• 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.


  • 21 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    In collaboration with Global Ties AZ, Global Chamber Phoenix hosted a discussion of small business and entrepreneurship development in Serbia at Global Chamber on February 20th. Visitors includes "MJ" - Milivoje Jovanovic, President of Managing Board of Association of SMEE (Belgrade); Maja Pejcic, Director of Project Management Department, RAS (Belgrade); and Novak Rakocevic, Business Development Sector Director of Opportunity Bank of Serbia (Novi Sad).

    The visit to Global Chamber was part of an International Visitor Leadership Program initiative by the U.S. State Department. The objective of the visit was to support the "Year of the Entrepreneur" in Serbia, and promote entrepreneurship and small business development.

    The economy of Serbia is approximately the 80th largest in the world at $43.866 billion (GDP). Its economy is mostly based on services (51.1% of GDP), industry (38.5% of GDP) and agriculture (10.4% of GDP) - source Wikipedia.

    Some facts and observations from the discussion:

    • 99.8% of businesses in Serbia are small businesses
    • 4 key industry sectors in Serbia are ag/food, wood/furniture, automotive/machining and rubber/tire
    • Telemedicine holds promise in the country for a segment to be developed
    • China is investing in the country, one of the top FDI countries including Germany
    • US presence includes development center by Microsoft
    • The country has significant FDI incentives in place, and taxes are low (15%)
    • Access to European market continues to drive growth in the region
    • 330,000 businesses in Serbia with 7 million population - roughly the size of Arizona
    • 1/3 of businesses are doing well... and there is a goal of adding 100K more good businesses
    • Opportunities with CSR implementation in the country

    If you're interested in learning more about the IVLP program, contact Global Ties AZ.

    And we welcome you to get involved with cross-border and global business with Global Chamber Phoenix. We are actively seeking an Executive Director in Belgrade. Contact us for more information.


  • 14 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® Phoenix and Global Chamber® Tucson are pleased to participate in a new export promotion program in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties. Exporters are encouraged to participate by applying for the new Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program, opening on Valentine's Day! We love exporters!

    The program seeks to raise awareness of how important exports are to the region’s economy and to connect businesses with resources that can help them increase and improve their bottom line through exporting.

    Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has worked with other regional planning agencies and economic development agencies to develop the new program. “Exports, especially to Mexico, support 100,000 jobs in Arizona, but that number should really be a lot higher,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, who chairs the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and serves as vice chair of the MAG Economic Development Committee.

    “We want to help businesses looking to increase profits and create more stable, higher-paying jobs. We know that opening new markets in other countries leads to increased revenue and provides more resilient, higher-end employment here at home.”

    Any exporting business—whether emerging, proficient, or expert—can apply by visiting An evaluation team will assess each business in four categories, including Overall Export Achievement (one business recognized from each of the three counties). Additional categories exist for Veteran, minority, or woman owned businesses.

    All applicants will be introduced to programs in the community that can increase their exporting. The top scoring businesses from each of the three counties will be recognized at the Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development for the Global Economy) event on May 19, 2017. The public is invited to attend the event and hear from the top scoring businesses, speakers on international trade, and videos featuring the top scoring businesses.

    Program partners include Central Arizona Governments, Arizona District Export Council, East, Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, Az Commerce Authority & Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).

    Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on March 17, 2017. Registration for the EDGE event will be available soon at The event is hosted by the Joint Planning Advisory Council. The council comprises elected officials and business leaders with the purpose of strengthening the coordination and economies of the Sun Corridor.

    For more information, please contact the Maricopa Association of Governments at (602) 254-6300, or Doug Bruhnke of Global Chamber®.

    Key Dates:

    • Application by March 17, 2017
    • Recognition: May 19, 2017
  • 08 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    OfficeDepot/OfficeMax has teamed up with Global Chamber® to offer members discounts and special access to discounted items from the OfficeDepot/Office/Max stores and online warehouse.

    The offers are only available to Global Chamber® members. This program (currently available in the United States) invites members to access a special link via the OfficeDepot/OfficeMax listing in the Global Chamber® directory to take advantage of special members-only sales promotions and buying power discounts. 

    Click HERE for the official announcement .

    Members are encouraged to visit the Office Max Global Chamber® directory listing HERE.

    For those in Phoenix Metro interested in bigger corporate savings, you can contact our local member from Office Depot: Imran Chaudrey,

    If you’re interested in becoming a member of Global Chamber® to take advantage of this program PLUS gain access to global and globally-minded connections, contact us today! Contact me... Doug Bruhnke for more information.

  • 02 Feb 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    This week we held a multi-metro 'Grow in Cuba' event that originated at Global Chamber Denver with the experts at Lynx Global and included chapter participation by Global Chamber Chicago and Global Chamber Phoenix... with sponsor Cuba Standard calling in from Florida. The technology for the meeting worked, and we were all enlightened by the knowledge presented by the speakers from Lynx Global and others participating in the event.

    Thanks, too to Boomerang Carnets and Polsinelli - Chicago who sponsored the event at Global Chamber Chicago.

    Cuba has the largest population of any country in the Caribbean and the highest literacy rate as well... 99.9%.

    We know that the current US administration will be predisposed to trade with Cuba because the nominated Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has a business with poultry - which was identified in the meeting as one of the first U.S. export needs.

    Beyond poultry and agriculture, other early opportunities for U.S. companies include organic farming technologies, education, biomedicine and energy. Beyond those first opportunities there are needs in a variety of manufactured and commercial products.

    The picture above is of some of the attendees for the Phoenix portion of the event.

    The picture below includes a screen view of the 4 locations of the event - Phoenix, Denver, Chicago and Miami.

    For attendees of the event, we can offer a free one month subscription to Cuba Standard. Here is more information from Peter at Cuba Standard:

    Getting actionable business information on Cuba isn't easy. Cuba Standard extends a one-month free trial subscription of to all participants of the Global Chamber Cuba workshop and upcoming delegations.

    Just send a message to and he will set it up for you. If you mention that you would like to read their offline publications — Cuba Standard Monthly and Cuba Standard Economic Trend Report — you will be sent free samples.

    If you'd like more information about the upcoming trade mission to Cuba, contact Jeff Campos of Global Chamber Denver HERE

    If you'd like more information about the international services of Polsinelli or Boomerang Carnets, please contact Juan Davila of Global Chamber Chicago HERE

    Thank you participants and everyone supporting Global Chamber.

    Be global and UNSTOPPABLE! Contact us

  • 21 Jan 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    This week Global Chamber® Phoenix presented a special event to share ideas on managing and funding your business growth in 2017.  Our keynote speaker was CEO Lee Benson, hosted by member Squire Patton Boggs in downtown Phoenix.

    We assembled an experienced and expert panel led by CEO Lee Benson of Able Aerospace Services and Execute to Win (ETW). Our executives and experts shared business ideas and tips that they expect will work for you in this upcoming year to grow your business .

    Thank you to Lee Benson, our experts and the global team at Squire Patton Boggs.

    Lee Benson CEO at Able Aerospace Service and CEO at Execute to Win

    Kevin Hull, Senior Relationship Manager at BMO Harris Bank

    Bill Miller, Managing Director & Partner at Clear Growth Capital

    Christopher Wallace, Senior Vice President at BBVA Compass Bank

    Kent Despain, Partner at B2B CFO®

    Moderated by Doug Bruhnke, Executive Director, Global Chamber Phoenix

    Hosted by Jaime Daddona and Christopher Timms, Squire Patton Boggs

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