|The Tucson Metro Chamber announces the election of the 2018-19 board chair, six new board members and the full slate of board members.
The Tucson Metro Chamber board of directors elected Barbi Reuter, president for Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, as chair of the board for the 2018-2019 term. Reuter has held a seat on the board of directors since 2016 and has volunteered countless hours working with the Chamber on business and community issues.
Reuter’s affiliation with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR began with the firm’s opening in 1985, epitomizing a true success story, Reuter rose to the top in her years with PICOR and became president in 2017, leading the employee-owned commercial real estate firm’s activity in Southern Arizona. Active in community and industry efforts, she serves on the boards of the YMCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson Girls Chorus, and is an advisory board member for Real Estate Tech News and TREND Report.
Reuter is the fourth woman to be elected as chair of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors and this is the first time in the Chamber’s history that women are seated in both leadership positions of board chair and president and CEO.
“Barbi Reuter is a dedicated community leader and she’ll be key in advancing the Chamber’s efforts to be the connector of leaders and influencers, the catalyst for business growth and the champion for a stronger community,” said Amber Smith, president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. “Under Barbi’s leadership the Chamber will be poised to address community issues such as workforce development and talent attraction, economic expansion, and infrastructure improvements, as well as provide pro-business advocacy and support for businesses of all sizes.”
Reuter succeeds Larry Lucero, senior director of government affairs and economic development for UNS Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power, who served as chairman since July 2017. Lucero’s service on the Tucson Metro Chamber board will continue as he becomes immediate past chairman.
Newly appointed members of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors include: