• 13 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® welcomes collaboration with other organizations that help companies be more successful, locally and across metros and border. 

    We’ve recently entered into another collaborative relationship with the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians are a 75+ year old organization that used to be a committee of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, but now they are an independent entity.

    The Phoenicians has a long history of outreach to businesses, institutions and government.  They do this via luncheons with interesting speakers and by arranging field trips to go out and visits these entities in person.  Their purpose is to educate and to connect others with resources. 

    Global Chamber® members are now eligible to participate in Phoenician luncheons and trips. 

    Watch our calendar for their events.

  • 11 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued a Proclamation proclaiming "March 2018 as 'Women's History Month' and March 8, 2018 as 'International Women's Day' " to recognize the contributions and achievements of women to our state, nation and society.

    We encourage you to read more about the Int'l Women's Day Awards by ATHENA Valley of the Sun on our facebook page HERE.



  • 21 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    This week we were pleased to welcome to Global Chamber...  Chief Executive Director of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Keiichi Nishimoto for a discussion of expanding support for business between the US and Japan.

    Nishimoto san met with our global tribe including from left... Masaya Uchida of Sojitz, Rick Moore of Research on Investment (ROI), AZ-Japan Honorary Consul Kelly Moeur, Susan Garber of Garber Marketing (Tucson). 

    There are a variety of proactive 'Invest Japan' initiatives that are available. Also there is a variety of assistance available for exporters to Japan. Please contact us for more information.

    JETRO Executive Sachiko Yonemura based in Tokyo will be speaking an an upcoming Global Chamber "Women in Global Leadership" event.


  • 27 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The First Future of Global Aerospace Market & Strategic Partnership Conference discussed the Future of the Aerospace Market and the very complex world of aerospace strategic partnerships. Congratulations Dr. Joanna Szydlo-Moore of Circculus for this successful 1st year event at Sanctuary Resort. Wow! It was great!

    Shown (below) - the kickoff dinner with keynote speaker Alfredo Molina, Chairman of the Consular Corps AZ and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers.

    During the conference there was a discussion of market trends and how executives can position their corporate strategies for OEMs, Airlines and their partners to be successful.

    There were a variety of key sub-topics (below) and attendees were treated to high-level contacts in Aerospace from around the state and world.

    • CMO, commercial and military OEM’s strategies
    • After market strategy
    • Strategic partnership and offsets
    • How to become global aerospace supplier?
    • Export challenges & opportunities
    • Applied technology collaboration & innovation
    • Aerospace key tools & IT challenges
    • Importance of lobbing & local governments support


  • 26 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Several members of the global tribe met with U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to discuss global trade opportunities.

    Exporters in the delegation included Joel Barthelemy of GlobalMed and Jim Ratcliff of Rowpar Pharmaceuticals. Carol Colombo, US Trade Rep for Arizona was also part of the discussion as we found common ground on trade issues. Rep. Sinema 'gets it' - and is a long time supporter of NAFTA, TPP and Exim Bank.

    Good news: she's running for U..S. Senate... and Arizona will not lose its' voice on trade when Senator Flake leaves if Rep. Sinema is elected. In many ways she is stronger than Senator Flake, who has opposed Exim Bank without a reasonable explanation why other than ideology.

    Running for Kyrsten Sinema's seat is Mayor Greg Stanton, who we know as a cross-border trade force, especially with Mexico. And so this looks so far!

    Thank you global tribe for raising your voice for trade.


    From left, Nicholas Odem, Joel Barthelemy, Mike Langley, Carol Colombo, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Jim Ratcliff, Tina Sweis and Doug Bruhnke.

  • 12 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    With 85% of business growth happening outside of the U.S., and over 99.7% of new business being created outside of Arizona, more and more companies and communities are accessing new global opportunities. That's why we're here... helping members of Global Chamber access new opportunities, and GROW!

    Last month Jeanine Jerkovic, Director of Economic Development for City of Surprise, delivered the International Report Card for Metro Phoenix as part of the International State of the Metro, by Global Chamber Phoenix.

    Jeanine shared mostly good news! Regional businesses are increasingly taking advantage of global business opportunities, and growing.

