The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Denise Hart as the interim President & CEO while the board continues its search for a permanent replacement to fill the opening.
Denise recently assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing & Programs, after serving as the President & CEO at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce for two and a half years. She brings decades of business experience to the role and has been immersed in the Tempe business community for years, having graduated from Tempe Leadership and being named the Tempe Chamber Business Woman of the Year in 2016.
“The Board of Directors was fortunate to have a seasoned professional like Denise on the team to step in as the interim President & CEO of the Tempe Chamber,” said Raveen Arora, chairman, Tempe Chamber Board of Directors. “Denise’s experience leading a chamber at the executive level, and the hard work and dedication she has displayed at the Chamber so far signaled to the board that Denise will allow for a seamless transition and continuity of business for the Chamber while we finalize the search for the permanent replacement.”
In assuming the interim role, Denise stated, “I appreciate the support and trust of the board to serve in this role and will continue the work of the Tempe Chamber in connecting the business community in Tempe. Since joining the Chamber, I have seen firsthand how connected our members are and how critical it is to the Tempe economy that businesses have a coordinated voice acting on their behalf on critical advocacy issues.”
The Tempe Chamber Board of Directors anticipates naming the new President & CEO later this year.
For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has built an environment that enhances the economic vitality of its membership and the business community as a whole. Representing more than 650 businesses, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce strengthens the local economy through network development, advocacy, professional development and influence. It regularly advocates for a favorable business climate through interactive public policy engagement and provides ongoing representation in government at local, state and federal levels.