• 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.



    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

  • 02 Apr 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    On Friday we were treated to a keynote presentation over coffee by Dr. James Jackson, founder of Project C.U.R.E. Dr. Jim's son Dr. Doug Jackson is the current CEO/President, and he serves on the Global Chamber Denver Advisory Board. Nadine Armstrong, Executive Director in Phoenix, is on the Advisory Board for Global Chamber Phoenix. Dr. Jim is shown (left) with Mike Patterson, Shareholder at Polsinelli.

    Dr. Jackson began his career as an entrepreneur and made a shift to bring entrepreneurial principles to create and grow Project C.U.R.E. His unyielding pursuit of seeking win-win in all relationships has served him well. We enjoyed hearing about the founding and ongoing success getting medical help around the world.

    In the beginning Dr. Jackson was an international economic consultant in developing countries when his work put him face to face with the needs of the sick and dying. During a trip to Brazil, Dr. Jackson visited a small clinic near Rio de Janeiro, where he learned that patients were often turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies. Jackson was moved to action, making a promise to the clinic doctor that he would help provide relief to the people there.

    Dr. Jackson returned to his home in Evergreen, Colorado, and with the assistance of friends in the medical industry collected $250,000 of medical supplies in his garage in just 30 days time. By personally paying the shipping expenses, Jackson was able to send an ocean-going cargo container carrying the donated supplies to Brazil. In 1997 James Jackson's son, Dr. Douglas Jackson, became President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E..

    Currently, Project C.U.R.E. maintains large distribution warehouses in Phoenix, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. has established smaller collection centers several other states where donated items are gathered and then delivered to its warehouses. Project C.U.R.E. now collects medical donations in many U.S. cities. - delivering over a billion dollars of medical supplies to people around the world.

    Thank you Project C.U.R.E. for all that you do including being part of our global tribe. Read more on Project C.U.R.E.

  • 30 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Rudy Vetter of Green Card Fund and the German American Chamber of Commerce presented the results of an annual survey of German American business leaders today at Polsinelli. Thank you Karen Dickinson, Gerrit Steenblik and Mike Patterson for hosting the event in Downtown Phoenix.

    The news is mostly good! There are over 8000 jobs in Arizona attributed to German-owned companies. And across the US, 85% of the German-American companies expect to increase their workforce in 2017. Pretty good!!

    Rudy went through the survey and also presented the new Honorary Consul of Germany for Arizona... Wolf Kaufmann. Wolf was on a panel that discussed the survey results and commented on the state of the German-American business in Arizona and in other parts of the U.S.

    Global Chamber Phoenix was pleased to be a marketing partner for this important discussion. Thank you Rudy, Gerhard and the team at GACC for your collaboration.

    One of the things that came up that we agree with wholeheartedly is that most of the German companies in the community are 'below the radar screen' - not known by nearly everyone. It's a common issue - companies from most countries are unknown by most people locally.

    And so we're doing something about it... starting an annual 'Welcome to the Valley' event with executives from companies from all over the world. Pretty cool, huh? It's hosted on May 16th - intended to be for members only, but we can work something out for a few non-members... please contact me for more info.

    Global Chamber is growing in 525 metros including in Germany... my home country... and we help executives with all the things required to grow globally ESPECIALLY finding customers across metros and borders. Join us - and we have events, too ;-)

    All the best, Doug

  • 24 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    A business delegation from Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico arrived in Phoenix and were greeted at the home of Ken Smith, Honorary Consul of Chile. Thank you Ken for hosting the event and inviting members of Global Chamber®. Ken has been practicing law in Mesa for over 30 years. He is Honorary Consul of Chile and Vice Chair of the Consular Corps of Arizona.

    Ken is fluent in Spanish and is clearly committed to increasing trade and investment across borders.

    The reception was held for Hermosillo Mayor Manuel "Maloro" Acosta and 20 of the most well established, respected and influential businessmen from the State of Sonora, Mexico. Their purpose in coming to Arizona was to make contacts and form relationships to do business. One guest was interested in exploring a new airline from Guadalajara to Gateway... and each visitor was clearly committed to finding new business opportunities.

    Attendees were from the following fields: Energy, Mining, Real Estate Development, Agriculture, Solar Power, Construction, Biomedical Research, Technology and Communication, Meat Producers, Industrial Parks and many more. 

    Guests from the AZ side included the Hon. Claudia Franco, General Consul of Mexico in Arizona. Also several members of the Consular Corps were present including Gerrit Steenblik (of Polsinelli) for France. Mike Patterson of Polsinelli donated the music and even sang a few songs... in Spanish of course.

