Committees

OUR MEMBERS’ INVOLVEMENT MAKES THINGS HAPPEN

The involvement of representatives from many of the Chamber’s member employers allows us to pursue and carry out an ambitious program of work focused on building a stronger economy, a healthier business climate and quality of life for Tempe. Participation on a Chamber committee provides the opportunity to work with some of Tempe’s top business, professional and community leaders and gain valuable leadership, management, and teamwork experience while working to develop programs and address issues of importance to our business community. We encourage you and/or members of your organization to become involved in one or more of our committees.

Simply call the Chamber at 480-967-7891 for further information or to volunteer.

 

 

Ambassadors
Suzy Greenwood
Arizona Tax Services
Purpose
To represent the Chamber and its members through mentoring, guidance, visibility and by communicating the Chamber’s vision and goals in the business community.
Objectives
  • Help new members learn about the benefits of belonging to the Chamber and encourage them to become active members.
  • Represent the Chamber as the official hosts at ribbon cuttings, grand openings and other events.
  • Help the Chamber recruit new members and retain existing members through orientation and introductions to current members.
Business Development Council
Nicole Spracale
PowerVision
Purpose
To provide education and resources to chamber members in a variety of productive, user-friendly formats in order to impact their businesses in profitable and beneficial ways.
Objectives
  • Serve as a committee-driven search engine to and locate and implement new technologies, apps and resources to benefit businesses and connect them with consumers.
  • Study and advise on emerging technologies and how businesses can employ them.
  • Establish programs and training opportunities to foster business growth.
  • Foster networking, leads and growth through the Coffee Connection leads groups.
  • Continue the success and value of the Emerging Issues Forum program.
  • Advise on potential Chamber benefit programs.
Business Excellence Awards
Jenna Rowell
APS
Purpose
To identify and recognize companies who exemplify excellence in business development, employee development, community involvement and customer service.
Objectives
  • Identify best practices that organizations can use as a barometer of their success.
  • Create appropriate categories for recognition.
  • Solicit and review nominations.
  • Select and honor the Business Excellence Awards recipients at an annual celebration.
Business Owners Forum
Glen Hayward
GOOD WORKS AUTO REPAIR
Purpose
To facilitate owner-to-owner information sharing in an environment that promotes confidential and open dialogue with the purpose of solving challenges faced by business owners, as well as to share insights and ideas to enhance your business and foster a viable economic climate.
Objectives
  • Provide monthly meetings with timely and valuable topics of discussion for business owners.
  • Provide an opportunity for business owners to network with other local business owners.
  • Keep business owners up to date on current topics affecting the business community.
Government Relations and Transportation
Don Cassano
Purpose
To make a bottom-line impact for members by advocating for a favorable business climate through interactive public policy engagement, and providing ongoing representation and information in government at local, state and federal levels.
Objectives
  • Analyze and develop a public policy agenda on issues that affect members of the business community based on member input.
  • Lobby elected and appointed officials on Chamber issues.
  • Maintain and enhance the Chamber’s presence at the Arizona Legislature.
  • Host issue forums and candidate debates throughout the year with City, County, State, and Federal elected and appointed officials.
  • Meet with and develop relationships with Tempe congressional representatives.
  • Work with other business organizations on common priority issues.
  • Disseminate information through newsletters, website and social media.
  • As needed, utilize an ad-hoc local government subcommittee to research local issues and/or create local position statements.
  • Represent the business community as an advocate for multi-modal transportation.
  • Working collaboratively with other chambers in the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
Military Affairs
Elaine Vreeland
University of Phoenix
Purpose
To act as representatives for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the city of Tempe. To promote good fellowship and mutual understanding for and with the United States military communities. The committee is open to the public and past or current military service is not a requirement to join.
Objectives
  • Facilitate a favorable and mutually rewarding relationship between the business community and military units in the Valley.
  • Host awards luncheons where an outstanding member of the National Guard or Reserve receives recognition for his or her service.
  • Host an annual trip that is open to public.
  • Increase membership and committee attendance at Tempe Chamber mixers
  • Honor and recognize local high school and college students in the ROTC programs.
Tempe Leadership
Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn
Social Venture Partners Arizona
Purpose
To identify a diverse group of emerging leaders and foster their leadership skills through education and experiences with exposure and service to the community of Tempe and beyond.
Objectives
  • Facilitate involvement in the Tempe community to sustain qualified citizens, employees and leaders to keep our community strong and vibrant.
  • Educate Tempe citizens on programs, services, businesses and government agencies available in the Tempe community.
  • Develop long-lasting service to the Tempe community through yearly projects benefiting the citizens and visitors of Tempe.
Women in Business Council
Lori Zurcher
AZ Arizona Realty Group
Purpose
To foster the growth and success of women in business through ongoing personal and professional development, in order to improve Tempe businesses and the community.
Objectives
  • Organize and plan seminars featuring empowering and inspiring speakers to help individuals, with a focus on women, to explore self-discovery and mastery.
  • Provide networking opportunities to meet with other business professionals.
  • Ensure the continued viability of the Women in Business Conference and its mission of focusing on reaching, achieving and celebrating success.
  • Sustain a dynamic mentor program to develop high potential Tempe Chamber of Commerce members by coaching them to reach and achieve their full potential.
  • Select and pay tribute to the Business Woman of the Year, celebrated at the Women in Business Conference.