Scottsdale chamber announces 2016 History Hall of Fame inductees

History Hall of Fame

The Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will honor three individuals, a local company, and a non-profit organization at this year’s annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame Dinner on May 12.

Over the past 22 years, the council has inducted 122 past and present Scottsdale leaders and 22 organizations into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame.

Inductees have contributed immeasurably to the rich heritage of Scottsdale, dating back to its modern-day founding in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott. The event is open to the public.

The 23rd Annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame will begin at 6 p.m. at the newly remodeled Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce at 480-355-2712 or visiting

This year’s honorees include:

Joan Fudala

Joan Fudala

* Joan Fudala. As a community historian and author, Joan Fudala has heightened awareness of the people, places and events that have made Scottsdale great. She’s restored many forgotten areas of Scottsdale history, and helped businesses and organizations preserve and celebrate their legacies. She’s also served on many Scottsdale non-profit boards and city commissions, championing preservation, human services and history.

* Rachel Sacco. For 30 years, Rachel Sacco has been the heart and soul of Scottsdale’s hospitality industry as head of Scottsdale’s Convention & Visitors Bureau. Through her leadership, trend-watching and collaborations with neighboring communities, millions of visitors have created billions of dollars of economic impact throughout the Scottsdale area.

Fred Unger

Fred Unger

* Fred Unger. Specializing in restoring, developing and managing Scottsdale area signature real estate properties, Fred Unger turned the historic Hermosa Inn and Royal Palms into renowned boutique resorts. His Southbridge development transformed the Arizona Canal area of downtown Scottsdale into a popular dining, shopping, event and residential destination. He has tirelessly promoted downtown Scottsdale, especially the arts district.

* Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. Since its founding in 1971 in Scottsdale, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has become one of Scottsdale’s signature winter season events. The company and its event have generated tens of millions of dollars in economic impact for Scottsdale, is a major tourism draw and reaches an international television audience. It has benefitted numerous Scottsdale area charities focusing on youth, cancer research and other causes.

* Scottsdale Sister Cities Association. Beginning with a partnership with Alamos, Mexico in 1968, the non-profit Scottsdale Sister Cities Association now has seven Sister Cities around the globe. The all-volunteer organization hosts student exchanges, arts and cultural exhibits, businesses, sports and medical exchanges and other programs. Its mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation among people of all nations, one individual, one community at a time.

In addition to the five inductees into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame, Leslie Nyquist will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Nyquist served as the office manager and executive assistant to the president/CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce from 1973 to 2014.

During her 42-year tenure at the chamber of commerce, she organized the annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame since its inception in 1994.

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