    See pictures at the Facebook page for Global Chamber® Phoenix HERE

    Hermosillo and Phoenix are Sister Cities and that is undoubtedly one of the reasons that the cultural, business and friendship connection is so strong.

    Thank you globies from Global Chamber for attending... including Mike Patterson and Gerrit Steenblik of Polsinelli, Consul Emeritus of Honduras Tony Banegas, Ricardo Gallego of Gallego Advisors, Luis Parra of Parra Law Offices (pictured, left), Eduardo Gonzalez of ProMexico.

    Great meetings and discussions! Let's do more business!

    Global Chamber® is in Mexico including a chapter ramping up in Hermosillo. See more HERE on Global Chamber® Hermosillo.

    Contact us for more information to get connected.

  • 19 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    On Friday City of Surprise arranged a tour for Global Chamber member of the new IRIS USA manufacturing plan. What a treat!

    IRIS USA is a leading manufacturer of high-quality storage products. They have built a strong worldwide reputation through continual product innovation and an everyday commitment to solving consumers' storage needs. The company is headquartered globally in Sendai, Japan. The founder K. Ohyama, President of IRIS Ohyama inc., the parent company, is growing the firm worldwide.

    On the manufacturing side we can provide new insights on high quality processes and automation. The team at IRIS shared was completely transparent on their products and processes in the state-of-the-art facility in Surprise.

    The facility is located in a Foreign Trade Zone area and that, plus a strong workforce, a rail line and support by City of Surprise Economic Development leaders has led to a wonderful business success story.

    Congratulations to City of Surprise and the entire region for adding IRIS USA to the roles of successful companies manufacturing here, Special thanks to Jeanine Jerkovic of City of Surprise and your team for arranging the tour and follow-up event at the baseball game.

    Thanks also to Kelly Moeur, Honorary Consul for Japan for participating... and Eduardo Gonzalez of ProMexico.... along with all our other members.

    And thank you to IRIS USA for sharing with Global Chamber members your own success story. The intent was to have only 10 attendees and so thank you for letting a few more of us attend! We really enjoyed it! We hope you'll be attending our 'Welcome to Phoenix' special event on May 16th at Tiffany & Bosco... and we'll follow-up with you on that.

    To our Global Chamber Phoenix and Tucson members attending... that was fun! For all our members, watch for more opportunities like this.

    Contact me for more information.

    All the best, Doug Bruhnke

    ps... pictured above... molding machines, fully automated. Pictured below.... member Rick Sagritalo of Liberty Trade Empire touring part of the warehouse.

    pps... more pictures in facebook HERE for IRIS USA and HERE for the spring training game in Surprise that followed! Another day in paradise, Surprise, AZ.

    • Doug Bruhnke Thank you to the Honorable Kelly Moeur and to Eduardo Gonzalez of ProMexico. Also thank you to Jeanine Jerkovic at City of Surprise and to the team at IRIS USA.
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  • 13 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Maricopa SBDC is launching its new Global Dreams Export Development Program to support small business.

    The kick off to the program is April 5 with the first of a five session workshop series. As a strategic initiative for the Maricopa/Arizona SBDC and SBDC’s around the country, helping small business develop and succeed with their export initiatives is critical.

    The image below describes the five-part Global Dreams workshop series that begins April 5.

    As the first series, the fee has been waived for all participants!

    Thanks in advance and do not hesitate to contact me, Tom Fulcher if I may answer any questions.


  • 15 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    One of our favorite happenings at Global Chamber is "League of Extraordinaries', for members only. We gather 12-15 top service providers in the region each time who are working with global and growing companies from a variety of professions... banking, legal, commercial real estate, coaching, consulting, marketing, accounting, insurance, financial services, logistics, ... and discuss how we each help them, what help we're each looking for, and how we can help each other.

    It turns out that to provide value for executives in companies growing cross metro and cross border... you need to be EXTRAORDINARY. And so hence the name... it is a LEAGUE of extraordinary service providers who help these firms, and at our meeting, help each other connect to more opportunities. After all, if you're a banker working with a great company, the executives at that company need other help... with intellectual property, or commercial property, or something. Why not refer a member of the global tribe... it's win-win-win.

    At a typical League of Extraordinaries we gather in an office, at a Country Club or some other venue, and we circle the room with each person sharing information that helps others understand their business, who they work with, and who they know. The more we share the better chances we'll build trust with each other to add business referral connections.

    In the photo above is Ricardo Gallego of Gallego & Associates who participated in our most recent League of Extraordinaries in Metro Phoenix yesterday. Ricardo is an attorney with deep experience helping companies expand into Mexico from the U.S., and so in the meeting he shared more about how he helps his clients, and how he can help the global tribe. For example Ricardo has been extensively involved in cross-border adoptions, and while that is not the focus of his business any longer, he has connections all over Mexico, and in that area that can help our members in many ways. And so that's how it works... we help each other... grow business.

