New Chamber Executive Officers and Board Members
THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE RED ROCK NEWS
July 29, 2022
Last week I touched on our service, growth, and our partners’ satisfaction with their Chamber membership. I also reviewed our tourism management goals for the new fiscal year. Today, I want to introduce the people recently taking office as Board Members or Executive Officers leading us into the new fiscal year. While we are featuring here only those who have made recent changes on the board, we wish to thank all 17 FY23 SCC&TB Board Members. Your commitment to Sedona is unrivaled.
Jennifer Perry is the Board Chair, after recently serving as Vice Chair. Jennifer is the Regional Director of the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, mobilizing enduring philanthropy for area communities and public service organizations. She has served as Development Director for the Verde Valley Sanctuary, the Ross School, the Sedona Public Library and as the Executive Director of Camp Soaring Eagle. She earned her B.A. from Syracuse University and her M.B.A. from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Wendy Lippman is the Vice Chair, after recently serving as Board Secretary. Wendy is the General Manager and Resident Partner for Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village and Tlaquepaque North. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Wendy has served as President of the Verde Valley Sanctuary, Board member for Goodwill of Northern Arizona, and Treasurer and Co-President for the Sedona Gallery Association. She has been involved in ownership and management of Don Hoels’ cabins and Tlaquepaque Toy Town.
Stan Kantowski is the new Board Secretary and the Managing Director of Enchantment Resort/Mii amo Spa. He has worked at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, La Quinta Resort, Hyatt Regency Kauai, Squaw Creek Resort, Mission Inn in Florida and Oregon’s Sunriver Resort. Stan holds a master’s degree in Education from Loyola and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Southern California University. He serves on the Executive Board of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and on boards of national lodging industry groups.
Shlomo Danieli has had a successful career in the floral industry, after completing graduate studies in plant genetics at Hebrew University. He earned a marketing degree from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. Shlomo emigrated to the US after several years as a Global Floral Market Manager in Europe, opening an import company for specialty flowers. Upon retiring, Shlomo built a 100-acre floral farm in Beloit, WI. Today, he operates a business office in West Sedona.
Clifford Loader is the Chief Financial Officer of Northern Arizona Healthcare, responsible for the financial health and sustainability of NAH. He has more than 24 years’ experience in hospital financial operations, having served as CFO for Banner Health, St. Luke Behavioral Health Center in Phoenix and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and as Managing Member of Loader Group financial consulting. Cliff holds a degree in Business Administration from California State University with concentrations in Public Accounting and Investments Finance.
Julie Richard is the CEO of the Sedona Arts Center. She has served as Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission; President & CEO of the West Valley Arts Council in greater Phoenix; Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, South Carolina; Managing Director of Tulsa Opera; Managing Director of Syracuse Opera, and Executive Director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation in Auburn, New York. Julie earned BS degrees in Psychology and Music and an MA in Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mackenzie Rodgers is the Northern Arizona Division Director of APS, overseeing all construction and maintenance in the Verde Valley, Flagstaff, Prescott, Wickenburg, Snowflake and Payson offices. She serves on the board for the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, as Secretary for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona and as the 2022 Chair for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
With our member-selected leadership team in place, I look forward to excellent progress toward a balanced Sedona that values our economy, lifestyle and environment.
–Michelle Conway, President/CEO
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau