I saw a press release this morning in which Rick Kidder, CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, claims that his Chamber has “1200 member companies.”
I think that’s a lie. I believe that among other things, Mr. Kidder is dishonestly including in that number the contact list of the recently-imploded North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, which the Area Chamber bought for undisclosed compensation to Loren Molever and Joe Galli.
Further, I believe most of those members had abandoned the North Chamber, and won’t renew their membership with the Area Chamber.
The press release goes on to cite the Area Chamber’s “Values of Excellence, Stewardship, Integrity, Vision, Inclusiveness and Courage.” Dishonesty about their membership numbers doesn’t do much to bolster their assertion of “integrity.” Makes me wonder why anyone would want to join such an organization, let alone brag about it.