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Q3: 2017




Your membership in action! Dive into a recap of the work we’ve been doing on behalf of the L.A. region, the business community and you. Learn more about how we’ve been your voice at the local, state and



federal levels. See how other members are enjoying the benefits of membership. And celebrate the 138 Chamber representatives who have been named the Most Influential People in L.A.


CHAMBER VOICE IS A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF THE LOS ANGELES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE For membership information, contact the Chamber at 213.580.7500 or visit lachamber.com.

THE CHAMBER VOICE IS PRODUCED BY THE L.A. AREA CHAMBER MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHAMBER STAFF. Claudine Battisti, Director, Marketing & Communications – Education 213.580.7516, cbattisti@lachamber.com

Jason Chau, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications – Technology 213.580.544, jchau@lachamber.com Sareen Davidian, Manager, Design & Creative 213.580.7588, sdavidian@lachamber.com Mandy Denaux, VP, Marketing & Communications 213.580.7532, mdenaux@lachamber.com Andrew Szakovits, Coordinator, Graphic Design 213.580.509, aszakovits@lachamber.com Sandy Van, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications 213.580.7581, svan@lachamber.com Anna Williamson, Manager, Digital Marketing & Communications 213.580.7565, awilliamson@lachamber.com


Gary Toebben, President & CEO 213.580.7525, gtoebben@lachamber.com

Sean Arian, Executive Director, Center for Innovation & Technology 213.580.7587, sarian@lachamber.com Alysia Bell, VP, Education Business Coalition 213.580.7535, abell@lachamber.com Lisa Catanzarite, VP, Research & Evaluation 213.580.7582, lcatanzarite@lachamber.com Mandy Denaux, VP, Marketing & Communications 213.580.7532, mdenaux@lachamber.com Jessica Duboff, VP, Center for Business Advocacy 213.580.7585, jduboff@lachamber.com Lee Ligons, SVP, Sales & Business Development 213.580.7523, lligons@lachamber.com Andrea Nunn, SVP, Corporate & Member Relations 213.580.7546, anunn@lachamber.com Nancy Olson, VP, Center for Leadership 213.580.7577, nolson@lachamber.com David Rattray, EVP, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development 213.580.7515, drattray@lachamber.com Dr. Alma Salazar, VP, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development 213.580.7566, asalazar@lachamber.com Benjamin Stilp, CFO & COO 213.580.7521, bstilp@lachamber.com Carlos J. Valderrama, President, Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment 213.580.7570, cvalderrama@lachamber.com


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We are excited to share with you our new edition of Voice, which has been redesigned to better inform, engage and celebrate you, our members. As the leading voice of the L.A. region’s business community, the Chamber has had a successful year advocating on your behalf on important issues, including housing, homelessness, transportation and water. Thanks to you and our many partners, we successfully defeated Measure S earlier this Spring, and worked to continue that momentum by hosting a housing convening in July. We also continued our leadership in ending chronic and veteran homelessness, and successfully advocated for the passage of Proposition HHH and Measure H. Currently, we are working to ensure that the California Water Fix proceeds to safeguard the long-term reliability of our water supply in L.A. County and throughout Southern California. Gary L. Toebben President & CEO Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

As the end of the year approaches, the region’s housing crisis will continue to be a major focus for the Chamber (see page 5 for how the Chamber is advocating at the local and state levels to address this issue). In addition to our efforts in the public policy arena, the Chamber and its Centers of Impact are dedicated to addressing issues related to global trade, technology, education, small business and leadership. From cost-saving programs and networking events to creating business connections and providing access to elected officials, the Chamber is here to help your business grow. As you read about the many programs and events we’ve hosted this year, we urge you to consider how you and representatives from your company get more involved and take advantage of the benefits your membership provides. For more information, be sure to visit our website at lachamber.com. Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber and the L.A. business community. We look forward to working with you! Sincerely,



CASH FOR COLLEGE Friday Saturday, Oct. 13 - 14




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hether we’re networking with members at a Business After Hours event, rooting for the home team at Chamber Night with the Dodgers or sampling the amazing delights from our restaurant and catering members at Taste of the Chamber, when members come together, it’s always a good time. Networking with new business connections.


center for

business advocacy


s the leading voice of business in the Los Angeles region, the Chamber works to create and sustain a favorable business environment in which all businesses can grow and prosper. From simplifying the City’s business tax system and improving transportation and infrastructure, to supporting education and workforce development, the Chamber’s Center for Business Advocacy is working to create a better L.A. Through our member-driven advocacy efforts, the Center for Business Advocacy develops public policy and takes positions on local, state and federal issues impacting business in an effort to ensure full economic prosperity and quality of life for the region. Here’s a snapshot of our public policy and business advocacy work this year.

ACCESS SACRAMENTIO In March, the Chamber led a 100-person delegation of business and community leaders to Sacramento during our annual ACCESS Sacramento trip. In addition to meeting with state legislators to advocate for issues relevant to the L.A. area business community, delegates heard from our State’s top ranking officials throughout the trip, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Beccera, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Léon, California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, Sen. Bob Hertzberg and Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. The delegation also participated in a press conference on funding for transportation, a longstanding Chamber priority. 6 • BOLD IN BUSINESS

ACCESS D.C. In May, the Chamber and more than 150 civic, business and elected leaders traveled to our nation’s capital for the Chamber’s annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. Delegates met with and heard from many elected leaders, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Kamala Harris, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer as they took part in events, group briefings and small group meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for issues vital to L.A.’s business community.

