GREATER PHOENIX CHAMBER President and director receive honors at western association of chamber Executives annual conference

Jocelyn McAlpin on 02/05/2021


February 4, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ – The Greater Phoenix Chamber president & CEO Todd Sanders has received the esteemed Russell E. Pettit Memorial Award during the 2021 Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).

This award is in memory of Russell E. Pettit, a veteran of 40 years in chamber of commerce management, who unselfishly served his community and fellow executives in the highest professional standards.  It is presented to a chief executive officer or department head in recognition of outstanding contributions for encouraging new executives to enter the profession and in assisting those in the field to attain higher professional standards and capabilities.

“I am thankful and humbled to win this award.  As I think about service and what my journey has been, it really has been infections!  You really get as much as you give,” said Sanders after receiving the award.

Sanders was nominated by several other Chamber leaders across the state.

“I can speak firsthand to his outstanding encouragement to new executives and help for those in the field to attain higher professional standards and capabilities.  As his colleague and fellow Arizona Chamber Executive Board Member, I am fortunate to have his support and counsel as we work to bring a stronger economy to Arizona, and our areas.” ~ Sheri Heiney, president & CEO, Prescott Chamber of Commerce.

“Todd serves as a role model and has given unselfishly of his time and expertise to assist chamber leaders throughout his career.  Todd is dedicated to advancing the professionalism of chamber industry in Arizona, so much so, that he agreed to have his chamber become the managing partner of the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) three years ago.  Under his leadership, the professional development opportunities through ACE have dramatically improved and assisted many of our chamber leaders in strengthening their roles within their communities.” ~ Anne Gill, president and CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

“A few years back Arizona Chamber Executives needed a home and stability to grow.  He offered his office to assist.  A MOU was created.  This partnership has allowed ACE to grow in ways unimaginable.  One example of this collaboration is Todd’s generosity and vision to make available to all ACE members webinars that might not be affordable to smaller Chambers.”  ~ Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE)

Additionally, Jessica Stuk, director of programs and development was named to the W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Council. This council was formed to identify and recognize future leaders within the chamber of commerce industry. Stuk was one of five leaders in the western region named to the council this year.

“Jessica has been a rising star within our organization over the past seven years,” said Janelle Tassart, vice president of program development and marketing for the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “Her leadership and innovative spirit have allowed our organization to grow and provide new and valuable programs to our members and the community at large. She will be a wonderful asset to the W.A.C.E. emerging leaders council.”


About the Greater Phoenix Chamber

Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political, and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.   

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