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As a native of Bakersfield and Kern County I’ve seen my fair share of business cycles. Droughts, low oil prices and national recessions have hit our community hard before. Though this current economic disruption is unprecedented, our community’s response is very familiar. When the storm clouds gather, we rally to support our neighbors and protect our community. That ethos runs the gamut Nick Ortiz from bolstering our safety net providers with resources and donations to patronizing our local small businesses in their time of need. We still have a long way to go before we’ll be able to accurately assess the economic and human damage of the coronavirus pandemic. What can be definitively said is that Bakersfield and Kern County businesses met this challenge with ingenuity, creativity and resiliency. Our team at the Chamber has witnessed firsthand how our members have confronted this new normal; we have been impressed and inspired, but most importantly, honored to serve you. Just as our members have had to modify their business tactics and strategies, so have we. Over the course of the last eight weeks, we’ve reoriented our staff and programs to serve as business first responders – providing needed


information and resources to local businesses. We’ve hosted webinars on employment and labor law issues, how to access federal stimulus programs and how to market your business and network during “quarantine.” We pride ourselves on being your steadfast advocates with local, state and federal government. Our advocacy efforts have been supercharged over the last eight weeks. We’re also reevaluating all of our programs and events – when they occur and how they are presented. Look for more information from us as the public health environment becomes clearer. We’re committed to honoring the 100-year legacy of the Chamber by supporting our members, creating the best local environment for business in California and advocating for the tools you need to reopen. We’re also looking forward to the day when we can host in-person meetings, celebrations and policy briefings; until that time we’ll continue to connect with you in the “virtual space.” Finally, we are very interested in your feedback on how we can reopen Kern County’s economy swiftly but safely - reach out to us with any thoughts through covid@bakochamber. com. Stay safe, sane and kind.

Nick Ortiz President & CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber


IS WORKING FOR OUR MEMBERS Here is a recap of what the Chamber has been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic: First, we have developed a number of tools and resources to help our members navigate the deluge of information on new rules and available relief. Here’s a list of just the major things we’ve provided: • We have held a series of webinars immediately following the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) providing information on the new employee benefits and how they interact with existing programs. • We launched the “My Business Status” portion of our website providing all local businesses (regardless of membership status) the ability to publicize their operations. • We partnered with the City, County and Kern EDC to launch the Business Resource Response Team – the County operates the hotline and the Chamber manages the email. • We held additional webinars following the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) on the new programs available to businesses. • We developed resource guides on local restaurant operations, a thorough guide on business resources available, a fact sheet on the differences between the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Disaster Loan (EIDL) Programs, and a list of member lenders participating in the PPP. • We launched a series of videos on our social media channels by members on a range of topics, including finance, mental self-care, business continuity and planning amongst others. • We offered marketing webinars, virtual networking opportunites and hosted virtual committee meetings. Next, we have been very active on the advocacy front, as a leader locally and through our participation in many coalition efforts with statewide and national partners. To date our advocacy has produced: • We opened discussions with the City on a phase one plan to provide small business relief through tax and fee deferrals and we are in active conversations with the City on additional actions they could take. • We developed a coalition of local trade organizations to support relief for small businesses, funding for healthcare providers, and payments to individuals as a portion of the CARES Act; our ideas were supported by the Newsom administration which forwarded our letter to every member of the California congressional delegation. • We co-developed (with the Fresno Chamber) a coalition of nearly 80 California chambers of commerce to advocate for universal nonprofit eligibility for the CARES relief programs. • We started a series of executive roundtables with Congressman McCarthy’s staff on stimulus needs for specific industry sectors. • We partnered with Mayor Karen Goh and to date have held nine roundtable discussions with various industries on how to safety reopen the economy. • We developed a White Paper from our roundtables with feedback and recommendations from local business owners and distributed it to our local, state and federal representatives and were successful in adding some of our suggestions to the Governor’s new regulations for restaurants. • We partnered with the Kern Hispanic Chamber to hold a restaurant roundtable with Public Health and our state elected officials to hear guidance and feedback on transitioning through the Governor’s plan through stage two of reopening. • We are working with the County to provide feedback on their plans for small business support from the County Relief Fund (CRF) Initial Utilization Plan provided to them from the CARES Act. • We held our first virtual GRC with Assemblyman Vince Fong and had over 50 of our members attend. METRO | PAGE 5



