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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:00 am

Networking event an effort of multiple chambers

Referral Tree, a Tucson, Arizona-based business networking organization, will present The BIG Networking Event, tonight (April 27) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 300 E. River Road.

The event is a cooperative effort among several chambers of commerce, networking groups, business-related nonprofits and Tucson businesses to create an evening of quality connections, networking and generation of new business.

“Extensive efforts have gone into making sure the right connections are made with the right people for all those who attend. We expect between 300 and 500 business owners/service providers to attend and do not want them to walk away empty-handed,” says Bill Nordbrock, co-founder of Referral Tree.

The cost is $17, which includes appetizers and beverages, as well as music provided by the Tucson Jazz Society. 

For more information, visit www.referraltree.net.

New fitness center opens in Oro Valley

Oro Valley Fitness officially opened it doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 22. Open 24 hours, the locally owned and operated facility is located at 10550 N. La Cañada Blvd., Suite 160. It offers a full range of state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment.

For more information, visit www.ovfitness.com.

SAHBA announces new president

David Godlewski is the new president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. Godlewski, who had served as interim president since January, was appointed by the organization’s executive board of trustees earlier this month.

He joined SAHBA in 2008 as the organization’s government liaison representative.

“We are pleased to name David as our president. He has displayed the leadership and management skills needed to run our organization effectively,” said Charlie Bowles, chairman of SAHBA’s board of trustees.

“I look forward to continuing to work with all the members of SAHBA and as well with our local and state government leaders,” said Godlewski.

Godlewski has been engaged in a number of community activities on behalf of SAHBA, including the Town of Marana Habitat for Conservation Plan Stakeholder Working Group, Town of Oro Valley, City of Tucson Economic Development Leadership summits, and the Tucson Regional Water Coalition.

Before joining SAHBA, he was vice president of the Sterling Corporation, where he specialized in managing public affairs activities for corporations, trade associations and non-profits. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Having trouble remembering names? Attend OVBC luncheon

Guest speaker Steve Ochoa will present tips on how to remember names and improve one’s business when he addresses members of the Oro Valley Business Club during a meeting on Thursday, May 5, starting at 11 a.m.

Meetings are open to the public.

Next month’s luncheon will take place at the Sun City Recreation Center on Rancho Vistoso Boulevard in Oro Valley.

For more information, visit http://orovalleybusinessclub.com.

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