PRO-HOUSING CONFERENCE In July, the Chamber and its partners hosted a Pro-Housing Conference at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo to address Los Angeles’ housing crisis. The coalition assembled represented diverse facets of housing. The conference kicked off with a Development Roadmap presented by Mott Smith, laying the groundwork of what it really takes to build in the City of L.A. Chamber Board Vice Chair Jerry Neuman of Liner LLP moderated a panel on the challenges and realities of building housing in L.A. and California. Attendees then split into small working groups, in which participants discussed and collaborated on potential initiatives and policy changes.

CENTER FOR BUSINESS ADVOCACY CONTACT: Jessica Duboff, jduboff@lachamber.com or 213.580.7585


This year, the Chamber has brought some of the most influential opinion leaders in our region to discuss politics and foster dialogue with the business community during the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series. Covering everything from the 2016 elections and public safety, to LAX modernization and tax reform, this series provides members with access to high profile, distinguished speakers who are impacting change in the L.A. region and across the State.

Pictured L-R: State Controller Betty Yee poses with Lulu Fou of Accenture and Jessica Duboff of the Chamber; Secretery of State Alex Padilla; L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell; and Congressman Adam Schiff


83% ROYBALL-ALLARD MEETING In July, the Chamber hosted a fundraiser for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, with special guests Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and new Congressman Jimmy Gomez. The Congresswoman shared an update on federal issues, including health care discussions, and her top priorities.

The percentage of Angelenos who support L.A.'s 2028 Olympic Bid according to a poll commissioned by the Chamber and LA 2024 (now LA 2028). The Chamber was a strong advocate for bringing the Olympics back to L.A., including sitting on the bid leadership board.

Following the successful defeat of Measure S, which was the Chamber’s top priority for the first quarter, our housing crisis, both supply and affordability, will be a major focus for the rest of 2017. At the state level, we’ll be working with legislators and the Governor to craft a housing package that creates a permanent stream of revenue for affordable housing, as well as streamlining the process and easing construction for housing at all levels. At the local level, we’ll be working to ensure Measure HHH dollars are used to efficiently construct Permanent Supportive Housing and fight policies that increase the cost of building.


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education excellence & talent development

nequal access to high quality education and workforce opportunities is one of the greatest issues facing our nation – and, especially our region – today. The Chamber’s Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development, with its strategic affiliate, UNITE-LA, aims to re-focus and re-imagine our education systems to achieve improved outcomes for Los Angeles’ underserved students - from cradle to career. Here is a snapshot of that work from the beginning of this year to now.

EDUCARE The Chamber and its partners committed to early childhood success broke ground on Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach, located at Clara Barton Elementary School in May. Educare, a public-private partnership, is a nationally recognized, cutting-edge early childhood education program with the goal of changing the life trajectory of high need, at-risk children and families. Educare L.A. at Long Beach is expected to fully open in fall of 2018.

SMART JUSTICE JAIL TOUR In February, the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce brought 28 business leaders and cross-sector stakeholders to Central Juvenile Hall to hear from businesses involved in smart justice, advocates dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, agencies helping justice-involved youth reenter our communities and a panel of four formerly incarcerated young adults who are now employed and committed to their rehabilitation.

STATE OF STEM More than 150 L.A. area leaders gathered on May 31 for the Chamber’s 2017 State of STEM at the University of Southern California, cultivating diverse talent in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

State of STEM Panelists - (L to R): Miguel Duenas, Arlene Semwezi, Holly Klotz, Dr. Mohsen Beheshsti, Dr. Gisele Ragusa and Thomas Sayles


CENTER FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE & TALENT DEVELOPMENT CONTACT: David Rattray, drattray@lachamber.com or 213.580.7515

L.A. TALENT CHALLENGE The Chamber challenged member companies with a new outreach campaign to sponsor or hire a work-ready intern. With the help of some of our youngest Chamber family members, the L.A. Talent Challenge encouraged companies to develop tomorrow’s workforce today. The campaign launched in early March in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Hire LA’s Youth summer internship and year-round employment campaign.

(according to NAE’s report...)

In 2014, the foreignborn population held

$70.7 billion

in spending power in L.A. County and

$28.8 billion in the City of L.A.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID In February, Paola Santana, senior director of College Access & Success at the Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development, L.A. Area Chamber, was interviewed by Telemundo to discuss the low rates of students applying for college financial aid. The outlook was grim due to fear of immigration enforcement. But the Chamber rallied its partners and together, we are proud to announce this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission rates are up 15 percent, and California Dream Act submissions are up 6 percent over last year throughout the State! We continue to work toward a #CollegeReadyLA!

CASH FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION The Chamber’s L.A. Cash for College program presented 30 local middle and high school students with $1,000 scholarships. In addition to their scholarships, each student received a personalized certificate of recognition from L.A. City Mayor Eric Garcetti. L.A. Cash for College holds free, college financial aid workshops throughout the year and serves thousands of students with valuable college resources during its annual Cash for College Convention.

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IMMIGRANTS In February, the Chamber joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the New American Economy (NAE) and business members for a press conference to highlight the economic contributions of immigrants in L.A. City and County. The event marked the release of an NAE and Chamber report documenting the outsized impact immigrants have on the local economy.


