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Top TEN Reasons to Join The Chamber

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1 Expand Networking Opportunities

2 Maximize Visibility

3 Enhance Credibility and Corporate Identity

4 A Voice in Local, State and Federal Government

5 Increase your State Insurance Fund Dividend

6 Educational Opportunities

7 Representation with the East Valley Chambers of Commerce

8 Build Client and Customer Relationships

9 Cost-effective Small-Business Programs

10 Exposure on Web through Chamber’s Website

Chamber Impact

Advocates of chambers of commerce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success as well. A special research study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, conducted by The Schapiro Group and Market Street, asked a random sampling of 2,000 adults nationwide “What is the real value of joining a Chamber of Commerce?”

59% - Showing people about your company
63% - Showing that you are involved in the community
64% - Showing that you care about customers
69% - Showing that you have a good reputation
70% - Showing that you use good business practices

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA)—

The Alliance gives East Valley Chambers a stronger voice. The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues. The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance was founded in 1999. The chambers of commerce in the East Valley felt they all were working toward some of the same goals. They decided that if they formed an alliance, they would have a stronger voice and would better achieve their public policy goals. Today, the EVCCA consists of 7,500 local businesses and eight chambers of commerce, including Ahwatukee Foothills led by Terri Kimble; Apache Junction led by Larry Johnson; Chandler led by Dave Warkentin, Gilbert led by Kathy Langdon; Mesa led by Peter Sterling; Queen Creek led by Marquis Scott; Tempe led by Mary Ann Miller; and Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce led by Rick Kidder. Members of the EVCCA meet monthly to coordinate the advancement of common business interests. Each member of the chamber is represented at the meetings by their president and chief executive, as well as three volunteer chamber leaders. Each year one chamber takes the management role for the Alliance.

The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues. The group meets to discuss important issues and then takes those issues back to each individual chamber board for a vote. If just one chamber does not agree on a particular issue, then EVCCA does not take a stand on that issue. The Alliance employs lobbyist Tom Dorn, Dorn Policy Group, who works with legislators on the issues chambers are passionate about in order to make a difference in the business community.


Chairman’s Circle—

The Chairman’s Circle is an exclusive membership level of members that interact with their peers and civic and government leaders. Investment at this level provides benefits exclusive to the top membership levels.


Citadel Assited Living
Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
Nammo Talley
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Southwest Airlines


Citadel Assisted Living Retirement Community
Richard Anlauf

Pacific Proving LLC
Andrew Cohn


Bookkeeping Express
David DiPietro

Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum Debra McKinion

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Melissa Wyatt


DMB Associates, Inc.
Jill Kusy Hegardt

Fiesta Fountains
Peter Kovis

Gateway Bank
James Christensen

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix-
Gilbert Jamy Belcher

Superstition Canyon Luxury Apartments
Katie Bulizak

Superstition Plumbing
Tammy Dickinson

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
Chelsea Dufrene


Arizona Exterminating Co.
Dan Paxton

Arque Capital/Rhodes
Tom Rhodes

Backfit Chiropractic and Rehab
Amber Ashcroft

Bank of Arizona
David Decero

Bolanos Pools & Products
Hector Bolanos

Buca di Beppo
Rodney Kinney

Buffalo Wild Wings
Shana Reese

Career Success High School
Steve Myers

Caveo Services LLC
Leo Archer

Cessna Aircraft Co.
Randall Soutiere

Chick-fil-A at Mesa Riverview
Brandon Barrett

Christian Companion Senior Care
Jay Gjurgevich

Clean Air Cab
Brandy Lovato

Cobblestone Auto Spa
Joey McMorris

Cucina di Vita - Italian Deli
Jenifer and Mark Lobdell

Earth Angel Project Thai Cuisine
Saisamorn Adams

Farm Bureau Financial Services
Jill Steigleman

Fiesta Lincoln Mercury
Brent Berge

Greenfields Assisted Living Community
Denise Downey

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Fred Kokash

Kathleen Ricketts

Investment Advisors International (IAI)
Jason Wiseman

Jordan Janitorial
Scott Jordan

Kaizen Martial Arts Academy
Derek Frader

Kohlhase Insurance, Inc.
Lee Kohlhase

Legacy Retirement Residence
Carol Mazza

Legacy True Turf & Solar, Inc.
David Gille

Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Joan Wells

Mountain America Credit Union
Connie Good

Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery
Steve Lewis

Ogden & Company, Inc.
Ken Higgs

Orbit Cleaning LLC
Robert Alvarado

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
Craig Benell

Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
Norma O'Loughlin

Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Anna Marshall

Rotolo's Pizzeria
Courtney Herzog

Sara Lee Bakery Store
Jacqueline Gallegos

Southern Pavilion Self Storage
David Warren

Springdale Village Rehabilitation Center
Lottie Stuke

Springdale West Rehabilitation Center
Albert Morales

Sun Rae Graphics
Ralene Sanford

Sunrise Bank

Trinity Plumbing, Solar, Heating & Cooling
Tom Cooper

TS Printing Service
Tim Shanefelter

Tuff Shed, Inc.
Bart Godfrey

Waxie Sanitary Supply
Rick Smith


The Chairman and the Chamber’s Executive Committee oversee the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is the Chamber’s focus through its centennial year 2012.


Organizational Council

The Organizational Council is concerned with the business and overall financial strength of the Chamber organization. Committees falling under this organization are: Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, Ambassadors, Annual Golf Tournament, Finance Committee and Mesa Leadership.

Public Policy/ Affairs Council

Public Affairs is responsible for the Chamber’s success with local issues—city governance, legislative matters, public policy issues that impact the free market system or affect quality job growth, education and economic development, as well as public recognition for the Chamber. Major activities falling under this organization are Education, Legislative Affairs, East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance and Candidate College.

Economic Development Council

The Economic Development Council is involved in developing programs designed to promote a healthy business climate within the community. The goal is to make the Chamber the organization that will be involved in developing programs to maximize the opportunities for economic growth and job creation in Mesa.

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council continues to foster small business through programs with human resource issues, state and federal regulations, financial planning, etc. Members of these task forces plan and develop programs that assist other small businesses. The purpose of the business council is to foster business opportunities through programs, state-of-the-art marketing techniques and relationship development opportunities. Committees falling under this organization are Senior Lifestyle Expo & Business to Business Expo, Good Morning East Valley, Grow Your Business, Taste of Mesa, Women’s Business Council, Leads Groups, Mesa’s Amazin’ Race and Beat the Heat.

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