Verde Xchange Arizona

  • May 01, 2014
  • 7:30 AM
  • May 02, 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel / 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004 / Valley of the Sun Ballroom

OWIT-Phoenix in collaboration is pleased to announce the following Phoenix International Trade Event:

VerdeXchange Arizona 2014

"Toward Greatness": Creating More Sustainable Business and Economic Growth, May 1-2, 2014

100 Speakers, 150 Projects, 1M Jobs & $115B GDP

VerdeXchange Arizona is a collaborative global business conference May 1-2 in Phoenix helping leaders connect to over 1 million new jobs and $115 billion of new economic development related to over 150 regional projects. Speakers include...

...Dr. Henry Tazelaar (Mayo Clinic), Don Henninger, (Phx Business Journal), Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Sherry Henry (AZ Dept of Tourism), Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Jeff Perelman (Sundt Construction), Jeff Martin (Yulex), ...

Henry Tazelaar Don Henninger  Mayor Rothschild Jeff Perelman

...Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona), Susan Bitter-Smith (Arizona Corporation Commission), Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Colin Tetreault (ASU), Glenn Williamson (CABC & EPCOR), Hank Marshall (UK & Phoenix), ...


...Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino, Leisa Brug (Arizona), Shannon Scutari (Scutari & Company), Marty Shultz (Brownstein HFS), Ray Cashen (Cashen Realty Advisors), Paul Blue (City of Phoenix), ...

...Steve Zylstra (Arizona Technology Council), Dr. Pete He (Henkel/Dial), Bruno Sarda (Dell), Tom Sadler (AZ Sports and Tourism Authority), Melissa Sanderson (Freeport McMoran), Sean Sweat (Intel), Steve Betts (Chanen Construction), ...


...Jaime Casap (Google); Alex Laky (ARCHSOL); Simer Mayo (Valor Global Services); James Larson (VA Hosp.); Wylie Bearup (ASU), Scott Smith (Past Mayor of Mesa and Candidate for Governor), ...


...John Huppenthal (Arizona Dept of Education); Michael Grossman (Green Chamber of Commerce); Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers; Mexico Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez; George Brooks (RighTrac); James MacAdam (City of Tucson); Michael J. Lacey (AZ Dept of Water Resources), ...


...Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Dr. Lattie Coor (Center for the Future of Arizona), Steve Purves (Maricopa Integrated Health System), Silvia Urrutia (Raza Development Fund),  Councilman Daniel Valenzuela (Phoenix, District 5), Lisa Parks (Phoenix Spokes People), ...


...Steve Chucri (Arizona Restaurant Association), Felipe Garcia (Visit Tucson), Meghan Nutting (SolarCity), Hank Radda (Grand Canyon University), Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), C.J. Eisenbarth Hager (St. Luke's Health Initiatives), Alan Levin (Port of Tucson), Korea Honorary Consul Bob Walkup, Paul Katsenes (City of Scottsdale), Rep. Tom Forese, Chris Waggett (D4 Urban), Cliff Schertz (Tiempo Development), Rep. Kirk Busch (AZ4Solar), Rick Buss (Town of Gila Bend), Mike Wallace (BrownFlynn), Brian Thurston (Waste Management), Kris Mayes (ASU Energy Policy Innovation Council), Stacey Crowley (California ISO), Rick McCartney (In Media), Doug Bruhnke (Growth Nation / Global Chamber), Dillian Knudsen (BBVA Compass), Diane Brossart (Arizona Forward), Todd Sanders (Phoenix Chamber of Commerce), Christine Jones (Candidate for Governor), Alana Chávez Langdon (Maricopa Association of Governments), Joan Koerber-Walker (AZBio), Jennifer Vollman (New Global Citizens), Debra Z. Sydenham (Urban Land institute Arizona), Margie Emmermann (Arizona-Mexico Commission), Keith Earnest (RED Development), Rich Endicott (Biltmore Bank of Arizona), Sedona Mayor Rob Adams, Ben Limmer (Valley Metro), Dustin Gardiner (Arizona Republic), Karla Petty (Federal Highway Administration), Gail Lewis (Arizona Dept of Transportation), Jay Stallings (Banner Desert Medical Center), Youngtown Mayor Michael Levault, Avein Tafoya (Adelante Healthcare), Michael Irlbeck (Abengoa), Don Keuth (Phoenix Community Alliance), Kelly Moeur (Honorary Consul of Japan), Mike Hume (Phoenix Coyotes), Sandra Fabritz-Whitney (Freeport McMoRan), ...

Join the discussion at VerdeXchange Arizona to enhance regional collaboration, help businesses tap in to new opportunities, and support efforts to create a better, more sustainable economic future.

