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  • 09 Oct 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Wow! Best ever!

    Thank you globies 300 strong for attending Grow Globally Fair PHX 2017. Thank you awardees, thank you attendees, thank you Doc Jones jazz artist extraordinaire, thank you Heartmade Gorditas for the world's best gordita's, from Hermosillo, thank you Tommy Bahamas (Kierland) for another amazing gift basket... and THANK YOU  to all of you in the global tribe for supporting our growth!

    Also special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Polsinelli... including award emcee Mike Patterson and award-winner Gerrit Steenblik... we love you guys! Thanks for always supporting global business growth.

    And also special thanks to our event team... Mike Langley, Tina Sweis and Michelle Mellott... for making it happen smoothly and seemingly effortlessly. Tina took A LOT of pictures - watch for more on the Global Chamber Phoenix facebook page.

    Here are our 2017 global business award winners.. congratulations! Then a few pictures... watch for more in facebook, and then the tables this year. It was all the global resources in Metro Phoenix, all together, one time per year. Grow Globally Fair PHX is a trade fair with information, awards and everyone you need to know in our region to accomplish growth and more successful global business,

    Global Awards for Metro Phoenix 2017

    Global Business Executive of the Year: Joel Barthelemy, GlobalMed Telemedicine

    Global Business Service Leader of the Year: Lyle Rusanowski, Delta Technology

    Global Non-Profit Executive of the Year: Stuart I Graff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

    Global Diplomat of the Year: Hon. Alfredo J. Molina, Molina Fine Jewelers

    Global Education Leader of the Year: Joel Dupuis, Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Global Business City of the Year: City of Surprise

    Global Government Leaders of the Year: Rep Tony Rivero & Rep Rosanna Gabaldon

    Global Banker of the Year: Kevin Hull, BMO Harris Bank

    Global Attorney of the Year: Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

    Global Logistics Provider of the Year: Erik Foulds, CH Robinson

    Global Business Media Champion: KJZZ 91.5

    Global Tribe Leaders of the Year - Hank Marshall, UK Honorary Consul & City of Phoenix,  Melissa Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan and Susan Shultz, SSA Search International & The Board Institute

     

     

     

     

    Trade Tables 2017 - Expected and Confirmed (in bold)

    - Aerospace Market Future Conference (Oct 30-31 in Tempe)

    - Affiliate (and Other Metro) Member Table

       - Afex

       - AHT Insurance

       - Global Tax Network

       - iTexico

       - National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade

       - Tempus

    - Africa Business Portal

    - Akos MD

    - Arizona Business Bank

    - Arizona District Export Council

    - Arizona Microcredit Initiative

    - Arizona Technology Council

    - Blue Marble Global Payroll

    - BMO Harris Bank

    - Business Enterprise Mapping

    - CH Robinson

    - CITEK 2017 (President Fox Tech Event Oct 3-4)

    - Citizens' Climate Lobby

    - City of Phoenix

    - City of Phoenix ExporTech

    - City of Surprise

    - City of Tempe

    - Consular Corps of Arizona (Austria, Belgium, France, Honduras, Japan, Spain, ... )

    - Consular Corps of Arizona Ambassador's Ball 10/7

    - Countries of the United Kingdom

    - Country of Brazil

    - Country of Japan

    - Country of Malaysia

    - Creditsafe

    - Esperança

    - Export-Import Bank of the United States

    - G&A Advisors

    - General Southwest Insurance Agency

    - German American Chamber of Commerce

    - Get Global Conference 2017 (Oct 25-26 in LA)

    - Global Benefits Group (GBG) Insurance Without Bordersâ„ 

    - Global Chamber®

    - Global Chamber® Canada (Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, ... )

    - Global Chamber® Mexico (Hermosillo, Guanajuato, Mexico City, ... )

    - Global Chamber® Phoenix

    - Global Chamber® Tucson

    - Global Protocol

    - Global Ties AZ

    - Global Ties AZ China Town Hall

    - Greater Phoenix Economic Council

    - Grow Globally Fair Tucson (March 2018)

    - Heartmade Gorditas

    - iGlobal Business Consulting

    - International Jazz Day Festival for AZ (4/28/2018 in Phoenix)

    - Japanese Friendship Garden

    - Japanese Friendship Garden Event on Asia w/ Global Chamber® 10/17/17

    - KJZZ 91.5 FM

    - Maha Kapageridis, Realtor®, Berkshire Hathaway, Residential & Investment Properties

    - Mercantile Logistics & International Trade

    - MPEXA (Metro Phoenix Export Alliance)

    - Nuanced Media

    - Phoenix InBusiness Magazine

    - Polsinelli

    - Pro Back Office

    - Project C.U.R.E

    - ProMexico

    - Q Logistics Group

    - Safed House

    - SBA (Small Business Administration)

    - Sister Cities International

    - Sonora Software / Pinnacle Aerospace

    - Source Business School

    - Southwest Mobile Apps

    - Thunderbird School of Global Management - Executive Education

    - Thunderbird School of Global Management - Students/Recruiting

    - Tiffany & Bosco PA

    - Tommy Bahama (Kierland)

    - U.S. Commercial Service

    - U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

    - U.S. Trade Development Agency

    - UPS

     

  • 29 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you Squire Patton Boggs and Partner Jaime Daddona for hosting the 2nd Annual Women in Global Leadership!

    There were many great insights coming from the discussions... these are amazing ladies in business leadership.

    I thought it was interesting that 5 women of very different backgrounds could be sharing quite common experiences. The fact that there is NOT gender equality in the workplace rang through loud and clear, and there was both understanding and impatience with the (lack of) speed of progress.

    It's disappointing that after all this time we still have issues related to gender in the workplace. And depending on where we work in the world, it can be better and even worse.