    It wasn’t always that way, as Arizona historically has made slower progress with international trade compared to most coastal states and other regions, including Colorado and Illinois. Those states along with Florida, New York and California have higher exports per capita and foreign direct investment (FDI). Exports and FDI support approximately 190,000 jobs in Arizona, and if the state could deliver global business like those states, another 100,000 jobs would be created. That’s the benefit of looking outside our borders for opportunity!

    Many regional businesses have seen the opportunity of tapping into the global pool, and they’re bringing money back to metro Phoenix in the way of export dollars, foreign direct investment and tourism. Jeanine’s overall report card of B+ for Arizona was an improvement from 4 years ago when the region was at best at B-. For example, regional export success stories that are creating jobs include BioHumaNetics, growing aggressively in Latin America, Wisdom Natural Brands, a recent winner of a national U.S. export award, and GlobalMed Telemedicine, gaining significant national and international contracts in 2017. Exports from the metro have grown to $12.8 billion per year, with top export markets being Mexico, Canada, China, the U.K., Germany, Singapore, Japan and Thailand.

    Also regional foreign direct investment successes are on the rise, including IRIS USA from Japan in Surprise, and Scientex from Malaysia and Zummit Plastics from Mexico in Phoenix. These are significant investments that found their way to Arizona. The region still has a long way to go, but we are lucky to have many talented business leaders here who are blazing the trail to grow exports and encourage investment.

    Global Chamber members are involved with global business through exporting, importing, tourism and investment. For instance it is noted that some recent notable commercial real estate transactions have a global component.

    “Like the 618,000 SF deal signed by UPS as a distribution hub for e-commerce,” said Rod Beach, Principal at Cresa Phoenix. “In addition, McKesson moved from Old Town Scottsdale to the 101 in Scottsdale, increasing their presence in the local market, driven by global growth.”

    The City of Phoenix has grown to almost 1.7 million residents, ranking as the 5th most populous city in the United States. As more business continues to expand and relocate to Phoenix, industry has become more diverse. 

    “Commercial space vacancies continue to decline, pushing rental rates up to record market highs,” says Renee Ervanian, Senior Vice President at Heiple Travers Realty. “In depth market knowledge and creativity are now required when a business is looking to relocate and secure a new location.”

    Some of the metro cities especially Surprise and Phoenix, and to some extent Tempe, have global programs in place to increase exposure to, and success with, foreign investors. Activities like Jeanine Jerkovic’s recent meetings with Global Chamber members from other countries and her team’s active work in Toronto, bode well for future growth and success.

    These programs often create investment that replaces more traditional commercial real estate.

    “More medical offices, call centers and other firms are moving to retail centers to take advantage of their abundant parking and easy access,” said Paul Blum of WestUSA Commercial Real Estate. “Forward thinking developers and contractors will benefit from re-purposing shopping centers and industrial buildings to the new economic imperatives.”

    The recent announcement of Bill Gates’ development or the new City of Belmont near Buckeye will have major global and local implications as well.

    “The impact of Belmont on the Arizona economy will be tremendous,” said Anita Verma-Lallian, Director at Vermaland.  “The region will benefit from the growth of Belmont.  Additionally, not only does it identify Arizona as a cutting edge place to build a city of the future, it highlights the natural characteristics Arizona has to support a cutting edge city that will revolutionize future developments.”

    Tapping in to global opportunities drives success locally. According to NAR, Infographic Report 2017, “US Home Sales to Foreigners Skyrocket”, Arizona is highlighted as one of the top 5 states for foreign buyers. with Florida, Texas, California and New Jersey, with total sales of $153 billion.

    “That is a 49% increase from the year before from top nations, such as China, Canada, UK, Mexico and India,” says Maha Kapageridis, Realtor® with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Arizona, working with foreign investors.

    Are you interested to learn more about the global business opportunities?

    Contact us!

    Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber


    Doug Bruhnke is CEO/founder of Global Chamber, a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world, helping companies and communities gain access to global growth opportunities.


    Some additional resources...

    Global Chamber Phoenix:

    Global Chamber Tucson:

    Global Chamber:

    Arizona District Export Council:

    Global Ties AZ:

    Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations:

    Scottsdale Sister Cities:

  • 24 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to the global tribe for attending last night's International State of the Metro!

