Member News: Fall 2016

by Doug Bruhnke

Massage Envy Going Global

Lee Knowlton and his team at Massage Envy are going global. Their footprint today is nearly all U.S.- based, but Lee is leading an effort to expand to Australia and other English-speaking countries first, and then country-by-country around the world, wherever their message of health will resonate. We’re thinking maybe everywhere! Congratulations on the progress, and thanks for being part of the global tribe. More Massage Envy news at

International Banking Update

A key aspect of your global success will be selecting the right banker. Global Chamber® now has more than a dozen banks around the world as members who can help you take your business to the next country, and level. We would like to thank one of our first supporters when we formed Global Chamber a little over a year ago — BMO Harris Bank. Kevin Hull works with members of Global Chamber and many others to help guide them to successful growth from Phoenix and other parts of the region. Thank you!

Global Chamber® Collaborations with USTDA and EXIM Bank

Global Chamber is pleased to announce new collaborations, including those with Export-Import Bank of the United States and the U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA). We are strong believers that “it takes a village” to help companies and communities successfully grow globally. And our collaborations with city, state and regional organizations create a safety net of supporters that reduces the risk of global growth and better optimizes the capturing of new opportunities.

Global Chamber® London

Executive Director Spotlight

Hi, I’m Irina Ashkenazy, executive director for Global Chamber® London. I’m a business executive with a mix of knowledge and skills in finance; across industries; and in strategy and negotiation. I have extensive experience in energy, including Oil & Gas and Power. Our chapter in London leverages our members’ extensive connections across the region into Africa and Asia. I have a deep background in Russian and Ukraine. We’re here to grow your business in the UK and beyond. Read more at

Tempe Wins Global City of the Year

Last month, Global Chamber® Phoenix awarded eight global business awards to exporters and others who are being successful with global business from Metro Phoenix. Last year, our Global City of the Year was Phoenix — an easy choice. In 2016, the choice may surprise you — it’s Tempe, home of Arizona State University, which is growing globally, and with a mayor’s office and economic development group that’s attracting all sorts of companies from around the nation and world. To see all the 2016 global awards, visit our blog at

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