    Here are my top 12 take-aways...

    1. Don't wait to be asked. When Deedra went to law school after an early professional career, her life completely changed - but it required her to 'just do it' - no one was going to invite her to do it.
    2. Women don't want to be liked for not complaining, for being quiet and for acquiescing. Those days are over.
    3. When a co-worker says something offensive, what should the woman say? I thought Deedra's comment was perfect - to be direct and transparent about it. Don't take offense... just point it out, describe it, and state 'that's not nice'.
    4. Just 20 years ago it was not uncommon for women to have to 'sleep with the boss' to get ahead in Arkansas, while women in Japan weren't accepted in sales at many older-school firms because 'Toyota will never buy from a woman'. That wasn't long ago... and elements of these issues linger.
    5. There are additional expectations for women... to always be smiling, and sometimes to 'make the coffee' for the office. Really? Still? In addition there are often more restrictions on women particularly on dress.
    6. Why is work-life balance always an issue for women, but rarely a topic for men?
    7. The cadence of work conversation can still be difficult for a woman to break in because women often can have a higher ratio of listening to talking than men. Also others can place more importance on when a man says something than a woman does.
    8. Women should ask and negotiate - not always expected or trained. But women can change that. Step up to ask for what you need and deserve, and push past interruptions politely and respectfully.
    9. The abysmally low percentage of women on boards in the U.S. is an embarrassment and progress is needed immediately.
    10. Don't forget to think about what you want to be remembered for ... 'giving', 'being authentic', 'making a difference', 'learning', 'growing', 'inspired others' and 'an obituary that is a pleasure to write and read'.
    11. It can be hard for women to get mentors who are women. This has me thinking that Global Chamber can do something here - stay tuned.
    12. It's amazing that some men still don't understand that there are gender-related issues in the workplace. Next year let's get more men to hear these issues!

     

    Moderator

    - Jaime Daddona, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

    Speakers

    - Carol May, CEO, Wisdom Natural Brands®

    - Lisa Ordóñez, Vice Dean, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

    - Deedra (Hill) Abboud, U.S. Senate Candidate for Arizona

    - Emily Chism, Customer Retention & Development Manager, Expeditors

    - Nadine Armstrong, Executive Director, Project C.U.R.E.

    - Nia Febriyanti, Product Manager, PT Danamon Bank Indonesia

     

    Moderator

    Jaime Daddona was recently named as a 40 under 40 rising leader by the Phoenix Business Journal and more recently as 2016 Az Most Influential Women. Jaime's legal practice focuses on corporate matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, commercial transactions, securities offerings and compliance, and corporate governance. She has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice representing public and private companies in strategic transactions, working closely with boards of directors and senior managers on governance matters, managing debt and equity investments, and drafting and negotiating supply, distribution and other commercial agreements. Jaime’s transactions regularly involve cross-border, multi-disciplinary teams..

     

    Speaker Biographies

    Carol May is the CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands® (WNB), makers of SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener products, which are sugar-free, zero calorie, no artificial ingredient sweetener alternatives. Carol has been integral in moving the company from a small Arizona company to a multi-million-dollar international brand competing with the world’s largest companies in the rapidly growing natural and specialty food industries. WNB does business in more than 30 countries and throughout the United States and is the #1 sugar alternative sweetener in natural and health food stores, and #2 in mainstream grocery. WNB products have been honored with 29 global awards for taste and innovation and the company has been variously recognized for its global exports, including the prestigious  Presidential “E” Award. May’s personal recognitions include international Stevie awards for women: Executive of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and Entrepreneur of the Year, all in the consumer products category, as well as Lifetime Achievement in Business across all industries. She has been named a Top Woman in Grocery; and one of Arizona’s Most Influential Business Women.   She and her husband were 2016 inductees into the Natural Products Industry Hall of Legends. She has served on the Board of Directors and Stevia Task Force of the international Calorie Control Council. Educated at Arizona State University (BA’77 and Master’s ’81), Carol adores her seven grandchildren, reads widely, enjoys cooking, theater and travel.

     

    Lisa Ordóñez has been a professor in the Department of Management and Organizations in the Eller College at The University of Arizona since 1994 and has served as Vice Dean since 2015.  She received all of her degrees at the University of California at Berkeley: Bachelor's in psychology (1988); Master's in marketing (1992); Ph.D. (1994) in quantitative psychology. She holds the McClelland Professorship which recognizes her commitment to academic research. Her current main research area is on the negative aspects of goal setting.  In particular, her research has found that pursuing performance goals can lead to unethical behavior to meet those goals. She has published several scholarly articles and chapters in this field.  She received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support her work on ethical decision making and is a recognized expert in the field of ethical behavior in organizations.  Her research has been sighted in many media outlets such as Money Magazine, New York Times, The Economist, CNN, Forbes, Runner’s World Magazine, and Real Simple Magazine as well as being interviewed on NPR Marketplace. She teaches about goal setting, motivation and incentive systems in executive education programs and has served as an expert witness on the topic.

     

    Deedra (Hill) Abboud is a 2018 US Senate candidate. She is a Phoenix-based attorney and founder of the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solutions Oriented Leadership. She is highly respected for her community leadership and advocacy, and has used her Senate campaign to give a voice to the vulnerable, to champion civil rights, and to represent all Arizonans. Traveling around the state of Arizona and talking to the people has given Deedra a unique perspective on what challenges Arizonans face, and what makes this state uniquely strong and beautiful. Deedra is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix.