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Join Shannon LaBare, Founder and Creative Director of Purveyor Branding Company; and Justin Salters, CEO & Founder of Salters Associates, for a free, members-only webinar on brand strategy and marketing communications. Shannon and Justin bring decades of combined experience helping businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes clarify their message and use marketing communications to succeed. During this 1-hour webinar, you will learn: • • • •

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Managing the COVID-19 Crisis in Kern County Dignity Health and the Kern County Public Health Department invite you to an open discussion on the next steps in healthcare in Kern County. What are hospitals doing to assure safety? Is there a risk to delaying care? What can you expect in the new normal?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:30AM | 1 hr

This is a free webex to members. Please provide any questions that you would like addressed by the panel to by Tues, May 19 at noon. To attend via webex: click here. To join by phone: dial 1.844.517.1271 and enter meeting access code, 287 989 872.

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Many of our members have been busier than usual during the stay at home order. While adjusting and performing their regular business functions, many have also been giving back to our communities in any way they can. We are proud to have members who are ‘in the business of doing better.’ If your business would like to be featured for your contributions to our community, please contact

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County


ue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County closed 59 school-based Club sites when schools closed. They pivoted from providing after school programming to urgent response mode by offering expanded day programming "critical childcare" at three facility-based Club sites (in Bakersfield and Lamont) with extended hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday to serve the critical needs of the community during this crisis. Also, the Club's Nutrition Program increased from one meal per day served five days per week to two meals per day served "to go" seven days per week at five locations (in Arvin, Bakersfield and Lamont) serving about 2,900 meals per day to at-risk and disadvantaged children.

Chef Lino's Grill


hef Lino’s Grill answered the call to feed essential workers through “Food for the Frontline Kern County,” a new organization that raises funds to support local restaurants and emergency room staff impacted by COVID-19. To date, Chef Lino’s Grill as served 100 meals to staff at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital and 50 meals to Mercy Southwest Hospital. They also brought 160 meals to workers at Adventist Health Bakersfield.


Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital


ike so many other businesses, Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital (BBHH) has been diligently working on creative ways to reach out and help the community. In April and May, BBHH hosted a Drive-up Goodie Bag Giveaway, where they invited everyone in the community to drive by their location to pick-up a CARES package full of activities and goodies for adults and children of all ages. Look for another event like this in the beginning of June.

Domino Plastics MFG


ocally, Domino Plastics has helped various retail outlets protect their staff and customers with the Sneeze Guards/Proximity Barriers. Domino Plastics uses polycarbonate or acrylic sheeting that is precision cut and then bent into shape. Thinking of our First Responders and Healthcare workers, Domino Plastics manufactured face shields that have gone to different local hospitals and nursing home. Domino Plastics has partnered with Sikh Riders of America and the River Lakes Community Church, to get face shields out to the first responders including Bakersfield Fire and KCSO. They have also been helping to provide the shields directly to numerous local dentists. As the community re-opens, Domino Plastics can work with other businesses to make it as safe as can be with the benefits of local supply as all of their manufactured products are made in Bakersfield.

Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services


o promote and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services partnered with Creative Crossings to transform parts of the Oleander neighborhood with 16 chalk masterpieces. This allowed the community to get out of their homes, practice social distancing and participate in an epic scavenger hunt. For more information on this or other Mental Health Awareness Month activities, visit



onder partnered with Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and Operation BBQ Relief to feed some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. Sonder prepared 35,000 meals and served them at the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Saint Vincent De Paul, The Mission at Kern County, and also distributed them to families in need.



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Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra


lthough concerts have been canceled, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has found a way to bring live music to our community by creating the ability to have musicians come to your home or business for a mini-concert and play from a distance.

“This has been a difficult time and people are stressed. We want to spread the beauty of music to help our community heal.” shared Holly Arnold, executive director of the Bakersfield Symphony. “Not only does this project bring joy to our community, it is also a mechanism to support our musicians who love and miss playing music - many whose main income depended on live performances and teaching music lessons - so it’s a way to help our musicians heal as well." For more information or to schedule a mini-concert, please go to the “events page” at

Countryside Market & Restaurants


ountryside Market & Restaurants has been giving back to our first responders as well as their own employees. They treated the night shift workers at Dignity Health Memorial Hospital to a hot meal, have been offering free coffee to all first responders, and gave their employees a raise at the beginning of the stay at home order to help ease the financial burdens of the pandemic.

