November Featured Speakers

Friday, November 17, 9 AM (8:30 Coffee)
Ocotillo/Mesquite Rooms, Kino Conference Center
Guest Speakers

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels

“The Truth About What’s Going on at the Border” 
In November 2012 and again in 2016, Mark J. Dannels was elected by the good citizens of Cochise County to serve as their 26th Cochise County Sheriff since 1881. “I continue to be Humbled, Honored and Dedicated to my oath of office for this incredible opportunity to serve you all with my personal commitment to sustain your Quality of Life as you would expect and your Freedoms and Liberties as scribed in the United States and Arizona Constitutions”.
 And Rachel Walden, Candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission 
Rachel is a Precinct Committeeman and State Committeeman in LD10. She is a member of the Governing Board for Mesa Public Schools, the largest district in the state. She has prioritized academic achievement, parental rights, fiscal responsibility, and transparency. 

September Featured Speaker

9AM (8:30 COFFEE)


September 15th Meeting – We welcome Tyler Bowyer, Chief Operating Officer of Turning Point Action, an organization founded in 2019 by Charlie Kirk. Turning Point Action has become a force for the conservative movement hosting rallies across the country on behalf of true pro-America candidates. In addition to his responsibilities at Turning Point, Tyler is also our Arizona Republican Party elected National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee (RNC).

June Featured Speakers

“Arizona Corporation Commission”
With guest speakers: Arizona Corporation Commissioners
Nick Myers and Kevin Thompson

The Arizona Corporation Commission’s mission is to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable utility services; have railroad and pipeline systems that are operated and maintained in a safe manner; grow Arizona’s economy as we help local entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting a business; modernize an efficient, effective, and responsive government agency; and protect Arizona citizens by enforcing an ethical securities marketplace.

Please note that the Town of Sahuarita and Union Pacific Railroad have a hearing  scheduled with the ACC to get final approval on the changes to the Union Pacific’s traffic light proposal at the entrance to Quail Creek on August 7. This is based on the town and UPRR having executed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement.  The agreement allows UPRR to begin the design of their improvements and start ordering materials/equipment.  It’s thought to be a formality but an opportunity to make them aware of the importance of the improvement and see if there is anything they can do to push UPRR to move as quickly as possible.  The estimate for completion is eight months.


Nick spent almost 20 years in the software engineering industry. He then branched out into small business where he and his family started and sold several businesses. Nick’s involvement with the commission started when he had a major dispute with a utility. This led to Nick being a community advocate in a multi-year process that was very successful. Following that, he became a Policy Advisor for Commissioner Justin Olson until being elected as a Commissioner himself. Nick ran a campaign on wanting to bring back regulatory stability, keeping rates low, and keeping our utilities resilient and reliable.

Nick, his wife and three children live in Pinal County. Nick appreciates the faith the residents of Arizona have placed in him in electing the first ever Commissioner from Pinal County, and looks forward to serving all Arizonans.


Kevin Thompson has over 25 years of utility and regulatory experience, including serving as a twice-elected Councilman for the City of Mesa. Kevin is a combat veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Operation Desert Storm. He is a small business owner that focuses on helping clients grow and expand their businesses and bring economic development to Arizona. Kevin was a cofounder of the Mesa Veterans Resource Center, an East Valley resource for veterans that includes help with employment access, resume building, VA healthcare and benefits training, and mental health counseling. Kevin was the Manager, New Business Development for Southwest Gas for over 12 years, responsible for all new business engineering including the sale, design, and installation of billions of dollars of natural gas pipelines for residential, multi-family, retail, and commercial development.

Kevin and his wife, Donna, have been married for over 33 years and have two children.

May Featured Speaker


  “The Arizona Republican Party:
Where We are At and Where We Need to Go”

Chris DeSimone is the radio host and co-founder of Wake Up, Tucson.  Wake Up, Tucson started on April 1st, 2009.  Chris started it with his good friend Joe Higgins with Golden Mike Award Winner Ed Alexander taking over the producer’s role.  The show has built a growing, loyal following that not only supports the show, but its valuable sponsors.

