Trade Agreements and Global Business Issues
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Melissa Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan
Melissa Sanderson is Vice President, International Affairs with Freeport McMoRan, a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Freeport is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum, and a significant gold producer.
Before joining Freeport, Mel enjoyed an unusually diverse 21-year career as a a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, working on a variety of issues including arms control, anti-narcotics, anti-terrorism, and business promotion (helping US companies abroad). In her first assignment in Mexico, she was involved in attracting US businesses to the then-fledgling maquiladora industry, and she subsequently worked briefly with the US team negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mel is Co-Chair of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Arizona Mexico Commission, the Arizona Council for Economic Education, and the Global Advisory Board of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
To hear more, listen to Mel’s previous appearance on Valley Business Radio in July 2019.
Jeffrey Garza Walker, Cresa
Jeffrey Garza Walker is Senior Vice President with Cresa, the world’s largest commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents occupiers and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate solutions. Jeffrey focuses on expanding Cresa’s capabilities in global portfolio services through key industrial clients with requirements in Latin America. He also assists companies in Latin America that seek to place operations within North America. With a background as a Senior Director of Corporate Real Estate in North/Latin America of a top tier 4PL logistics company, Jeffrey provides a capable skill set and 15 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage/development.
Jeffrey currently serves on the ASU MRED Real Estate Council, as well as the MRED and ASU W.P. Carey Business School Mentor Programs. He has previously worked with Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA and served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors. Jeffrey was selected as a presenter on how to facilitate CRE for companies located within Latin America which seek to place operations within North America.
Jeffrey received his Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree from Arizona State University in the inaugural year of the program, an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, and a BA in Spanish from Montana State University. He is a US Armed Forces Veteran and Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient.
Joshua Rodriguez, Cresa
Joshua Rodriguez is Vice President with Cresa. He focuses on expanding the firm’s capabilities in global portfolio services with key industrial clients that have requirements in Latin America, while assisting foreign companies seeking to place operations in North America. Joshua brings over 7 years of experience in advisory services to at-market clients and the Spanish monolingual market.
Joshua currently serves on the ASU MRED Real Estate Council and the ASU MRED Alumni association. In addition, he serves on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Ambassador program to provide assistance with the organization’s efforts to attract corporations and talent to greater Phoenix. He received a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Grand Canyon University.
Kevin Hull, BMO Harris Bank
Kevin Hull is Vice President and Team Lead / Manager with the Commercial Banking team for the Arizona market at BMO Harris Bank. He has been with BMO Harris for a total of 17 years: 10 years in Chicago and 7 years in Arizona. During this time, Kevin held various Business Development and Sales Management roles with Metropolitan Banking and Commercial Real Estate. Also, while with BMO Chicago, Kevin formed the Homeowner Association Banking Group. Kevin has been in banking for a total of 29 years. With BMO Arizona, he focuses on acquiring new client relationships with manufacturing, distribution and service companies. He also targets companies who have “cross-border” banking needs as well as international banking needs.
Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Drake University and attended Dalhousie University’s joint MBA program with BMO’s Institute for Learning in Toronto. In 2015, Kevin earned the “Registered Global Credit Professional” designation from the Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals. Over the years, Kevin has served on boards and committees for various non-profit and trade groups. Currently he is a member with the Global Chamber and serves on the organization’s Advisory Board and served as Chairman of the Events & Programs Committee. Other past positions include becoming a Certified Ambassador with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and a member of the International Leadership Committee for the Council. Kevin volunteers for the non-profit group Canadian’s In Arizona Benefitting Exchange and Education.