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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Modernized Sky Harbor Terminal 3 South Concourse Unveiled

The newly modernized John S. McCain III Terminal 3 South Concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was revealed this month. As one of the airport’s restaurateurs responsible for the terminal’s new food and beverage offerings, HMSHost welcomes travelers to its new, enhanced dining experience including The Parlor, Mustache Pretzels and more.

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Arizona Chamber Hosts 2019 Legislative Forecast

The Molera Alvarez team recently attended the 2019 Legislative Forecast Luncheon hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event was also attended by both of Arizona’s U.S. Senators, Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema. Senator Sinema emphasized priorities of repealing a harmful health insurance tax and advancing regulatory reform, while McSally focused on advocating for Arizona’s defense assets and supporting ports of entry. Further, Governor Doug Ducey outlined his top priorities for 2019, which he originally laid out in his State of the State. To conclude the luncheon, the majority and minority leaders from both the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives shared plans for bi-partisan cooperation, further emphasized the importance of Arizona’s water policy, and discussed tax conformity plans.

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Ruben Alvarez Appointed to Phoenix Art Museum Board

The Phoenix Art Museum has appointed Ruben Alvarez, Molera Alvarez/CoNecs NA Partner, to its Board of Trustees, along with Maria Harper-Marinick and Donald Opatrny. Harper-Marinick is the Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges and Donald Opartny is former partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs. Ruben is honored to help advance the Phoenix Art Museum’s vision and goals. For more information about the Phoenix Art Museum, please visit

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2019 State of the State Address

(Photo: C-SPAN)

January 14th marked the beginning of Arizona’s 54th Legislature, 1st Regular Session. Elected members of the State Senate and House of Representatives were sworn in during the Opening Ceremony. In addition, Governor Doug Ducey delivered the annual State of the State address. He opened with an emphasis on bipartisan cooperation, citing its importance in achieving his number one priority: ensuring Arizona’s water future. The Governor emphasized the need to work together to ratify the Drought Contingency Plan by January 31st. The common goal Governor Ducey highlighted was the need for government consolidation through reducing unnecessary laws and establishing sunset provisions. He further discussed his plan for the future of school safety, which includes increasing the number of campus police and school counselors, implementing STOP orders, and furthering background check requirements. Governor Ducey touched on his education priorities of maintaining Arizona’s school choice options, reducing the teacher shortage, and advancing career and technical education opportunities. Finally, he highlighted the importance of securing Arizona’s future by raising the rainy-day fund to $1 billion from its current approximate $460 million. The Governor released his executive budget later that same week, which can be found here.

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Molera Moderates BioScience Panel

Jaime A. Molera recently moderated a panel with Arizona State Senator Kate Brophy-McGee (Chair – Health and Human Services Committee) and Arizona State Senator-elect Heather Carter (Chair – Higher Education and Workforce Development) for the Flinn Foundation’s BioScience Roadmap Committee. The Senator’s and Molera spoke about the need to strengthen our growing bio-science industry and the various mechanisms our state should employ to affect this area: stronger education, university research, and economic development policies. Molera said, “It is always an honor to present with these two policy makers. Senator’s Brophy-McGee and Carter are the transformational leaders for our state and I appreciate their intelligence, wit, and service to Arizona.”

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Mayor Williams and Molera Alvarez Attend Mexico Inauguration

Molera Alvarez Partners Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera organized a delegation led by Phoenix Interim Mayor Thelda Williams to attend the December 1 inauguration of Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City. The delegation included Arizona business and tourism leaders and City of Phoenix Trade Representative José Andrés García. During the trip, Interim Mayor Williams met Mexico’s incoming Ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena, as well as Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard. 

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Molera Featured in the Chamber Business News

Jaime A. Molera was featured in the Chamber Business News segment “Ham(m)er Time.” During this segment, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Glenn Hamer, sits down with guests to discuss an array of current events happening in Arizona. During Molera’s guest appearance on the segment, they discussed education, trade and tourism.

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