Two new members joined the board of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning.
Glenda Kelley, co-owner of Uniquely Sewn, and Sara Troyer, marketing director for Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship were elected to fill two of the three available seats in this year’s election. Suzie Miller, owner of Suz’s Cruises, was re-elected to her place on the board.
“I think the chamber is a great organization and really helps small businesses. Our business has grown tremendously because of being part of the chamber,” Kelley said. “I wanted to be on the board to also help other businesses and help grow the chamber and keep going and make it all that it can be.”
Danielle Collazo of Adobe Blinds was selected as an alternate.
Miller chairs the chamber board.
There were seven nominees. Stepping down from the board are Maricopa Ace Hardware owner Mike Richey of and Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.
Continuing with the board are Chris Wodka of Central Arizona College, Adam Saks of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, Chris Cahall of American Family Insurance and Rick Swearingen of Dignity Health.
The winners were announced during the chamber’s annual meeting at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.
Chamber CEO Marla Lewis reviewed the chamber’s activities during 2015.
Looking forward, Saks introduced the chamber’s Classic 100 Golf Bash, which he said will change the way the chamber raises its funds.
The event is set for Feb. 20 at Top Golf, and organizers are seeking up to 48 participants to hit 100 golf balls each.
“This program works. This program can’t miss,” Saks said. “You’re going to ask your family and friends to sponsor you at a dollar a ball, and you’re going to hit 100 balls.”
The idea is for each participant to find sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money for each ball hit. One hundred golf balls at $1 each hit by 48 players would amount to $4,800. At $5 per ball, the total would be $24,000. A single player could raise $2,500 by drumming up enough sponsors to equal $25 per golf ball.
Sponsors can also donate a flat fee.
Saks said: “If everybody in this room does it and you maybe get $10 to $15 a person by the time you’re done, we will raise $40,000 free and clear that will go into the chamber account, and none of you will ever have to be asked again to contribute anything other than your dues.”