Tempe Chamber seeks new top exec

A search committee at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has announced it is undertaking a recruitment campaign to replace Mary Ann Miller, who has resigned as president/CEO effective Aug. 31.

Miller has held the post for more than two decades.

Brian Wood, the organization’s chair-elect, will oversee the search.

“During her tenure Mary Ann has guided the chamber through diverse economies, from helping small businesses during the recession to assisting significant growth of key industries within our community,” said Wood.

Miller joined the chamber in 1995 as public affairs director. 

She transitioned into her current role in 1999. In comments following the announcement of her departure, Miller reported that the chamber will be moving to a new location and adopting “a new point of view.”

“As we end our time at (our current) location, it seemed a fitting opportunity for me to guide us to our new home and then set the chamber off on its own,” Miller said.

During her time at the chamber, Miller received an MBA from Arizona State University and a Certificate in Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management.

She also developed the first statewide legislative agenda for local chambers and spoke on policy development at state, regional and national conferences.

She served on the board of Arizona Chamber Executives and was named Local Chamber Executive of the Year in 2008 by the Arizona Chamber. 

She received the Howard Pyle Vocational Service Award from Tempe South Rotary in 2011.

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