Chamber Ambassadors

Chamber Ambassadors 2017-06-07T10:26:49+00:00

Chamber Ambassadors are goodwill representatives!

They strengthen the Chamber’s relationship to its Members, the business community and the community at large. Because all Ambassadors are active Members of the Chamber, they provide an important Member-to-Member link, understanding and responding to Member needs as only another Member can.

Ambassadors encourage Members to become involved and help them to learn more about Chamber programs and initiatives. Ambassadors take new Members under their wing, foster communication between the Chamber staff and Members and generally act as the eyes and ears of the Chamber in the community. Ambassadors also represent the Chamber at networking events, business meetings and other functions.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE:

  • Serve as an accredited representative of the Chamber to strengthen its relationship with its members
  • Communicate the Chamber mission and goals to its members and prospective members
  • Serve as hosts, emcees, greeters at Chamber events/functions (Business Breakfasts, Chamber Mixers, Ribbon Cuttings and Special Events.)
  • Enhance the growth of a lasting and loyal base of members
  • Advocate Chamber recruitment and retention of members
  • Perform the highest level of hospitality for all Chamber events/functions
  • Provide for continuous self-evaluation and renewal of the Ambassadors Committee itself
  • Help to increase attendance at Chamber events
Liz Castaneda
Liz CastanedaRebecca Niessink’s Allstate Insurance
After spending her childhood between Texas and Arizona, Liz made AZ her permanent home in 1990. Having worked in ranching & farming since childhood, she knows the value of hard work and working together to get a job done.

She developed a passion for real estate investment in early adulthood. This passion led her to a career in real estate and mortgage lending. In 2014, she became licensed in insurance and started her career with Rebecca Niessink’s Allstate agencies located in Cave Creek & Carefree. Rebecca’s offices are known for excellence in customer experience which speaks to Liz’s passion of educating and caring for her clients.

Paul Cocuzza
Paul CocuzzaUCP of Central Arizona
Paul is a connector, having found success in a number of diverse business development and sales roles over a 36-year career. He has a solid reputation for knowledge and integrity, earning a role as a trusted advisor. Paul is actively involved in volunteering and giving back to the community.
Mick Ennis
Mick EnnisIn Memoriam - 1942-2016
Mick Ennis had a distinguished 20-year career with the New York Fire Department (FDNY) before moving to Arizona in 1997, when he joined the Foothills Sentinel newspaper as associate editor. Mick was no stranger to community involvement. He was a member of Knights of Columbus (52 years), Kiwanis (34 years) and graciously volunteered for the Thunderbird Fine Art and Wine Festival every weekend and attended every Chamber mixer and business breakfast since 1997! Mick was honored by the Chamber in 2011 as Volunteer of Year.

Terry Finnegan
Terry FinneganLoan Officer - Peoples Mortgage
Terry grew up in the metro New York area and graduated from Columbia University as a Mechanical Engineer. Now, with over 15 years in the lending field, her math and problem solving skills enable her to work with and educate clients in all aspects of the mortgage lending process.

Terry is a proud mom of two grown daughters. Locally, she is active with the Columbia University Alumni group and the Chamber. When time permits, Terry enjoys photography, travelling and playing bridge.

Bob Hesselgesser
Bob HesselgesserCity Sun Times
Bob Hesselgesser was born in Montana and raised in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He spent 3 years in the US Army, stationed in Germany, then attended college back in Montana.

He always worked in a professional career of Sales and Marketing and is currently the sales rep for the City Sun Times. Bob came to Arizona after winning a trip to the Super Bowl through the Colorado lottery! He has lived in Arizona full time since 2000.

He is a member of the Moose, Eagles, American Legion Post and Kiwanis. He is a past president of the Jaycees.

James E. Hundman
James E. HundmanHundman Law Offices. PLLC
James E. Hundman is the owner of Hundman Law Offices, PLLC, (www.HundmanLaw.com) and Hundman Tax Services, LLC (www.HundmanTax.biz). Jim is an Estate Planning Attorney, Accountant and Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®). He has been helping families and small businesses with their estate, financial and tax planning needs for over 25 years.
Evelyn Johnson
Evelyn JohnsonCave Creek Museum
Evelyn Johnson is the Executive Director of the Cave Creek Museum.

