Meet the President / CEO
John Safin is the president and CEO of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, the largest organization for business in the Southwest Valley.
Before taking his position with the Chamber, Safin came from an economic development agency as the Retention and Expansion Director. He has over ten years of experience working in a consulting or coaching role for hundreds of business owners, managers, and other professionals in a variety of industries.
John has served on several municipal strategy, procurement, economic development, "Mayor's Think Tank," housing development, "Taking Pride," and short- and long-term planning committees. He was small business expert for US Congressman Harry Teague (ret.), mentor for several high school internship programs, and founded the Writer's Round Table of Phoenix in 1999; a workshop for new and establish authors that continues meeting today.
Previous work experience includes marketing and sales director for companies throughout the southwestern United States, corporate and operations positions in the restaurant and hotel industries, radio talk show host and voice over announcer, and author and writer.
Safin currently serves as an Advisory Member with the Maricopa County Community College District Veterans Success Committee, Member of the Estrella Mountain Community College President’s Community Advisory Council, Member of the West Maricopa Association of Realtors (WeMAR), and Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (West Phoenix #2729).
Safin holds a B.A. in Communications and Associates Degree in Broadcasting.