Advance Guatemala is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
 

After graduating from The University of Arizona where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Marketing, Mr. J.P. Dahdah began his professional career in 1997 as a financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., a Fortune 100 company.


In 1999, he founded Dahdah Global Wealth Management, LLC, a comprehensive wealth management company which specialized in working with business owners. Throughout his career, Mr. Dahdah has been a featured speaker at various financial workshops throughout the United States, focusing on wealth accumulation, retirement planning, and estate conservation.


In June 2004, Mr. Dahdah founded his second company, Entrust Arizona, LLC, an affiliate of The Entrust Group. Entrust Arizona provided self-directed retirement plan administration and custodial services to individuals and small business owners who desired to include non-traditional assets, such as real estate, as part of their tax-deferred and tax-free portfolios.


Mr. Dahdah earned the Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) designation by The Institute of Certified Bankers in 2007, and in 2009, he began hosting a weekly "Wealth Wednesdays" radio show on Arizona’s premiere financial news station, KFNN 1510AM. In that same year, the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) presented Entrust Arizona with “Arizona’s Companies to Watch” Award, an honor celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs. Experiencing an annualized revenue growth of 28%, Entrust Arizona’s client base grew to over 6,500 clients and $600M in retirement assets in less than seven years. A testament to the Company’s size, strength, and growth, Entrust Arizona re-branded and changed its business name to Vantage Retirement Plans, LLC, on January 3rd, 2012.

Mr. Dahdah is actively involved in the Arizona community as a collaborator, partner and sponsor of various philanthropic organizations. In 2008, he founded and is the current Executive Director of Advance Guatemala, a 501(C)(3) organization which provides aid to impoverished Guatemalans in the areas of Health Care, Education, Housing and Entrepreneurship.


In 2007, he was selected as one of The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40” Award recipients and was recently named their “2011 Entrepreneur of the Year.”


Mr. Dahdah is proud to be an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global organization for successful entrepreneurs. He also enjoys activity serving on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR).


He has previously served as the Treasurer for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Young Leaders Group, was a Distribution Committee Member of the Arizona Community Foundation, and held a seat on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Dahdah has been happily married since 2008 to his wife Erin and is the proud father of his daughter, Liliana Sofia and son, Juan Pablo II. For leisure activities, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his friends and family, watching Phoenix Suns and University of Arizona basketball games, and staying active by exercising regularly.


Keith R. Galbut is President of Galbut & Galbut, PC, a business and real estate law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Galbut practices is in the areas of business and real estate law and has a particular focus in the field of international business law.

Mr. Galbut is particularly proud to be associated with Advance Guatemala. Additionally, Mr. Galbut is a member of the Board of Directors and the President-Elect of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Board of Directors of Esperança, a non-profit international health organization.

Mr. Galbut has been recognized by AZ Business Magazine as one of Arizona’s top lawyers in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2005, Mr. Galbut was selected as an “Up-and Coming Attorney” by bizAZ magazine. He has been honored with the “’AZ's Finest” (2001) and “AZ’s FUTURE Award” (2009) for his contributions to the community and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is the Chairman for Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk (2010 and 2011). He is also a frequent contributor to the Phoenix Business Journal, AZ Business Magazine, and KFNN radio. Mr. Galbut is a Phoenix native and received his B.A. in Economics from Emory University in 1997. He earned his Master's in International Management (MIM/MBA) in 2001 from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2003, Mr. Galbut obtained his J.D. with a focus in international and corporate law from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. In addition, Mr. Galbut studied international law and business transactions at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

His passions are his family, international travel, civic organizations, photography, and scuba diving.
Mark Walker’s deep understanding of poverty issues comes from fifteen years of laboring side-by-side with needy people in the developing world, managing programs in Guatemala, Colombia and Sierra Leone with Plan International in Director Positions.

Mark’s passion for Guatemala goes back to his time as a Peace Corps volunteer. His wife and three children were all born in Guatemala. Mark’s first job out of the Peace Corps was as a consultant with CARE International whose staff asked him to identify the basic technologies for an agro-forestry program. In response to a major earthquake in Guatemala Mark co-founded FUNDACED, a Christian Guatemalan development agency. His work included mentoring Guatemalan staff on how to raise funds in the US and Europe.

