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Environmental Issues Breakfast

WHAT: Held at the Mission Possible Cafe in Phoenix, Arizona on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 a.m., the environmental issues breakfast draws environmental policy experts and stakeholders to discuss a variety of topics and presentations relating to environmental issues.

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:15 a.m.

WHERE: Mission Possible Cafe, 1516 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85007



  • Single breakfast: $20 member | $30 nonmember
  • Eco-Friendly: $500 (single breakfast sponsorship)
  • Good Steward: $1,500 (annual sponsorship)
  • Presenting: $3,000 (annual sponsorship and opportunity to present)

Contact Andrea Corrales at for sponsorship information.

Honoring Arizona manufacturers

On October 3rd, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) hosted the 2019 Arizona Manufacturing Summit, which featured keynote speakers in the industry and concluded with an awards ceremony honoring standout leaders in manufacturing.

In her opening remarks, AMC Chair Dawn Grove highlighted the many manufacturing firms making waves in the state and recognized others for their creation of thousands of jobs, including Intel, Raytheon, Nikola and more…


Dan Marotz, Membership Chair

Dan Marotz

Manufacturing Manager, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Dan Marotz is the Manufacturing Manager at the Sub-Zero Goodyear facility. He oversees the production operations where over 450 hourly employees produce high-end residential refrigeration appliances. Dan has been with Subzero almost 14 years and has been in his current role for one year. Prior to that, he held various assignments in Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance Management, and Engineering Management.
Dan started his career at John Deere and worked in various roles in Manufacturing, Test, and Facilities Engineering for five years before coming to Sub-Zero.

He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a board member on the Arizona Manufacturers Council.

Daniel Barajas

Daniel Barajas

Associate Vice Chancellor, Maricopa County Community Colleges District

Daniel Barajas serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development for the Maricopa County Community Colleges District, Phoenix, Arizona.

Daniel has over twenty-three years of experience working in post-secondary education. He has held many positions within both the academic and student affairs areas, with years of service as Dean of Academics and Career and Technical Education, currently serving as Associate Vice Chancellor.

With a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, Daniel has a passion for marrying educational opportunity and solutions to industry and community need. Daniel has served on many councils and boards during his career. This is exemplified in his past role as the President for the Arizona Occupational Administrators Council, and current role as Board member for the City of Phoenix Business & Workforce Board.

Mike Buseman

Mike Buseman

Executive VP, Global Operations, Benchmark Electronics

Mike Buseman serves as Benchmark’s Executive Vice President of Global Operations with responsibility for all worldwide manufacturing operations. Mike is an accomplished executive with broad experience in operations, quality and customer relationship management. He has an extensive background in EMS and related industries.

Mike served as Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer of Avnet, Inc., a global electronics components company,
and was Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations at Plexus Corp., having served as their Vice President of Global Technology, Quality and Facilities previously. Additionally, Mike served as Vice President and General Manager of Operations of Celestica, Inc., as well as their Director of Operations, Engineering, and Technology. Mike began his career in 1983 with Unisys, Inc., holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Principal Process Engineer and Director of Advanced Design Manufacturing Services.

Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.

David Green

David Green

President & CEO, Vitalant

Dave currently serves as President & CEO for Vitalant, headquartered in Scottsdale. Formerly known as Blood Systems and founded in 1943, Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations employing over 5500 employees. As a licensed manufacturer of biologics, Vitalant provides approximately two million finished blood products annually to over 1,000 hospital customers in forty states nationwide.

Vitalant’s BioCare for-profit subsidiary has wide-reaching distribution capabilities to quickly and efficiently deliver therapeutic biologicals such as albumin, coagulation factors and Rh immune globulin to hospitals,

clinics and physician offices. CanyonCARE Rx, part of BioCare, is a full service pharmacy specializing in medications for hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and other bleeding disorders. Vitalant is also a partner in the operation of Creative Testing Solutions, the largest independent blood donor testing organization in the U.S. with six high volume laboratories testing 75 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Additionally Vitalant operates a Research Institute, which is engaged in scientific studies ranging from blood donor epidemiology to cellular therapy to virus discovery with locations in San Francisco, Denver and Pittsburgh. Finally, Vitalant is self- insured with our wholly-owned subsidiary Canyon State Insurance.

Dave is active in industry leadership roles and is past chair for Blood Centers of America (national Co-Op), past President for America’s Blood Centers (industry trade association) is a board director for the American Association of Blood Banks (national accrediting and standards organization), and current board chair for the Alliance of Blood Operators, an international alliance.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Dave was the President and CEO for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) where he served in that capacity for nearly 15 years. While in the Midwest he was active in volunteer work serving as Board Chair for United Way, Friendly House, Quad Cities First (economic development company) and the Quad Cities Chamber. He also served as an active duty Army officer in a variety of command and staff assignments.

John Hetrick

John Hetrick

Manager of Strategic Engagement, Salt River Project

John Hetrick is currently the Manager of Strategic Engagement with the Salt River Project (SRP). The group is responsible for managing SRP’s Political Action Committee and Chamber/Business Relationships. John has worked for SRP for over 21 years in numerous roles including leading the Sustainability Group, developing renewable energy projects, and in water strategy. John currently sits on the Board of the East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance and the Phoenix Parks Foundation. Hehas a M.A. in Geography from Arizona State University and a B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Heis a graduateof Project CENTRL, and the Western Energy Institutes’
Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders program. In his free time he enjoys running, mountain biking, traveling, and hiking in South Mountain Park with his partner Trish Murphy and their two vizslas.

Steven Regis

Steven Regis

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, CalPortland

Steven Regis is a Sr. Vice President for CalPortland Company. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in mining engineering in 1979 and has worked in cement production plants in Mojave, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Rillito, AZ. He has been in the Southern California corporate office since 1997. Steve now oversees Government Affairs, Marketing, Community Relations and the Procurement and Engineering functions of CalPortland’s three cement plants, nine import and distribution terminals, and over one hundred ready mix concrete, asphalt, and aggregate operations.