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March 17 General Meeting

Steve_Chucri.jpegRick_Gutridge.jpegMarch 17 Meeting features both Rick Gutridgecommunity activist, on Proposition 123 and Steve ChucriMaricopa County Supervisor, Dist 2, on government reform  

Steve Chucri is the quintessential American story. A native of Mesa, Arizona, he comes from Lebanese lineage on both sides of his family. His maternal grandfather, Tony M. Coury, Sr., was a true entrepreneur in becoming the first licensed automobile dealer in Arizona. Steve draws inspiration from his grandfather who couldn’t read or write, but whose hard work and success afforded Steve first‐hand insight into the complexities of running a business. That experience at an early age led to successful careers in both the public and private sectors. Of the many jobs Steve has today, he would say the most important is that of devoted father to his two young sons, Grant and Will, and loving husband to Christine, his wife of 16 years.

For the past 13 years, Steve has served as the President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA). Leading an organization that promotes dining out is a perfect fit for Mr. Chucri, who had scorched so many dinners he had begun to wonder if “burnt” was a food group. The insight Steve has gathered through his experience with the restaurant association was a contributing factor in his decision to run for public office. In 2012, Steve was elected to serve as Maricopa County Supervisor for District 2 and has been proudly serving his constituents since he took office in January 2013. Steve works with his County colleagues to eliminate excess regulations and create an environment that invites innovation and sustains entrepreneurial growth with a Best in Class mindset. Steve remains focused on adopting policies that enhance the business cache of the County, eliminating unnecessary burdens, and implementing strategies that make it more affordable and attractive to operate a business in Maricopa County.

Prior to his work with the restaurant association and at Maricopa County, Supervisor Chucri spent 6 years on Capitol Hill working for an Arizona Congressman. This prestigious position afforded him many opportunities to travel around the world on delegation missions, visit with foreign dignitaries, sample a variety of cuisines, and engage in unique foreign customs that further reaffirmed his affinity for America and gave him a real sense of what it is to be an elected official.

Steve is an alumnus of Brophy College Preparatory and went on to obtain his post‐secondary degree in Business Administration at the University of San Diego. He has received the Sentinel Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber and the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Steve serves as a Board Member for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Community Bridges, Inc., Boys Hope Girls Hope, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Mesa Downtown Visioning Committee, Valley Leadership, the Phoenix Downtown Partnership and the National Restaurant Association. 

Rick Gutridge has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona and over 30 years experience in the aerospace industry.  Rick has worked on systems for private business jets, commercial airliners, military aircraft and the Space Shuttle. 


Rick now runs Technical Research & Engineering Company, an education-oriented business he founded.  TREC builds spacecraft flight simulation systems designed to teach math and science.


Rick first got involved in the politics of education in 2004 after meeting current State Superintendent Diane Douglas.  He’s been actively involved in education ever since, with efforts ranging from policy advocacy to candidate recruitment and election support.


This evening Rick will share a presentation that documents his research on state-level education spending and student achievement.  The information he’ll be sharing is relevant given Prop 123 and other efforts related to education reform in Arizona.




March 17, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue 8600
8600 E Anderson Dr #200 Scottsdale AZ 85255
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
United States
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