Advisory Board

Phoenix Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of insightful business leaders advising Global Chamber® Phoenix to help companies and communities increase international trade... with exporting, importing, foreign tourism and FDI/investment.

Read more HERE about the committees managed by the Advisory Board. Members may join and participate!



Alana Chavez  

Senior Community Affairs Representative, Strategic Partnerships at APS

Alana Chávez Langdon works as Senior Community Affairs Representative at Arizona Public Service (APS). Previously she worked in Economic Development at Maricopa Association of Governments, and has 20 years of combined professional experience, including completing an internship in Economic Affairs with the US State Department in Madrid, Spain, She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Communication and a Master of Public Administration from ASU. In February 2015, she completed the "Leading Economic Growth"Executive Education Program at Harvard University. Alana was selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the region’s Forty Under 40 leaders in 2012 and one of Arizona’s “Highest Ranking Women in Business” in 2011.


Anita Verma-Lallian  

Director of Vermaland  

Anita Verma-Lallian is the Director of Marketing for Vermaland. Vermaland was founded by her father and is one of the largest private landowners in Arizona.  Anita holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Southern California.  Anita formed the Verma Charitable Foundation in 2014.  She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by AZRE in 2014, was one of the "Women Who Move the Valley" for Arizona Foothills in 2015, and was the cover story for So Scottsdale in 2014. Anita leads our Business Attraction Committee.




Arif Surmen

President and CEO at QDI Stone and QDI Surfaces (Quarries Direct International)

QDI SURFACES is one of the largest direct importers and wholesale distributors of Travertine, Marble, Limestone and Porcelain Tiles, Pavers, Poolcopings, Mosaics, Slabs and related accessories in the US. Arif is President and CEO, and is active in the growth of the company, an INC. 5000 award winner.



Carol Colombo

Chairman at Amber Alert GPS and U.S. Trade Representative, Arizona

Carol has been representing the Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Trade Representative for Arizona. She also serves on the Arizona District Export Council, and is Chairman at Amber Alert GPS. Carol leads our Trade Policy Committee.




Celia Lee   

International Project Director, GroundPoint, LLC

GroundPoint founder, Celia Lee was born in Taiwan. After graduating college she moved to Los Angeles where she started learning the principles of business in the precious stone industry. As her career relocated her to Arizona, she dedicated almost a decade to the financial industry with Bank of America in retail banking and later Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. She's donated her time in organizations including the sister city relationship between Scottsdale and Haikou, Hainan, China which she serves as Chairperson. She is also actively involved in connecting and establishing relationship with China and Taiwan for AZ government agencies like the Governor’s office, AZ Senator’s office, AZ Chamber of Commerce and Scottsdale Mayor’s office. A native Chinese background, American corporate career and business acumen, and expertise in China business relationship building, she consults with a diverse spectrum of companies in distribution, manufacturing, marketing, education, technology, healthcare, as well as government agencies to continue bridging the markets..


Cyle Adair 

Director of Business Development at InWhatLanguage

After spending years helping build and lead great organizations like Pinnacle Security, the United States Army, and Cintas, Cyle stepped into the role as Director of Sales for inWhatLangauge. inWhatLanguage is a language translation and technology company with the most advance translation management platform powered by their 5,000 translators across the globe. Cyle is passionate about two things. 1) Supporting people to reach their goals and dreams. 2) Helping companies communicate effectively in different languages to succeed in the global marketplace.




Dave Binsfeld  

Owner at General Southwest Insurance Agency

Dave, along with his two brothers, is second generation owner of General Southwest Insurance Agency.  His practice includes providing risk management advice and insurance solutions to families, professionals, non-profits and businesses.  He works both domestically and internationally and can help enterprises that have operations overseas.  Dave is an alumnus of AIESEC Arizona State and recently became a dual citizen of Luxembourg.




