Sunday, April 19, 2009

Arizona's Solar Energy Future at AZIGG May 4th

Arizona International Growth Group (AZIGG)

Features a Panel Discussion...

"Global Solar in Arizona: The Future's So Bright, If..."

  • John Balfour - President of PerfectPower
  • Patrick O'Grady - Reporter for Phoenix Business Journal
  • Chris Camacho - VP of Business Development for GPEC

Monday, May 4th, 7:30am - 9:00am

Location: ASU SkySong, 1475 N Scottsdale Road, 1st Floor (SE Corner)
(Southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell)
Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - CEO of Growth Nation & President of AZIGG
Investment $10 includes coffee and juice

John Balfour (Perfect Power), Patrick O'Grady (Phoenix Business Journal) and Chris Camacho (Greater Phoenix Economic Council) each understand the dynamics of the solar industry in Arizona. Together they can speak to the realities, challenges, opportunities, possibilities and probabilities of solar. We're in a critical phase on the future of green in Arizona, and this month we'll be discussing what it takes to win, and if we can.

Please RSVP:
John Balfour - BS, MEP, Ph.D. and LEED Accredited Professional
John is the president of PerfectPower Inc. which he founded in 1998. PerfectPower was developed out of "The Energy Doctor" an active solar and energy consulting firm which he founded in 1977 and trademarked since 1981. PerfectPower is the most award-winning Solar Company in North America and is the only solar company in the US to win a Better Business Bureau "Business Ethics Award". John has two degrees from ASU including a BS in Science in Political Science (1977) and a Masters of Architecture in the Masters of Environmental Planning (MEP) Program (1982), which was ASU's solar program in the 1970's and 1980's. In 1992, he received a Ph.D. in Management funded by the Daimler Benz Corporation. John has been an active proponent of the application of high performance PV systems (systems that perform well in desert regions like Arizona) and aesthetically pleasing PV design and installations. As a result, PerfectPower is the only US solar company that designs for performance in high temperature locations.

Chris Camacho - Vice President of Business Development

Chris is Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), focusing on GPEC's business attraction efforts in emerging technology and international economic development. He is former president and CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC). During his three and a half year tenure there, GYEDC helped with the location of 35 companies to Greater Yuma representing the creation of over 3,500 new manufacturing and service jobs and $450 million in new capital investment.

Chris has also served as a financial incentives consultant for Madison County, Illinois, and a research associate for the TheAlliance, an economic development partnership in Metro St. Louis. He attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a master's degree in Public Administration and Public Policy and studied psychology and business administration as an undergraduate.

Patrick O'Grady - Technology Reporter
Patrick covers technology, manufacturing and sustainability for the Phoenix Business Journal. He has been in the Valley for 13 years and has covered a range of issues throughout the years including growth and economic development. His latest focus has been on, among other things, the burgeoning solar industry in the Valley and Arizona and its attempts to ramp up to provide another area of growth for the state.
All the best, Doug
Doug Bruhnke
Growth Nation
Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, April 18, 2009

AZIGG Global Funding Panel Delivered to Full House at ASU SkySong

AZIGG Panel on Global Financing - April 2009 at ASU SkySong
Photography by Laird Brown (

Four experts who understand every angle of finding financing for global business delivered information to a full house at SkySong.

Norman E. Clarke of Windstone Capital covered options through private capital groups for an existing business.

Havana-born and now Phoenix's own Carlos Emmermann spoke on financing your business through international sales and provided information on the Export Import Bank.

Chet Ross provided financing information for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Chet leads SCORE in Arizona and is in his own right an extraordinary business resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses as they look to grow globally.

Tucson-based Sy Rotter has over 30 years experience in Washington and globally with for-profit and non-profit international financing. Sy provided additional financing information from this panel containing over 100 years of global funding experience.

All the best, Doug

Doug Bruhnke
President, AZIGG
Scottsdale, AZ USA