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Board of Directors

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2015 Board of Directors

Board Chair - Mark Carrington
President and CEO - Joanne Webster
Chair Elect - Bob Herbst
Past Chair - Pat Sorber
Treasurer - Carol A. Harris
Secretary - Stephanie Plante
Vice Chair Governmental Affairs - Casey Mazzoni
Vice Chair Community Promotion - Sean Murphy
Vice Chair Member Services - Bonnie Ayers-Namkung
Vice Chair Economic Sustainability - Stephanie Plante


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Laura Bertolli, Corporate President
Bertolli's Auto Body Repair Inc.
1445 East Francisco Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-1992
Term:  


Title
: CEO

Professional Duties: Laura operates an auto repair business. She also acts as personnel manager, bookkeeper, sales force, insurance claims negotiator, marketing director, advertising contact, social media tech, event planner, file clerk, coffee maker.

Professional Experience: ASE certified, I-CAR certified, licensed Real Estate Broker, Woman Owned Marin Business (WOMB) administrator. 

Accomplishments/Community Service: Laura serves on various community boards and organizations such as Rotary, Bank of Marin advisory, San Rafael Pacifics advisory, Rock for Good foundation,  PTA, and Marin Catholic Interact club.

Other Volunteer Activities: School volunteer, girl school leader

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Director 8 years, Interim Chair, Chair-elect, member of committees:  GAC, Membership, business showcase, leads group, auto industry, Economic Development, women’s conference.

Personal Information: Laura is a single mother of three wonderful children living in San Rafael. She's a Marin County native, one of four daughters born to an Italian immigrant. She loves international travel, road trips, outdoor activities, car shows and listening to live music.


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Beau Blanchard
California Film Institute
1001 Lootens Place, Suite 220
San Rafael, CA 94901
Term: 2015 (1)


Title: Corporate Development Manager

Professional Duties: Beau started at the California Film Institute in 2009 as the Development Coordinator for the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival and has since risen to his current position of Corporate Development Manager, now responsible for over $2M annually in cash and Trade sponsorships. Beau first entered the festival world in 2008 with the San Francisco Film Society in Development for the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, and has worked in a variety of aspects of film festival production including marketing, membership, and event production. 

Education and Professional Experience: A graduate of the University of Southern California, Beau studied Journalism and Cinema, which led to a USC Industry Internship and an Assistant position with Columbia Pictures.  After ten-plus years on the studio-side of the Los Angeles/Hollywood film industry at Sony and subsequently with film & television producer Leonard Goldberg’s Mandy Films, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to rediscover his cinephile roots through independent film production and foreign and documentary film exposition. An active member of the Screen Actors Guild, Beau is also the Artist Coordinator for SF Sketchfest, one of the most prominent comedy festivals in the country.

Chamber of Commerce Role: Beau joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2014.

Personal Information: Beau and his fiancée Lauren Crandell currently have one son, Camden Scott. Beau enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, attending Oakland A's games, and running with his two dogs, Mickey and Midas.

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Mark Carrington
Cornish and Carey Commercial
1101 Fifth Avenue, Suite 230
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 254-1067
Term: 2015 Board Chair

Title:  Senior Associate

Business Name: Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank

Professional Duties: Sale and Lease of Commercial Properties; Representation of Buyers/Tenants of Commercial Properties; Consulting

Professional Experience: 17 years of experience in commercial real estate; Over $2.5 Billion in commercial property sales; Facilitation of many of the North Bay’s largest lease transactions.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Vice Chairman, Economic Sustainability, SRCoC; Chairman, Marin Cricket Club, 2000-2004; CoStar Top Marin Office Leasing and Investment Sales Broker 2010/2011; Award for Outstanding Achievement, Colliers International, 2005; Team Spirit Award, Cushman & Wakefield Capital Markets Group, 2003

Other Volunteer Activities: Board of Directors, Carrera de San Rafael; Coach, Marin Highlanders Rugby Football Club; Team Leader, Safe Routes to Schools

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Vice Chairman, Economic Sustainability

Personal Information: Mark spent four years in the South African Defense Force where he reached the rank of Lieutenant and commanded an Infantry Company in an elite unit.  That experience is often put to the test while raising three active sons.


