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.