It was your typical organizational luncheon. The room was packed, the tables were full of Prescott Chamber of Commerce members. Everyone was having a great time. Outgoing Prescott Chamber Chair, Sanford Cohen, spoke with humor of the challenges and accomplishments the Chamber celebrated in 2017. He also reminded the hundreds of people in the room that it’s about business, and, yes, capitalism.
Cohen then introduced incoming Chamber Chair Margo Christensen, who spoke of the path forward and new initiatives to look forward to. Christensen introduced the new Board members, and spoke of a special project the Chamber will be focusing on this year.
A closely related organization is the Prescott Area Young Professionals (PAYP), a group of 21-40 year-olds led by President Ariana Bennett. Bennett presented the 2018 PAYP Visionary Awards.
Make no mistake, the Prescott Chamber is a vibrant and growing organization and it’s reaching out to new members in ways it never did before. CEO Sherrie Heiney, who has been here for only about a year, has brought a fresh perspective and great ideas.
But the person who brought enthusiasm, inspiration and yes, even a few tears to the eyes of those listening, was the newest Prescott Mayor, Greg Mengarelli.
Mengarelli, who is a rather animated speaker, has experience as a businessman, a politician and even a ministry leader. He spoke of neighbors and competitors and making the pie bigger. But, most of all, Mengarelli reminded the business representatives in the room that it’s all about the inner passion and the pioneering spirit that entrepreneurs are known for.
Watch Mengarelli’s presentation here: