The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at The Pierpont Inn. The event was attended by business members, City officials and dignitaries including Assemblymember Monique Limón and Councilmembers Cheryl Heitmann and Christy Weir of the City of Ventura.
Outgoing Board Chair James Perero presented an overview of the Chamber’s many programs and accomplishments over the past year, thanking the Chamber members, Board members, and staff for their support and contributions. Highlights included selecting new and dynamic Board members and officers for the coming year, and involvement with the new initiative, the City of Ventura Homelessness Stakeholders Group. This joint effort between local community advocates, providers, and agencies within the City and County is continuing to develop, and new and innovative approaches to homelessness in Ventura are being explored.
Nan Drake, incoming Board Chair, presented her vision and the Chamber’s theme for 2017 – “Creating a Strong Business Environment for Ventura.” Drake outlined the focal points of the Chamber as she addressed the goals for the coming year. Drake’s plan includes the Chamber continuing its efforts to work with the City of Ventura to improve the development process, recruit high growth entrepreneurs to the City, track progress of business sustainability and increase membership that is representative of the entire business community.
Assemblymember for the 37th District Monique Limón installed the Chamber Board’s new Directors. Among those installed were officers Nan Drake, Chair of the Board; John Silva, Chair Elect; Shannon Hillygus, Treasurer; Suzanne Scar, Secretary; Alice Love, Vice Chair Marketing; Charnell Smith, Vice Chair Membership; Greg Van Ness, Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs; and James Perero, Immediate Past Chair.
Some Ventura Chamber businesses also were recognized for being long-time members, including Kaiser Permanente, member for 50 years, and 25-year members Buena Lanes, Casitas Municipal Water District, Employer’s Depot, Office Depot, and Pacific Coast Business Times.
The event was generously sponsored by Ventura Auto Center, Aera Energy, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Gold Coast Acura, Kaiser Permanente, MortgageCouch, Ventura County Star, CAPS Media, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Luners Production Services, Pacific Coast Business Times, VC Reporter, Ventura Breeze, and Ventura County Camera Club.