• 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.