The show has been a stalwart supporter of the small business owner and the average taxpayer.  Wake Up, Tucson has earned the reputation for being fearless when questioning decisions by local leaders and the ability to expose backroom deals and crony relationships that are harmful to the region.  We like to say that it’s the show that “8 out of 10 elected officials don’t want you to listen to”.

April Featured Speaker

Juan Ciscomani

Congressman Juan Ciscomani represents Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Juan and his family immigrated to the United States when he was a young boy. They established roots in Tucson, Arizona, where his father worked as a bus driver to give his children a shot at the American Dream. Growing up in a working-class family taught Juan the value of hard work and the importance of a can-do attitude. 

Juan attended public schools in Tucson, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. He worked his way through school with maintenance and service jobs until becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. After college, Juan worked for the University of Arizona and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before joining Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s administration as Senior Advisor and Vice-Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Juan focused on the issues of international trade and diplomacy, border security, and economic development.

In November 2022, Juan was elected to represent Arizona’s new 6th congressional district, becoming the first naturalized American citizen from Mexico elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona history. Juan currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee. 

Juan resides in Tucson with his wife, Laura, and their 6 kids — Zoe, Juan David, Kenny, Lily, Lucas, and Gloria.

April Featured Speaker

Juan Ciscomani

In 2022, Juan was elected to represent Arizona’s new 6th congressional district, becoming the first naturalized American citizen from Mexico elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona history. Notably, he was selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee as a junior Congressman and he delivered the Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Juan!

February Featured Speaker

Guest Speaker (GUARANTEED!)

Art Del Cueto has been with Border Patrol since 2003. His first duty station was Casa Grande, Arizona, where he helped in the effort to establish a new substation at Three Points, Arizona. Throughout most of his career, Art patrolled on the Tohono O’odham reservation, assisting in numerous drug and smuggling cases. As a representative of the bargaining unit members, Art has responded to over 90% of all significant incidents within the Tucson Sector including shootings, accidents, and agent assaults. As an Agent who is fluent in Spanish, he routinely leads the questioning of apprehended subjects.

Art has served as the Vice President for the National Border Patrol Council. He also currently serves as President of Local 2544 in the Tucson, Arizona sector.

Prior to working for the United States Border Patrol, Art worked for a maximum security state prison in Tucson. Art is originally from Mexico, deriving his U.S. citizenship through his father, but grew up in Douglas, Arizona. Art has lived the majority of his life in Arizona.

Art is the national spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council. Art has had the ability to express the many concerns of the agents he represents as well as the issues with Border Security. Art has appeared on most major news shows on Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera and HBO VICE. Art has also been on countless radio shows. In addition, Art is the host of his own show, The Green Line broadcast on KNST Tucson and available through IHeartRadio.


Sheriff Mark J. Dannels is a 37-year veteran of law enforcement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University. He has over 3000 hours of law enforcement training in his portfolio. He attended Disney’s Leadership and Executive Training programs and is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 after serving a successful tour in the United States Army. He progressed through the ranks with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to the position of Deputy Commander after working numerous specialty assignments and leadership roles to include an appointment by the Arizona Governor for his dedicated efforts directed toward highway and community safety.

Sheriff Dannels has been recognized and awarded the Medal of Valor, Western States Sheriff of the Year, Outstanding Business Person of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who, Sheriff’s Medal, Deputy of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Unit Citation Award, National Police Hall of Fame, Lifesaving Award and dozens of community-service awards from service groups and governmental organizations.

Sheriff Dannels is married to Nickie, a Registered Nurse. They have three sons, Justin, a Police Officer/Corporal with the City of Sierra Vista, Ryan a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Sierra Vista, and Corey, an Apprentice Lineman with the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.