VerdeXchange Arizona 2014

Date(s) - 1 May 2014 until 2 May 2014
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sheraton Phoenix- Downtown

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“Toward Greatness”:

Growing Business and Creating a More Sustainable Community

May 1-2, 2014

     100 Speakers

w/ VIP Receptions 4/30 & 5/1


AZBio Members save $30 off of the regular or VIP ticket price with Discount code “Partner”.

The 2nd Annual VXArizona is a collaborative global conference on business andsustainability with the people, projects and ideas leading growth of Arizona and the West. Arizona is an awakening giant, full of opportunities. Tap in via Verde!

Speakers include Dr. Henry Tazelaar (Mayo Clinic), Joan Koerber-Walker (AZBio), Don Henninger, (Phx Business Journal), Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Sherry Henry (AZ Dept of Tourism), Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Jeff Perelman (Sundt), Jeff Martin (Yulex), …

…Brian Mueller (Grand Canyon University), Susan Bitter-Smith (Arizona Corporation Commission), Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Colin Tetreault (ASU), Glenn Williamson (CABC & EPCOR), Hank Marshall (UK & Phoenix), …

…Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino, Leisa Brug (Arizona), Shannon Scutari (Sustainable Community Collaboration), Marty Shultz (Brownstein HFS), Ray Cashen (Cashen Realty Advisors), Paul Blue (Phoenix), …

…Steve Zylstra (AZ Tech Council), Pete He (Henkel), Bruno Sarda (Dell), Tom Sadler (AZ Sports and Tourism Authority), Melissa Sanderson (Freeport McMoran), Sean Sweat (Intel), Steve Betts (Chanen Construction), …

…Sharon Harper (Plaza Co); Alex Laky (ARCHSOL); Simer Mayo (Valor Global Services); James Larson (VA Hosp.); Wylie Bearup & Scott Sumner (Phoenix), …

…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 (NxtHorizon); James MacAdam (City of Tucson); Michael J. Lacey (AZ Dept of Water Resources), …

…Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Lattie Coor (Center for the Future of Arizona), Rep. Matt Salmon, Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona), AZ Rep. Tom Forese and dozens more speakers plus hundreds of regional leaders discussing over150 projects in business, healthcare, healthy living, education, technology, trade, exports, water, urban planning, sustainability, tourism, manufacturing, transportation, construction, energy, solar, cross border investment, international trade, finance, public private partnerships, real estate, economic development and regional growth strategy.

Attend one segment or sign-up for VIP status to attend all 2 days+. Join the discussion,connect with opportunities and other leaders, and impact the growth and sustainability of your organization, Arizona and the region.

Welcome to VerdeXchange Arizona from Governor Jan Brewer



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Book Your Hotel Reservation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel


VerdeXchange AZ April 30 (VIP Reception) + May 1-2 (Conference

Find opportunities, make connections, grow business, improve the community and change the world in 19 sessions + 4 meal events + 2 VIP Receptions in Phoenix


* April 30 Verde VIP Welcoming Reception / DIRTT Environmental Solutions / 836 E University Drive, Phoenix 85034 / 5:30-7:30pm

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

* Day 1 Breakfast: “Dreaming of a Great Future” 8:00-9:15am / Full Sit Down Breakfast / Welcome by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton / Breakfast Keynote by BrianMueller, CEO of Grand Canyon University

May 1 Sessions 9:30-10:45am

1) Healthcare – “Healthcare Transforms Lives and Our Community” /  Moderator Dr. Henry D. Tazelaar, Mayo Clinic; James Larson of the VA Hospital and More TBA

2) Education – “Sustainable Education and Creating Future Leaders” / Including John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction at Arizona Department of Education; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and More TBA

3) Canada – “The Next Phase of Arizona-Canada Growth” / Moderator Glenn Williamson, CEO of Canada Arizona Business Council and More TBA

May 1 Sessions 10:45am-12noon

4) Healthy Living – “Best Practices for Great Living Communities” / To BeAnnounced

5) Finance/Investment – “Investment Fuels New Jobs and Growth” / To BeAnnounced

6) Mexico – “Ramping Up Business Between Mexico and Arizona” / with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and More TBA

* Day 1 Lunch: “Four Top Cities, Four Unique Developments” Noon-1:30pm  / With Scott Sumners of City of Phoenix; Paul Scottsdale of City of Scottsdale; James MacAdam of City of Tucson; and More TBA

May 1 Sessions 1:45-3pm

7) Construction/Architecture – “Designing in Sustainability” / TBA

8) Sustainability – “Green Is an Essential Element of a Great Community” / Moderator Michael Grossman, Chairman of Green Chamber of Commerce; Bruno Sarda of Dell Corporation; George Brooks of NxtHorizon; Mike Wallace of BrownnFlynn; and Brian Thurston of Waste Management.

