• 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 Bordersâ„ 

    - 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