Posted on | June 24, 2016 | No Comments
Brian Wood assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on July 1. He is Senior District Manager at Waste Management.
Wood earned his MBA in 2014 from the University of Phoenix while balancing family, community involvement and work life at Waste Management.
He is also:
– A Certified Professional Coach and the Founder of ICE – Integrative Core Energy Coaching Network.
– A Board Member with “Linking Sports and Communities”
– A Big Brother with New Pathways for Youth
– A Certified Agent with the NBA Players Association
– A graduate of Valley Leadership Class 32
Posted on | June 17, 2016 | No Comments
Ramon Elias was presented with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Tempe Award on June 16 at the organization’s Annual Luncheon.
The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe.
Elias, retired President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, is one of the organization’s most respected leaders nationally. He is the first executive in Arizona to receive the prestigious “Masters and Mentors” award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Boys & Girls Club staff member. Only 30 people have ever received this honor.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Elias began his career in the early 1970s as a Physical Education Director at the Boys & Girls Club’s Ladmo Branch in Tempe. He later became a Program Director, Director of Operations, Executive Director and eventually President/CEO in 1996.
Under his leadership the organization added six new branches in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe and the Gila River Indian Community. He also oversaw the Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school focused on the arts.
Elias is past president of the Tempe East Rotary Club, Sun Devil Lion’s Club, and Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association. He is a former member of the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Executive Council. He also was named the East Valley Man of the Year by the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in 2009.
“Ramon has given so much of his time and energy to our community,” said Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. “He is an inspiration. His strength of character and dedication to service have benefitted so many people. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to recognize his with this honor.”
Posted on | June 17, 2016 | No Comments
Tempe Leadership presented its highest honor, the Outstanding Community Leader Award, to Peggy Moroney at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Luncheon on June 16. The honor is an annual distinction awarded to Tempe Leadership graduates that have displayed outstanding leadership in the Tempe community.
Moroney, a longtime Tempe resident, is a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXVIII who is involved in a wide variety of organizations and activities.
She has researched and developed programs for the Tempe History Museum, The Petersen House, Desert Botanical Gardens, Eisendrath House and The Tempe Center for the Arts where she volunteers as docent and educator.
During her tenure in Tempe Leadership, her class developed the Teen Resource Center now known as Threadz at Tempe High School. Moroney worked with her classmates to transform a neglected classroom into a clothing resource center for teens.
She is also on the Tempe Historic Preservation Board and is working on a variety of projects including walking tours through downtown Tempe and a docent program for the Eisendrath House that was recently restored.
Tempe Leadership President Janeen Rohovit said Moroney was a clear choice to receive the award. “Peggy is such an important and valuable member of our community,” said Rohovit. “Her leadership skills in the projects she is involved with help bring Tempe’s history and culture to life. She is known, loved and respected by so many people and we are proud to honor her with this award.”
About Tempe Leadership
Tempe Leadership, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. For more than 30 years, Tempe Leadership has played a key role in bringing active, engaged community members together to effect positive and lasting change in the Tempe community. Its focus is to bring together individuals to engage and challenge one another, develop skills and talents, and grow into leadership roles. Learn more at www.tempeleadership.org.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce Honors The Dhaba and Caliente Construction with Business Excellence Awards
Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presented two companies with Business Excellence Awards, the organization’s top honor for commerce.
The Dhaba was named the Small Business of the Year. Caliente Construction was named the Large Business of the Year.
The companies have a proven record of success and growth, community involvement, dedication to employees, leadership, reliability and commitment to customer service.
The Dhaba is an award-winning, contemporary Indian restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the Punjab region of northern India. It offers
homemade breads; a healthy selection of locally-sourced, organic meat and vegetarian dishes; and traditional desserts and drinks. It is the heart of India Plaza on Apache Boulevard. In the 13 years since its founding, it has become a comprehensive destination for Indian food and culture.
Owner Raveen Arora began life as a refugee in impoverished Calcutta, India. After gaining an education and business skills, he built the highly respected restaurant which has served more than 1 million people. This year, Arora was selected by the National Restaurant Association as the Face of Diversity in Arizona for his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the community.
Caliente Construction is a family-owned general contractor providing new construction and renovation services. It was founded in 1991 by high school sweethearts Tom and Lorraine Bergman. In 2014 it relocated its headquarters and 80 employees to Tempe. The firm sources all of its outside services and partnerships from local companies headquartered in Arizona. It’s a 5-time winner of the state’s “Best of the Best” award for a perfect safety record. Additionally, it practices sustainable construction and its projects include a material recycling program.
