Fiesta Bowl Earns Impact Award

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kristen Pflipsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Fiesta Bowl today received a prestigious IMPACT Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to view the video played at the awards luncheon at The Arizona Biltmore.

The Fiesta Bowl was named the 2013 Economic Driver for Valley businesses with fewer than 250 employees. The organization was among eight local companies that received the 26th annual IMPACT Awards from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC). Since 1988, the IMPACT Awards have celebrated the impact outstanding companies have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“This award recognizes the Fiesta Bowl’s long history of generating economic impact for Arizona,” Fiesta Bowl board chairman Brian Hall said. “That’s been a critical part of our mission for more than 40 years, and each of our 2,900 volunteers and staff has played a role. I thank the GPCC and congratulate the other IMPACT Award winners on their important contributions to the Valley economy.”

The Fiesta Bowl organization, which operates the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and more than 40 related statewide events, generated more than $1 billion in economic impact over a recent five-year span, according to an Arizona State University study. Amid one of the worst economies in the state’s history, the organization created $354.6 million in economic impact in the 2010-11 postseason, according to the ASU study. That figure included an estimated $188 million generated by the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship game, the most recent of the Fiesta Bowl’s seven national championship games.

This year, the GPCC will recognize two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity. The 2013 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at a luncheon on May 14 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. 

The 2013 honorees:

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):

2013 Community Champion:  UMOM New Day Centers

2013 Economic Driver:  Fiesta Bowl

2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence:  GlobalMed

2013 Response to Adversity:  Penrose Academy

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2013 Community Champion:  Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Economic Driver:  Grand Canyon University

2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence:  Cancer Treatment Centers of America

2013 Response to Adversity:  Chas Roberts Air Conditioning

“These companies represent what makes the Valley’s business community and our Chamber great. It’s a privilege to honor those who do the day-in, day-out work of boosting our economy and creating jobs,” said Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO. “There are many businesses in the Valley deserving of this honor, so we are proud to do our small part in recognizing their achievements and commitment to strengthening our community.”