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SCV CHAMBER ANNOUNCES DIVERSE 2021 LEADERSHIP TO CONTINUE BUILDING A STRONG, UNITED BUSINESS COMMUNITY

SANTA CLARITA, December 14, 2020 — The SCV Chamber of Commerce today announced their 2021 leadership team, which will further continue the Chamber’s work of building a united business community.  As the largest business membership organization in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Chamber’s leadership will work to bring businesses together to provide greater member benefits that reduce business expenses and providing value-driven programming.

The following business leaders will serve as 2021 Directors:

 

Chair of the Board

  John Vance – President, Vance Wealth

Executive Committee

  • Nancy Starczyk - Realty Executive | Immediate Past Chair
  • Hunt Braly, Poole, Shaffery & Koegle 
  • Marisol Espinoza - SoCal Gas Company | Secretary
  • Troy Hooper - Kiwi Hospitality Partners
  • Kevin Homes - Martini, Akpovi Partners | Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Chris Raigosa - Kaiser Permanente

  • Chris Schrage - LBW Insurance

Board of Directors

  • Karen Bryden - SCV Locations
  • Dan Revetto - AT&T
  • Andrea Carpenter - Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Becki Robb - Princess Cruises
  • Steve Cole - SCV Water Agency
  • Henry Rodriguez - State Farm Insurance
  • Jason Crawford - City of Santa Clarita
  • Sandy Sanchez - FivePoint
  • Andrea De La Cerda - Scorpion
  • Lindsay Schlick - SchlickArt Photography & Video
  • Matt Dierckman - CBRE
  • Liz Seelman - Southern California Edison
  • Jeffrey Forrest - College of the Canyons
  • Jesse Smith - California Institute of the Arts
  • Aleen Manchester - California Resources Corporation
  • Dr. Dianne Van Hook – College of the Canyons
  • Maral Matossian - Westfield
  • Dennis Verner - Burrtec
  • Patrick Moody - Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
  • Karina Winkler - Holiday Inn Express
  • Dr. Izu Okpara - Omni Wound Physicians

Business Councils

  • Government Affairs Council – Co-Chairs, Hunt Braly & Jesse Smith
  • Latino Business Alliance – Chair, Liz Seelman
  • Small Business Council – Chair, Brian Schlick
  • Non-Profit Council – Chair, Holly Schroeder
  • NextSCV Young Professionals Council – Chair, Lindsay Schlick

“I’m proud of the strong leadership team we’ve had for the SCV Chamber this year,” stated Nancy Starczyk, outgoing Chair of the Board for the SCV Chamber. “It’s more important than ever that the Chamber has had a clear vision of brining the entire business community together to work together as we move forward in providing high-quality, value-driven programming and pro-business advocacy for our members.”

As we embark into 2021, the SCV Chamber has established a broad-based leadership team representing small, medium and large businesses from a broad spectrum of industries to guide the Chamber into the new year in an effort to best work together as a united community.

“It’s a unique moment when we’re able to appoint such a large new group of local business leaders to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors,” said John Vance, Incoming Chair of the SCV Chamber.  “With all the positive changes happening with the SCV Chamber, we’re excited to add well-respected, diverse leaders to the Board and continue with the returning board members who were invaluable this year.”

The Chamber has continuously worked, especially through the global pandemic, to provide the highest-quality member services and to be The Voice of Business for the SCV business community. It continues to build a well-respected and regionally recognized business advocacy organization in the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles.

“If there is one thing we have worked towards this year, it’s to bring unity and support for our entire business community, to work together, and to help one another survive and endure during the global pandemic,” stated Ivan Volschenk, Managing Partner at Evolve Business Strategies, which manages the SCV Chamber. 

The 2021 Board of Directors is the most diverse in the 98-year history of the Chamber with women making up 45% of the board membership; 41% of board membership are people of color; and 10% of the board represent the LGBTQ+ community.  In addition, two board members are foreign-born entrepreneurs. 

“Since 2017, the Chamber has strategically focused on ensuring our leadership represents the growing diversity of our community to ensure equity and inclusion is part of our focus as an organization,” said Volschenk.  “It’s proof we can all work together for pro-business advocacy and support businesses.”

The new board members will begin their term on January 1, 2021.  Incoming Board Chair John Vance, alongside the full board, will be ceremonially installed on Thursday, January 28, 2021 virtually at the Chamber’s 98th Annual Awards & Installation. For more information on the event or to register/sponsor, visit www.scvchamber.com under the Events tab. 

ABOUT THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the largest business membership organization in the Santa Clarita Valley representing a more than 65,000-member workforce.  The Chamber serves as “The Voice of Business” working as the SCV’s leading business advocacy organization in the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles.  Founded in 1923, the Chamber works to advocate for, educate and connect the entire business community.

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