The California Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual summit today for business and local chamber of commerce leaders from throughout the state.
The sold out half-day summit precedes the Sacramento Host Reception this evening and Host Breakfast tomorrow.
Host Breakfast speakers include Governor Edmund G. Brown. Jr. and 2018 CalChamber Chair Terry MacRae, CEO, president and founder of Hornblower Cruises & Events.
The summit features political insiders and CalChamber policy advocates who will speak about election year politics and state policy issues.
Opening the program will be CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg, who will give a straight talk about priority business issues.
Zaremberg also will moderate “Capitol Scoop: Today’s Political and Policy Issues” with Andrew Acosta of Acosta Consulting and Karen Hanretty, a public affairs consultant.
Acosta has more than two decades of experience in campaign management, and Hanretty has extensive experience reaching policymakers, voters, and consumers.
A session on “Election Year Voter Attitudes” will be presented by PSB Research’s Robert Green and Adam Rosenblatt.
Green, a principal at PSB, develops research-based messaging strategies for political, corporate and trade association clients. Rosenblatt, a PSB senior strategist, was recently named a nonpartisan “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Other Capitol Summit highlights will include:
- Presentation of the President’s Circle and Small Business Advocates of the Year award.
- A post-lunch panel discussion at which CalChamber Policy Advocates Laura Curtis and Sarah Boot will provide updates on labor and employment, tax and privacy legislation. The moderator will be the Honorable Mike Villines, a former Assembly Republican leader and owner of the Villines Group LLC.
Following the policy issues panel, Summit attendees will have time for self-scheduled visits with their legislative representatives.
Sacramento Host Reception/Breakfast
Scheduled for this evening is the Sacramento Host Reception. This event is co-sponsored by the CalChamber and the Sacramento Host Committee to provide networking opportunities for business leaders from all industries in California.
The reception also allows attendees the opportunity to discuss key issues facing the state with other business leaders and is a prelude to the Host Breakfast tomorrow morning.
The Host Committee is chaired this year by Donna L. Lucas, president and CEO of Lucas Public Affairs.
The Sacramento Host Breakfast features addresses from the Governor of California (a tradition since 1935) and the Chair of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Representatives from each branch of the military receive special recognition, as do members of the CalChamber Board of Directors. Other breakfast guests include leaders from business, industry and agriculture, finance, education, the military and government.
Another breakfast tradition is the use of California-grown fresh fruit, vegetables and foods as the major table decorations. The displays serve both as reminders of the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy and edible mementos for guests to take with them when leaving the breakfast.
The Sacramento Host Breakfast has become a California tradition. There is no function comparable to it in any other state. The Host Committee hopes the objective of providing an opportunity for California’s leaders to meet and share views in an informal setting will continue to be accomplished in a nonpolitical, noncommercial way through the annual Sacramento Host Breakfast.