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Tempe Chamber of Commerce Names Denise Hart 2016 Business Woman of the Year

Posted on | May 26, 2016 | No Comments

Denise Hart

Denise Hart

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has named Denise Hart as the 2016 Business Woman of the Year. She was honored at the 21st Annual Women in Business Conference on May 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe.

  • Denise Hart is the Vice President of Marketing for Vestar, overseeing commercial real estate properties across the country including Tempe Marketplace.
  • She is the first female executive hired at Vestar, where she mentors and promotes professional female staff members within the company, helping them to succeed in the corporate world.
  • She is a Certified Marketing Director and Certified Retail Property Executive with the International Council of Shopping Centers and received the organization’s Design and Development Award.
  • She is a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXXI and has served on the Tempe Tourism Board of Directors in various roles since 2003.

“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that Denise has made to the business community and to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Her hard work and dedication have made an admirable and positive impact that we are proud to recognize,” said Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO of the Tempe Chamber.

The two other finalists were Tracy Bullock, President of Bullock Training & Development and Dawn Hocking, Director of Development at TCH

Tempe Chamber Names New Board of Directors

Posted on | May 19, 2016 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed five new members to its Board of Directors. Beginning their terms on July 1 will be:

 

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock

Bullock Training & Development
Tracy Bullock is the President of Bullock Training & Development, Inc., an authorized Sandler Training® center. She delivered strategic business development with Procter & Gamble for almost 30 years in the U.S. and globally, and now works with business owners and managers to accelerate their competitive advantage in the market.

Her tremendous sales experience has been uniquely supplemented by her variety of other P&G roles, including Operations, Information Technology, and Capability Development. This broad range of assignments allows for innovation in all aspects of joint business with customers.

Tracy was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Female Executive, and noted as a Top 101 Industry Experts for her work in Global Management Training Development by Cambridge’s Worldwide Who’s Who.

Jihan Cottrell

Jihan Cottrell

Jihan Cottrell

Cox Business Services

Jihan Cottrell is an Account Executive with Cox Business and brings 11 years of telecommunications experience which has encompassed various sales, marketing, and leadership roles. Jihan considers the opportunities to represent the Cox Business brand as an ambassador within the community as a highly engaging and fulfilling attribute of his role. His direct involvement with the Tempe Chamber has served as a best practice within Cox Business by illustrating the value of developing key partnerships within the cities and communities that Cox Business serves.

Before working for Cox, Jihan was the office manager for various national & regional optical chains, where he enjoyed developing, cultivating and leading teams that provided excellent customer care for clients. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Marketing & Business Management.

Jihan moved to Arizona in 1998, becoming rooted in the valley with his wife of 17 years and 4 children. Outside of work, Jihan volunteers his time by coaching a variety of youth sports, most recently his daughter’s soccer team and son’s basketball team.

Jenna Rowell

Jenna Rowell

Jenna Rowell

Arizona Public Service

As Community Affairs Manager for Arizona Public Service, Jenna leads a statewide team for the largest electric utility in Arizona. APS serves areas of Tempe including downtown and operates the Ocotillo Power Plant.

Jenna joined APS in June 2012 as a manager in the Employee Communications department, transitioning to Community Affairs in late 2014. Prior to joining APS her career spanned roles in internal communications, marketing communications and media relations for a variety of industries. From copper mining to oil and gas exploration and production to retail energy to aerospace, Jenna has worked for Australian, British, French, and U.S. companies, including Honeywell Aerospace that also operates in Tempe.

Jenna earned bachelor’s degrees in public relations and Spanish from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Her prior board service includes Ad 2 Houston, Houston Advertising Federation, Valley Forward (now Arizona Forward) and the Phoenix chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is accredited by IABC and Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Her most recent accomplishment is graduating from Tempe Leadership as a member of Class XXXI.