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Mike Christian
Toyota Marin
445 E. Francisco Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415)456-7626
Term: 2014 (2)

Title: General Manager

Professional Duties: As the General Manager of a Price Family Dealership Mike shares the full commitment to the community. Mike believes in not only providing a great Sales or Service experience, but also having a great "corporate citizenship" within the community.

Education and Professional Experience: With 22 years in the Automotive Business, Mike brings great knowledge and understanding.

Chamber of Commerce Role: Mike joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2013. 

Personal Information: Married with 2 children and has been a Bay Area resident for 12 years.


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Dolores Cordell
Employment Law Attorney for Business
3030 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 289-0800
Term:

Title: Lawyer

Professional Duties: Keeping employers from getting sued.

Professional Experience: Over 30 years as a lawyer. Over 20 years as an employment law attorney specializing in preventive law for businesses.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Past member of the Legal Specialist committee of the State Bar. Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court.

Other Volunteer Activities: Board of Governors, the Marin School; Membership Committee, Sausalito Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Director

Personal Information: Married to Terrence Bennett, a criminal defense attorney, and together we have total of 6 children. Lived in Marin for 20 years. Certified Enneagram Trainer – Business.


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Debi Geller
Nelson Staffing
18 Professional Center Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-5101
Term:

Title: Business Development Manager

Professional Duties: We support companies of all sizes with temporary staffing and recruiting.

Professional Experience: Debi has many years of experience working in staffing, account management, fundraising, teaching, writing, and community organizing. Debi graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in French Studies.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Debi has served on many different boards and committees including: SR Chamber Ambassadors, SR Chamber Women of Industry, Corte Madera Chamber Board of Directors, JCHS Parent Association co-president, various projects at Congregation Rodef Sholom, BNI Leadership Team, Marin HR Forum Membership Chair, and more.

Other Volunteer Activities: Debi has been a school volunteer wherever her children have attended school. She was involved in Girl Scouts and other community building events in Marin. Debi often speaks for associations and other groups.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Director

Personal Information: Debi lives in her hometown of San Rafael, where she was lucky enough to be able to raise her 2 daughters, who are 17 and 21. Debi loves the outdoors; hiking and walking her dog are favorite activities, as are cooking and being with friends.


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Jayati Ghosh
Dominican University
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 457-4440
Term: 2015 (2)

Title: Associate Dean, School of Business & Leadership, Dominican University of California

Business Name: Dominican University of California

Education:  Jayati earned her Ph.D.  from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1991.  She received an M.A.  degree in 1986 from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. She also holds M.Sc. (1983) and B.Sc (1981) degrees from University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India.

Professional Duties:  Jayati is the Associate Dean and also teaches in the School of Business & Leadership at Dominican University of California.

Professional Experience:  Jayati has been in higher education for over 20 years.  Prior to her tenure at Dominican University of California, Jayati taught at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

Professional Service: Currently Jayati is a member of the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Serving on the Board of Directors, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Personal Information: Jayati lives in San Rafael and is married with two grown children. Jayati enjoys travelling and reading.


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Carol A. Harris
Kaiser Permanente
99 Montecillo Drive
San Rafael CA 94903
(415) 893-4069
Term: 2015 (2)

Title: Community and Government Relations Manager

Professional Duties: Carol is responsible for internal and external communications programs including community and government relations, marketing, and media relations.

Professional Experience: Over 20+ years work experience in community relations, communications, and program development for various nonprofit organizations. She previously held positions with the Children’s Environmental Health Network and the American Diabetes Association, as well as worked in the field of real estate and urban economics consulting.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Carol is a graduate of the San Rafael and Novato Leadership Institutes and is a past board member of the San Rafael Rotacare Free Clinic.

Other Volunteer Activities:  She is a school volunteer and room parent.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Board of Director and member of the Government Affairs Committee.

Education: Carol graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz and earned a Masters in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley.

Personal Information: Carol grew up in San Rafael and now lives in Novato with her daughter. She enjoys the outdoors, biking and hiking, camping, and folk dancing.


