• 27 Sep 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    NOTE: This opportunity is sold out!

    Thunderbird School of Global Management Executive Education, would like to offer Global Chamber members a 100% scholarship to our up-coming in-person leadership development experiences.

    These learning experiences are 3.5 days in length with a capstone executive experience. The Leading Diverse Teams for Collaborative Results and Strategic Influence & Negotiation programs will be offered the first week of October and there are currently 5 spaces in each program to offer a full scholarship for Global Chamber members.


    Upcoming Opportunities


    ·        October 5-8, 2016

    o   Phoenix, AZ: Leading Diverse Teams for Collaborative Results

    o   Counts for 22.5 Project Management Institute PDU’s for those maintaining PMI licensure

    o   Immersive Experience: Leadership Lessons from the Special Forces

























    ·        October 10-13, 2016

    o   Phoenix, AZ: Strategic Global Influence & Negotiation

    o   Immersive Experience:  Space Exploration


     Program Tuition:

    Individual Course Tuition: $7,900

    For Global Chamber members: $0

    Includes meals, hotel accommodations, course materials, and Immersive Executive Experience.


    This is an exclusive and limited offer to Global Chamber members.

    While supply lasts!


    Contact Doug Bruhnke at Global Chamber and we'll work with Thunderbird School of Global Management on your application.


  • 22 Sep 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Wow - that was fun! Grow Globally PHX was Tuesday afternoon.

    Thank you to the global tribe for coming out to Grow Globally PHX!

    Thank you to the exporters! You're busy... and within a couple hours you get to meet all the global resources in Phoenix, all together, one time per year! You now know how valuable that it is to grow your business!

    Thank you to the service providers and other regional resources! You're busy.... and you now have a world-class understanding of what's available here in the region and have gained more ways to help companies grow.

    Thank you to our members.! You're busy... and coming out with the global tribe makes us all stronger. Special thanks to Lyle Rusonowski, CEO of Phoenix-based Delta Technology for being part of the discussion with our live call to Global Chamber Manila... exporting and growing to the world!

    Thank you to our sponsors! Starting with Polsinelli... you're busy... but you always find time to be there for us and companies growing into Mexico and around the world.

    And to SoftwareOne and Tommy Bahama Kierland... thank you for supporting the Grow Globally event and our global tribe!

    Thank you to our award winners! You're busy... but every day you contribute to make metro Phoenix more and more global. Our 9 winners this year are amazing. Read more in a separate post HERE.

    Thank you to Philippine Trade Commissioner Jose Dinsay and all the dignitaries who came to Grow Globally. You're busy.... and you work hard every day to create trade between countries that makes the world a little better place.

    Thank you to Tex Guthrie who shared his 65 years of international business in his book 'I Was Born at a Very Early Age' - and is an inspiration for all in the global tribe.

    Thank you to Colin Christie of Global Chamber Manila and Tatiana Nikishina of Global Chamber New York City for dialing in and sharing more opportunities. You're busy... and your efforts, like those of other Global Chamber chapters around the world, is making a difference.

    Thank you to you ALL You're all busy... but keep investing in global business. It's where the opportunity is, and your investment will continue to be rewarded. The inertia always drives us to think local and what's immediately around us, but stay on the global course.

    To see the progress this region has made with global business in inspiring. Keep it going!









  • 22 Sep 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    At Grow Globally PHX yesterday we announced and discussed the 2016 global awards.


    Export Champion of the Year: Kim Sabow, AZ Lodging, Tourism & Travel Association

    Global Business Service Leader of the Year: Kevin Hull, BMO Harris Bank

    Global Government Leader of the Year: John Lewis, Town of Gilbert / EVP

    Border Champion of the Year: Luis Ramirez, Ramirez Advisors International

    Global Non-Profit of the Year: Project C.U.R.E

    Global Diplomat of the Year: Tony Banegas, Consul Emeritas - Honduras

    Global Educator of the Year: Diana Bullen, Mesa Community College

    Global Business Executive of the Year: Lee Knowlton, Massage Envy

    Metro Phoenix Global City of the Year: City of Tempe


    Congratulations all! Keep up the great, global work!


    Kim Sabow


    Kevin Hull (right)


    John Lewis (center)


    Luis Ramirez (left)


    Tony Banegas (left)


    Project C.U.R.E.

    Diana Bullen

    Lee Knowlton

    City of Phoenix

  • 05 Sep 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber is new and growing - and last year we didn't have this blog forum, or a Phoenix event calendar.

    And so in anticipation of this year's Global Chamber Phoenix "Grow Globally Fair" and 2016 award winners, here are last year's award winners...

