The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Mark Stanton will be the president and chief executive officer for the organization.
“Mark brings a wealth of business development, marketing, and public affairs experience and expertise to the Chamber that will serve our members and mission well,” said Steve Helm, chairman of the board for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our organization is the city’s longest-serving and most prominent voice on behalf of local area businesses, and we look to Mark’s talent and vision to lead the Chamber and serve the community.”
Stanton will succeed interim president and CEO Don Henninger. Following the transition in May, Henninger will return to his position as executive director of SCOTT (Scottsdale Coalition of Today & Tomorrow), a civic advocacy organization.
Stanton has an accomplished background in marketing, communications, public affairs, and business development working with business, government, and non-profit organizations in the Valley. He has held leadership positions with prominent marketing and public relations agencies, and most recently managed his own business consulting practice. Previously, Stanton served as chief of staff for Maricopa County Board Supervisor Andy Kunasek – District 3 and as the deputy director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. In 2012, he was executive director of the Presidential Primary Debate held in Mesa, Ariz.
As a steward of the community, Stanton has served on the Board of Directors of Experience Scottsdale and as past chairman/member of the State of Arizona Personnel Board. He graduated from Scottsdale Leadership Class XVII and is a Life Member and past president of the Scottsdale Charros. In 2014 and 2016, Stanton was elected to serve on the Paradise Valley Town Council. In this volunteer position, he is an advocate for public safety, fiscal accountability and quality of life initiatives.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Political Science from the University of Denver. He and his wife Barb have two children.