Tempe Leadership, the non-profit leadership program through the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, is honoring Mike Jennings, local Tempe business leader and Tempe Leadership alumni, as the 2015 Outstanding Community Leader at the annual Tempe Chamber Beacon Awards at 7:30 a.m. February 26, at the Embassy Suites.
Mike, who owns and operates two Campus Corner retail stores in Tempe, has provided support and leadership to various organizations, equal to hundreds of volunteer hours in support of Tempe. He was a part of Tempe Leadership Class 23, helping to achieve the Change for Change project that installed non-profit collection meters on Mill Avenue for donations to support homeless service agencies. Mike also served for six years as a member of the Tempe Leadership Board of Directors, where he actively participated in several committees, including Tempe Cares and Tempe Youth Leadership. Mike continues to serve on the Tempe Youth Leadership committee and has been a huge resource for our young people.
In the community, Mike served six years on the Board of Tempe Community Council, part of that time as treasurer. As a Tempe business leader, he has participated on the Downtown Tempe Authority Board of Directors for several years and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors. He is a past president, and long-time member, of Kiwanis Club of Tempe as well as serving on their board for several years. He is an active leader/mentor for Tempe High School’s Key Club, a program supported by the Kiwanis. Mike has also been a mentor for New Pathways for Youth.
Born in North Carolina, Mike grew up in Chicago but moved to Arizona in 199 after graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is the proud father of Tyler, a junior at McClintock High School.
Tempe Leadership is excited to honor Mike for his service to the community and to Tempe Leadership at The Beacon Awards, presented by APS. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will host this inaugural event that celebrates excellence in commerce and the community on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Tempe from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will also present this year’s Business Excellence Awards, The Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and The Spirit of Tempe.
To attend the Beacon Awards where Jennings will be honored, please call 480.967.7891 or visit www.tempechamber.org.