     

    Emily Chism is the Customer Retention and Development Manager with Expeditors Phoenix, overseeing a team of account and sales managers charged with building and maintaining client relationships. She has extensive expertise in sales development, client retention, leadership, and public speaking. She has worked in Freight forwarding for six years, prior to that she spent 11 years in the design and remodel industry. Emily also has a background in the performing arts and spent a few years as a small business owner. Her combination of a corporate and artistic background bring a unique and balanced perspective to the culture she promotes within her team and workplace. Emily is a proud and fierce advocate of promoting female leadership within a corporate organization and spreading awareness. She strongly believes we need to empower each other more to have challenging conversations and ask direct questions in order to achieve the change we seek. She founded a peer-led group within her organization to create an open platform discussing the empowerment and advancement of women in the workplace.

     

    Nadine Armstrong is Executive Director at Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Nadine joined Project C.U.R.E. with a diverse background. After 10 years with Special Olympics Arizona, Nadine was instrumental in the reorganizations and implementation of integration of programs for people with and without disabilities including a health initiative. A native to Arizona, Nadine graduated from Arizona State University. She and her husband then lived abroad in Spain before settling again in Tempe. Nadine is excited to share her passion about Project C.U.R.E. to deliver health and hope to the world.

     

     

    This time were were not able to connect with Nia Febriyanti, Product Manager, PT Danamon Bank Indonesia due to technical difficulties. Watch for Nia to be involved in a future program.

  • 26 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We're pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 global business leaders of the year awards. And besides our 'best of the best', read below for more information about top resources for companies and communities growing globally.

    They will be recognized at Monday's Grow Globally Fair PHX at Skysong.

    Join us to honor their contributions to global business and the global tribe! Attend 10/2

     

    Global Awards for Metro Phoenix 2017

    Global Business Executive of the Year: Joel Barthelemy, GlobalMed Telemedicine

    Global Business Service Leader of the Year: Lyle Rusonowski, Delta Technology

    Global Non-Profit Executive of the Year: Stuart I Graff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

    Global Diplomat of the Year: Hon. Alfredo J. Molina, Molina Fine Jewelers

    Global Education Leader of the Year: Joel Dupuis, Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Global Business City of the Year: City of Surprise

    Global Government Leaders of the Year: Rep Tony Rivero & Rep Rosanna Gabaldon

    Global Banker of the Year: Kevin Hull, BMO Harris Bank

    Global Attorney of the Year: Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

    Global Logistics Provider of the Year: Erik Foulds, CH Robinson

    Global Business Media Champion: KJZZ 91.5

    Global Tribe Leaders of the Year - Hank Marshall, UK Honorary Consul & City of Phoenix, Melissa Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan and Susan Shultz, SSA Search International & The Board Institute

     

    We also have a series of blogs in October that share the best of the global tribe in metro Phoenix.

    When the links are established, click below to learn more about the best of the global tribe.

    And attend on Monday to connect with all the global resources, all together, one time per year!

    • Best International Legal Services - to be announced
    • Best International Banking Services - to be announced
    • Best International Accounting and Financial Services - to be announced
    • Best International Logistics Support - to be announced
    • Best International Marketing Support - to be announced
    • Best International Real Estate Investment - to be announced
    • Best International Contact and Call Centers - to be announced
    • Best International Data Centers - to be announced
    • Best HR and Payroll Support - to be announced
    • Best Translation and Localization Services - to be announced
    • Best Win-Win-Win Collaborators - to be announced

     

  • 06 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were pleased to once again this year collaborate with Arizona Town Hall on an important discussion for the future of the state. Thank you to SRP for supporting the discussion with a sponsorship - greatly appreciated!

    Last year we covered the topic of international trade.

    This year their topic was funding preK-12 education. It was again a lively discussion!

    Pictured is Mike Langley, Deputy Director of Global Chamber Phoenix, interacting with the organizers including Tara Jackson.

    You can see the report created from our discussion HERE along with the upcoming schedule if you'd like to have your voice heard on this topic and you were not able to attend.

    Read the report at the link above - what do you think?

    It was shocking to hear just how far Arizona is behind other states. A systemic underfunding of the education system does not bode well for the future of the region. Hopefully the voices of the community are heard through this process and action taken to start resolving the serious issues with the Arizona education system.

    Arizona Town Hall educates, engages, connects and empowers people to resolve important issues through consensus, not division, using a process based on respectful dialogue that values diverse perspectives, builds relationships and fosters leadership development. Their annual event this year is in November.

    Read more HERE.

     

     

     

  • 03 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    What a busy month we had in August! Thanks to the global tribe for participating in our global opportunities.

    Global Chamber Phoenix hosted a League of Extraordinaries last month, and speakers as part of multi-metro globinars on agribusiness, Africa and blockchain technology.

    It's all focused on helping our members get connected to new opportunities and gain an effective 'short-cut in' to new business.

    We were also happy to support a trade mission by Arizona legislators to Mexico City and Guanajuato thanks to the invitation of member Hugh Hallman and the co-chairs of the event Rep. Tony Rivero and Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon. This was the largest trade mission to Mexico by Arizona legislators and business leaders. Check out #AZinMX17 on twitter.

    And metro Phoenix was integrated into the Global Chamber Trade and Investment Forum featuring President Vicente Fox in August. Swift Transportation provided major sponsorship of the event by investing in a sponsorship by Project C.U.R.E., and President Fox met with them and the volunteer teams. Congratulations to our teams in Denver and Dallas for pulling together a successful event.

    Thank you speakers and attendees here in Phoenix. As you now know, most of our events are free for members... and many of them are watchable from the comfort of your smart phone via zoom technology.

    And thank you members and wanna-be members.... let's get you all into the global tribe officially. We appreciate and need your support. We're growing and adding more value every day... helping company executives grow their business from Phoenix to anywhere, and everywhere to anywhere!

