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Karen Meyer Hired as Tempe Chamber Business Development Director

Posted on | November 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has hired Karen Meyer, a Tempe native and former business owner, to serve as the Business Development Director. Meyer will lead the Chamber’s effort to recruit new businesses into the organization and enhance our ability to serve the Tempe business community. A major focus area of Meyer’s will be to ensure that Chamber membership packages are relevant, unique and valuable to members.



“We are fortunate to be able excited to welcome Karen to our team,” said Anne Gill, Tempe Chamber president and CEO. “She has a great deal of experience working with membership organizations to successfully grow their membership and will be a valuable asset as we continue to expand our programs and services.”

Meyer spent the last nine years with Troon Golf where she most recently she held the role of Director of Membership Development for Firerock Country Club. Meyer has been involved in chambers of commerce as a business owner, an ambassador and as a board member. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University, is a fourth generation Arizonan and longtime resident of Tempe.

Chamber Honors Servicemembers at Goldwater Air Base

Posted on | November 7, 2017 | No Comments

GOLDWATER AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ariz. – The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and its Military Affairs Committee honored an officer and an enlisted Guardsman in the 161st Air Refueling Wing during a ceremony at Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Referred to as the Plough/Truman Award, the award was established to honor Maj. Truman Young, a pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Donald Plough, a boom operator, two of four airmen who were killed when their KC-135 refueling aircraft was hit in a mid-air collision and crashed on March 13, 1982.

Lt. Col. Dean C. Owen, an Arizona native, and commander of the 197th Air Refueling Squadron was awarded the Maj. Truman Young Award. Lt. Col. Owen has been in the Air National Guard for over 26 years. In his acceptance speech, he noted the dichotomy between the bravado associated with military pilots and his day job – a rancher – and the humility that he shows in his duties.

“I’m humbled to receive it, Lt. Col. Owen said of receiving the award. “I’m humbled that people think of me that way. The core values of the air force – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do – I try to live my life that way.”

The Tech. Sgt. Donald Plough Award was given to Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Laffrey. Staff Sgt. Laffrey is a nine-year veteran of the active duty Air Force and joined the Air National Guard in 2016 as a client systems technician for the base. While on active duty, he was a mental health technician.

Staff Sgt. Laffrey noted his experience with other civilian-military affairs groups as he accepted the award.

“I’m thankful, I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “In a previous life, I was with a military affairs committee as a past assignment so I know what that relationship is and how important that is. It’s nice to have them involved with the award.”

The Tempe Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee holds numerous luncheons and awards with military installations across the Phoenix area. They recognize service members at each installation that are nominated by commanding officers and community groups.

Tempe Chamber Signs Letter Urging Trump Administration to Modernize NAFTA, “Do No Harm”

Posted on | October 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber Signs Letter Urging Trump Administration to Modernize NAFTA, “Do No Harm”

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Chamber of Commerce on Monday joined more than 300 state and local business associations from across all 50 states in expressing its support for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urging the Trump administration to “do no harm” as negotiations continue.

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, 314 state and local chambers of commerce reiterated the business community’s strong support for NAFTA and the millions of American jobs it supports.

“Business leaders across the country know first-hand that trade with Canada and Mexico has created American jobs, boosted economic growth, and strengthened local economies,” the letter reads. “But we know we can do even more to seize the benefits of trade with our North American neighbors.”

The message conveyed in the letter demonstrates a U.S. business community united in support of a constructive renegotiation process and a modernized NAFTA – and against continued threats of withdrawal from the agreement.

Tempe Chamber President and CEO Anne Gill signed the letter to the president, adding her support to other chambers across the nation. “Our neighbors to the north and to the south are increasingly important free trade markets for Tempe and Arizona companies,” Gill said. “A modernized NAFTA positions Arizona for even greater prosperity.”

Members of the U.S. Congress also received copies of the letter, which is available online here.

“We urge you to support America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses of all sizes by protecting and preserving the deep economic ties and benefits the United States continues to enjoy under NAFTA,” the letter concludes.

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Announces Mark Mitchell State of the City Address

Posted on | September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber of Commerce Announces Mark Mitchell State of the City Address

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Tempe is pleased to present Mayor Mark Mitchell’s State of the City Address on November 3, 2017.

Members of the public are invited to attend. The mayor will be sharing his thoughts on the local social and economic climate along with his vision for the growth and future of Tempe and Arizona.

This breakfast provides a valuable opportunity to engage with civic, business and political leaders of the Valley.

“In Tempe, we’re as proud of our great history as much as we are about our innovative approach to building a city that is strong and resilient,” said Mitchell. “We’re making waves in Tempe – in business and our local economy, human services, education and so much more. Tempe continues to be at the forefront of innovation and opportunity for our state and region and I look forward to sharing Tempe’s story with our community.”

Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. and breakfast is served at 7:45. Mayor Mitchell will begin his speech and presentation at 8 a.m.