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor 

Special Moments Catering

Brad obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Arizona State University with a specialization in finance.He has spent his entire career in sales and financial management with both Pier 54 Restaurant and Special Moments Catering.He has been responsible for building and executing marketing and sales programs, focusing on customer service, growth, and customer retention.Over the last nine years he has utilized his financial background to raise capital, purchase and sell two businesses.He has sat on several boards, including the Compadre Advisory Board, The MDA Board, as well as the Chair for the Tempe Chamber’s Business Owners Forum.

His notable accomplishments include VIP Superbowl catering for both the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls, as well as planning and hosting events for 2,000 or more for companies such as PayPal, KU University, and the University of Mizzou.A native of Arizona, Brad currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Peggy and their 2 year old Lily.

David Bonkowski

David Bonkowski

David Bonkowski 

Edward Jones

David Bonkowski serves as a principal in Branch Training’s Field Support department, where he leads the firm’s efforts in the western United States to achieve financial advisor performance and retention.

Bonkowski joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2002 and opened the firm’s first office in Frankenmuth, Mich. He volunteered in numerous region roles and served as a regional leader for six years. He also completed three asset-sharing programs, tripling the firm’s presence in the small farming community before relocating to the Tempe campus in late 2015 to head the West Field Support team.

Bonkowski was named a principal with the firm in 2013.

A Michigan native, Bonkowski earned a bachelor’s degree in product design engineering from Ferris State University in Big Rapids. He also holds the Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM professional designation. Before joining Edward Jones, he worked as an engineering manager for several firms.

The five new board members will be publicly introduced at the Tempe Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 16, which will feature Don Henninger as the keynote speaker.

Arizona Legislative Update – May 6

Posted on | May 6, 2016 | No Comments

With the FY16-17 budget completed and waiting for Governor Ducey’s signature, the House and Senate were wrapping up work on the remaining bills and expected to adjourn Friday evening, after 117 days of session.

Kids Care Revived

On Thursday, the House revived Kids Care restoration by amending the necessary language on to SB1457, which previously dealt with empowerment scholarships.  It subsequently passed the Senate with bipartisan support.   Notably, there is no cost to the state General Fund to implement it and Arizona is the only state that hasn’t done so yet.

Jones Announces Bid for CD5

After a month of speculation, 2014 gubernatorial candidate and former GoDaddy exec, Christine Jones, announced her candidacy for Congressional District 5.   Jones is joining Senate Pres. Andy Biggs, Representative Justin Olson, and former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley for the Republican primary in August.

Guns in Public Buildings Bill Fails in Senate

Thursday the Senate killed a bill that would have allowed individuals with a concealed carry permit to bring their weapon into public buildings.  SB1257, sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), would have changed statute to say that operators of government buildings would have to have security guards and metal detectors at entrances if they did not want guns in the building.

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Names Board of Directors Nominees

Posted on | May 5, 2016 | No Comments

Five professionals representing diverse organizations have been recommended by the Tempe Chamber’s Nominating Committee for election to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for three-year terms, 2016-2019.

The Nominating Committee believes that the following individuals will be instrumental in shaping the future of the Tempe Chamber.

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock

Bullock Training & Development
Tracy Bullock is the President of Bullock Training & Development, Inc., an authorized Sandler Training® center. She delivered strategic business development with Procter & Gamble for almost 30 years in the U.S. and globally, and now works with business owners and managers to accelerate their competitive advantage in the market.

Her tremendous sales experience has been uniquely supplemented by her variety of other P&G roles, including Operations, Information Technology, and Capability Development. This broad range of assignments allows for innovation in all aspects of joint business with customers.

Tracy was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Female Executive, and noted as a Top 101 Industry Experts for her work in Global Management Training Development by Cambridge’s Worldwide Who’s Who.

 

Jihan Cottrell

Jihan Cottrell

Jihan Cottrell

Cox Business Services

Jihan Cottrell is an Account Executive with Cox Business and brings 11 years of telecommunications experience which has encompassed various sales, marketing, and leadership roles. Jihan considers the opportunities to represent the Cox Business brand as an ambassador within the community as a highly engaging and fulfilling attribute of his role. His direct involvement with the Tempe Chamber has served as a best practice within Cox Business by illustrating the value of developing key partnerships within the cities and communities that Cox Business serves.

