January 6, 2016 Lunch and Program

January 6, 2016  –  Oro Valley Country Club
11:00am Networking  –  Lunch & Program 12:00-1:00pm
Jazzzzing Up 2016
Yvonne Ervin, Executive Director
Tucson Jazz Festival
Yvonne will present the outstanding launch
of the last year’s Tucson Jazz Festival
and notes for this year’s event.
Special Post Meeting
1:05 – 1:30
Don Zavis will share positive thoughts
to strike a positive note for a successful 2016
Jay McCall, President
Lunch – Members: $20  –  Visitors: $25
One-Time Dues: $25
165 Members  –  50-60 Attend

Arizona Crowdfunding Presentation & Lunch August 5, 2015

Arizona Crowdfunding
Presenter: Rick Murray, CEO
Arizona Small Business Association
Rick heads the statewide organization based in Phoenix.

He was a main driving force to have the Arizona Legislature enact Equity Fundraising to benefit small business in our state.

Rick MurrayRick Murray

Department: Administration
Title: Chief Executive Officer
E-mail: rmurray@asba.com
Phone: 602.306.4000

When looking at Rick Murray’s background, one would ask if there is anything that he hasn’t done.

After graduating from college, Rick went to work in broadcast news photography with the idea that someday he would own a television station. Soon Rick found himself in his first entrepreneurial role when he started a small advertising agency and production company. This grew into a sports production company where he obtained the rights to televise basketball games for New Mexico State University. Rick then thought he would try his hand again in broadcast news, but this time he ended up in front of the camera. As the business and education reporter, Rick developed a fast bond with the school superintendent who hired him to head up the community and government relations department for the 85,000 student Albuquerque Public Schools.

This lobbying experience gained notice with the Governor’s office when he was asked to head up the struggling New Mexico State Fair. With nearly 400 employees and a $13 million budget, this was certainly going to be Rick’s biggest challenge. After successfully getting the State Fair back on solid financial ground, Rick went to work with the people he feared most….DENTISTS! As Executive Director of the New Mexico Dental Association and the state’s #1 dental-phobe, Rick dramatically increased revenue by developing relationships with business partners. This got the attention of the Arizona Dental Association who was looking for help in the same category. In just 6 short years under Rick’s leadership, the Arizona Dental Association grew by nearly $2 million using the same formula he had always used: developing relationships with businesses for mutual success and surrounding himself with a team of people believing in a common goal. Rick is also well-versed in HIPAA compliance issues and healthcare related businesses.

As you can see, Rick not only answers the door when opportunity knocks, he runs to welcome it with open arms. While nothing brings Rick more joy than spending time with his children and 3 dogs, and coaching soccer and baseball, Rick is occasionally known to hit the links and support the local golf course community.


Real Estate Industry Update & Lunch

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Registration & Networking 11:00
Lunch & Program 12:00 – 1:00


Real Estate Industry Update
Mark Lebowitz. CEO
Tucson Association of Realtors

Mark heads the largest trade association in Southern Arizona representing the interests of over 4800 professionals.

He will share the local Association’s vision and future of the Industry from the effect of instant information access by consumers and corporate investments in residential housing.


June 1, 2015 Lunch – Mid Year Tune-Up

Don ZavisMid Year Tune-Up
Don Zavis
National Sales Trainer

A profitable look at on our business and sales goals set for 2015.
Don is not only a national sales trainer but a keynote speak
and award winning sales coach.
He will have us look at how we are meeting our goals,
appraise where we at, and “give us a kick in the butt”
to recommit to finish the year as originally planned.

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Why the Arts Mean Business

Kate Marquez
Executive Director, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance

SAACA began as the Oro Valley Arts Advisory Board in 1997 and the organizations’s
scope was broadened in 2009 to the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
As the local and international business climate has changed, the arts have
been found to help businesses thrive and businesses help
the arts to build community.


April 1, 2015 Oro Valley Business Club Lunch


Impact of the Hispanic Market

Lea Marquez Peterson
President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Lea has been an entrepreneur for many years and president of the Chamber since 2009.  


She recently served on Governor Doug Ducey’s Transition Team in 2014 and co-chaired the subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade.