who came for the inauguration from Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Mexico City, and the Mexican Federal Government. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was a guest of honor at the luncheon along with other community leaders.

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City of Phoenix and Molera Alvarez launch cross-border Entrepreneurship Leaders Connection

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The City of Phoenix and Molera Alvarez have established the Entrepreneurship Leaders Connection (ENLACE) to bring together entrepreneurs and startups from Arizona and Mexico. The launch event in December convened leaders of the Arizona and Mexico entrepreneurial ecosystems to address barriers to cross-border entrepreneurship and to identify opportunities for joint ventures.

The program included a roundtable discussion with Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Daniel Valenzuela at The Office Pile co-working space. The Mexico delegates from Startup Mexico, Green Momentum and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Sonora campus joined counterparts from Arizona State University, the Arizona Commerce Authority and City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department, among other entrepreneurship leaders. The delegation also toured local incubators and startup successes such as the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) and WebPT. The events were sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Snell & Wilmer, Alliance Bank, Arizona Public Service, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

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Education, Trade and Tourism Leaders Present to Arizona Hispanic Caucus


Margie Emmermann, Molera Alvarez V.P. of Strategic Initiatives, joined community leaders David Farca, President of TOH Studio, Laura French, Director of Community Relations for the Arizona Office of Tourism, and Eileen Klein, President of the Arizona Board of Regents, to present to the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus on topics of great importance to the state’s Hispanic community. Margie, David and Laura discussed the significance of Arizona’s long standing relationship with Mexico, as well as a bright scenario for current and future trade prospects. Eileen captivated the caucus with her presentation on access and affordability of higher education for Arizona’s future workforce and leaders.

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Groundbreaking of Arizona Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Paramedics Memorial


Molera Alvarez is proud to support the establishment of the Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza (at the Arizona State Capitol). Led by Rick DeGraw of CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co., the official groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 6, 2015 10:30am at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Governor Doug Ducey attended and gave remarks, along with Arizona Public Service (APS) CEO Don Brandt. Anyone interested in contributing to the memorial can visit, or send checks to Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, Arizona 85012.

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Latino Leaders Network’s Tribute to Mayors Event

From left to right: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Mesa Mayor John Giles and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell

From left to right: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez, Mesa Mayor John Giles and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell

The Latino Leaders Network’s Tribute to Mayors dinner was held on January 22, 2015 during the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC. Over 180 guests, including 46 Mayors from across the country participated in the event where Mayor Alvin Brown of Jacksonville, Florida was honored with the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award, and County Executive Rushern Baker III of Prince George’s County, Maryland was presented with the premier Chairman’s Award, recognizing their commitment to bringing diverse communities together.

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Economic Impact of Downtown Phoenix UA Campus Hits $961 Million

UA Med Logo

The economic impact of the University of Arizona’s downtown Phoenix academic medical center in 2013 was $961 million, according to a report released by Tripp Umbach. The report, commissioned by the city and the medical school, outlines the impact of the health science colleges and the surrounding academic campus which includes education, research and clinical facilities over a designated 28-acre area. Some of the findings include the economic impact of the overall biomedical campus in downtown Phoenix in 2013 was nearly $1.3 billion, of which $961 million is attributed to the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix presence; the academic medical center accounted for 9,355 direct and indirect jobs and generated more than $56.5 million in state and local government revenues. Click here for an infographic detailing some of these facts and more.

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Flagstaff Forty is about to Grow

Flagstaff Forty logo

Molera Alvarez client, Flagstaff Forty, a business and community leadership group in the greater Flagstaff Region, is on a course to grow its membership and impact, under the leadership of its new CEO, Michael Zervas. Mr. Zervas is a successful serial entrepreneur and the founder and current President of Mountain Health Services. Flagstaff Forty, much like its sister groups, Greater Phoenix Leadership and Southern Arizona Leadership Council (also MA clients) seeks to use the leadership of its membership to drive critical community, regional and statewide efforts. For instance, the development of Flagstaff as the nation’s first STEM Community and acting as a strong rural Arizona voice for Medicaid expansion were two key initiatives recently undertaken by the Flagstaff Forty. This 10 year old organization has matured in recent years and become a critical community partner, particularly under the leadership of it’s previous Executive Director, Dr. Robert Millis, the former CEO of Lowell Observatory. Under the leadership of Mr. Zervas, Flagstaff Forty has developed a new strategic plan to prioritize its energy on making impacts on Education, Economy and the Environment.

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Distinguished public servant Margie A. Emmermann joins Molera Alvarez

Molera Alvarez proudly announces the addition of accomplished Arizona state government leader Margie A. Emmermann as the firm’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Margie distinguished herself in a government service career spanning four Governors’ administrations and multiple state agencies. She most recently served Governor Jan Brewer as Policy Advisor for Mexico and Latin America, and Executive Director of the Arizona Mexico Commission, positions she also held under Governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull.

As Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce in the early 2000’s, Margie positioned the state in the new global economy and promoted rural development. Her accomplishments as Commerce Director include playing a key role in attracting the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) to Phoenix. Governor Napolitano later appointed Margie to direct the Arizona Office of Tourism. During her six-year tenure, Margie successfully grew the volume of travel activity and related expenditures in Arizona through tourism promotion and development.

Margie’s exceptional government service was preceded by a 21-year career in the private sector, including serving as Vice President and Manager of Hispanic Marketing/Community Relations for Bank of America. Margie also held key management positions in marketing and strategic planning for US WEST Communications.

“Margie has been a tremendous asset to the State of Arizona and we are thrilled to be able to claim her as an asset to our firm and our clients,” said Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez. “She embodies the commitment to excellence and community that we strive for every day.”

Margie has been honored by many Valley organizations for her community involvement and is a recipient of the prestigious OHTLI award, bestowed by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations on a U.S. resident of Mexican heritage for outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community. Margie was named “2008 State Tourism Director of the Year” by the National Council of State Tourism Directors, which is a part of the U.S. Travel Association.

Margie donates much of her time to charitable organizations and serves on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, AAA Arizona, Celebración Artística de las Americas, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Arizona District Export Council, and the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.

Margie currently resides in Glendale with her husband Carlos, a financial manager. Margie has two sons, Nicolas and Carlitos, and three stepdaughters, Anne, Alexia, and Carolina.

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