Welcoming New Leadership

The importance of quality leadership is an underlying theme that resides at the foundation of professional success. In order for an organization to succeed, a strong sense of leadership needs to be in effect.

“When good leadership is in place in a company, it can be felt throughout the entire organization. With good leadership, corporate culture isn’t forced, it is developed. Communication is daily and open. Everyone understands the vision and goals of the organization, and everyone has input into how they can be improved. Employees feel that they are an important part of the whole.” (Source.)

Whether you’re a small business, large corporation, or nonprofit—like the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce—your success relies on the strength and dedication of those in charge, and that is why we are so proud to announce our 2016-17 LAX Coastal Leadership.


Deborah Flint installing the 2016-17 LAX Coastal Board of Directors


On Friday, June 10, the LAX Coastal Chamber headed to the top floor of the picturesque Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel to celebrate a very special occasion: our annual Installation Dinner Gala. Not only is this event our way of ending yet another successful year, it is also truly an evening of celebration; our community came together to laissez les bon temps rouler* as we thanked outgoing Chair Kristen Lonner of Burns & Bouchard, Honorary Mayor Keith Greville of Arup, and their 2015-16 Board of Directors, as well as welcome incoming Chair Charles Bassett of L&R Group of Companies, Honorary Mayor Ryan Gales of Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, and the 2016-17 Board of Directors. We also congratulated our graduating Leadership Academy class, presented 11 special awards to the individuals making a difference within our Chamber and community, welcomed special guests such as Los Angeles World Airport’s CEO Deborah Flint and Councilmember Mike Bonin, featured a live and silent auction of wonderful prizes from proud Chamber members, listened to a live Jazz band, and, as always, had a great time.

As your local chamber, we would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to the LAX Coastal community for allowing us to serve such an amazing neighborhood, full of amazing businesses and even more impressive individuals. And to our 2016-17 LAX Coastal Leadership, we cannot wait to reach new levels of success with you at our helm.

*Let the good times roll!

**See the Installation Dinner Gala for yourself on the LAX Coastal Chamber’s Flickr account! Photos courtesy of Angela Clouse.


2016-17 LAX Coastal Chamber Leadership

Chairman of the Board

Charles Bassett, L&R Group of Companies

Honorary Mayor

Ryan Gales, Jenkins, Gales & Martinez

Executive Committee

Charles Bassett, L&R Group of Companies

Andrew Chereck, Bryan Cave

Michael D’Amodio, Embassy Suites LAX North

Jeff DeLarme, Raymond James

Lissa Dye, Pacifica Hotel Co.

Thomas Flintoft, Kindel Gagan Inc.

Liz Hall, Inn at Playa del Rey

Kristen Lonner, Burns & Bouchard

Jory Rosen, J. Rosen Group

Jennifer Vaden Barth, Google

David Voss, Jr., Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke, LLP

Board of Directors

Vince Buonocore, Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel

Joe Devon, Diamond

Jon Graff, Reason Foundation

Keith Greville, Arup

Jon Graff, Reason Foundation

Cynthia Guidry, Los Angeles World Airports

Mike Harriel, Southern California Gas Company

Belinda Jacobs, Howard Hughes Promenade- Passco

Michael Kapoulis, Hotel MdR

Michelle Kiely, TWE Solutions, Inc.

Kelly King, Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina

Cody Koopmann, Drollinger Properties

Geoff Maleman, Maleman Ink Public Relations

Tony Mira, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

Tony Palermo, Tony P’s Dockside Grill

Marveina Peters, Teresa Peters Executive Realtors, Inc.

Howard Pollack, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods Washington Blvd.

Diane Shapiro, The Boeing Company

Matthew Swanlund, Aesthetic Legal

Tara Taylor, Dickerson Employee Benefits

Matt Tecle, Otis College of Art and Design

Ronn Tokuyama, SmarteCarte, Inc.

Scott Woodhill, Woodhill Solutions

Grace Yao, Loyola Marymount University

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