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global trade & foreign investment


he Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment at the L.A. Area Chamber is widely recognized for our practical experience in developing, managing and implementing global trade and investment programs and strategies. Designed to advance global trade in the region, our programs and initiatives focus on export promotion, as well as the attraction, retention and expansion of foreign direct investment.

WORLD TRADE WEEK In May, more than 900 regional business executives, civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps celebrated the 91st Annual World Trade Week (WTW) kickoff breakfast in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s event, which was the largest WTW celebration in the U.S., was enhanced by the presence and participation of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and ESRI President Jack Dangermond. H.E. Blair's presentation included topics such as Brexit, and U.K. relations with the European Union and the U.S. He also discussed his interest in bringing together the best ideas in both public and private policy spheres to provide answers to some of today's major global challenges. The audience also heard from Jack Dangermond, co-founder of the world's leading company in geographic information systems, ESRI, who shared insights on how technology trends are changing government, business and society. Amb. Vilma Martinez, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, received the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. Mayor Garcetti gave the welcoming remarks and emphasized the need to create regional employment through exports. The Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast jump started more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations celebrating world trade in Southern California.

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CENTER FOR GLOBAL TRADE & FOREIGN INVESTMENT CONTACT: Carlos Valderrama, cvalderrama@lachamber.com or 213.580.7570

CHAMBER CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF THE WILSHIRE GRAND PROJECT The completion of the Wilshire Grand Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River, marks the end of a seven-year journey. The Chamber’s Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment is proud to have played an important role in bringing this project to L.A. During a Chamber-organized trade mission to Korea for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Korean Air Chairman Y.H. Cho made his commitment to proceed with the project. Construction of the project, led by AC Martin, created 11,500 jobs over the past six years, with many more to come from the businesses, retail stores and the hotel to be housed in the structure. “Thank you L.A. Chamber, thank you Carlos Valderrama, and thank you Governor Schwarzenegger and your team for hitting it out of the park. Your combined actions directly caused a pending decision to tip in our favor, your actions significantly improved the lives of many Californians and for that we are extremely grateful.” - Christopher C. Martin, CEO & co-chairman, AC Martin Partners (Sep. 30, 2010).

CA STEP GRANT SUPPORT LEADS TO MARKET SUCCESS In early March, the Chamber and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), as one of the administrators of the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant, funded the participation of seven regional manufacturers in the first ever California Pavilion at the Australian International Airshow. These small- to medium-sized aerospace and defense companies were recruited to attend the international trade show. Participating executives have reported over half a million dollars in sales to foreign buyers to take place in 2017 as a result of the trade show. The event was made possible thanks to the U.S. Commercial Service and the Small Business Administration’s STEP Grant through the California STEP Grant Initiative.

CAREER GUIDE WEBSITE UCLA Extension recently partnered with the Chamber’s Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment on their World Trade Week Global Trade Careers website, a comprehensive resource for high school and college students intended to encourage and support them in their pursuit of global trade careers.

The website includes professional profiles, like that of Board Member Humphrey Ho.

FUTURE OF U.S.-EURO TRADE In May, more than 60 attendees joined the Chamber, in partnership with DWF, an international law firm based in Cologne, Germany, as experts examined if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still a valid option to pursue. The program also provided an update on the local impact of the United Kingdom’s future departure from the European Union. Speakers included Hon. Hans Jörg Neumann, consul general, Federal Republic of Germany, the Hon. Dr. Sinisa Grgic, consul general, Republic of Croatia and 2017 representative of the European Union, Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz, executive director of research, Beacon Economics, and Klaus M. Brisch, DWF partner and head of technology.

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leadership T

he Chamber’s Center for Leadership through its affiliates, Southern California Leadership Network and NextLA, is helping build this generation of leaders through experiential learning designed for professionals from business, government and nonprofit sectors – strengthening the knowledge, network and diversity of decision makers.

NEXT LA In April, the Chamber’s Center for Leadership celebrated the launch of NextLA, the exciting new iteration of the L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce, at the Reserve in downtown Los Angeles. The launch event drew over 200 new and prospective members who got to learn about the new direction, programming and energy driving NextLA. The organization may have a new name, but the core mission remains the same – to encourage, promote and empower L.A.’s young professionals, ages 21-40, to thrive through career and personal development, civic engagement and building their networks.



July brought the graduation of the latest class of SCLN’s California Connections. This nine-month fellowship designed for working professionals brought together crosssector leaders from across California to dive deep into the critical issues and key assets of our state, while building their leadership skills and networks.

Leadership L.A. Class of 2017 launched in February with a class of 61 fellows from across L.A. County. This diverse class includes professionals from business, government, nonprofit, philanthropy and education. Fellows participate in frank, closed-door conversations about L.A.’s most pressing issues with industry experts, as they engage in personalized leadership development and gain increased understanding of how our county works. SCLN is now recruiting for the Leadership L.A. Class of 2018.

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In March, SCLN graduated its Leadership Southern California class of 2017. The new class subsequently launched in June 2017, with 35 enthusiastic, committed professionals from business, government and nonprofit sectors participating in this eight-month fellowship. LSC includes an intensive curriculum focused on leading collaboration and strategic partnerships, exploring the issues critical to the Southern California region, and connecting with leaders outside their professional industries.

In May, after nine months of classes and field experience with nonprofit agencies across L.A. and Orange counties, the Riordan Leadership Institute hosted the culmination of its Class 49. The fellows delivered group presentations about the skills they used to identify and overcome challenges faced during their field experience. The graduation ceremony and reception was hosted at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum — thank you, Toyota, for your generous support.

CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP CONTACT: Nancy Olson, nolson@lachamber.com or 213.580.7577


center for

innovation & technology


he Chamber’s Center for Innovation & Emerging Technologies uses its business, government and community leadership to drive the effort to grow L.A.’s technology economy. The primary way we achieve this work is through Bixel Exchange, a technology initiative focused on startup development, tech education partnerships and civic engagement.




startups served

$3.4 million in capital infusion



1. SNAP In February, the Tech Ed Partnerships team pictured, hanging out with their Snap interns. Several of these students earned full time positions at Snap or additonal internships because of the experience.

2. ACCESS SACRAMENTO In March, Members of the Bixel Exchange team traveled to Sacramento to meet with key legislators to discuss the state of cybersecurity, and encourage state investment in California’s tech ecosystem.

3. CODING BOOTCAMP In May, Bixel Exchange facilitated an opportunity for students from L.A. Community College’s ICAPs Coding Boot Camp to receive a tour of Google’s Venice campus.

100+ summer internships

placed in 2017



4. TALENT PIPELINE In June, Bixel Exchange celebrated the launch of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline initiative, a partnership between Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bixel Exchange, that brings together public and private sector partners to expand training and job opportunities for the next generation of talent.

5. TECH STARS LA In July, three Bixel Exchange startup LAunch companies were accepted into the Tech Stars LA inaugural class. All three startups are minority-led and feature two women founders. Only 10 of 485 applicants were accepted into the three-month accelerator.

CENTER FOR INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY CONTACT: Sean Arian, sarian@lachamber.com or 213.580.7587

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mall business powers L.A.’s economy. The Chamber is proud to serve small businesses through its Center for Small Business Success, which provides a variety of networking and business events, programs and services designed to meet the needs of small and growing businesses. Here’s a snapshot of our public policy and business advocacy work this year.

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS In May, more than 400 people gathered at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City to recognize the economic power of small business at the 2017 Small Business Awards, hosted by the Chamber and the Small Business Administration. Congratulations to this year’s winners listed below who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of the L.A. region!

This year’s Small Business Award winners include: Small Business Person of the Year Richard Klein Advanced Battery Systems, Inc. SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year Ajay Handa Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc. Small Business Exporter of the Year Anatoly Neyman Lancaster Alloys Company, Inc. Women’s Business Center of Excellence Ronald Fong LTSC CDC Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program WBC SBDC international Excellence Award Ray Bowman Economic Development Collaborative - Ventura County Family Owned Business of the Year Armen and Varoujan Alajian ARTO Financial Services Champion of the Year Jerry Knotts California Coast Venture Forum Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Hilda Kennedy AmPac Tri-State CDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Mario Carrasco ThinkNow Research Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Geoffrey Reyes Servitek Solutions, Inc. Women in Business Champion of the Year Swann Do PACE Women’s Business Center Innovation Through Technology Business of the Year Hong Ru & Daniel Gu Wohaula, LLC

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CENTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS CONTACT: Andrea Nunn, anunn@lachamber.com or 213.580.7595


In June, members learned the recipe for success when Betty Porto of Porto’s Bakery & Cafe shared how she’s helped transform her family business into one of the top bakeries nationwide.

SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL In February, the Small Business Council featured a panel of speakers who discussed the benefits and challenges of creating an online e-commerce store.

The Small Business Council brings together small business members to discuss common issues and help identify how the Chamber can develop innovative and value-driven programs to meet their needs. Speakers at this year’s Council have included: Kevin Lew Project Manager ReCharge Payments, and Senior Advisor Startup LAunch Program, Chamber’s Bixel Exchange Ronald Uy Senior Business Banking Specialist, Wells Fargo, and a Small Business Administration Business Counselor and Loan Officer


Richard Klein President and CEO Advanced Battery Systems Jose Juan Vega Small Business Development East West Bank

Held each month, the Small Business Owners Roundtable facilitates meaningful peer-to-peer discussion that drives results for Chamber small business owners. Meetings are a “no-sell” zone that feature speakers and interactive discussions of topics relevant to today’s small business owner. Participation is free for Chamber members who own their own small business.

Eric Coughenour Senior Manager Information Technology Services Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Gabrielle Johnson E-commerce Manager The Giving Keys

Together We Have the Power to Build a Clean Energy Future Modernizing the grid and using clean energy to power transportation is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. By fueling a variety of vehicles with clean electric power instead of fossil fuels, we can help California meet its climate change and clean air goals. This is the kind of environmental stewardship that Californians expect.

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new members PLATINUM

LSA Associates, Inc.

CH2M, Inc.

Max Health Medical Group


Monday Properties

The Lane Construction Corporation Metal Toad

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Qualex, Inc.

Walter J Company

Qwant LLC


Signature Flight Support

21st Century Fox Beverly Center Boys & Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles Burbank - Glendale - Pasadena Airport Authority Hazens Group Park Hyatt Hotel Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Southern California Association of Governments Trifiletti Consulting, Inc. Vonage Business Waste Connections/ Chiquita Canyon Landfill WCH Communities, LP


hanks to our new members who joined the Chamber between January and April. To learn more about membership benefits, call 213.580.7595.

All American War Veterans

D & W Trucking Inc.