Salty's BBQ & Catering


n March, Chamber member Salty’s BBQ & Catering launched Make a Difference Monday to give back to our community by providing dinner to two families impacted by COVID-19 each week. The first week, they received more than two dozen nominations. Since then, Salty’s has been joined by other locally operated businesses, including Edible Arrangements, Papa John’s Pizza Rosedale, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Outback, Eureka!, The Flame Broiler, Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler, Luigi’s, Wing Stop and Sorella Restaurant. As of May 8, the team of restaurants had received more than 225 nominations and provided meals for more than 70 families.




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• Kern COG is co-sponsoring a series of webinars regarding the benefits of teleworking. You can access the registration for these webinars on their CommuteKern website at www. The first webinar went live last week and was geared to the employers and managers. This week’s webinar focuses on the employees and how to manage working remotely in an effective and efficient manner. • Scope Studios is offering lowthreshold Video Production packages for businesses affected by COVID-19 for a short time. Don’t miss the chance to present a professional image to the public during this crisis. Normally productions with Scope Studios start at $10k, but they are now providing several low-cost options to the community by offering all-inclusive video packages for a limited time. Please contact jlslagle@wearescope. com for questions or to set up a time to take advantage of these packages. • GAR Bennett is deemed as an “essential business” due to their role in supplying the agricultural industry with crop protection, crop nutrition, irrigation and compliance needs. They will be remaining open and their locations have a tremendous amount of product and capacity to meet your needs. Their staff is working hard to keep local food systems running strong. • During this pandemic, Deprigo has a source for medical-grade personal protective equipment and supplies including N95 masks, surgical masks and exam gloves. All medical supplies meet CDC and FDA specifications. Deprigo is your community partner in the fight against COVID-19. For more information, please call 661-447-4221 extension 109. METRO | PAGE 14

• Sprague Pest Solutions has expanded their services to offer commercial disinfectant services. Their goal at Sprague has always been to work with their customers and communities to provide safer food, and protect the safety of the environments in which we all live and work. Their technicians will disinfect your facility by appropriately applying EPA and FDA approved disinfectants against human Coronaviruses and many other common viruses. Teams are available 24/7 to meet the needs of your facility. If you need help with disinfectant service for your facility, please reach out to your account manager, or give us a call at 855-805-0755. • In efforts to stay connected with our community during these tough times, Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will be hosting one Facebook Live a week over the several Friday’s. Visit their Facebook page at www. Sign up for their Community Newsletter for tips on maintaining physical and mental health. • Strata Credit Union introduces their brand-new mascot “The Strata Raptor.” The Raptor joins other Kern County mascots in a month-long coloring contest! Children aged 3-17 can compete for cash and other prizes by completing the coloring contest form, found at www.stratacu. org/coloringcontest. Winners will be announced on June 15 on Strata CU social media pages. • Do you have a birthday coming up? Let The BLVD! help celebrate by joining your birthday parade! Beginning this Saturday the BLVD! car can join you for your parade free of cost! Please message them on Instagram, Facebook

or email our Event Coordinator • If you are preparing to reopen a building or business where there’s been little to no water use, California Water Service asks that you please thoroughly flush water from the taps before using it. This precaution is necessary because prolonged stagnation of water in building pipes can impair water quality. To flush properly, start from the faucet closest to the water meter and move outward toward the farthest faucet. If your faucet has both cold and hot water handles, run the cold water first, then the hot water. For more information, visit coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/buildingwater-system.html or https://www. certlic/drinkingwater/covid-19.html. • Functional Ergonomics, Inc., the County’s largest dedicated functional capacity and physical abilities testing center remains open. Employee and client health screenings are performed daily. Virtual Home Office Ergonomic Evaluations are being performed to assist those working at home. Please call 661-328-0692 or email tomtraut@ for further information. • KVPrint is working diligently to ensure a healthy and safe environment for their employees and customers. They are continuing to focus on sanitizing all surfaces throughout the office and eliminating as much personto-person contact as possible. They are offering free shipping on all new orders. Please contact info@kvprint. com or call 661-327-1772 for orders.

