Sunday, October 19, 2008

2008 Global Power Players

Thank you to publisher Don Henninger, editor Ilana Lowery and the entire staff of the Phoenix Business Journal for naming and honoring the 2008 Power Players at the Phoenix Art Museum on Thursday. It was a fun event and a thrill for AZIGG to be mentioned in the same breath as so many great global, education, banking and new guard leaders. Pictures and more info here:

The success of AZIGG has been supported by our advisors. Special thanks go out to Kim Kubsch of Global Arizona – who is amazing – thank you! You can find out more about Kim and each of these talented people here:

Kim Kubsch – Global Arizona
Kjell Andreassen – Acceler8
Frank Beltran – Trade Base Mexico and Beltran Ventures
Mai Crone – Youth Re:Action Corp
Bob Denton – Prime Connexions
Dave Rice – True Cloud
Aly Saxe – Ubiquity Public Relations
David Ziton – OneNeck

Thanks, too to the early sponsors of AZIGG including, Maricopa County MCBiz, Coldstone Creamery, the Scottsdale Chamber, Phoenix CEO-CFO Group, Jim Soudriette, Business Partners 360 and the wonderful Jennifer Schoennagel, and Leanne Kinnard of Tech One (

Thanks, too to all the AZIGG'ers who make each monthly meeting informative and valuable.

Thank you!

Here is the list of Global Power Players. They are all to be commended for their continued support of the Arizona business community. We share a common purpose of building a more diverse economy by having Arizona-based businesses be more successful overseas and by attracting more global companies to Arizona.

Brad Casper – The Dial Corporation (
Rod Miller – Greater Phoenix Economic Council (
Glenn Williamson – Canada Arizona Business Council (
Rick Stephenson – Consulate of Canada (
Lee Knowlton – Kahala Corporation (
Jeff Morhet – InNexus Biotechnology (
Trevor Hill – Global Water Resources (
Sally Spray – US Department of Commerce (
David Dewar – Trillium Residential (
Bernard Otremba-Blanc – BOA Group (
Julia Rosen – Arizona State University (

How can you help? Come on out to AZIGG and we'll get you connected and busy!

All the best, Doug

Doug Bruhnke
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thunderbird - AZIGG Event November 3rd

On the first Monday in November at AZIGG we have a special evening event jointly organized by the Thunderbird Alumni Phoenix Chapter and the Arizona International Growth Group (AZIGG). It starts at 5:30pm on November 3rd (the night before election day).

We’re bringing together business owners in the Valley who have the desire to grow internationally with the number one ranked school of international business. International professionals will have the chance to network, exchange ideas and talk about global development and expansion for Arizona.

Five speakers and panelists with roots to Thunderbird School of Global Management will discuss ideas on how to stay current with international business practices and how to grow your business internationally.

1. Inform on ways to keep up-to-date on the latest international business practices.
2. Share the value of Thunderbird for local companies with global ambitions.
3. Facilitate networking between the Thunderbird and the AZIGG communities.

Monday Evening, November 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm
FIRST MONDAY: ”Education Supports International Growth”
Special Joint Program with Thunderbird Alumni Phoenix Chapter, featuring:
  • Jon Hobgood, International Director at Honeywell
  • Bonnie Cameron Wells, Senior Director, Thunderbird
  • Joseph Babcock, Director, Thunderbird
  • Dr. Paula Shipper, Director, Thunderbird
  • Dr. Roe Goddard, Associate Professor of Asia Studies

At Thunderbird School of Global Management, AT&T Auditorium
1 Global Place, Glendale

Investment: $10, includes snacks and drinks

Sign-up here:, or

AZIGG meetings are typically held on First Monday’s. Our home locations are near 22nd and Camelback or the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Auditorium at Second Avenue and Jefferson in downtown Phoenix - on the south side of Jefferson. There are exceptions - - - like this month at Thunderbird!

The investment to attend AZIGG meetings is typically $10. Coffee and pastries are provided. Attendees should RSVP here:

Doug Bruhnke, AZIGG and Growth Nation