Bob Heinen
Pacific Sun Media Co.
835 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94949
(415) 485-6700
Term:


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Bob Herbst
San Rafael Airport

400 F Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-7700
Term: 2014 (2)

Title: Owner/Project Manager

Professional Duties: Robert manages the day to day operations of the San Rafael Airport. San Rafael Airport is a private general aviation airport housing 100 aircraft hangars and a small industrial park. In 2001-2004, Robert managed a complete Master Plan Renovation of the airport, including the installation of a 45 kilowatt rooftop solar project to provide renewable green power for airport operations. In October 2012 he completed Marin County’s largest solar project, which provides renewable power to Marin Clean Energy customers. He is currently working on a LEED Gold certified community sports facility to be located at San Rafael Airport.

Professional Experience: Robert is a principal with family-owned JHS Properties, a local Marin County based real estate investment firm that develops, owns, and manages office and industrial properties. Notable projects include the Autodesk World Headquarters, Bay Park Office Center, and San Rafael Airport, all located in San Rafael.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Robert serves on the Operations Committee of the Marin Art & Garden Center.

Other Volunteer Activities: Robert helps coach his son's and daughter’s local sports teams, and is an active participant (and current Chief) with his children in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.

Chamber of Commerce Role: Robert is on the San Rafael Board of Directors and is Vice Chair of Economic Sustainability, overseeing the Green Business, Education, and Economic Vitality Committees.


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Tim Hoyle
Motivation According to Hoyle
479 Mills Drive
Benicia, CA 94510
(888) 776-0984
Term: 2015 (1)

Title: Motivational Coach

Professional Duties: Motivational speaker, consultant and coach.

Professional Experience: 15 years as a sole proprietor.  Tim's business, Motivational According to Hoyle, has helped individuals and companies around the country to improve performance, teamwork and morale.

Accomplishments/Community Service:

  •      Certified Mediator for the state of California
  •      Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst
  •      Certified Professional Motivators Analyst
  •      Certified in Winslow Human Behavior Assessment Systems
  •      Toastmaster’s District winner of the Humorous Speaking Award, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009

Chamber of Commerce Role: Tim joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2014.


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Lorenzo Jones
The Employers Edge
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 652-7627
Term:

Title: Executive Coach

Professional Duties: I help anticipate and solve employee-related problems by using and combining the following:

* Train the Internal Coaching Programs
*Assessments
* Executive Coaching
* Supervisory, management, and leadership training programs
* Sales Training programs
* Group facilitation
* Employee accountability training
* 240 and 360 Surveys
* President and Human Resource Round Tables

Professional Experience: Lorenzo Jones is a professional certified life and business coach, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and executive with more than 20 years experience that is solidly grounded in creating a positive learning environment by building a high degree of connection and trust with his clients. The companies that have benefitted from Lorenzo’s management and coaching includes; County of Marin, T-Mobile, AAA, Nike, Levi’s Strauss, Wells Fargo, BRE Properties Management, Hilton Hotels, Verizon Wireless...and more!

Accomplishments/Community Service: Graduate of San Rafael Leadership Institute. Past Board Member of Marin Womens Hall of Fame

Other Volunteer Activities: Serves on the Board of Director for The Boys and Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties. Serves on the committee at Working Solutions providing Micro Business Financing for entrepreneurs.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Aside from current role on the BOD, I’ve been supporting the chamber on the Business Showcase committee for the past 4 years.

Personal Information: Avid road cyclist participating in the ACLS Ride from San Francisco to LA. Have had the pleasure of sharing my coaching work in West Africa on several occasions . You can find me feeding the community as co-owner of Taste Kitchen & Table Bakery and Café in Fairfax.


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Michael Kadel
California Bank & Trust
1016 Irwin Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 524-1200
Term:

Title: Business Center Manager/Senior Vice President

Professional Duties: Responsible for the growth and development of the North Bay Business Center located in San Rafael , CA. This includes P & L responsibilities of the Center including hiring and managing a commercial lending team for the North Bay concentrating on financing Investor and Owner-Occupied real estate properties and working capital for companies $5 million to $75 million in annual revenues.

Professional Experience: Regional Manager at Bank of Marin in San Rafael. There he led one of the three of the bank’s largest regions – responsible for business development, attracting seasoned banking talent for bank branches, and for maintaining the bank’s high standard of customer service. He was a member of Bank of Marin’s strategic planning team and launched its private banking program.