Before working for Cox, Jihan was the office manager for various national & regional optical chains, where he enjoyed developing, cultivating and leading teams that provided excellent customer care for clients. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Marketing & Business Management.

Jihan moved to Arizona in 1998, becoming rooted in the valley with his wife of 17 years and 4 children. Outside of work, Jihan volunteers his time by coaching a variety of youth sports, most recently his daughter’s soccer team and son’s basketball team.

 

Jenna Rowell

Jenna Rowell

Jenna Rowell

Arizona Public Service

As Community Affairs Manager for Arizona Public Service, Jenna leads a statewide team for the largest electric utility in Arizona. APS serves areas of Tempe including downtown and operates the Ocotillo Power Plant.

Jenna joined APS in June 2012 as a manager in the Employee Communications department, transitioning to Community Affairs in late 2014. Prior to joining APS her career spanned roles in internal communications, marketing communications and media relations for a variety of industries. From copper mining to oil and gas exploration and production to retail energy to aerospace, Jenna has worked for Australian, British, French, and U.S. companies, including Honeywell Aerospace that also operates in Tempe.

Jenna earned bachelor’s degrees in public relations and Spanish from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Her prior board service includes Ad 2 Houston, Houston Advertising Federation, Valley Forward (now Arizona Forward) and the Phoenix chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is accredited by IABC and Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Her most recent accomplishment is graduating from Tempe Leadership as a member of Class XXXI.

 

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor 

Special Moments Catering

Brad obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Arizona State University with a specialization in finance.He has spent his entire career in sales and financial management with both Pier 54 Restaurant and Special Moments Catering.He has been responsible for building and executing marketing and sales programs, focusing on customer service, growth, and customer retention.Over the last nine years he has utilized his financial background to raise capital, purchase and sell two businesses.He has sat on several boards, including the Compadre Advisory Board, The MDA Board, as well as the Chair for the Tempe Chamber’s Business Owners Forum.

His notable accomplishments include VIP Superbowl catering for both the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls, as well as planning and hosting events for 2,000 or more for companies such as PayPal, KU University, and the University of Mizzou.A native of Arizona, Brad currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Peggy and their 2 year old Lily.

 

David Bonkowski

David Bonkowski

David Bonkowski 

Edward Jones

David Bonkowski serves as a principal in Branch Training’s Field Support department, where he leads the firm’s efforts in the western United States to achieve financial advisor performance and retention.

Bonkowski joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2002 and opened the firm’s first office in Frankenmuth, Mich. He volunteered in numerous region roles and served as a regional leader for six years. He also completed three asset-sharing programs, tripling the firm’s presence in the small farming community before relocating to the Tempe campus in late 2015 to head the West Field Support team.

Bonkowski was named a principal with the firm in 2013.

A Michigan native, Bonkowski earned a bachelor’s degree in product design engineering from Ferris State University in Big Rapids. He also holds the Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM professional designation. Before joining Edward Jones, he worked as an engineering manager for several firms.

 

Article IV: Board of Directors

Section 2C. “Nomination by Petition”

 

Additional names of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petitions bearing the genuine signature of at least twenty (20) qualified members of the Chamber. Such petitions shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. Publication of this newsletter shall be deemed the commencement of the ten-day period.

 

Nationally, 400 Chambers & Associations Support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act

Posted on | May 2, 2016 | No Comments

congressLast week, the Tempe Chamber joined nearly 400 chambers and associations across the country to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773), seeking to overturn the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule for exempt employees.

April 25, 2016

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

As representatives of all types of employers throughout the country, we urge you to cosponsor the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773) introduced on March 17 by Senators Scott and Alexander, and Representatives Walberg and Kline. This bill would prevent the Department of Labor’s disastrous overtime regulation from taking effect and would direct the Secretary of Labor to conduct a more detailed economic analysis to determine the impact on an array of employers before proposing a new rule.

