Peter Villegas Promoted to Head of Latin Affairs at Coca-Cola N.A.

Molera Alvarez client Coca-Cola has named Peter Villegas as the new Head of Latin Affairs for Coca-Cola North America. Congratulations to Peter on his continued success in building relationships with the Latino community.

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MA Partner Interviews Speaker and President for GPCC Board

During the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Board Retreat, MA Partner Jaime A. Molera, moderated a discussion with Senate President Steve Yarbrough and Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard regarding the upcoming Arizona legislative session.

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Molera Alvarez sponsors the Ambassador’s Ball

Molera Alvarez was pleased to sponsor the Ambassador’s Ball, which took place on October 7, 2017 and was hosted by Alfredo Molina, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Spain and Chairman of the Consular Corps of Arizona (CCA). At this year’s event, Elva and Dr. Lattie Coor were presented with the Inaugural Arizona Ambassadors of the Year Award. Proceeds generated from the Ambassador’s Ball support the Consular Corps of Arizona’s Scholarship Fund. Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez is a member of the Consular Corps of Arizona Advisory Board and for more information about CCA, click here.

Pictured from left to right: Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Jaime Molera, MA Partner, Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; and Ruben Alvarez, MA Managing Partner.

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Visit Phoenix Celebrates 50 Years

Since 1967, Visit Phoenix has been the official destination marketing and sales organization for Greater Phoenix. An accredited member of the Destination Marketing Association International, Visit Phoenix is charged with marketing Phoenix nationally and internationally as a premier business and leisure destination. In addition to working with the Phoenix Convention Center and local resorts and hotels, they most recently have been involved with Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship Game and the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Congratulations on 50 years of great service, and continued success for another 50!

Pictured are: Molera Alvarez VP Claude Mattox, Visit Phoenix President & CEO Steve Moore and Arizona Highways Magazine Publisher Win Holden.

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CoNecs North America Launches New Website

Two highly respected and experienced firms Molera Alvarez and Urias Communications established CoNecs North America two years ago, a full-service, integrated brand management agency. CoNecs NA was launched to leverage powerful advertising, digital and PR campaigns with connections at every level of government and business throughout the community to effectively and positively position clients. This partnership builds on each company’s respective strengths and provides strategic solutions to clients in the world of rapidly changing market demographics. Check out our new redesigned website at!

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Molera Alvarez hosts dinner for Arizona Legislative Delegation in Mexico City

Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera hosted a delegation of Arizona Legislative and business leaders to discuss the need for stronger relationships and economic trade between the U.S. and Mexico. The dinner, held at the Gran Hotel overlooking the Mexican Presidential Palace, was a perfect setting for the importance of the individuals attending and subjects deliberated. MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez said, “We were thrilled to host this event because Molera Alvarez is committed to working on strengthening NAFTA and improving relations with Mexico.” High-level Mexican leaders, such as Agustin Barrios, spoke from their perspective as well. Alvarez also said, “We owe much to the delegation co-chairs Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, and particularly to Rep. Tony Rivero who has made economic trade expansion a focal point at the Arizona Legislature.”

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Coca-Cola Hosts Reception for Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs

(L-R : Boston Councilman-Hon. Michael Flaherty, Chairman of the MA House Ways & Means Committee-Hon. Jeffery Sanchez, Latin Affairs VP-Peter Villegas, Boston Mayor-Hon. Marty Walsh, PAC Group Director Gary McElyea, PAC Director Jennifer Cruickshank, PAC Director Nick Martin)

During the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Legislative Summit in Boston held August 6-9, 2017, the Coca-Cola Office of Latin Affairs attended the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs two-day board retreat and hosted a VIP reception, which was held at a Coca-Cola customer in South Boston called The Coppersmith.

During the two-day meeting attended by 43 Hispanic state representatives from across the country who serve as either the chair of their state Latino caucus and/or chair key committees within their state legislatures, Coca-Cola educated members on their “Coca-Cola Our Way Forward” story and legislative issues that impact their business.

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High level NAFTA meetings conducted in Mexico City

On August 24, 2017, Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez met with Salvador Behar Lavalle, Deputy Chief of Technical Negotiation for NAFTA and Director General for North America at Mexico’s Ministry of Economy. Also participating in the meeting were Glenn Hamer, President/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Kim Sabow, President/CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and Jose Andres Garcia, Director of the City of Phoenix Office in Mexico City. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the importance of modernizing NAFTA and express support for this vital agreement given that Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner.

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Ruben Alvarez Named to the Consular Corps of Arizona’s Advisory Board

The Consular Corps of Arizona (CCAZ) was created in 1961 to create a space for both career and honorary consuls to exchange ideas and information and perform official duties for their respective countries. Led by the Honorable Alfredo Molina, Honorary Consul of Spain and Chairman of CCAZ, the mission of the Consular Corps of Arizona is to provide a forum for the accredited consuls in Arizona by supporting fellow Consuls and Consulates in their respective diplomatic outreach, by building relationships with governments and community, and fostering business, educational and cultural endeavors.

For more information about the Consular Corps of Arizona, please visit CCAZ has their upcoming Ambassador’s Ball, which will take place on October 7, 2017 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia. You can find more details regarding this event on their website.

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Romero Selected for Inaugural U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative

Earlier this month, Molera Alvarez VP of Communications and Advocacy Lorna Romero traveled to Mexico City and the state of Queretaro as part of the Inaugural U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP). Fifteen leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors with diverse personal, political, and policy backgrounds held a series of meetings with various representatives to exchange concerns and ideas between the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Mexico. “The U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative was an experience of a lifetime,” said Romero. “It was incredible to meet with high level Mexican officials, policy experts and thought leaders on the major issues facing the United States and Mexico.” The U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative is part of the expanding work being done by CAP on the U.S.-Mexico bi-national relationship.

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