Tucson Metro Chamber
Committees & Task Forces

  • Ambassadors

    Educate, energize and empower all Chamber investors with knowledge and resources needed to be effective and engaged Chamber colleagues.

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  • Military Affairs Committee

    Committee focuses on advocacy, community relations, education, awards/recognition programs and support of our men and women who wear the uniform.

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  • Candidate Evaluation Committee

    The Candidate Evaluation Committee interviews candidates for public office and analyzes their background, qualifications and positions regarding Chamber-supported public policy.

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  • Public Affairs Council

    Council members represent various business sectors and support the Government Affairs Department in assessing the policy objectives of the Tucson Metro Chamber.

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Ambassador Committee


Staff Liaisons: Susan Manfredi, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 127

WHEN: Monthly, Fourth Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Tucson Metro Chamber

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.


Chair: Colleen Edwards, ARCpoint Labs of Tucson

Holly Abbott, Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel
Chandler Atkins, Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Club
Cat Belue, Even Stevens Sandwiches
Katerina Bohacek, Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
Katrina Noble, Bolchalk Frey Marketing
Raymond Budisavljevic, Fully Promoted Tucson
Eugene Carter, LegalShield Independent Associate
Silvia Cuevas, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Tina Dorsey, Chase Bank
Dani Durnal, Hughes Federal Credit Union
Andres Epaloose, Revenue Inclination
Debbie Feehs, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Danielle Fowler, SAAVI – So. AZ Association for the Visually Impaired
Steve Freeman, Linkages
Berny Frenzer, Quarles & Brady LLP
David Guthrie, Long Realty Company
Karen Heyse, HomeWell Senior Care of Pima County
Bernie Houser, Vantage West Credit Union
Will Hunter, Film Creations
Eric Kilcullen, My LuLa Krush
Robyn Lambert, On Media Publications
David Leon, Agero
Beth Macnow-Marsh, Best Western InnSuites Tucson Foothills
Kirk A. Olson, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Ed Palma, The Jim Click Automotive Team
Karin Phillips, Long Realty Company
Tiffany Ragels, Liberty Mutual Insurance
T.J. Rizzuti, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Jackie Rodriguez, Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
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


WHEN: As needed pursuant to electoral calendar
WHERE: To Be Announced

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.

Robert Medler, Staff Liaison, Tucson Metro Chamber Candidate Evaluation Committee

Robert Medler, Staff Liaison
(520) 792-2250, x129
rmedler@tucsonchamber.org

Rob Lamb, Chair, Tucson Metro Chamber Candidate Evaluation Committee

Rob Lamb, Chair
GLHN Architects

MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE


WHEN: Monthly
WHERE: To Be Announced

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.

Shirley Wilka, Staff Liaison, Tucson Metro Chamber Candidate Evaluation Committee

Shirley Wilka, CPS, Staff Liaison
(520) 792-2250, x132
swilka@tucsonchamber.org

Ellen Jimenez, Chair
Sonesta ES Suites

Public Affairs Council


WHEN: Bi-weekly
WHERE: Tucson Metro Chamber

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.

Robert Medler, Staff Liaison, Tucson Metro Chamber Candidate Evaluation Committee

Grace Gegenheimer, Staff Liaison
(520) 792-2250, x182
ggegenheimer@tucsonchamber.org

task forces

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.

Committee & Task Force Interest