Sat, Aug. 17

Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization elects 2016 leadership

Jennifer Wesselhoff

Jennifer Wesselhoff

The Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) recently elected its new board of directors and executive leadership team for 2016.

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO, of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will serve as the Chairman of the Board; Dr. Penny Wills, President of Yavapai College was elected to serve as Vice Chairman; Ray Selna, Broker/Owner of Selna Realty will serve as Secretary; Jodie Filardo, Community and Economic Development Director for the Town of Clarkdale will continue her service as Treasurer; and Bill Jump, of Out of Africa, will serve as Past Chairman.

Congratulations to the following community leaders who were newly seated to serve on the nineteen-member Board of Directors: Justin Clifton, City Manager, City of Sedona; Kelly Patton, Senior Economic Development Consultant for Arizona Public Service; Rick Peterson, Northern Arizona Healthcare Vice President Support Services; Robyn Prud'homme-Bauer, Alcora Bath & Kitchen; Luke Sefton, P.E., C.F.M of Sefton Engineering Consultants; and Lana Tolleson, President/CEO of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

VVREO is a non-profit organization, founded in 2007, focused on fostering a spirit of cooperation and planned growth, in order to facilitate a sustainable local economy and quality lifestyle for all in the Verde Valley.  VVREO's mission is to provide comprehensive economic development expertise, tools, marketing, resources and outreach.

Programs slated for the upcoming year include launch of a newly designed and upgraded website, (coming soon), email newsletter distribution, research projects and an economic development annual symposium.

"VVREO focuses on regional economic wealth development and stands for stewardship, sense of place and quality of life for our residents.  I'm very proud to serve in a leadership capacity on this board," says Jennifer Wesselhoff. "In the next several years, the Verde Valley will have an opportunity to better position the region in terms of economic development and diversification.  VVREO will work hard to provide the tools, including expanding the revolving loan fund for small businesses, and provide data-driven resources to advocate for business development in the entire region. I'm honored to serve with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals."   

The new members above join an outstanding team of leaders in our region including:

• Mary A. Chicoine, Principal, Momentum Catalysts

• Casey Rooney, Economic Development, City of Cottonwood

• Jamie Fullmer, Blue Stone Strategy Group

• Steve Goetting, The Horn

• Andy Groseta, Groseta Ranches LLC

• Greg Kornrumph, Principal Analyst, Salt River Project

• Rick Peterson, Northern Arizona Healthcare Vice President Support Services

• Philip Terbell, Associate Broker, Century 21

• Alexandria Wright, Director Regional Economic Development Center, Yavapai College

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