• 08 Jan 2019 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® Phoenix and Global Chamber® overall continue to grow through our global tribe of members worldwide. We're dedicated to help members increase exports, imports, cross-metro business and cross-border growth investment... within and well beyond metro Phoenix.

    Our vision is to make selling products and services across metros and borders just as easy as selling across the street. We're making it easier for companies that seek growth to be more successful... through warm introductions, focused information and whatever each member needs. We collaborate with every organization that helps companies with global business, and so our network is uniquely supportive of members. Thank you to our global tribe for your support!

    Let's have a great 2019! Read more about our global growth HERE, and let's keep growing business into and from metro Phoenix!

    All the best, Doug

    Doug Bruhnke

    Executive Director of Global Chamber® Phoenix

    Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®


  • 05 Dec 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    A special thank you to Hugh Hallman for supporting the visit by Kazakhstan Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhanov to metro Phoenix! Also thank you to Rep. Tony Rivero for his leadership with bringing international leaders to AZ.

    There were a number of good meetings in the area capped off by a dinner hosted arranged by PCFR. At that dinner, Hugh hosted leaders from Global Chamber! Thank you!

    The dinner was wonderful! Guests included Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, plus AZ House Representative Tony Rivero, who was also instrumental in bringing the Ambassador to AZ. We're pleased to support the international initiatives to bring more foreign visitors to the region.

    See below for some photos of the event. More thanks to our attendees... including Mike Patterson of Spencer Fane, asking a question below! And Tatiana Shcherbinina of Ruspan Communications with the Ambassador and our HQ associate Andy Cho.

    Thanks to all our attendees for taking the time. It was fascinating to hear about what's happening in Kazakhstan including their complex relationship with Russia and China.

    Fun facts... China's President Ji has met with the leader of Kazakhstan 7 times this year. How's that for strategic importance?

    And we confirmed that Hugh Hallman speaks with his hands (see below). 

    The prize to the one traveling the furthers to attend... Kimberly Millier, who drove up from Mexico! Dedication!

    Our attendees... I think I got them all...

    1) Hugh Hallman - Berry Riddell and Hallman & Affiliates P.C.

    2) Mike Langley - Global Chamber Phoenix

    3) Susan Shultz - The Board Institute

    4) Bill Papazian - Lightstone Solutions

    5) Vartenin Papazian - Lightstone Solutions

    6) Suzanne Klapp - City of Scottsdale

    7) Kimberly Millier - JKM Business Consultant and Grand Canyon University

    8) Leighton Weston - Creditsafe

    9) Tatiana Shcherbinina - Ruspan Communications

    10) Vinayak Gupta - Zero Mass Water

    11) Karen Bottesch - Bank of America

    12) Marc Pierce - Lee & Associates

    13) Jovan Israel - Creditsafe

    14) Dana Pack - Fogco

    15) Michael Gossie - AZ Big Media

    16) Andy Seung Hyun Cho - Global Chamber

    17) Mel Sanderson - Freeport McMoRan

    18) Joel Barthelemy - GlobalMed (earlier session)

    19) Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber

  • 19 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Excellence in Innovation Award by Westmarc was developed to recognize individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have demonstrated an innovative concept to accomplish one of the following: fulfills a need for West Valley residents, preserves the West Valley’s assets or resources and creates an economic benefit for the West Valley. The winner? City of Surprise!!

    Excellence in Innovation Award

    WINNER: City of Surprise – AZ TechCelerator Global Concierge Services Program

    The AZ TechCelerator, a city-owned West Valley business innovation center, offers international businesses a unique Global Concierge Services program, otherwise known as a “Soft Landing” program. This program is intended to help international companies who want to expand into the U.S. market with less upfront costs and risks but with more support resources. In March 2018, the program was formally accepted into the Global Soft Landings Network by the International Business Incubation Association (lnBIA). It is now one of 31 members in more than eight countries with the highly competitive lnBIA Soft Landings designation. 

    Launching this program and achieving the formal designation at the AZ TechCelerator was both a competitive and an enormous accomplishment that will bring tremendous benefits to the West Valley, including elevated global branding, visibility, credibility, and opportunities to collaborate with lnBIA on international projects and grant proposals.

    The AZ TechCelerator has initiated several agreements with a number of international companies, including: Glympt (Portugal), Excoro (Romania), Tellspec (Canada), Valtx (Canada), Meditar (Argentina), and MagOu (Taiwan). Our member Meditar leveraged the location to do a multi-million US$ deal with an Arizona based healthcare technology provider that is also a member of Global Chamber... GlobalMed telemedicine.

    The Surprise AZ TechCelerator Global Concierge Program stands out, because it is a first-of-its-kind to directly connect global companies to the West Valley. The AZ TechCelerator itself has helped foster more than 500 West Valley jobs, and this innovative program stands to even further diversify the job growth in the West Valley in the long term. The Surprise Economic Development Department utilizes the strengths of their successful business incubation program to help remove costs, risks and obstacles to foreign-owned companies.

    Congratulations Jeanine Jerkovic, Mayor Wolcott and the entire team at City of Surprise for your innovation and winning this award!

    Pictured below include Jeanine Jerkovic, center left, City of Surprise Economic Development, and Mike Langley, center right, Global Chamber Phoenix.


  • 09 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber Phoenix partnered with member Radix Law to create a discussion about how election results will impact your business, locally and globally.

    Jon Frutkin, Principal Attorney at Radix Law moderated a conversation with Arizona Republic political reporter Dustin Gardiner and GlobalMed founder and CEO Joel E. Barthelemy. What a fun and informative evening! There were plenty of facts and a few opinions, too. The event was held at Tanzy Restaurant at Quarter One in Scottsdale.


    Joel E. Barthelemy - Founder & CEO/CEO at GlobalMed (below, left)

    Dustin Gardiner - State Political Reporter at AZCentral & Arizona Republic (below, right)

    Moderator: Jon Frutkin - Principal at Radix Law (2nd picture, left)




    Joel E. Barthelemy, Founder and CEO/COO of Scottsdale-based GlobalMed has a vision of quality, timely care for all through connected health. Barthelemy has spent the last 16 of his 30+ years in the technology industry focused on the development of connected health systems. Under Barthelemy's leadership, GlobalMed uniquely stands as the only telemedicine provider to complete all parts of the process in-house, from inception to distribution. He actively inspires the design and implementation of these effective and high-functioning telemedicine engines (both software and hardware), consistently simplifying the care delivery process within government, clinical, and commercial settings. Barthelemy has been recognized as an outstanding innovator, community advocate, and a high-growth technology company leader. Active in his community and industry, he currently sits on the board of Sun Health Services, the Arizona Bio Industry, and the ASU Health Futures Council, is an Ambassador to the Veterans’ Medical Leadership Council, and is a board advisor for SEE4Vets. In the past, Barthelemy has served as a board member at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), where he chaired the ATA’s Industry Council, and was a board member of the Visual Communications Industry Group. Barthelemy and GlobalMed annually give back to the community through generous commitments to programs such as Toys for Tots, the Jennifer Lopez Family Foundation, Blanket the City, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, the American Heart Association, the United Blood Services Blood Drive, Phoenix Theatre, Celebrity Fight Night/Mohamed Ali Parkinson’s Foundation, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and Teen Lifeline. He attended both St. Cloud State University and the Thunderbird School of International Management and received an honorable discharge as a non-commissioned officer from the United States Marine Corp Reserves.


    Dustin Gardiner covers state politics for The Arizona Republic and with a focus on the Arizona Legislature, state agencies and the statewide elections system. He has wanted to be a political reporter since 10th grade, when he started writing his high school newspaper, The Brighton BARB, in suburban Salt Lake City. He quickly realized that he loved telling people’s stories and uncovering mysteries. After graduating from the University of Utah (go Utes!) in 2009, he moved to Arizona to work as a reporter. Prior to switching to the statehouse beat, Dustin covered Phoenix City Hall for more than five years. His articles exposed conflict of interest concerns related to a downtown land sale and lobbyists who flouted the city's transparency rules. In 2017, he received the “Story of the Year” award from the Arizona Newspapers Association for his coverage of the city's land ownership practices. When he is not reporting, you’ll find him outdoors, running trails and exploring the landscape of the Southwest.


    As the founder and principal of Radix Law, Jonathan Frutkin has significant experience as an attorney, a business executive, and business owner.  Over the course of his career, he has owned a website design business, a software company, a real estate development company, and served as the developer for a national ice cream chain. Jon’s legal practice focuses on providing general counsel, including legal advice on capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy and intellectual property.  His work includes handling both domestic and international transactions on behalf of his business clients, ensuring that these matters comply with all relevant federal, state and international laws. Jon brings his talent and expertise, including real-life experience in the business world, to the practice areas of Corporate and Business Law, Corporate Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation. Jon is the author of the book Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners. His expertise in crowdfunding has resulted in regular media appearances, including in publications such as The Economist, Kiplinger Personal Finance and the Washington Post.  In the Phoenix area, he is a frequent commentator on legal issues on television, radio and print media.

