The Tucson Metro Chamber provides a number of rewarding opportunities for you to become involved. You will not only grow personally and professionally when you serve on a committee or task force, you will make many new friends and business associates while making a difference in our community.
Tucson Metro Chamber programs rely on investors like you to carry out the Chamber’s mission of leading and advocating for a successful community. There are three standing committees and a variety of task forces to support programs focused on economic expansion and advocacy.
Staff Liaisons: Susan Manfredi, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 127
Chair: Berny Frenzer, Quarles & Brady LLP
Meets: Fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the Tucson Metro Chamber Board Room.
The mission of the Ambassador committee is to educate, energize and empower all Chamber investors with the knowledge and the resources needed to be effective and engaged Chamber colleagues. The Ambassadors strive to ensure a best-in-class investor experience so that all Chamber investors realize the value of their investment, promote collaboration for business growth and success and develop meaningful professional relationships.
AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Chairman: Berny Frenzer, Quarles & Brady LLP
Holly Abbott, Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel
Cat Belue, Even Stevens Sandwiches
Raymond Budisavljevic, Fully Promoted Tucson
Eugene Carter, Edward Carter and Associates
Rebecca Craig, Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Silvia Cuevas, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Dani Durnal, Hughes Federal Credit Union
Colleen Edwards, ARCpoint Labs of Tucson
Debbie Feehs, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Danielle Fowler, SAAVI – So. AZ Association for the Visually Impaired
Steve Freeman, Linkages
Karen Heyse, HomeWell Senior Care of Pima County
Bernie Houser, Vantage West Credit Union
Will Hunter, Film Creations
Sara Hyde, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Eric Kilcullen, My LuLa Krush
Robyn Lambert, On Media Publications
Katrina Noble, Bolchalk Frey Marketing
Kirk A. Olson, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Ed Palma, The Jim Click Automotive Team
Tiffany Ragels, Liberty Mutual Insurance
T.J. Rizzuti, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Jackie Rodriguez, Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
Frances Salcido, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
Jenny Sales, Randstad
Michelle Smith, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club
Betsy Stuetze, American Heart Association
Dan Talerico, NFP Insurance
Tyler Vondrak, Tucson Local Media
CANDIDATE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Staff Liaison: Robert Medler, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 129
Chair: Rob Lamb, GLHN Architects
Meets: As needed pursuant to electoral calendar.
The Candidate Evaluation Committee interviews candidates for public office and analyzes their background, qualifications and positions regarding Chamber-supported public policy. Committee members disseminate candidate positions to Chamber membership and report the results of the candidate evaluations to the Chamber’s political action committee.
Members are appointed to serve on the committee by the Executive Committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors.
To be considered for an invitation-only seat on the Candidate Evaluation Committee, political party registration and any campaign affiliation must be disclosed.
MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Staff Liaison: Shirley Wilka, CPS (520) 792-2250, Ext. 132
Chair: Ellen Jimenez, Sonesta ES Suites
The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the Tucson Metro Chamber has been supporting our military personnel and connecting them to the business community for 87 years. MAC focuses on advocacy, community relations, education, awards/recognition programs and support of our men and women who wear the uniform. MAC proudly supports Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base; the 162nd ANG Wing; U.S. Army units including the Western Army Aviation Training Site; the Navy Operational Support Center; U.S. Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Company and the University of Arizona ROTC program.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Staff Liaison: Grace Gegenheimer, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 182
Chair: Jean Gage, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
The Public Affairs Council is comprised of investors engaged in public policy analysis. Council members represent various business sectors and support the Government Affairs Department in assessing the policy objectives of the Tucson Metro Chamber. The group engages in discussions focused on pro-business initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. Topics range from economic development and growth, to transportation, to healthcare. The Public Affairs Council aims to strengthen the relationship between the Chamber and its investors by collaborating about how the Chamber can better advocate for business-friendly policies and influence the decisions made by our elected officials.
Public Affairs Council members are appointed to serve on the council by the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors. Vacancies are announced in Chamber publications.
The Tucson Metro Chamber utilizes task forces to complete special programs and initiatives as needed. Chamber investors interested in serving on a task force will be placed onto a list and activated when a project arises. The Chamber’s task forces commence activity upon inception of a special program and terminate at project completion. Task forces may be formed for projects focused on helping the Chamber fulfill its mission of leading and advocating for a successful community.
If you are interested in participating on a committee please complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you.