2019 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon Recap

Author: Ayrianna Drayton

We want to thank you everyone who attended the 2019 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon Presented by Southwest Airlines. We’re honored that you took the time to celebrate 111 years of success!

Anne & UDAWe are pleased to announce United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) as the Large Business of the Year! Beginning in 1960, UDAwas formed by hardworking dairymen and women. Today, UDA is still a local, family-owned, dairy cooperative that has a $2billion economic impact to Arizona each year because of their commitment to serving the needs of their members, community, and customers around the world. With more than 300 employees, UDA strives to remain a role model in sustainability by reducing farm emissions and in leadership by hosting volunteer events at Feed My Starving Children and other organizations around the valley. 

Click here to watch UDA's finalist video! 



We are also excited to announce Resound as the Small Business of the Year! Over Anne & Resoundthe past 10 years, Resound has grown substantially and has continually remained rooted and involved with the community. Resound is an active member of many Arizona-based associations such as the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Conscious Capitalism Arizona, and Arizona Technology Council. To give back to the community they call home, Resound offers a scholarship program- offering their creative branding services to non-profit organizations either at dramatically reduced rates or free of charge.

Click here to watch Resound's finalist video, so you can learn more about them! 


Woody WIlsonThe Spirit of Tempe award was given to Woody Wilson! A die-hard jazz fan and community activist, Woody took a hobby and built it into a world-class music series. Woody is the founder, president and executive producer of the Lakeshore Music, Inc., Concert Series, which is entering its 11th season at Tempe Center for the Arts. Woody is a member of Tempe Leadership Class XXI and has remained an active member within the community- bringing his creativity and energy wherever he has the opportunity. Woody has a deep passion for historic preservation and has worked on many Tempe projects.  He is a past President of the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, a board member of the Tempe Historical Society and past Director of the Rio Salado Foundation. 


Karyn Gitlis

The 2019 Tempe Leadership Outstanding Community Leadership Award was presented to Karyn Gitlis. Karyn has been an active participant in the Maple Ash Neighborhood and a true leader in the community for close to three decades. She has been involved with the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation for over 10 years and received the Chuck Malpede City of Tempe Neighbor of the Year Award in 2013. Karyn is a member of the Tempe Leadership Class XXX and has served on numerous Tempe boards and commissions, including Tempe Aviation Commission and Tempe South Corridor Study Ad Hoc Advisory Committee.


Suzy GreenwoodAnd to wrap up this year’s luncheon award recipients, Suzy Greenwood was awarded Volunteer of the Year. Suzy is the Business Manager for Arizona Tax Advisors with over 30 years of experience in business and management.

She is passionate about helping small businesses succeed and helping the community grow with them. She is the past Ambassador Chair, as well as an incoming Chair of the Women in Business Council and incoming member of the Board of Directors. Suzy is an active member of the Chamber and is at almost every event- going out of her way to proactively engage with other members and ambassadors. No matter the time or task, Suzy always asks, “Okay, what else can I do?” Suzy has gone above and beyond to help make the Chamber and our programs a success.


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is incredibly fortunate to have so many dedicated members, hard-working committees, and supportive businesses to honor at our Annual Luncheon. We would also like to give a huge thank you to our amazing sponsors for your general support.

We hope to see everyone again next year at the 2020 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon!