Thanks to new, renewing

Thanks to new, renewing

Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce

This Week’s Update
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

* Public Policy
with Jim DeGrood and Mindy Blake of RTA, 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Stay tuned for details!

Mixer at The Look

A crowd of 70 enjoyed great food, drink and network development on Thursday both inside and outside at Chamber member The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, Ina just east of Oracle in the Catalina Foothills. New general manager Andrew Stegen welcomed the crowd. See more details, below.
Photo by Greg Spadinger

Pima honors vets

Thursday, 11/10

   Chamber Copper partner Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus hosts its fifth annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  The day’s program includes speakers, recognition of local businesses that support veterans, activities, entertainment and food. It is free, with sponsorship from PCC, the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center.
  The Downtown Campus is located at 1255 N. Stone, with the day’s events in the Free Speech Area.
  For more information, call 520-206-4500, or go to


Ace Casino needs

casino dealers

  Chamber member Ace Casino Equipment is hiring casino dealers for part-time mostly evening work for special events and social functions this holiday season, and beyond.
  The ideal candidate must be at least 21 years of age, clean in appearance, with an outgoing, friendly personality and dependable transportation. Positions are available for black jack, craps, roulette and poker. Training starts soon.
   Contact Randy at here to schedule an interview.


Hughes FCU earns
regional community

service award

  Chamber Copper partner Hughes Federal Credit Unionreceived first place in the 2016 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. The award, sponsored by the Mountain West Credit Union Association and the Credit Union National Association, is given to a credit union for its outstanding commitment to community service projects.
  “Hughes Federal Credit Union has a strong commitment to the communities we serve. As a not-for-profit, locally-owned financial cooperative, our focus is on people; not profit,” says President/General Manager Robert J. Swick. “Every year we help numerous organizations through our Hughes Helps program with financial and volunteer support, youth and adult financial education and much more. Since January 2015, we have provided more than$125,000 in support to more than 100 local organizations.”
  Established in 1952, Hughes is a local financial cooperative owned by its 103,000 members. For more information visit or call 520-794-8341.
Nov. 11 golf event aids

Blair Charity Group

   A Nov. 11 golf event at Chamber member Golf Club at Vistoso is intended to benefit The Arizona Basketball Academy, the signature program of The Blair Charity Group operated by UA basketball standout Joseph Blair.
  The Who’s Your Caddy Scramble has openings for players, foursomes and sponsors. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.Participants have their greens fees, continental breakfast and lunch, golf shirt and event gifts as part of the package.
  Through The Arizona Basketball Academy, Joseph Blair and the Blair Charity Group have provided access to world-class basketball camps and clinics for thousands of underserved youth in Arizona. All proceeds from the Who’s Your Caddy Scramble benefit the Academy, operating for 16 years.
  To register or get more information, call Victoria at 520-272-0582, or click here.

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Bill Rose
Member Services Director

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Alex Demeroutis
Vice President / Events Director

Dave Perry
President & CEO

Our Board
of Directors


El Ndoye
National Bank of Arizona

Chair elect

Toni Dorsey

AAA Arizona 



Greg Durnan

Acacia IT 



Ghee Alexander 

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort


Past chair

Alan Dankwerth

Market Considerations



Cathy Workman

Workman Insurance and Investments


Kay Williams

Oro Valley Veterans and First Responders Living Memorial 

Michelle Armstrong
Tohono Chul Park

Nancy Boyle

Splendido at Rancho Vistoso


Jeff Artzi 

Vistoso Automotive


Jeff Saunders 

America’s Mattress


Maurene Paloshek 

Northwest Healthcare / Oro ValleyHospital

Peter Minot 

Southwest Solutions

Mark Mitchell

Quick, Mitchell & Maish, PLLC


Bruce Baca

Pima Federal Credit Union


Cindy Webb Hanson 

BMO Harris Bank

Anne-Marie Braswell

Golder Ranch Fire District



Amanda Jacobs

Town of Oro Valley

Mayor’s SOTT
speech online
  In case you missed it, Oro Valley‘s State of the Town Address, given by Mayor Satish I. Hiremath on Oct. 20, is now available online.
  In addition to sharing some of the Town’s exciting achievements and highlights, Mayor Hiremath discusses his personal philosophy on setting and reaching goals as a community. His message uncovers the importance of understanding not only how we are going to achieve those goals, but – more importantly – why we are working toward those goals. The answer to the question “Why?” is applicable to any person at any age, whether you’re a business owner or busy parent.
   Oro Valley‘s Annual State of the Town Address is hosted by the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and was held at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.
  Click here to view the video or visit the Town’s YouTube channel: TownOfOroValley AZ.
You may also copy and paste the address below into your web browser.
Click here for a transcript of the speech or copy/paste the link below.

Special thanks
  Special thanks to our renewing Diamond partner, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, known locally as Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Roche is Oro Valley‘s largest employer, and Southern Arizona’s bioscience leader.

  We appreciate your terrific commitment.

  One of our most valued partners, The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, has renewed its Gold-level partnership with our Chamber. We couldn’t do what we do without The Hilton! Thank you, all!

  Casa de la Luz Hospicesupports our Chamber in so many ways – hosting our board meetings at no charge, constantly sharing good words about our Chamber, and through its financial support. Casa de la Luz Hospice has renewed its Copper-level partnership with our Chamber. Thank you, all at Casa!

