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Chamber CEO comes to Prescott by way of Flagstaff

PRESCOTT – The president/chief executive officer of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce for 10 years will assume the reins of the Prescott chamber.

Justin Scott, chairman of the Prescott chamber board, announced following an executive board meeting Wednesday afternoon that the chamber hired David Maurer as its new CEO. Maurer is scheduled to start Oct. 5.

Maurer, 53, prevailed over a field of 63 other candidates, according to a press release from the chamber. The selection committee shortened the list to the most qualified candidates, and the committee unanimously agreed that Maurer "best demonstrated the ability to build consensus and encourage collaborative efforts in the tri-city community."

Scott commented, "One of the strongest skills that we were looking to fill was making sure we had a candidate who was a consensus builder … someone who could work as a representative of the Prescott chamber and turn around from that and work on tri-city issues and then turn around from that and work on legislative issues that affect the entire state."

Scott said chamber officials are preparing a multi-year contract for Maurer, but he would not disclose how much Maurer would be paid.

The chamber has gone without a CEO since David Sommer departed in mid-April after he and the board reportedly reached a "mutual agreement" to terminate his contract. Sommer, who managed the chamber office on Goodwin Street for eight years, also held the title of president.

Maurer, a native of Horseheads, N.Y., who has lived in Arizona since moving to Phoenix in 1976, said that Flagstaff and Prescott face similar challenges, with growth being a major issue. Both chambers have more than 1,000 members.

"Prescott is approaching these issues in a very positive way," he said, and cited plans by the city to buy a ranch near Paulden to expand its water supply.

Maurer said one of his strengths is the ability to work with other groups, including environmentalists, "for the greater good of the community."

Before joining the Flagstaff chamber, Maurer was development director for the Heard Museum in Phoenix for five years. He also served for 10 years on the staff of the Phoenix chamber as a city lobbyist and economic development manager.

He graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in English. He also graduated from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Management and is an accredited chamber executive.

He is married and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Contact the reporter at khedler@prescottaz.com

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