Diana Bullen  

Director of Business Programs at Mesa Community College 

Diana Bullen serves in the Business and Information Systems Department at Mesa Community College. Diana is originally from Argentina and is passionate about education and global awareness. She has been featured multiple years in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in 2009 in Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women. In 2006, she received the Outstanding Educator of the year Award for the Washington Association of Vocational Educators. In 2013 she received the Service Excellence Award at MCC.



Don Becka  

Mentor at W.P. Carey School, Arizona State University 

As a Corporate Real Estate Leader while serving the State of Washington, Bank of America, McDonald’s Corporation, Washington Mutual Bank, Shurgard Storage Partnerships and Tosco Marketing Company (branded BP Oil, Exxon, 76 Products, Circle K), Don’s teams successfully engaged in over $3 billion in Real Estate related transactions. As Washington States Deputy Director of Real Estate, Don’s team achieved numerous first-ever successes returning over $13 Million to internal customer departments on behalf of tax payers. Don has also been working in a leadership role at Global Chamber Phoenix across the Advisory Board committees.



Don Henninger

Principal at DH Advisors  

Don Henninger has been a top media executive and business leader in Arizona for over 35 years, serving as managing editor of the Arizona Republic and then publisher/CEO of the Phoenix Business Journal. His experience and connections were the basis for over 850 columns, must-reads for anyone in business. He left his newspaper career to spread his wings as an entrepreneur, forming DH Advisors. He now works as a leadership, business development and communications consultant, focusing on efforts to develop stronger ties between the education and business communities, and helping business leaders get involved in issues that will shape the future of their communities. He remains a high-profile leader, serving on the boards of a dozen business, non-profit and social service organizations.



Donna Kennedy  

Economic Development Director at City of Tempe

Donna’s experience includes both Urban Planning and Economic Development.  She has work experience in communities that range from Buckeye, including planning for the Verrado community, City of Phoenix for twelve years on many projects, most notably the Phoenix Biomedical Campus development and currently with the City of Temp as Economic Development Director.  Donna has her Urban Planning/Regional Development Degree as well as her Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning both from Arizona State University.  Donna also taught an Urban Design Studio class at ASU mentoring students and engaging them on projects such as the revitalization of 32nd Street, Phoenix.  Donna remains on Community Boards such as the Care Fund, LISC and Discovery Triangle.



Doug Bruhnke  

CEO at Global Chamber and Executive Director at Global Chamber Phoenix  

Doug founded Global Chamber®... the world’s first organization helping companies grow from anywhere to everywhere across 525 metros. Doug and the team help members of find new business opportunities so that they grow more rapidly with less risk. Career highlights include co-founding a data backup franchise, turning around a software company, and working with DuPont primarily in Asia. He is a Chemical Engineer from University of Utah, and earned an EMBA from Michigan State University.




Eddy Jimenez 

Vice President of International Development & Logistics at Kahala Corp. 

Eddy is Sr. Vice President of International Operations and Development at Kahala. In addition to overseeing all of the international new market pre-opening support efforts, he has been responsible for the international development of the Kahala brands including Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie, America’s Taco Shop, Ranch One, and Great Steak and Potato. His mission is to identify and contract the ideal partners as master franchisees for the development and growth of our Kahala brands throughout the world. Eddy also oversees all business aspects involved in Kahala’s international business including operations and development. 


Eduardo Gonzalez

Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner at ProMexico  

Eduardo González was appointed Deputy Trade Commissioner of ProMéxico in Phoenix on September 2015. Mr. González holds a degree in Public Accounting from the Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico, and holds several certifications in management and risk management. He also has an extensive resume in business promotion within major Mexican companies with international exposure. Additionally, he has vast experience representing the Mexican Government, as he previously served as commercial delegate for Bancomext in The Hague, Netherlands. Recently he served as State Director of the ProMexico office in the state of Baja California. 