Last July, the Department of Labor proposed a dramatic change to the regulations that determine whether a “white collar” employee (executive, administrative, or professional) is eligible to be paid overtime for any hours worked beyond 40 per week. Currently, if these employees are performing the “primary duties” of their classification and paid a salary more than $23,660 annually ($455/week), they are classified as exempt from being paid overtime. The new proposal would increase that salary to $50,440 annually ($970/week), and increase it annually.

If implemented, this higher salary will mean many employers will have to either increase their employees’ salaries to keep them exempt, or reclassify them as hourly employees and possibly pay them overtime. For many of our large and small employers, this regulation could mean a disastrous financial hit, or reduce the ability of many businesses to serve their customers. Read more

Minimum Wage Ballot Advances, Net Metering Withdrawn

Posted on | April 29, 2016 | No Comments

Arizona state capitolDue to all of the budget action last week, there was little bill movement.  With the budget expected to have been finished Friday evening, the remaining bills will be completed this week.

Net Metering Ballot Measures Withdrawn

Senator Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria) and the solar industry announced that they will both withdraw their respective ballot efforts on net metering policy.  Former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes was leading the charge for “Yes on AZ Solar”, a measure to freeze net metering policies in place for the next six years.  In response, Lesko and the utility community began working on a proposal to compete on the ballot.   It certainly looked like a contentious battle was brewing when Governor Ducey and his staff stepped in to negotiate an agreement between the utilities and solar industry to begin settlement talks.   APS spokesman Hal Pittman said, “We’re open to engaging in constructive dialogue with SolarCity that benefits all Arizonans. Our goal, as we’ve stated, has always been to ensure fair energy policy for the state at affordable pricing for all of our customers, and sustainable solar for the long term.”

 

Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Moving Through Senate

HCR2014 (minimum wage), a Republican-supported measure to increase the state’s minimum wage, passed out of the Senate Thursday with a vote of 20-9 and was sent to the House for approval.  If approved by Arizona voters  in November, employers would have to pay at least $9.50 per hour by 2020 and would preclude the cities from requiring a higher wage.   It would also change provisions from a 2006 ballot measure that said that tipped workers can be paid $3 less than the minimum wage to say that they may be paid 65% of the minimum wage.  Some Democrats have pointed out that this could lead to a decrease from what they are currently paid.   “HCR 2014 takes into account the business owners’ perspective, providing employers predictability and certainty to be successful,” said Senator Yee (R-Phoenix) in support of the measure.

Arizona Legislature Update: Net Metering Proposed, Supreme Court Upholds District Maps, Prop 123 Up for Vote

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | No Comments

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, of which the Tempe Chamber is a member, released a legislative update for April 2016.

This week in Arizona we are still waiting for the Legislature to introduce a budget.  Though the session is supposed to run 100 days, Friday was day 103.  There has been very little movement on the remaining bills and the Governor has not signed nor vetoed any others.  Rumors are circulating that a budget may be introduced on Monday or Tuesday.

Net Metering Ballot Measure Proposed

A ballot initiative that would freeze net metering policies in place for the next six years has been brought forward by former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes.  “Yes on AZ Solar” would make utilities to pay solar users the full retail rate for  excess energy and prohibit the utility from instituting demand charges to pay for their fixed costs.  SolarCity has given $3 million to the IE backing the measure, Energy Choice for America, which is chaired by Mayes.    APS and the utilities will be opposing the measure.  “This is a ridiculous attempt by California billionaires to get richer by forcing higher energy costs on Arizona consumers.  It works against Arizona families and is detrimental to sustainable solar in Arizona,” APS spokesman Jim McDonald said.   The measure will require about 225,000 signatures by early July in order to qualify for the ballot.