    We were honored to have amazing speakers... thank you ALL! Jeanine kicked it off with our most comprehensive report card on international activities, EVER! Watch for a separate blog post on that.

    • Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise: Metro Phoenix International Report Card
    • Kate Gallego - Phoenix City Councilwoman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Daniel Valenzuela - Phoenix City Councilman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Dr. Heather Ross - Candidate for AZ CD 6: Regional/Federal Opportunities
    • Maria Elena Gallego - President & CEO at Collectron Int'l: Business Viewpoint

    The VERY FIRST time that the announced Phoenix Mayoral Candidates spoke in public, they discussed international business.

    How far have we come as a community? WOW!

    Thank you to all our sponsors as well! You're amazing!!

    • DIRTT - thank you for hosting!
    • Collectron International - thank you Maria Elena for speaking, too!
    • Tommy Bahama Scottsdale (Kierland) - thank you for donating the gift basket, won by Naini Mandala, Dr. Director of IT at Albertson's Companies of Phoenix.


  • 17 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    As the Mayor of Buckeye and the Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, one might wonder why I am promoting exporting. There are a number of good reasons. People may not realize Buckeye is located just 356 miles from the port in Los Angeles. This proximity to California means that exporting and freight are essential to the future growth of Buckeye, as well as the Sun Corridor. Our rapid population growth in Buckeye and throughout the region means we are very interested in how we can grow high wage jobs for our residents. Jobs in exporting have higher average wages.

    For these reasons and more, I invite you to join the 2018 EDGE (Economic Development for the Global economy) Program.

    The 2018 Sun Corridor EDGE Program celebrates and supports businesses that are selling to international markets. Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors are invited to apply for this program by February 28, 2018. Businesses in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties are encouraged to apply at Please join us on April 26, 2018 as we highlight the businesses that are showing the world that the Sun Corridor is open for business. Businesses that join the EDGE Program may also participate in one of two ExporTech boot camps. All their costs will be reimbursed when they develop their export plan and complete the three month class. Assistance is also available to help them go to market, such as attending trade shows in other countries.

    This work is made possible thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, as well as through the partnership of regional planning agencies and economic development organizations in the Sun Corridor.

    By Mayor Jackie Meck, City of Buckeye

    Regional Council Chair, Maricopa Association of Governments

  • 04 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to our members for supporting this crazy fun idea of helping business grow across metros and borders!

    We get to have enjoy coming in to work every day because of you. It is with gratitude that we begin 2018.

    The idea of Global Chamber began in the businesses of Phoenix metro, and now as we start our 4th year and our membership is climbing.

    We're so thankful!

    Our daily efforts have evolved from events-only to providing warm introductions to new clients, partners and resources to help companies and communities grow. We also now provide mentoring and peer-to-peer advisory for leaders and companies valuing a global mindset and the key activities it takes to grow across metros and borders.

    So again we thank you very much for your support. And let us know how we can help further.

    All the best, Doug

  • 17 Dec 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    It's coming! The 11th Annual International State of the Metro featuring a walking dinner with wine at DIRTT that features globally-minded leaders in business, government and in the community, coming together for a discussion of how we're doing.... and what's next.

    Jeanine Jerkovic at City of Surprise (2nd from left) will provides the annual report card, and government and business leaders will share their opinions and outlook at our annual signature event. We're sharing global news, challenges and opportunities for companies based in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

    Other speakers include leaders in City Council Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela... both announced candidates for Mayor of Phoenix!

    And in addition we're honored for our CEO/President speaker to be Maria Elena Gallego of Collectron International (right).

    Thank you to our sponsors... Collectron International, DIRTT and Tommy Bahama (Kierland)... for again providing a special gift basket!

    Well before Global Chamber was founded, this was an event we did annually... and 10 years ago plus 2 months our FIRST EVER event was with Rod Miller of GPEC providing his insights on Phoenix Metro. WOW - have we come a LONG WAY!

    Join us by signing up HERE!

    As usual, members are free, and non-members pay a nominal amount to hang out with the global tribe!

  • 09 Dec 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to Qinqin and Tucker Quayle for hosting a large delegation of University leaders from China in Phoenix this week. Some of the delegation is shown at left at the opening reception held at Paradise Valley Country Club.

