Chamber electing for board

The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce has received the following nominations to fill five vacancies on the executive board.

Chamber members in good standing can select any five of these candidates or opt for a write-in candidate. Deadline to vote is Thursday, Dec. 20. If you didn't receive a ballot, contact the Chamber at 638-2901.

• Patty Brookins - Retail operations manager at Grand Canyon Association. Brookins moved to the Canyon in 2001 and has lived in northern Arizona for over 19 years. She has worked on numerous political campaigns and community issues, spent six years as a field director for the U.S. Congress and served on the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce governance committee. She is anxious to offer her assistance in helping to build the future of the greater Grand Canyon community.

• John Dillon - President, Grand Canyon Airlines. Dillon is actively engaged in the air and ground tour business interests at the Grand Canyon and has a particular interest in sales and marketing with specific expertise in the Japanese market, culture and customer service. He was born and raised in northern Arizona and has lived and worked at Grand Canyon for the past 15 years. He enjoys flying, golfing, skiing, computers and spending time with his family. He and wife Mika reside at Grand Canyon with their three children. He is active in the community, Rotary Club and has served on the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 1997.

• Bess Foster - General manager and partner, Red Feather Lodge. A native Tusayan resident, Foster has an active interest in the development of the community, whether it be tourism-related or community driven. She is extremely knowledgeable about community issues and stays informed about local growth and improvement. She has a working relationship with county and state boards, as well as local water, sewer and fire entitites.

• Mike Freeman - Retail director for Xanterra South Rim. Freeman is responsible for the operation of 11 retail stores, two snack bars, gas station and central distribution center for Xanterra. His previous experience includes 20 years with Thrifty Corps in Los Angeles, working his way up from store manager to vice president of buying, advertising and sales. He considers it a privilege and pleasure to be a part of the Grand Canyon community for the past 12 years and would like to become more involved.

• Ann Wren - General manager, Quality Inn. Wren has served on the Chamber board and as its treasurer for several years. She has also served on the boards of the Grand Canyon Improvement Association, fire district and the Tusayan Water District. She also served on the Tusayan Incorporation Task Force which just completed four years of study.

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