Director of Finance
An MBA whose job title reads “bean counter,” Frank Cudia is not your average bean counter. Actually he hates to count the beans – he’d much rather spend his focused energy on the big picture, the profit and loss ledger lines that tell whether key projects can get done and a business prospers. “I’m not one to worry about minutia,” he said. “I worry about the big numbers.”
But as head of finance for the Chamber of Commerce,everything financial goes through him.
Throughout his adult years, Frank Cudia has been in many professional positions that involved leadership, creativity, adherence to rules and other pieces crucial to starting, growing and maintaining a solid business. From the U.S. Air Force to electronics / computer technology* to securities and insurance, Cudia has shared his business development mentality with the Chamber since 2007 as the Director of Finance and Retention.
Director of Operations
Looking at it on paper, Kimberly Hannon’s undergrad degrees in theater performance and anthropology and master’s in political science don’t fit neatly, predictably together. However, meet her, listen to her, and it’s totally clear.
A person who thrives on working collaboratively and in an environment of “organized chaos,” Hannon seeks out the “little details,” the stories, the small pieces of events and folklore that make a person or a regional culture. A traveler since birth (she was born in Thailand and raised in Tucson), “I pay attention to the details of the local people and what they’re doing,” she said. “People have a story to tell and most often don’t have somebody to really listen to them. I find it fascinating to learn the small details of a person, to see how that piece made them who they are.”
“I want to ensure that all members are being touched in a positive way by Chamber programs. And I try to guarantee that Chamber staff have what they need to be successful. In five years I envision the Chamber as a leading community resource that can assess business needs and, through individuals who are Chamber members, can proactively provide and implement business solutions.”