Originally Published: July 4, 2009 7:59 p.m.
A second-generation chamber president is now heading the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Charlie Arnold, director of operations for the Bright Star residential development, officially took over the Chino Valley chamber's presidency July 1. His father, Tom Arnold, was president of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in the 1970s.
He succeeds Bonnie Hayes as chamber president.
At 24, Arnold, a native of Phoenix who came to Prescott at an early age, may be one of the youngest chamber presidents in the United States. Records show he is definitely the youngest president of the Chino Valley Chamber.
"I'm excited to work with (chamber CEO) Ab Jackson because he brings a lot to the chamber's table for Chino Valley. I'm also excited about the opportunity and look forward to working with the board and members to get through this economy and make our community's economy better," he said.
Arnold said his goal "is to see the chamber take on a more active role in economic and business development, tourism and regional cooperation."
"I want our members to get the best for their investment in the chamber and to make our community a better place to live and do business in," he said.
Jackson said, "Charlie is a dynamic leader. He has done an exceptional job as chair of our 2008-2009 membership committee. We are excited about the year ahead and know we will do well with Charlie at the helm."
Arnold said that while he has been with Bright Star for four years, he has been active with the Chino Valley Chamber for only two years. He has been on the board for just one year.
This past year he chaired the membership committee, with a goal to bring in 100 new members. In the membership drive the first six months of 2008, the committee brought in about 70 new members. By the end of the year, new members totaled 99. Arnold brought in 17 new members himself.
He also served on the chamber's first golf tournament committee. It was so successful that the board has made it an annual event.
Arnold said he got involved in the Chino Valley Chamber because of its benefits for businesspeople. Bright Star's role has grown significantly since he became involved in the chamber, he said. "We see the benefits of the chamber on a regular basis as we get a ton of referrals. I just wrote up a contract for a home from a chamber referral," he said.
He is also active in other organizations in the quad-city communities. Arnold is a member of the board of directors for Central Arizona Partners, serves on the Prescott Area Coalition for Tourism's executive committee, and is a member of the Chino Valley Mayor's Economic Development Committee, Chino Valley Rotary Club and Prescott Area Leadership's Class 19.
Arnold, who is single and lives in Prescott, likes to go horseback riding and travel in his spare time.