He began his financial career more than 20 years ago, and has held management positions at Greater Bay Bancorp, Tamalpais Bank, and Wells Fargo, where he managed 15 retail branches. His roles included regional branch management, strategic planning, commercial and business banking, relationship management, and private banking.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Former Chair of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, Current Chair of Marin Economic Forum, Finance Committee Member of Marin Builders Assoc., Hospice By The Bay – Board of Directors (Chair of Audit Committee), California Family Health Council Inc – Board of Directors (Chair of Audit and Investment Committees)

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Former Chair of San Rafael Chamber in 2010, Member of GAC Committee, Director

Personal Information: Enjoy hiking, traveling and snow skiing. I am a resident of San Rafael in Lucas Valley.


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Boku Kodama
Renaissance Marin Entrepreneurship Center
1115 Third Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 755-1115
Term: 2015 (1)

Title: Center Manager and Director of the Marin County SBDC

Professional Duties: Develop and manage the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in Marin County with the goal of helping to alleviate poverty in the county and redefining the meaning of entrepreneurship from merely business startups to a key set of tools for self-sustainability in the New Economy.

Professional Experience: Boku has worked with 19 startups over 40 years primarily in high tech including ten for-profit businesses and nine non-profit agencies. His education in business was through experiences and calculated strategies.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Taking profits from our for-profit businesses, Boku recognizes that a vibrant business does not exist without a vibrant community so he developed funds, projects and in some cases, nonprofit groups at a grassroots level to make direct improvements. Boku personally dedicated 18 years working as a volunteer fulltime with inner-city residents with few options by training them as entrepreneurs.

Other Volunteer Activities: Boku built a video production business providing new filmmakers an opportunity to hone their skills on a real world level as they created stories of the inner cities. Founded the Kodama Scholarship Fund and the Kodama Family Fund during the 1990s and 2000s.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Renaissance Marin has been a member of the San Rafael Chamber since 2012 the center launched in June of that year.

Personal Information: Boku has been associated with Marin County since the 1960s both as a close neighbor (San Francisco and Berkeley) and as a resident (San Anselmo). He has three grown children, Marcus, Justin and Erin, all doing great, and a wife of 36 years, Donna. Boku graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism. He grew up in San Francisco in the Western Addition and the Sunset Districts. Boku has been a disciplined gym rat for decades, an avid runner and cyclist and a voracious reader of business books (one per week).


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Casey Mazzoni
Mazzoni + Associates
PO Box 150095
San Rafael, CA 94915
(415) 460-6763
Term: 2015 (1)

Title:  Vice President

Professional Duties: Casey specializes in public affairs, advocacy and political strategy.

Professional Experience: Casey worked on several political campaigns in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties.  She was a director at the Seattle Chapter of the American Heart Association where she managed the chapter’s American Heart Walk.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Casey is proud to be affiliated with great organizations such as Conservation Corps Northbay, Friends in Sonoma Helping – F.I.S.H., Marin City Community Development Corporation and Catholic Charities.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Casey is the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Personal Information: Casey graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, with an emphasis in News Production.  In her free time Casey enjoys traveling, food and wine, anything outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. 


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Sean Murphy
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
781 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415)256-2119
NMLSR ID - 297731
Term: 2015 (1)

Title: Home Mortgage Consultant

Professional Duties:

I am excited to announce my new role as a Home Mortgage Consultant for the #1 mortgage lender in the country, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  It is my goal to assist homebuyer and homeowners with all their mortgage financing needs utilizing best in class products, programs and pricing to deliver the results these people require on a daily basis.  I am fortunate to be able to assist anyone looking at purchase or refinancing needs throughout the United States so if you have questions on purchasing, refinancing, Home Equity lines of credit – I look forward to an opportunity to be of further service!

Wells Fargo partners with local businesses in offering - Corporate Advantage Program (CAP)

The Corporate Advantage Program® provides financing options for employees looking to purchase or refinance a home.

We are ready to work with you to make the program available under the umbrella of your company’s benefits package and introduce it to your employees. Your benefits include:

·         Full-service administrative support
·         On-site workshops and consultations
·         Lunch and learns
·         $500 My Mortgage Gift1

This cost-free program can be combined with your existing benefits package to recruit new employees and retain your existing ones.

