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  • 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.

  • 27 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Today Erik Fackeldey of Business France (San Francisco) shared export, import, tourism and investment opportunities between the US and France.

    Global Chamber® Phoenix (and all our chapters) hold a regular stream of these events so that members can connect directly to resources related to specific countries and regions, and to keep spreading the message that MOST of the opportunities are somewhere else. 85% of new business opportunities in the next 5 years are outside the U.S.

    More on Business France: The organization contributes to the development and success of French and foreign businesses wishing to expand abroad by supporting them throughout the lifetime of their projects, and is driven by an efficient, result-oriented working culture.

    Global Chamber® works with organizations like Business France around the world to connect our members to opportunities and fill in the gaps that happen when doing business across borders.

    Today some of the information shared included...

    - France is the world's 6 largest economy (by GDP)

    - French is the world's 5 largest language and the fastest growing in the world. For example over 50% of Africans speak French and that percentage is expected to increase to over 80% in 2050.

    - An average of 4 US companies land in the France per week with a weekly total of 6800 employees being added.

    - France has the #1 startup scene in Europe, and this opens many doors including investment opportunities.

    - France has the best R&D Tax Credit in Europe and the EU.

    - Key regions of growth including Paris, Toulouse, Grenoble (a sister city of Phoenix) and Provence.

    - Business France has 4 locations in the U.S. and Arizona is served from the office in San Francisco.

    For more pictures of the meeting, click HERE.

    For more information read our recent post on the main Global Chamber® website blog regarding opportunities in France and in particular Toulouse, click HERE.

    For additional information contact us.

  • 15 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® Phoenix hosted our April "Export Roundtable" for members this week and featured keynote speaker Melissa Sanderson of Freeport McMoRan, the world's largest publicly-traded copper producer.

    Conversations with Mel are always informed and interesting! She has lived in 13 countries which included Russia... and working in the Moscow U.S. Embassy and meeting Vladimir Putin.

    Thank you, Mel for sharing those stories. Amazing, wow!

    Mel also talked about three main types of exporters and also three main issues facing all exporters...

    1) Holdup of product at the border

    2) Theft of product on rail and road, and

    3) Changing regulatory environments, and how to deal with it.

    There was a lively discussion about theft, corruption, bribery, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and warehouse security. I thought it was interesting that in the comprehensive guide issued by the US Government "A Basic Guide to Exporting", 11th Edition... none of these topics were in the index of this 250 page book. It goes to the complexity of exporting and how it's not for everyone... but fear not! Plenty of resources exist that will help you there there!

    Are you a member and are looking for some help in exporting, importing or international trade? Contact us

    Are you a non-member interested in learning more about the benefits of international business for your business? Contact us

    Are you a non-member who already understands the value of international business? Jump in to the global tribe and make your journey a little easier! Contact us

    Thank you global tribe of Phoenix and all 525 metros of Global Chamber!

     

     

  • 12 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Welcome Scientex Berhad to Phoenix! Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a critical component to the success of our community. In the U.S. foreign companies employ 5% of the workforce and account for 20% of U.S. exports.

    Scientex is a leading manufacturer and premier property developer, established in Malaysia in 1968. Today, Scientex is a diversified company including being in the world’s top three producers of industrial stretch film with export markets in 60 countries. They produce PP strapping bands, consumer packaging products, solar products and component parts for automotive interiors. Scientex is also on the top tier of property developers in Malaysia with integrated property projects spread over 1,935 acres of land in the southern states of Johor and Melaka.

    Scientex has purchased a building in downtown Phoenix for manufacturing - the company's first such investment in the United States.

    Yesterday we were visited at our Phoenix Chapter and World Headquarters of Global Chamber® in Scottsdale by Maizatul Hasim (left), Consul of Investment and Paulina Velasco (right), Investment Officer for Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), member of Global Chamber®, with 6 locations in the United States, the closest office being in Los Angeles - which covers Arizona.

    So many more opportunities coming! And Global Chamber® Kuala Lumpur is ramping up as well... yes, we're everywhere!