    Watch and hear more on the events we've just completed on agribusiness, Africa and blockchain at the links below. On blockchain, Scott Nelson of Sweetbridge Technology gave an outstanding presentation on the technology and then on what they are doing with it... from their headquarters in Metro Phoenix.

    Here's MORE on all those.

    Much more coming... read about more upocming events HERE.

  • 19 Aug 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber connects you to opportunities worldwide!

    At several chapters we held another Women in Global Leadership event that included extraordinary woman leaders in Mumbai, Phoenix, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

    People attended in-person and virtually from everywhere in the world from the comfort of their laptop, tablet and smart phone.

    Thank you speakers and attendees. That was fun!

    We wrote an article HERE based on something that Lisa Cox in Salt Lake City said... "Don't be afraid of who you are". There are plenty of times when any of us don't 'fit' into the group as cleanly and clearly as the majority, but that doesn't mean that we need to lose our individuality. Know your circumstance and seek opportunities to embrace, celebrate and share who you are.

    Never be afraid of who you are. Speak out. Push forward.

    Changes we make across borders accelerates change in metros and countries worldwide.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

    Read more HERE

  • 08 Aug 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

     

    Today was going to be a really good day, but it turned into a really bad one.

    Lunch was reserved for Lee Knowlton, SVP of Global Sales & International at Massage Envy. I waited and texted. No answer. But then a call... from the team at Massage Envy.

    Lee had passed away.

    Lee Knowlton was the 2nd speaker we ever had 10 years ago, well before Global Chamber became Global Chamber... and his grasp of international business even back then was outstanding. He was a natural.

    I've often explained that his presentation that day remains one of the top ones we've ever heard in these last 10 years.

    When Lee left Coldstone Creamery for a franchise that was US-focused I told him several times that he needed to get back to international... the world needed him.

    He came back to global expansion with Massage Envy and he's been making great progress. We've been honored to be working with him and his team on global expansion.

    The folks at Massage Envy are talented and they'll push forward. In the meantime we're all in a state a shock that someone so young, vibrant and talented that we cared about so much is gone. Lee was an original, and he can't be replaced.

    Today is a really bad day, and I sure wish that lunch was yesterday.

    Now it'll have to wait. He will be very much missed.

    Our deepest condolences to Lee's family and friends.

    It's a tragedy on many levels.

     

    ps 8/15/17. After writing this summary, some stories came out in the press about Lee's passing, and it's tragic. I wasn't there, and chances are unless you're his parents, you weren't there either. So we don''t know what really happened. I personally respect their privacy and send my deepest condolences. It doesn't change how I interacted with Lee and that he was a good and decent person with me and our team.

     

  • 12 Aug 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    What a special event we were treated to as Jaime Daddona of Squire Patton Boggs moderated a panel of amazing global leaders, who all happen to be women. Thank you to Jaime and Squire Patton Boggs, and to all our leaders on the panel... and in the audience. Truly inspiring!

    "The biggest opportunity comes from unexpected places. See what others have missed and seize the opportunity." - Racquel Moses, President of InvestTT

    Cross border business is a wonderful opportunity for leaders of all genders to grow business. The opportunity is OUT THERE.... and it takes courage, smarts and perseverance to find, capture and secure it. These global leaders discussed how they're doing it,.. along with the challenges that still exist.

    One thing for sure... we're going to schedule another meeting like this again soon. I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm, feedback and ideas. And special thanks to Racquel Moses calling in from Trinidad & Tobago via skype.

    Our next public meeting in Phoenix is the Grow Globally Fair on September 20th. Hoping many of you can join us for that as well. There are other member and collaborator events coming up as well. See those in Phoenix, Trinidad & Tobago and globally.

    For more on our amazing speakers, see below for photos and bios. Thank you!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Moderator:

    - Jaime Daddona, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

    Speakers::

    - Susan Shultz, President at SSA Executive Search & CEO at The Board Institute

    - Racquel Moses, President at InvestTT Trinidad & Tobago

    - Lisa Kocks, Business Development Manager at Vi Technology

    - Kellie Kreiser, Executive Director at Thunderbird for Good

    - Anita Verma-Lallian, Director at Vermaland

    - Salli Marinov, Past President of First American Stock Transfer

    - Dawn Nagle, Executive Director of MPEXA (Metro Phoenix Export Alliance

     

    Short Bios

    Jaime Daddona was recently named as a 40 under 40 rising leader by the Phoenix Business Journal and more recently as 2016 Az Most Influential Women. Jaime's legal practice focuses on corporate matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, commercial transactions, securities offerings and compliance, and corporate governance. She has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice representing public and private companies in strategic transactions, working closely with boards of directors and senior managers on governance matters, managing debt and equity investments, and drafting and negotiating supply, distribution and other commercial agreements. Jaime’s transactions regularly involve cross-border, multi-disciplinary teams..

    Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981, and has conducted senior level searches nationally and internationally, specializing in building and structuring corporate boards. SSA is partnered with INAC Global with offices in 42 countries. In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent tools to help directors evaluate, educate and benchmark their boards, committees and individual directors. Before establishing SSA, Susan led a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S., state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years and had 4 books published including a #1 worldwide bestseller. Earlier Susan served as Legislative Assistant to Rep. William E. Brock. Along the way Susan also led the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) for over 16 years.

    Racquel Moses is the President of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago and 1st Vice President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. Prior to these leadership roles she was the founder and Managing Director of iDaedle, a multinational sales, marketing and strategy consulting firm headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Her career began as a paralegal in Atlanta, Georgia managing municipal bond issuances exceeding 500 Million USD. Subsequently Racquel has held executive-level positions at large multinational organizations, including JP Morgan Chase (Atlanta), Cable & Wireless (Jamaica), and Fujitsu (Jamaica). Racquel is on the advisory board of Global Chamber Trinidad & Tobago, and also currently serves on the Board of Jamaica Education Television, a project aimed at improving the educational achievement of Caribbean children through the use of technology.