Advance RSVP is required. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a VIP Table of 10 for members, and $70 or $700 for a VIP Table of 10 for the general public. RSVP online at goo.gl/gAzpQz or by calling (480) 967-7891.

Tempe Leadership Announces Class 33 for 2017-2018 Year

Posted on | September 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Tempe Leadership Announces Class 33 for 2017-2018 Year

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe Leadership, a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, announces the upcoming 2017-2018 class participants as members of Class 33.

Tempe Leadership has been cultivating local leaders since 1985. This year 21 individuals were chosen through a competitive application and interview process carried out by a Selection Committee. The nine-month program is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the community, leadership development, opportunities for engagement and to expand class member’s network of personal and professional relationships. Read more

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Statement on Tempe School Proposals

Posted on | September 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber of Commerce Statement on Tempe School Proposals

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted August 22 to support the bond and overrides proposed by the Kyrene Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District. The bond and override questions will be on the November ballot for Tempe voters to consider.

Kyrene Elementary School District will have two override questions and one bond question on the ballot. The two budget override questions will not increase taxes. They are a continuation of existing overrides to be used for maintenance and operation and capital.

The bond question will ask voters to authorize the District to borrow up to $116,750,000 in bonds over 10 years. The money will fund repairs at schools throughout the district and curriculum enhancements.

Tempe Union High School District will have one override question on the ballot. It includes a small tax increase since the override amount will increase from 10% to 15% if approved by voters. The revenues will be dedicated to teacher salaries.

The Tempe Chamber believes the money is needed and will enhance the educational experience for students in each of the districts.

The Kyrene Elementary School District includes south Tempe, Ahwatukee and portions of Chandler. The Tempe Union High School District encompasses all of the City of Tempe.

Sukki Jahnke Hired as Media and Program Development Director

Posted on | August 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Sukki Jahnke Hired as Media and Program Development Director

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the hiring of Sukki Jahnke to serve as the Media and Program Development Director.

Jahnke brings 16 years of experience in the meetings and events industry to the Chamber and plans to execute successful programs while meeting and exceeding the organization’s return on objectives though new strategic goals.

Jahnke most recently comes from Microchip Technology’s Global Headquarters in Chandler, AZ, where she managed the company’s trade shows and customer events for North and South America. With her new role, Sukki is realizing a career ambition to work in the nonprofit sector and create an impact that will benefit Tempe’s businesses and the surrounding community.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Jahnke is heavily involved with professional organizations, including her second term as Director of Special Events & Fundraising for the Arizona Sunbelt chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Receive U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in Tempe

Posted on | July 27, 2017 | Comments Off on U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Receive U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. –

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema speaks at State of the District event at Rio Salado College, Friday, March 3, 2017.

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, representing the Arizona ninth district in the House of Representatives, will be honored with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on August 31.

The congresswoman will be recognized for her contribution to promoting pro-growth policies in Congress. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. at TCH, 215 West Lodge Dr. in Tempe, and will include a tour of TCH, remarks from the U.S. Chamber, remarks from Sinema followed by questions and answers.

“We are honored to be represented by a member of Congress who places a priority to continue positive economic growth and limited economic regulation,” said Tempe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Anne Gill. “Congresswoman Sinema knows Tempe businesses and we are proud of her efforts to represent them in Congress.”

The U.S. Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s annual scorecard, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes need sound, commonsense policy in place in order to get off the ground, grow, and succeed,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes those members of Congress who have done what’s right for our friends, family, and neighbors running businesses across the country. We applaud these legislators for their commitment to free enterprise and economic growth.”

Representative Sinema joins U.S. Sen. John McCain and six other representatives from Arizona who are awarded this year’s Sprit of Enterprise Award. This is the fourth time the congresswoman has received the distinction during her tenure in Congress.

Elizabeth Cling Named 2017 Outstanding Community Leader

Posted on | June 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Elizabeth Cling Named 2017 Outstanding Community Leader

Tempe, Ariz. – Tempe Leadership will award its highest honor, the Outstanding Community Leadership Award, to Elizabeth Cling at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon on June 29, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Cling is a longtime resident of Tempe and a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXX (30) with an impressive history of community leadership. This April marks her 20th year of volunteer service with the Tempe Police Department’s Volunteer in Policing Program. As a department volunteer, she has served in assault and crime prevention, disaster assistance, special projects, photography and on the Kids + Cops Holiday Shop planning committee. Read more

Desirae Noonan Awarded Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Posted on | June 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Desirae Noonan Awarded Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year

TEMPE, Ariz. – Desirae Noonan has been named the Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year and will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 29.

Noonan, the branch manager of Express Employment Professionals in Tempe, was involved in another chamber of commerce in Illinois at another job before moving to Arizona. She had her office re-join the Tempe Chamber in October 2015, and soon became involved in Coffee Connection leads group and the Ambassador Committee, an outreach group of volunteers for the Chamber.

Desirae appreciated the welcoming attitude of Chamber members and wanted to reflect that by becoming an active participant herself.

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