Upcoming events

    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Snell & Wilmer Law Firm at 400 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on the 19th Floor

    Topical Discussion
    Topical Discussions are structured like a round-table discussion with an expert on the topic speaking for 15-20 minutes about the topic, but opening up the discussion for all to participate.  These discussions have been wildly popular and are a good way to discuss current topics in a forum where everyone can voice their opinion.  Please come prepared to participate.
    $25 per Person

    Talking Points

    *Understanding Arizona's position in regard to foreign direct investment;
    * A behind the scenes discussion concerning data that foreign companies rely on when deciding whether to base operations in Arizona;
    * The impact of political policy on business attraction to Arizona;
    * Understanding the combined effort to reach out to foreign businesses on-behalf of Arizona.

    Chris Camacho

    CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council

    A proven leader with over 10 years in executive management roles, Chris Camacho serves as the President & CEO at one of the longest standing public private partnerships for economic development across the country. He previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President.

    During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 230 companies creating 38,881 jobs and $2.9 billion in capital investment. Some of the more notable projects include Apple, Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin, General Motors and many others.

    He oversees the domestic and international business development and market strategies while serving as GPEC’s executive leader in community interactions. He has particular expertise in emerging technology, tax policy and international economic development. Since 2008, he has taken an active role in addressing the region’s competitiveness position on cost and taxation.

    In 2015 and 2016, Chris was named to Consult Connect’s Top 50 U.S. Economic Developers. In 2013, he was named among an international group of “40 Under 40” by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm recognizing rising talent in economic development. And in 2012, he also received a “40 Under 40” award from the Phoenix Business Journal, which each year identifies talent throughout Arizona. Camacho is the past president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), the statewide association of economic development practitioners. In 2011, AAED named him Economic Developer of the Year.

    Prior to GPEC, Camacho served as President & CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC) from 2006-2008, after serving as the Business Development Manager for two years. During his tenure, GYEDC helped 35 companies and 3,500 jobs locate in Greater Yuma, resulting in more than $350M of capital investment in the region. Some of the larger manufacturing projects included Alside Window and Door, Northwestern Industries Inc., Johnson Controls, and Shaw Industries.

    Viewed as a dynamic community figure, Camacho was recognized as the Chamber of Commerce Leader of the Year in 2007. In 2006, he served on the Arizona Global Network Board, which was developed to create a foreign-direct investment platform for the State of Arizona. He also developed Yuma’s first Business Retention and Expansion Program to support the local manufacturing and food technology sector. Prior moving to Arizona, Camacho worked as a research analyst at The Alliance, a regional economic development firm in Greater St. Louis. 

    He is involved in community non-profits including Chicanos Por La Casa, and sits on the boards for the Arizona Business Education Coalition, Year Up, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Valley of the Sun United Way, as well as the International Economic Development Council and the Economic Innovation Group Policy Council. In 2016 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the U.S. Investment Advisory Council, to advise the Secretary on foreign direct investment policies and strategies.

    Camacho graduated from Southern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. He also attended the University of Oklahoma for the Economic Development Institute. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife and three children.

    • 20 Jul 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Snell & Wilmer Law Firm at 400 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on the 19th Floor


    Topical Discussion
    Topical Discussions are structured like a round-table discussion with an expert on the topic speaking for 15-20 minutes about the topic, but opening up the discussion for all to participate.  These discussions have been wildly popular and are a good way to discuss current topics in a forum where everyone can voice their opinion.  Please come prepared to participate.
                    $25 per Person

    This presentation will qualify for 1 hour of CLE

    Talking Points

    *The Impact of current Middle Eastern conflicts on the Law of War;
    * The Impact of domestic terrorist attacks on the Law of War and traditional Law Enforcement interactions;
    * The Risks to military personnel in foreign countries with and without Status of Forces Agreements;
    * The inter-relationship between Operational Rules of Engagement 
    and the Law of War;

    Colonel Erickson Bio

    Colonel Rick Erickson is in his twenty-sixth year of combined active and reserve service as both an Infantry Officer and Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. Colonel Erickson’s military career includes deployments to Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    He has served with joint commands including allied coalitions and armed forces from all branches of the United States military, and he wears fifteen personal and unit commendations. In 1990, Colonel Erickson graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1991 after graduating from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. In 1992, he completed Officer Basic School and was selected as an Infantry Officer. He graduated from Infantry Officer Course and was assigned to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. He reported to 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, where he led a rifle platoon and weapons platoon with Fox Company 2/5.

