Gerald W. Hathaway Award

Laura Nagore

(L-R) Laura Nagore, Vice President of Finance & Operations for the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber receives the 2014 Hathaway Award from John Osborn, Vice President of Marketing & Events, Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber.

In memory of Gerald W. Hathaway, a 25-year veteran of the chamber management profession, and CACCE president in 1971, who died of leukemia in 1978.  The award is given to an outstanding chamber staff member for contributions made to specific chamber goals, and/or for personally designing innovative new systems that have contributed significantly to the chamber development, this award includes a scholarship to next year’s W.A.C.E. Conference.

Below is John Osborn's presentation to Laura Nagore:

"This year’s Hathaway Staff Person of the Year may be a one-of-a-kind professional.  She is responsible for Chamber and Chamber Foundation financial matters, including AR, AP, monthly closings, tax reporting, P&L, balance sheet, audit and board reporting.  She works very closely with three board members who serve as financial oversight advisors, including the board’s treasurer, who is a CPA.
She is also responsible for building operations, office management and HR.  She has a rich background and experience in all of these key areas.
She helped engineer a dramatic turnaround that brought the Chamber from a very bleak financial position to a position of strength today.  
In the past two years she has re-structured every financial, HR and operations aspect of the Chamber.  She has changed the staffing, payroll and hiring structure to save funds, minimize risk and maximize staff contributions.  Every vendor, save one, has been changed to get the Chamber the best combination of price and service. Under her direction the Chamber’s cash position has gone from –$50,000 to +$300,000. The Chamber has restored positions lost during the downsizing.She shares her expertise often with other non-profits, including other local chambers.  Above all, she has contributed to the success of the Tucson Metro Chamber through financial direction, systems development and financial discipline."

2015 Hathaway Staff Person of the Year Award 

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