Chairman’s Message: Our New Chairperson of the Board, Executive Director, and Board Member and The Taste of the Chino Valley

Chairperson-Elect for 2016 – 2017 Announced
(Ambassador of the Month Winner Too)

belindadouglasBelinda Douglas

Belinda Douglas is an accomplished and resourceful professional with a wealth of experience using an analytical approach to all aspects of business management and strategic planning for Fortune 100 and smaller companies. Identify and implement process improvements to improve efficiency and profitability. A leader who develops plans to identify opportunities for the success of an organization. Colleagues describe her as action-oriented, interpersonal and collaborative, always bringing a customer-centric focus to plans while ensuring buy-in from everyone involved.

Belinda is heavily active in the Chino Valley Community and is a Board Member with the Department of Corrections Youth Accountability Board, Membership Committee Lead for the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member on the Love Them All Foundation and a member of the Rancho Del Chino Rotary Club.

We’re excited to have Belinda as our Chairperson for the 2016 – 2017 year.

Executive Director – Jason Zara

jasonzaraJason Zara joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 2, as Executive Director.

He comes to us after three years as the Executive Director of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce in Imperial County. Jason also has experience in marketing, journalism and owned his own business for 10 years. He is excited to get to know all of the members and potential members of the Chino Valley Chamber. Anyone who wants to meet him can email or call the Chamber at 909-627-6177.

New Board Member – Glenda Chavez from Waste Management

wastemanagementmemberGlenda Chavez is a dynamic, creative, detail-oriented government relations and public affairs professional with fifteen years experience. Highly successful in developing and maintaining working relationships that advance common interests with local, state and federal government entities, community organizations, non-profits and the business community.

Waste Management is North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions. They partner with their customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. They are on a quest for environmental performance, a mission to maximize resource value, while minimizing – and even eliminating – environmental impact so that both our economy and our environment can thrive.

Waste Management has been one of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s largest supporters over the years and the Chamber would not be able to function as it does without their support. We are thrilled to have Glenda Chavez from Waste Management on our Board of Directors.

Taste of the Chino Valley Results

The Taste of the Chino Valley

Our Taste of the Chino Valley went well and we received some great positive feedback from many of the restaurants and attendees of the event. We’re creating a survey this week to figure out what our restaurants liked and didn’t like about the Taste of the Chino Valley so we can make it even better for next year.

Some of the great feedback we received was:

“It was so good that we know it will be even better next year.”
– Rod from Riverside Grill

“We were really happy. It was much more upbeat and positive.”
– Alfonso from Taquerias y Mariscos Madrigal.

“It went very, very well.”
– Minnie Baral from Okie Pokie.

“We heard that it was one of the best Taste of the Chino Valley’s we’ve had in a long time.”
– David King from Isaiah’s Rock.

Some things we identified that could be improved this year to make next year’s event even better would be to start our planning process four months in advance, begin marketing the event sooner, provide trays for participants, and accept credit/debit cards at the event.

This year we more than doubled our attendance at the event and have set a strong foundation for future years of the Taste of the Chino Valley.

Thank you to the Taste of the Chino Valley Committee for putting all the hard work in to make the 2016 Taste of the Chino Valley a great one.

Arianna Fajardo from the City of Chino
Chris Foster from Merryll Lynch
Dean and Suzanne Burt from URSongz
Gabriel Hill from Insurance and Surety Services
Gloria Smith from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce
Karon Mulligan from US Bank
Stacie Anderson from Pacifica Senior Living in Chino Hills
Steven Melo from Lyoness/Cashback Solutions



Sponsors – 14 Sponsors
Restaurants – 13 Restaurants + Wine + Beer
Participants – 158 Participants
Sponsors – 15 Sponsors
Restaurants – 19 Restaurants + Wine + Beer
Participants – 342 Participants

We’d also like to recognize our staff, Donna Gannon, Mari-Ellen Long and Gloria Smith for all their hard work in preparation of the Taste of the Chino Valley, the State of the City for Chino and the Upcoming State of the City for Chino Hills.

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