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VIA installs 2011 board of directors

Local organization holds ceremony to swear in new officers

Posted: December 22, 2010 9:30 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2010 9:30 p.m.

From left, Randy Moberg, outgoing chairman of the Valley Industrial Association of Santa Clarita; Kathy Norris, VIA’s president and CEO; and Tim Burkhart, incoming chairman of VIA, pose at the association’s luncheon at Valencia Country Club in Valencia on Tuesday. (Below)

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The Valley Industry Association installed its new 2011 board of directors Tuesday.

Dr. Dianne Van Hook, College of the Canyons’ longtime chancellor, officiated the swearing in of 13 officers with an enthusiastic reading of the oath.

Several Santa Clarita Valley community leaders were on hand to witness the installation, including Mayor Marsha McLean.

Inducted onto the 2011 board were: VIA members Tim Burkhart of Six Flags Magic Mountain; Randy Moberg of LBW Insurance and Financial Services; Andrea McAfee of Bayless Engineering; Jenny Ketchepaw of Community Bank; Scott Capistrano of Status Not Quo; Diana Meyer of Meyer Marketing Intelligence; Anna Frutos-Sanchez of Southern California Edison; Joe Klocko of College of the Canyons; Alan DiFatta of Crissman Commercial, Greg Wells of California United Bank; Laura Biery of city of Santa Clarita; Denise Henderson of MD Commercial Cleaning; and John Silver of ITT Technical Institute.

Tim Burkhart, general manager at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, was also introduced as the incoming 2011 chairman of the board.

Outgoing chairman
Outgoing chairman Randy Moberg was awarded a plaque by Burkhart for his leadership with VIA.

“We would like to thank Randy for his extraordinary and unprecedented efforts over the last two years,” Burkhart said. “He has led this organization arguably through some of the worst economic times that our country has faced and done so admirably.”

Moberg was credited with assembling the strategic planning committee that restructured the VIA organization to better meet its members needs.

Burkhart said that Moberg’s work left VIA with an organization that is going to be well rewarded because of the efforts he made in the past two years.

McLean thanked Moberg on behalf of the Santa Clarita City Council. McLean said that it is extremely important that the city have a vibrant and lively business community because the city relies on the sales tax revenue that the businesses generate.

Also on hand to recognize Moberg’s contributions to VIA were SCV field representative Paul Strickland for Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and SCV field deputy Dave Perry on behalf of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Both officials sent their congratulations, and Moberg was presented with special recognition of service certificates.

“The last couple years have been challenging but also extremely fulfilling and rewarding,” Moberg said. “It’s been a tough two years for a business environment, but we’ve come through with flying colors and are a better organization now.”

Moberg also credited VIA CEO Kathy Norris, saying she is an outstanding individual to work with. He said he could not have asked for a better executive board.

Moberg said the strategic planning committee met weekly for months on end to revamp VIA and its services to members.

“I have bittersweet feelings about leaving,” Moberg said, “But I couldn’t turn it over to a better man than Tim Burkhart because it leaves the organization in very good hands.”

Special accolades
Departing board member Bill Kennedy was honored as well for his services to the organization by VIA’s leadership team and by Antonovich representative Dave Perry.

“My reward for being with VIA in the last eight years, is being with VIA for eight years,” Kennedy said.

VIA honored board member Scott Capistrano, president and COO of Status Not Quo, for going above and beyond in his service to VIA.

Capistrano served as a member of the strategic planning committee and as a contributor to the new, soon to be launched website.

Making progress
Norris told The Signal that VIA has worked hard to redefine its mission, rebuild the association’s business model and survey the membership regularly to be sure that the services proviced by VIA are on target with what the membership needs.

“The programs and events in the queue for next year are generating tremendous interest,” said Norris. “2011 shows all the signs of being a banner year for the organization.”

Burkhart told the VIA membership that he feels the organization is in a very strong position for 2011 due to the efforts of Moberg, VIA president and CEO Kathy Norris and the strategic planning committee.

Burkhart thanked Moberg and Norris for getting the organization through the trenches and into the position it is in today, referring to both the recession and the work of the planning committee.

“Clearly, the mandate for 2011 is to grow VIA. We spent the last year and a half getting stabilized and restructured and getting our foundation back in order,” Burkhart said. “Now we’re moving forward full speed ahead.”

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