• Environmental Waste Minimization, Inc. is an environmental services company with a highly recognized reputation for expertise in all areas of field services and remediation. EWMI’s unsurpassed vision, commitment to total quality and depth of experience have made them a leader in the industry. EWMI / RRI are ready to take on the procedures and disinfection measures necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They have the resources to handle emergency situations and the expertise to complete the follow-through. EWMI / RRI meets or exceeds all procedures developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and other federal and international agencies for COVID-19 preparedness, mitigation, and disinfection. Their highly trained professionals are the emergency experts in the environmental industry. They will safely, effectively, and quickly implement the correct measures to keep your company and your people safe. Contact them 24/7 at 484-2756900 or email • In collaboration with the College of Nursing, University of Phoenix, is creating video resources around Sanitation, Protective Practices, and Re-use of disposable PPE equipment. These tools are available online for free, and please share with your teams. They are continuously being updated. Please view these resources at https:// html#COVID19-Resources. • Hyatt Place Bakersfield is open for reservations. Their rooms are ideal for essential service employees, medical employees and traveling employees with room rates at $89 + tax. Please call 661-885-6300 for reservations.

• As the DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield carefully monitors ongoing developments with the COVID-19 situation, and prioritizes team members and guest services, they will continue to monitor their health and safety practices to take care of their employees and customers. The DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield is currently open for those guests that must continue to travel as essential business. They offer a digital key to bypass the front desk and easy access to your hotel room. Their staff is dedicated to assist during this crisis. Please let them know if they can help with your hotel needs. • At Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield you will enjoy a place of peace and comfort. During this COVID-19 Pandemic they are extending their Good Neighbor Rate to those first responders, medical physicians, nurses, and any essential worker needing overnight accommodations. For a limited time, the Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield is offering an exclusive rate for the Bakersfield Community & Essential workers. Rates starting at $59 per night. Book now and save as this offer is based on availability and will not last long. To make your reservation at this exclusive rate, copy the following link https://secure3. htm?ctyhocn=BFLBAG I&corporateCo de=2538741&from=lnrlink or contact our Director of Sales directly at jessica. or by calling (661)716-5906 or 661-301-3353. • All Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy locations are open. They are taking all precautions and doing screenings at each location.

• Central Valley Physical Therapy is offering free 20-minute pain/ injury telehealth consultations to all Healthcare Heros. They want to help you while you are helping our community. No insurance is involved. Please call 661-827-8959 or email for more information. • Golden Walk is proud to announce their New Professional Disinfectant Services beginning May 15th to their portfolio of Professional Safety Solutions. Their Professional Disinfectant Services will include the application specialized products (Hospital Grade & EPA approved) and technologies in eradicating / eliminating Human Coronavirus, HIV, SARS, Influenzas H1N1, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Canine parvovirus (CPV), and others viruses over commercial surfaces. For more information and service scheduling, contact support@ or call 661-377-2146. • The Alzheimer's Association continues to provide care and support both locally and nationally in English & Spanish. As always, their 24/7 Helpline is available at 800-272-3900 and their website at offers virtual message boards, online education, information and resources. • Congratulations to LVL Fitness for being recognized as the 2020 Small Business of the Year! LVL Fitness has greatly impacted the health of our community and has created a nourishing environment for growth in many aspects of their clients lives.


oin us Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. for our At Home Date: Friday, May 29 Happy Hour that will be hosted by Ambassador Time: 5 p.m. Jim Luff. This is an opportunity to chat with some Location: Zoom familiar faces at the Chamber and within the business Cost: Free community while catching up on our personal and professional lives. This is a laid-back, light-hearted conversation between friends and colleagues - Jim will be sharing a refreshing cocktail recipe, while we discuss what we have been binge-watching or reading, advice/tips on working from home and talking about plans for the rest of the year. Space is limited, so please register by emailing Hillary Haenes at and you will be sent a link to our Zoom meeting. Cheers! Hosted by Jim Luff METRO | PAGE 15

NEW MEMBERS We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies who have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to provide a healthy business climate in Kern County. Ashley Furniture 8915 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93312 661- 588-7953

Jaco Oil Company 3101 State Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308| 661-393-7000

Aunt Mae's Sweet Tooth 830 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-725-5200

Nolan Enterprises 6077 Coffee Rd., Ste. 4-170 Bakersfield, CA 93308 951-415-8237

The Blessing Corner 101 Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-477-6028

Salters Associates 1600 F St., Ste. 200 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-279-0819

The Epiphany Foundation 800 Sacramento St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-706-9340

Sam Lynn Ballpark/Bakersfield Train Robbers 4009 Chester Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-520-1714

Hot Pot Spot 1525 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-337-0606

Your Office Solution LLC 430 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-695-6916

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Advertising in Metro and email blasts – it’s an exclusivity that only Chamber members enjoy. Regardless of your budget or needs, the Chamber offers competitive pricing to help you determine which advertising option works best for your company.