Allegiance Gold, LLC

DBH Consulting Group Denny’s Diner

Make A Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

Alzheimer’s Association- California Southland Chap Amanta Inc. American Financial Management Services LLC (AFMS) Atelier Apartments Avalon Risk Management, Inc. Avaya Balboa Travel Betagig Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce The Big EQ Campaign Bol Meditation California Networks, LLC

Diamond Travel Alliance Educate California Equitas Academy Charter School Equity Residential Escape to Virtual Reality - A Division of Orphan A

Melanie Mills Hollywood

First Choice Business Brokers


Fresh Wata General Assembly Genesis LA Go Seo Local

Navali & Company


Neurosigma, Inc.

Granitize Products Inc

New York Life - David Baker

Catholic Big Brothers, Inc.

BYD Motors Inc.

Xiamen Airlines

Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA)

Yentl Lopez/ West Coast Toyota of Long Beach

Cavalry Public Relations

Guangdong Economic Development and Trade Promotion

Commercial Bank of California

Yusen Terminals LLC

FMB Development


City Plants

FPT Software

2 Hands 2 Cans

Consulate of Mauritius

411 Music Group

Contender Claims Consultants, Inc.

Global Registrations LLC Green Hasson Janks HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Inc. IGS Energy Intrepid Sourcing and Services

ACE Hotel ACEing Autism The Achievable Foundation Alba Wheels Up International Inc.

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The Copper Key

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of California National Notary Association

Works Applications America

City Kids LA

MorphoTrust USA

Go Campaign


Central Payment

McDonald’s (Southeast Los Angeles) McDonald’s (West Adams)

Green Pasture International

Center For Employment- CEO

Mass Mutual- Judy K. Lee

HASHTAG PROMOTIONS Henrial Corp. Hisecure Inc. Imprenta Communications Group JDC Design

Cornerstone Entreprise, Inc.

Law and Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang

Cost Segregation Services

Leading Edge Management Training

Norfleet Transportation Operation Confidence PACE Care Pacific Harbor Line Paychex, Inc. Platinum Empire Group DBA Platinum Enterprise Solu

Reliant Immediate Care Medical Group Inc. Robert Youngs Acupuncture Ross Public Policy Safetech Communications, Inc. Sage Consulting Group Seaworld Global Logistics Sentinel Resource Group, LLC Service Mailers and Fulfillment The Shredders Silver Lining Management and Consulting Inc. Silver Service Events Socco Media T-Mobile TAPSNAP TFC Title Loans Travel Leaders Elite The Union Institute College of the Undergraduate Vietnam Trade Office, Consulate General of Vietnam Workforce Consultants

Port of Hueneme

Yador Enterprises Inc.

Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency

Zhen, Rothwell & Ohira LLP


Zipcar LA

Premiere Events Redvo Advertising The Regent Theatre

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ongratulations to our renewing members! We greatly appreciate your continued support and involvement. *Circle Level Members are in bold.

100 Year Anniversary University of Southern California 65 Year Anniversary AECOM 60 Year Anniversary Van Nuys Airport Industrial Center 55 Year Anniversary JETRO Los Angeles 50 Year Anniversary Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 40 Year Anniversary Jerry’s Motel The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM

35 Year Anniversary Forest City West Los Angeles Department of Water & Power 30 Year Anniversary TELACU Industries Los Angeles World Airports Port of Los Angeles 25 Year Anniversary Metro 20 Year Anniversary Associated General Contractors of California HDR

15 Year Anniversary Universal Reprographics, Inc.

10 Year Anniversary Newleaf Training & Development

The “People” Project Person

Los Angeles City College Foundation

The Palm Downtown Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fraser Communications Caine & Weiner Company, Inc. Hollywood Locations Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP American Business Bank Williams Data Management Amec Foster Wheeler Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel OneLegacy The Home Depot

Hand & Nail Harmony

Credit UnionHeadquarters Los Angeles Convention Center

InterLOGIC Inc. - Worldwide Transportation & Logistics Solutions

CAL STATE LA Career Development Center

Five Year Anniversary Emirates Airlines

Los Angeles Junction Railway Company


Consulate General of Bangladesh

HGA Architects & Engineers - L.A. Office

Alaska Airlines

Jarrow Formulas, Inc.

UGM Enterprises, Inc.

Silverado Senior LivingBeverly Place

TENTEN Wilshire, LLC League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Division Raw Inspiration Skid Row Housing Trust Salvation Army, Los Angeles Metropolitan

Energy Coalition

Emirates Airlines


Alaska Airlines

Roosevelt Lofts Table Media, LLC

Los Angeles Universal Preschool

Catalonia Trade & InvestmentGovernment of Catalonia

Mount St. Mary’s University

District Export Council of Southern California

Los Angeles Federal

Galaxy Tour Inc.

First 5 LA

Phelps Playworks Southern California Webcor Builders OUTFRONT Media Kilroy Realty Corporation

Spectrum Reach is proud to be a long standing member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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ribbon cuttings In April, the Chamber celebrated the re-opening of the newly renovated Nicker-Crenshaw McDonalds location, which features a welcoming exterior design, a modern interior and an inviting innovative ambiance.

The Chamber participated in the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Grand Opening located in Palms, which marked more than 100 stores worldwide! When the Chamber’s SVP of Sales & Business Development, Lee Ligons, was asked, what the Chamber could offer to help with their grand opening event, he responded, “The biggest Chamber benefit for member grand openings is that we supply the big ribbon, the big bows and the Chamber’s GIANT scissors! And they really work!”