The Cooperative Housing Foundation hired Mark to develop the property management procedures for a housing program on the South Coast of Guatemala, and Mark was hired as an Assistant Director by Plan International. Over the years, Mark has led numerous donor visits to Guatemala in support of a number of programs and is developing the foundation giving program for the Namaste Foundation which supports micro-entrepreneurial work of Mayan Indian women in the highlands.

Previously Mark was the Senior Representative for MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs, the 37th largest charity in the U.S.), where, for over 10 years he was responsible for cultivating donor relationships in the western region of the country. He worked with individuals, including assistance with estate planning, and coordinated a successful gift of $1.4 million for their 50th anniversary. Mark has held senior development positions with World Neighbors, Food for the Hungry, MAP International and the Make A Wish Foundation International.
He holds a master’s degree in economics and rural sociology from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute co-hosted by AFP and the Center of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana.
Mark has written and spoken extensively in both English and Spanish on planned giving, major gifts and global philanthropy. He has been a presenter and task force member at the Hemispheric Congress for Fundraising that has hosted a conference in Mexico City for the last four years. He’s the Vice-President of the Board of the Greater Arizona chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and a member of their International Development Committee. He’s the past President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona. Mark joined Rotary in 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia and is the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award, which is Rotary International’s most prestigious recognition.
Ken F Ekstrom is an engineer with Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company specializing in solar photovoltaic power plants. He previously served as President of ETA Engineering, also focusing on renewable energy systems.

Mr Ekstrom, the son of linguists, grew up in Arizona on and near Native American reservations, an experience that impressed upon him the richness of different cultures and the challenges facing traditional peoples. After obtaining an engineering degree he pursued graduate studies in Christian studies and community development. He then joined the Mennonite Central Committee and served four years with an appropriate technology program based in a Cakchiquel village in Guatemala. This program was designed to assist the rural poor in developing and adopting simple technological solutions to improve health, agricultural productivity, environmental stewardship, and general well-being.

Subsequently Mr Ekstrom served with Food for the Hungry, first in Arizona training out-going foreign staff and then in Central America founding and directing new programs in Nicaragua and Honduras. While there he developed its leadership training program and directed the Hurricane “Mitch” relief and rehabilitation programs in addition to other activities. During this time he co-founded the Nehemiah Center for Transformational Development, a Nicaraguan non-profit organization focusing on the training of leaders in communities, non-profits, schools, churches, and businesses empowering them to implement sustainable solutions to the problems facing them and their communities.

Mr Ekstrom is married with two children. He and his wife Mary Ann have been active in homeschooling, civic activities, and in leading a marriage ministry program at their local church. Mr Ekstrom received a BS in Engineering and Applied Science in 1978 from the California Institute of Technology and a graduate Diploma in Christian Studies in 1979 from Regent College (Vancouver, BC).
A globally active humanitarian, Jeanne Lewis is passionately committed to numerous philanthropic causes. A short list of the organizations she is involved with include: Board of Governors with Opportunity International; Board of Chicumbuso in Lusaka, Zambia offering AIDS programs and a children’s orphanage; Community Board Member with Project C.U.R.E. providing medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries; Fundraiser for Mercy Child orphanage in Kenya; Scholarship creator for Refugee Women in Phoenix, AZ; Engaged with COAR, an Arizona State University organization that provides scholarships for refugee students graduating from Phoenix area High Schools.

An active member of Scottsdale Bible Church, Jeanne has been an Advance Guatemala Board Member since 2008 and is proud of the role the organization plays in providing a helping hand in the areas of healthcare, education, housing, and entrepreneurship to impoverished Guatemalans.

Principal of the Alianza Consulting Group, LLC, Nevada; Vice President of Support Services of America, Nevada

Dr. Aldo A. Aguirre is Principal of the Alianza Consulting Group, LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Vice President of Support Service of America, Nevada. He was formerly Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for ADT Construction Group, a Las Vegas-based construction company, from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Aguirre served as a Consultant with the state of Nevada from 1999 to 2004.

Dr. Aguirre serves as a director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas, Nevada; the Latin Business Association in Los Angeles, California, and serves as the President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala in November, 2003, and serves on the Consular Corps of the state of Nevada.

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