And the award goes to…

Published: 6/29/2018

And the award goes to…
  
“Out with the old, in with the new!” That’s what outgoing Board Chair Dr. Mark Chung said as he shared his outgoing message at last week’s Chamber Business Awards and Board Installation Reception. Dr. Chung did a great job as Board Chair, leading the Chamber through what turned out to be a rather interesting year. Brian Jondle, VP at HUB International Insurance Services (what used to be Vicencia & Buckley Insurance) will be taking over as Board Chair. Brian’s a great guy – a dad to two small children and a pretty darn good golfer who’s grown up in the business. My only problem with him is that he’s a San Francisco Giants fan…I guess no one’s perfect. Joining the Board this year are Deepa Badhwar, Bing Lee, Anthony LeBlanc, and Terry Matz. We said goodbye to Teri Bazen and Jon Matson, as they left the Board after two terms – and both spent time as Board Chair! It’s always an interesting time for me when the Board changes. See, I get new bosses each year…this year I’ll have 18 of them! Fortunately for me, they are 18 awesome people who are dedicated to this community. I expect the 2018-2019 year to be a great one – we have some big things in store for our members and the community!
 
I’d also like to congratulate those who were recognized by the Chamber with our annual Business Awards. Business of the Year went to Trinity Graphics, formerly Trinity Worldwide Reprographics. Former owner Paul Rosenow, and new owner Amy Miller have a truly unique organization that is committed to helping the community. Business Person of the Year went to Maha Rayan, who is the GM/VP at Union Bank. Maha is a trooper and not only helps out at Chamber events but is committed to helping the community through her volunteer efforts. Ambassador of the Year went to Amanda Blanton from Farmers & Merchants Bank. Amanda has been the Ambassador Committee Chair for the past two years and has really taken the group to new levels. She’s a hard worker, and we really couldn’t do what we do without the Ambassadors. Volunteer of the Year was Nancy Gutzmer from the American Cancer Society – she runs the Relay for Life events across SoCal. She’s volunteered countless hours to help the Chamber, working at events and behind the scenes giving us an extra staff member! Finally, the Doug Padelford Memorial Award – a special award given by the outgoing Board Chair to an individual who has helped them during their tenure in leadership – went to Desmond Thompson from Lexus of Cerritos. Desmond worked closely with Dr. Chung and stepped in for him on several occasions. All of these honors are well deserved…I really can’t stress this enough. These are remarkable folks who work for amazing businesses.
 
On another note, you might have noticed you haven’t received this publication in the past few weeks. Well, there’s a good reason for that, and it’s not that I’ve been in Tahiti enjoying boat drinks. I actually was down and out due to illness. Watch out; I’m back in action now!
 
Enjoy your weekend!

Scott

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Scott Smith
President/CEO 

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