85C Bakery is Taiwan’s most famous bakery and coffee chain. 85C celebrates the opening of two new locations in L.A. Glendale’s location marked its 27th store in the U.S.

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In March, the Chamber joined Max Health LA to celebrate the ribbon cutting on the newest location. Max Health is a premier Southern California location for wellness, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

 Lyft opens a new hub place in the Arts District. Lyft Los Angeles is dedicated to helping their community, which is why they have partnered with a slew of local organizations to better the lives of Angelenos. Lyft is one of the fastest growing ride-share companies in the U.S.

Oakwood Worldwide, a member of the Chamber since 1988 opens Oakwood Olympic & Olive on June 2017. Oakwood Olympic & Olive combines modern architectural design and urban accessibility, located within easy reach of L.A. Live, the Financial District and Fashion District.

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steve nissen


I always thought I’d grow 2 up to be a doctor. That is, until I learned my freshman year of college that you can’t cram for organic chemistry the night before the final exam. So, I pivoted and have had a wonderful and diverse career in the law between stints in government, the private sector and the nonprofit sector. I always tell people who wonder about their career choices to keep an open mind, remain curious and be receptive to making big, bold changes. They usually work out.

ach quarter, we take a peek inside the office of some of L.A.’s most prominent business leaders. This quarter, we visited with Chamber Board Chair Steve Nissen, senior vice president, Legal and Government Affairs at NBCUniversal.

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1. INDONESIAN WAYANG KULIT In between college and law school, I traveled to Indonesia, where I spent a year. While there, I acquired this Wayang Kulit, which is found in traditional puppetshadow play.

2. AFGHANISTAN ARTWORK After law school, I spent a year traveling the world. I spent four months in Europe, four months in Africa, and four months in Central and East Asia. While traveling in Afghanistan, I found this piece while in Kabul.

3. PRESIDENT’S ROW I had pictures taken with Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama, but the funny part is that none of them were President at the time the pictures were taken.

4. L.A. POLICE FOUNDATION I have been involved with and active in the Los Angeles Police Foundation since 2002, and I am a member of their Executive Committee.

5. MINION MOUNTAIN When we were giving an award to an attorney colleague, we created Minion Mountain to soften the fact that the award was going to an attorney. Then it moved to my office and has stayed ever since. Now when a child visits, they get to take one of the minions home.

6. MOVIE POSTERS When we were looking for posters to put outside of my office, my assistant, J.C. O’Connell, and I looked for every poster we could find from politically related movies.

7. BOXING GLOVES I served as the chair of the board of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and there were some particularly contentious moments during my tenure. The CEO, who used to tell me “we will survive the blows,” gave me these as a reminder.

8. L.A. TIMES ARTICLE When people ask which position has been my favorite, I would have to say it was my time at the Public Counsel Law Center. This Los Angeles Times article ran when I was the executive director, and the picture featured shows my wife when she was pregnant with our oldest son, who is now 21.

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he Chamber’s member-to-member discount program offers a variety of savings, from hotel rooms to printing and shipping. If you’d like to offer other members a discount on your products or services, contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or pclark@lachamber.com.

ADVERTISING Wire Media 10 percent off standard flat fee pricing for website design and development. 10 percent off brand audit workshop. Purchase 12 months brand strategy retainer and get the 13th month free. Offer valid for new clients and applies to the first project. Contact Marcy Rye at 310.955.4900 or hellomedia@ wiremedia.net. Visit wiremedia.net for more information. ADVOCACY Move LA 10 percent discount for the next 12 months to all our events. Contact Marisa Garcia 310.310.2390 or marisa@movela.org. AUTOMOBILE SERVICES Enterprise Rent-A-Car Apply a 5 percent discount off the standard, undiscounted daily, weekly & monthly rates charged at all the participating commercial truck, home city and airport locations. Call 1.800.593.0505 or call your local office. Enter account# L32c403, pin # LOS. BARBERSHOP DTLA Cuts 10 percent off to all chamber members. Book your appointment today at DTLA Cuts barbershop, 213.905.0165. CONFERENCE CENTER UCLA Conference Center – Lake Arrowhead 10 percent off total conference invoice. Valid for conferences from November to April. Restrictions: Chamber membership to be indicated in writing prior to the contract being accepted and agreed to. Contact Steve Caloca, 909.337.2478 or scaloca@ha.ucla. edu. CONSULTANTS RevLocal 50 percent off set up fee for any of our services you select, plus a FREE consultation. Contact A.J. Shull, 310.405.1339 or ashull@revlocal.com DENTISTRY Environdental 15 percent off all dental services at our eco-friendly office. Restrictions: Discount cannot be combined with dental insurance. Contact Matthew Caligiuri, 213.534.6856 or info@ environdentalla.com.