Hank Marshall

Economic Development Executive Officer at City of Phoenix  

Hank Marshall is Economic Development Executive Officer for City of Phoenix and he oversees the department's International, Business Development and Business Retention/Expansion programs and initiatives. His team is charged with the pursuit of opportunity that advances economic prosperity for the city of Phoenix. Prior to joining the city of Phoenix, Hank was Senior Vice President of International at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Hank was one of the key executives that assisted with the launching of the Arizona Commerce Authority in July 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Hank served as the CEO of AISLE21, an international consulting firm. Hank also serves as the British Honorary Consul to the state of Arizona. Marshall was raised overseas and spent many years in international corporate assignments. Marshall received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1982.



Hugh Hallman 

Principal at Hallman & Associates and Immediate Past Mayor of Tempe

Hugh Hallman practices law based on his degrees in Economics & Accounting (Summa, Claremont Men’s College) and Law with emphasis in finance (Honors, University of Chicago).  As a transactions lawyer, Mr. Hallman has practiced across the legal spectrum, but with significant concentration in domestic and international (cross-border) finance and taxation.  The breadth of his practice experience provides his business clients with fully integrated legal and financial services that capture efficiencies and synergies otherwise often overlooked.




Jeanine Jerkovic

Economic Development Director at City of Surprise

Jeanine Jerkovic is a regional municipal business development leader with more than 10 years of experience in economic development. She is skilled at program development and management, marketing & communications, opportunity/lead generation, entrepreneurship coaching, competitive market analysis, international trade/export, public policy development, media relations, grant and proposal writing, and possess a strong deal-closing skill set. The City of Surprise has an active economic development program that attracts international companies from around the world.




Joe Bockerstette

Partner at Business Enterprise Mapping (BEM)  

Joe Bockerstette is a Partner with Business Enterprise Mapping in Phoenix AZ. He has more than 30 years experience as a CEO, business consultant, and private equity/angel investor. Joe began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he became the firm’s lead consulting Partner in Consumer Products Supply Chain in the early 90’s. After leading two consumer products companies, he co-founded a private equity firm, equity management Group, in 2000. In 2006, Joe co-founded and was the first Managing Partner of Main Street Venture Fund, LLC, which was an angel pledge fund investing in regional business opportunities. Joe holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Xavier University. He has served as a director on a variety of public, private and non-profit boards and has co- authored two books on Angel Investing and Supply Chain Management.



Joel Greenberg

Director, Global Accounts at APL Logistics

A veteran of 30+ years in the transportation industry, Joel has spent 28 years at APL and APL Logistics in a variety of management positions. He manages some of the largest and most visible customers for APL Logistics. He has been the Managing Director for the New York Region, Director of the Trans Pacific Inbound Market, Director of Export Pricing and Marketing for the Pacific market, Director of Refrigerated Service and the Vice President in Charge of Global Sales and Strategic Accounts for APL Logistics. Joel began his career with APL’s Liner Division. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joel graduated from Pace University in New York with a degree in Accounting and Finance.


John Bevell

Client Relationship Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management

John started his career in higher education as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University where he led the Southeast Asia International Volunteers Program as a program manager. Since that time he’s worked as a Project Director for University of Phoenix, a Consultant for the Gallup Organization, a Managing Director for Pearson, and now returning to Thunderbird in executive education.  He speaks fluent Thai and has lived in Thailand as well as Jordan. John is leading our Education Committee.



John Lewis

President/CEO at East Valley Partnership and Immediate Past Mayor of Gilbert

Currently John serves as the President & CEO of the East Valley Partnership following his service as Mayor of Gilbert for the last seven years. He enters his new leadership role with 28 years of private sector business experience including 19 years with Apollo Group and 9 years with Ernst & Young.  John earned an MBA from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. He has been married to LaCinda Smoot for 36 years and together they have eight children and twelve grandchildren.




Karla Teixeira Moran  

Economic Development Project Manager at SRP

Moran has been in economic development for nearly 10 years in a variety of roles at Arizona Commerce Authority and the Town of Gilbert. She has BS in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She is pursuing her Certified Economic Developer designation with the International Economic Development Council and her Arizona Economic Development Pro certification. Karla is also actively involved with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Arizona Association for Economic Development and other industry organizations. She serves on the board of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and is a GPEC Certified Ambassador. Karla is leading our Marketing Committee.



