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Updated May 13, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Trade advisers visit, focus on export plan for Phoenix

PHOENIX -- National trade experts were in Phoenix on Tuesday for talks that could lead to the overseas sale of goods that are locally made.

During the Global Cities Initiative at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix, experts came to help the city develop a plan to export products.

Mayor Greg Stanton said Phoenix is already working to achieve the goal and that the city has already teamed up with the Arizona Commerce Authority to open an office in Mexico City.

"We have already formed our export iniative, in which we will be working with some of the leading policy makers in the region to push for advanced public policies to lead to a more export economy," Stanton said.

Stanton said he wanted city staffers to help businesses learn how to sell their products overseas.

"How many small- or medium-sized businesses are developing awesome products and services that would have a marketplace in other countries around the world, but they may not be able to understand how to access that global economy? We are here to help," Stanton said.

Stanton made boosting local exports a key part of his State of the City Address in March.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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