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Chris Zaharis

Vice Chair & Secretary

Executive Vice President

Empire Southwest

Chris is the Executive Vice President of Empire Southwest, LLC, which is the Caterpillar Dealer for Arizona and Southeast California, and one of the largest private companies in Arizona.

Chris began his career practicing business and real estate law at Fennemore Craig. In 1997 he became the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the Brown and Brown Automotive Group, which then merged with AutoNation.

Chris is a director of the following companies: Empire Southwest, Henry Brown Auto Group, Avista Senior Living, Arnett Insurance Services, BuildingPoint West, Allen Instruments & Supplies and Sitech Southwest, as well as being an active investor.

Chris currently serves as the Chair for Greater Phoenix Economic Council and as Vice Chair for the Partnership for Economic Innovation.


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