Greater Phoenix Chamber announces new board leadership

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announces new leaders and 17 new members to its board of directors.

Daniel Froetscher, senior vice president of transmission, distribution and customers at APS, will serve as the 2016-17 board chair, succeeding Ken McMahon of CenturyLink.

Mike McCann, senior vice president and division manager at JP Morgan Chase, has been named chair-elect, according to a press release.

The 2016-17 board will focus on growing the economy, supporting business growth in the region and advocating for pro-business policies.

In addition, a major focus of the board will continue to be advising the Greater Phoenix Chamber on Phoenix Forward—a collaborative and strategic approach to regional economic development—that focuses on business retention and expansion, workforce development, regional image building, policy and advocacy and increased capital investment in the region.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2016-2017 board chair,” said Mr. Froetscher, in the release.

“I am pleased to be working with the board’s new chair-elect Mike McCann and I look forward to collaborating with the Chamber’s board of directors to address and solve critical issues for members and the business community, identify critical needs and opportunities in the Greater Phoenix region, as well as develop and execute key initiatives imperative to the continued growth of our local economy.”

The 17 new executives who join the Chamber’s board of directors for 2016-17 are:

  • Joseph Benesh, Director, Phoenix Center for the Arts
  • Shawn Bradford, Vice President, EPCOR Water
  • David Bruno, Managing Director, ZRG Partners, LLC
  • Matthew Clyde, President, Ideas Collide Marketing Communications
  • Kevin Cummings, Executive Vice President, Lockton Companies
  • Tommy Espinoza, President & CEO, Raza Development Fund
  • Mary Gifford, SVP of Academic Policy & External Relations, K12 Inc.
  • Phillip Gutilla, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District
  • Robert Kessler, Senior Vice President/Head of Legal Affairs, Aetna Inc.
  • Alan Maguire, President, The Maguire Company
  • Adam McAnally, Regulatory Analyst, SRP
  • Jeff McDermott, President, American Technology Specialists
  • Erin Mettille, Business Development Executive, Slalom Consulting
  • Frank Reid, Executive Vice President, Kolbe Corporation
  • Julie Shaw, Vice President, Republic Media
  • Cale Whittington, Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young

Two other new additions:

  • Thomas Katheder, vice president and associate general counsel for PetSmart, has been appointed to the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation board.
  • Kevin Quigley, partner at the national law firm of Quarles & Brady, has been appointed as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s new general counsel.

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is honored to include these dedicated business and community leaders as members of our board of directors,” said GPCC President and CEO Todd Sanders, in the release.

“Each brings tremendous knowledge, experience and insight to the board. I look forward to collaborating with this new group of leaders to foster a pro-business environment, strengthen the quality of life in our community, promote regional prosperity and serve as a catalyst for economic growth.”

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