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Community: New leader for Chamber of Commerce said he wants to get involved in advocacy for local bu

Posted: December 23, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Chris Angelo

 


As the CEO of a 40-year-old business his father started, Chris Angelo of Stay Green Inc. hopes to bring his expertise to the table as the 2012 chairman of the SCV Chamber of Commerce.

The Signal: For our readers, define the chamber’s objective.

Chris Angelo: The chamber is a group of business owners in our valley that consist of 1,100-plus members who support one another through commerce and also share common interests that impact businesses on a daily basis. The purpose of the chamber is to promote and represent business in the Santa Clarita Valley through member services, government advocacy and support.

Q: What has been your involvement with the chamber?

A: I’ve been on the board for six years and I have been on a few committees. I’ve been involved with co-chairing the golf event and this last year was on the executive board for the chamber’s board of directors.

Q: Why do you want to be chairman?

A: The reason I accepted is because I’m very passionate about business and creating successful endeavors and processes.

So I wanted to share my successes with Stay Green and bring that expertise into the business community. I really thrive on helping other businesses be more successful and counsel and support other businesses through challenging times.

Q: Describe your history/business experience in the Santa Clarita Valley.

A: Stay Green was founded in 1970. My father developed the business through good service and good relationships. I have been in an executive management role since early 2000s, and have continued (as CEO) since 2009 to carry on the legacy.

Q: What do you believe members want from the chamber?

A: Members want to grow their businesses, to be more profitable. They want education resources. They want guidance and tools to be able to get to that next level. They want a medium to be able to communicate and share what their property value is to the other members of the chamber and citizens of the community.

Q: What do you want to achieve in the next year?

A: The board met Dec. 9 to discuss the strategic plan for 2012. In 2011, a major focus was on membership retention, which was way down in prior years because of the recession. In 2011, we saw the turning point where we saw membership growth at almost 10 percent. Knowing that, we’ll kind of just build upon what we have been doing in 2011.

 Just looking at where the growth is coming from, what are the threats from e-commerce that could affect our businesses, what business-unfriendly bills are up in Sacramento.

Our major focus is improving our value and growing the chamber, heightened awareness of chamber value, strengthening our partnerships, be a leader in government advocacy and operates the chamber more effectively, through fiscal responsibility and board accountability and participation.

Q: Are there any new initiatives you’d like to launch in 2012?

A: We’re looking to do some speaker series that may provide some benefit to various industries in the SCV, looking at partnering with the aerospace and defense coalition to bring an event here in November and looking to get more businesses on board so that we can collaboratively have more influence on a local, regional and state level when it comes to policy changes.

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