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A MESSAGE FROM
OUR CHAIR Throughout my life, growth has always been a prominent theme. I have grown up within the LAX Coastal region, from being a student at St. Bernard High School to volunteering at the Westchester Family YMCA's Youth & Government Program. I have grown within my career, first working under Mayor James Hahn and working my way to becoming CEO of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez. And I have grown within the ranks of the LAX Coastal Chamber, starting as the first Chair of the LAX Coastal Young Professionals and culminating as the Chairman of the Board for the 2018-2019 year. I have worked hard to grow as a person and a professional, and I have been able to come this far thanks to the wonderful individuals, mentors, and friends I have made along the way. I am proud to say that the people I have met within the LAX Coastal Chamber and community have been just the right amount of inspirational and intimidating, pushing me to succeed as a community member, volunteer, philanthropist, and businessman. When you work in this neighborhood, you aren't just doing businessâ€”you're making the connections that make you who you are, and help you become who you want to be. I am honored to be building up the community that helped build me into the man I am today. I know all of us, together, will make a difference.
RYAN GALES JENKINS/GALES & MARTINEZ 2018-2019 CHAIR
COZETTE VERGARI VERGARI & NAPOLITANO 2018-2019 HONORARY MAYOR
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
2....... LAX COASTAL SPOTLIGHT 4....... YOUR LAX COASTAL CHAMBER 8....... YEAR IN REVIEW 12..... FINANCIAL OVERVIEW 14..... CHAMBER LEADERSHIP 15..... OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS 17...... LAX COASTAL TEAM
The ability to grow is the key to success. Adapting to new challenges allows professionals to not only survive but thrive, providing them the opportunity to solidify their relevancy. In the midst of change, the LAX Coastal community—and its 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 from within our community is progressing. From the $14-billion renovation of LAX, to the development of Marina del Rey, to the Rams and Chargers moving into the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, 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 demographic information about the LAX Coastal area and LA County from the 2010 US Census, 2012 American Community Survey and as of July 2017 from the Los Angeles Business Journal. 2 | LAX Coastal 2018 Annual Report
Photo Credit Mike Harriel Photography
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L O C A L
CHAMBER 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
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A B O U T
T H E
55% 6% 3% 3% 13% 9% 11% TOP MEMBER INDUSTRIES
37% 16% 16% 16% 15%
54,000+ JOBS CREATED by L A X C o a s t a l C h a m b e r Me m b e r s
HIGHEST REVENUE GENERATING SPECIAL EVENT
INSTALLATION AWARDS GALA
LONGSTANDING MEMBER S
65 yrs 51 yrs 47 yrs 43 yrs 39 yrs 33 yrs 33 yrs 33 yrs 32 yrs 29 yrs
78,617 pageviews to
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Rowena Ake Realtor Team Crockett @ CCR Prop. The Argonaut Carmichael Intl. Service Marina del Rey Garden Center Industrial Lock & Security Mercury Air Group, Inc. Westchester Association James G. Wiley Co. Senderex Cargo Inc.
1,506 LIKES /LAXCOASTAL
RANKED #17 AS A CHAMBER OF COMM
C H A M B E R
IN LOS ANGELES BY COWORKER.COM
OUR MOST LIKED
3,490 VIEWS /LAXCOASTAL
MERCE IN THE LA BUSINESS JOURNAL AS PUBLISHED IN THE 2017 BOOK OF LISTS, RANKED BY ANNUAL BUDGET
MEMBERS MEETUP.COM/ LAXCOWORKING
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FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Each year, our neighbors come together in a sea of red, white and blue to express their pride in country and community on the 4th of July. This year's parade theme, "Cities Across America," was our 19th annual parade and honored the many diverse cities that make up one great country,
This annual meeting is the Chamber’s only open board meeting of the year and allows interested members to learn about the coming fiscal year and meet Chamber and community leadership.