    Lisa Kocks is an international business development leader with extensive global business experience and a track record for developing effective, creative and culturally diverse sales and distribution strategies. In days when few women were business leaders, even fewer were international liaisons, Lisa was the driving force behind a high performance environment in the global electronics industry, paving the way for many young women for international business success. She opened an office in Singapore where she raised three children while introducing new products that successfully established regional business. Lisa now works for Vi Technology based in Grenoble, France, well known as the French Silicon Valley. Vi Technology is a world leader in vision inspection technology, A graduate of Georgetown University, she studied French, German and Chinese, including programs at the Sorbonne in France and the Mandarin Training Center in Taiwan. Lisa believes we are all lifelong learners and lucky to exchange experiences with all we meet on life's paths.

    Kellie Kreiser oversees Thunderbird’s social impact business education programs as Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good. A Thunderbird alumna, Kellie joined the School in 2005 and created the Thunderbird for Good initiative from its infancy. Thunderbird for Good leverages the school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities. Kellie administers the design, fund-raising, and implementation of business training programs that have already taught over 110,000 people globally. In-country program operations have been established in Afghanistan, Peru and Chile, while programs based in the United States have served students from 60 different countries from regions such as the Middle East, South America, Central Europe, South Asia and the South Pacific. Kellie has created partnerships with leading organizations in both public and private sectors including Freeport McMoRan Inc., Goldman Sachs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Department of State. Kellie is a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

    Anita Verma-Lallian has been in leadership at Vermaland from an early age. Vermaland was founded by her father and has become one of the largest private land owners in Arizona. Their mission is to procure high quality parcels of land for uses ranging from commercial, residential, and agricultural developments, plus utility scale renewable energy projects. Anita holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Her prior work experience includes working for global companies Honeywell, Boeing and American Express. By 2008, Anita moved full-time into the family business where she leveraged her solar industry knowledge and contacts to head the solar division within Vermaland, entering into agreements with over 25 solar developers. Anita is active in the community, forming the Verma Charitable Foundation with her sister Jennifer, which sponsors student scholarships and a proposed religious retreat center. Anita was named as one of the Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate by AZRE in 2014, she was one of the "Women Who Move the Valley" for Arizona Foothills in 2015, and her story was the cover page and lead article for So Scottsdale in April of 2014.

    Salli Marinov is currently the Founder and Past President of the Arizona Business Council (ABC) that focuses on assisting revenue-producing companies to break the glass ceiling of traditional financing, reach their next level of growth, develop exit strategies, and improve their financial value overall by using and keeping resources currently found in Arizona.. Until April of 2016, she was President/CEO of First American Stock Transfer, which was acquired in 2015 by an affiliate of American Stock Transfer & Trust LLC in New York. Salli has 30+ years of experience in the securities industry and 8.5 years as a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in both Hawaii and Spain. Upon leaving the military she became a probation officer with Maricopa County Superior Court acting as a liaison between the individual and the Court system. Throughout her employment in the government sector she acquired a first-hand understanding of the need for compliance while never quite losing her entrepreneurial ability to think “outside the box”. She is author of The Practical Guide For the Transfer of U.S. Equity Securities.

    Dawn Nagle is Executive Director for MPEXA, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance. MPEXA collaborates with metro Phoenix stakeholders such as Global Chamber Phoenix to support the development of an export-driven economy. Dawn has more than 20 years of experience in international trade and global sales. Throughout her career she has helped companies leverage technologies, develop programs and build strategic alliances to become more competitive in the global market. She has worked as the Trade Commissioner with the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix where she championed for increased global trade in bioscience, healthcare, and information technology.

     

     

     

  • 06 Aug 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

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    Last month I was talking to a member of Global Chamber® Dallas who when he was in Phoenix years ago was a long-time supporter and eventual member of Global Chamber® through Atradius. He talked about those early days... including the great people, the business deals that came out of meetings, and some good times.

    The global tribe in metro Phoenix is a beautiful collective group of really smart and connected folks doing business here and in other cities and countries. I love you all - thank you for your support! Many of the services we provide here and around the world were hatched right here in metro Phoenix.

    One is 'League of Extraordinaries', where we gather members who are service providers to share ideas to increase the success of exporters, importers and investors. This is something we do all over the world, building a global network that helps each other and helps executives in the global tribe grow and prosper. We still do League of Extraordinaries about every 6-8 weeks in Phoenix... and the next one in PHX is August 28th.

    Check out all our regional events HERE.

    Most folks still don't understand global business or know about Global Chamber®, but we're making an impact every day... growing in 525 metro areas around the world, inspired by extraordinary members like Jean Ekobo, CEO of BioNovelus, based in Metro Phoenix.

    Jean is a global entrepreneur improving coffee yields across the globe with a product that addresses 'coffee rust'. Jean visited our San Jose chapter and made connections that helped him grow his business, and so he just renewed his membership because the world is a big place, and we help!

    Members... keep inspiring us!!

    Not yet a member? Read below, and join us to grow!

    Some successes in other metros that have benefited from the metro Phoenix global tribe...

    • Jose Belfort and Member Success in San Jose, Costa Rica - more
    • Valerie Berset-Price and Member Success in Portland, Oregon - more
    • Colin Christie and Member Success in Manila, Philippines - more
    • Korina Smith and Member Success in Dallas, Texas - more
    • Jeffrey Campos and Member Success in Denver, Colorado - more

     

    Contact Doug Bruhnke or Mike Langley at Global Chamber® Phoenix for more information.

    And to the tribe... let's keep forging ahead and creating new tracks in the desert.