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RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued investment helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community. Adventist Health Bakersfield – 1958 ALPHA Canine Sanctuary – 2011 Alzheimer's Association, California Southland – 2018 Apex Management Group – 2010 Aspire Behavioral Health – 2018 AT&T California – 1946 Bakersfield Christian High School – 1999 Bakersfield Drug Testing – 2007 Bakersfield Heart Hospital – 1998 Bakersfield Truck Center – 1992 Bank of America – 1920 Barbich Consulting – 2005 BBSI - Bakersfield – 2014 Beckie Diltz/PROforma Solutions for Printing LLC – 2010 Belfor Property Restoration – 2010 Big O Tires – 2018 Brimart D, LP – 2017 Brown Armstrong Certified Public Accountants – 1985 Business Initiatives – 2001 California Fruit Depot – 2005 California Independent Petroleum Association – 1992 California Resources Corporation – 1970 Canteen Vending – 2011 Cantelmi Engineering Inc. – 2009 Chevron – 1920 Children's Advocates Resource Endowment – 2006 Columbus Estates – 2014 Crest Bar and Grill – 2016 CSF Medical Nonprofit Foundation – 2017 Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific – 1991 Danny G. Dane, Tax & Financial Services – 1992 Donnie Craig – 1999 Empire Eye and Laser Center – 2017 Environmental Waste Minimization, Inc. – 2015 Esparza Enterprises, Inc – 2001

Express Transit Inc. – 2017 Four Points Hotel by Sheraton – 1983 Granite Construction – 1977 Greer's Banner Air – 1999 Griffith Company – 1930 Guild House – 1993 Hansen's Moving & Storage, Inc. – 2019 Heart Vascular and Leg Center – 2010 Hospital Council of Northern & Central California – 2018 ICON Printing Solutions – 2016 Itani Design Concepts – 2015 Jaco Oil Company – 1990 John F. Stovall – 2005 Junior League of Bakersfield – 2003 Karpe Real Estate Center – 1920 Kern County Builders Exchange – 1957 Law Offices of Borton Petrini LLP – 1951 LeBeau-Thelen LLP – 1989 Lynn E. Rickard, ARA – 1998 M & S Security Services, Inc. – 2011 M.D. Manufacturing, Inc. – 2010 Meridian Pacific, Inc. – 2012 Metropolitan Recycling LLC – 2011 Ming Around the Corner – 2000 Mountain Pacific Insurance & Financial Services - Union – 2019 Mr. Tuxedo – 1991 MX4, Inc. McDonald's Restaurant – 2019 National Cement Company – 2009 Neira's Collision Centers Inc. - Meany Ave. – 2014 North of the River Recreation & Park District – 2013 O'Dell Cross, A Professional Corporation – 1991 Omni Family Health – 1986 Pacific Health Education Cognitive Center, Inc. – 2019 Pacifica Senior Living – 2009 PCL Industrial Services, Inc. – 2011

Personal Express Insurance – 2009 Plains LPG Services, L.P. – 1992 PostNet CA 135 – 2014 Residence Inn By Marriott – 1990 Rick Clemmons Construction DBA The Plumbing Doc – 2019 Robert Heely Construction, LP – 2014 Royal Palms – 1996 Russell D. Martin CPA – 1996 S.A. Camp Companies – 2003 SA Recycling, LLC – 1997 Sage Equities – 2016 San Joaquin Valley Mortgage – 2015 Santiago Sales – 2011 SBI Parking Lot & Highway Improvement – 2018 Snelling Staffing Services – 2008 Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield – 2018 StructureCast – 1999 Sunshine Restaurant Group – 2019 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – 2007 Teen Challenge So. Cal. - KC HQ – 2019 The Daily Report – 1995 The Links at Riverlakes Ranch – 2005 Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC – 2000 Trek Imaging – 2002 Trinity Consultants, Inc. – 2000 U-Haul Moving and Storage – 2015 Urner's – 2018 Valley Achievement Center – 2003 Victoria's – 2015 Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente – 2013 Western Nutrients Corp. – 2012 Western States Petroleum Association – 1990 White Stone Painters – 2014 WOW Pest Control – 2017 Yankee Communications, Inc. – 2013


2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Chairwoman Elect of the Board Kristen Beall Watson Kern Community Foundation Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Vice Chair Economic Vitality Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC Vice Chair Member Engagement Tasha Clayton Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/ Countryside Markets General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP


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Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Cathy Albyn | Membership & Business Development Manager Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Frances Klingenberger | Manager, Strategic Programs



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