Kevin Hull

Senior Relationship Manager at BMO Harris Bank

Kevin is an experienced business banking professional and has been in banking since 1987, building business relationships and providing credit and cash management solutions to privately owned organizations. He enables clients to improve or protect profit-margins, increase cash flow and manage risk. Current and past customers include locally based manufacturers, distribution, and service companies; especially those who either import / export products to foreign markets.
Kevin has an expertise working with business owners and financial managers on the challenges of cash flow forecasting, export financing, cross border treasury solutions, foreign exchange risk management, business acquisition financing, real estate acquisition, business development, working capital solutions, financial analysis, and networking. Kevin is leading our Programs & Events Committee.


Kevin Youngblood

Executive Director, Pinnacle Forum AZ

Kevin earned seven medals serving in the U.S. Marines in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 1990-91. His first job was as a history teacher and in 2001 he founded Odysseyware. Kevin grew the company from a business plan written on a napkin to the leader of online learning for the K-12 market. In 2014 Kevin retired from the organization and calls his time at Odysseyware "one of the most rewarding journeys of his life." Kevin currently spends his time investing, supporting non-profits that he believes in, presenting motivational speeches, and spending time with his precious family. He's been married for 30 years to Margie and they have three kids. His 19-year-old son is a freshman at ASU.



Kim Sabow

President /CEO at Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association  

Kim joined the AzLTA team in November, 2015. She previously served as Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, as well as the Governor’s Director of International Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining the Ducey administration, she served as Assistant VP of State Relations for the University of Arizona and has also served under three previous gubernatorial administrations. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and double minors in Communications and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Linda Pastori

Associate General Manager, Development at KJZZ/KBAQ  

Linda Pastori is Associate General Manager, Development for K-J-Z-Z, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix and K-BACH its associated classical music radio outlet. Her leadership and fund raising experience spans more than 25 years and includes tenure with educational institutions, chambers of commerce and public broadcasting development inclusive of both television and radio.  Linda specializes in building teams and systems that advance strong donor-centric relationships.  She has guided numerous nonprofit organizations through the process of capital campaigns, building solid annual and major giving programs and creating innovative initiatives that produce significant and long-term results. 



Mark Roberts

Vice President, Specialty Bank Manager at Alliance Bank of Arizona

Mark Roberts is focused on niche channel development and strategic initiatives, including expanding the bank’s international trade financing services. Mark has been a member of Alliance Bank of Arizona’s banking team for seven years during which time he held roles in commercial credit and treasury management sales. Mark orchestrated the bank’s approval as an EXIM Bank delegated authority lender and SBA approved export working capital lender. He graduated with honors from the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington. Mark has a passion for promoting U.S. small business exports and sits on various local boards and committees that are committed to promoting U.S. commerce abroad.


Mike Patterson

Partner at Polsinelli PC

Michael is a business lawyer with special expertise in securities and international transactions.  Mike’s firm Polsinelli is 820 lawyers in 23 US cities and through his international network covers 300 cities internationally.  Special areas of expertise for the firm are healthcare, patents, intellectual property licensing, financial markets and Fintech, cross-border distribution and manufacturing, international tax, import-export-customs and in many vertical sectors including automotive, aerospace, clean-tech, sensors, software and many others.





Nadine Armstrong

Executive Director at Project C.U.R.E.

Nadine Armstrong joined Project C.U.R.E. with a diverse background. After 10 years with Special Olympics Arizona, Nadine was instrumental in the reorganizations and implementation of integration of programs for people with and without disabilities including a health initiative. A native to Arizona, Nadine graduated from Arizona State University. She and her husband then lived abroad in Spain before settling again in Tempe. Nadine is excited to share her passion about Project C.U.R.E. to deliver health and hope to the world.




