Happy New Year! Join Us For Lunch!

We’re excited to start 2017 with an overview of this year’s economic outlook for Tucson presented by Michael Varney of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. He’ll give us an insider’s view of the inner workings of the Chamber, as well as what’s going on in and around Tucson, Tucson’s growth, and what he sees for our future.

As a special gift to our members and friends, we’ll also have photographer Kevin Van Rensselaer on hand to do head shots. Each member will receive two to four images at no cost. For non-members, the fee will be $30, payable directly to Kevin. It’s a new year — time for a new look!

Michael Varney became the president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber in May 2011. Prior to that he served as the president and CEO of the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of marketing of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. In his current role he is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including planning, product development, government affairs, communications, research, finance and member services.

Mr. Varney is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having earned a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Arts.

He is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Western Association of Chamber Executives and is the vice chair of the board of directors at the Arizona Chamber Executives (ACE) and just concluded a term as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

Mr. Varney is also a member of the board of directors of Visit Tucson, the local convention and vistors bureau, and LInkages, a local non-profit specializing in job placements for people with disabilities.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress
COST: $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the door
RSVP: Bianca Rivera bianca.rivera@terracon.com no later than noon, Friday, January 13.

Parking is available in the lot north of the hotel; across the street at Maynards; at Centro Garage, 345 E. Congress, just around the corner; and at street meters nearby.

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Announcing SAAEMA’s 2017 Board of Directors

We’re pleased to announce our new officers and 2017 board. These hardworking volunteers bring you programs and educational opportunities throughout the year, set policy, grow our membership, and manage SAAEMA’s finances. If you’re curious about serving on the board next year, please don’t hesitate to talk to any one of the current board members for information. And if you’re interested in volunteer opportunities with SAAEMA, please let us know. We love having engaged members!


President — Tiffany Gorrell, GLHN
Vice-President — Regina Beem, Psomas
Treasurer — Bianca Rivera, Terracon
Secretary — Kelley Lee, City of Tucson
Past President — Fernando Galvez, Monrad
Communication — Marilyn Noble, CIP Information Service
Education — Bianca Rivera, Terracon
Marketing Clinic — Russ Blankenship, Reproductions Inc.
Membership — Tracy Miller, Western Technologies
Programs — Vanessa Martinez, Tetra Tech
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Cornerstone Building Foundation Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

We are once again asking members of the AIA, ABA, NAWIC, ACEC, CSI, SDA and SAAEMA, the leading construction trade and professional organizations in Southern Arizona, to nominate their favorite industry partners for the prestigious Cornerstone Awards celebrating industry workmanship, skill, responsibility, and integrity in the building development industry.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel representing the participating organizations. A gala dinner, date and place TBA, will be held to celebrate all nominees and to announce the 2017 Dream Team.
Nominations should reflect the best business practices in areas such as:

  • Quality of craftsmanship and consistency of service(s) to clients
  • Contributions to the community
  • Quality of design and documentation
  • Responsiveness to schedule and budget
  • Proficiency in financial management
  • Emphasis on teamwork and collaboration
  • Backup of warranties
  • Activity in respective trade or professional association

The Cornerstone Building Foundation also will honor an outstanding person in the construction industry with the Jerry Wyatt Community Service Award.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, January 13, 2017. 
Cornerstone nomination form 2017
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