Tacha Vilson Joins the LAX Coastal Team as Director of Programs and Events

We are excited to introduce our newest member of the LAX Coastal Chamber staff, Tacha Vilson. An entrepreneur herself, Tacha will be an incredible asset to the Chamber community, as our Director of Programs and Events.

Long before joining the Chamber staff, at just ten years old, Tacha Vilson pitched her first culinary business concept to Advent Product Development, “La Pomme Amour”, a specialty apple dessert. However, she was too young to fully develop the concept. By age 13, Tacha knew she wanted to be a CEO and applied to Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in New York City. Despite receiving a rejection letter, Tacha was still determined to pursue her dreams. She called and set up an interview with the Assistant Principal and was accepted on the spot. It was from that moment, Tacha began her career in Marketing. 

Tacha Vilson has worked at some of the world’s leading advertising agencies and companies from Omnicom Media Group to Horizon Media, where she experienced firsthand the inner workings and customer-facing needs of television, network radio and digital marketing as well as corporate event management. Though she’s enjoyed an amazingly successful career, something was amiss. Her soul yearned for more purpose and creativity.

She followed her intuition and utilized her professional experiences, to take the entrepreneurial creative leap and started La Petite Taste. Tacha not only managed the marketing, events and production; she was also very hands-on with the development of the gluten-free recipes. Over the course of five years, Tacha has successfully created and executed several creative campaigns for La Petite Taste. 

Tacha is now looking forward to working with our community and getting to know all of you. “As an entrepreneur with corporate experience, I am excited to be a part of the LAX coastal team to work with businesses both big and small.”

Her first day was Monday, April 4, 2022.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tacha joining our team as our next Director of Programs and Events at our LAX Coastal Chamber!” said LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Chad Maender. “Tacha is a dynamic leader that is going to bring a new perspective to our organization. She is a true champion of small business and has an amazing entrepreneurial spirit. I feel her ideas will continue to help LAX Coastal be innovative and meet the everchanging business needs in our community.”

Please extend a warm welcome to Tacha.

Power Professionals Helping Job Seekers Stay Connected

Upskill for the Job You Have and the Career You Want

As a Chamber, we know we have an important role to play in the recovery of our local economy. While we continue to work on supporting business-friendly legislation and funding programs to help get organizations back on track, we are also eager to offer support to job seekers by providing training and meaningful contacts in the community.

The Power Professionals program was formed to support individuals who have been taken out of the workforce due to furloughs and lay-offs by providing training, workshops, networking opportunities, resource boards, and more. With the support of LINXS and the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, we are excited to launch our spring programming.
Beginning on Wednesday, April 7, we will host the first of six sessions of our Power Professionals program presented by Leaderverse. The first informational session discusses the topic of Building Your Individual Brand! Even if you don’t own a business, you still own a brand – the brand called YOU! This session will help you discover who you are as a person and what you want your brand to represent. We will discuss personal branding, and the tools of dissemination, including LinkedIn, Facebook, as well as your resume. This workshop will give you the confidence of a consistent message across all platforms, whether you are moving up, over, or onto something new.

April 7 from 3 to 5 pm – Building Your Individual Brand Review and enhance self-representation on social media and resume. What’s your brand? 

April 21 from 3 to 5 pm – Presentation Skills How to thoughtfully use verbal, vocal, and visual communication of optimum results.

May 5 from 3 to 5 pm – Elevated People Skills Fostering relationships with Emotional Intelligence, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills. 

May 19 from 3 to 5 pm – Time Management Use productivity tools and approaches to drive daily decisions to support your highest values. 

June 2 from 3 to 5 pm – Stress ManagementIdentify techniques to help mitigate daily stress and manage high-energy situations. 

June 15 from 3 to 5 pm – Entrepreneurship Are you ready? Everything to consider, planning, potential pitfalls, and first steps.

*This training session is brought to you in partnership with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce by Leaderverse, a collaboration between Midian, LLC and Woodhill Solutions.*


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is saddened by the number of Chamber businesses that have had to let go of staff and downsize their operations in order to survive. We pride ourselves in being a pillar in the community and a resource for businesses. We know we have a role to pay in the recovery of our economy and are eager to offer support to jobseekers, many of whom have become our friends and meaningful contacts in the community.

On November 1, the Chamber launched Power Professionals. This program was formed to support people who have been taken out of the workforce due to furloughs and lay-offs and will be a resource for individuals looking for employment. By providing training, workshops, networking opportunities, resource boards, and more, the LAX Coastal Chamber will work to help connect job seekers with training that include topics like, “Redefining your brand,” “Your 30-second pitch,” “How to use LinkedIn as a job searching tool,” and “What is your dream job?” As part of this program, we will be creating a Job Board that will allow Chamber members to post jobs and jobseekers to search for available career opportunities (both the government and private sector) in and around the LAX Coastal area and the Resource Board will include information on building your resume, starting a business or learning a new trade.

The Chamber is a place where businesses go to connect and collaborate. We are looking beyond our businesses to support individuals seeking employment to help strengthen their circles of influence and polish their networking skills. For a small month to month fee of $25, individuals will have access to the benefits of the Chamber and the resources of Power Professional.

For more information, contact LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, Business Relations Manager, Kelli Trombley at kelli@laxcoastal.com