Glenn Hamer receives Tony Certósimo Award at AMC Summit

For his work ensuring that Arizona remains a leader in international trade, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Glenn Hamer last week received the Tony Certósimo Award at the 2018 Arizona Mexico Commission Summit in Tucson.

The award commemorates the spirit of the AMC’s first executive director, Tony Certósimo. Individuals presented with the award have a track record of improving the quality of life of Arizonans through the promotion of a strong, cooperative relationship with Mexico.

Hamer, who also is on the board of directors of AMC, recently joined other leaders from across the state to advocate for the interests of Arizona’s business communities in Washington, D.C. Glenn has remained closely connected to changes to federal efforts regarding the renegotiation of North American trade policies and has continued to keep Arizona at the forefront of international trade.

“A common theme through my entire career has been working to advance the commercial relationship between United States and Mexico,” said Hamer. “It’s incredibly humbling to be recognized with this award.”

In addition to Hamer, The University of Arizona Tech Parks received the Paul J. Fannin Award for their demonstrated acts of goodwill and support for the development of the Arizona-Mexico relationship. The Arizona Prevention Research Center at University of Arizona received the Andy Nichols Award for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Arizona-Mexico region through binational health initiatives.

The theme of this year’s summit, “Leadership in Action,” featured distinguished leaders, including a panel with all Arizona border mayors discussing topics from global manufacturing to tourism, public safety and international market trends. The two-day event in Tucson drew hundreds of guests, including elected officials from Arizona and Sonora. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich touted the strong relationship between the two states and plans to further develop regional tourism and cross-border research opportunities and tech parks.

Since its founding in 1959 by former Arizona Governor, Paul J. Fannin, the AMC has been Arizona’s premier cross-border nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public-private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information.

Lorna Romero

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