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Chamber installs chairman, board

Posted: January 24, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: January 24, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Dana Cop, outgoing chairwoman of the board, speaks at the SCV Chamber of Commerce’s recognition and installation dinner at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Friday.

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Both outgoing and incoming leaders spoke of advocacy, member development and retention at the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 88th annual installation dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Friday.

In particular, the membership efforts were lauded. Despite the economy, membership grew 8 percent in 2011 with an 80 percent retention rate, said outgoing Chairwoman Dana Cop, director of external affairs for AT&T. 

“The chamber feels an obligation to improve the quality of life for the future generation of the business community,” Cop told the event’s 345 attendees during the installation and awards portion of the night.

The Monte Carlo-themed evening kicked off with attendees trying their luck in a casino room, complete with blackjack and Texas Hold’em. Afterward, the ceremony and dinner were held in the Hyatt’s ballroom, where the outgoing chairwoman welcomed in the new chairman and board members.

Cop said the chamber had been fiscally responsible in the past year and successful in improving its connections to other groups in the SCV and San Fernando Valley, such as the Valley Industry Association and the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.

The partnerships are “invaluable to what we were able to do,” she said.

Additionally, Cop said, the chamber had gotten more involved policy-wise by taking part in the redistricting process and defending the area’s Enterprise Zone.

Cop presented the Chairman’s Award to Sue Nevius, general manager of La Quinta Inn and Suites, for her dedication to the chamber and willingness to have her hand in every committee and event possible.

After various government officials and their representatives honored Cop for her dedication to the chamber in the past year, incoming Chairman Chris Angelo, president of Stay Green Inc., and the 2012 board of directors were sworn in.

“We will make 2012 a success,” Angelo said, and outlined five areas he wanted to focus on in the coming year — strengthening partnerships in the region, leading through government advocacy, chamber growth, member retention and efficiency in running the organization.

“Get engaged, get involved in our community and keep it strong,” he said.

The chamber also presented its annual awards for small, medium and large business of the year, special achievement of the year and ambassador of the year.

 “2011 was a year of many successes for the chamber,” Crain told chamber members. “Your active engagement is still the catalyst.”

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