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a message from
our chair I have the esteemed honor of serving as the 2017-2018 Chairwoman of the Board for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. As a member for the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of experiencing the strong leadership of the Chamber firsthand and do not take my role lightly. One of the greatest things a chamber can give the community and its members is a strong voice. This is accomplished through advocacy, special events, networking and connecting businesses and people. I want to continue to grow the Chamber in order to give our members the strongest voice possible. We have such a unique, diverse and engaged membership that I know we can continue to enhance our community, solve problems as they arise and connect members. I could not be more excited to lead this dynamic organization and I look forward to serving you over the next year. And for the members I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, please come up and say hi at our next event!
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LIZ HALL, Inn at playa del rey 2017-18 lax coastal chamber chair
LAX Coastal Spotlight................2 Your LAX Coastal Chamber.......4 Year-in-review...........................8 financial overview...................12 chamber leadership.................14 our corporate partners.........15 LAX COASTAL TEAM......................17
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LAX COASTAL The ability to grow is one of the keys to success. By adapting to new challenges to not only survive but thrive, a business can solidify their relevancy. In the midst of change, the LAX Coastal
business climate—has continued to prosper, proving itself to be a region of influence. The LAX Coastal area covers from “soar to sand,” representing the communities surrounding LAX, the tech hub of Silicon Beach, our coast and everything in between. Every area within our community is progressing. From the $14 billion renovation of LAX, to the 50th anniversary of Marina del Rey to the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers moving into the City of Champions Stadium, the future of our neighborhood is bright. Each day represents a new opportunity within this thriving region, and we are proud to be building a better community— together.
*The following is demographical information about the LAX Coastal area from the 2010 US Census and 2012 American Community Survey 2 | LAX Coastal 2017 Annual Report
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YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER PROUD TO BE YOUR CORE OF BUSINESS
Building a better community—together. As your local chamber, we are the hub for all businesses and organizations looking to thrive. LAX Coastal Chamber members are offered exclusive access to resources, connections, advocacy, networking and community outreach not available anywhere else. Serving the communities of Westchester, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Del Rey and surrounding areas since 1953, we understand collaboration, relationship building and a commitment to service are integral for a thriving business, so we are here to assist you—and your business—every step of the way.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce promotes business and enhances the vitality of the community through member services, educational programs, strategic partnerships, community outreach and legislative advocacy. 4 | LAX Coastal 2017 Annual Report
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INSTALLATION DINNER GALA
25 Networking Mixers / 8 Special Events 1 Leadership Academy Class / 9 Ribbon Cuttings 35 Committee Meetings / 2 Membership Orientations 9 Educational Workshops / 5 Community Events 3 New Programs
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FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Each year, neighbors come together in a sea of red, white and blue to express their pride in country and community on the Fourth of July. This year's parade, "An American Adventure," was a tribute to the many adventures awaiting us in this great nation, and were celebrated with almost 50 parade entries and over 10,000 spectators.
CRUISE N BREWS
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Over 40+ breweries and 300 locals joined us and Tony P’s Dockside Grill at the 4th Annual Cruise N Brews, featuring unlimited beer tasting on a 3-story Hornblower Cruises yacht, complete with a Venice Paparazzi photo booth.
Chamber’s only open Board Meeting of the year. It allowed interested members to learn more about the coming fiscal year and hear from Councilmember Mike Bonin.
POWER HOUR Hosted as an exclusive VIP event for our Corporate Partners, this year’s Power Hour speakers included Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Alvaro Paes de Barros of YouTube Space LA, Supervisor Janice Hahn and Mark Gavens of Cedars-Sinai.
The Annual Meeting of the Membership is the
MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL EXPO 23 local schools, 7 businesses and 100+ attendees came together at our annual Neighborhood School Expo, aimed at teaching residents about our education community and the businesses that support it.
