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My Pledge for Christmas in July

Posted on | June 26, 2015 | No Comments

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

by Mary Ann Miller, President / CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

While most of us will be relaxing, camping and barbequing over the 4th of July weekend, United Food Bank will be providing food for more than 130,000 meals. That’s about 44,000 meals a day. Every day.

I can’t even fathom that. If I go hungry, it’s because I’m dieting. And because of the kind of job I have, I’m booking business lunches three weeks out. In fact, I have so many meetings, seminars and conferences over meals that I only go to the grocery store when I’m out of coffee.

So here’s what I’m going to do: every time I have a meal I didn’t pay for, I’m going to donate $1 to United Food Bank. That means anytime I’m invited to sit at a corporate table, every time someone treats me to lunch, every time I take someone out and expense it, and any time someone invites me to their house for dinner, I give a dollar to United Food Bank.

I’m going to keep track of this by placing a penny in this jar on my desk for every free meal, then at the end of the month I’ll write a check.

And I challenge you all to do the same. Maybe you don’t have an expense account, but you eat at your mom’s once a week. That’s four bucks. And you ask five friends to do the same. That’s $20. And they each enlist five people to donate to their local food bank. Well, you get the idea.

A dollar a meal is pretty easy for most of us. So join me in combating hunger, one dollar at a time. Let me know if you’re in.

New Chairman of the Board Tim Ronan Greets Business Community

Posted on | June 26, 2015 | No Comments

Chairman of the Board Tim Ronan

Chairman of the Board Tim Ronan

by Tim Ronan, Chairman of the Board, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

I am honored and thankful to Chamber members for the opportunity to be the Chairman of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors this year. The position will let me use my business, tax and leadership knowledge and experience to help all our members move forward with their businesses and address challenges that may come in the future.

The Chamber staff has been helpful over the years I have been on the Board of Directors and now I look forward to working with them to advance the Chamber and its members. With the staff’s many years of experience at the Tempe Chamber there is no doubt they will contribute positively to the growth and advances of the Chamber and members. The experience and excellent customer service of staffers help support the Board of Directors and a wonderful membership. My thanks go out to each of the staff members for accomplishing their daily work and making our jobs easier.

Now I will provide a little background regarding my life and experience in Arizona and Tempe. Right after their marriage my parents moved to Arizona in 1952 from New Jersey so my mom could live with her sister while my dad went to Korea. When he got back he was offered a job in New York, so I was born in New Jersey, and grew up most of my childhood in Massachusetts. Thank goodness my folks came back to Arizona in 1976. Read more

Let’s Talk About Networking Etiquette

Posted on | June 18, 2015 | No Comments

by Gelie Akhenblit, CEO/Founder, NetworkingPhoenix

Akhenblit is an entrepreneur, speaker, mother, techie and mentor who has altered the landscape of networking in the Valley, and now nationally, by visualizing, creating, and launching an online platform that has democratized how people connect in-person.

Gelie Akhenblit

Gelie Akhenblit

I am a very unique individual. I love to network! Put me in a room with complete strangers and I am in my happy place. Running a business that is centralized around networking, I’ve complied some best practices to help you network like an all-star.

Psychologists say, that when meeting someone for the first time, you only have about 7 seconds to make a powerful first impression. So make it count!


It’s completely acceptable at networking events to jump into existing conversations…most of the time. Look for people who are standing with open postures – side by side, slightly turned out. If people are in a closed postures, that’s your indicator that they do not want to be disturbed at the moment.

Body Language

Body Language


… Building rapport quickly is essential in building great relationships …

… Body language, smile, dress and handshake all have an impact…

… First impressions count so make a great first impression.

According to Business Insider, people decide 9 things within seconds of meeting you … from status to intelligence to promiscuity.

# 1 If you’re trustworthy

… People decide on your trustworthiness in a tenth of a second.

#2 If you’re high-status

“A Dutch study found that people wearing name-brand clothes — Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger, to be precise — were seen as higher status than folks wearing non-designer clothes.”

#3 If you’re straight or gay

… People can read a man’s sexual orientation in a twentieth of a second … the minimum amount of time it takes to consciously recognize a face.

#4 If you’re smart

“A 2007 study found that looking your conversation partner in the eye was huge for your perceived smartness.” Read more

Tempe Chamber Women Named to Arizona Republic’s Top 50 List

Posted on | June 17, 2015 | No Comments



Congratulations to these Tempe Chamber members who made the Arizona Republic’s Top 50 Women list. To learn more about the companies they represent, visit their profiles in our directory.