DIGITAL MARKETING Sage Consulting Group Chamber members receive 15 percent off first month’s payment. Restrictions: Does not apply to custom quotes. Please contact Ed Castro: 213.446.7625. ENTERTAINMENT VIP International Group 10 percent off memberships in our luxury sports suite – centered VIP networking club. Restrictions: Minimum 3-Month Membership. Contact Ian Fenwick 949.887.3754 or ian@vipfansclub.com FOOD Sprinkles Cupcakes LLC 15 percent off Sprinkles cupcakes, cookies and ice cream pre-orders placed through Marissa Hanley. Restrictions: orders must be placed directly to mhanley@sprinkles.com, discount is on product only not service fees, delivery, etc. FRUIT & GIFT BASKETS Fancifull Gift Baskets 10 percent off on all gift baskets, flowers and store products. Contact Wally August 323.466.7654. Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, Inc. 15 percent off any exotic baskets. Contact Lori Hirai, 888.588.0151, ext. 340. GRAPHIC DESIGNERS PosterMyWall Promote your business with high quality, professional graphics—no artistic talent or deep pockets required— with PosterMyWall. Use Promo Code LACC20%OFFSUBSCRIPTION to receive 20 percent off an annual subscription, normally $99.95/year, now just $79.95. www.postermywall. com. Restrictions: One-time annual payment is due in full upon sign up. HOUSING Oakwood Corporate Housing 10 percent off daily rate for a fullyfurnished one-bedroom apartment in downtown Los Angeles. Contact Melissa Moore, 800.595.3102. INTERIOR DESIGN Design Theory, Inc. 15 percent off design hourly rate or 10 percent off design flat fee. Visit design-theory.com.

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INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS DHL Express 24-44 percent off international shipping. Visit simplydhl.com/ lachamber. PHOTOGRAPHY PBF Photography 10 percent off normal hourly rates or 15 percent off packages. Contact Patrick Botz-Forbes, 323.309.3332. PRINTING & COPYING Universal Reprographics 15 percent off color copies, posters, b/w digital printing and copying, CAD plotting and blue printing. Contact Madeline Wilson, 213.365.7750 SHIPPING/SUPPLY CHAIN DHL Express 24-44 percent off international shipping. Visit simplydhl.com/ lachamber. STAFF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Newleaf Training and Development 15 percent off training and development. Contact Paul Butler, 661.288.1004 or paul.butler@ newleaf-ca.com. Check out programs at newleaf-ca.com. myStaffingPro, a Paychex Company 25 percent off implementation and training for myStaffingPro applicant tracking system and onboarding. Restrictions: Discount available for Enterprise Edition. Contact Maria Harrison 619.302.4842. STORAGE Los Angeles Self Storage 25 percent off any size storage rental for the first 6 months. Restrictions: Month-to-Month contract. Contact Joe Piombino, 213.481.1010. TECHNOLOGY/BRAND PROTECTION Tech Erase, Inc. 30 percent off digital shredding. Visit techerase.com and use code lachamber18. Restriction: does not apply to onsite & pickup service charges. Contact Noah Bleich, 855.372.7300. TELEPHONE Sprint 10-15 percent off monthly bill for new accounts. Contact Glenn Bowie, 213.305.3443 or glenn.bowie@ sprint.com.

THEME PARKS Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor $33.00 off General Admission. Purchase tickets at sixflags.com/ partnerlogin with Username: LACHAMBER and Password: SixFlags11 TRANSPORTATION DHL 24-44 percent off international shipping. Visit simplydhl.com/ lachamber. Pareto Point Industries 10 percent off patented advanced filtration system for vehicles, equipment, and machinery using lubricating oil. Saves money, time, and environment. Restriction: minimum order of three units. Contact Bob Hammer, 323.726.2199 or info@paretopoint.com.

BOTTOM LINE BENEFITS Save up to 50 percent by utilizing the advantages provided by the L.A. Area Chamber and its members. Certificates of Origin The Chamber has adopted the next generation eCert technology as our standard to process your Certificates of Origin. lachamber.com/ecertify Office Depot Save up to 65 percent on office supplies from Office Depot, with next-day delivery and convenient ordering by fax, phone or web. lachamber.com/bottomline The Parking Spot Save 20 percent at both locations of The Parking Spot at Sepulveda and Century. lachamber.com/bottomline Find out more at lachamber.com/ bottomline. For more information, contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or pclark@lachamber.com.

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CONVENING LEADERS From politics to sports, and business to entertainment ... when it comes to the people who are shaping Los Angeles’ future, there’s no greater convener of leadership and influence than the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. And when it comes to being the voice that your business needs, the Chamber has been here … since 1888. And we’ll continue to be here. In the room. At the table.

We’re honored you’ve joined us. For more information about how you can take full advantage of your Chamber membership, contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or pclark@lachamber.com.

Pictured above (L-R): Magic Johnson, Senator Kamala Harris, Gov. Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Fashion Designer Trina Turk, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, and Film Producer Scott Budnick.

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to all of the individuals representing numerous Chamber Member Organizations for their recognition in the Los Angeles Business Journal's 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles!

Alan Rothenberg 1st Century Bank

Russell Goldsmith City National Bank

Mark Hutchins KPMG LLP

James Murdoch 21st Century Fox

Robert W. Stone City of Hope - Medical Center

Renata Simril LA84 Foundation

Christopher Martin AC Martin Partners

Sunny Sassoon The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Michael S. Burke AECOM

Charles T. Munger Daily Journal Corporation

Jim Beaubien, Jeff Greenberg & Cindy Starrett Latham & Watkins LLP

Dan Beckerman & Ted Tanner AEG

Michelle Kerrick Deloitte LLP

Stuart Liner & Jerold B. Neuman Liner LLP

Dominic Ng East West Bank

Timothy Noonan Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC

Harvey Englander Englander Knabe & Allen

Gray Davis Loeb & Loeb LLP

Patrick Niemann Ernst & Young, LLP

Gary Toebben Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Steven J. Isakowitz The Aerospace Corporation Wallis Annenberg The Annenberg Foundation John Barrett Aon Risk Insurance Services West, Inc. Raul A. Anaya Bank of America Kevin S. Kim Bank of Hope Craig R. Coonig The Boeing Co.

