12 Local Chambers Receive 2024 President’s Circle Award

President Circle Award 2024

The California Chamber of Commerce has named 12 local chambers of commerce as recipients of the 2024 President’s Circle Award.

The award celebrates top local chamber partners from across California. Established in 2009, this accolade highlights chambers’ exceptional efforts in business advocacy and helping their members comply with complex California employment laws.

Representatives of the President’s Circle chambers were honored May 8 during the CalChamber Capitol Summit in Sacramento.

Three of the chambers have received the award all 16 years it has been presented.

The 2024 recipients of the President’s Circle Award are as follows. An * marks the chambers that have received the award all 16 years:

• Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce: Janelle Capra, president/CEO;

• Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce: Bret Schanzenbach, president/CEO;

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

• Corona Chamber of Commerce: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO;

• Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce: Mark Creffield, president/CEO;

• Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;

• Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce*: Jeremy Harris, president/CEO;

• Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce*: Nick Adcock, president/CEO;

• Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce: Glenn Morris, president/CEO;

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

• Tulare Chamber of Commerce: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO; and

• West Ventura County Business Alliance: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO.

President’s Circle Award recipients published vote records of their state legislators on key business issues, joined coalition efforts to let state elected officials know about community sentiment on issues of interest to members, voiced the local chamber’s position at legislative policy committee hearings, and participated in the CalChamber compliance product resale program at an exemplary level.

Staff Contact: Nick Ortiz

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Nick Ortiz, who joined the California Chamber of Commerce in February 2023, was promoted in October 2023 to head the newly created CalChamber Small Business Policy Center, assuming the role of vice president of small business advocacy. In addition to enhancing the efforts of small business employers to let policy makers know how government requirements affect the day-to-day workings and profitability of small companies, Ortiz continues to serve as an information resource for and CalChamber liaison with local chambers of commerce. Before joining the CalChamber team, Ortiz was president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce from April 2015 to February 2023. Ortiz’s previous experience includes positions with the Western States Petroleum Association, PG&E, Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, United Way and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. See full bio