The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Arizona Daily Sun, recently held a “20 Under 40” recognition program intended to recognize young professionals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication to the growth of their businesses as well as the growth and development of our community. Julie Pastrick, CEO of The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Chamber has added a Young Professionals seat to their board of directors. Drake Louks, who at just 24 years old is already the CEO of Arizona Tech Advisors & 20 Under 40 Honoree, will be the first to fill the seat. “It’s imperative to include the voices of all demographics in our community’s future, and our state’s future. Talented young people can keep our elected leaders better informed and truly shape Arizona’s future since 18-24 year olds are now 34% of Arizona’s working population.” Said Pastrick
Julie continued, telling us The Young Professional Board Seat at the Chamber is a one-year rotating term. It was created to illustrate the Chamber’s dedication to grooming young talent for career success and career exploration. “Drake has been an active Chamber member growing his business by connecting with potential customers he meets at business gatherings convened by the Chamber of Commerce. He has articulated his passion for emerging leaders’ success and the need to organize and bring together this demographic to learn from and support each other. That’s our next step together: To reinvigorate ‘Impact Flagstaff” our young talent group” said Pastrick.
Louks is the co-owner of Arizona Tech Advisors, Flagstaff’s first and only Apple Authorized Service Provider. He said while Apple has not confirmed it, he is very confident that he is one of the youngest Apple contract holders in the US, if not the youngest. Being the CEO of Arizona Tech Advisors, in addition to his time spent at the hosting giant GoDaddy, has proven that Drake Louks is the definition of a young professional and will be a great role model to others. The Chamber welcomes him to the Young Professionals seat on the board with open arms.
Talented young people can keep our elected leaders better informed, help our business leaders adapt to new trends, and truly shape Arizona’s future. The number of young professionals in the workforce increase daily and according to Pastrick, “It’s time we recognize & celebrate the contributions that young professionals bring to our business community.”