J U LY
MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP
Hosted as an exclusive VIP event for our Corporate Partners, this year’s Power Hour speakers included City Attorney Mike Feuer, Mark Gavens of CedarsSinai and LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin.
PROTECTORS' LUNCHEON The Protectors' Luncheon is the Chamber's way of saying "Thank you!" to the brave men and women who protect our community. We thanked over 50 local protectors this year from LAPD, CHP, MdR Sheriffs, LAWA Police and more, with keynote speaker Kevin Demoff of the Los Angeles Rams.
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and was celebrated with 50 parade entries and over 10,000 spectators.
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL EXPO 20 local schools, 7 businesses, 1 nonprofit and 200+ attendees came together at our annual Neighborhood School Expo,
hosted with the LAX Coastal Education Foundation and Westchester Family YMCA, aimed at teaching residents about
LAX Coworking is your business resource center.
YP BOO'S CRUISE The LAX Coastal Young Professionals headed to the marina for their inaugural Halloween-themed, floating happy hour, featuring spooky spirits and creepy conversation.
leaders through a 7-month program hosted with Chamber partners. The 11th Annual Leadership Academy Class had a graduating class of 19 local leaders.
program celebrated 3 years in business and won the Members' Choice award for coworking spaces in Los Angeles for 2018.
strives to engage emerging and established
This year, the innovative
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY The Chamberâ€™s Leadership Academy program
our education community.
STATE OF LAX LAX is happening and the Chamber is here to keep you informed. Our State of LAX luncheon invited key figures from Los Angeles World Airports, including keynote speaker Deborah Flint, to address business leaders on their vision for a brighter LAX future, and also included a special presentation from Beacon Economics. LAX Coastal 2018 Annual Report | 9
WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT TRAININGS (WIT) The Chamber and Woodhill Solutions initiated the WIT program to provide member services and educational programs to its vast member base at a greatly reduced cost through leveraging support
In partnership with the LAX Coastal Education Foundation, the Chamber presented the inaugural Rock Roll & Run for Education at LMU. This 5k/1k walk benefited over 20 local schools and attracted more than 2,500 runners and guests.
ROCK ROLL & RUN
Used as a yearly resource, this year's LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide was the largest edition to dateâ€”at 80-pages plus fold-out spread with a 17,000+ distributionâ€”it also informed readers about expansion and infrastructure along Century Blvd.
CITY OF ANGELS The City of Angels Awards Gala allows the Chamber to honor those who have done something extraordinary to enhance our Los Angeles region. This year we were proud to honor key leaders within Playa Vista, a community 25 years in the making.
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from the State of California ETP (Employment Training Panel).
MISSION TRIP TO IRELAND The Chamber went global this past May during their first international trip to Ireland to visit the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland in Dublin and the Limerick Chamber of Commerce. The Chambers shared ideas, philosophies and gifts between each other through the sentiment of "long may our friendship last."
TEACHER EDDY AWARDS Often described as Oscar Night for our education community, the Teacher
Eddy Awards was a celebration-filled evening as we honored 21 teachers from local schools and 3 community leaders who are working to elevate education, plus presenting one lifetime achievement award.
LAX Coastal" food court featuring networking, music and
CHAMBERFEST LAEXPO ChamberFest LAeXpo is a business expo and "Taste Of entertainment. This year over 70 exhibitors and 10 restaurants attracted more than 2,000 spectators.
INSTALLATION AWARDS 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 "Evening at the Chairman's Lounge" welcomed Ryan Gales of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez as our incoming Chair and included special guest Supervisor Janice Hahn as our installing officer. LAX Coastal 2018 Annual Report | 11
KEY FINANCIAL FIGURES
Maintaining a tradition of success, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce once again ended the year in the black with an almost $40,000 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.
9% 6% 7% 33% 3% 43%
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BUDGET 2016-17 $51,702
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.