    For Global Chamber® Phoenix members, please be aware of an interesting event coming up with companies like Scientex. It's May 16th and being hosted by Tiffany & Bosco, for members only. It is a welcome to companies like Scientex who are from somewhere else - Malaysia, Germany, UK, Spain, Japan, China, Mexico, etc - and we celebrate.

    Learn more here.

    Not yet a member? If you're waiting for an invitation, we welcome you!

    Thank you MIDA for being part of Global Chamber®.

     

  • 05 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were pleased to host a discussion on international banking by experts from Wells Fargo Bank today at Global Chamber® Phoenix. From the left, speakers were Kim Gates, VP International Treasury Management, Ed Doody, Sr. Vice President of Global Banking, and Ivan Ferraz, Senior Vice President. Summaries on their backgrounds are shown below.

    You can read more about the international banking services of Wells Fargo Bank HERE.

    The case studies were particularly interesting.

    We learned of a software company that was able to more easily send payments to their team in 34 countries,

    We also learned about a franchise that created a more robust system globally as they expanded to dozens of countries. Similarly a Phoenix-based company was able to pay their distributors with less risk and lower fees.

    In another example, a Turkish buyer increased its liquidity by stretching its days payable outstanding (DPO), and optimized its working capital with payment terms extended to 180 days (from 60 days) at U.S. rates. The seller (export client of Wells Fargo) was elated to receive payment in four days (from 60 days), on the UPAS LC used. By receiving full payments on shipments at sight, the company reduced its days sales outstanding (DSO) and optimizing its international working capital.

    These are the opportunity available to exporters, importers and traders using modern banking tools!

    Thank you Wells Fargo Bank for sharing your expertise. If you'd like to contact any of our speakers, please let me know.

    More pictures are shown here on our facebook page.

    Join us for our next Global Chamber® Phoenix events, more info HERE.

     

    Speakers

    Kim Gates - VP International Treasury Management, Wells Fargo Bank

    Kim is an International Treasury Management Consultant based in Phoenix, Arizona. She provides global cash management services to U.S. companies doing business overseas. Wells Fargo offers a suite of services to give treasury professionals visibility and control of their funds worldwide. Kim brings more than 40 years of financial services experience, with, yhr last 15 years with the International Group.

    Ed Doody - Senior Vice President, Global Banking, Wells Fargo Bank

    Ed is responsible for originating and structuring global banking solutions for Wells Fargo clients and prospects in the Mountain West Region. Based in Denver, he collaborates with commercial banking clients and prospects by delivering global solutions involving financing, treasury management, supply chain finance, risk management and international trade. He primarily works with subsidiaries of foreign- owned companies, U.S. companies with international operations, and companies engaged in import or export trade.

    Ivan Ferraz - Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

    Ivan is West Coast/Mountain Regional Manager, responsible for Business Development of the bank's international trade finance solutions, with focus on middle market banking, global banking, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, corporate customers and prospects engaged in global trade.

  • 03 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Another job opportunity came in today and is sitting on my desk. I reached out to two members of Global Chamber® who I thought could be a fit for this one.

    One of the reasons we created Global Chamber® was to help ensure that globally-minded and skilled professionals and executives can work wherever they wish. Which means they sometimes need a little extra help to connect with executives at global companies. They are the ones that can appreciate your special skills.

    Too often consultants and job-seekers run into the feast-or-famine cycle... way too busy... then not nearly enough to do (and needing salary or consulting fees). Staying engaged with Global Chamber through feast and famine increases the feast and reduces the famine.

    The job posting today is with a manufacturing company in automotive. The company has been based in Asia since the early 1970's and has a presence in Phoenix.

    The two position available are:

         1. Sales - full time position based out of Phoenix. Travel will be involved.

         2. Office - part time in the Phoenix metro office.

    The sales position requires excellent use of English. A limited use of foreign language is a plus. Applicants with a strong interest in automotive is also a plus.

    The office position is part-time and a bilingual applicant is best - members ask for more info by e-mailing me HERE

    Employment can start immediately. This company is opening its Phoenix metro office in mid-May.

    Get connected to more global jobs, consulting opportunities and business opportunities by joining Global Chamber.

    All the best, Doug

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