    Jennifer Clack of Wells Fargo Bank was another attendee this time... and she talked about not only the international services that Wells Fargo provides, but an event Global Chamber Phoenix is doing with the on April 5th to help executives be more successful. Each one of our attendees is extraordinary!

    It takes a village, and we are the global tribe. Be global and UNSTOPPABLE!

    In Metro Phoenix we meet as part of the League of Extraordinaries every 6-8 weeks. Watch the calendar, and if you're a member... jump in!

    Contact me for more information. Watch for the calendar for the next League of Extraordinaries in your metro.


  • 06 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Our "Global Career Roundtable" meeting by Global Chamber Phoenix is an efficient way to connect to cross-border and global business opportunities.

    Our members meet regularly to discuss companies in Metro Phoenix who value consultants and leaders who have a global mindset and unique global growth skills.

    This week we met on Saturday morning to share what each globie is looking for and to help each other. There is nothing that the global tribe can't do! More photos HERE

    There were several new members who we welcomed to the global tribe including Justin Harrison of Sojourn Flights. Welcome Justin from New York City, landed in Phoenix... he is rapidly on his way to connecting with other globies including an important hospitality event today.

    In today's world, it's imperative to be connected. You may have noticed that cold calls don't work, more than ever. People are busy, and so we only get each others' attention through warm introductions that slow things down for a moment and allow people to talk and learn more.

    We work hard to understand each member and what they're looking to accomplish, and assist them with the connections they need to grow. Our warm intros are carefully considered so that both parties ideally benefit. That's why there's such a high meeting rate from our intros... we don't throw people together. There is considerable thought involved.

    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.

  • 06 Mar 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were treated to a pretty spectacular review on cybersecurity, with a tour of the world-class data center at Phoenix NAP. Thank you Ian McClarty (pictured) of Phoenix NAP and Edward Vasko of Terra Verde for information that was both frightening but also reassuring... that you you're on top of these most current threats.

    My main take-away was that the world of cybersecurity has been turned upside down in the last 2 years. The threats are accelerating, and the cost of being hacked is rising.

    Ransomware, e-mail hacking and BPC are accelerating threats that can cost a company on average between a few thousand dollars, to $40K, to over $1 million.

    Too many companies are M&M's... easy to crack outside... soft inside... and hackers know that. Their tricks are legend including dropping thumbdrives in a company's parking lot and when an employee uses one, it's over. More companies need to be Jolly Ranchers and not M&M's... hard all the way through to penetrate.

    The presentation is available to members by sending an e-mail to me HERE.

    By the way, Phoenix NAP is growing! They've recently announced expansion in Serbia and Singapore. We were joined by a team from Serbia who is returning from Phoenix to Belgrade in April.



  • 25 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Congratulations to Alfredo J. Molina for recently being named as the Chairman of the Arizona Consular Corps.

    Global Chamber® Phoenix and Global Chamber® Tucson have been collaborating with the Corps under the leadership of the prior Chairman Alisa Jost.

    For sample, this week Alfredo J. Molina was the keynote speaker at the Internationals State of the Metro for Phoenix... more HERE. And the next day we hosted Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks at Global Chamber with Consul General Claudia Franco Hijuelos... more HERE. 

    Several of Arizona's diplomatic dignitaries have already been members of Global Chamber, shown below.

    - The Honorable Tony Banegas, Consulate of Honduras (Emeritas)

    - The Honorable Kelly Moeur, Consulate General of Japan

    - The Honorable Fernande Hastert Kuykendall, Consulate of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    - The Honorable Claudia Franco Hijuelos, Consulate General of Mexico

    - Bob Walkup, Consulate of the Republic of Korea

    - Alisa Jost, Consulate of the Swiss Federation

    - Hank Marshall, Honorary Consulate of the United Kingdom

    This week Chairman Molina invited me to address the Arizona Consular Corps lunch to discuss points of additional collaboration. We discussed several opportunities and we'll be following up.

    Thank you for the opportunity! Your diplomatic skills have never been more appreciated and needed.

    Looking forward to finding ways to further advance each of our missions. To a great 2017!

