Sunday, October 11, 2009

Finding and Serving Global Customers from Arizona - AZIGG 11/2

We are pleased to have an expert panel of Phoenix-area business leaders who are growing their companies by finding and serving large global customers. The discussion is Monday, November 2nd.

Jon Enwiller - Executive Director of The AIT Group

"Finding and Serving Global Customers from Arizona"
Monday, November 2nd, 7:30 - 9:00am
Networking starts at 7:00am
ASU SkySong, Scottsdale (SE Corner Scottsdale/McDowell)

Jon Enwiller - Executive Director, The AIT Group
Shashi Jasthi - President and CEO, Solugenix Corporation
Susan Cordts - President and CEO, Adaptive Technologies

Shashi Jasthi - President and CEO of Solugenix Corporation
Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - AZIGG and Growth Nation
Investment $15 includes coffee and pastries
RSVP for 11/2

Susan Cordts - President and CEO of Adaptive Technologies

Join Susan Cordts, Shashi Jasthi and Jon Enwiller on November 2nd at ASU SkySong for our next Arizona International Growth Group event. Thank you. Doug Bruhnke (AZIGG and Growth Nation)

Recap of Rod Miller at AZIGG

Rod Miller of The Jiao Group delivered his 3rd Annual Report Card for International Business in Arizona. You can see his presentation soon at

A primary theme of Rod's presentation was that Arizona needs to more effectively plan and coordinate efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investment.

Most recent data has Arizona ranked #18 in the US for global trade and #26 for Foreign Direct Investment. If Arizona could improve Foreign Direct Investment to be #18, it would mean 80,000 more jobs with approximate average wages 30% above the current average.

Rod suggested that local group work in a more integrated way, including: The Governor's office, GPEC, AZIGG, Arizona Department of Commerce, ASU and the University of Arizona.

Thanks to Bart Butler for helping with the event. Check out the pictures below from our group photographer Laird Brown (

Thank you Rod Miller! Have you heard about his new firm The Jiao Group? Here's more information:

The Jiao Group is a management consulting firm specializing in economic development strategies, public and private partnerships, workforce development strategies, business development solutions, strategic planning, international deal brokering and market penetration approaches. Whether your firm is an organization seeking to work with local government to develop real estate, a small business growing revenues from $5 million to $10 million, a local government building international partnerships for economic development, or a non-profit assessing how to better deliver on your mission regardless of the macroeconomic condition, The Jiao Group can focus, clarify, and assist you in implementing your vision immediately.

Jiao is the Mandarin symbol for interaction and connectivity. We pride ourselves on our high level of interaction with our clients, connectivity to the right resources, balanced thought in our approach to problem-solving, and ability to garner unquestionable results. With The Jiao Group you can rest assured that your vision, dedication, and goals will be earned through specific, actionable plans and strategies built for your success.

The Jiao Group is poised to handle complex situations with skill and leadership. We bring additional perspective and fresh viewpoints gathered from senior level management in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. We want you to be successful and believe that our success is inextricably linked to yours.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Connecting with Global Companies from Phoenix - 11/2

Thanks for Rod Miller for a wonderful AZIGG event on 10/5 - we'll have more information and pictures shortly. Also his presentation will be posted at soon.

In November we have another interesting international program.

Next AZIGG Event - Monday, November 2nd, 7:30 - 9:00am
"Finding and Serving Global Clients from Arizona"
Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Jon Enwiller, Executive Director of The AIT Group
  • Shashi Jasthi, President of Solugenix Corporation
  • Susan Cordts, CEO of Adaptive Technologies, Inc (ATi)

Moderator Doug Bruhnke
Doors open 7:00am for Networking
Investment $15 includes coffee and pastries.

Phoenix, Arizona is not known for having its share of large global companies. Jon Enwiller (The AIT Group), Shashi Jasthi (Solugenix Corporation) and Susan Cordts (ATi) discuss successfully finding and serving global customers from the Valley of the Sun on Monday, November 2nd from 7:30am to 9am at ASU SkySong.

Arizona State University – SkySong, Suite 1391475 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Jon Enwiller (The AIT Group)
Jon Enwiller is a founding member and Executive Director of The AIT Group. Jon has successfully implemented over 30 Lean implementations in aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries resulting in significant client savings. Clients include DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Siemens, Honeywell, Avery Dennison, Sanofi Aventis, Delphi Automotive and many other global companies.

Prior to founding The AIT Group, Jon was Operations Manager for AlliedSignal Aerospace where he led Lean production implementations in machining areas, assembly and test areas, and supporting administrative process areas, and was part of the initial work to integrate Lean and Six Sigma for AlliedSignal. Jon has an MBA with emphasis in operations management from Arizona State University (ASU) and a BS in mechanical engineering from ASU.

Shashi Jasthi (Solugenix Corporation)
As President and CEO of Solugenix Corporation, Shashi Jasthi is responsible for driving global client and partner value through innovative technology and business solutions. Shashi has over 20 years of experience managing Information Technology and Consulting organizations. He built IT organizations and turned around loss-making acquisitions in Chicago, IL, Phoenix, AZ, Provo, UT, Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia. He joined Solugenix in 1992 and after a brief hiatus in early 2000, he came back to lead the company. Solugenix is a global technology services company with major clients in North America and beyond.

Shashi holds an MBA from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, an MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India.

Susan Cordts (Adaptive Technologies)
Susan Cordts provides the leadership and vision that enables Adaptive Technologies, Inc. to continuously exceed global customer expectations. ATi has been providing expert solutions to customers across industries in the area of advanced analytics and technologies since 2001. Susan’s management and leadership demonstrate a continuous track record of success helping businesses repeatedly achieve their goals. Examples of projects she has led have resulted in increased performance, often times reaching triple digit improvements.

Prior to joining ATi, Susan was CEO and Managing Director of Universal Robot Systems, LLC. She has extensive international business experience and more than 15 years healthcare senior management experience. Susan was responsible for directing the marketing activities of one of the largest cardiovascular programs to all physicians, patients, providers and the community through a campaign of direct marketing and mass media. Her accomplishments also extend to creating one of the top CV programs in the nation for hospitals of like size, while leading market share in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. She received her AD in Nursing, a BA in Marketing from Midwestern State University, and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International management.