I have the privilege of being involved in both towns of our wonderful community by preserving the history, culture and legacy of yesterday and today for the future. Come visit the Cave Creek Museum to embrace those remembrances of childhood stories or adventures.

Gina Kulp
Gina KulpRealtor - Sonoran Properties Association
Gina Kulp is available to help you every step of the way when it comes to buying or selling your home. She’s a natural problem solver, a good listener, and committed to client satisfaction. Gina possess the passion for the business and is dedicated to meeting your goals.

In addition to her Real Estate training and formal education Gina holds a BS degree in Business. She is also an accomplished professional in the Commercial Insurance and Property Management Industries. Buying and selling a home is a major event and Gina’s unique experience and expertise will help you realize your dream.

Joe Macdonald
Joe MacdonaldSilverhawk Financial
Jennifer McGirr
Jennifer McGirrNational Bank of Arizona
Jennifer McGirr is National Bank of Arizona’s Vice President and Executive Banker for Carefree and North Scottsdale. As a one-time business owner, Jennifer brings a considerable amount of knowledge and dedication to her position. Jennifer uses her extensive background in banking, sales, and community service to cultivate lasting relationships with her clients. This mother of 3 teenagers finds the perfect balance of family, community, and work a fun challenge!

Jennifer understands the importance of collaboration and community.

Richard Perraut
Richard PerrautBusiness Optimization Specialist
I retired from the Air Force after 33 ½ years and as a Major General. I moved to Cave Creek in May 2014. I started my business of Schooley Mitchell of Phoenix, a telecommunications and merchant service consulting firm, in May 2015. Business is GREAT…and I am always looking for more! I am known as “The Robin Hood of Telecom and Merchant Services!”

People and businesses are paying too much for their telephones, internet, data, and credit/debit card services. As Schooley Mitchell, we ensure that our clients do not spend more than they should for these services. Our average savings is 15%-25%! We do it by performing a 1) FREE AUDIT of your current bills and equipment; 2) FREE MARKET SURVEY of available rates including asking your current vendors to reduce their rates to you; and 3) FREE WRITTEN REPORT of your options. Our fee is nothing unless I can save you money and you decide to implement one or all of my recommendations. And, the fee is only a portion of the savings identified!

Michael Seaton
Michael SeatonLoan Originator
Michael is a former Army Signal Officer who was born and raised in Phoenix. After six years of travelling the world with the military, Michael settled down in Colorado Springs Colorado, where he got married and started to raise two sons. He owned and operated a successful mortgage brokerage for over 16 years. In 2014 he moved back to the Valley to be closer to family.

With military trained discipline and integrity, as well as over 20 years of mortgage industry experience, Mike helps to educate his clients about the lending process, helping them feel at ease. He is a true partner in the home buying experience.

Katie Smetana
Katie SmetanaDesert Foothills Family YMCA
Born and raised in Chicago, as well as a graduate of Arizona State University, Katie Smetana is the Executive Director of the Desert Foothills Family YMCA since 2012. Katie leverages her broad operational and general management expertise, most recently with Starbucks Coffee Company, with her non-profit and multi-generational focus. She brings an exciting energy and an emphasis on the customer experience to our community and believes in relationships and collaboration.
Eric Twohey
Eric TwoheyNorth Valley Magazine
As a proud North Valley resident for over a decade, Eric has served as Marketing Director for North Valley Magazine to establish the publication as part of our community fabric, working closely with local businesses and organizations to achieve their promotional goals. A Board Member for two local organizations and volunteering on an Economic Development Committee, he enjoys life in abundance with his wife Mary Ellen.
Rob & Deb Wistrom
Rob & Deb WistromPostNet at the Summit
Rod and Deb Wistrom are the owners of Northern Scottsdale’s PostNet, called PostNet at the Summit. They also own a PostNet store on Tatum and Greenway in Phoenix. The Wistroms live in nearby Cave Creek, and moved to Arizona in 2010, coming from Iowa. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

PostNet at the Summit provides design, print, shipping, including crating, and mailbox rental services all under one roof, catering to small-business owners, employees who work from home, and busy consumers in the area. PostNet offers a number of digital printing, document finishing and professional packaging services as well as freedom of choice for the customer as an authorized shipping outlet for FedEx, UPS, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service.

Bob Armstrong, Ann Bennett, Shaun Nesbitt & Darlene Southern