While Commissioner Andy Tobin has shared decidedly neutral thoughts on the proposal, Commissioner Doug Little has come out opposed.   He called the measure a one-size-fits all approach that would tie the hands of the Commission.   “To me, to actually preserve a company’s business model in the Constitution of the State of Arizona is absolutely unprecedented.  This is not about solar. It’s not about green. It’s not about anything like that. What this is about is the solar companies in California protecting their business model,” said Little. Read more

Vision Boards a Good Beginning but Action Must Follow

Posted on | April 20, 2016 | No Comments

Margo-Brown-professional-organizer

Margo Brown

by Margo Brown, Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity

Vision boards are an amazing way to visualize your future. It is a pictorial view of your goals and dreams.

But there has to be some action around the pictures or they become just that–pictures. A vision board is a visual starting point to where you want to be and go.  What can you do with your vision board so you can be successful?

My Vision Board

My Vision Board

One of the most important questions you can ask yourself is–what is my next action. What do you need to do to take this (whatever the picture is) forward. Write down what you would need to do to be successful. I’ve shared my vision board as the image for this blog. You’ll notice in the left hand side is a picture of someone running.

My goal is to exercise at least once a week at the gym and to walk at least 5 miles per week with my dogs. The picture is there to remind me when I’m not exercising. It’s there to motivate me when I don’t want to jump up and down in my Zumba class or walk the dogs on a cold night. It reminds me that I have to get my sneakers on and get moving. Read more

East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance Update

Posted on | April 5, 2016 | No Comments

“Prosperity Districts”

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance was part of a stakeholder meeting at the Capitol this week to discuss the concept of “Prosperity Districts”. The idea is to create a designated area governed by market forces and rule of law but free from an unspecified number of local, state, and federal regulations. The strike-all amendment to HB 2647 containing the concept language is not supposed to move forward this year but lays the groundwork for an interesting discussion over the interim.

 

Transportation Revenue Study Committee Moves Forward

While the Governor’s Office is requesting to legislative leaders that no bill be sent to the Governor’s Desk until the budget is signed, the Transportation Revenue Study Committee moved through the Republican and Democrat Caucuses last week. The bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Worsley (R- Mesa), establishes a surface transportation task force – a 2015 priority of the EVCCA.

2016 Business Woman of the Year Finalists Announced

Posted on | March 30, 2016 | No Comments

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce three finalists for the 21st annual Business Woman of the Year award. The recipient will be announced at the Women in Business Conference on May 25.

The award recognizes an individual’s excellence in their chosen field and demonstrated leadership within the community. The award honors those who serve as a positive role model to others and are active in community and Tempe Chamber programs.

The finalists for the 21st annual Business Woman of the Year award are:

Tracy Bullock

 

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock is the President of Bullock Training & Development. After spending 30 years managing strategic development for Procter & Gamble, she now helps individuals develop themselves personally, so they can grow professionally, and in all areas of their life. Bullock serves as the facilitator for the Tempe Chamber Women in Business Mentoring Program, is past chair of the Business Development Council, and a member of the Coffee Connections Leads Groups.

 

Denise Hart

Denise Hart

Denise Hart is the Vice President of Marketing for Vestar, overseeing commercial real estate properties across the country, including Tempe Marketplace. Hart has a passion to serve as a leader for young women through mentoring and coaching, giving more than expected, never forgetting where she came from, inspiring others to be more than they thought they could be, and to live a balanced life. She is a member of Tempe Leadership Class XXXI and has served on the Tempe Tourism Office Board of Directors in various roles since 2003.

 

Dawn Hocking

Dawn Hocking

Dawn Hocking is the Director of Development for The Centers for Habilitation (TCH). Having worked for the organization for more than 25 years, she has dedicated her life to the Tempe community and looks for opportunities daily to make a difference in the lives of others. Hocking serves on the Tempe Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee, is past chair of the Women in Business Council, is an alum of Tempe Leadership, and mentors in our Women in Business Mentoring Program.

The recipient will be announced at the  Women in Business Conference on May 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix – Tempe.

Last year’s recipient was Jodi Polanski of Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.

Please call (480) 967-7891 or click here for details or tickets. For additional details or to request an interview with any of the finalists, please contact Meghan Dorn at meghandorn@tempechamber.org.

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