     

  • 23 Jul 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® last week hosted 5 global business leaders from the C-Suite to discuss the world of global growth... keeping up, staying ahead and growing in today's fast-changing environment.

    The 90-minute event covered challenges faced these leaders and how they are handling them. They provided tips to other business owners and leaders as they navigate their own market opportunities.

    They were from a diverse group of companies across segments including fintech, importing, retail, sustainability, services, construction, industrial and exporting.

    Kyle Walker and Rudy Vetter represent leadership in EB-5... foreign direct investment in projects primarily in Washington, DC and Arizona.

    You can listen to their global leadership and management insights at the link HERE, and see all the scheduled speaker biographies as well.

    • Nazri Muhd, CEO at Vector Scorecard and MyFinB (Singapore)
    • Claudio Toyama, CEO at Toyama & Company (Baltimore/Washington)
    • Richard Robertson, COO at SEER, Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources (Denver)
    • Rudy Vetter for Kyle Walker, NewGen Worldwide and Green Card Fund; IIUSA (Invest In the USA) (Phoenix)
    • Allen Bassett, President at New Mexico Pinion Coffee Company (Albuquerque)

    Global Chamber® is now hosting 3 multi-metro events per month, and we have over 20 already planned for the rest of the year. Sign=up for our weekly newsletter and join as a member to get full benefit of being in the global tribe!

    Contact me with any questions... thank you! Doug Bruhnke

     

     

  • 15 Jul 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Members of the global tribe gathered at U.S. Senator Jeff Flake's office in Phoenix to share thoughts and ideas on NAFTA. Overall we're interested to get expert exporter, importer, tourism and investment input into the process of NAFTA re-negotiation.

    Thank you Chris Stoller of Senator Flake's office for including Global Chamber in this process.

    Thank you Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to collaborate in this discussion.

    Thank you to our members who participated including Russ Yelton of Pinnacle Transplant Technology, Luis Ramirez of Ramirez Advisors and Mike Patterson of Polsinelli.

    Thank you Council Member Lorenzo Sierra (Avondale) for your leadership in government and trade.

    Gonzalo of AzHCC summarized our discussion at the end... and I'm sure this will not be the last opportunity for globies to provide input.

    Are you open to give input on trade and economic development? Members may join our Advisory Board Committees to make connections and give back to the community. Contact Don Becka, me or any of the committee chairs to learn more. Advisory Board members lead committees, and you must be a member to be on a committee.

    • Program and Events - Kevin Hull of BMO Harris Bank
    • Marketing - Karla Moran of SRP
    • Education - John Bevell of Thunderbird School of Global Management
    • Ambassador - Kevin Youngblood / Mike Langley / Doug Bruhnke, co-chairs
    • Global Trade Policy - Carol Colombo of USTR
    • Business Attraction Committee - Anita Verma-Lallian of Vermaland
    • Exporter/Importer Committee - Doug Bruhnke
    • Young Global Leaders - Susana Martinez, Maricopa Association of Governments

    We have comparable committees forming in Tucson as well - contact JP Martin of Global Chamber Tucson for more information.

    We also suggest that you attend the August 24th event "Arizona Town Hall on Funding PreK-12 Education with the Global Tribe"... and make your (global) voice heard to improve education in the state. Read HERE for more about 8/24.

     

    NAFTA and Trade Discussion, July 14, 2017

    Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona

     

     

  • 11 Jul 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We're pleased to announce that Mike Langley has joined the worldwide team of Global Chamber® as Deputy Director, Global Chamber® Phoenix. Mike will be supporting the rapid growth of the chapter by handling many of the new members as they come on, helping to ensure success.

    Welcome, Mike!

    Mike has been connecting with early, mid-career, and senior-level professionals and executives regarding their business and career development needs.. Mike’s experience spans socioeconomic strata and has led him to work with individuals in various international markets, including Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, France, Gambia, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, and Zimbabwe.

    Mike loves the business environment of Phoenix!

    Originally from the East Coast, Mike believes in living and working in a diverse environment to create a catalyst for individual and organization success.. Mike’s commitment to excellence and public good found him recognized by the Miami Foundation for the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Award - given to those who foster intellectual wealth building and economic prosperity. Mike moved to Arizona after a 15-year stint in Miami with the sole purpose of supporting the surrounding communities by deepening relationships.

    Mike is active in both his personal and professional life and collaborates with several organizations throughout Arizona that focus on creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    Please help me welcome Mike to Global Chamber® Phoenix!

    Education: EMBA, The University of Arizona;  / BA English, University of Miami

    Boards: University of Miami, Phoenix Chapter / Board of Advisors, Global Chamber® Phoenix

    Member: Global Chamber® Phoenix, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley Young Professionals, NBMBAA Phoenix

    Past Affiliations: Eller MBA Alumni Club of Maricopa County, Eller MBA Industry Advisory Board, Arizona Association for Economic Development, Society of Human Resource Management Greater Phoenix, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Switchboard Inc.

    Contact: Email Mike at mike.langley@globalchamber.org.

  • 06 Jul 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Jagat Shah "Mentor on Road" visited Global Chamber® and shared some extraordinary information to the global tribe.

    Thank you Jagat for your enthusiasm, information and connections to opportunities. He is shown on the left talking about his NEXT road trip around India in April, 2018. You can't keep a road warrior dedicated to helping companies grow down., or still.

    Very exciting!

    For attendees and others looking for the information and connections, please reach out and let know HERE.

    The information was rapid fire and here are a few notes that I put down that illustrate the HUGE potential for companies in the US for growing their business in India. Jagat has shared his presentation to us - thank you!

    I encourage our members to learn more... and to take advantage of some very special opportunities happening now as India ramps up rapidly. The country has become a safe haven for good investments and the government has been working on historical trade issues.