1. Specific terms and conditions apply – I will be happy to meet and discuss in more detail.

Professional Experience: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - 9/2014 - Present, RPM Mortgage – 3/2009 – 9/2014, Smart Home Loans – 7/2007 – 2/2009, Greenpoint Mortgage – 1/2004 – 6/2007

Accomplishments/Community Service: San Rafael Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador of the Year 2013, SRCC – Chair of Ambassador Committee 2012 – 2013, Women’s Council of Realtors – Marin Chapter-Affiliate of the Year 2011, Women’s Council of Realtors – Treasurer 2012 and 2013, St. Anselm’s Parish CYO Board Member – 2010 – present, St. Anselm’s CYO Coach (Basketball and Volleyball), St. Anselm’s Church – Eucharistic Minister

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Ambassador, Membership Development, Golf, Business Showcase

Personal Information: Wife – Sharon, Kids – Colin and Erin. Native to Marin – Marin Catholic ’84 graduate, Santa Clara University ‘88


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Bonnie Ayers Namkung
SEO Copywriter

1206 Third Street, Ste. 2
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 459-8966
Term: 2015 (2)

Title: Principal

Professional Duties: Marketing consulting, copywriting, search engine optimization of websites

Professional Experience: 11 yrs. – self-employed marketing/copywriting services; 3 yrs. - freelance magazine writer

Accomplishments/Community Service: Founding Board member of EcoFair Marin (green festival hosted by City of San Rafael), Board member of Marin Association of Female Executives

Other Volunteer Activities: Copywriting/marketing services or consulting volunteered for these organizations: To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation; Starlings Volleyball; Greening for Profit; Youth in Arts; eco-exist; Women's Initiative for Self Employment clients; ArtWorks members

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Board of Directors; Green Committee – past co-chair; GreenUp! editor

Personal Information: Bonnie is from Wyoming, but has lived in Marin for 20 years with her husband and 2 children. Interests include dance, hiking, reading, jewelry making, travel.


Jaime Ortiz
Bank of Marin
1101 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 485-2265
Term: 2014 (1)


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Stephanie Plante
Cal-Pox, Inc.
103 Shoreline Pkwy, Ste 100
San Rafael 94901
(415) 457-8850
Term: 2014 (1)

Title:  President

Business Name:   Cal-Pox, Inc.

Professional Duties: Stephanie is President and Managing Partner of Cal-Pox, GSG Partners and Sonoma Bell Associates, all based in San Rafael, California.  Major tenants include Target, Home Depot, Pier 1 Imports, Sonnen BMW and Marin Honda. Stephanie has been principal in the development of these businesses from the ground up.  Most recently, she secured all entitlements in a contentious, seven-year battle to build a Target at the Shoreline Center, owned by Cal-Pox, in San Rafael.  The Center is a 39-acre former landfill.  Stephanie manages not only the real estate development at the Center but also the environmental and regulatory requirements at both the County and State level.

Professional Experience: Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University, both in Communications. Prior to her real estate career, Stephanie was a television producer and reporter for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. Stephanie has been in the real estate industry since 1999.

Accomplishments/Community Service: In addition to the Chamber Board and the Marin Forum, Stephanie actively supports San Rafael Pacifics, the Tam Valley and Bahia Vista PTA, and she was formerly on the Board of Artworks Downtown. She helps direct a donor advised fund with the Marin Communtiy Foundation on behalf of her grandfather, Martin Bramante.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Stephanie is a member of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Personal Information: Stephanie and her husband Chris live in Mill Valley with their two children, Anna and Amos.


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Leslie Ruhland
Accuchex Payroll & Insurance
365 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-7733
Term: 2014 (1)

Title: Executive Vice President

Professional Duties: As a managing member, Leslie is currently building Accuchex Insurance Services LLC, which was founded as a complimentary service offering to her payroll and HR clients. Leslie's specialties include coordinating sales and new business initiatives, developing her team of consultants and driving her companies growth into the future.

Professional Experience: Leslie began her business career energized by the outdoor life in Aspen, Colorado where she co-founded and operated High Altitude Cuisine, Inc. a highly regarded restaurant and catering business. She later returned to her native San Francisco Bay Area to manage numerous new restaurant openings for several hospitality chains.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Leslie was appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve on the County Workforce Investment Board from 2007-2010.

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Served as a director for a number of years and on several key committees including Governmental Affairs, Workforce Housing, and Leadership Institute.

