Camelback Society

The Camelback Society is an association of men called to the marketplace in Phoenix, AZ who intend to live all aspects of our lives before the face of God in Christ. A society whose main purpose is to encourage lifelong friendships among men who are working towards leadership and influence in the marketplace. The society is a community where we encourage men to live a life of faithful presence in society. We function as the Phoenix Chapter of the New Canaan Society.


Each month The Camelback Society hosts a Civic Leader Breakfast which is open to other men working in the marketplace.

Founder/Managing Partner

Aaron Klusman

Aaron Klusman currently serves as Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Camelback Partners, a private Phoenix based investment firm that specializes in seed and venture stage investing.  He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of IPO Solutions, an online investment bank that focuses on providing fair, unbiased IPO and Secondary allocations to individual investors.  He is Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Camelback Realty Group which owns thousands of acres of land throughout Arizona.  He is also a partner in First Cup, a regional franchisee of Dunkin Donuts, where he assists with business development throughout Arizona, Nevada, California, and Colorado.  Additionally, Aaron founded Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt a multi-location, self-serve frozen yogurt franchise.

At Arizona State University, Aaron Klusman was named a Freshman All-American in baseball.  While playing ball and pursuing his degree in Business Management, he started his first successful company, a branded clothing company called AK.  After graduating, Aaron was a pitcher in the LA Dodgers organization.  He currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and three young sons.

Advisory Board
Barry Asmus

With the National Center for Policy Analysis.  Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States.  He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders.  On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus has encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books.  His book, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award.  As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education.  He co-anchored a syndicated radio called “Perspectives on the Economy.”  Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics.

Marty Caldwell

Marty Caldwell met Christ in Young Life in 1969 in Arizona.  He led club as a volunteer 1972 through 1978 and started on Young Life staff in 1979 in Phoenix.  Marty became the Regional Director for Arizona in 1988.  He has been the catalyst for the team, the vision, and the building of Lost Canyon, Young Life’s camp in Northern AZ  for the last thirteen years.  On March 1, 2006 he was appointed Sr. Vice President Young Life Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1976.  He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University (78) and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (91).  Marty has been attending Living Streams Community Church with his family for 19 years.  Susan (also met Christ through YL in Portland) and Marty were married in 1978 and have three kids — Sarah is married to Ben (two children), John, and Molly.

Don Cardon

Donald E. Cardon completed his undergraduate studies at Point Loma College and his Masters of Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College in 1996.  Mr. Cardon’s background includes a blend of successful private sector entrepreneurial activity and public service.  Mr. Cardon has served as the Deputy Housing Director for the city of Phoenix and at the state level as the Director of the Arizona Department of Housing.  Mr. Cardon fulfilled his entrepreneurial endeavors as President and CEO of Cardon Development Group.  As a developer he applied his abilities through the creation of Phoenix Future; a collaboration of key business, political and financial leaders who created CityScape.

In 2009, Mr. Cardon became the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce.  Director Cardon assessed the need for change and has led the organization into reformation as a more effective economic development organization.  Don Cardon serves as President and CEO with Governor Brewer and Mr. Jerry Colangelo as board chairs.  Mr. Cardon has lived in Arizona since 1997 where he resides with his wife, Kim and three children.

W. Bret Edson

Bret Edson serves as the Chairman of Marketplace One.  Prior to his current role, Bret served as Chairman and CEO of Edson Electric Supply, Inc., growing the business to $165M in sales later acquired by The Home Depot in 2006.  Bret is married and has three children and one grandchild.

Bert Hayenga

Bert Hayenga, is an entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in strategic planning, business development, project and production management across a broad range of industries.  He is currently CEO of First Cup dba Dunkin Donuts (Arizona) and Principal of Camelback Realty Group, which manages thousands of acres in Arizona land.  Since 1990, Mr. Hayenga has served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Leather Furniture.  From 1987 to 2006, he served as Co-Founder of Creative Communications with five Arizona offices.  He serves on the board of directors of the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Family Matters, and Vantage Mobility International.

Philip G. Hubbard

Philip G. Hubbard has served as the portfolio manager of Solidian Fund, L.P. since its inception in 2001.  He holds an MBA in Accounting from Northwestern University, became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975 and began his career in public accounting with Touche Ross & Co.  He has since served as Senior Vice President of the New York Futures Clearing Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange, as Senior Vice President of Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette Futures, and as President of Chicago Research & Trading Group (one of the world’s largest proprietary options trading firms).  Hubbard has served on numerous industry and bank boards during his career.  He is currently on the board of directors of Harris Bank-Winnetka and Wheaton College.

Michael Manson

Michael serves as Executive Chairman for Motor Excellence.  A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School, Michael co-founded several companies including PETsMART and Brookstone Ventures prior to launching Motor Excellence, LLC.  He serves as the Managing Member of Brookstone Ventures, a diversified land development and angel investment firm and acts as an affiliate and advisor to several venture capital and start-up organizations.

Michael developed several patents and received the US. Presidential Award for Excellence in Environmental Design.  Prior to launching PETsMART, Michael was a troubleshooter for Allied Signal Corporation in Arizona.  PETsMART went public in 1993 raising $125 million.  Today PETsMART is a $4 billion company and one of the largest pet retail stores in the world.

Mark E. “Monty” Ortman

Monty Ortman was raised in Phoenix and in 1971 he graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a degree in Business Administration.  Monty’s career in retail began immediately after college with Webb’s Stores Ltd. in Phoenix, a publicly traded company.  He became president until 1985 when he sold the business and returned to Phoenix.

In 1986 Monty co-founded El Dorado Holdings, Inc., a real estate investment and development firm.  Monty and his partner were successful in the acquisition, management, development and sale of numerous master planned communities, golf courses, retail/commercial centers, and industrial business park properties throughout the valley.

In May of 2007 Monty sold his interest in future El Dorado Holding’s purchases to his partner and started Edward & Company, LLC with his son.  Monty is also involved with many educational and non-profit organizations both locally and internationally.  He has been married for 39 years to his wife Anne.  Their two children and spouses, and six grandchildren reside in Phoenix.

Tom Shrader

Tom Shrader was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.  After graduating from St. Ambrose College, he migrated to Phoenix, Arizona.  In 1978 he began a successful career in the fast-paced, highly-competitive, commercial real estate industry.  Eventually he joined a colleague in forming their own real estate brokerage firm.  Tom’s life was changed forever in March of 1980 when he met Christ for the first time.  During the past several years, he has been involved in a teaching ministry in the Phoenix area.  Since January of 1991 Tom has continued this work under the banner of Priority Living of Arizona.  He currently leads three weekly study groups, targeted primarily at business men and women. His teaching offers sound biblical answers to practical, everyday questions.  Tom is one of the teaching pastors of Redemption Church.

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler retired from Arizona Public Service Company (APS) in 2001 as Executive Vice President of Customer Service and Regulation. Prior to his career with APS, Steve was a former partner in the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he was Chairman of its Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scottsdale Healthcare Corp., and also serves on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Flinn Foundation and the Phoenix Art Museum.  He is married to Ann and has four children and 13 grandchildren.

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About Membership

The Camelback Society at its core is a growing group of committed members. To be considered for membership candidates must be invited into the New Membership Process. Candidates are considered every six months.


Membership is for those men who have a strong desire


Members host a Civic Leader Breakfast once a month which is open to the public. Please contact us for more details.