Private Sector Board Members

Executive Committee of the Board


President:  Dane Beck, Partner, Legacy Group/Hampton Inn Suites
Dane Beck holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Arizona in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  During the past ten years he has focused his efforts on real estate development as a principle with The Beck Legacy Group.  This group develops, owns and operates commercial properties in Arizona, including The Hampton Inn and Suites Prescott Valley, The Days Inn and Suites and Lake Powell Convenience Center in Page, Arizona. 

Dane’s community involvement with business action groups includes being the past President of Central Arizona Partnership (CAP).  It is here where he focused his talents on launching The Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership in 2013.  Mr. Beck was elected the President of the GPREP Board of Directors in July 2015.
 

Vice President: Bob Been, President, Affinity RV & Sales
Bob is President of Affinity RV Service, Sales and Rentals in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey, Arizona. His background includes more than 40 years experience owning businesses, of which 20 of those years have been in the Quad Cities area. He is proud to be a strong supporter to the central region in both a professional and humanitarian way, supporting many local businesses, schools, service clubs and charities over the years. Bob is a big believer in giving back to the local community and finds great satisfaction in helping to create jobs for residents.

In addition to running Affinity RV, Service, Sales and Rentals with a hands on approach, Bob is on the board of directors for the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Arizona, Delegate at Large for the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association National, a member of the local branch of Kiwanis, on the board of directors of Central Arizona Project (CAP) and has been involved with Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP) from its early development and currently serves a second term on the Board of Directors as Vice President.
 

David Hall, Treasurer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
David J. Hall is the Chief Business Officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. David’s work history includes 3 years at Bank One (in Columbus, Ohio) U.S. Bank (in Portland, Oregon) for 3½  years and Valley Bank / Bank One (in Arizona) for 18 years working in various positions including Retail, Operations, Mergers and Information Technology. 

He is actively involved in various local and community organizations, including serving as a director on the Lions Foundation of Arizona board. Mr. Hall was elected Treasurer of the GPREP Board of Directors in July 2015.

Danny Sullivan, Secretary GPREP
Danny Sullivan has spent 32 years in the Escrow and Title Insurance industry working with commercial and residential brokerages and agents in the Phoenix metro area. Much of that time has been in sales and marketing. He has been employed by large national title insurance companies and local privately owned title agencies. Over the years he has held management positions including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Corporate Vice President, President and Chief Operating Officer. Expansion, recruiting, building and training has been his focus for the past 17 years; growing one company from 3 branches and 25 people to 26 branches and 180 people.
 
In 2005 / 2006 he served as President of the Land Title Association of Arizona and has stayed involved in the organization. He currently chairs an LTAA committee to address the new CFPB and RESPA regulations issues.    
 
In November of 2014 Danny joined Yavapai Title Agency in Prescott as Vice President. He believes that businesses should give back to the communities where they are located and is very happy with YTA’s 52 year history of strong community involvement.      
 
Danny and his wife have always enjoyed visiting Prescott. They purchased a home in Prescott last year to eventually retire to and then Danny was offered the position at Yavapai Title. New to the Board of Directors, Mr. Sullivan was elected Secretary in July 2015.

 

Private Sector Board Members


Dave Barrett, President, Barrett Propane
Dave Barrett is a resident of Prescott and owner of Barrett Propane.   Barrett Propane is an independent, locally owned and operated propane company.  Prior to entering the propane business in 1994, Dave was the controller of a software company in Southern California for 10 years and in his earlier years, a Prescott Hot Shot for the National Forest Service.  Dave first came to Prescott in 1964 and is committed to upholding the reputation of his family business and serving the community on multiple levels.

Dave’s community support is reflected across multiple boards throughout Yavapai County. His current board affiliations include: Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Foundation Board, Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, BBB’s Yavapai County Advisory Council, Yavapai County Contractors Association, the Kiwanis Club of Prescott Community Foundation and the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP).   Dave also serves on the boards of the National Propane Gas Association and the Arizona Propane Gas Association.
 

Dan Cummings, Technical Services Manager, MI Windows & Doors
Dan Cummings is currently Senior Project Manager for MI Windows and Doors in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dan’s background includes over 30 years in the Window and Door industry with leadership positions of General Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, and various sales and operation positions for Manufacturers and Private Distribution.

In addition to daily duties, Dan is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation and has been involved in the past with Prescott Kiwanis, Bradshaw Mountain Kiwanis, and the Boy Scouts of America.

John Amos, President & CEO, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
John is President & Chief Executive Officer of Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona.  John's background includes over 25 years in healthcare, including eleven years in healthcare operations leadership and another nine years of senior level administrative experience at YRMC.

In addition to his administrative duties at the Medical Center, John is a past Chairman and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Central Arizona Partnership, Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership, Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation and the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association. John is active with the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mountain Institute - JTED Community Advisory Board and serves on several local community and business focus/advisory committees.

Kelly Patton, Director Economic Development, Arizona Public Service
Kelly Patton currently holds the title of Senior Economic Development Consultant, Statewide Programs at Arizona Public Service (APS). She is primarily responsible for working with community, regional and statewide partners in the attraction and expansion of business and industry within APS service territory. She also provides information on electrical infrastructure and system capabilities for commercial real estate sites, as well as supports both the metropolitan and rural communities in economic development initiatives and planning.

