29 Local Chambers Receive 2017 President’s Circle Award

Recognition for Excellence in Business Advocacy, Helping Members Comply with Labor Laws

The California Chamber of Commerce has named 29 local chambers of commerce to receive the 2017 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. Representatives of the President’s Circle chambers were honored May 31 during the CalChamber Capitol Summit in Sacramento.

Seven of the chambers have received the award all nine years it has been presented.

The 2017 recipients of the President’s Circle Award are as follows. Nine-year recipients are marked with an *:

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber*: Nicholas Ortiz, president/CEO;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Gary Cushing, president/CEO;
  • Chico Chamber: Katie Simmons, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber*: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Corona Chamber: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber*: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau*: Darletta Willis, CEO;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Nathan Ahle, president/CEO;
  • Gilroy Chamber: Mark Turner, president;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Joseph Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Lodi Chamber: Pat Patrick, CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber*: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Merced Chamber: Manuel Alvarado, CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Patrick Ellis, president/CEO;
  • North Orange County Chamber: Theresa Harvey, president/CEO;
  • Oakdale Chamber: Mary Guardiola, CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber*: Laurie Baldwin, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Stephanie Cortez, CEO/president;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers*: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Area Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, president/CEO;
  • The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region: Ken Oplinger, president/CEO;
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber: Glenn D. Morris, president/CEO;
  • The Silicon Valley Organization: Matt Mahood, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber: Rana Ghadban, president/CEO;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Alice Sullivan, president/CEO;
  • Victor Valley Chamber: Michele Spears, president/CEO;
  • Yuba-Sutter Chamber: Rikki Shaffer, 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.

Past Winners

2016

The 2016 recipients of the President’s Circle award are as follows. Eight-year recipients are marked with an *:

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber*: Nicholas Ortiz, president/CEO;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Gary Cushing, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber*: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber*: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber & Visitors Bureau*: Darletta Willis, CEO;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Nathan Ahle, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Joseph Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber*: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Patrick Ellis, president/CEO;
  • North Orange County Chamber: Theresa Harvey, president/CEO;
  • Oakdale Chamber: Mary Guardiola, CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber*: Laurie Baldwin, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Stephanie Cortez, CEO/president;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers*: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber: Matthew Mahood, president/CEO;
  • The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region: Ken Oplinger, president/CEO;
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber: Glenn D. Morris, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber: Gioia Goodrum, president/CEO;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Alice Sullivan, president/CEO;
  • Torrance Area Chamber: Donna Duperron, president/CEO.

2015

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber*: Nicholas Ortiz, president/CEO;
  • Brawley Chamber: Jason Zara, executive director;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Gary Cushing, president/CEO;
  • Catalina Island Chamber & Visitors Bureau: Jim Luttjohann, president/CEO;
  • Chico Chamber: Katie Simmons, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber*: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Corona Chamber: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber*: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber & Visitors Bureau*: Darletta Willis, CEO;
  • Fullerton Chamber: Theresa Harvey, president/CEO;
  • Gilroy Chamber: Mark Turner, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Joseph Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Lodi District Chamber: Pat Patrick, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber*: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Patrick Ellis, president/CEO;
  • Oakdale Chamber: Mary Guardiola, CEO;
  • Orange Chamber: Charla Lenarth, president/CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber*: Katie Stice, vice president;
  • Porterville Chamber: Stephanie Cortez, president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers*: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber: Matthew Mahood, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber: Gioia Goodrum, president/CEO;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Alice Sullivan, president/CEO;
  • Torrance Area Chamber: Donna Duperron, president/CEO;
  • Turlock Chamber*: Sharon Silva, president/CEO; and
  • Victor Valley Chamber: Michele Spears, president/CEO.

2014

Nine of the chambers have received the award all six years it has been presented.

The 2014 recipients of the President’s Circle award are as follows. Six-year recipients are marked with an *:

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber*: Cynthia Pollard, president/CEO;
  • Brawley Chamber: Jason Zara, executive director;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Gary Cushing, president/CEO;
  • Catalina Island Chamber & Visitors Bureau: Wayne Griffin, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber*: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Corona Chamber: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber*: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber*: Darletta Willis, CEO;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Al Smith, president/CEO;
  • Fullerton Chamber: Theresa Harvey, president/CEO;
  • Gilroy Chamber: Mark Turner, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Lodi Chamber: Pat Patrick, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber*: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Napa Chamber*: Brian Kelly, consulting CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber*: Barbara deBoom, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers*: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber: Matthew Mahood, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber: Leigh Nixon, president/CEO;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Alice Sullivan, president/CEO;
  • Turlock Chamber*: Sharon Silva, president/CEO;
  • Ventura Chamber: Ed Summers, president/CEO; and
  • Visalia Chamber: Glenn Morris, president/CEO.

