Enhances Arizona-Mexico Commission Presence in Sonora

JULY 6, 2015
Enhances Arizona-Mexico Commission Presence in Sonora

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced plans to increase Arizona’s trade efforts in Mexico by enhancing the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) current efforts in Sonora, Mexico.

In an expansion of his current role as director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, Juan Ciscomani has been appointed by Governor Ducey to serve as director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Sonora Office.

The Sonora Office will coordinate through the AMC leadership team of Kim Sabow, Executive Director, Justin Dutram, Deputy Executive Director and David Farca, President of the Board of Directors.

“Mr. Ciscomani is an active participant in economic development initiatives in Southern Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His previous experience with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will serve him well in this role, as supporting the growth and expansion of small and medium enterprises is vital to growing bilateral trade between the two states.”

“I am honored to represent Governor Ducey in Sonora and advance his vision for strengthening Arizona’s trade relations with Mexico,” said Mr. Ciscomani. “As a native of Hermosillo, this opportunity is particularly meaningful, and I look forward to promoting the strength and economic vitality of our region.”

In addition, Governor Ducey announced the appointment of Juan Francisco Moreno, a partner of the Gómez del Campo and Moreno Law Firm, to serve as AMC’s private initiatives liaison in Sonora.

Mr. Moreno will join the AMC as the private initiatives liaison for the State of Arizona in Sonora. An attorney with practices in Arizona and Sonora, Mr. Moreno brings many years of experience in representation of U.S. and Mexican companies on investment opportunities, secured lending, cross-border manufacturing and resort, commercial and industrial development in Mexico.

“Mr. Moreno brings a wealth of experience advising Mexican clients on commercial real estate, business formation and contract negotiations in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His knowledge and experience in cross-border business development will be a tremendous asset to the office and will help enhance Arizona’s efforts to expand trade with Sonora.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to the role, and to be able to further Governor Ducey’s objectives of strengthening our relationship with Mexico – Arizona’s largest trading partner – while creating jobs and economic development in the region,” said Mr. Moreno. “I look forward to working together with President David Farca, Executive Director Kim Sabow and the talented and dedicated individuals at the AMC.”

“Mr. Ciscomani and Mr. Moreno have the combined skills and experience that will bring our office in Sonora to a whole new level,” said AMC President David Farca. “They represent an expansion of an incredible team being built at the AMC to bring a completely new approach to the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and will be key in helping to carry out Governor Ducey’s vision for the region.”

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Governor Doug Ducey Appoints New Executive Team To Lead Arizona-Mexico Commission

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Kim Sabow as executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).

Ms. Sabow currently serves as the governor’s director of international affairs and strategic initiatives, working to advance Arizona’s position in the global arena through enhanced international economic and protocol efforts as well as educational and community collaborations. In her expanded position, Ms. Sabow will continue to serve as international advisor to the governor.

“Kim has been a well-known and reputable figure around the Arizona Capitol for more than two decades, bringing keen expertise and across-the-board experience in state government,” said Governor Ducey. “Her extensive knowledge of legislative issues, public affairs, business and workforce development, foreign affairs and more — coupled with the strong ties she has helped build for Arizona over the years — will be a tremendous asset to the Arizona-Mexico Commission.”

Prior to joining the Ducey administration, Ms. Sabow served as assistant vice president of state relations for the University of Arizona, working as the liaison between the University and the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and numerous state agencies to promote UA’s legislative priorities at the State Capitol.

Ms. Sabow has served the State of Arizona under three previous gubernatorial administrations and in a number of capacities, most recently as director of public affairs, acting as the governor’s liaison with business and community entities as well as media organizations throughout the country. Through her work to advance Arizona’s business development efforts, Ms. Sabow was responsible for organizing and executing several international trade and tourism missions and facilitating interactions with numerous foreign delegations and high-profile dignitaries. She also spent several years as an international trade specialist at the Arizona Department of Commerce, representing numerous Arizona companies and promoting the state at events throughout Latin America, Canada, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Sabow earned a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and double minors in communications and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Also joining the Arizona-Mexico Commission as deputy executive director is Justin Dutram.

Mr. Dutram currently serves as program coordinator for the University of Arizona’s Office of Global Initiatives, developing strategic, bilateral initiatives between the University and Mexico.

“Justin has been an active participant in the Arizona-Mexico Commission for several years through his service at the University of Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His familiarity with education and economic development on a bilateral scale, as well as his affinity and talent for building strong international relationships, will serve him and the AMC well. Both he and Kim are welcome additions to the team.”

Mr. Dutram previously worked for the University as academic outreach coordinator for Santa Cruz County. In this role, he coordinated in the establishment of UA Santa Cruz, a regional learning center offering new education opportunities — including a quality option to receive a bachelor’s degree — for place and circumstance-bound students in Nogales and Santa Cruz County.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography and double minors in Latin American studies and Spanish from New Mexico State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in bilingual and multicultural education from Northern Arizona University.

“Kim is an excellent choice to lead the AMC,” said David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. “Her level of expertise, leadership and passion for this work will be hugely valuable as we continue to build upon our relationship with Mexico and make our region more globally competitive.

Additionally, I’m pleased Justin will round out our leadership team. He’s done great work for the University of Arizona, the AMC and southern Arizona, and I look forward to working with both of them in this important effort.”

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Video: David Farca on AZ WEEK

AZ WEEK: Fresh International Trade Propels Economy
Check out this video featuring our very own David Farca about the Mariposa Port of Entry: At the 6:23 mark of the video, Christopher Conover interviews David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

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