EXECUTIVE TEAM


Amber

Amber considers herself a Texazonan as she is a Texas girl who became a Wildcat and never left. Raising three boys with her fire captain husband, Amber never slows down. Involved in politics since serving on Student Council in high school, and for Senator McCain after college, her passion has always been about leaving the world a better place than she found it. Wanting to create systemic change and improve the community remains an active goal that she strives to hit daily—personally and professionally.  

Hobbies:
Gardening, hunting, sitting on the sidelines of Little League games

Fun Fact: 
In addition to mother of 3 boys, Amber is the mother of 5 goats, 4 dogs and a lone rooster named Pierre

AMBER SMITH

President & CEO


Michael

A native Tucsonan, Michael’s twenty-two-year professional career has primarily centered on political strategy, business development and advocacy, and organizational management. He actually enjoys politics and policy (early in his career he was Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt) and leads the Chamber’s local government affairs and initiatives. Between trying to reduce government intrusion into business and advancing talent development and attraction, Michael is committed to making Tucson a great place to live, work and play.

Hobbies:

Ice hockey goaltender, classical guitar, painting (mainly in the form of duplicating Rothkos and Thiebauds), live music, travel

Fun fact:

Michael was named the Official Scorer for the Tucson Padres AAA Baseball Club from 2011 – 2013. The team moved to El Paso in 2014.

MICHAEL GUYMON

Vice President





INVESTOR RELATIONS


Carrie

Carrie is an outdoors girl most comfortable wearing jeans, cowboy boots and riding her horses. She relocated to Tucson from Bend, Oregon, 16 years ago with her husband and two children, to enjoy the beautiful Arizona desert and sunshine. Left behind in Oregon were her eclectic jobs of farming, banking, jeweler, owner of a floral shop and a tile manufacturing company.


Hobbies:
Horseback riding, running, traveling


Fun Fact:
Carrie broke her finger while trying to kill a spider.

CARRIE GILCHRIST

Director of Business Development


Heather

Heather hails from Maryland and headed west to Tucson seeking year-round sunshine after starting college in chilly Boston. She’s had unusual jobs, such as being a “ramp rat” who guided in planes and made a living for many years by painting murals. More recently, she sold website design services and was a writer/editor for a tourism-marketing company

Hobbies:
Hiking, photography, traveling, travel blogging

Fun facts:
Heather can unicycle and once won a trip to Scotland where she learned the craft of making Scotch.

HEATHER WUELPERN

Director of Communications


Christie

I’m a native Tucsonan who has been dedicated to the community in the capacity of a business developer, lender/banker, event planner, escrow officer, 1031 exchange coordinator, assistant, recruiter, committee member, chair of committees, board members of for-profit and non-profit, volunteer, teacher, caregiver, friend, and mom of three amazing adult kids who have blessed me with two grandkids!

Through my personal journey in life, I have mastered the art of life balance, rolling with the punches and not losing composure, and wearing a smile every day no matter what.


Hobbies:
Family, music, travel, rodeos and ice hockey. I hike Tumamoc Hill 3 times a week with my favorite coach who happens to be the love of my life! The view from the top is amazing!


Fun Fact: 
Loves practical jokes, played clarinet in the U of A Marching Band, zip lined in the rain forest in Hawaii, and my favorite movie of all time is “The American President”. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic at heart.

CHRISTIE LEE

Member Services Director



    Shirley

    Shirley started out life (and spent many summers) on a dairy farm in Ohio before moving to Tucson in 1961.  She enrolled in the Cooperative Office Program her senior year at Cholla High, through which she became employed part-time by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. During her college years at the University of Arizona, she continued working at the Chamber and has been here ever since.


    Hobbies:
    Needlecrafts, scrapbooking, bowling, reading


    Fun Fact:
    Shirley has been called a “ding-a-ling” as one of her many musical talents is playing handbells.

    SHIRLEY WILKA

    Executive Assistant


    Tammy

    Tammy landed in Tucson at an early age as the result of her father’s military transfer to DMAFB.  After graduating from the University of Arizona she worked behind the scenes for a local architecture firm for 10 years before moving into the property management arena. In 1999, Tammy joined the Chamber team.

    Hobbies:
    Gardening, travel, basket weaving, crafts

    Fun Fact:

    WHEREAS Tammy has assisted with more than 1,000 ribbon cuttings, she is literally comfortable running with scissors!

    TAMMY JENSEN

    Member Operations Manager




        OPERATIONS


        Carissa

        Carissa has called Tucson home her entire life and, now as a mother of two, she is proud to be raising her family in the same community she grew up in. While she loves Tucson’s warm weather, Carissa has chosen a career path where she can help others succeed from the comfort of an air-conditioned office. Through the years Carissa has managed offices, planned and executed events, and held various roles in marketing and communications.

        Hobbies:
        “Quality control” for home improvement projects (her husband loves this), reading, cheering her kids on from the sidelines of the soccer field

        Fun Fact:
        Carissa has a fear of birds – yes, even cute little ones such as ducklings. 

        CARISSA FAIRBANKS

        Director of Operations


          Diana

          Diana is a California girl originally, although she lived on military bases throughout the U.S. for 18 years until she settled in Tucson. She worked in the jewelry industry, had her own daycare business for 17 years, and did office administration for a mortgage company. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the Chamber’s Univision commercial. She’d be happy to give you her autograph.
          Hobbies: 
          Dancing, listening to live music, doing construction projects

          Fun fact: 
          She lived on a farm for three years in Sonora, Mexico, where her dad owned a vineyard. She loves the country life.

          DIANA CORTEZ - LUNDIN

          Administrative Coordinator


          David 

          David is from Los Angeles, California, although he lived in Mexico for a couple of years before moving to Tucson for the heat and the saguaros. He graduated from Pima Community College with a degree in graphic design and multimedia. A wonderful serenity has taken possession of his entire soul, like these sweet mornings of monsoon which he enjoys with his whole heart.


          Hobbies:
          Drums, guitar, skating, working out, Gameboy, running


          Fun facts: |
          David recorded his band’s demo in a random house near Tucson High Magnet School.

          DAVID LONG

          Creative Manager



          EXECUTIVE TEAM


          Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO Amber Smith

          AMBER SMITH

          President & CEO


          Image of Executive Staff Member Michael Guymon, Vice President at the Tucson Metro Chamber

          MICHAEL GUYMON

          Vice President

          Local Community & Government Affairs


          Image of Public Affairs Staff Member Robert Medler, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Tucson Metro Chamber

          ROBERT MEDLER

          Vice President

          State & Federal Affairs


            SHIRLEY WILKA

            Executive Assistant


            INVESTOR RELATIONS


            Image of Business Development Staff Member Carrie Gilchrist, Director of Business Development at the Tucson Metro Chamber

            CARRIE GILCHRIST

            Director of Business Development


            Image of Business Development Staff Member Adam Begody, Business Development Executive at the Tucson Metro Chamber

            HEATHER WUELPERN

            Director of Communications


            Image of Special Projects Staff Member Carol Gatewood, Director of Special Projects at the Tucson Metro Chamber

            CAROL GATEWOOD

            Director of Special Projects


            Sector Partnerships

            ADAM BEGODY

            Senior Account Executive


              Sponsorships

              JASON COOK

              Senior Member Services Manager


              Small Business Services

              VALERIE VARGAS

              Member Services Associate


              Member Celebrations

              TAMMY JENSEN

              Member Operations Manager


              OPERATIONS

              Image of Business Development Staff Member Carrie Gilchrist, Director of Business Development at the Tucson Metro Chamber

              CARISSA FAIRBANKS

              Director of Operations


                CYNTHIA BEVING

                Finance Manager


                DIANA CORTEZ

                Administrative Coordinator


                DAVID LONG

                Creative Manager