I am Mark Hiegel, your new chamber president and CEO.
By way of introduction, let me tell you a little about myself. Most recently, I served as director of marketing and business development for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm based in Phoenix. Before that, I was managing partner at R&R Partners, an international marketing agency with an office here in the Valley. And before that, I was a partner at my own advertising agency, Lavidge Hiegel Communications, also located in Phoenix.
Philanthropy is something near and dear to my heart. I’ve served as national communications manager for Make-A-Wish America. I’ve also taken active roles in more than 20 civic and philanthropic boards. Needless to say, there’s a theme here — I’m at my best communicating on the behalf of others.
In my intro, I used the words “your new chamber president.” I don’t use that pronoun lightly. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is your chamber — we exist for you; we are here to serve you; we are here to advocate on your behalf. There’s that theme again.
As an advocacy organization, the chamber supports issues that foster a robust business community and improve our quality of life. That is why we supported the bond election and why we are celebrating that voters approved Bond Questions 5 and 6 giving Scottsdale the funds it needs to improve our streets and support our fire department.
The issue of raising taxes is always a complicated one. The chamber’s board of directors studied the bond issues for a long time before we announced our support. Scottsdale is strong; however, we do not have the financial resources to meet all of our needs without a bond. We believe the bonds are good for Scottsdale and that our business community will see substantial positive impacts.
While not all the bond questions were approved by voters, you have our guarantee that we, your chamber of commerce, will continue to promote a vibrant business community and ensure the quality of life in our community.
Lastly, I hope to meet as many of you, our members, as I can. I want to let you know personally how passionate I am about my role here, and how our incredible staff and I are working hard serve you and your business.
President & CEO
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Hiegel was appointed president and CEO of Scottsdale Area Chamber on Oct. 1, 2015. Previously, he served in a number of executive roles throughout the Valley, most recently as marketing director at the law firmof Greenberg Traurig. He has also been noted for his service to more than 20 charitable organizations, including Make-A-Wish America.