Prior to joining APS, Kelly spent eight years in the Gilbert, Arizona Office of Economic Development. Her primary responsibility was to assist prospects and implement initiatives that focused on the attraction and expansion of business and industry to the Gilbert community. She also provided oversight to Gilbert’s economic development marketing communications program.

Kelly is a current board member in the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Masters in business administration from Ottawa University.

Jack Fowler, Broker
Jack has been in the real estate business locally since January of 1990. He is educated, skilled, and experienced in commercial real estate sales, investment analysis, and commercial property management & leasing.  He earned the coveted CCIM designation in 2001.  Jack is past president of Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation (PVEDF) and has recently been appointed to the board of Greater Prescott Economic Partnership (GPREP). He maintains the highest standards of professionalism so Buyers, Sellers, Landlords and/or Tenants can depend on Jack to analyze, advise and represent the best interest of his clients.
 

Steve Walker, Vice President, Yavapai College

Steve first moved to Prescott with his family in 1973. Following graduation from NAU School of Forestry, Steve worked for 16 years as a private environmental consultant and director in the US Forest Service throughout the western United States. Beginning in 1993, Steve served as Executive Director of Bat Conservation International, and as Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy for the Texas and Mexico Chapters and Western Hemisphere Migratory Bird Program of the Nature Conservancy.

Steve serves on the boards of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Central Arizona Partnership, Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership, and the Prescott Hotshot Memorial Education Fund.

Teri Drew, Regional Director, NACOG
Teri Drew has worked in economic and workforce development for over 39 years and is the Regional Director for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Economic Workforce Development Division. Her area of responsibility includes 25 communities in the four county District of Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Yavapai counties.  Teri currently serves on the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP) Board of Directors and also participates on the Business Action Team for GPREP.  Teri also serves as Co-Chair of the Arizona Association for Workforce Developers (AAWD).  Teri was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to serve on the Digital Arizona Council (DAC) and has served several terms on the Yavapai County Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB) including the Executive Committee.   She served on the Arizona Association of Economic Development Board of Directors from 2003 – 2014, serving as President of AAED 2012-2013 and Past President 2013-2014. 

Teri was named Woman of the Year by the Prescott Area Leadership for 2012.  She served on the Arizona Rural Development Council, and served on the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Directors. Teri also served on the Prescott Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors.  Teri has participated in the National Association of Counties, Labor & Employment Steering committee and the Northern Arizona Economic Development Advisory Committee for the City of Flagstaff.   She also served as the Chair on the Governor’s Commission on Non-Traditional Employment for Women for eight years.   Teri has been the recipient of numerous regional, state and federal innovation awards.

Tracey Horn, President, Helken & Horn Advertising Agency
Tracey Horn launched Helken & Horn Advertising Agency, Inc. in Prescott, Arizona in 1995. Working for two boutique agencies in Arizona, she gained invaluable experience as an account executive, as well as in copywriting, graphic design, video scripting and film production.

Tracey served on the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) board, formerly known as the Yavapai County Community Foundation. She currently serves as a board member on the Greater Prescott Economic Partnership board. Her community efforts include volunteering marketing services for the Jewish Community of Greater Prescott's Days of Remembrance annual event, The Joy of Giving for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and The Whiskey Row New Year's Eve Boot Drop. Tracey was recently awarded Best Business Practices for a company 2 – 20 years in Yavapai County by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Her company was also voted the Best Advertising Agency 2014 in the Quad-Cities by Quad-Cities Business News readers.
 

Ex Officio


Steve Rutherford, Past President, Rutherford Investments
Steve is president of Rutherford Investments, Inc. A resident of Prescott, he has served the community on several Boards and Committees, most recently the Central AZ Partnership and Prescott Valley Focused Future II. Steve has also served as member, president, secretary, treasurer, and director of the Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Club. He is a Founding Member and served as the First President of the Badger Football Boosters. Currently Steve serves as the Chairman of Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP), is a member of the Economic Development Council (EDC, a four county regional entity), is the Yavapai County representative to the Governor’s Rural Business Development Advisory Council.

Steve Rutherford has been supporting economic development work in the State of Arizona and Yavapai County for over 20 years.  Prior to helping form GPREP, Steve served 17 years on the Board of Directors of Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation. Mr. Rutherford was a founding member of GPREP. He served as GPREP's initial President of the Board of Directors until July 2015.

Keith Watkins, Senior VP Rural Development, Arizona Commerce Authority
Keith Watkins serves as the Senior Vice President of the Arizona Commerce Authority's Economic and Rural Development Division.  Keith leads the ACA’s efforts in advancing the rural economies of Arizona. In so doing, he has been instrumental in working with Arizona’s rural communities to enhance their competitive offering so that they are capable of competing on the global scale. Mr. Watkins has pioneered the state of Arizona's first Certified Sites program which is designed to showcase rural Arizona's very best industrial and office properties to employers seeking new locations.  Additionally, he administers several million dollars in grants, and participates on a multitude of boards and commissions including; the Rural Business Development Advisory Council, Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP), Governor’s Commission on Tribal Affairs, Water Infrastructure Financing Authority, Arizona Association for Economic Development and the Maricopa County Economic Development Council.

Prior to joining the Arizona Commerce Authority in 2011, Mr. Watkins spent 25 years in the real estate and economic development arenas and has a decorated history of bringing some of Arizona's largest employers to the state.