Welcome to our new September members 
  New members joining the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce in September are Kneaders Bakery, John Daniels CPA, Vicki L. Cox and Associates, Centre Stage Dance Studio, West Press, Kumon Math & Reading Center of Oro Valley, AUV Flight Services.
  Welcome aboard!
Thanks to September
renewing members
   Renewing members of our Chamber in September are Adair Funeral Homes, Class Commercial Furnishings and Interiors, Northwest Exterminating, Heartfelt Workforce / Christine Hazen-Molina, Desert Wind Healing Arts  / Deb Kortyna;  Western National Parks Association, La Posada Lodge & Casitas; Century Theatres / Oro Valley Marketplace, Come Alive Health, The Forum at Tucson, One AZ Credit Union, Film Creations.
  Thanks for your ongoing support!

Great mixer at The Look
  Once again, Chamber member the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa hosted a terrific mixer for your Chamber Thursday evening.
  Apple pie punch, terrific food to include sliders, meats, cheeses and caramel apple wedges dipped in confections, kept the audience of more than 60 invigorated.
  Andrew Stegen, the new general manager at the Ina Road property, talked about the resort’s history of more than 100 years. John Wayne stayed at the classic resort when he was filming at Old Tucson. The Look has outstanding wellness and tennis offerings, a chef’s garden, a labyrinth, holiday parties and, soon, 7-day-a-week dining at its signature restaurant, Gold.
  Copper partner Casa de la Luz Hospice was a co-sponsor.
  Terrific door prizes capped the evening.
  We mix again Thursday, Nov. 17.

QuickMed now open at
Thornydale, Tangerine
 Chamber Silver partner Northwest Healthcare has opened the QuickMed Urgent Care at Tangerine and Thornydale roads.
  QuickMed is a walk-in health care facility open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Offered services include primary care, urgent care, physicals, lab services, X-ray, sprains, strains and broken bones, abrasions, cuts and burns, colds and flu, asthma and allergies, and more.
  QuickMed Urgent Care is located at 3630 W. Tangerine, #100. The phone is 520-744-3206, the website

Save a date: Jan. 10, 2017
On the second Tuesday of 2017, your Chamber presents David Aaker, an internationally recognized motivational speaker and customer service trainer who will amaze and excite your entire staff.
  “I’ve taken classes from David at U.S. Chamber Institute for 4 years, and he’s one of the most dynamic, mind-opening people you’ll ever meet,” said Chamber President / CEO Dave Perry. “Your people will perform at a higher level after hearing David speak.”
  We’ll present two identical sessions, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, in Oro Valley. Sponsorships are available. Contact Dave or Alex at 297-2191.

Project Grad has big start 
  Gifts approaching $40,000 were announced Friday morning, when the 14th annual Project Graduation Business Breakfast was hosted by Chamber Gold partner the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort and Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp.
  Sharp, Superintendent Patrick Nelson, students Tais Morga Cervantes of Amphi High School, Faith Trejo of Canyon del Oro, and Danny Fapp of Ironwood Ridge, and Oro Valley Cup Golf Tournament chair Jim Milleraddressed the crowd.
  The day’s featured speaker was University of Arizona professor Lehman Benson III, who told some 180students and guests about the power and importance of brand.
  Recognized past premier sponsors of Project Graduation are Comcast, The Hilton, the Jim Click Automotive Team, The Kai Foundation and the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
  Gifts announced Friday come from the Oro ValleyOptimist Club, Chamber member Oro Valley Rotary, Pima County Attorney Barbara Lawall, and Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos. Both LaWall and Nanos pledged $15,000 to Project Graduation, which puts on drug- and alcohol-free graduation parties for seniors at the 3 district high schools.
  The 14th annual Oro Valley Cup golf tournament is Friday, Feb. 3, at the Oro Valley Community Center’s El Conquistador golf courses, 10555 N. La Canada. The tournament raised $36,000 for the parties a year ago. For information, call Jim Miller at 520-400-3498, or e-mail

Chiles, Chocolate & Day of The
Dead Festival Sat., Tohono Chul
 Chamber member Tohono Chul pays homage to the cult of the fiery chile, decadent chocolate, and Día de los Muertos with its annual
Chiles, Chocolate, & Day of the Dead Festival this
Saturday, Oct. 29.
   Throughout the gardens, vendors feature Day of the Dead-inspired artwork, chile roasting, culinary demonstrations, food and wine tastings, live entertainment, free Día de los Muertos-themed face painting, children’s activities, and more.
   Experience the enduring tradition of the borderlands from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the festivities are $15, with free admission for children under the age of 12.
  Ticket holders are encouraged bring a token of remembrance for their departed to leave on the Community Altar. Join Tohono Chul for a celebration filled with joy, tradition, honor, and culture.

Bayada’s Mims win chili title

  Alison Mims, a clinical liaison with Chamber member

Alison Mims of Bayada Home Health Care shows off her first-place trophy after last Friday’s chili cook-off at Copper Health Oro Valley. Chamber President / CEO Dave Perry was 1 of the judges. He loved all the entries.

Bayada Home Health Care, knows her way around the kitchen, too.

  Alison and her colleague, community liaison Chad McGinty, entered the prize-winning chili in the first Copper Health Oro Valley chili cook-off, held last Friday at the Rancho Vistoso business.
  Five chilis were judged by Golder Ranch Fire District firefighters, Northwest Healthcare’s director of professional outreach Andy Shanks and your Chamber’s president / CEO, Dave Perry, who said all the entries were delicious.
  Sheila Schierling, a kitchen staff member at Copper Health Oro Valley, had the 2nd-place batch. Deedee Lipphardt, executive director, cooked the 3rd-place chili, and she had homemade cornbread, too.
Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce
p: 520.297.2191
7435 N. Oracle Road, #107, Oro Valley, AZ 85704
www.orovalleychamber.comOur Mission
Maximizing Greater Oro Valley‘s unmatched assets.
Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, 7435 North Oracle Rd  ,Suite 107, Tucson, AZ 85704
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