Globinar: Tips on Global Site Selection

Date: January 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
ZOOM Virtual
Contact: Global Chamber

Tips on Global Site Selection

Time to establish a location abroad? Join us to learn Tips on Global Site Selection.

There are important aspects to consider when your business needs to establish a physical location in a foreign country. Real Estate selection, leases, talent, future growth and other negotiations vary from place to place, and we'll be discussing some of those in this globinar to help you be more prepared as you grow.

Join us to learn more! 8am US Pacific, 9am US MT, 10am US CT, 11am US ET... and around the world. 

Zoom in from anywhere or attend in person at Global Chamber... contact us for more details.


00:00 – Multi-Metro Globinar begins

  • Jeff Pappas - Executive Vice President of Site Selection at ESRP
  • Carol Mello - Regional Alliance Manager, West Coast at Safeguard Global
  • Susana Trasente - Project Manager for the Economic Development Services team at the City of Peoria

00:30 – Q&A Session

01:00 - End

Speakers Bio

Jeff Pappas - Executive Vice President of Site Selection at E. Smith Realty Partner (ESRP) . As Managing Director of E Smith Realty Partners, Jeff represents corporate clients on a local and national basis, managing their real estate requirements and lease negotiations. He specializes in negotiating multiple leases across the country for various clients in office, industrial, medical, and retail space. Over the last four years alone, Jeff has successfully completed lease transactions totaling over 5 million square feet of space, resulting in value-added savings of over $15 million for his clients. Jeff’s skills include implementing and developing property databases, evaluating national benchmarks to identify favorable demographics and negotiating economic incentives for a wide range of clients, particularly in the teleservices, telecom and high-tech industries.


Carol Mello - Regional Alliance Manager at Safeguard Global. Carol is the Regional Alliance Manager for Safeguard Global based out of San Francisco Bay Area. She works with all size companies in all industry verticals expanding globally and sourcing international talent. Advising and getting their global contractor workforce compliant and providing education and mentorship on developing go to market strategy for foreign markets. Carol has worked in the global cross-border field throughout her entire career. She has extensive experience in doing paralegal work for US work visas, opening foreign entities, managing international vendor sourcing and vetting, global mobility, tax equalization, account management, international payroll/HR operations and global compliance. She has been guiding companies on common pitfalls while establishing international operations and how to avoid costly mistakes and liability while entering foreign markets. On her spare time, she enjoys long distance running and traveling around the globe.


Susana Trasente - Project Manager for the Economic Development Services team at the City of Peoria. Susana is the Project Manager for the Economic Development Services team at the City of Peoria. In addition to working with international firms seeking to diversify, Susana’s responsibilities include managing, planning and monitoring projects and programs related to the implementation of development opportunities. 

Prior to joining the City of Peoria, Susana was the Regional Economic Development Specialist for Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) where she was heavily involved with international project management. She successfully led several trips for elected officials to Mexico as well as organized high-level meetings for international visitors.  Susana was also part of the Global Compliance and Mergers and Acquisitions teams at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. An advocate for women, Susana spearheaded the Freeport-McMoRan Women’s Initiative Network and served as its first President. Susana holds a BA in Psychology and Business from Arizona State University and an MBA from Grand Canyon University.


Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®Doug is an international entrepreneur, speaker and investor dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® reach new markets across metros and borders more successfully. He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of collaborating international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University.


About Global Chamber®: Global Chamber® is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world... connecting member businesses to new opportunities and advancing growth and success. It's the only chamber of commerce in the world operating in hundreds of locations that helps exporting, importing and investing members to connect through warm introductions to clients, partners, projects and resources. Global Chamber® is a registered trademark of Global Chamber, LLC.