    Jon founded The Frutkin Law Firm in 2007, which is now Radix Law.  He has worked diligently to put together the top legal talent available to serve the firm’s business and individual clients, starting with Partner Carrie Tatkin in early 2009. Jon has grown the firm considerably since its founding 2007, with the ultimate goal of providing quality representation to clients of all sizes.  


  • 04 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you regional members for celebrating with us this week... our 4th birthday!! It was a very special reception at the new offices of Spencer Fane and Mike Patterson - who has been a strong supporter of Global Chamber from DAY 1 (and before). Thank you, Mike!

    It was an opportunity to meet up with the Global Tribe and check-in with many of their new opportunities and progress.. 

    Thank you all for your support and collaboration. And thank you for making our journey from Phoenix to the world possible!

    Did you miss the TV program of our launch 4 years ago at City Hall? Check it out HERE or click Mayor Stanton's picture below.


  • 26 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Our Young Global Leaders (YGL) Committee did an amazing job assembling the speakers and the audience for a discussion on the entrepreneurial career track for Young Global Leaders. Inspiring!! Anything is possible with the global tribe, young or young-at-heart.

    Thank you to Mike Patterson, Andy Anderson and the legal team at Spencer Fane for sponsoring this inaugural YGL event. Because of their sponsorship, non-members could attend for free! You and your team are GREAT!!

    Thank you Tina Sweis, Susana Martinez and Maryanne Riodique for organizing!

    And our panel was off 'da charts! Thank you, all! The discussion was right on point, and it was cool to see groups assembling after the panel to discuss key topics of being an entrepreneur. See some pictures below and on our Facebook page. Follow our chapter on Twitter, too.

    Watch for more on the next Young Global Leader event being planned for February, 2019. And in the meantime, jump into a weekly globinar or another event by Global Chamber or one of our collaborators. More HERE.

    Oue panel included...

    • Aram Chavez - Teacher, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
    • Hector Placencia - Director and Co-Founder at BRH2
    • Karen Mildenhall - CEO/President KM Leadership Solutions
    • Nima Sadeghian - Owner of JAHAN Collection
    • Tina Sweis - Moderator; Social Impact Consultant


  • 16 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to the full house of globies on Friday at the 10th Annual Grow Globally Fair, with all the global resources, all together, one time per year. 

    You're amazing!

    We are in awe of ALL the global award winners, shown HERE. And we have a few pictures of some of the fun on Friday... see below. Congratulations everyone!! 

    Thank you to Chamber Business News for the write-up on several of our award winners HERE. And HERE are the award winners!

    Next up... Young Global Leaders on the 25th, and our 4th Anniversary Reception on the 1st. More HERE.

    Special thanks to Polsinelli for sponsoring! And thank you to Tommy Bahama Kierland for the gift basket! 


  • 15 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    UPS has launched a Promo geared towards small businesses with fantastic discounts for international shipping - 40% off worldwide air and 20% US to Canada ground. In addition, there is 10% off all domestic shipments. 

    The promo is transactional based,  meaning that it is necessary to key in the Promo code “EXPORT” for each shipment. Read more. And for members of Global Chamber, access this special here.



  • 14 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Last Friday was the Grow Globally Fair Phoenix, it's all the global resources in Metro Phoenix, all together, one time per year.

    Thank you to Polsinelli for again being our platinum sponsor this year! And thank you Tommy Bahama Kierland for attending and supplying a gift basket that one lucky attendee won!

    The Global Chamber® "Grow Globally Fair' is a unique, annual trade fair event for exporters, importers and investors doing international business. At the fair we also share the global business awards for 2018, shown below. Congratulations to all the winners!


