Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.


Commerce and Ecology Coexist on New Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce Blog

Where commerce and ecology coexist. (Graphic by Heberger)

Welcome to the brand new – and not quite ripe – Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce blog. Our goal is to become YOUR trusted resource for insights into sustainability and green business practices; first as a business owner, and then as a consumer.

We need your input on the kinds of information you’re looking for that will help you run a more profitable and sustainable business.  Our ultimate focus will be exploring the myriad of answers to the following question:

“How can commerce and ecology coexist?”

Feel Free to Comment Freely and Often

We have a gaggle of gifted designers and writers who are contributing to this blog, and we’re always looking for more inspired content. So if you have an idea for a story, a question that needs answering, information that must be shared, or interesting insights into the greening of our economy, please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Author Park Howell is president of Park&Co, a Phoenix-based sustainable ad agency specializing in environmental and cause marketing. He writes his own blog, “Sustainable Storytelling,” that explores green marketing to help companies accelerate wise growth through smarter branding at