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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Molera Alvarez Partner Selected by Phoenix Business Journal as Education Leader

Jaime A. Molera was selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the “20 Names to Know in Education.” Molera commented, “this is very humbling, especially when I know of the depth and breadth of great education leaders we have in Arizona.” Molera also cited that recognition from an important publication like the Business Journal is quite an honor. For more information visit,

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Latino Leaders Network honors Mayor Robert Garcia with Leadership Award

On June 25, 2017, the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) hosted the Tribute to Mayors Reception during the 85th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Mayors which took place in Miami Beach. The event was attended by more than 200 individuals including Mayors, corporate executives and community leaders. The Honorable Robert Garcia, Mayor of the City of Long Beach (California), received the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award, which is presented to a Mayor from a city with a significant Latino population who has exhibited an outstanding commitment to bringing diverse communities together. For more information about the Latino Leaders Network, please visit their website at

Pictured above from left to right: Ruben Alvarez, MA Managing Partner and Treasurer of LLN; Mickey Ibarra, Chairman of LLN; Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles; and Honorable Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach.

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Molera Alvarez Helping Build Cultural and Economic Bridges

On May 25th during Governing Magazine’s annual Summit on Governance and Innovation held in Phoenix, attention was brought to the impressive work the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton have advanced in their work with Arizona’s largest trading partner, Mexico. One of the summit’s best attended sessions was their inaugural foray into international business with a high-level panel discussion on the value of the US-Mexico relationship moderated by Josh Nisbet from Deloitte and panelists: Mayor Greg Stanton; Hon. Jesús Antonio Valdés Palazuelos, Mayor of Culiacan, Sinaloa; Hon. Manuel Ignacio Acosta Gutiérrez, Mayor of Hermosillo, Sonora; and Hon. Claudia Franco Hijuelos, Consul General of Mexico, Phoenix. A robust dialogue between the panelists brought out the realities of a strong bilateral agenda and the advantages of having a strong government to government relationship in helping advance sharing of best practices and economic opportunities. Molera Alvarez worked with the City of Phoenix and Governing Magazine to accomplish this inaugural endeavor.

Pictured above left to right: Hon. Jesús Antonio Valdés Palazuelos, Mayor of Culiacan: Hon. Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix; Margie Emmermann, Molera Alvarez Vice President; Hon. Manuel Ignacio Acosta Gutiérrez, Mayor of Hermosillo; and Hon. Roberto Ruibal, Secretary of Economy for Hermosillo

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Molera Presents At Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Legislative Wrap-Up

On May 31st, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) held their annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast which included: Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough, Arizona Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard (who received GPCC’s Legislator of the Year Award from CEO/Pres. Todd Sanders and VP of Public Affairs Mike Huckins as pictured above), Arizona Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, and Arizona House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios. As Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, MA Partner Jaime Molera commented on the outstanding accomplishments that transpired for the business community during this past session, and emphasized the tremendous relationship GPCC has with our legislative leaders.

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