    During his tour at Camp Pendleton, Colonel Erickson trained in small boat operations and, in 1994, he deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit/Special Operations Capable. His deployment with the 11th MEU/SOC included joint military operations in Singapore, Somalia and Rwanda. Upon returning from deployment, he served as Officer in Charge of the 5th Marines Regimental Guard, assumed command of the battalion’s 81mm mortar platoon and later became the Assistant Operations Officer for 2/5.

    Colonel Erickson left active duty in 1995 and attended law school at University of the Pacific, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Government Relations in 1998. During law school, he clerked for the United States Attorney prosecuting the Unabomber case in Sacramento, California, and he was an Honors Extern for California Governor Pete Wilson. In 1998, Colonel Erickson entered private practice in Arizona and became a partner with the Phoenix- based law firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP in 2009.

    Colonel Erickson returned to reserve service in 2000 as second-in-command of Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2002, he was selected to attend Naval Justice School at NS Newport, Rhode Island for an additional MOS in Law, and he graduated with degrees in basic military and operational law. In 2003, Colonel Erickson served in his first legal billet as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for North American Aerospace Defense Command-United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He advised the Joint Staff at

    NORAD-USNORTHCOM concerning matters of domestic operational law and in April 2003 he participated in Operation Noble Eagle. In 2006-07, Colonel Erickson deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom as Staff Judge Advocate for Task Force Military Police and 3d Battalion, 14th Marines. After directing pre- deployment training in the Law of War and Rules of Engagement, he became the Operational Law Advisor for I Marine Expeditionary Force’s Detainee Operations Task Force and served as a primary Geneva Conventions analyst for Multi National Forces-West and Multi National Coalition-Iraq. He was responsible for inspecting, evaluating and reporting on all detainee areas used by coalition and Iraqi forces in Anbar Province.

    In 2008, Colonel Erickson was appointed to the Operational Law of War Branch at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. There, he handled matters of international and operational law, prepared presentations at Naval Justice School for deploying Judge Advocates and handled daily action items from Congress, Headquarters Marine Corps and operating forces abroad in Afghanistan, Iraq and Horn of Africa. In 2010, Colonel Erickson served with 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, assuming responsibilities as Staff Judge Advocate to the Base Commander at MCAS Yuma, Arizona and providing advice on matters of Arizona and federal law affecting joint military exercises at the Goldwater and Chocolate Mountains Ranges and Yuma Proving Ground.

    In 2013, Colonel Erickson was selected to be the Staff Judge Advocate to a new Major Subordinate Command, Force Headquarters Group, based with Marine Corps Forces Reserve in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the chief legal advisor to the Commanding General, providing legal advice concerning government ethics, administrative discharges, investigations, military justice and operational law supporting the annual PANAMAX joint forces exercise with U.S. Southern Command. In 2017, Colonel Erickson returned to his infantry roots and joined the G-3 Operations Staff at I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California. At I-MEF, Colonel Erickson assists with planning operational exercises for deploying units and joint forces.

    Colonel Erickson is an Honor Graduate of Joint Forces Staff College, Joint & Combined Warfighting School, where he received the LTG Paul Cerjan Distinguished Writing Award for Cyberwarfare – Making the Case for Deadly Force. In 2016, Colonel Erickson published Synchronizing National Security Law and Strategic Interests of the United States as part of Thompson Reuters® Inside the Minds. Colonel Erickson also has diplomas from U.S. Air War College, U.S. Naval War College, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and National Defense University, including advanced courses in National Security Decision Making, Strategy and Policy, Government Ethics, Naval Operations, Joint Operational Warfare, Domestic Operational Law and Rules of Engagement. 

    Since 1996, Colonel Erickson has served on Congressional Military Academy Nomination Committees for Senator Jon Kyl and Congressman John Shadegg and now serves on Nomination Committees for Senator Jeff Flake and Congressman Trent Franks. In 2011, Colonel Erickson was appointed by Governor Brewer to the Arizona Court of Military Appeals, which presides over National Guard cases subject to review by the Arizona Supreme Court. Colonel Erickson has been married twenty-one years, has a daughter in college and a son in high school.


Tel: 602 441-4967

7949 E. Acoma Drive, Suite #207 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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