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2014 board of directors sworn

Posted: December 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Chris Chapleau, of American Business Machines, was sworn in as the 2014 chairman of the Valley Industry Association board of directors, Tuesday at the Valencia Country Club. He is preceded by VIA board member Alan DiFatta.


The Valley Industry Association held the annual installation of its 2014 board of directors in Santa Clarita on Tuesday.

In 2013, the organization focused on the issue of chloride in runoff water and streamlining permits for business owners, said outgoing Chairman Alan DiFatta. And he pointed out the gains in membership and addition of younger members to VIA in the past year.

Saying he had kicked off his position this year by encouraging members to “imagine the possibilities,” DiFatta handed out customized Twinkies to all incoming board members.

“This will last on your shelf forever,” he said.

A special plaque of appreciation was presented to Randy Moberg who announced he is resigning from VIA’s board after serving for nine years and serving as chairman of the industry group twice.

“I’m assuming the chairmanship of the COC Foundation July 1,” Moberg told The Signal.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk swore the 21-member 2014 board members, including incoming chairman Chris Chapleau of American Business Machines.

Saying acronyms sometimes fail to define what an organization does, Chapleau announced the association is dropping the use of VIA and will use its full name to help people better understand what the group is all about.

In 2014, Chapleau intends to continue collaborating with other local business and industry groups and continue its advocacy on behalf of businesses whether those issues be Obamacare, Cemex or chloride in the water, he said.



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