WESTCHESTERâ€™S 75th ANNIVERSARY Westchester, California turned 75 this past year, and the Chamber was a key partner in its year-long celebration. To honor our neighborhood founders and pioneers, an anniversary cocktail reception was held at Loyola Marymount University.
professional connections through a 7-course program for those looking to contribute to the
strives to engage emerging leaders, inspire
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY The Chamberâ€™s Leadership Academy program
LAX Coastal community.
STATE OF LAX LAX is happening and the Chamber is here to keep you informed. Our inaugural State of LAX luncheon invited key figures from Los Angeles World Airports, including CEO Deborah Flint, to address business leaders on their vision for a brighter LAX future. LAX Coastal 2017 Annual Report | 9
LAX COWORKING LAX Coworking is your business resource center, and the ideal space for creativity, collaboration and a productive workday near LAX. Officially opening its doors in January 2014, this year we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Chamber's elevating program, which recently won
3rd place in a national competition: the Chamber Innovation Awards.
CANDIDATE FORUM To better help our community make informed decisions at the polls, the Chamber hosted a Candidate Forum for LAUSD District 4 in partnership with the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa.
The City of Angels Awards Gala allows the Chamber to honor those who have some something extraordinary to enhance our Los Angeles region. This year we honored Supervisor Janice Hahn, Va Lecia Adams Kellum of St. Joseph Center, philanthropist and educational advocate Melanie Lundquist and philanthropist and real estate developer David Nagel.
CITY OF ANGELS
LAX COASTAL MAGAZINE Used as a yearly resource, the LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide connects our members and the community. This year's feature was not only the largest LAX Coastal Magazine to dateâ€”at 72-pages with a 16,000+ distributionâ€”it also informed readers about the state of transportation, highlighting developments within LAX, Metro and beyond.
Often described as Oscar Night for our education community, the
TEACHER EDDY AWARDS Teacher Eddy Awards was a celebration-filled evening as we honored 20 teachers from local schools and 3 community leaders who are working to elevate education.
CHAMBERFEST LAEXPO ChamberFest LAeXpo is a business expo and "Taste Of LAX Coastal" food court featuring networking, music and entertainment. This year over 60 exhibitors and 10 restaurants attracted more than 3,800 spectators.
INSTALLATION DINNER GALA This gala event is filled with the presentation of awards, auctions, gourmet cuisine and festive surprises as we say thank you to last year's leadership, install a new Board of Directors and congratulate our graduating Leadership Academy class. This year's "Summer Soiree" welcomed Liz Hall of the Inn at Playa del Rey are our incoming chair and included special guest Carol Costello of HLN and the First Lady of LMU as our installing officer. LAX Coastal 2017 Annual Report | 11
Maintaining a tradition of success, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce once again ended the year in the black with a more than $30,000 surplus. In an effort to constantly strive for excellence, we continue to make significant upgrades to our staff, office space, technology, branding and marketing opportunities to make sure that we are always prepared to be the strongest voice for business within the LAX Coastal region.
Below is a financial snapshot of our FISCAL year.
2016-2017 INCOME Advertising
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The LAX Coastal Chamber is constantly working to be the strongest voice for business within our community. The following are the LAX Coastal Policy Pillars, used to make informed decisions for the advancement of our region.
We support tax policies that enhance the competitiveness of our local businesses.
We support policies that aim to maintain and increase the region's tourism industry.
We support educational reforms that increase engagement and develop a skilled workforce.
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We support the modernization of LAX to retain its reputation as a world-class airport.
We support a positive environment for businesses to flourish and remain competitive.
We support reasonable redevelopment of unincorporated Marina del Rey.
energy & environment We support efforts to move away from coal and toward renewable forms of energy.
public safety We support increasing the size and presence of our police and fire departments.
land-use We support policies that encourage smart growth planning with a jobs-housing balance.
transportation We support policies that improve mobilization and relieve congestion on our roads and freeways.
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OUR CHAMBER LEADERSHIP
The LAX Coastal Chamber is governed by 33-member Board of Directors. Each year, 9 seats are open for election for a three-year term. The Chair has the prerogative to select 3 one-year board appointments, and there are 3 designated seats held by Los Angeles World Airports, Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design.
