July 1, 2020

West Valley Mavericks Foundation seats new board for 2020-2021

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation announced today it has elected its new leadership for 2020-2021.

The newly seated president is Justin James, 39. James is a graduate of the Naval Academy and was deployed three times in support of Operations Iraq and Enduring Freedom. A resident of Litchfield Park, he is director of sales for the western United States for Pride Transport, a refrigerated trucking company. An avid golfer, James recently served two terms as the president of the Wigwam Country Club.

John Weber, 42, of Litchfield Park is the new foundation vice president. Weber is co-owner at Southwest Equipment Group of Phoenix. Weber and his family moved to Arizona from Minnesota 20 years ago and have called the west valley home since 2005. He has served the community as a member of the West Valley Mavericks for the last 5 years, most recently on the board of directors as the chair of the Shindig Hangar Party.

The rest of the new West Valley Mavericks Foundation board includes:

Jeff Byers of Buckeye. Byers is the vice president of commercial banking for National Bank of Arizona and will serve as the treasurer.

Cody Conklin of Litchfield Park is the Round Up Food Truck Festival committee chair. He is the general manager of Conklin Rose Co.

Matt Crego of Peoria is the Shindig Committee Chair. Crego is chief information officer at Spear Education, LLC.

Chad Frank is in his second year on the board. Mr. Frank is vice president of strategic and digital alliances at the Better Business Bureau and lives in Litchfield Park.

Bryan Frye is the Maverick Golf Tournament chair and is a first-time director. Frye is from Surprise and is a corporate compliance Administrator for Southwest Gas Corporation.

Eric Hamilton of Goodyear is also joining the board. He is the owner of Eric Hamilton State Farm Insurance Agency.

Erik Hernandez, a partner in H&B Builders of Goodyear is the sponsorship chair for a second year and he lives in Buckeye.

Mike Johnson of Litchfield Park is serving his second year as a director on the board. He is the president of Cutting Edge Curbing, Sand and Rock.

Erik Rasmussen of Goodyear is the Patriot All-America Golf Invitational chair and is the senior managing director at SilverRock.

Nathan Reilly of Surprise is new to the board as the member engagement chair. He is the director of sales of Topgolf Glendale.

Bruce Wall of Goodyear serving his third term on the foundation board as secretary. Wall is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Litchfield Park.

Serving the past president role is Jason Khan of Litchfield Park, a partner in Meese Khan Accounting and Consulting.

The Mavericks recently announced they have given out over $1 million in since being organized in 2012. Over 82 local organizations have received financial grants from the group since 2013. The West Valley Mavericks Foundations raises funds through sponsorships and by hosting several major events in the west valley.

Those signature events include The Shindig Fly Away Party at Goodyear Airport, The Roundup Food Truck and Music Festival at Goodyear Ballpark, and The Maverick Golf Tournament and The Patriot All-America, both held at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children and families, help people in need, and improve the quality of life in west valley communities.

March 18, 2020

The West Valley Mavericks are closely monitoring the guidance from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our beneficiaries, sponsors, partners, and communities is our top priority. Respecting the well-being of everyone associated with our events and operations, the 2020 Maverick Golf Tournament scheduled for April 24th, is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Mavericks’ charter is focused on community with a mission to assist people in need. With the closure of schools, businesses and other resources, we recognize there are many in our community suffering and facing uncertainties. During this time of need, the Mavericks will shift our efforts to provide support to the community.

In 2018, the West Valley Mavericks founded the Mavericks Community Foundation, to assist individuals in need within our community. The Mavericks Community Foundation and its beneficiary board are prepared to expedite the application/beneficiary process in response to the COVID-19 impact.  The Mavericks Community Foundation is an Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization (QCO). Charitable contributions to a QCO provided dollar-for-dollar tax benefits, allowing taxpayers to reduce their Arizona tax liabilities for each dollar donated, up to the maximum allowable limits ($800 for married joint filers or $400 for single filers).

If you would like to assist us in making an immediate impact on the community:

Make an Arizona tax credit eligible donation to the Mavericks Community Foundation ($800 joint, $400 single). AZ Tax Credit Funds will pass 100% of donations back to the Mavericks Community Foundation to support the community.

To donate, browse to www.aztaxcreditfunds.com , select “Learn More” under Qualified Charitable Organization, select “Make Your Donation”, complete the form selecting “An organization of my choosing” and type in “Mavericks Community Foundation” under the OR section. Contributions made before April 15, 2020, can be applied to 2019, an additional donation can also be made for 2020.

On behalf of the Mavericks, our thoughts and prayers go out to those directly and indirectly impacted by the Coronavirus. It is our pleasure to serve the community.

Jason R. Khan


West Valley Mavericks