Global Chamber® Phoenix completed the first Export League this summer with top exporters in metro Phoenix gaining “warm introductions” in order for them to reach their next new markets, virtually. Originally, we had planned to do an in-person exporter “pitch” event at Grand Canyon University and pick the top 12 exporters as determined by judges, assisting those 12 firms in their next exporting country activities. COVID-19 got in the way! But we found a way to make it work by having the judging be virtual, via Zoom.
Export League by Global Chamber is an initiative for exporters, conceived in a special collaboration with City of Phoenix to help regional companies reach more clients and partners around the world. Thank you to Hank Marshall of City of Phoenix for your collaboration!
Thank you to all the exporters in Phoenix, in metro Phoenix and in the State of Arizona who applied to gain access to warm introductions, special education opportunities and connections to the best regional exporting resources. That was fun! Watch for the next program.
The judges included Mike Patterson of Spencer Fane, Susan Shultz of the Board Institute, Eduardo Gonzalez of 258 Consulting, Ryan Sachs of V. Alexander and Hank Marshall at City of Phoenix. Congratulations to all the companies that were selected as top exporters. They were judged to be the most likely companies to gain business from virtual connections — and they proved us correct! There are many factors associated with selecting them, including their experience, capabilities, past success, ability to sell in a virtual meeting and a variety of intangible factors that only globies understand.
Thanks as well to the companies who were not selected; watch for more opportunities in the future! There’s a reason why every company doesn’t export — it takes special capabilities to sell across metros and borders, especially in a virtual world. And we have been so impressed by all the companies that were selected. We have been honored to work with you!
Here are the stars of Export League PHX:
Delta Technology / Key Contact: Paul Soucek. Delta Technology provides fully integrated automated production solutions that lower costs, increase throughput, enhance safety, improve quality and lower overall risk.
Firearms Export / Key Contact: Robert Bagnato. Firearms Export is licensed by the U.S. State Department and Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security to export firearms and related items from the United State Munitions List, including firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, and some rifle scopes, optical sights and more.
GlobalMed / Key Contact: Neal Schoenbach. GlobalMed powers the world’s largest, most advanced virtual health programs by designing and manufacturing integrated software and hardware telemedicine solutions for patients in the continuum of care.
Hownd / Key Contact: Brandon Willey. Hownd is a software platform that generates effortless foot traffic from new and returning consumers for local business owners worldwide. There is zero-risk since the business pays only when Hownd delivers results.
Humate / Key Contact: Dennis Yellowhorse Jones. Humate produces “humate,” an organic mineral used tor organic, conventional agriculture, soil remediation, and as a food supplement for animals. In business for more than 30 years and selling product worldwide, its largest customer is the Dole Food Company.
MistAmerica / Key Contact: Jon Marsh. MistAmerica manufactures and supplies high-quality misting solutions for cooling, including world-class ruby-orifice nozzles for the finest mist/fog, Mist360 line of ceiling-mount outdoor cooling fans, Type 316LSS mist lines, full line of misting pumps, solutions for sanitizing, dust and odor control and more.
Rowpar Pharmaceuticals / Key Contact: Jim Ratcliff. Rowpar Pharma offers CloSYS oral care products, which are uniquely formulated to be highly effective without the burn or irritation of other brands. These are always alcohol-free, dye-free, sulfate-free and pH-balanced, branded Gentlest. Oral Care. Ever.®
STEM Sports® / Key Contact: Jeff Golner. STEM Sports provides turnkey K-8 supplemental curriculum using basketball, football, golf, soccer, volleyball, BMX and other sports as real-life applications to drive STEM-based, hands-on learning in classrooms and after-school programs.
Symbiont Nutrition / Key Contact: Mark Holt. Symbiont Nutrition has a unique patented natural protein delivery technology used in various feeds for animals. The firm researches, designs and produces products that replicate Mother Nature to improve animal nutrition, immunology, reproduction and management tools.
Tru-Color Paint / Key Contact: Scott Cohen. Tru-Color Paint produces and distributes custom, accurate paints for modelers of automobiles, boats, planes and military equipment requiring authentic reproduction.
True Salt / Key Contact: Brian Pierce. True Salt is the fastest-growing new salt brand in the Foodservice and Retail sectors. It serves more than 28 states and ships more than 150,000 pounds of product monthly, servicing more than 400 restaurants and hotels within the United States.
Wisdom Natural Brands / Key Contact: Michael May. Wisdom Natural Brands is the manufacturer of SweetLeaf® Sweeteners — premium, natural and organic zero-calorie sugar replacements, featuring high-purity organic stevia and organic monk fruit powdered and liquid sweeteners, coffee, tea and water enhancers and more.
Yvonne Luker is managing director at Global Chamber®.