Jeff Dailey Farmers Insurance Group of Companies Fraser Commnuications Fraser Communications Andy Cohen & Robert Jernigan Gensler

Steve Ballmer & Gillian Zucker Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Club Bill Allen Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., Mel Levine & Mary Ann Todd Gibson Dunn

Stan Kasten, Clayton Kershaw & Andrew Friedman Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.

Tom Gilmore Gilmore Associates

Mia Hamm-Garciaparra Los Angeles Football Club

Robert K. Ross The California Endowment

Patricia L. Glaser Glaser Weil LLP

Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings

Ilse Metchek California Fashion Association

David Felman, Lloyd Greif Greif & Co.

Jeanie Buss Los Angeles Lakers

Thomas F. Rosenbaum California Institute of Technology

Scott Hunter HKS Architects

Kevin Demoff & Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams

Philip De Toledo & David I. Fisher Capital Group Cos.

Yang Ho Cho & Chris Park Hanjin Group

Christine Simmons Los Angeles Sparks

Michael O. Johnson Herbalife, Ltd.

Davan Maharaj Los Angeles Times

Leron Gubler Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Ernest Wooden, Jr. Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Bert Dezzutti Brookfield Property Partners Antonia Hernandez & John E. Kobara California Community Foundation

Rick J. Caruso Caruso Dunson K. Cheng Cathay Bank Lewis C. Horne CBRE Group Inc. Vera Guerin & Thomas M. Priselac Cedars-Sinai Health System Jessica Lall Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA)

Victor J. Coleman Hudson Pacific Properties Bob Graziano JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Stephen J. Kaufman Kaufman Legal Group John Kilroy Kilroy Realty Corporation

Paul Viviano Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Maureen Kindel Kindel Gagan

Mark Loranger Chrysalis

Caroline Nahas Korn Ferry

Deborah Ale Flint Los Angeles World Airports Robert J. Lowe Lowe Enterprises, Inc. Timothy Law Snyder & Fernando J. Guerra Loyola Marymount University Paul N. Keller Mack Urban, LLC

George David Kieffer, Kathleen Brown & Lisa Specht Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Margaret “Margo” Georgiadis Mattel, Inc. Mickey Kantor Mayer Brown LLP Phillip A. Washington Metro Jeffrey Kightlinger Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Micahel Milken Milken Institute Bita Ardalan MUFG Union Bank Brad D. Brian & Mary Ann Todd Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Rachel S. Moore The Music Center Steve Nissen, Stephen B. Burke, Ron Meyer & Jeff Shell NBCUniversal

Michael D. Rich RAND Corporation Darryl Dunn Rose Bowl Stadium Mark Sullivan Savills Studley Lawrence Braun & David Raymond Garcia Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Elon Musk & Gwynne Shotwell Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Tesla Motors Inc. Dan Bane Trader Joe’s Company Mark Stern Trust Company of the West Kevin Dow Turner Construction Company Judy D. Olian UCLA Anderson School of Management Andrew J. Bales Union Rescue Mission Elise Buik United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Thomas E. Vice Northrop Grumman Corporation

Gene D. Block University of California, Los Angeles

Steve Olson O’Melveny & Myers

C.L. Max Nikias, Thomas Sayles, David Agus & Thomas E. Jackiewicz University of Southern California

Bruce Karsh Oaktree Capital Management Jim Gianopulos Paramount Pictures

Stuart Walman Valley Industry and Commerce Association

Joachim Splichal Patina Restaurant Group

Austin Beutner Vision To Learn

Joan A. Payden Payden & Rygel

Roger A. Iger The Walt Disney Company

Andrew Benton Pepperdine University

Kevin Tsujihara Warner Bros. Inc.

Joe Phelps Phelps

Timothy J. Sloan & David DiCristofaro Wells Fargo

Noel Cohen Polsinelli Gene Seroka Port of Los Angeles Brian Cullinan PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Peter Lowy Westfield Corporation, Inc. Lynda Resnick The Wonderful Company

Edward P. Roski Jr. Majestic Realty Co.

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By being the voice of business, helping its members grow and promoting collaboration, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce seeks full prosperity for the Los Angeles region.


The Chamber gratefully acknowledges the support of our largest member investors, the Diamond Club, for their help in fulfilling the Chamber’s mission. Andeavor Corporation, LLC AT&T Automobile Club of Southern California Bank of America Charter Communications Chevron Corporation Citibank N.A. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Delta Air Lines Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Times Majestic Realty Co. Microsoft Corporation NBCUniversal Port of Long Beach Port of Los Angeles Ralphs Grocery Company Siemens Corporation Southern California Edison Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility Southwest Airlines Co. UPS Verizon The Walt Disney Company Wells Fargo The views contained in the Chamber VOICE reflect positions taken by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and do not necessarily reflect the views of our Diamond Club members.

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Be a part of the L.A. Area Chamber’s signature events by becoming a sponsor. L.A. CASH FOR COLLEGE Friday - Saturday Oct. 13 & 14 PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY Friday, Nov. 3 STATE OF L.A. INFRASTRUCTURE Wednesday, Nov. 8 SCLN VISIONARIES AWARDS Thursday, Nov. 30 DIFFERENT SPONSORSHIP LEVELS ARE AVAILABLE. Contact Lee Ligons, 213.580.7523 or lligons@lachamber.com.

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