January 22, 2016

Mayor’s Borderlands Trade Conference focuses on supply chain

Featuring speakers with backgrounds in economic development, trade and industry sectors, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s second Borderlands Trade Conference took place before a sold-out crowd at the Tucson Convention Center Friday, January 22nd.

Mayor Rothschild welcomed attendees and thanked presenters for “putting practical knowledge in the hands of people who can use it to grow their businesses and help their business constituents.” Noting the improved relations between Arizona and Mexico, the mayor expressed dismay at rhetoric directed against Mexico by some U.S. presidential candidates and promised that, “as Tucson has rejected and stood up to hate in the past, we will continue to reject and stand up to hate in the future.”

The agenda included workshops focused on supply chain opportunities in aerospace, automotive and medical device manufacturing on both sides of the border, as well as services to help navigate banking, legal, tax and transactional issues involved in doing business in the U.S. and Mexico.

List of speakers

Building stronger ties with Arizona

Eduardo Gonzalez, Senior Sales and Business Development Professional, ProMexico

Arizona and Mexico: Creating a “Global Advantage

Bruce Wright, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, The University of Arizona

Operating a business in the U.S. and Mexico

Eduardo Bravo, Board Chairman, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos en Estados Unidos (AEM)

Aerospace and supply chain opportunities

Pedro Valenzuela, Director of Import/Export, The Offshore Group

Medical devices from prototype to market

Manny Teran, CEO, Aztera

Best practices for selling parts to Mexican automotive manufacturers

Kristian Richardson, Director, U.S. Commercial Service–Phoenix & Tucson

Transactions, taxation, investment, import/export and immigration services

David Lopez-Monroy & Fernando Barraza, Beach Fleischman; Mo Goldman, Goldman & Goldman, PC; Mike Mandig, Waterfall Attorneys; Earl Roberts, R.I. Jones Customhouse Brokers, Inc.