Personal Information: In addition to parenting three children and two big dogs, Leslie enjoys sailing her Beneteau with family. Leslie is active in her personal life with the SFYC, having served terms on several committees and as Treasurer to the Auxilary Board. Leslie currentlt chairs the SFYC Speakers Series. She also enjoys her volunteer job on the sports field at the high school with her teenagers.


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Pat Sorber
Peacock Gap Golf Club
333 Biscayne Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 453-4940
Term: Immediate Past Chair

Title: General Manager

Professional Duties: Manages entire business operations.

Professional Experience: 32+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. Pat has worked for Marriott, Westin, Crowne Plaza, Hilton as well as Independent hotels over the years starting out in Upstate New York as a Front Desk Clerk.

Accomplishments/Community Service: Pat participates in the annual California Coastal Clean-Up Effort; have worked with Habitat for Humanity building a new home for a local family. Pat also works with Buckelew Programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Spina Bifida Association.

Other Volunteer Activities:  Pat is a Board Member for the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Workforce Investment Board of Marin County

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Pat is a member of the Business Showcase Committee and the Economic Vitality Committee.

Personal Information: Pat has been married for almost 38 years to a great guy (Rob). She and her husband have 2 grown daughters and 7 grandchildren. She loves the outdoors, walking, reading, going on cruises and cooking.


Mark van Gorder
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
1220 Anderson Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901-3124
(800) 743-5000
Term: 

Title:  Local Government Relations Representative Marin and Napa Counties – Pacific Gas and Electric.

Professional Duties:  Develop and implement effective Government Relations strategies to support Marin/Napa projects, including local agency outreach and permit support. Coordinate with local public works, city manager, elected officials and PG&E field teams, providing regular updates on upcoming work. Provide support for the field representatives on various projects or issues. Work collaboratively with various internal and external stakeholders at all levels and positions.

Professional Experience: Mark began his career in Sacramento working in broadcast news and media relations for Office of the State Controller.  Mark moved back to his Sonoma and Napa home counties where, from 1995 to 2013, he focused on public relations, marketing, events, sales, and local government issues in the wine industry.

Accomplishments/Community Service:  Elected to Napa City Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008, Mark promoted energy conservation, green building practices, Napa's "Dangerous Dog Ordinance", and worked with neighborhood leaders for improved pedestrian and bicycle safety.  Mark was appointed by City of Napa Mayor to serve six years on Napa Sanitation District Board of Directors.  Prior to his service on Napa City Council, Mark served three years as an appointee to Napa County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board and in 2004 was appointed to City of Napa Planning Commission.

Chamber of Commerce Role:  After serving one year with the Government Affairs Committee, this is Mark’s first year serving as a Board of Director. 


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Joanne Webster, President and CEO
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
817 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 454-4163

Title: President and CEO

Professional Experience: Joanne was appointed May 1st as the new President and CEO by the Board of Directors after serving as Director of Marketing and Community Promotion since 2011. For the past two decades, Joanne has been a strong advocate for local businesses. She has over 20 years experience in small business as the sole proprietor of Double Rainbow Cafe, San Rafael and 10 years experience in downtown business management as the Director of the San Rafael Business Improvement District.

Other Volunteer Activities:Joanne is a member of the Marin Forum and Friends of San Rafael Board of Directors, and a member of the Downtown Streets Team Business Advisory Council. 

Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Responsible to Board for implementation and execution of the Chamber's Business Plan. Joanne is the staff liaison to the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Economic Vitality Committee.

Education: Joanne has a degree from Boston College with a focus in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is a San Rafael Leadership Institute graduate and currently pursuing an Accredited Chamber Executive credential from the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

Personal Information: Joanne is the recipient of two Spirit of Marin awards (1998 & 2008) as the owner of Double Rainbow Cafe along with her talented husband of 27 years, Charlie Garfink. Together they are raising two brillant and beautiful daughters, Anna (20) and Meghan (16). She likes mountain biking, hiking and her favorite "holiday" is the last day of school.



HEAR WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING-

 

"The San Rafael Chamber has played a vital role in our company's success. We thank the Chamber for promoting the local economy, providing quality B2B relationships and now more than ever - championing our business concerns to Government."

 

Michael Ghilotti, Ghilotti Bros., Inc.