Chamber Staff, from left to right: Joanne Webster, Director of Marketing and Community Promotion; Emily Maloney, Office Manager; Rick Wells, President and CEO; Leonard Weingarten, Director of Business Development
President and CEO
Phone ext. 101
Born and raised in Orange County, CA.
Since coming to San Rafael in January 2010, Rick has helped the Chamber engage in a broad scope of work including: Business Advocacy, Membership Investment Value, Financial Performance and Metrics, Team Dynamics, Technology, Sustainable Business, Social Networking, Political Action, Business Retention/Expansion, Emergency Preparedness, Board Governance, and Communication/Marketing and Leadership
Before coming to San Rafael he served as CEO of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce from 2003 thru 2009. Before his appointment as CEO in Vallejo, Rick worked at the Napa Chamber of Commerce as Director of Membership for five years.
Rick has degrees from Orange Coast College and the University of California, Davis with a focus in Communications Studies. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He holds both the IOM (Institute of Organizational Management) and CAE (Certified Association Executive) professional certifications.
Rick is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley and a past Board Member and past President of the Napa Active 20-30 Service Club. He also served as a Board Member and Secretary for the Leadership Vallejo program in 2007. Rick is a current member of the Marin County School to Career Partnership Board, Workforce Investment Board of Marin County, San Rafael Pacifics Advisory Board, Western Assocaition of Chamber Executives Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce Executives, American Society of Association Executives, Northern California Golf Association and BABBS Golf Club.
In 2012 Rick was named one of the "Top 40 under 40" in the North Bay Business Journal. For nearly ten years Rick was an active mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program; he was recognized as Napa County Big Brother of the Year in 2002.
Rick has been married to the lovely and talented Ellie Bishop Wells since 2006. They like to spend time with their young daughter Cadence, cooking, playing golf and walking with Lucy May and Arnold Palmer, their two adopted dogs.
Director of Marketing & Community Promotion
Phone ext. 104
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joanne was hired by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as Director of Marketing and Community Promotion in April 2011. Joanne is the former owner of the Double Rainbow Café on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael and worked as the Director of the San Rafael Business Improvement District for the past ten years.
Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College; double majoring in math and computer science. Joanne worked as a software programmer for Design Options in Boston, MA before moving to California in 1985 to open her first small business. She worked for Double Rainbow Gourmet Inc. as Franchise Marketing Director from 1989-1990.
Joanne is currently seeking an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) credential from the Western Association of Chamber Executives. She is a graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute 2011-2012 and a current member of the Marin Forum. She served as a Board member of the Marin County Visitors Bureau from 2006-2009 and is a past Board member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of San Rafael. For over 20 years Joanne has been an active member of the San Rafael business community, winning Small Business of the Year and the Spirit of Marin Award in 1998 and 2008.
Phone ext. 108
Leonard Weingarten has a rich track record in developing,marketing and managing successful businesses, nonprofit and civic partnerships, high profile events and economic and workforce development programs.
Earlier in his career, his sports and entertainment achievements include managing marketing and public relations projects for two Summer Olympic Games, working in the NFL and on fundraisers featuring Ray Charles. Leonard also designed a sports marketing/event management course which he taught at U.C. Berkeley for five years to an international audience.
Emily is from Albany, New York and recently relocated to Marin. She was hired by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as Administrative Assistant in August 2011. She is happy to join the staff at the Chamber and looks forward to helping our members.
Emily has previously worked at a language translation company and for two New York State agencies. She received a Bachelor's Degree in History from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Emily enjoys hiking, reading and cooking.
Michelle Morales is currently a senior at Madrone High School she is looking forward to graduate in June 2013. She came to the San Rafael Chamber in June as an Intern from the School to Career Program. In August she became hired by the San Rafael Chamber as an Intern. Michelle enjoys working for the San Rafael Chamber she is learning many things to help her in her future. Michelle enjoys doing art projects with her 2 year old son Anthony and likes to volunteer in her free time.