    2018 Global Awards

    Exporter: EyetechDS, Melinda Trego& Keith Jackson

    Exporter with Social Impact: Zero Mass Water, VinayakGupta

    Wealth Management: Pinnacle Financial Advisors, Lennardvan der Feltz

    Connector: Grant Doyle, Global Chamber® Calgary

    Logistics Leader: Ricardo Alcubierre, UPS

    Real Estate Leader: Anita Verma, Vermaland

    Banking Leader: Vince Thelander, Bank of America

    International Attorney: Hugh Hallman, Berry Riddell 

    Diplomat: Kelly Moeur, Honorary Consul General of Japan

    Business City: City of Peoria, Mayor Cathy Carlat, Rick Buss

    Government Leader: Suzanne Klapp, City of Scottsdale

    Collaborator: ATHENA International - Valley of the Sun, Kristine Quade

    Global Tribe Leaders of the Year: Barry Wong, State of Arizona, Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise and LuisRamirez, Ramirez Advisors


    All the best, Doug


  • 06 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thanks to our Board of Advisors and all our members in metro Phoenix for your support and collaboration!

    Regarding event planning, here are initial ideas for the end of the year and through the end of 2019.

    There are a variety of global business events, meetings and activities.

    First there are regular Advisory Board meetings, typically 3-4 times per year.

    Second we're kicking off Young Global Leaders (YGL) in parallel to other programming on October 25, 2018. These events can be helpful to connect to younger leaders in the community who may be at firms that may or may not be members yet.

    Often Global Chamber chapters do tours of global business organizations... and so there could be 2-3 of these per year.

    And we do collaborator events, and we're blessed to be working with a variety of outstanding regional organizations like binational chambers (SACC, GACC, etc), Promexico, Global Ties Arizona and many more.

    Invariably there are other global business event opportunities that come up all year long from our members, the consulates and other visitors to the metro..

    And Global Chamber has weekly globinars - for our members to tap in to the latest trends and tips on global business opportunities. Those happen in parallel to all the chapter activity described here.

    That's a lot!! Now here is a DRAFT of our event agenda for 4Q2018 and through 2019 of other events besides the ones above.

    Your thoughts? Let me know at

    Draft for Review 

    (Additional Events to Advisory Board, YGL, Tours, Collaborator Events, Other Opportunities and Weekly Globinars)

    October, 2018 GC-PHX: 10/12 Grow Globally Fair Phoenix and 10/25 YGL Panel

    November, 2018 GC-PHX: 11/1 Fourth Anniversary Reception at Spencer Fane

    December, 2018 GC-PHX: 12/6 Event on Asia 'In the Japanese Friendship Garden'

    January, 2019 GC-PHX: Exporter Panel / Theme - Financing Exports

    February, 2019 GC-PHX: International State of the Metro

    March, 2019 GC-PHX: Leveraging Diversity for Global Success

    April, 2019 GC-PHX: HOT New Global Markets

    May, 2019 GC-PHX: Exporter Panel / Theme - Legal Issues

    June, 2019 GC-PHX: Welcome Global Companies to Metro Phoenix

    July, 2019 GC-PHX: Women in Global Leadership

    August, 2019 GC-PHX: Exporter Panel / Theme - Marketing and Logistics

    September, 2019 GC-PHX: Grow Globally Fair Tucson

    October, 2019 GC-PHX: Grow Globally Fair Phoenix

    November, 2019 GC-PHX: Exporter Panel / Theme - TBA

    December, 2019 GC-PHX: Market Review in the Friendship Garden


    All the best, Doug

  • 29 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    This Friday there was a full house in attendance for an Aerospace & Defense Forum update on key market activities in Arizona.

    Congratulations to our member Joanna Moore for organizing this important discussion! Global Chamber was pleased to attend and support.

    Thank you member Spencer Fane as well... and the one and only Mike Patterson... for hosting. They are located in the Esplanade, near 24th and Camelback.

    Connect to Mike and Joanna for opportunities in this market segment. Or contact Global Chamber and we'll plug you in anywhere.

    Watch for more information from Joanna on future events.

    And Mike is hosting our 4th Anniversary reception on November 1st... sign up  HERE.

    All the best, Doug Bruhnke


  • 29 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Doc Jones hosted a private party at Molina Fine Jewelers this week with members of Global Chamber and other supporters of the initiative.

    Many, many thanks to the one and only Alfredo Molina for catering and hosting the reception. It was grand as only Alfredo can do.

    Thank you to Mayor Jim Lane and many others who came out to enjoy the evening of jazz, wine, food and friends.

    Next: everyone interested in supporting Arizona International Jazz Day please contact Doc Jones HERE. He will appreciate your support!