    Some interesting economic facts on India:

    • India is the youngest country in the world... over half the population is under 25 years old.
    • India has had the highest amount of Foreign Direct Investment of any country in the world... for 2 years running... more than China and the US.
    • Third largest military in the world.
    • Highly literate population - 74% with a goal of 99% by 2025.
    • #1 market in the world for gold.
    • Over 90% of the world's diamonds are polished and processed in Surat, India.
    • 23 million automobiles were produced last year in India - the world's #1 production country
    • The tech sector includes aerospace... and last year India launched 100 satellites concurrently... 15 from the US.
    • The satellite program was led primarily by 3 women at the top... further indicating the opportunities for women leaders.
    • There are 50 new sea ports being built across the country.
    • 100 million home are being built... the largest initiative of its kind in the world

    Opportunities are endless! Thank you Jagat for sharing the macro information and also stories of individual entrepreneurs succeeeding... like the American company making personalized door mats made from cocoa fiber, with 25% of profits going back and helping young women in India. Win-win.

    Check out the background on 'Mentor on Road' HERE and pictures from the event in facebook HERE.

    Contact us for more information and opportunities. Jagat's next stops at Global Chamber are in San Francisco 8/11 and Pittsburgh 9/11.

    Doug Bruhnke

    Executive Director, Global Chamber® Phoenix

    CEO/founder, Global Chamber®

     

  • 27 Jun 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    I am in awe of our talented global tribe!

    Members of Global Chamber® are amazing, and ALL are extraordinary. I'm lucky to be working with all our members here in Phoenix and around the world in 525 metro areas... everywhere!

    To the left is last night's "League of Extraordinaries" event here in Metro Phoenix... and a group of our members working together on new opportunities. We're all busy working on our own things, but it turns out the overlaps that we don't necessarily know about open up new doors, and so last night was EXACTLY how it should work... opportunities abound from working together.

    Thank you, ALL!

    Not yet a member? Welcome!

    Business value is accelerating from Global Chamber® including 20 multi-metro events that members can attend for FREE. We're also hosting the 55th President of Mexico on trade & investment at Global Chamber Denver in August.

    Read more about President Fox 8/29-31

    The summer is HOT with new business opportunities from Global Chamber®! Here are some highlights... read below. Join us this summer!

    • June 27: GC Multi-metro Healthcare in Asia
    • July 5: GC Mentor on the Road: Start-up Opportunities Including Funding
    • July 5: GC Mentor on the Road: Women Empowerment USA-India
    • July 18 - GC Global Growth Tips from the C-Suite
    • July 25 - GC Multi-Metro Women in Global Leadership
    • August 15 - GC Multi-Metro Agribusiness Opportunities
    • August 24 - GC Arizona Town Hall Education Input from the Global Tribe
    • August 28 - GC New Opportunities in Africa
    • August 29-31 - GC Global Trade & Investment with President Vicente Fox

     

    Stay in touch!

  • 14 Jun 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to everyone around the world attending the multi-metro event last Thursday!

    It was the BIGGEST multi-metro event EVER, and we pulled it off! And we had a wonderful audience in Phoenix metro as well. The pictures below were taken at our portion of the event. Read more about each session at the links below, and watch portions of the event, too.

    Special thanks to all the speakers and collaborators!

    Market Entry/Growth Panel Discussion, Part 1

    Read more and watch the video for part 1 HERE

    • Jan Knight, Principal at Bancroft Information Services (Tucson) - "Cross Border Market Research"
    • Hiroshi Konno, President/CEO at Konno Corporation (Tokyo)  - "IoT Trends and Opportunities"
    • Eric Miller, Co-Owner and Principal, PADT (Phoenix) - "Product Development in a Global World"
    • Vinayak Gupta, EVP Operations at Zero Mass Water (Phoenix) - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Marketing Side"
    • Eduardo Gonzalez, Dep. Trade & Investment Commissioner, Promexico (Phoenix) - "Growing & Manufacturing, US vs Mexico"
    • Gus Scannapieco, CEO, Global Business Ventures (Nashville) - "Next on NAFTA"

     

    Global Manufacturing Panel Discussion, Part 2

    Read more and watch the video for part 2 HERE

    • Kazuaki Ohishi, Sr. Economist at Institute for Int'l Economic Studies of Toyota (Tokyo) - "Japan-Mexico Business Trends in Automotive"
    • Sumio Otsuji, Toyota Motor Corp. & Institute for Int'l Econ. Studies Tokyo - "Japan-Mexico Business Trends in Automotive"
    • Kirk Gerber, VP Manufacturing at Zero Mass Water (Phoenix) - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Manufacturing"
    • Eduardo Saavedra, EVP of Business Development at Offshore Group (Tucson) - "Manufacturing in Mexico"
    • Arturo Freydig, CEO of ECN (Hermosillo) - "Automation to Become More Competitive"
    • Luis Ramirez, Principal at Ramirez Advisors Inter-National (Phoenix) - "Cross Border Issues"
    • Arnulfo Martinez, Executive Director at Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali (Phoenix) - "Setting Up Operations"

     

    Sponsored by...

    Mexicali Economic Development Corporation. The Mexicali EDC is a nonprofit organization working to attract, support and retain businesses in the industrial and manufacturing sectors of Mexicali, Mexico... providing a 'soft landing' for global companies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 24 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Our advisory board met this week... thank you all... in person, on zoom and in spirit.

    This talented group consists of insightful business leaders advising Global Chamber® Phoenix to better help companies and communities increase international trade... exporting, importing, foreign tourism and foreign direct investment.

    We meet 3 times per year, and after two meetings this year we're getting close to fully filling the committees with advisory board members and chapter members. If you're NOT part of the board and wish to be part of any of the committees listed below, please send an e-mail to Doug here.

