Thank you, West Valley View, for the opportunity to let the community know what is happening at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Since this is our first article, let me introduce you to our chamber. The chamber board of directors is led this year by: Chairwoman Holly Johnson, of the Odyssey Family of Charter Schools; Chairman-elect John Rico, of Buckeye Party Builders; Treasurer Kathryn Tracy, of Kat & Bud Accounting; and Past Chairman Jeff Caler, of State Farm Insurance.
The rest of the board is: Joey Cruz, of National Bank of AZ; Happy Hollingsworth, of WalMart Super Store; Art Jimenez, of Firehouse Subs; Kevin Johnson, of RE/MAX Realty; Bill Kerr, of Kerr Family Dairy; Kory Raftery, of Palo Verde Generating Station; Garrett Ryum, of Abrazo Emergency Center-Buckeye; Gina Sandoval, of Estrella Mountain Community College; Sam Schippers, of West Valley Rock; Margaret Delmar, of Mesquite Solar; and Steve Staudinger, of Locked Outdoors. We are also honored to have Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck serve as our city liaison.
Chamber staff consists of office manager Cathy Conly, Friendraiser Tedy Burton and President/CEO Deanna Kupcik.
We are located in downtown Buckeye at 508 E. Monroe Avenue. Our website is buckeyevalleychamber.org.
Not only are we the chamber of commerce for Buckeye, but we are a chamber of community. Our mission statement reflects just that. “The purpose of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership, support local businesses and build strong partnerships dedicated to promote business, education and community interests of Buckeye.”
We are excited to distribute our new official map/director, which includes detailed city street maps for all of Buckeye’s 650 square miles and a great list of our chamber members along with lots of information on Buckeye, past and present. Stop by and pick one up or call and it can be sent. It will also be up on our website soon.
Brand new — in fact it is so new we are still working out some glitches — is buckeyebusinessindex.com, which is supposed to list all businesses in Buckeye. So, if you are looking for a business, try it out. But, remember it is brand new and a work in progress!
Saturday, August 17, will be our 21st Annual Swing & Sweat Golf Tournament, held on Verrado Golf Club’s Founders Course. This is the Buckeye Valley Chamber’s only FUNd raiser. We swing, we sweat and we also have a lot of fun! If you are interested, please give us a call at 623-386-2727.