New Client Spotlight: GuardTop

Molera Alvarez is excited to add GuardTop to our amazing list of clients. GuardTop is a family owned business with a long-standing history in the Arizona asphalt industry and has recently expanded its operations to Phoenix. GuardTop has delved into the green market with various products such as Tire Rubber Modified Surface Sealer (TRMSS), which uses 20-27 recycled tires per lane mile, and their patented CoolSeal by GuardTop®, an asphalt sealcoat which reflects the sun rays as opposed to absorbing them. Not only do these products aid in fighting climate change, but are also made with environmentally friendly, recycled materials and LEED eligible. To learn more about GuardTop, click here.

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Applications Open for Export Explore

The Export Explore Program from Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA) is open for applications until April 29. The program helps businesses in the Metro Phoenix area realize their export potential through workshop training and a final pitch competition to receive a grant donated by J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. For more information and to apply, click here.

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Anheuser-Busch Hosts USHCC Reception

This month, Anheuser-Busch hosted the closing reception for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit at their brand new event space in Washington, D.C. Julián Castro, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development/Presidential Candidate, was a guest speaker, as was Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20). Overall, there were more than 100 attendees, including congressional staff members and Hispanic business leaders across the United States. The Legislative Summit provides Hispanic business owners and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders with the opportunity to be informed on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues related to small businesses. 

Photo: Julio Suarez, Senior Director of Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch and Ramiro Cavazos, President/CEO, USHCC 

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The Western Way Study Shows Economic Benefit of Rural Renewable Projects

This month The Western Way, in partnership with the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, released a study with assistance from CoNecs NA showing that from 2001 to 2017, 34 rural renewable projects in Arizona generated $9.4 billion in economic activity, 17,971 jobs, $1.2 billion in wages to paid to Arizona employees, and $16.7 million in state and local tax revenues. After construction, these projects still contribute an estimated $63 million to the state annually and sustain hundreds of jobs. “Rural Arizona has some of the best solar resources in the country and this report shows in great detail how the industry is benefiting our state with increased jobs and economic opportunities,” said Jaime Molera, Arizona Director of The Western Way and Partner at CoNecs NA and Molera Alvarez. Read the full report here or coverage by here.

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Kate Gallego Inaugurated as Mayor of Phoenix

On March 21, 2019, former city councilwoman Kate Gallego became the second female to be elected Mayor of the City of Phoenix. Congratulations Mayor Gallego.

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Farewell Consul General Claudia Franco Hijuelos

Molera Alvarez thanks the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus, Sens. Tony Navarrete and Juan Mendez, and Rep. César Chávez for hosting a reception to honor Consul General Claudia Franco Hijuelos and the work she has done to connect Arizona and Mexico before her return to Mexico City. Following the reception, the Consul General gave a farewell address on the Senate floor. Consul Franco has been a great partner to the firm in managing trade relations between Phoenix and Mexico and we wish her the best in her new role.

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New Hermosillo Mayor Welcomes City of Phoenix Delegation

In late February, Molera Alvarez organized a Trade & Protocol Mission to Hermosillo, Sonora, led by Phoenix Interim Mayor Thelda Williams and Phoenix Councilwoman Laura Pastor. The mission’s goals were focused on advancing collaboration with Hon. Célida López, the new Mayor for the City of Hermosillo. Several key meetings were held to help facilitate new cross-border business opportunities and to promote the continued growth of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. City of Hermosillo and Phoenix department leads met to discuss joint regional development efforts and innovations in municipal services, including water and public works. Tec de Monterrey held an interactive forum between university department heads and Phoenix delegation members to discuss collaborative efforts to enhance opportunities for startups in Phoenix and Hermosillo, as well as solutions to address shared challenges with respect to growth and sustainability issues. The Hermosillo Business Leaders Forum was attended by more than 300 local entrepreneurs and featured key economic development speakers from both cities including Christine Mackay, Phoenix’s Director of Community and Economic Development. Mayor López, U.S. Consul General Elia Tello, and a number of other officials and business owners were also in attendance to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the City of Phoenix Hermosillo Trade Office. To see pictures of the productive trade mission, please visit this link or click here for news coverage by Proyecto Puente. We thank all of the delegates who attended or supported the trade mission.

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Promoting Arizona Tourism

The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) works continuously to generate support and increase awareness of the profound impact the lodging and tourism industry has on Arizona’s economy. As part of this effort, the organization recently held their annual Day at the Capitol event. Molera Alvarez partner Jaime A. Molera hosted a legislative round table where AzLTA members were able to hear from elected officials and industry leaders. Mascots from three of Arizona’s professional sports teams – Arizona Cardinals’ Big Red, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Baxter the Bobcat, and the Phoenix Suns’ Gorilla – also made an appearance. (Photo: Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association)

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A Farewell, and a Welcome

James Ahlers, General Counsel & Vice President of Global Initiatives, has departed Molera Alvarez to join Honeywell Aerospace as Director of IP Transactions. We thank James for all he has helped the firm accomplish over the past 5 years. We are happy to announce the addition of Carmen Ronan to our team. She will serve as Manager of International Trade Services, assisting with Molera Alvarez’s Mexico trade and investment initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, Carmen worked as a Federal government management consultant in Washington, D.C., in the Arizona Governor’s Office of Education, and at the City of Phoenix. Carmen developed a passion for public service and improving international relations after teaching and mentoring at-risk youth through a yearlong service program in Santiago, Chile. 

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Molera Alvarez and the Rio Reimagined Project

Molera Alvarez Vice President Claude Mattox has been appointed to participate on an advisory council focused on the Rio Reimagined Project, with the Phoenix Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Arizona (AIA). In the 1960s, Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor and his ASU classmates envisioned a plan to revitalize the barren Rio Salado riverbed. This led to the creation, decades later, of the Phoenix Rio Salado Project and Tempe Town Lake. The project got a restart when Arizona Senator John McCain and ASU President Michael Crow met before the senator’s passing, to discuss a new path forward. The Rio Reimagined Project expands to include all eight river communities and the 55+ miles from Granite Reef Dam to SR85. In addition to AIA members, the council includes representatives from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Local First Arizona, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Valley Forward, and the ASU University City Exchange office. For more information check out (Photo: Lance Ross, ULI; Rod Gaspard, AIA; Claude Mattox, Molera Alvarez)

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