The Greater Phoenix Chamber (GPC) Valley Young Professionals’ Board of Directors welcomed four new members to the Board. Each new member was selected based on their past involvement in VYP and the vision that they will bring to the Board.

Zach Schira, Deputy Chief of Staff, Maricopa County
Question: What are you hoping to gain from your experience a new VYP Board member?

Answer: I am looking to build strong relationships with other young professionals in the Phoenix area, find new ways to engage new young professionals outside of our current influence, and to keep ties to the business community in the Valley.  I started my career in the private sector and have since moved to my current role in the public sector.  This move prompted the desire to find a way to keep ties with the business community as well as brought about the opportunity to engage young professionals in the public sector.

Question: What opportunities do you see in the future for young professionals in the Valley?

Answer: I see tremendous opportunities in the future for young professionals in the Valley. The city of Phoenix and Maricopa County remain leaders in the nation in population growth for cities and counties, while the Arizona business climate continues to foster an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship. I see a future ripe for young entrepreneurs to create and lead the next class of great companies right here in the Valley. With an overall focus on efficiency, technology, and innovation, the Valley possesses great opportunity for young tech entrepreneurs specifically. I look forward to VYP playing a role in fostering this next generation of change makers.

Question: What experiences and perspectives do you bring to the board that you hope will be valuable to the Valley Young Professionals group?

Answer: As an Arizona native I have worked for two large entities here in the Valley, one in the private sector and one in the public. I have the unique perspective of what it takes for a young professional to succeed in both environments, the overall challenges large organizations in both sectors encounter, and the historical perspective of the local business community as a native Arizonan.

Fun fact: I took American Sign Language as a foreign language in undergrad.

Salvador Bretts-Jamison, Desert Southwest VP, JP Morgan
Question: What are you hoping to gain from your experience a new VYP Board member?

Answer: Enhanced relationships to help me and others bring new and improved business opportunities to the Valley of the Sun.

Question: What opportunities do you see in the future for young professionals in the Valley?

Answer: Young professionals in the valley are uniquely positioned to build upon the burgeoning economy of our fast-growing metropolitan area.

Question: What experiences and perspectives do you bring to the board that you hope will be valuable to the Valley Young Professionals group?

Answer: As a recent addition to the Valley of the Sun, I’d like to replicate my work advancing the arts–namely the ballet–in major cities for young professionals to set the scene for our cultural growth and economic growth.

Fun fact: As the fencing state champion of Baja California for both foil and saber, I competed twice in the Mexican Junior Olympics.

Justin O’Connell, Business Development Manager, VincentBenjamin
Question: What are you hoping to gain from your experience a new VYP Board member?

Answer: As a VYP Board member, I am looking forward to getting more involved in the community I call home. Besides spreading the word about all the awesome opportunities for young professionals here in the Valley, I am also looking forward to learning more about the issues facing our community and how we can collectively solve them.

Question: What experiences and perspectives do you bring to the board that you hope will be valuable to the Valley Young Professionals group?

Answer: So far in my career, I have been a teacher, an educational consultant, a co-leader of a non-profit and now a business development manager for a recruiting agency. I hope that my diverse background and recruiting skills will help the VYP board achieve our goals of providing experiences for our members to build lasting relationships, engage in professional development opportunities and become change-makers in the community.

Fun Fact:  Besides being a huge fantasy football nerd, I also love Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. I actually had a wizard collection when I was younger…you will have to ask about it.

Shayee Senbore, PreSales and Applications Engineer, Boundary Systems
Question: What are you hoping to gain from your experience a new VYP Board member?

Answer: I hope to gain a better understanding and appreciation of how the Chamber works to represent the business interests of the City of Phoenix politically and to engage with other high-achieving young professionals (aka VYP Board Members).

Fun Fact: I’ve been in a hot air balloon.

Posted by Danny Imes