Ryann Bader prefers to work for a cause.
As the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce’s new member and visitor services director, she can do just that. She is providing direct support to chamber business members and assisting visitors to the chamber office, as well as program management. She’s also working on special events and projects.
“The chamber is a fun place,” Bader said. “I prefer to work for a cause. I think a chamber of commerce and building up business owners is really fulfilling for me.
“I’m learning the culture to see how I can best support them. We have a great program. We want to keep the dollars local. I want to see how I can serve my members more effectively and help them get their business to where it was pre-COVID.”
An Iowa native, Bader went to a private college in that state for her bachelor’s and then attended Waldon University online for her master’s degree. She moved to the Pacific Northwest and then to Peoria in 2002. She said her favorite job is being a mother to her 22-year-old son. In recent years, her family has grown to include a daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
For the first 14 years in Arizona, Bader worked for Peoria Unified Schools in operations and moved into the private sector working with Legacy Traditional Schools as a regional manager supporting schools in Arizona and Nevada. During this time, her focus was operations management including standard operating procedures, best practices, training and grant funding management.
Most recently, Bader worked with a Constitutional law firm as part of the firm’s event production team. Working project management for events included identifying scope of work, timelines, coordinating logistics, contract negotiations, budget forecasting and management, as well as live and virtual event execution across the United States.
Her events included court cases with rallies, intimate development dinners, with her main focus on training events including a flagship 12 weeklong legal fellowship program for 200 interns, as well as events for high-level public figures.
In her free time, Bader is involved in church and enjoys exploring new areas and historical sites. She is working on her goal to explore all of America’s national parks and appreciates the beauty in nature, next up is Bryce Canyon.
The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce strives to be the voice of business for the local area, acting as a catalyst for economic prosperity and the developer of future business and community leaders. For many local small business owners and operators, the chamber is the only resource they have to help navigate the recent unprecedented economic challenges.
The chamber has been a lifeline for local business owners and operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 100% of staff time since mid-March 2020 has been dedicated to providing direct support and assistance to our local small business owners to mitigate the business losses they face through no fault of their own. The chamber’s communication, outreach, direct support and leadership has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of federal and state funding flowing to local small business owners, operators and employees since April 2020, and in some cases, literally keeping their doors open.
The chamber just launched a collaborative business support program coined, “Keep Local > Return Stronger” and continues to host several meetings and events monthly, including Morning Meeting on the second Thursday of each month and Business After Hours on the fourth Thursday of each month.
“I think making an impact for small business is really important and keeping the dollars local impacts the community. I definitely have a lot of passion for this. I have many small busines owners in my family. I see what a blessing it can be.”
The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center is located in the Anthem Corporate Center, 3715 W. Anthem Way, Suite 110, Anthem. Normal hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visit anthemareachamber.org for information on upcoming meetings and events.