Saturday, November 26, 2022

21 Local Chambers Receive 2020 President’s Circle Award

The California Chamber of Commerce has named 21 local chambers of commerce as recipients of the 2020 President’s Circle Award.

The award, first presented in 2009, recognizes chambers for excellence in business advocacy and helping their members comply with California employment laws.

Normally, the chambers would have been honored and the awards presented during the CalChamber Capitol Summit in Sacramento. With the cancellation of the Summit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award recipients were announced during the weekly local chamber legislative conference call.

Six of the chambers have received the award all 12 years it has been presented.

“Now more than ever, communities need the leadership that chambers of commerce can provide,” said CalChamber Vice President Russell Lahodny. “We want to take this opportunity to say thank you and recognize the hard work of our top local chamber partners. The President’s Circle chambers excel at helping their members comply with California’s often confusing and onerous HR laws, and representing the interests of their members on state issues as exemplary grassroots legislative advocates.”

2020 President’s Circle

The 2020 recipients of the President’s Circle Award are as follows. An * marks the chambers that have received the award all 12 years:

Greater Bakersfield Chamber*: Nicholas Ortiz, president/CEO;

• Brawley Chamber: Katie Luna, CEO;

• Camarillo Chamber: Gary Cushing, CEO/president;

• Carlsbad Chamber: Bret Schanzenbach, president/CEO;

• Greater Coachella Valley Chamber: Joshua Bonner, president/CEO;

• Greater Conejo Valley Chamber*: Danielle Borja, president/CEO;

• El Centro Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau*: Anthony Moreno, chief operating officer;

• Fresno Chamber: Nathan Ahle, president/CEO;

• Lake Elsinore Chamber: Kim Joseph Cousins, president/CEO;

• Lodi District Chamber: Pat Patrick, president/CEO;

• Long Beach Area Chamber*: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;

• Menifee Valley Chamber: Tony LoPiccolo, president/CEO;

• Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;

• Palm Desert Area Chamber*: Pam Scannell, president/CEO;

• Greater Riverside Chambers*: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;

• Roseville Area Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;

• Greater San Fernando Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, president/CEO;

• Simi Valley Chamber: Kathi Van Etten, president/CEO;

• Temecula Valley Chamber: Laura Turnbow, chief operating officer;

• Tulare Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO.

• Victor Valley Chamber: Mark Creffield, president/CEO.

President’s Circle Award recipients published vote records of their state legislators on key business issues, generated letters to state elected officials on issues of interest to members and participated in the CalChamber compliance product resale program at an exemplary level.

Staff Contact: Russell Lahodny

Russell Lahodny
Russell Lahodny
Russell Lahodny was California Chamber of Commerce vice president of local chamber relations from October 2014–July 2020. He served as an information resource for and CalChamber liaison with local chambers of commerce. He took over as president/CEO of the Columbia County (Georgia) Chamber of Commerce on August 7, 2020.

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