Tempe, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona

HELO 2017 Annual Leadership Retreat

Aug 09 - Aug 12, 2017
Tempe, AZ
Registration Rates and Information

HELO Member Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration:  $150.00 Until July 7
  • Onsite Registration:  $200.00 After July 7

HELO Non-Member Registration Rates

  • Advance Registration:  $250.00 Until July 7
  • Onsite Registration:  $350.00 After July 7

Spouse/Guest/Youth Registration Rates*

  • Advance Registration:  $85.00 Until July 7
  • Onsite Registration:  $95.00 After July 7


*Spouse/Guest/Youth/Student Attendance
In order for individual spouses/guests/youth/students to attend any or all HELO Annual Leadership Retreat activities and meal functions, each individual must be officially registered for the conference and wear registration badges at all times for admittance to sessions/meals.

Event Cancellation Policy
Any registration cancellations occurring after July 7, 2017, will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing and sent via email to constituencygroups@nlc.org.


Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, August 9  
5:30 - 8:00 pm HELO Board of Directors Dinner/Mobile Tour of Tempe
Presiding: Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, AZ, HELO President
Thursday, August 10  
8:30 - 10:30 am HELO Board Meeting
10:30 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration
11:00 am - 2:00 pm NLC University Seminar: Healthy Cities - Thriving Cities 
(Earn 2 credits with NLC University)
2:30 - 2:45 pm Conference Kick-off
2:45 - 4:15 pm

Business Trade Between the U.S. and Mexico

Speaker: Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director Mexico Institute, Wilson Center in DC (Invited)

Moderator: Michael Patterson, International Trade Attorney, Polsinelli


  • Charlie Hess, President, St. Clair Technologies
  • Tim Grein, President, Walbar Engine Components
  • Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Ing. Edmundo Chavez Mendez, Executive Director, Port of Guaymas

This session will explore why Mexico is an important trading partner for the United States and how your community can establish trade opportunities for your local economy. Learn about the economic impact of U.S. trade with Mexico, emerging industry sector opportunities, where this trade relationship is headed and how establishing strategic cross-border business relationships can further economic development in a global economy.

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Immigration & Border Security

Speaker: U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (Invited)

Moderator:  James D. Garcia, Director, Communications & Public Policy, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North America Research Partnership
  • Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Arizona Migration Institute
  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center
  • U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • Enrique M. Lucero, Field Office Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and border security continue to be issues facing our country. Differing policies on immigration reform have created intense passions and varied opinions about how to secure the border. What policies are needed to protect our borders while also building our international relationships and maintaining a welcoming environment for immigrants?

6:30 - 8:00 pm Opening Reception - Membership Networking Opportunity
Friday, August 11  
7:00 - 7:15 am Mobile Tour Meetup and Overview
7:30 am Mobile Tour Departure Time
9:00 am Arrive Port of Tucson - Presentation and Site Operations Tour
10:30 am Depart Port of Tucson
11:30 am

Arrive Nogales, AZ

Luncheon Presentations:

  • Fresh Produce Association of the Americas/Warehouse Operations
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection & Video of Mariposa POE 
1:00 pm Tour of Mariposa POE - Commercial Section
2:15 pm Leave Nogales, AZ - Enter Nogales, Sonora
2:45 pm Carlisle Manufacturing Facility Tour
5:00 pm

Dinner w/ U.S. & Mexican Officials in Nogales, Sonora
Location TBA 

8:30 pm Departure Time
11:30 pm Arrival in Tempe, AZ
Saturday, August 12  
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Conference Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am

HELO General Membership Forum – 2017 HELO Priorities & Strategic Planning Discussion

Presiding: Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, AZ, HELO President

10:15 - 11:30 am

Housing Trends

Mark Stapp, Executive Director, Master of Real Estate Development, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Learn insights into housing trends shaping communities across the country. The housing market has dramatically shifted based on demands from millennials to baby boomers. What are the future needs for affordable housing, single-family homes, and apartments? What will they need to look like?

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Break - Hotel Checkout
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Plenary Luncheon: Mentoring & Leadership within the Hispanic Community: How to Become a More Effective Leader

Presiding: Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, AZ, HELO President

Moderator:  TBA

Speaker: TBA


The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group was created to serve as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues.  HELO also provides training and information services to its members.

Attend this year’s Annual Leadership Retreat to:

  • Enhance your network with Hispanic elected officials and statewide leaders
  • Learn about timely issues in special seminars that help to expand your skill sets
  • Strengthen your governance skills
  • Adapt community arts programs as best practices for your community
  • Attend the HELO Membership Forum
  • Find solutions to challenging problems in your hometown
  • Consider becoming a future leader in HELO and NLC


Information coming soon.