“VerdeXchange offers a wonderful platform to collaborate and exchange ideas on boosting global competitiveness and economic prosperity while increasing trade and promoting sustainability." - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Watch the Welcome to VerdeXchange Arizona from Governor Jan Brewer 

Also follow us at and the VXArizona Facebook

Book Your Hotel Reservation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

If the Sheraton is FULL, we recommend the nearby sister Westin Hotel


May 1-2 Conference (and April 30, May 1 VIP Receptions)

* April 30 Verde VIP Welcome Reception 5:30-7:30pm / Speakers/VIPs Only

DIRTT Environmental Solutions / 836 E University Drive, Phoenix 85034

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* May 1 Registration & Networking / Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel / 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004 / Valley of the Sun Ballroom / 7:30-8:00am

Day 1 Breakfast: "Dreaming of a Great Future" 8:00-9:15am

Welcome by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Breakfast Keynote Speaker Steve Purves, President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System

May 1 Sessions 9:30-10:45am

1) Healthcare - "Healthcare Transforms Lives and Our Community" /  Moderator/Overview Dr. Henry D. Tazelaar, Mayo Clinic; Introduction by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; James Larson, Energy Manager at US Department of Veteran Affairs; Ryan Abbott, Market Specialization Leader Sustainability at Sundt Construction; Milissa Chanice, EOC Safety Officer at St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center; Lori Aune, Director of Operations at ARCHSOL; and Jay Stallings, Associate Administrator at Banner Desert Medical Center

2) Education - "The Role of Sustainable Education: Building of Future Leaders" / Moderator Dr. Hank Radda, Provost at Grand Canyon University; Keynote John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction at Arizona Department of Education; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, City of Phoenix (District 5); and Kent Scribner, Superintendent of Phoenix Union School District

3) Canada - "The Next Phase of Arizona-Canada Growth" / Moderator Glenn Williamson, CEO of Canada Arizona Business Council; Mike Humes, Executive Vice President at Phoenix Coyotes; TBA at BMO Harris Bank; Ed Hadley, President Southwest Region at Walton Development; and more TBA

May 1 Sessions 10:45am-12noon

4) Healthy Living - "Best Practices for Great Living Communities" / Moderator Diane Brossart, President/CEO of Arizona Forward; Keynote Arizona State Senator Bob Worsley; Jon Ford, Director Communications at St. Luke’s Health Initiatives; Joan Koerber-Walker, President/CEO at AZBio; and Avein Tafoya, CEO at Adelante Healthcare

5) Finance/Investment - "Investment Fuels New Jobs and Growth" / Moderator Brion Crum, Merrill Lynch; Dillan Knudson, Vice President at BBVA Compass; Rich Endicott, President at Biltmore Bank of Arizona; James Feild, Real Estate Development Executive for Bank of American Community Development; Vince Thelander, SVP, Sr. Client Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Andrew Gordon, President at Arizona Multibank

6) Mexico - "Ramping Up Business Between Mexico and Arizona" / Moderator Margie Emmermann, Executive Director of Arizona-Mexico Commission, State of Arizona; Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; Cliff Schertz, President and CEO of Tiempo Development; TBA from ProMexico; and more TBA

Day 1 Lunch: "Groundbreaking Community Developments" Noon-1:30pm

Model Municipal Developments, Moderator TBA; 1) Canalscape and the Scottsdale Waterfront by Paul Katsenes, CED Executive Director at City of Scottsdale and Dustin Gardiner, Reporter at Arizona Republic ;  2) TBA by Jeremy Legg, Economic Development Program Manager at City of Phoenix; 3) TBA by James MacAdam, Policy Advisor at City of Tucson; 4) Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional and International Developments by Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, MAG Economic Development Committee Chair and Youngtown Mayor Michael Levault, Chairman of the MAG Regional Council

May 1 Sessions 1:45-3pm

7) Construction/Architecture - "Let's Build Sustainable for People" / Moderator Alex Laky, President of ARCHSOL; Hamilton Espinosa, Director Healthcare Core at DPR Construction; Kristen Parris, Asst. Professor at ASU, School of Sustainable / Engineering Built Environments; Clifford R. Paul, Principal at PK Associates; and Don Keuth, President at Phoenix Community Alliance

8) Sustainability - "Green Is an Essential Element of a Great Community" / Moderator Michael Grossman, Chairman of Green Chamber of Commerce; Bruno Sarda, Global Sustainability Operations at Dell Corporation; George Brooks, Founder/COO of Rightrac; Mike Wallace, Managing Director of BrownFlynn; and Brian Thurston, Sustainability Services at Waste Management

9) Global Engagement - "Arizona Can Be a Positive Global Story" / Moderator Brett Johnson, Partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP; Sherry Henry, Executive Director of Arizona Department of Tourism; Melissa Sanderson of Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold; Alan Levin, Owner of the Port of Tucson; and Jennifer Vollman, Executive Director of New Global Citizens

* VerdeXchange AZ End of Day 1 3:00pm

* May 1 Verde VIP Sustainability Reception 3:30-5:30pm / Speakers/VIPs Only

Hosted by Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez at the Mexican Consulate / 320 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix 85004

