The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Jennifer Mellor as Vice President of economic development where she will spearhead the Chamber’s efforts to build and grow existing Arizona companies.
“We are thrilled to have Jennifer lead the Chamber’s economic development team,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “We are confident Jennifer’s expertise, guidance and leadership will establish and propel the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce as a premier economic development player in Arizona, improve the region’s competitiveness, and be a strong proponent for shaping and growing the local economy.”
Mellor is excited about leading a bold new initiative called Phoenix Forward that will focus on nurturing and strengthening Arizona-based companies and organizations.
“I’m looking forward to supporting Phoenix-area businesses in a variety of key industries that are poised for growth,” Mellor said. “For the past 20 years, Phoenix has consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing economies of all metro areas in the United States. More than 80 percent of new jobs come from the expansion of existing companies within the community. We will build on that success.”
Since 2010, Mellor has served as vice president of program development at the Chamber. She started at the Chamber in 2008 as part of the accounting team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Arizona State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mellor is also a licensed CPA in Arizona.
The Chamber has also added two new, economic development specialists to its team:
- Greg Tilque comes to the Chamber with an extensive background in economic development. He is a certified economic developer and has held leadership roles with the Mesa and Gilbert Chambers of Commerce as well as the Town of Gilbert.
- Taylor Gillings most recently served as a client services associate at Fisher Investments. He earned his master’s degree in international relations policy at the University of Chicago.
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,400 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s largest Chamber. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber also enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community.
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