The 2012 Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitorís Bureau Board. From left, 2012 Board President Bess Foster, Julie Aldaz, Brian Ciesielski, Yvonne Trujillo, John Grantham, Jeanie Sharp, Freda Rahnenfuehrer and 2011 President Mike Rock.
Guest speaker, Randy King, a senior leader with the US Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, speaks to the audience about leadership, responsibility and accountability in the business world. King also discussed his books, Is Anybody Listening? and Whatís Best For America.
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A large turnout was present during the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau (CVB) annual luncheon at the Squire Inn Jan. 18, officially ushering in 2012 Chamber President Bess Foster, who took the reins from 2011 President Mike Rock.
Rock said last year's accomplishments were partly due to the chamber's consistent and diverse mixers, which allowed networking opportunities almost once a month for local business. The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, also headed by Josie Bustillos, was also a huge success.
The Rocktoberfest, the Grand Canyon Marathon, and the Tusayan Fourth of July celebration were just some of the events the chamber successfully tackled throughout 2011. They also updated and changed some of their bylaws, revamped their website, and organized an associated membership drive to encourage people outside the area to join their chamber.
Rock said the 2012 game plan will be the continued distribution of chamber brochures, which will be likely be available around April. Another priority for the CVB will again be the Special Olympics Torch Run in April. Other plans include working with the Arizona Dept of Tourism in order to achieve their ongoing objective - attracting more visitors to the Grand Canyon and Tusayan.
Rock added a wine makers dinner is also in the works for the coming months.
In early November, the chamber plans to organize a Marine Corp ball. More details will be available on that event to come as the year progresses.
Chamber manager Josie Bustillos then turned the spotlight on their guest speaker, Randy King, a senior leader with the US Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, who spoke to the audience about leadership, responsibility and accountability in the business world. King also discussed his books, Is Anybody Listening? and What's Best For America.
"What I like best about chamber world is that you are solution based," he said. "Chambers are always trying to find a way to do things bigger and better with their community."