    Global Business Executive of the Year: Melissa Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan (Presented by Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber)

    Diplomat of the Year: Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez (Presented by Mike Patterson, Polsinelli)

    Global Business Reporter of the Year: Eric Toll, Phoenix Business Journal (Presented by Mike Patterson, Polsinelli)

    Global Business Service Provider of the Year: Keith Galbut, Galbut & Galbut (Presented by Don Henninger, Global Chamber and DH Advisors)

    Global Non-Profit Executive of the Year: Kyle Moyer, Kyle Moyer & Company (Presented by Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber)

    Global Government Leader of the Year: Hank Marshall, City of Phoenix (Presented by Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber)

    Global City of the Year: City of Phoenix (Accepted by Michelle Pierson and presented by Rick Murray, ASBA (Arizona Small Business Association))

    Global Business of the Year: Green Card Fund, led by Kyle Walker (Accepted by Rudy Vetter, presented by Keith Galbut, Galbut & Galbut)

    Global Education Leader of the Year: Dr. Michael Crow, ASU (Presented by Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber)


    From left, Melissa Sanderson, Consul General Roberto Rodriguez and Eric Toll.


    Watch for 2016 Awards winners in an announcement this week!

    And attend Grow Globally Fair Phoenix on September 20th. Register here.

  • 02 Sep 2016 by Doug Bruhnke

    I'm honored to be associated with such an extraordinary chapter membership and Advisory Board. Thank you!

    You are all extraordinary! We met this week 8/30 at Skysong to discuss progress, goals and next steps.

    The next Advisory Board meeting is November 22nd, 3-5pm... please make a note of it.

    An e-mail was sent to each Advisory Board members with next steps. One big one... please attend the next event: Grow Globally Fair Phoenix 9/20, sponsored by Polsinelli, and a gift basket donated by Tommy Bahama in Kierland.

    The Grow Globally Fair is all the global resources in metro Phoenix, all together, one time per year! More HERE

    Thank you all!

    • Alana Chavez, Int'l Economic Development and Infrastructure Initiatives at MAG
    • Andrejs Bunksee, Principal at Beacon Information Designs
    • Anita Verma-Lallian, Director at Vermaland
    • Arif Surmen, President and CEO at QDI Stone
    • Bjorn Lundberg, Business Development at Tiempo Development 
    • Brad Christensen, Marketing Director at UPS
    • Carol Colombo, Chairman at Amber Alert GPS, and U.S. Trade Representative
    • Celia Lee, International Project Director at Groundpoint
    • Cesar Trabanco, Business Services Manager at Global Chamber 
    • Cyle Adair, Director of Business Development at InWhatLanguage
    • Dave Binsfeld, Owner at General Southwest Insurance Agency
    • Diana Bullen, Director of Business Programs at Mesa Community College
    • Don Becka, Mentor at W.P. Carey School, Arizona State University
    • Don Henninger, Principal at DH Advisors
    • Donna Kennedy, Economic Development Director at City of Tempe
    • Doug Bruhnke, Executive Director at Global Chamber Phoenix
    • Eddy Jimenez, Vice President of International Development & Logistics at Kahala
    • Eduardo Gonzales, Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner at ProMexico
    • Erika Feinberg, Principal at APEX Outcomes
    • Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer at City of Phoenix
    • Hugh Hallman, Principal at Hallman & Associates and Past Mayor of Tempe
    • Ian McClarty, President at Phoenix NAP – Global IT Solutions
    • Jim Ratcliff, Chairman and CEO at Rowpar Pharmaceuticals
    • Joe Bockerstette, Partner at Business Enterprise Mapping (BEM)
    • Joel Greenberg, Director of Global Accounts at APL Logistics
    • John Bevell, Client Relationship Director at Thunderbird School of Global Mgmt
    • John Lewis, President/CEO at East Valley Partnership and Past Mayor of Gilbert
    • Karla Teixeira Moran, Economic Development Project Manager at SRP
    • Kerwin Brown, President/CEO at Black Chamber of Commerce
    • Kevin Hull, Senior Relationship Manager at BMO Harris Bank
    • Kim Sabow, President /CEO at Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
    • Kirsten Hall, Business Development Coordinator at City of Peoria
    • Linda Pastori, Associate General Manager, Development at KJZZ/KBAQ
    • Lynn Spencer, Economic Development Project Manager at City of Mesa
    • Mara Pernick, Business Development Executive at BDO
    • Mary Wolf-Francis, Community Liason at DIRTT Environmental Solutions
    • Mike Patterson, Partner at Polsinelli PC
    • Ray Schey, Publisher at Phoenix Business Journal
    • Rick Buss, Assistant City Manager at City of Surprise
    • Rudy Vetter, Chief Marketing Officer at Green Card Fund
    • Ruza Radulovic, Senior Vice President of Marketing, AZ & NV at Alliance Bank
    • Ryan Flannagan, CEO at Nuanced Media
    • Stephane Frijia, VP of Int’l Business Development at Greater Phoenix Econ. Council
    • Stuart Graff, President and CEO at Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
    • Susan Shultz, President at SSA Executive Search and CEO at The Board Institute
    • Tony Banegas, Consul Emeritus of Honduras


    All the best, Doug Bruhnke

    CEO/founder of Global Chamber

    Executive Director, Global Chamber Phoenix