Highlighting the 2018 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon Honorees


luncheon winners
Clockwise starting in top left corner:
Onsite Community Builder Chrissy Ballentine (l) and COO & Director of Programs Jennifer Burwell accept the 2018  Business Excellence Award (Small Business Category) from Tempe Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Anne Gill IOM
Managing Partner Pernell W. McGuire accepts the 2018 Business Excellence Award (Large Business Category) on behalf of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
Peter Adams was awarded Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year
Tempe Leadership Board President Suzanne Durkin (l) and Tempe Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Anne Gill IOM present Dr. Judy Aldrich (m) with the Tempe Leadership Outstanding Community Leadership Award
Judy and Frank Woertz won the Spirit of Tempe Award
Photos by Everardo Keeme


First and foremost, thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2018 Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon! We’re so happy that you took the time to celebrate 110 years of success! And what a celebration it was!

We are pleased to announce MAC6 as the Small Business of the Year! MAC6 provides collaborative work space and culture-focused leadership programs. They also support several local organizations by allowing them to use their meeting space as a community gathering place. Click here to watch there finalist video so that you can learn even more about them!

Mac6’s Onsite Community Builder Chrissy Ballentine nominated her employer because “it is a special place to work. It’s an amazing learning community where I grow everyday”. She was ecstatic when Chamber President/CEO Anne Gill announced that they had won.

We are just as excited to announce Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC as the Large Business of the Year! This full-service law firm offers legal support for divorce, bankruptcy, tax settlement, forming a business, mergers, and acquisitions. They sponsor service activities such as Shear Beauty (a fundraiser for the prevention of breast cancer) and participates in community service projects with St. Vincent De Paul, Feed My Starving Children, and many others. Click here to watch their finalist video!

The Spirit of Tempe award was given to Frank and Judy Woertz of State Farm Agency! This power couple has been in Tempe and with State Farm Insurance for well over 40 years. Their agency is recognized as one of the leaders within State Farm.

Frank was Volunteer of the year in 2015 and also served as chairman of the Ambassador committee for two years. He was tenacious in his pursuit to improve the Ambassadors Committee and spearheaded the Kickstart program to help new members understand all of their resources.

Judy is active in many mentoring programs, including Girls Who Code where hands-on tech experience helps break boundaries and build self-confidence. She also spends time advocating for her industry and our community at our nation’s capital where she visits with our legislators about very important issues.

The 2018 Tempe Leadership Outstanding Community Leadership Award was given to Dr. Judy Aldrich! She is graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XVIII and she has displayed outstanding leadership in a variety of roles in the Tempe community over the past few decades.

Judy has been active in the Kiwanis Club of Tempe (KCOT) for 29 years and currently serves as the KCOT President. She was awarded the “Kiwanian of the Year” Award in 2002. She is an active member of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley Tempe Ladmo Branch where she served as secretary, vice president and board president, and her service was recognized by the East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs with the “Distinguished Service Award.”

She has also served on numerous Tempe boards and commissions, including Chairman of the Personal Merit Board, Police and Fire Public Safety Retirement Board, the Judicial Review Board, City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Board, and Co-Chair of the North Valley Partnership Parade.

And last but certainly not least, Peter Adams was awarded Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year! Peter is the owner and CTO of Ping! Development, which is a software development firm that specializes in custom web and mobile applications and ecommerce. He also serves on the Tempe Chamber’s Board of Directors, The Ambassador Committee, Business Development Committee, Business Owners Forum, Membership Value Committee and Coffee Connections leads group. 

Peter consistently goes above and beyond to support the Chamber. From advising the organization on technology and web issues to keeping it safe from hackers and spyware, he does it all. You’ll literally see him at nearly every Tempe Chamber program, ribbon cutting and signature event! He goes out of his way to connect and support fellow members and make sure they have the resources they need to succeed. He is excellent at providing member referrals and is adamant about always doing business with other chamber members first. 

 “It’s easy to refer people and do business and be an ambassador just because of all the great people that are members and work with the chamber,” said Peter. He says he’s honored to have won his awards.

The Chamber is incredibly lucky to have so many dedicated members, hard-working committees, and supportive businesses to honor at our annual luncheon. But we could not have done any of this without our amazing sponsors!

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