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.
Matt Marshall is the Chandler Compadres President for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Matt is Executive Vice President for FirstBank in Chandler and the East Valley. FirstBank provides personal and business banking solutions to clients while operating 15 locations in Arizona. It is currently the 3rd largest privately held bank in the nation. Matt relocated to Arizona with FirstBank in 2008 having been born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver and his graduate degree in Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt and his wife Amy live in Gilbert with their 4 children Aria, Cale, Linnea and Tenley, the first three attend 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade at Basha Elementary in Chandler while Tenley, being only one year old, is a future CUSD attendee. Matt is actively involved in the community having held boards positions in the past with the Clothes Cabin and the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley – Compadre Branch and is currently the Vice-President of the Chandler Education Foundation Board. He’s been a member of the Compadres since 2009 and served on the board since 2015.