    Are you a member who missed this and would have liked to attend? Contact me and we'll make sure you're in on future private events.

    Are you a non-member of Global Chamber? Jump in when you can to grow your business across metros and borders, and to connect with amazing people like this.

    Thank you members for your support and collaboration!

    Congratulations Doc on the launch... and we look forward to supporting your success in 2019.

    Doug Bruhnke at



  • 19 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    We were treated to a wonderful presentation and discussion on exporting and success in a Phoenix metro family business.

    Our special thanks to President Riad Nizam for sharing the journey by Master Electronics of exporting from one to many dozens of countries. We learned that their international business experience has been challenging and exciting, and ultimately rewarding and full of additional opportunities.

    'Make everything personal," said Riad Nizam, President of Master Electronics. Riad's worldwide team works hard to understand their clients and make their experience as good as it can be. His father started the business 40 years ago and they are approaching US$300 million in revenue, with a sizable amount of their business as exports. Over half of their website hits are from around the world, and sales are catching up to those percentages.

    UPS has played an important role in helping not only with shipping but also in the redesign of their e-commerce warehouse.

    Thank you to Squire Patton Boggs for hosting the event at Cityscape. And special thanks to UPS for collaborating on this event.

    Read more below about Riad. And included are a few pictures from the event. If you'd like more information, please let me know.

    Riad Nizam is the President of Master Electronics, a family-owned business celebrating over 50 years as a leading top quality electronic components distributor.  Riad received his B.S. from UC Santa Barbara, in Business/Economics and has over 15 years of increasing career level experience in the industry. His sales-driven background consistently inspires new, visionary solutions for customers and suppliers, all while encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset with his team members. Riad is an active member of YPO, pursuing a lifelong commitment to learning, developing impactful business relationships, and fostering global expansion for Master Electronics. Riad loves traveling with his wife and children to new places all around the world. He currently resides in the Phoenix area with his family.



  • 04 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    It was a privilege being invited by the McCain family to attend the Celebration of Life Service this week representing my home country of El Salvador and as Executive Director of the Consular Corps of Arizona .
    Senator McCain visited El Salvador five times with Presidents Reagan, Bush father and son, and President Obama.
    When I asked him  on several occasions what he liked the best of the country, he always remarked ... "the hearts of the people."

    Meeting Larry Fitzgerald  and listening to his eulogy remarks that were powerful  brought to my mind the recent Fountain Hills local elections

    In our community. There is no reason why the anger factor and sometimes hatred in our community can’t be nullified so we can all work together for a better and higher level of excellence and tranquility in our community.

    Throughout all of the eulogies delivered the clear message was for a better world full of friendship a stronger level of compromise and respect to one another .

    Clearly we are not the only community that unfortunately suffers from the hostility of some residents, but now is the time to change and create a new beginning .

    It was an honor to attend the services of an individual who always respected and supported the 1.8 million Latinos in the State of Arizona and on behalf of Consular Corps of Arizona,


    Rest In Peace good friend.


    Enrique Melendez

    Honorary Consul of El Salvador


    Executive Director 

    Consular Corps of Arizona





  • 04 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Senator John McCain was a hero, living a life marked with courage and public service.

    He followed his father's example and served in the military, getting shot down and captured as a prisoner of war, refusing release until every soldier captured before him was let go first. Read more here. When he returned home after 5-1/2 years of imprisonment, he became a U.S. Senator known for being a 'Maverick', often doing what he thought was right regardless of his party's position, and being strong enough to admit mistakes. 

    Senator McCain created The McCain Institute, dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and dignity. Read more. 

    He was a larger-than-life leader, and no matter your politics, I encourage you to read more about Senator McCain's inspiring life of service here.

    "Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you, but is not defined by your existence alone." - Senator John McCain


  • 29 Aug 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Once again our hosts Squire Patton Boggs, and moderator Jaime Daddona, outdid themselves! Great room, wonderful view, awesome speakers and sustenance to keep us going for the full 90 minutes and more. Thank you!

    We learned from all our panelists, and audience members, too! Thanks to everyone for attending and participating. 

    Moderator: Jaime Daddona, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, again did all the things AHEAD of the meeting to make the conversation full of insights, ideas and inspiration.

    Let's keep the momentum going!

    Our Speakers... and you can see their bios HERE. Pictures below and HERE on Global Chamber® Phoenix facebook.

    - Debi Lane, CEO at LunchboxWax

    - Janice WashingtonState Director at AZ Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    - Deborrah Himsel, President at Himsel & Associates and Adjunct Faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management

    - Keri PickPartner, Accounting & Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche LLP

    Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer at City of Phoenix & Honorary Consul for the U.K. (Arizona)

    Before this event you probably didn't know all this...

    • One of Debi's first hires was a VP of Culture.
    • Hank's Mom was REALLY hoping for a girl when he was born.
    • The Mexican Senate now has more women than men.
    • Women account for 38% of heads of state, worldwide.
    • It's typically harder for women to ask for money than men (with some very notable exceptions!!)
    • The number of countries with women as the top political leader has increased from 6 in 1990 to 70 today.
    • Initiatives to engage young people in Jordan have 75% of 18 years olds registered to vote.
    • The impact of violence in countries around the world has women coming together to take action.
    • Diversity, inclusion and empowerment are key areas to inspire and impact change.
    • Business performance can improve with more gender-balanced and diverse board, like THIS study.

    Next step for members... keep connecting with each other and let's move the needle forward. Let us know if you'd like a warm intro to anyone.

    Not yet a member? There's an easy fix to that! Join the global tribe!

    All the best, Doug Bruhnke

    CEO/founder of Global Chamber® and Executive Director of Global Chamber® Phoenix

    Some photos...


  • 15 Aug 2018 by Doug Bruhnke


    Cherylee Francis, NWEAZ Founder, (520) 975-2565

    Special thanks to Barry Wong at the State of Arizona for forwarding this information.

    FLAGSTAFF, AZ – August 15, 2018 – Members of the Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona have been invited as keynote speaker and panelist to the Global Women’s Trade Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 6 - 8, 2018. This annual summit brings together international thought leaders, successful women entrepreneurs and high-level corporate figures who will share their journeys and experiences.

    Local media production company, CFproductions LLC, owner and founder of the Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona (NWEAZ), Cherylee Francis (Navajo), along with Tinhorn Consulting LLC, owner April Tinhorn (Hualapai/Navajo/Chinese), will travel to Mongolia. The acceptance of their invitation not only means representing Native women from their tribal communities and Arizona, but also all American women entrepreneurs.

    “It is an honor and a tremendous responsibility for our group to be U.S. representatives at the summit. As keynote speaker, I see this as an opportunity to convey my small business experience, express our tribal values, and to share the stories of our native women entrepreneurs. This is also an opportunity to promote Native American women and the importance of how indigenous trade and commerce has always been apart of our communities. The value of this event is for our entrepreneurial business women to join with the Mongolian women and to explore new partnerships strengthening the invaluable experience of cultural exchange on an international level”, said Cherylee Francis.

    Adds Francis, “While the keynote speaker and panelist accommodations and registration will be provided by the summit, donations are welcome to go towards airfare and other traveling expenses. Please consider donating in support of representing American Women Entrepreneurs!”

    About Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona (NWEAZ) A supportive, social network advancing Native Women Business Owners through advocacy, leadership, and data. Established for Native American Women Business Owners who must have registered & incorporated their company 3+ years in the State of Arizona. The goal is to have a better understanding with the information we provide, creating a new truth collectively on what it means to do business as Native Women-Owned Businesses.


  • 01 Aug 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Moore, nominated by the Aerospace & Defense Executive Board as chairperson. The Chair for the past two years has been another member of Global Chamber - Moses Koyabe, who is a Global Advisor for Global Chamber in Africa.

    Joanna has impressive accomplishments in the Aerospace industry. She is a global strategy and business development leader with industry experience in Asia/China and Europe - including her home country Poland. Joanna is President of The Americas Aerospace Cluster (AAC), a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing together the aerospace industry in the USA and connecting with the global network of aerospace clusters facilitating related investment, job creation, collaboration and R&D. 

    The mission of the AAC Cluster to connect the aerospace industry with local and national governments, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, research centers and non-profit organizations to grow aerospace in different regions and sectors. Some of you attended or learned about the successful event that the AAC Cluster held earlier this year at Sanctuary Resort on Paradise Valley.

    Joanna has worked at Boeing as manager of Boeing Defense & Commercial, Systems & Materials & Structures engineering, She is a Global Advisor for Global Chamber in Poland.

    Congratulations to Moses Koyabe for  his successful two year tenure, and for helping to find such a worthy successor!

    Learn more about the Aerospace & Defense Forum by clicking HERE.