9) Global Engagement – “Arizona Can Be a Positive Global Story” / including Sherry Henry, Executive Director of Arizona Departmen of Tourism; Melissa Sanderson of Freeport McMoRan and More TBA

* May 1 Verde VIP Sustainability Reception / Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel / 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004 / 3:30-5pm

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

* Day 2 Breakfast: “CA, Mexico and UT: Enemies or Friends?” 8:00-9:15am

May 2 Sessions 9:30-10:45am

10) Urban Planning – “Painting a Great Community Artwork” / TBA

11) Water – “Water Is Life – Will it Keep Flowing?” / with Michael J. Lacey, Director of Arizona Department of Water Resources; TBA of; and More TBA

12) Tech/Manufacturing – “Creating More Tech and Manufacturing Jobs” / Moderator Steve Zylstra, CEO of Arizona Technology Council; Jeff Martin, CEO of Yulex; Simer Mayo, President of Valor Global Services; Pete He, Sr. Research Fellow at Henkel/Dial and More TBA

May 2 Sessions 10:45am-12noon

13) Real Estate – “Real Estate Helps Create Great Communities” / TBA

14) Energy – “Powering Progress in Arizona and the West” / Moderator Leisa Brug, Director of the Governor’s Office on Energy Policy for the State of Arizonaand More TBA

15) Transportation – “On a More Sustainable Path in the Future” / ModeratorShannon Scutari, Sustainable Communities Collaborative and More TBA

* Day 2 Lunch: “25 Mayors ‘Connecting’ Keynote Lunch” Noon-1:30pm / Presentation to Mayors and Regional Business Leaders with Moderator Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer for City of Phoenix, TBA

May 2 Sessions 1:45-3:00pm

16) Public Private Partnerships – “PPP’s Role in Shaping Our Community” / with Wylie Bearup, Director of Street & Transportation for City of Phoenix and More TBA

17) Solar – “The Sun Shines on Arizona Solar, or Does It?” / Moderator Kirk Busch, AZ4Solar and More TBA

18) Consul General & Econ Dev Discussion – “Growing a Global Arizona” / Including Consul Generals of Key Trading Countries Including Canada, Mexico, U.K. and More; Regional Honorary Consul Generals; Business Leaders; Economic Development Leaders – TBA

VX Wrap-up Session 3:15-4:45pm

19) Verde Visionary Panel: “Secrets to a Sustainable Growth Strategy” /Moderator Don Henninger, Publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal; with Susan Bitter Smith, Commissioner at Arizona Corporation Commission; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, AZ-9; Steve Betts, President of Chanen Construction Company; Colin Tetreault, ASU School of Sustainability and More TBA

* Conference End


Hear Arizona Mayors Discuss Sustainable Growth at VerdeXchange Arizona


The Second Annual VerdeXchange Arizona (VXAZ2014) is brought to you by Maryanne Weiss (Gustare Ltd), David Abel ( and Doug Bruhnke (Growth Nation & Global Chamber), supported by our community.

David Abel, founder of SuperShuttle and VerdeXchange in L.A. 7 years ago to provide a forum to promote growth of profitable business and the building of an international community of like-minded people shaping the green economy.


“Nowhere else do I see a confluence of the diverse range of sectors: energy, finance, transportation, public and private utilities, built environment planning and universities – all with the singular goal of delivering and capitalizing on clean and green products and services.” 
– Mickey Kantor, Former US Secretary of Commerce and Trade Secretary; Co-Chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy

“Those attending the VerdeXchange Conference will hear firsthand about when and where the most interesting opportunities will be felt. I look forward to engaging with the leading executives in the public and private sector and learning how these marketmakers plan to meet the demand for breakthrough renewable technologies.” 
– Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary

“Stimulating speakers inform and inspire. Ample networking opportunities allow for making connections that matter. You can’t help but leave VX better equipped to change your world.”
– David Fransen, Consul General of Canada

Have questions about VerdeXchange Arizona 2014? Contact VerdeXchange Arizona