2017 ACE Annual Conference

Join the Arizona Chamber Executives for the 2017 Annual Conference. Attendees will network with Chamber professionals, attend sessions to strengthen their Chamber and further develop their local business communities.

2017 ACE Conference slideshow downloads:

Leadership by Dave Kilby

Branding by Greg Hill

Finances by Rob Leslie

Complete Conference Schedule: (Download complete schedule)


Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

10 a.m. – Noon ACE Board of Directors Meeting

(Board of Directors Only)

Noon – 1 p.m. Registration/Check-in

1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

Robert Heidt, ACE Board Chairman

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. ACE Membership Meeting

Led by Robert Heidt, ACE Board Chairman

2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. State Legislature Updates & Legislative Forecast

Mike Huckins, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Eric Emmert, Dorn Policy Group

Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce

Q&A moderated by Julie Pastrick, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

2:55 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Federal Updates

Vartan Djihanian, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. Legislative Agenda for Arizona Business

Anne Gill, ACE Legislative Chair

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Welcome Reception

Graciously hosted by Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce


Thursday, September 21, 2017

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in

(Continental breakfast provided)

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Welcome

Anne Gill, ACE Chair-Elect

Robert Heidt, ACE Chair

8:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Welcome to Carefree

Patty Villenueve, CEO, Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Les Peterson, Town of Carefree

8:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. WACE Branding Presentation and Interactive Branding Exercise

Greg Hill, Brand-Birth

10:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Economic Development Panel

Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority

Jessi Pederson, City of Glendale

Jennifer Mellor, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch and Interactive Discussion

1:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions/CEO Roundtable

Sessions include: Membership, Events and Marketing

Chamber CEO Roundtable (CEO only)

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Financial Keys: How Should Your Chamber Be Performing? 

Rob Leslie, Eide Bailly

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Silent Auction


Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast

(Continental breakfast provided)

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Final Review of Legislative Agenda for Arizona Business

Led by Anne Gill, ACE Legislative Chair

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Leadership Keynote Presentation

Dave Kilby, President & CEO, Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.)

Q&A moderated by Robert Heidt, ACE Chair

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes

Led by Robert Heidt, ACE Chair

11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Scholarship Awards and Raffle Drawing

Robert Heidt, ACE Chair

Register today!

Complete and submit the form below to register or apply for a 2017 ACE Convention scholarship.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center

37220 Mule Train Road

Carefree, AZ 85377

Room reservations: ACE conference participants must book their own rooms for the conference.

Guestroom reservations must be made by 5 p.m. MST on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Special Rate for Conference Attendees: Premier Room $139 plus 13.27% occupancy tax. Daily Resort Services Fee Waived (normally $12 per room/day)

Option 1 - Make your Guestroom reservation online using this link.

Option 2 - Make your Guestroom reservation by phone

  • Call Carefree Resort 480-488-5300
  • Select "1" for Room Reservations
  • Mention ACE 2017 Conference in order to receive the special group rate.

Fine Print:

A valid credit card or debit card will be required at the time of reservation for guarantee.

Reservations may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

Reservations cancelled within 72 hours will be charged one night's room rate & tax.