Rachel Behrendt – Banner University Medical Center

Pam Bentle – Vestar

Kathy Bollinger – Banner Health

Pam Conboy – Wells Fargo

Virginia Desanto – ASU

Paula Ginnett – Walmart

Rebecca Kuhn – Banner Health

Jennifer McGrath – Rio Salado College

Patricia Tate – Talking Stick at Casino Arizona

Christine Wilkinson – ASU

Shelly Wilson – Phoenix Flower Shops

Katie Woodward – Edward Jones

We’re proud to count them among the more than 700 companies who make their mark as members of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

10 Tips to Make Your Networking Work!

Posted on | June 16, 2015 | No Comments

by Sean Donovan, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Network development is a critical element of business. However, far too many people go to an event, meet great new connections and… proceed to do nothing.

10 Tips to Make Your Networking Work!

10 Tips to Make Your Networking Work!

You can make sure you’re networking the right way and making effective use of your time and money.

First, learn what NOT to do at a networking event. We’re having a conversation on June 18 about etiquette and making a positive and memorable impression. Learn to bring your A-game and turn your connections into clients and referral partners.

Then, use the following 10 tips after ANY networking activity to maximize your results.

1) Follow up. Within 24 hours, call or email the people you met at the event. Even if you don’t see an immediate connection, simply saying hello is important in order to be remembered in the future.

2) Get social. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media sites. Look people up using their business cards and add them to your network. Can’t find them? Check the Tempe Chamber social media profiles by following the links on our homepage at www.tempechamber.org.

3) Take action. Too many people walk away from networking events feeling good but doing nothing. Take one decisive action based on something you learned or someone you met.

4) Connect. Try to find one person you met at the event and introduce them to someone else you think they should know who wasn’t in attendance. Where they take the relationship is up to them, but you are remembered as the one who made the introduction!

5) Refer. One of the best ways to grow a business is through collaboration with others. During the event, be on the lookout for people who have needs that can be met by someone you know. Make that connection after the event and don’t be shy to ask for referrals to your business in return.

6) It’s a date! Have lunch or even just a cup of coffee with somebody you met at the event. Learn all about their business but be sure to connect on a personal level as well. Take this time to get to know them outside of the networking environment.

7) Take notes. Ideas and memories fade, so write down the great ideas you had during the event. On the back of all the business cards you received write down one fact about the person to help you remember them weeks or months later.

8) Tech check. Make sure your website is easy to navigate and your social media profiles are updated and active. Those you met are likely to check you out online if they’re interested in doing business with you.

9) Be gracious. Be sure to thank the host venue. A quick note will go a long way.

10) Resupply. Replenish your stock of business cards, pens and marketing handouts after the event and you will thank yourself later.

Don’t miss the chance to learn from networking expert Gelie Akhenblit as we have a conversation about effective networking. June 18 from 11:30 – 1:00. Lunch is provided.


New Board of Directors Appointed at Tempe Chamber

Posted on | June 15, 2015 | No Comments

The following individuals have been elected to three-year terms on the Tempe Chamber Board of Directors for 2015-2018. We are honored and pleased to have them on our team! Members of the community can meet and speak with them at the July 16 Annual Luncheon.

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Peter Adams, Ping! Development

Peter Adams is the founder and owner of Ping! Development, a software development consulting firm that he launched as a startup in 2012. Prior to that, he worked with professional services, development and financial companies. Since launching his company, he has helped startups and small businesses launch new products, establish or improve their online presence and launch their first online storefronts. A native of Colorado, he graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Management Information Systems.




Jesus Campa

Jesus Campa

Jesus M. Campa, SRP

Jesus Campa is a Distribution Public Involvement representative at the Salt River Project (SRP), an electric and water utility headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. He joined SRP in 2006 in their Customer Services call center and subsequently moved to Community Outreach to assist the Latino Relations Manager. In his current role, Jesus serves SRP by providing communication and public outreach to residential and commercial customers on a variety of construction projects and community concerns.




Bill Goodman

Bill Goodman

Bill Goodman, Morgan Stanley

Bill Goodman is a Wealth Manager and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor at Morgan Stanley in Tempe with more than 20 years of investing experience. He served as a US Army officer for 7 ½ years before entering the business world. Bill held numerous positions with Abbott Laboratories before moving to Rockwell Electronic Commerce as a Regional Manager. He holds undergraduate degrees in Business and International Relations from the University of Richmond in Virginia and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.




Lynda Santoro

Lynda Santoro

Lynda Santoro, CenturyLink

Lynda Santoro is an industry veteran with 21 years of telecommunications experience. She is responsible for CenturyLink’s Government and Education segments in Arizona with a specialization in K-12, higher education and local and county government. Her team has been instrumental in leading the Government and Education segment’s ability to thrive in the new arenas of cloud, data hosting and managed services, while maintaining its intense focus on operational excellence and the customer experience.




Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams, State Farm

Glenn Williams is a Human Resources Director for State Farm Insurance in Tempe, Arizona.  He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the field of Human Resources with an emphasis on organizational change, performance management and succession planning. He is highly regarded as a coach/mentor and is known for his ability to help groups and individuals maximize their performance and results.


Local Businesses Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

Posted on | June 12, 2015 | No Comments

celebrateThe Tempe Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize 12 local companies who are celebrating milestone anniversaries of membership with the organization. Ranging from 25 to 40 years, these companies are models of success in their industry and the community. They will be honored in person at two events.

On June 24th representatives will gather for a celebration toast during the Business After Hours mixer at Copper Blues. The event takes place from 5:30 – 7:00 and concludes with a group toast and a prize drawing.

On July 16th the companies will be formally recognized at the Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon, featuring Ted Simons of PBS Channel 8.

The public is invited to attend both events. RSVPs are necessary.

The Tempe Chamber and the City of Tempe are pleased to honor the following companies on their milestone anniversaries:

25 Years

Delta Diversified Enterprises

Mesa Community College

Brown & Brown Insurance

Corporate Job Bank Personnel Services

Ray the DJ, LLC


30 Years

Southwest Gas Corporation

Patterson Properties, Inc.

Costco Wholesale

Serrano’s Mexican Food

The Buttes, a Marriott Resort


40 Years

Law Office of Glynn W. Gilcrease Jr.

Stuart Siefer – JAMN Jazz Productions

Ted Simons to Give Keynote Speech at Tempe Chamber Annual Luncheon

Posted on | June 8, 2015 | No Comments

Ted Simons, Emmy Award-winning host and Managing Editor of the Arizona Horizon news program on PBS Channel 8, will be the keynote speaker at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Luncheon on July 16.

Simons has worked in television and radio in the Phoenix area for more than 30 years as a news director, morning show host, reporter and sports director. He grew up in Washington, D.C. during the tumult of the Vietnam War era. Amid riots and the aftermath of assassinations, the young boy would use the family coffee table as a desk and anchor the nightly news before an imaginary audience.

Ted Simons

Ted Simons

The long-time Valley journalist began working at Arizona Horizon in 2007. He has interviewed everyone from Charlton Heston to former President Bill Clinton and continues to serve the community bringing in-depth news and public affairs reporting to Arizona.

Guetst at the event will meet the new leadership of the Tempe Chamber including the new Chairman of the Board Tim Ronan and the incoming Board of Directors.

Presentations by chamber leadership and an awards ceremony for milestone anniversary members add to the enjoyment of this luncheon.

Register today and come together with influential community and political leaders at this engaging and enjoyable afternoon. The event takes place from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 2100 S. Priest Drive in Tempe.

Tempe Chamber Names Jodi Polanski Business Woman of the Year

Posted on | May 22, 2015 | No Comments

Jodi Polanski, Business Woman of the Year

Jodi Polanski, Business Woman of the Year

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has named Jodi Polanski as its 2015 Business Woman of the Year. She was honored at the 20th Annual Women in Business Conference on May 20 at the PERA Club in Tempe.

Polanski is the Founder & Executive Director for Lost Our Home, an animal rescue organization founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn.

Her experience brings a business-oriented structure to the management of Lost Our Home while her lifelong love and dedication for animals keeps the compassionate side always in the forefront.

She received a scholarship from the Arizona State University Lodestar Nonprofit Management Institute and received her Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management in May 2011.

“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that Jodi 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 Denise Hart, Vice President of Marketing at Vestar and the Tempe Marketplace and Dawn Hocking, Director of Development at TCH.

Take One Small Step Towards Minimalism

Posted on | May 21, 2015 | No Comments

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


Margo Brown

Joshua Becker is a renowned author that writes about minimalism as a lifestyle. His book Simplify hit #1 sales on Amazon in the first week of publishing, outselling many top authors.

Joshua is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. Joshua’s rational approach to minimalism is a rational one that focuses on passion and purpose. This has made him one of today’s most-influential simple living advocates.

How did this all get started for him?

In 2008, Joshua and his family decided to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. They decided to remove their nonessential possessions. Eventually, over 70% of their belongings were sold, donated, or discarded. In exchange for owning less, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

It was a pleasure to hear him speak at the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) AZ Chapter. I wanted to share with you some of the inspiring things he said. They are followed by questions from me, ones that can move you to creating a more purposeful life and an intentional work space.

“My possessions were distracting me from my purpose in life, the one thing that made me happy.”

  • What is your purpose in life?
  • What are the non-material things that make you happy?
  • What are some of the distractions that hold you back from your purpose?
  • What hold you back from being happy?

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