    More: The Consular Corps of Arizona serves an important role for the businesses and the community... and we're honored to collaborate. More: The Consular Corps of Arizona (CCAZ) was created in 1961 to create a space for both career and honorary consuls to exchange ideas and information, perform official duties for their respective countries and educate and inform the Arizona public about their countries and their work.  Today, the CCAZ has 35 consulates, 4 career and 31 honorary. Career consuls are full time employees of their government and a national of their country while honorary consuls may be either US citizens or permanent residents and are not required to be a national of the country they represent.  Since honorary consuls are non-career diplomats, they also hold other full-time professions. Honorary consuls are generally appointed to provide consular services in areas not covered by a career consul and receive no remuneration for their services.  Both career and honorary consuls are accredited by and issued official credentials by the United States Department of State. Website

  • 23 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    This year we were not only treated to the report card on international business by Hank Marshall of the City of Phoenix, but we had a variety of regional leaders discuss their views on global trade. A fun, educational and inspiring time was likely had by ALL! Check out more pictures here.

    Thank you first of all to our hosts at DIRTT - and in particular Krista Wishmeier ( email), Max Van Pelt-Diller, Mark Waldron and Jamie Nollette.

    Thanks also to our door prize sponsors Tommy Bahama - Kierland. The lucky winner was Fred Weling, Global Chamber® member! Congrats!

    The City of Phoenix presentation was again not only educational but REALISTIC... note the report code that the dog nearly ate, but somehow Hank Marshall was able to wrestle it away and share the results.

    For the first time in the Hank Marshall era, there are a couple of B's... PROGRESS!

    We discussed the progress and remaining gaps... it's an ever-lasting process. Barry Wong offered to host a follow-up discussion on the gaps, and several globies in the audience raised their hand to participate. Barry... we support you!

    Thank you Hank for not only presenting but also making progress within the region on the international stage. One of the most valuable things that Hank does is connect all the cities in the metro together... and his collaboration mind-set gets results.

    All our speakers were amazing! And if you're going to set the bar high for all, how about a keynote presentation from Alfredo J. Molina, CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers, Black & Frost, and the Arizona Consular Corps. Due to scheduling issues, we had some changes to the agenda (revised, below) and Mr. Molina stepped in and not only provided his perspective on international business in Metro Phoenix, but gave us much more.

    Mr. Molina talked about what it takes to succeed. He told aspects of his own story and watching peoples' faces it was clear that it was more than me that was moved. In his 37 years in  Arizona he has seen plenty of progress, and he's been part of a lot of it, including giving to over 300 organizations. His life as a child was much different, arriving in Chicago from Cuba in the winter with summer clothes on. It was the generosity of a Chicagoan that provided his family food, winter clothing and the boost they needed. There's much more to the story than than... and Mr. Molina treated us to that plus his 17 success tips. Reach out if you missed them.

    Thank you to our other speakers as well! Great job!

    And thank you again to the global tribe for attending. We're making a dent in this thing!


    10th Annual International State of the Metro

    DIRTT, 836 E University Drive in Phoenix (just east of 7th Street, north of Rio Salado)

    5:30pm Standing Dinner and Drinks, Courtesy of DIRTT

    6:15pm International State of the Metro

    Keynote Speaker Alfredo J. Molina

    • Moderators Hank Marshall and Doug Bruhnke
    • Mexico Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks
    • Alfredo J. Molina Chairman/CEO Molina Fine Jewelers & Black, Starr & Frost
    • Mark Roberts VP at Alliance Bank of Arizona
    • Steve Shefveland CEO at Emerging Global Services
    • Vice Mayor Todd Tande at City of Surprise





    More pictures HERE at the Global Chamber Phoenix Facebook page.

  • 23 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Today we hosted a coffee with Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks. More pictures HERE on facebook.

    The event was put on through a collaboration between Global Chamber® Phoenix and Representative Tony Rivero (LD21), Chicanos Por La Causa, Arizona State University, Berry Riddell LLC and Maricopa Association of Governments.

    Global Chamber® is NOT political, but we sometimes host politicians for discussions on trade and business, for the benefit of our members and the community.

    Thank you Mayor Jim Lane (Scottsdale) for introducing the Senator. Distinguished guests include Mayor Kiko Munro of Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.

    Juan Carlos Romero Hicks is a Federal Senator of the Mexican Senate where he is President of the Education Commission, Secretary of the Science and Technology Commission and the North American Foreign Affairs Commission, and member of the Foreign Affairs Commission.  He was the Director General of the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACyT) from 2006 to 2011. He served as Governor of Guanajuato from 2000 to 2006.

    Senator Romero Hicks talked about continuing the personal and business progress that has been occurring in the region and benefiting both the US and Mexico.

    The megaregion of Mexico and the US is the most formidable of any two bordering countries in the world. Cooperation has led to highly integrated world class supply chains that are some of the best in the world.

    As businesspeople, we encourage cooperation and collaboration between business and government, so that we work together for an even greater good. Commerce drives wealth creation, jobs and cross-border understanding.

    Thank you again to Hugh Hallman for pulling this meeting together as a part of the Senator's regional visit. If you'd like more information, please contact me.


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