Back in 1955, Jim Hensley had a dream to bring ice cold beer – an American tradition best enjoyed with family and friends – to thirsty Phoenicians. That year, Jim started his company with just 15 employees and, together, they brought over 73,000 cases of Anheuser-Busch beer to folks in Phoenix.
Today – with a proprietary service fleet of more than 1,100 vehicles and the support of more than 1,200 employees – Hensley is one of the largest family owned and operated beverage distributors in the nation. These days, Hensley brings refreshment to people all across Arizona, and champions over 2,500 different beers, craft brews, fine wine, premium spirits and delicious non-alcoholic beverages too.
While Hensley’s business is to sell world-class beverages, our mission is to treat our partners and customers like family, and our philosophy is to do much more. As a longstanding member of Phoenix and its surrounding communities, Hensley believes in actively promoting responsibility. We are a nationally-recognized leader in campaigns to reduce alcohol abuse, underage drinking, and drunk driving.
In 2001, to further serve our communities, the Hensley Employee Foundation was born – funded in part by our employees themselves. This foundation, along with Hensley’s corporate contributions, has donated a significant amount of money since its inception to organizations that advocate healthcare, education, housing, community development, human rights, anti-poverty, and social welfare programs.
What sets the Hensley Employee Foundation apart is the personal commitment from our employees.
The Tucson Metro Chamber is a membership-based business advocacy and networking organization that represents 1,500 businesses, employing more than 160,000 employees in Tucson and Pima County. Small business makes up approximately 60 percent of Chamber membership.
While you run your business, the Tucson Metro Chamber advocates for you by developing a climate in which business can create jobs and operate at a profit. The Chamber represents the interests of business with all levels of government, supports business-friendly ballot measures, creates a strong local economy and promotes the community. The Chamber also hosts the region’s premier networking opportunities and special events.
The work the Chamber does as Tucson’s independent business advocate is entirely funded by membership investments, Chamber advertising media opportunities and special events. By investing in the Tucson Metro Chamber, you leverage the strength of a dynamic organization with a proven track record of 120 years promoting a healthy economy and superior quality of life for all members of our community.
The Tucson Metro Chamber continuously updates this website, TucsonChamber.org, to keep members and the community apprised of Chamber activities and to provide links to help members generate business from out-of-town and in-town referrals.
Tucson Metro Chamber programs are developed through member-run committees that tap the varied expertise of local business owners. Through your participation in these committees and myriad networking and other special events, we can continue to grow and become an even stronger force in the community, region and state. We invite you to become involved.