About the Chamber

Green Valley | Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Information Center

From our Charter Chairman of the Board Betty Plank, July 1979, to our current 27th Chair, Kathleen Wishnick, April 2016, the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has grown with the community and been a major part of the economic development of our two communities. We are committed to the community, business and quality of life we enjoy in the Santa Cruz Valley.
In 1987  we were officially designated a State Tourist and Visitor Center and are a charter member of the Southern Arizona Tourism Council.
President & CEO

Jim DiGiacomo

Chair

    Dr. Kathleen Wishnick,  Southwest Institute for Violence Free Learning

 

Chair-Elect

     Skip Breither, Edward Jones

 

Vice Chair

     Gary Brasher, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, the Brasher Team

 

Treasurer

     Mike Bartoletti, Vista Eye Care

 

Secretary

     Larry Kempton, Homewatch CareGivers of Green Valley

 

Directors at Large

     Sarah Gates, Pioneer Health Group

     Tim Campbell, FICO

     Kim Chimene, Northwest Medical Center

     Kim DeMarco, Sunstreet Mortgage

     Tom Murphy, Town of Sahuarita

     Peter Purves, Green Valley Cooling & Heating

 

Board of Directors meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 AM in the Chamber Conference Room (Nov. and Dec. the Board of Directors meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 AM in the Chamber Conference Room)

Committees

 
President & CEO

     Jim DiGiacomo  – e-mail:  jim@greenvalleysahuarita.com

 

Bookkeeper

     Mary Ann Simonds  –  e-mail:  maryann@greenvalleysahuarita.com

 

Communications

   Cathy Graf  – e-mail: info@greenvalleysahuarita.com

 

Jim DiGiacomo, our President and CEO, has been with the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center since 1983 as a member and business owner.  Jim served on various Chamber committees over the years and was President for four.  In 2001, Jim became the President and CEO of the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.  A well known figure in the business community, Jim was on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Medical and served as Chair for ACE (AZ Chamber Executives) an organization that represents over 70  different chambers and associations.  Currently Jim is on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, a position he has held for six years.  You can find Jim at the Chamber offices Monday thru Friday, as he is the first one there and the last one to leave, and at most all Chamber and Community events.

Mary Ann Simonds, the Chamber’s bookkeeper, joined our staff in 2014.  With an extensive background in both bookkeeping and office management, Mary Ann moved to the area in 1997  to join her family who have been long time residents.  Mary Ann is an important member of the Chamber team and helps keep the office running.

Cathy Graf, the newest member of our team, is here to help with our communication needs.  A resident of Green Valley since 1984, she will be helping to maintain our website and keeping our members current to chamber and community activities.

 

 

The volunteers or Embajadores (Spanish for Ambassador) are an indispensable part of the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.  These hardworking men and women man the phones, answer questions and work the Chamber and Community events.  All have broad knowledge about the community and its surrounding area.  Many of our volunteers have been with us for years, a couple of them for over 15 years.  Please feel free to call or stop by and have a chat, you will be glad you did.