    Thank you to the Arts & Education Committee of Global Chamber Phoenix for helping to arrange local connections with ASU, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa Community Colleges and University of Phoenix.

    And thank you to our members who participated - all of whom have connections to China in their businesses and personal activities.

    Global Chamber is dedicated to creating and supporting the connections for companies and communities to be more successful. 

    The conversations here were exciting! Filled with technology and business opportunities. One example was a Phoenix-based firm with significant R&D activities at ASU - and discussions centered on joint materials opportunities - in energy, battery development and more.

    Are you interested in making more connections to business opportunities in other metros and countries? Contact us.

    Are you interested in learning more about our committees including the Arts & Education Committee? Contact us.


  • 13 Nov 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We’re pleased to share Enlightened Growth Leadership℠, an initiative by Global Chamber® to help organizations build the leadership capacity they need to grow across metros and across borders, anywhere they wish to grow around the world. 

    Our initiative is designed to leverage the power of people within the organization across all spectrums of unique backgrounds, both women and men, and to accelerate growth and to enhance business performance. A pilot program is starting in 15 chapters of Global Chamber®, and we encourage you to get involved as a participant, sponsor, or both.

    The advancement of professionals and executives has always been at the core of Global Chamber. Thirty years ago a Korean-American professional approached me to help her get a position at DuPont-Korea, and despite my best efforts, they told us 'NO - there is no place for a woman in our customer-facing organization'. Then 20 years ago I fought and eventually implemented having an 'office lady' in a Dupont joint venture's Osaka office to be in sales. The office leaders told me 'no one at Toyota will ever by from a woman', and of course she became their best salesperson." Then 10 years ago a man in a prominent political family stood up in a room in Phoenix and told us that we need to 'keep foreigners ouf of Arizona because they take our jobs', and the Global Chamber inspiration came alive. We will not keep foreigners out of Arizona, and we will not keep capable business out of executive suites and board rooms - because all capable people should be empowered to grow their companies across the city, across metros and around the world.

    The three components of Enlightened Growth Leadership℠ are shared below with more details of how to get involved. 

    1. Events. Each participating chapter will hold events on a regular basis and at least twice per year on topics pertinent to educating and inspiring members to achieve more. The first event is ‘Women in Global Leadership’, and a second event is “Diversity in Global Leadership’. Chapter may choose additional topics consistent with member needs and interests. 

    2. Mentoring. Participants who are members of Global Chamber® will be matched up with mentors that fit the requirements they feel are needed for their own personal development. Considerations will be geography, market segment, gender, experience, personality and more, and progress will be documented.

    3. Consulting and Certification. Participants and organizations seeking additional support beyond events and mentoring to create a more productive and diverse team will have the option to further engage experts within the membership of Global Chamber® for additional progress.

    Our goals are to… 

    •    Provide women and all leaders the information and mentoring they can use to optimize their own career and support their organizations.

    •    Create a more diverse and respectful workplace that at the same time nurtures innovation, productivity and success.

    •    Form a community of enlightened leaders to provide feedback and be a source of inspiration and hope for all leaders of all types.

    •    Advance the success of members of Global Chamber®.

    Read more at this link, and watch for more in the coming days.

    We are uniquely qualified to have a most positive impact for companies and leaders because Global Chamber® is in hundreds of locations across every culture, we're focused on business and personal growth, many of our members are experts in this area and we're passionate about seeing everyone in the global tribe succeed.

    The historical changes happening in the workplace today are making our efforts most timely.

    Join us!

    Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber and Executive Director, Global Chamber Phoenix

    Contact me

  • 11 Nov 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    By Moses Koyabe, member of Global Chamber®

    The 2nd Arizona UAS Summit & Expo organized by Aerospace Arizona Association in partnership with the AUVSI Saguaro Chapter occurred this week.  The event brought together experts, industry, academia, legislature and policy makers, military, first responders and disaster relief, regional business leaders and economic developers to highlight emerging trends shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry on the international, national and regional levels.

    Aerospace Arizona Association Chair Mignonne Hollis and ADEC member Moses Koyabe teamed up to host a variety of dignitaries among whom were AZ Senator Bob Worsley, Chair of the Transportation Committee and AUVSI CEO Brian Wynne from Washington DC.