    Learn more about the Americas Aerospace Cluster by clicking HERE.


  • 26 Jul 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    That was fun! Thank you to our hosts Tiffany & Bosco, to ALL our speakers and to everyone who attended the Global Chamber® event last night.

    Below... Dean Sanjeev Khagram is shown with all the Thunderbird students and graduates present. Dr. Khagram gave a stirring introductory keynote about Thunderbird, the opportunities, and listening to the global tribe in developing his next steps. The school is looking for more great students, too.

    Also below... May Lu of Tiffany & Bosco kicks things off! The theme of the event was supporting companies that are going global as they land, and those already landed, too. What a line-up of supporters we had! In addition to so many of you in the room, we heard from Tony Banegas of the Consular Corps, Vince Thelander of Bank of America, Rick Buss of City of Peoria, Rod Beach of Cresa Partners, Kiyoko Toyama of the Japanese Friendship Garden and Sanjeev Khagram.

    If you're a member and would like to connect with any of the speakers, or anyone you may have met but don't have their contact info... please let us know!

    If you're not yet a member, why not? You now have more ways to join, as Susana Martinez and Tina Sweis explained, with Young Global Leaders professional membership. Here's a link with more information.

    Watch for more information on Young Global Leaders and much, much more. If you're a member in need of warm connections... reach out and let me know. AND we have a busy line-up of global business fun in the coming weeks, including Women in Global Leadership 8/29.

    Next up... on Tuesday, July 31st... join us at Skysong for a discussion of how to handle international visitors from some experts. Cross-cultural: Hosting International Visitors 7/31.

    More pictures at our Facebook page for Global Chamber Phoenix HERE.


  • 09 Jun 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Innovation is accelerating in the United States at a faster rate than talent can be developed, creating the need for companies to seek out foreign talent and alternative, up-to-date solutions. Offshoring to lowest cost countries like India has been a traditional solution. There is another solution for agile firms in the Americas, and Anurag Kumar, CEO of iTexico, shared more on ‘nearshoring.’ in a lunch and learn session at Global Chamber Phoenix last week.

    Nearshoring is the outsourcing of a business process to a nearby country, as opposed to offshoring which outsources to countries far away. In nearshoring, both parties benefit from geographical proximity and cultural, social, and political affinities. The practice of nearshoring is becoming increasingly common in the high-tech industry.

    In the case of iTexico, the firm has built an outsourcing of IT services engine with Mexico, with their own headquarters in Austin, Texas. Through their nearshoring PLUS model, iTexico extends benefits to their clients including IT teams with similar cultural norms within the same time zone, and with closer proximity to facilitate communication. The nearshoring model developed by iTexico has benefited from ever-increasing numbers of talented IT students across Mexico who help provide state-of-the-art support for companies all across the U.S..

    Anurag predicts that the present trends in outsourcing and economic development in some metropolitan areas in Mexico closely mirrors that of India’s ‘IT boom’ over a decade ago. Mexico is on its way to becoming a major center for high tech innovation as more companies tap in to the nearshoring and nearshoring plus models.

    For oue members looking to innovate, why worry about building IT teams to ramp up and down with each new initiative, when a company like iTexico is doing this work every day, with resources are state-of-the-art and less expensive than local IT talent? It's an alternative to help accelerate the growth of your own firm across metros and borders.

    About Anurag Kumar and iTexico

    Anurag Kumar is an entrepreneurial global business growth executive with experience in Mexico based Nearshore IT, digital transformation solutions, professional/consulting services, offshore outsourcing and mobile solutions. He has proven leadership skills and experience in launching, leading and managing global teams and held executive positions with Dell, IBM Global Services, KPMG, Unisys, TCS and start-ups in the US, Mexico, UK, and India.

    iTexico is a global software technology company that focuses on helping businesses with mobile development throughout a project’s lifecycle under a nearshore model. The company was founded by seasoned entrepreneurs in 2010 and has its headquarters in Austin, Texas, a regional office in Silicon Valley, and a wholly owned software development and delivery center in Guadalajara, and Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since 2011, iTexico has experienced 500% growth and maintains strong business partnerships with many large-scale tech companies, including Kofax, IBM, Xamarin, and Microsoft. The company is a multiple year Inc 5000 growth award winner.

    Read more about iTexico

    Contact Anurag and the team at iTexico through the Global Chamber Directory or by sending an e-mail HERE.


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