It is a top five fund raiser for The American Cancer Society’s annual “Climb for the Cure” and supports the Phoenix Children’s Museum Sandfest, Madison Street Veterans Association and Tempe Cares. The award-winning company was recently recognized as Arizona’s 28th largest contractor and the 5th largest woman-owned business in the state. Ranking Arizona also named it #1 in Tenant Improvement, and the #2 Overall Contractor.
“The Dhaba and Caliente Construction are outstanding examples of the type of business that makes our city thrive,” said Mary Ann Miller, President/CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “Their passionate dedication to their customers, staff and the community are unparalleled. We are proud they’re part of the Tempe Chamber, and we celebrate their continued success.”
The awards were presented on June 16 at the Tempe Chamber’s Annual Luncheon at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
The other finalists for the Business Excellence Awards were: ARCpoint Labs, Bullock Training and Development, Edward Jones and the Tempe Mission Palms hotel.
Posted on | June 9, 2016 | No Comments
Posted on | June 6, 2016 | No Comments
June 6, 2016 – The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced today that Chamber President/CEO Mary Ann Miller will be leaving after more than 21 years at the Tempe Chamber. She will leave her position effective August 31, 2016.
Brian Wood, Waste Management and Chair-Elect of the Chamber will head the search committee. “During her tenure Mary Ann has guided the Chamber through diverse economies; from helping small businesses during the recession to assisting significant growth of key industries within our community. She has tirelessly advocated on behalf of our members and entire business community at City Hall, the State Legislature and in Washington.”
Miller joined the Tempe Chamber in 1995 as Public Affairs Director. In 1999 she moved into her current role as President/CEO. “In August the Tempe Chamber will be moving into a new location, new offices with literally a new point of view,” Miller said. “As we end our time at this location, it seemed a fitting opportunity for me to guide us to our new home, and then set the Chamber off on its own.”
During her time at the Tempe Chamber Miller received an MBA from Arizona State University and a Certificate in Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management.
Miller developed the first-ever statewide legislative agenda for local chambers, and spoke on policy development at state, regional and national conferences. She served on the Board of Arizona Chamber Executives, and was named Local Chamber Executive of the Year in 2008 by the Arizona Chamber. She received the Howard Pyle Vocational Service Award from Tempe South Rotary in 2011.
Wood added, “Mary Ann will be missed tremendously and we are saddened to say good-bye. Before she goes, though, we want to genuinely thank her for her dedication and loyalty to the Chamber and our community. I want to also personally express my appreciation for her influence on me – her authentic leadership has been inspirational. Although Mary Ann will never know the number of people she has positively affected, her ‘ripple effect’ is nothing less than exceptional. We wish her all the best as she begins this exciting new chapter of her life.”
Read Miller’s personal letter regarding her announcement in the June 6 edition of The Business Advocate.
For questions or interview requests contact Mary Ann Miller at 480-736-4280.
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Posted on | June 2, 2016 | No Comments
by Deborah Z. Mark, Managestaff
Remember that number.
When December 1, 2016, rolls around, it will become very important.
Why is $47,476.00 important?
By now you may have heard that the new overtime exemption guidelines have been approved by the Department of Labor (DOL).
The new law will take effect December 1, 2016. The new annual salary amount for employees to be exempt from overtime will be (you guessed it) $47,476.00, or $913.00 per week.
What should I do?
- Review your employees’ salaries
- If an employee does not meet the new threshold, decide whether to raise the salary to $47,476.00 per year or pay overtime
- Or limit hours worked to 40 hours per week or less
Overtime is based on a 40 hour work week, regardless of how often you pay your employees.
If you pay every other week, you cannot average the 2 work weeks together and only pay overtime on hours worked over 80.
For example, if an employee works 38 hours the first week and 42 hours the second week, that would equal 78 hours at the regular pay rate and 2 hours at the overtime rate, not 80 total hours at the regular rate.
Some states, such as California, have additional requirements for overtime.
You have time
The new law doesn’t take effect until December 1, 2016.
Time isn’t always on your side.
But in this case, it is.
Posted on | May 31, 2016 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has named Liz White of Arizona Public Service (APS) as the Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented at the 21st Annual Women in Business Conference.
This honor is bestowed upon an individual who has gone above and beyond to support the Tempe Chamber, its programs, and the business community.
White serves on the Tempe Chamber’s Board of Directors and worked to place two APS employees into the Women in Business Mentoring Program.
“She’s always volunteering her own time to make our programs more successful and lightening the load on our staff,” said Tempe Chamber President/CEO Mary Ann Miller. “She’s always willing to step up with a light-hearted attitude to get the job done.”
Professionally, Liz White is Senior Training Instructor, T&D Training with APS.
Posted on | May 26, 2016 | No Comments
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
Posted on | May 19, 2016 | No Comments
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