    Conducted November 6-8, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona, the event assembled more than 120 attendees and offered access into the impressive UAS ecosystem in our region, opened up visits to our ASU Poly Campus at Mesa Gateway and created networking opportunities designed for decision makers currently or potentially linked to UAS.

    With more than 1,200 aerospace companies and the largest government-based UAS center in the world located in Arizona, the Southwest’s role in furthering the breakout of commercial UAS activity or the continuation of mission critical UAS operations is primed to expand.

    As organizers for this event, we are driving to stimulate and accelerate local activities and out of state partnerships that will feed into various economic markets.

    Moses Koyabe

  • 08 Nov 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    It's our birthday... we turned 3 years old... and we start our 4th year.

    Thank you global tribe! We're here because of your support. Read more.

    We celebrate the business growth of our members. From Surprise to Apache Junction, and Anthem to Florence, metro Phoenix continues to swell with companies reaching to new markets, new metros and new countries. Congratulations to you!!

    And of course much more can be done, and we're here to support your growth across our metro area, to other metro areas and across borders around the world.

    Thank you to all the globies who came out to our happy hour on Friday!

    There were many folks who we haven't seen for a while - and that's great! Thanks for reengaging! And of course thanks as always to our diligent global tribe, like Kevin Hull of BMO Harris Bank, Jennifer Clack of Wells Fargo Bank, Steve Shefveland of Emerging Global, the amazing Kevin Youngblood, and so many more.

    Thank you all!

    Next up... we're rolling out an 'enlightened growth leadership' initiative in the coming weeks to help companies grow more effectively and successfully.  Read more.

    And we have a variety of events including the 11/16 meeting on global climate change, the 11/18 global career roundtable (members only) and the 11/21 New Opportunities in Europe. As a member you may also engage by joining one of our advisory board committees - let's talk about what's the right one for you. Contact us.


  • 31 Oct 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to Reiko Reavis and Kiyoko Toyama of the Japanese Friendship Garden for hosting us in a discussion of new business opportunities.

    We were joined by both in-person attendees AND a world-wide audience for the Global Chamber® multi-metro globinar. Thank you to our speakers and attendees all over the world. Also thank you to Hana Sushi in Phoenix and to the Japanese Friendship Garden for food and beverage after the presentations.

    The conversation covered Asia overall with deeper dives into Japan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and India.

    Listen HERE to the broadcast on Youtube. And HERE for the discussion on India by Vinod Bhimrajka - see speakers below.

    Contact us for more information and to pure specific opportunities.


    Kevin Crowell - President, Asia Business Group. Kevin provides access to new customers and markets in the US and Japan. With offices on both sides of the Pacific, Asia Business Group is bilingual, bilateral, global & local. The U.S. headquarters is based in Chicago, Illinois. For a comprehensive overview of Asia Business Group, please visit:

    Raihan Hadi - Global Advisor, Global Chamber® Bangladesh. Raihan specializes in business planning (currently in the tourism industry), PR, market development (real estate sector) and brand management in Bangladesh. He believes that success keeps our livelihood alive and there is no end in pursuing for more. Raihan likes fixing glitches within and outside the system and helping people, and creating new things.

    James Herendeen - Managing Director / CEO, The Herendeen Group. Based in Bangkok with a team in key cities within Thailand, James and his troup are well- positioned to help companies capture new opportunities. He brands, elevates and gives them a strong presence to succeed in a variety of industry segments. 

    Shams Rusli - Director, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Shams Rusli has been working for the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) for more than 15 years in various departments including Life Science Industry Division, Foreign Investment Coordination Division and overseas offices. Shams is the Director of MIDA in New York since October 2016. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of MIDA in Houston from 2014 to 2016 and Deputy Director of MIDA in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2010. Shams graduated from the University Utara Malaysia with a Bachelor of Accountancy (B.A. Honours) in 1997. He is a certified public accountant and a registered member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is the government’s principal agency for the promotion of the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia.

    Vinod Bhimrajka - Executive Director, Global Chamber® Mumbai. Vinod is growing the reach and membership for Global Chamber and he is also a Director in the Bhimrajka Group of companies, a family-owned business with diversified activities across plastics, rubber, and industrial coatings. Polmann India Ltd., one of the core businesses, is a leading distributor of performance polymers and chemicals in India. His experience in engaging with leading multinational companies such as Dow Chemicals, DuPont, Clariant Chemicals etc. has helped him gain extensive insight into the intricacies and benefits of doing global business and helping members leverage cross-border opportunities.