2017-18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Liz Hall* • Inn at Playa del Rey
Kelly King • Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina
Charles Bassett** • L&R Group of Companies
Anthony Kirby • Arup
Patrick Callaway • Southwest Airlines
Cody Koopman • Drollinger Properties
Maria Canchola • Hollywood Park Casino
Rae Lamothe • Golding + Lamothe
Andrew Chereck • Bryan Cave
Todd LaPlante • CBRE
Joe Devon • Diamond Web Services
Geoff Maleman • Maleman Ink Public Relations
Reggie Dominique • The Renaissance Hotel
Howard Pollack • Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
Alexandra Dumas • Google
Susan Pollack • Otis College of Art and Design
Lissa Dye • Pacifica Hotels
José Quintanilla • Ameriprise Financial
Thomas Flintoft • Kindel Gagan Inc.
Jane St. John • RE/MAX Estate Properties
Gabriela Flores • Cedars-Sinai
Matthew Swanlund • Aesthetic Legal
Ryan Gales • Jenkins/Gales & Martinez
Tara Taylor • Dickerson Insurance Services
Jon Graff • Reason Foundation
Ron Tokuyama • SmarteCarte
Cynthia Guidry • Los Angeles World Airports
David Voss, Jr. • Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke
Mike Harriel • SoCalGas
Scott Woodhill • Woodhill Solutions
Steven Kats • Parsons
Grace Yao • Loyola Marymount University
Michelle Kiely • TWE Solutions, Inc.
Garrett Smith*** • Communications A La Carte
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Chair* | Immediate Past Chair** | Honorary Mayor***
OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS
Our Corporate Partners are the backbone of the LAX Coastal Chamber. It is through their support that we are able to grow and thrive as an organization, and their donations enable us to do greater outreach for our small businesses, advocate on behalf of our members, and continue our 64-year legacy as being the voice for business within our community.
We thank each of the below organizations for their investment.
Drollinger P R O P E R T I E S
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PRESIDENT/CEO As the President/CEO of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, I often get asked, “What do I get for being a member of the Chamber?” My opinion might be biased, but I believe this organization offers much to help you succeed both personally and professionally. I was first introduced to the Chamber in 1995 and never looked
There is a saying that goes, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll show you who you are.” I am proud to say the company I keep as a leader of the LAX Coastal Chamber is exemplary.
back. As a bystander, I was struck by the Chamber's strong sense of community, and as an employee I am constantly impressed by the talent displayed within the organization. Our Board of Directors is chock-full of key community and business leaders who worked tirelessly to be the stewards of our community. Our staff, while rotating over the years, is always comprised of hardworking professionals who are full of enthusiasm to better our business climate. And our members, from small mom and pop storefronts to giant corporations, are truly the reason we succeed. To those of you still asking what you can get from being a Chamber member, I tell you this: the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is a network of relationships built between the 537 dedicated, talented, and innovative community leaders that are current members of our organization. So, if you needed a reason to get involved, I can give you 537; and we all can’t wait to meet you.
Christina Davis President/CEO LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
ENGAGE US @laxcoastal · #laxcoastal · #yourlocalchamber
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THE LAX COASTAL TEAM CHRISTINA DAVIS is the President/CEO of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Chamber team in 2004 and began as its CEO in April of 2006. During her time with the Chamber she has grown the Chamber’s budget by almost $200,000 annually.
CHAMBERLAIN DURU, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the Chamber team as Vice President of Membership by way of Wells Fargo Bank. In addition, Chamberlain provides business consulting to companies and non-profit organizations looking to grow and develop their organizations.
KIRBY ISRAELSON is an alumna of Otis College of Art and Design and aptly serves as our Creative Director. Also working as a freelance artist, we like to say that Kirby’s main duty is to “make things pretty,” and she is always around with a smile to help with your creative needs.
JUDITH CIANCIMINO was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Southern California in 1975, where she lives with her husband Tony. She has been with the Chamber for four years, loves her job, and the people of the Chamber Team and Westchester.
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