Ray Schey

Publisher at Phoenix Business Journal

The Phoenix Business Journal is, a weekly publication reaching over 60,000 business professionals in the Phoenix, AZ area. Ray is responsible for managing all day to day aspects of the publication. Within one year of joining American City Business Journals, Ray was promoted to the role of Publisher in May 2014 after leading a successful sales effort as Director of Advertising at the Milwaukee Business Journal. Both the Phoenix Business Journal and the Milwaukee Business Journal are owned by American City Business Journals headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Prior to his roles with American City Business Journals, he was the Director of Advertising at the Rochester Business Journal from June 2008 through April 2013. Most of his earlier career was spent in sales and sales management in radio and television.


Rudy Vetter

Chief Marketing Officer at Green Card Fund

Rudy Vetter is Chief Marketing Officer at Green Card Fund. Together with his team Rudy takes care for communications with stakeholders from all over the world. Rudy is an internationally experienced marketing and branding professional. At the German Henkel Group he managed leading brands in the US, Europe and Asia. Before joining Green Card Fund he served as Senior Vice President for International Economic Development at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. 




Ryan Flannagan

CEO at Nuanced Media

Ryan Flannagan, Founder & CEO of Nuanced Media, has championed the entrepreneurial spirit, providing a unique vision when conducting business consulting and strategic marketing campaigns.  He utilizes his in-depth market analysis capabilities and understanding of complex technologies to provide candid direction that focuses on the bottom line. This has resonated well at Nuanced Media. Since starting the company six years ago, the firm has accumulated numerous awards and an international client base.




Stephane Frijia

Senior Vice President, Global Investment at Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Stephane joined the Greater Phoenix Economic Council in 2011. As Senior Vice President Global Investment, he works primarily with international businesses and stakeholders to position the region as a global leader for foreign direct investment and trade and oversees GPEC’s international strategy. He provides support to international companies with market analysis and site-selection assistance as they expand into the region and manages foreign-based contractors for business development in key target markets. Stephane is a strong advocate for a more globally fluent and internationally diverse local economy; and through his work encourages others to do the same. He has also served as the project manager in the development of the Phoenix Metro Export Plan – a project developed under the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative – and as architect of a new organization, the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, tasked with guiding the implementation of the export plan.


Stuart Graff

President and CEO at Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Stuart Graff is the CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, headquartered at Taliesin West.  Stuart studied engineering at Northwestern, received his JD from Loyola University, and his MBA from Emory University.  Following a career both private law practice and as general counsel of multinational divisions at NewellRubbermaid, he went on to lead global businesses with Newell Rubbermaid and Valspar.  His transition to non-profit is based on a lifelong determination to serve the public good.




Susana Martinez

Regional Economic Development Specialist at Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)

Susana Martinez is the Regional Economic Development Specialist for Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) where she is heavily involved with international business development. Prior to joining MAG, Susana assisted the Mergers and Acquisitions team with Research as a Legal Analyst. An advocate for women, Susana spearheaded the Freeport-McMoRan Women’s Initiative Network and served as its first President. Susana holds a BA in Psychology and Business from Arizona State University and an MBA from Grand Canyon University. Susana leads our Young Global Leaders Committee.




Susan Shultz

President at SSA Executive Search and CEO at The Board Institute

Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981, and has conducted senior level searches nationally and internationally, specializing in building and structuring corporate boards. She is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, the Economist, CFO Magazine and numerous other media. She also leads the Global Board Practice for INAC Executive Search Worldwide (43 countries), helping public and private companies build better boards of directors.




Tony Banegas

Consul Emeritus of Honduras

Tony Banegas, MPA is the Executive Director of the Children First Foundation in Phoenix. He is also Consul Emeritus of Honduras after serving 10 years as Honorary Consul. He has been an Executive with a few large non profits in Phoenix dealing with child development, behavioral health and prevention services. He was a Philanthropic Advisor with the Arizona Community Foundation for almost 9 years. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Master in Public Administration,  both from Arizona State University. He is an avid soccer player and the proud papi of Sara and Sabrina, a School Psychologist and a Registered Nurse respectively.


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