The Chandler Compadres were established in 1980 as a non-profit organization with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. The group started with fewer than 20 members and now has over 100 active and life members. The Chandler Compadres donate their time, resources, talents and money to help disadvantaged kids in Chandler and the east valley. Compadre members are civic-minded business and community leaders in industries which currently include agriculture, information technology, engineering, grocery, banking, law, advertising, real estate, small business and government.
The Chandler Compadres consists of a maximum of 40 active members and over 60 life members. Members meet once monthly, and are required to meet yearly financial fundraising goals through a variety of events including Rock the Cause for Kids, the Compadre Golf Classic and the Arizona Charitable Organization Tax Credit Program. Membership in the Chandler Compadres requires an active or life member sponsor and approval by the Compadre board and full membership. The Compadre membership includes notable community members and business leaders including former Chandler Mayor Jim Patterson, Michael Basha of Bashas’ Grocery and John Chapman of Chapman Chevrolet.
Jeff Breese is the Chandler Compadres President for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Jeff is the founder of The Wealth Stewards, a wealth management firm in Chandler. He moved to Arizona in 2003 having been born and raised in Massachusetts, south of Boston. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1999. He and his wife Elena live in Chandler with their 2 children Mallory and Everett and a mangy mutt that somehow showed up one Christmas season. A past president of the San Tan Crown Rotary Club, a graduate of the Chandler Leadership Institute and previously chair of Rock the Cause for Kids- Jeff has been involved in making the East Valley a better place since moving to Chandler in 2009. He’s been a member of the Compadres since 2012.