MARINA DEL REY
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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The LAX Coastal Chamber is governed by 34-member Board of Directors. Each year, 9 seats are open for election for a three-year term. The Chair has the prerogative to select 4 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 Ryan Gales* • Jenkins/Gales & Martinez
Mike Harriel • SoCalGas
Liz Hall** • Inn at Playa del Rey
Kelly King • Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina
Ed Apodaca • Westin LAX
Anthony Kirby • Arup
Charles Bassett • L&R Group of Companies
Cody Koopman • Drollinger Properties
Karl Brooks • KRB Construction
Rae Lamothe • Golding + Lamothe
Patrick Callaway • Southwest Airlines
Todd LaPlante • CBRE
Maria Canchola • Hollywood Park Casino
Jonathan Lonner • Burns & Bouchard
Andrew Chereck • Bryan Cave
Rashmi Menon • Parsons
Christine Dieu • Marina del Rey Hotel
Tony Palermo • Tony P's Dockside Grill
Alexandra Dumas • Google
José Quintanilla • Ameriprise Financial
Tracy Fietz • Kaiser Permanente
Matthew Swanlund • Aesthetic Legal
Thomas Flintoft • Kindel Gagan Inc.
Ron Tokuyama • SmarteCarte
Gabriela Flores • Cedars-Sinai
David Voss, Jr. • Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke
Kayla Friedman-Barb • Vanto Group
Grace Yao • Loyola Marymount University
Terry Gohde • Fluor
Stephanie Younger • Compass
Jon Graff • Reason Foundation
Cozette Vergari*** • Vergari & Napolitano
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Chair* | Immediate Past Chair** | Honorary Mayor***
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 65-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 I am constantly amazed by how important the LAX Coastal Chamber is to the fabric of our community. As the President/CEO, I don’t mean to sound biased, but it’s true. On the surface, the Chamber might seem to be a simple business organization comprised of 500+ members, but these members are more than just a business—they are people. In my role at the Chamber, I have been lucky enough to interact with business leaders and their employees, getting to know them both personally and professionally. I have witnessed how deeply they care for this community, and how eager they are to support this region
AT THE LAX
whenever they can.
My friends in hospitality are some of the most generous and fun
asking them for a donation for our local schools, to help with a pancake
individuals that I have had the pleasure of working with; whether I'm breakfast or offer an overnight stay to support youth programs, they always blow me away with their generosity.
WE REALLY ARE
My small business owners are also an inspiration, constantly giving
houses or drive fancy cars; instead, they are people who went after a
JUST A CHAMBER.
back with both time and treasure. Many of them don’t live in big flashy dream and took a risk to open their doors. They understand firsthand how important it is to give back to their customers and neighbors. When I look at our members, do you know what I see? Wonderful people who want to give back and make our community a more vibrant place. We really are more than just a Chamber of Commerce, and I am proud to be at its helm.
Christina Davis President/CEO
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THE LAX COASTAL
CHRISTINA DAVIS is the President/CEO of the LAX Coastal Chamber. She joined the Chamber team in 2004 and began as its CEO in April of 2006. During her time with the Chamber, she has launched dozens of new programs and events, and has grown the annual budget by over $300,000.
KIRBY ISRAELSON is an alumna of Otis College of Art and Design and was recently promoted to Vice President of Marketing & Communications. 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 and promotional needs. CHAD MAENDER is the newest team member to join the LAX Coastal Chamber. As Vice President of Membership, Chad will focus his energies on growing and retaining our diverse and dynamic group of Chamber members. Chad is thrilled to join the Chamber team and is ready to roll up his sleeves to build community!
KELLI TROMBLEY is the Director of Business Relations for the LAX Coastal Chamber. Joining the team in 2017, she has a passion for fostering connections between members that build long-lasting relationships! She is excited about the opportunities for building a stronger business community in the LAX Coastal and surrounding areas. JUDITH CIANCIMINO, Office Manager, 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 five years and loves her job and the people of the Chamber Team and Westchester.
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