Tucson Advisory Board


Tucson Advisory Board

This board consists of insightful business leaders advising Global Chamber® Tucson in our efforts to support international trade and businesses in the region. 


Adalberto Elías 

Kozolchyk National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade 

Experienced Research Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Secured Transactions Law Reform, Securities Market, Commercial Lending, E-commerce, International Relations, and Economic Development. Strong legal professional graduated from University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.


Jan Knight 

Bancroft Information Services 

Jan provides market research, analysis, and insight to entrepreneurs. She is adept at research-driven writing and can shape business plans, pitch decks, marketing strategies, and new business development. Bancroft offers a comprehensive suite of services ranging from competitive profiling to industry profiles to commercialization. She works primarily with a diverse client base composed of high tech start-ups, marketing strategists, business development advertising agencies, software firms, publishers, biotechnology companies, corporate trainers, and more.


John Bord 

Tucson Electric Power  

John Bord is a proven leader in marketing, customer experience and Border community development in the US and Mexico. John is responsible for Customer Experience and Strategy for Tucson Electric Power. He is responsible for analyzing and understanding the company’s residential and commercial customers through the application of data analytics and primary research initiatives. John provides voice of the customer insights to customer-facing business units and executives to enhance the effectiveness of marketing, new product development, and energy efficiency programs.


Ken Slaton 

Global Benefits Group  

Ken is a global executive with expertise in insurance, banking, and consumer finance. He has a client focused mentality in the development and delivery of insurance and investment products. Committed to building new business relationships with agents, brokers, financial advisers, private bankers, and wealth managers. GBG is a fully integrated insurance group providing services from policy sales to claims administration and servicing, and is committed to delivering high levels of customer service.


Liz Pocock 

Startup Tucson  

As COO, Liz Pocock is responsible for strategic oversight and day-to-day operations for the Startup Tucson team. Liz believes in building strong programs focused around the needs of Tucson businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure that the organization grows and delivers on its mission to help Tucson strive. Previously the Supervising Research Attorney and Development Director at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Liz has more than five years of experience in non-profit organizational management and has a record of successfully managing complex stakeholder, contract, and partner relationships in national and international contexts.


Pat Watson 

Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors  

With a background in hospitality, Pat is in charge of building the international community through the International Visitors Leadership Program. It is administered by the U.S. Department of State annually brings to the United States approximately 5,000 foreign nationals from all over the world to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand. The visitors, who are selected by United States Foreign Service Officers overseas, are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and other fields.


Sebastián Galván Duque Covarrubias 

Consulate of Mexico - Tucson 

Sebastian is the economic affairs attaché for the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. He has worked in diplomatic capacities since 2009. He graduated with a degree in International Affairs and Relations from ITAM, or the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico. He is especially well versed imn pubblic policy and strategic planning. He is known as a key influencer in the space of foreign economic policy.


Shelly Glandon 

Blue Canoe Marketing

I do the “heavy lifting” my clients need to implement successful marketing programs and projects. My expertise is in organizing and executing marketing programs, projects, and events that help achieve my client’s operational and marketing goals. My work is focused on B2B clients with products, technology, or services that solve their customer's problems or give them a competitive advantage. I enjoy challenging work, helping clients align objectives, strategy, and tactics to achieve outstanding results.


Sonia Vohnout 


Sonia is owner of a consulting firm that assists its customers with the design and management of complex systems over their life cycles. She has more than 20 years of experience in systems engineering, software systems, quality systems management, business development/commercialization, start-ups, and program management. In the past she has worked for Physical Optics Corporation, Sentient, Ridgetop Group, Modular Mining, IBM, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She is an expert modeler and has extensive expertise in prognostics and health management (PHM) systems and software development.


Valeria Macias 

Val-Ma Enterprises 

Located in Nogales, AZ, Val-Ma specializes in all modes of transportation to provide freight shipping solutions. Val-Ma Enterprises provides its customers with competitive pricing and superior logistics resources. Valeria’s company serves as a liaison between individuals or companies that need shipping services and an authorized motor carrier. Val-Ma Enterprises, LLC is bonded, and licensed from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They are reliable carriers for Domestic Transportation, Special equipment, temperature-control, flat racks, open tops, and dry vans.