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* May 2 Registration & Networking / Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel / 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004 / Valley of the Sun Ballroom / 7:30-8:00am

Day 2 Breakfast: "Iterating Education" 8:00-9:15am

Keynote Speaker Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google

May 2 Sessions 9:30-10:45am

10) Urban Planning - "Painting a Great Community Artwork" / Moderator Jeff Perelman, Sr., VP Strategy & Business Development at Sundt Construction; Intro by Debra Z. Sydenham, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute Arizona; Chris Waggett, President of D4 Development; and Ryan Kleinau at JLB Partners

11) Water - "Water Is Life - Will it Keep Flowing?" / with Michael J. Lacey, Director of Arizona Department of Water Resources; Joe Gysel, President of EPCOR Water (USA); Michael Irlbeck, Director at Abengoa; Sandra Fabritz-Whitney, Director of Water Strategy at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold; and Tom Darcy, Sr. Consultant, Public Sector at IBM

12) Tech/Manufacturing - "Creating More Tech and Manufacturing Jobs" / Moderator Steve Zylstra, CEO of Arizona Technology Council; Simer Mayor, President of Valor Global Services; Jeff Martin, CEO of Yulex; Pete He, Sr. Research Fellow at Henkel/Dial; Dan Franklin, MEP Executive Director at Arizona Commerce Authority

May 2 Sessions 10:45am-12noon

13) Real Estate - "Real Estate Helps Create Great Communities" / Moderator Ray Cashen, President of Cashen Realty Advisors; Introduction by Sedona Mayor Rob Adams; Rob Lyles, Principal at Deco Communities; Councilman Sal Diccicio, District 6, City of Phoenix; Keith Earnest, EVP at RED Development; Andrew Skipper, Co-founder/Managing Principal at Evergreen Development; and Ben Limmer, Capital Planning Manager at Valley Metro

14) Energy - "Powering Arizona and the West" / Moderator Leisa Brug, Director of the Governor's Office on Energy Policy for the State of Arizona; Stacey Crowley, Director of Regional Affairs at California ISO; Kris Mayes, Co-Director of the Energy Policy Innovation Council; Tim Simon, former Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission

15) Transportation - "Connectivity: The Key to a Successful Economy and a Sustainable Future" / Moderator Shannon Scutari, President of Scutari & Company; Tom Sadler, President and CEO of Arizona Tourism & Sports Authority; Victor Vidales, CEO Re/MAX New Heights Realty; Pat Loftus, Sr. VP Law and Administration at TTX Company; Sean Sweat, Intel Corporation; and Lisa Parks, Founder of Phoenix Spokes People

Day 2 Lunch: "Mayors Lunch: Attracting the Right Business" Noon-1:30pm

"Arizona Vision 2030": Mesa Mayor Scott Smith; Rep. Matt Salmon; Glenn Williamson (Canada Arizona Business Council); with Moderator Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer for the City of Phoenix

May 2 Sessions 1:45-3:00pm

16) Public Private Partnerships - "PPP's Role in Shaping Our Community" / Including Wylie Bearup, Director of Streets & Transportation for City of Phoenix; Karla Petty, AZ Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration; Eric Anderson, Director of Transportation at Maricopa Association of Governments  (MAG); Ken Smith, Sr. VP, Principal at HDR Engineering; Gail Lewis, Director, Office of PC Initiatives & International Affairs at AZ Department of Transportation

17) Solar - "Making Arizona the Solar Capital" / Moderator Kirk Busch, AZ4Solar; Meghan Nutting, Director of Government Affairs at SolarCity; Rick Buss, Town Manager at Gila Bend; Leisa Brug, Director of the Governor's Office on Energy Policy for the State of Arizona

18) International Economic Development Discussion - "Growing Business in a Global Arizona" / Moderator Keith Galbut of Galbut & Galbut; Mexico Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez; Honorary Consul Glenn Williamson (Government of Canada); Honorary Consul Bob Walkup (Republic of Korea); Honorary Consul Hank Marshall (Countries of the UK); Honorary Consul Kelly Moeur (Country of Japan); Todd Sanders (Phoenix Chamber of Commerce); Barry Broome (GPEC); and Sandra Watson (Arizona Commerce Authority): Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (MAG EDC Chair)

VerdeXchange AZ Wrap-up Session 3:15-4:50pm

19) Verde Visionary Panel: "Our Shared Future with Sustainable Growth"

Opening comments by Marty Shultz of Browstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Roundtable Moderator Don Henninger, Publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal; Roundtable Speakers Susan Bitter Smith, Commissioner at Arizona Corporation Commission; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, AZ-9; Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson; Steve Betts, President of Chanen Construction; Colin Tetreault, ASU School of Sustainability; Kimber Lanning, Executive Director at Local First Arizona; Simer Mayo, President of Valor Global Services; and Steve Chucri, President/CEO of Arizona Restaurant Association

Closing comments by Lattie Coor, Center for the Future of Arizona

* Conference Closes at 4:55pm with Announcements about 2015



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