Introducing Colin Diaz, TCC’s New President & CEO

by David Key

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Colin Diaz, ACE, IOM, as the new President and CEO following the retirement of Anne Gill.

Colin Diaz is no stranger to chamber of commerce work, as he assumes the role of President and CEO with more than four years of experience as the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce in Culver City, California. In addition to his chamber experience, Diaz has more than 20 years of management, marketing, sales and community outreach experience. 

“Our board of directors is truly pleased to introduce an accomplished leader like Mr. Colin Diaz to our community,” says Raveen Arora, Board Chair of the Tempe Chamber Board of Directors. “I firmly believe that Colin possesses the ability and expertise to grow the Tempe Chamber into an even more impactful and successful organization in these challenging times.” 

In assuming the role of President and CEO, Diaz stated, “I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead this great organization. There are very few opportunities where a strong foundation, potential for growth and an engaged community coexist concurrently. Tempe has a richness of history and culture, charged with the energy of innovation and growth. Tempe is experiencing this and more and is poised for greatness.”

He brings an impressive educational background, with an MBA from Duke University and an MFA from Chapman University. As the leader of the Culver City Chamber, Diaz used a blend of his professional, personal and educational experience to grow reach, elevate the chamber brand to others, and protect the reputation of the Chamber. 

His range of educational, professional and practical experience allows him to be in tune with current trends and technology, while still being rooted in the sound practices that have led businesses for decades. He is an industry influencer who currently sits on the W.A.C.E. Board of Directors as a member of the executive committee. In addition to this regional appointment, Diaz will be the only Accredited Chamber Executive in the Valley. 

Personally, Diaz values spending time with his family and is making the move to the East Valley with his wife, Alicia, and two daughters. He cites the regions many activities and resources as being especially attractive to his family. He’s always been active and uses that energy and enthusiasm in both professional and personal endeavors. 

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