Chamber Board Members Step Down

LaPrise and Heck cite job changes

On Tuesday, April 3, Mike Eastwood, president and CEO of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, released a statement informing members of the resignation of two members of the Board of Directors: Chairman of the Board Larry LaPrise and Board Treasurer Peter Heck. LaPrise’s resignation is effective immediately, while Heck will remain until mid-April. Both men cited pending job changes as their reason for leaving.

Vice-Chair, George Samara, will assume the responsibilities of chairman of the board.

At this time, I must step down as the Chairman of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. I will no longer be working with the Apache Junction Unified School District and, therefore, will no longer be eligible to hold a board position.” -Larry LaPrise

“Both Larry and Peter will be greatly missed,” commented Eastwood. “We would like to thank them for everything they have done for the Chamber, community, and business members. Both have put their heart and soul into serving on this board, and the passion they brought to the Chamber will be missed. Both have stated how rewarding the friendships and relationships built have been, and how it has been an honor to work with our members, board members, staff, volunteers and community. We wish them the best in their future endeavors as they move forward into the next chapter of their lives.”

I have accepted a position with another organization to run one of their new senior living communities. This organization is not a member of the Apache Junction Chamber, and I am no longer eligible to serve in the capacity of a member of the Board of Directors. -Peter Heck

With the resignations, the Chamber of Commerce will have three open positions on the Board of Directors. For more information about joining the chamber and/or learning about board positions, visit

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