Each year the Arizona Office of Tourism presents the Governor’s Tourism Awards at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism to celebrate the outstanding contributions accomplished by Arizona’s tourism industry. Molera Alvarez congratulates Tom Sadler, President/CEO of the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority, for receiving the 2015 Champion of the Year Award. Pictured above from left to right: MA Partner Jaime Molera, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, AZSTA President/CEO Tom Sadler, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association President/CEO Debbie Johnson and MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez.
New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos moderated a lively discussion on Mexico’s economic rise with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Margie A. Emmermann, Vice President Strategic Initiatives of Molera Alvarez LLC, and Hector Romero, CEO and economist from Signum Research. The panelists discussed what Mexico’s emergence means for the Southwest. Stanton and Emmermann gave concrete examples of what the City of Phoenix and Arizona have been doing to capture the lucrative Mexico market and better position the city and state to be a partner in the growing Mexico marketplace. A takeaway on this discussion can be found at http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/06/05/arizona-could-become-the-gateway-to-the-americas/events/the-takeaway/.
Pictured from left to right:
San Francisco District Attorney
George Gascon, MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez &
former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
On June 21, 2015, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon received the Latino Leaders Network’s Chairman’s Award at a reception held during the recent Conference of Mayors held in San Francisco. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was also honored at this event with the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award. These two individuals were honored for their exemplary efforts and strong commitment in bringing diverse communities together to address issues common to all. To learn more about the Latino Leaders Network, please visit http://www.latinoleadersnetwork.org/.
Molera Alvarez congratulates the recipients of the Global Chamber’s annual awards for Metro Phoenix. Consul General of Mexico Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez was recognized as the Diplomat of the Year for his outstanding work to advance the Arizona-Mexico bilateral agenda. The City of Phoenix received Global City of the Year recognition for the strong commitment of Mayor Stanton and the City Council to international trade and diplomacy, as demonstrated by the establishment of the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA) and the Arizona Trade and Investment Office in Mexico. Hank Marshall, Executive Officer of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Division, was honored with the Global Government Leader of the Year award for his ongoing work in advancing global trade.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) served as one of the key sponsors of the Arizona Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon held on June 22nd. The event acknowledged key legislative leaders as well as the significant regulatory reforms championed by Governor Ducey. Jaime Molera indicated, “the event highlighted the tremendous impact the Arizona Chamber and their leader, Glenn Hamer, plays in Arizona policy formation. Attending with the leaders of AIGA also demonstrates the growing importance of Arizona’s Tribal Gaming.”
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.