2013

  • Apple Valley Chamber: Janice Moore, president/CEO;
  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber: Cynthia Pollard, president/CEO;
  • Brawley Chamber: Kathryn Figari, executive director;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Jennifer Wells, CEO;
  • Catalina Island Chamber and Visitors Bureau: Wayne Griffin, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Greater Corona Valley Chamber: Robert Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber and Visitors Bureau: Darletta Willis, CEO;
  • Fullerton Chamber: Theresa Harvey, executive director;
  • Garden Grove Chamber: Jeremy Harris, president/CEO;
  • Gilroy Chamber: Susan Valenta, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Patrick Ellis, president/CEO;
  • Napa Chamber: Chris Messina, president/CEO;
  • Orange Chamber: Heidi Larkin-Reed, president/CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber: Barbara deBoom, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, CEO;
  • Santa Clara Chamber and Convention-Visitors Bureau: Steve Van Dorn, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber and Visitors Center: Leigh Nixon, president/CEO;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Alice Sullivan, president/CEO; and
  • Turlock Chamber: Sharon Silva, president/CEO.

2012

Ten local chambers have received the President’s Circle Award all four years the award has been presented: Greater Bakersfield Chamber, Greater Conejo Valley Chamber, Culver City Chamber, El Centro Chamber and Visitors Bureau, Long Beach Area Chamber, Napa Chamber, Palm Desert Area Chamber, Greater Riverside Chambers, Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber, Turlock Chamber.

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber: Debbie Moreno, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Greater Corona Valley Chamber: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber and Visitors Bureau: Vicki Zamora, office manager;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Al Smith, president/CEO;
  • Fullerton Chamber: Theresa Harvey, executive director;
  • Garden Grove Chamber: Jeremy Harris, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Patrick Ellis, president/CEO;
  • Napa Chamber: Chris Messina, president/CEO;
  • Orange Chamber: Heidi Larkin-Reed, president/CEO;
  • Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Area Chamber: Barbara deBoom, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO;
  • Greater Redding Chamber: Frank J. Strazzarino, Jr., president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, CEO;
  • San Rafael Chamber: Rick Wells, president/CEO;
  • Santa Clara Chamber and Convention-Visitors Bureau: Steve Van Dorn, president/CEO;
  • Simi Valley Chamber and Visitors Center: Leigh Nixon, president/CEO; and
  • Turlock Chamber: Sharon Silva, president/CEO.

2011

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber, Debbie Moreno, president/CEO;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Jennifer Wells, president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Greater Corona Valley Chamber: Bobby Spiegel, CEO/president;
  • Culver City Chamber: Angela Gibson, chair of the board;
  • El Centro Chamber and Visitors Bureau: Cathy Kennerson, CEO;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Scott Miller, chair-elect;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Rex Oliver, president/CEO;
  • Napa Chamber: Lisa Batto, president/CEO;
  • Orange Chamber: Heidi Larkin-Reed, president/CEO;
  • Greater Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Chamber: Barbara deBoom, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers: Cindy Roth, president/CEO;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, CEO;
  • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber: Pat Sausedo, vice president;
  • Temecula Valley Chamber: Isaac Lizarraga, chairman of the board;
  • Turlock Chamber: Sharon Silva, president/CEO;
  • Vallejo Chamber: Anita Hawkes, president/CEO.

2010

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber: Debbie Moreno, president/CEO;
  • Camarillo Chamber: Tom Kelley; president/CEO;
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber: Jill Lederer, president/CEO;
  • Corona Chamber: Robert Spiegel, president/CEO;
  • Culver City Chamber: Steven Rose, president/CEO;
  • El Centro Chamber and Visitors Bureau: Cathy Kennerson, CEO;
  • Greater Fresno Area Chamber: Al Smith, president/CEO;
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber: Kim Cousins, president/CEO;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber: Randy Gordon, president/CEO;
  • Murrieta Chamber: Rex Oliver, president/CEO;
  • Napa Chamber: Lisa Batto, CEO;
  • Greater Oxnard Chamber: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO;
  • Palm Desert Chamber: Barbara deBoom, president/CEO;
  • Pleasanton Chamber: Scott Raty, president/CEO;
  • Porterville Chamber: Donnette Silva Carter, president/CEO;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers: Cynthia Roth, president/CEO;
  • Roseville Chamber: Wendy Gerig, CEO;
  • Salinas Valley Chamber: Tom Carvey, president/CEO;
  • San Diego East County Chamber: Mike Cully, president/CEO;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, CEO;
  • Turlock Chamber: Sharon Silva, president/CEO;
  • Vallejo Chamber: Anita Hawkes, president/CEO.

2009

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber: Debbie Moreno, president/chief executive officer;
  • Culver City Chamber: Steve Rose, president/chief executive officer;
  • El Centro Chamber: Cathy Kennerson, president/chief executive officer;
  • Long Beach Area Chamber: Randy Gordon, president/chief executive officer;
  • Napa Chamber: Kate King, president/chief executive officer;
  • Palm Desert Chamber: Barbara deBoom, president/chief executive officer;
  • Pleasanton Chamber: Scott Raty, president/chief executive officer;
  • Greater Riverside Chambers: Cynthia Roth, president/chief executive officer;
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber: Matt Mahood, president/chief executive officer;
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber: Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, president/chief executive officer;
  • Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Chamber: Jill Lederer, president/chief executive officer;
  • Turlock Chamber: Sharon Silva, president/chief executive officer;
  • Vallejo Chamber: Rick Wells, president/chief executive officer.

To find out how your chamber can achieve this prestigious award, contact Cathy Mesch.