Serving Scottsdale for Over 30 Years

Virginia is a second generation Arizona Native with deep roots in Scottsdale.  For 40 years, her family owned and operated Ray Korte Chevrolet on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.


Before selling the business in 1998, Virginia was the dealer/general manager of the dealership where she honed her collaborative leadership style.


Virginia has taught classes about our desert environment at Scottsdale Community College where she also developed a community outreach program for the school.  In addition, she was CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and CEO of STARS, a non-profit organization committed to serving adults with developmental disabilities. 


Through these experiences and many more, Virginia developed a strong set of values for the importance of community service.

Virginia’s History of Commitment 


  • Chairperson of the first McDowell Sonoran Preserve Task Force

  • Citizens for a Better Scottsdale Bond Committee

  • Yes To Children Political Action Committee for SUSD

  • Los Arcos Revitalization Steering Committee

  • Los Arcos Study Area Committee

  • SUSD Bond Oversight Committee

  • City of Scottsdale Redevelopment Board

  • Citizens for Scottsdale Community College 

  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Board

  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Steward 

  • State of Arizona Growing Smarter Oversight Council

  • State of Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission

  • State of Arizona Game & Fish Heritage Fund Advisory Council

  • Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board

  • President & CEO Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

  • President & CEO STARS (Scottsdale Technical and Rehabilitation Services)

Of all the accolades and awards she has received over the last 30 years for her commitment to the community, none was more significant than recently being named a “Preserve Pioneer” for helping to establish the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 


She was one of 12 who were honored.


In the mid-1990’s, Virginia was appointed by Mayor Herb Drinkwater to serve as chairperson of the first McDowell Sonoran Task Force.  She also played a critical role in the five ballot measures called “Save Our McDowells” that created what is now the more than 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


Turning the community’s vision of preserving the pristine McDowell Mountains into a reality for generations of residents and visitors to enjoy remains one of our greatest accomplishments.

Preserve Pioneer

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Co-Chairs: Ace Bailey, Jane Blacker, Jim Bruner, Paul Messinger

Paid for by Korte Scottsdale. Authorized by Virginia Korte.

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