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Press Release: and Privileges, American Express Travel Representative Join Together to Raise Funds for Local School Program and Privileges, American Express Travel Representative Join Together to Raise Funds for Local School Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 29, 2017 is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, collaborating with a common goal of benefiting the Business United for Scottsdale Schools (BUSS) program.


Under the terms of this partnership, will supply businesses within the Scottsdale Chamber network with unique travel and lifestyle benefits, furnished by Privileges, an American Express Travel Representative. Twenty percent of all revenue generated in this partnership with the Scottsdale Chamber will go directly to the BUSS program. Mark Hiegel, President and CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber   states, “We are pleased to welcome to the Chambers network of business alliances. We are even more excited to partner with them to promote this new travel incentive package that many of our members will immediately benefit from, and in turn will greatly support the BUSS program overall.”


BUSS is a business-to-education workforce development initiative that aids Scottsdale schools in need. This program is enhanced through collaborative relationships with the local business community, such as the new partnership with and the Scottsdale Chamber. Aimed at supporting education as a means of improving economic development, the BUSS program embraces Pre-K through higher education to create workforce development strategies that attract, develop, and retain the very best students, teachers and workforce. “We are delighted to have and Privileges fill two more important seats on our BUSS!  It’s exciting to see business members in our community so engaged with the education of our future workforce” says BUSS committee chair, George Jackson.


The unique travel benefits that will be provided to businesses within the Scottsdale Chamber network are furnished through the Privileges brand. Through Privileges, members can book travel and leisure activities, including the ability to shop great rates on cruises, resorts, hotels, and experiential tours. The travel program also supplies all new members who enroll with Travel Savings Credits, which are a form of payment that can be used to buy down everyday costs by eliminating the mark-up that retailers place on travel and lifestyle purchases. “We are proud to offer these amazing travel benefits to our local business owners,” said Joe O’Donnell, Executive Director for Privileges Travel. “Our unique travel products and services allow members to book travel at exclusive rates, and we are pleased that the program is being leveraged to make an impact in the community.”  Scottsdale Unified School District, Superintendent Dr. A. Denise Birdwell said; “I want to thank, the Scottsdale Area Chamber and Privileges and ICE for thinking of a creative, new way to support Scottsdale’s public schools.  Community support of our students is all about making connections between organizations that previously believed they have nothing in common.”


“We have always desired to take our relationship to the next level with the Scottsdale Chamber” says Fred Mercaldo, Managing Partner of “With the launch of the new Privileges travel program, we see an opportunity to provide a win-win situation for all parties involved, and the enthusiasm that Mark has shown for this partnership, and the BUSS program, has been contagious within my organization.  We look forward to working with fellow Chamber members with the end result having become one of the major funders of BUSS.”


About “BUSS” 

Business United for Scottsdale Schools is a business-to-education workforce development initiative in which the strength of Scottsdale schools can be enhanced through collaborative relationships with the business community. BUSS board member leadership includes representatives from the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Unified School District, Scottsdale Community College, City of Scottsdale Department of Economic Development, Scottsdale Charros and other area business leaders.



About Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Scottsdale providing advocacy, education, networking, leadership development and exposure opportunities to our member businesses. The Chamber actively works to maintain Scottsdale’s high quality of life and create an environment where business innovation, excellence and entrepreneurship can thrive. Serving ALL of Scottsdale since 1947. For more information visit or call 480.355.2700.


About LLC

Locally owned and operated for the past 11 years by Fred Mercaldo, provides local business directories, articles and interviews, event listings, jobs, hotel bookings, real estate information and more. Locally, is part of a network that includes,,, and  Nationally and internationally, it is part of the Geocentric Media, Inc. network ( and includes over 850 City brands, both US and internationally.


About International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE)

International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) is a leading international travel and lifestyle organization with a network of premier corporate, leisure, and affinity-based alliance partners reaching around the globe. ICE offers a unique portfolio of services and innovations – known to disrupt and replace dated industry trends. Leveraging the innate power and appeal of vacations and unique leisure related products and services, ICE provides scalable new business opportunities and significant new revenue streams to some of the most respected global brands.

Unmatched in delivering powerful marketing and technology solutions, ICE creates and manages private-branded vacation programs for successful corporate brands; servicing more than 55 million consumers worldwide, in over 12 different languages, from its 11 global offices across the US, Mexico, UK, Europe and Australia.

Media Contacts:

Fred Mercaldo

Phone:  602-859-3786



Privileges American Express Travel®
Kelly Potts

Phone: +1 602.635.5205



Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce

Mark Hiegel

Phone: +1 480-355-2700


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