    Thank you Kevin Hull, Karla Moran, John Bevell and Don Becka for stepping into board leadership roles.

    We're looking for additional advisory board members for the 'TBD' lead roles shown below in the agenda. Board members are NOT required to be on a committee. You are only required to be amazing from time to time, and donate what you can - time, talent and treasury.

    In the meantime, here is a picture of some of the board with Olga Yakunina and Arzhana Matova, visiting Fellows from Moscow and Altai Republic, Russia, respectively (center, front - right and left). They presented extraordinarily outstanding analyses of the entrepreneurial and export eco-systems in metro Phoenix in contract with 4 other metros... San Francisco, Baltimore-DC, Denver and Dallas. If you're a member and wish to see either of those, please let me know!

     

     

    Agenda:

    • Welcome and Introduction
    • Short Update on Global Chamber® and Global Chamber® Phoenix
    • Initiatives 2017-18
    • Committees / Committee Reports
      • Education - John Bevell +
      • Programs/Initiatives - Kevin Hull +
      • Marketing - Karla Moran +
      • Membership - TBD +
      • Young Global Leaders = TBD +
      • Global Business Council - Helping AZ Firms Connect Globally - TBD +
      • Arizona Business Council - Helping Foreign Firms in AZ - TBD +
    • Report on Phoenix Innovation Ecosystem by Olga Yakunina, Moscow Agency of Innovation
    • Report on Export Ecosystem by Arzhana Matova, Agency of Investment Projects, Republic of Altai
    • Upcoming Events and Opportunities
    • Next Steps

    Watch for more on the committees in a separate post.

    The next Advisory Board meeting for Global Chamber® Phoenix is September 26th, 3:15pm. These are for advisory board members and active committee members.

    If that's a bad day/time for you, please let me know immediately..

    Here's our extraordinary board... thank you ALL! Click here

    Thank you!!

    Doug Bruhnke

    CEO/founder of Global :Chamber®

    Executive Director of Global Chamber® Phoenix

  • 17 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® collaborated with our regional partners across the metro to gather new global companies who have landed in the Valley and host them for a much deserved 'welcome'. Welcome to the Valley!

    Thank you to many in the Consular Corps of AZ for participating in this special event including the Honorable Chairman Alfred Molina (Spain), Hank Marshall (UK), Rose Novaes (Brazil), Reggie Winssinger (Belgium) and Wolfgang Klien (Austria).

    This event was hosted by Tiffany & Bosco at their office at 2525 E Camelback. See pictures on the Global Chamber Phoenix facebook HERE and all the pics HERE.

    We had executives from companies from the following countries... Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

    Any time Alfredo Molina speaks there are educational take-aways! Besides learning how to make the woman in your life happy through tips embedded in the acronym C.U.R.E., we heard about the power of YES. YES is liberating, powerful and opportunity-generating. Never say 'no' - and things change for the better! Thank you Alfredo! And stop by Molina Fine Jewelers at 32nd and Camelback anytime for more jewels of wisdom.

    This was an inaugural event for this type of welcoming, and at our advisory board meeting next Tuesday we'll be more fully forming the committee that will work with these companies that have landed in the metro.. If you'd like to be part of that activity, please let me (Doug) know.

    And i'm confident after the success of this one that there will be a 'second annual' version!

     

  • 16 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® Phoenix was pleased to once again collaborate with Phoenix CEO-CFO Group to create one of the best high-level business networking events of the year in Metro Phoenix. And the Diamondbacks beat the Pirates, too, 2-1 behind a Zach Greinke 1-hitter, and a no-hitter into the 8th inning.

    A fun and rewarding experience was had by all! Pictured - Kevin Hull of BMO Harris Bank enjoying the game with major league baseball game first timers Olga Yakunina, Moscow Agency of Innovation, and Arzhana Matova, Agency of Investment, Altai Republic, Russia. Arzhana picked up a ball hit high into our centerfield area during batting practice! Olga and Arzhana are working at Global Chamber® headquarters as part of a U.S. State Department fellowship program.

    Once again the business networking was outstanding - with CEOs, CFOs and other executives... and high level business service providers from across the region.

    There was also a Presentation "The Business of Beer" with Neil Baier, VP Finance - Crescent Crown Distributing.

    Thank you to so many Global Chamber® members and globies for attending! That was fun... and hopefully everyone made plenty of great connections.

    Special thanks to Michael Swicscz for pulling off another great annual event.

    See you in 2018!

  • 15 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed May 2017 as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.” 

    This annual May recognition was first established by an act of Congress in 1990 to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions that generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture. This month, the state of Arizona recognizes and honors the significant contributions made by Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in many fields of endeavor including entrepreneurship and business, science and technology, health care and medicine, military service, agriculture, education, the arts (visual, music, culinary, etc.), law and the professions and public service which has benefited the state and nation.

    Barry Wong, JD

    Executive Director

    Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity | State of Arizona

     

     

  • 07 May 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Phoenix-Tucson "Global Career Roundtable" happened on Saturday. We do these on the weekend because often members who attend are busy during the week with full time employment or consulting work... and so Saturday is a good day for most of us.

    We gather as part of an efficient way to connect on cross-border and global business opportunities.

    In today's world, increasingly person-to-person connections provide the entry to global jobs and consulting projects that 'fit' for our globie members. We work hard to understand each member and what they're looking to accomplish so that we can assist them with the connections they need to grow.

    Our warm intros - at roundtables and one-on-one-0n-one are carefully considered so that all parties benefit.

    Thank you to the global tribe for supporting each other and Global Chamber.

    Interested to grow your business or your personal career with companies that are doing cross-border or global business?

    Reach out for more info.

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