The Voice of East Valley Business

About Us

The EVCCA, founded in 1999, represents 5,000+ local businesses and eight local chambers: Apache Junction, Carefree/ Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Our purpose is to provide coordination in the advancement of common business interests in our region.

Each year, EVCCA produces a report on the legislative session, which lists bills that have the most significance to East Valley businesses. It reports how each East Valley legislator voted on legislation relevant to the EVCCA. We hold a breakfast in December with legislators to discuss the next year’s agenda, and we employ our own lobbyist, Tom Dorn.

One alliance objective is to inform members of bills that will be on an upcoming ballot and their projected effect. Business owners in the East Valley need not feel helpless about government influence on their business. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to understand the issues and to get out and vote.

Who We Are

Denise Hart

President & CEO
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
567 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ, 85220
480-982-3141
ceo@ajchamber.com

Patty Villeneuve

President & CEO
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
748 East St, Suite 2 & 4, Carefree, AZ 85377
480-488-3381
director@carefreecavecreek.org

Betsy LaVoie

President & CEO
Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce
16837 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480-837-1654
betsy@fhchamber.com

Sarah Watts

President & CEO
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
119 N. Gilbert Rd, Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ 85234
480-892-1103
sarah@gilbertchamber.com

Sally Harrison

President & CEO
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
40 N. Center St, Suite 104, Mesa, AZ 85201
480-969-1307
sharrison@mesachamber.org

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Chris Clark

President & CEO
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
22246 S Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
480-888-1709
president@queencreekchamber.com

Mark Stanton

President & CEO
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
7501 E McCormick Parkway, Suite 202-N, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-355-2709
mstanton@scottsdalechamber.com

Anne Gill

President & CEO
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
1438 W Broadway Rd, Suite #213, Tempe, AZ 85238
480-967-7891
anne@tempechamber.org

Dorn Policy Group

Dorn Policy Group has been lobbying federal, state, county, municipal and tribal government entities since 2000. Dorn Policy Group, Inc. At the core of Dorn Policy Group is a team with a strong government relations background. The firm’s principle lobbyists, Tom Dorn, Eric Emmert and Amanda Rusing have 33 combined years government relations and political consulting experience.

When monitoring the political dynamics associated with a client project, bill or ordinance, we orchestrate strategic efforts ranging from grassroots advocacy campaigns to written testimony for our clients with specific messages tailored to secure a swing vote of a particular policymaker. 

We are skilled in bill and ordinance drafting, amendment preparation and the rules of various governmental bodies.  Our personal relationships with Congressional members, state legislators, county supervisors, city council members, tribal council members and their staff provide access for our clients’ concerns to be conveyed in a timely and effective manner.

For more information regarding our firm, please visit www.dornpolicygroup.com.

Tom Dorn

Tom Dorn, President of Dorn Policy Group Inc., has a diverse background in government and politics at the federal, state, county, municipal and tribal levels.


Prior to starting Dorn Policy Group Inc. in November 2000, Tom was a Partner for three years at Jamieson Gutierrez, a former public affairs firm in Arizona. There he was the chief legislative strategist and lobbyist for the firm’s extensive list of clients including America West Airlines, Cox Communications, Fiesta Bowl, Hitachi Data Systems, Hopi Tribe, Reliant Energy, Southwest Student Services and the City of Tucson. 

Prior to his move to the private sector, Tom served as the State and Federal Lobbyist for the Arizona Department of Transportation. 
There he was instrumental in the development of Republican Governor Fife Symington’s federal transportation policy and served as the key resource to the Arizona Congressional delegation for the federal reauthorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. 

Tom has also worked as the Legislative Director for the Arizona State Land Department, where he secured passage of legislation to allow two referendums regarding state land exchanges to be placed on the state general election ballot.

Eric Emmert

Eric W. Emmert joined Dorn Policy Group Inc. in October 2005 as the firm’s Vice President. Eric brings a wide range of experiences to Dorn Policy Group, Inc. and will work at the municipal, county, state and federal levels while incorporating government relations, media relations, lobbying, networking and issues management to meet client needs.

Professionally, Eric most recently served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce where he developed one of the leading government relations programs in the region representing members from a wide variety of businesses and industries. 


Prior to making the trek across the country to Arizona in 2000, Eric represented the Greater Manchester (New Hampshire) Chamber of Commerce in local, state and federal relations. As Manager of Government Affairs for the Manchester Chamber, Eric directed a successful political campaign to construct a $96 million municipal event arena. Eric also worked with local and state officials to construct the model system for electric deregulation.

 

From 1997 to 1998 Eric was the Governmental and Community Affairs Manager for the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Chambers of Commerce. Representing diverse business interests, Eric lobbied local, state and federal lawmakers to successfully complete US Highway 20 across the State of Iowa. In that position, Eric also helped create Iowa’s successful Enterprise Zone program.