Earlier this month, I participated in the Arizona Chamber Executives’ Annual Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) is a nonprofit organization assisting chamber executives throughout Arizona to become informed and effective leaders in their communities.
For the past 13 years, I’ve been an active member of ACE, and also had the privilege of serving on their board of directors. In 2017, the Greater Phoenix Chamber was approached by the ACE board of directors and asked to take on the role of managing partner for the organization. Our team proudly accepted this additional responsibility, seeing an opportunity to expand our network and work more collaboratively with chambers from across the state, strengthening our collective impact.
During this year’s annual ACE conference, I had the opportunity to work closely with my peers from across the state. We discussed policy issues impacting our communities, common hurdles preventing businesses from growing, and the pivotal role each of our chambers can have in supporting economic prosperity.
In addition to ACE, I am an active member of several other professional chamber of commerce organizations—from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE). And, perhaps more importantly, I encourage my entire team to be active participants in these organizations and their annual conferences to ensure we are at the forefront of business trends.
During my tenure at the Chamber and through my participation in these organizations, I’ve learned a lot. But, perhaps the most important lesson is that we aren’t competitors, we’re collaborators that can build strong and economically prosperous communities.
And, I’ve seen the value of fostering open dialogue with our peers to build bridges where and when they are needed in our community regardless of city or chamber boundary lines.
By working together, we are a strong advocate for all businesses, and we are a larger voice for small business and next generation leadership development.
In our unity, we show our community and our lawmakers that we mean business about reducing regulatory burdens, opening doors for new industries, and putting more people on high-growth career pathways.