July marks the start of a new fiscal year for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, and with it, we announce our 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The Board provides strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of our members and the Santa Maria Valley community. Members serve a 3-year term, and can be re-elected up to 3 times.

“The Board plays an important role in setting the Chambers’ agenda,” explained Cameron Stephens of SM Tire, who will serve as this year’s Chairman of the Board. “We do not intend to nor strive to run the day to day operations. We are the behind the scenes business leaders that strategically advise the Chamber on local business issues and stances today and in the future.”

Joining Cameron  on this year’s Executive Committee are:

Chairman of the Board:
Cameron Stephens, SM Tire

Chairman Elect: Dr. Ray Arensdorf, Arensdorf Chiropractic

Vice Chairman: Janet Silveria, Community Bank of Santa Maria

Vice Chairman: Dr. Kevin Walthers, Allan Hancock College

Past Chairman: Ed Carcarey, Mega 97.1

Additionally, two new members have been elected to join the 2017-2018 board; Edgar Gascon of Hacienda Realty and Butch Lopez of  V. Lopez Jr. & Sons General Engineering Contractors Inc..

“I chose to get involved in the Chamber by joining the board so I can not only be a member of the Chamber but also provide assistance, input, views, knowledge to help lead the Chamber in positive directions along with my fellow members,” Lopez said. “I am looking forward to serving our community and guiding fellow Valley residents, businesses and communities in a united successful path.”

Five incumbent members who have been serving on the Board were re-elected for an additional three-year term:

Dr. Ray Arensdorf, Arensdorf Chiropractic

Eddie Murray, The Murray Group – Morgan Stanley

Era Polly, Era Polly Real Estate

Hugh Rafferty, CoastHills Federal Credit Union

Tim Woodbury, Woody’s Butcher Block

Era Polly says she’s enjoyed serving serving on the Board, and is excited to continue doing so. “Working with and getting to know better my colleagues on the Board of Directors in addition to enhancing the business climate in the Santa Maria Valley has been an informative and joyful learning experience,” Polly said. “I feel the Chamber is very important to our local community for many reasons. It provides a point of contact and information for newcomers and support for our local businesses.  We are a vibrant chamber and I am happy and privileged to be part of the energy here.”

With an impressive group of local business leaders making up this year’s Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we look forward to continued progress in serving the Santa Maria Valley business community in the coming year.

“We’re fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of local business executives leading the Chamber.  Our board does a great job of providing staff with direction, connections, and support,” said Glenn Morris, president & CEO.   “I am confident that the new additions will make the board even stronger.”