    Colin Christie - Executive Director, Global Chamber® Manila. Colin is a serial entrepreneur, connector and collaborator. He serves as the Executive Director of Global Chamber® Manila, which helps member and sponsor companies grow globally through a community of CEO's,  executives, professionals and students in 525 metros around the world. Colin is a pioneer in the Philippine IT/BPM industry and served as a founding board member of the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP). Colin has practiced a life-long passion for embracing transformative technologies, spanning many industries, from manufacturing, to software, to healthcare and education. Colin is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - CEO/founder of Global Chamber®.

  • 09 Oct 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Wow! Best ever!

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

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

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

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

    Global Awards for Metro Phoenix 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Global Business City of the Year: City of Surprise

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

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

    Global Attorney of the Year: Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

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

    Global Business Media Champion: KJZZ 91.5

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





    Trade Tables 2017 - Expected and Confirmed (in bold)

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

    - Affiliate (and Other Metro) Member Table

       - Afex

       - AHT Insurance

       - Global Tax Network

       - iTexico

       - National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade

       - Tempus

    - Africa Business Portal

    - Akos MD

    - Arizona Business Bank

    - Arizona District Export Council

    - Arizona Microcredit Initiative

    - Arizona Technology Council

    - Blue Marble Global Payroll

    - BMO Harris Bank

    - Business Enterprise Mapping

    - CH Robinson

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

    - Citizens' Climate Lobby

    - City of Phoenix

    - City of Phoenix ExporTech

    - City of Surprise

    - City of Tempe

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

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

    - Countries of the United Kingdom

    - Country of Brazil

    - Country of Japan

    - Country of Malaysia

    - Creditsafe

    - Esperança

    - Export-Import Bank of the United States

    - G&A Advisors

    - General Southwest Insurance Agency

    - German American Chamber of Commerce

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

    - Global Benefits Group (GBG) Insurance Without Borders℠

    - Global Chamber®

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

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

    - Global Chamber® Phoenix

    - Global Chamber® Tucson

    - Global Protocol

    - Global Ties AZ

    - Global Ties AZ China Town Hall

    - Greater Phoenix Economic Council

    - Grow Globally Fair Tucson (March 2018)

    - Heartmade Gorditas

    - iGlobal Business Consulting

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

    - Japanese Friendship Garden

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

    - KJZZ 91.5 FM

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

    - Mercantile Logistics & International Trade

    - MPEXA (Metro Phoenix Export Alliance)

    - Nuanced Media

    - Phoenix InBusiness Magazine

    - Polsinelli

    - Pro Back Office

    - Project C.U.R.E

    - ProMexico

    - Q Logistics Group

    - Safed House

    - SBA (Small Business Administration)

    - Sister Cities International

    - Sonora Software / Pinnacle Aerospace

    - Source Business School

    - Southwest Mobile Apps

    - Thunderbird School of Global Management - Executive Education

    - Thunderbird School of Global Management - Students/Recruiting

    - Tiffany & Bosco PA

    - Tommy Bahama (Kierland)

    - U.S. Commercial Service

    - U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

    - U.S. Trade Development Agency

    - UPS


  • 29 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

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

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

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

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

    Here are my top 12 take-aways...

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



    - Jaime Daddona, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs


    - Carol May, CEO, Wisdom Natural Brands®

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

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

    - Emily Chism, Customer Retention & Development Manager, Expeditors

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

    - Nia Febriyanti, Product Manager, PT Danamon Bank Indonesia



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


    Speaker Biographies

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


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


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


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


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



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

  • 26 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

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

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

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


    Global Awards for Metro Phoenix 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Global Business City of the Year: City of Surprise

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

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

    Global Attorney of the Year: Gerrit Steenblik, Polsinelli

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

    Global Business Media Champion: KJZZ 91.5

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


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

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

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

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


  • 06 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

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

    Last year we covered the topic of international trade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more HERE.




  • 03 Sep 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Here's MORE on all those.

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

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