JAMES WOLLNER

JAMES WOLLNER

Group holding ‘Riskalyze’ seminars this week

Yuma Investment Group is holding free “Riskalyze” seminars from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Yuma County Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive.

Tom Rush, principal and wealth advisor, will lead the seminar, where attendees will learn if they’re prepared for the next down market and how much risk they are taking with their portfolio.

Register online at https://www.yumainvestmentgroup.com/events. For more information, call 928-329-1700.

Visit Yuma annual breakfast meeting on Wednesday

Visit Yuma will host its 2019 Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting 7-9 a.m. Wednesday at The Palms RV Resort, 3400 S. Avenue 7E.

The keynote speaker will be Expedia’s James Wollner, associate market manager for Arizona, Utah and Southern California. He will share data-based intelligence about travelers, trends, customers and travel/hotel partners as well as information specific to Yuma.

Attendees will be able to “dive deep into the numbers and facts to get a better perspective of where your business sits within our local and regional market, as well as ideas of how you can take your business to the next level,” said Visit Yuma.

The organization will give an update on Visit Yuma’s efforts to get the word out to the world about Yuma and its members.

The organization will present this year’s EGRET Award, which stands for Expression of Gratitude in Recognition of Efforts for Tourism, to Yuma’s agriculture community and the farmers who took part in Field to Feast Tours.

Tickets are $30 per person for members and $35 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet by Executive Chef Alex Trujillo. The cost to sponsor a table of eight is $300. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/VYAnnualMembershipBreakfastMtg.

For more information, call Visit Yuma at 928-376-0100.

Leadership program revived, Chamber of Commerce accepting applications

A decade after disbanding, the Yuma Leadership Program is coming back. The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce is bringing it back with the mission of educating and exposing class members to the many facets of the Yuma area community. The goal is that they will then identify and accept leadership roles within that community.

The program has room for 16 to 18 business professionals who want to improve their knowledge of the community and get some ready-to-use leadership training from local experts.

The deadline to apply is June 21. “We are confident that we will have a sell-out,” said John Courtis, the chamber’s executive director.

The curriculum is designed by experienced community leaders who draw on a wide range of community and outside resources to produce excellent programs. Board members provide for curriculum and management support and funding for all programs.

The nine sessions provide a combination of historical and current information about the community, address current issues affecting the community and examine future challenges. Participants are exposed to a broad spectrum of topics not only dealing with the community, but also with leadership skills.

Sessions are held at various locations to give participants an overview of the different institutions and facilities in the community.

Yuma Leadership Inc. was founded in 1981 by 35 Yumans in response to the need to develop new leadership in the community. After several years of organizational struggles, Wayne Benesch and Ema Lea Shoop restructured the board to a working board of nine including themselves and James Carruthers, Dale Hopely, Wayne Hausmann, Larry Nelson, Dunbar Norton, Don Soldwedel and Jim Stowe.

Courtis noted that after several months of hard work, the program curriculum was developed and recruiting efforts began. The first class of 10 members was initiated in 1985.

The program disbanded in 2009, with the recession taking a toll on companies who could not part with key employees for one day a month and could not see the value of the tuition returning back to their company’s mission.

“However, in my travels and connections in the world of Chambers of Commerce, I saw that these organizations had taken over the Leadership programs in their communities. So, through the many Chamber partnerships, we are re-launching the Yuma Leadership Program as the Chamber Leadership Program,” Courtis said.

Participants will be selected based upon their potential for leadership and their concern for improving the quality of life in the community. Even though the number of participants must be limited, every attempt will be made to ensure that participants represent a broad spectrum of the Yuma area community.

The time commitment is “considerable,” with sessions beginning in August and lasting into the following May. To graduate, participants are required to attend the overnight retreat and at least seven of the eight monthly all-day sessions.

The tuition cost is $350. For information on how to apply, call 928-782-26567 or visit the chamber at 180 W. 1st St.

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