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California Chamber of Commerce recognizes local chambers at CalChamber Capitol Summit

The 2024 President’s Circle Award recipients gather for a group photo at the CalChamber Capitol Summit. Photo provided by CalChamber.

Connections between the California Chamber of Commerce and local chambers of commerce were spotlighted during the CalChamber Capitol Summit on May 8 in Sacramento.

The CalChamber Capitol Summit brings together local chamber staff and volunteer leaders, CalChamber Board members, policymakers, and advocates for an exchange of insights and strategies.

Twelve local chambers were honored as recipients of the 2024 President’s Circle Award, 13 as Advocacy Champions, and nine as HR Champions.

The President’s Circle 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.

The 2024 recipients of the President’s Circle Award are as follows:

  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce: Bret Schanzenbach, president/CEO
  • Corona Chamber of Commerce: Bobby Spiegel, president/CEO
  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce: Janelle Capra, president/CEO
  • Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce: Danielle Borja, president/CEO
  • Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce: Mark Creffield, president/CEO
  • Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce: Nick Adcock, president/CEO
  • Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce: Kim Cousins, president/CEO
  • Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce: Jeremy Harris, 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
  • West Ventura County Business Alliance: Nancy Lindholm, president/CEO

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce have received this award all 16 years. 

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.

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