BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The government of the Chamber of Commerce, direction of its work, control of its finances
and property, and the control and direction of its President/CEO is vested in a Board of
Directors consisting of (a.) a minimum of eighteen (18) and a maximum of twenty-two (22) members elected from the general membership who are in good standing, and (b) Two (2) members appointed by the chairperson. No more than one member of any firm can serve on the Board at the same time or during the same period of time.
Randy Bowers | Chairman
Randy C. Bowers is the President and CEO of Malaga Bank, which has been serving the residents of the South Bay for 27 years. Mr. Bowers, a native of Southern California and currently residing in Palos Verdes Estates, has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, working in the South Bay communities for the past 18 of those years. Mr. Bowers is committed to being an active member of the local communities. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for LA BioMed and Port Read more...
Mona Sutton | Vice Chair
Mona Sutton was raised in San Bernardino in a career Air Force family. She graduated high school, and left for college at Cal State Fullerton. After three years, and before finishing a degree in business management, she was recruited by a successful franchise company to learn the restaurant trade for Sizzler Restaurants International.
After working as a General Manager for 11 years, she quit Sizzler, took a leap of faith in herself and her abilities, and bought the Omelette and Waffle Read more...
Linda Grimes | Secretary; Chair, Marketing Committee
Linda Grimes, owns the San Pedro-based consulting firm Eighteenth Street Marketing and Management Services.
She enjoys inspiring entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and community groups; providing the tools to enrich their
public image in innovative and locally focused marketing campaigns.
Highlights of her client roster include: Former president and executive director of Golden State Pops Orchestra, The Grand Vision Foundation, Pacific Energy Partners, the Port of Read more...
Paula Moore | Treasurer
Paula Moore is the executive director of FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Aquarium, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, has a 77-year history in San Pedro and currently serves over 300,000 visitors annually, 150,000 of whom are schoolchildren.
Paula holds an undergraduate degree in music (emphasis in piano performance), with a minor in public relations from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Read more...
Anthony Pirozzi | Immediate Past Chair
Anthony Pirozzi was born and raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1983. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters Degree from Loyola Marymount. He has worked for the Boeing Company building and launching communication satellites for 20 years. He joined the San Pedro Chamber in 2006, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. His goals are to work to bring knowledged-based jobs to San Pedro, to work with local businesses and property owners to Read more...
Arley Baker | Board Member
Arley Baker oversees public relations, media relations and marketing communications for the Port of Los Angeles. On a daily basis at the Los Angeles Harbor Department, his organization facilitates Port interaction with community members, business stakeholders, traditional and social media, and elected officials.
Before joining the Port as head of public affairs in 2004, Arley was vice president of the Corporate-Consumer practice at the L.A.-based PR firm, Rogers & Cowan, a division of Read more...
Betsy Brien | Board Member
Betsy Brien is public affairs manager for ConocoPhillips at the Los Angeles refinery.
Brien has over fourteen years of experience in the petroleum industry in the areas of public affairs and environmental engineering. She currently manages all community, government and media relations.
Brien is responsible for overseeing the refinery's internal and external communications, government relations, and charitable contributions at the facility. Her specialized background in Read more...
Dr. Michael Brophy | Board Member
Dr. Brophy has served as the President of Marymount College Palos Verdes in Los Angeles since 2006 and has held leadership appointments at the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Long Island University (New York), the State University of New York and The Sage Colleges (New York).
Career highlights include:
*Led the transformation of a single campus private two-year college (Marymount) into a multisite four-year college with suburban and urban campuses.
*Increased enrollment by Read more...
James Brown | Board Member
Eric Eisenberg | Chair, Economic Policy Committee; President, Property Owners Business Improvement District
Eric Eisenberg is the President and CEO of the Renaissance Group. He is an urban redevelopment specialist, and is a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) Community Advisory Committee member. Eric also serves on the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. He is President of the San Pedro Historic Waterfront District PBID. Eric was appointed to the CRA/LA's San Pedro Design Advisory Review Panel. He brings his experience within the community and development expertise to the POLAHS Read more...
Beate Kirmse | Board Member
Beate, a native of Germany, is the Owner and Director of Gallery Neuartig, a contemporary fine art gallery with an eclectic program of local and international artists. She became a full time professional in the arts in 2007 after she left New York City and a management consulting career working with Fortune 500 clients in many different industries.
Her goals are to attract new creative businesses and educational organizations to San Pedro and build a new generation of San Pedrans, Read more...
Steve Kleinjan | Chair, Beautification Committee
Steven Kleinjan is President of Clean San Pedro Inc. a non profit organization dedicated to removing blight and improving the quality of life in San Pedro. Clean San Pedro has been recognized by environmental organizations and government agencies as a leader in combating urban blight and pollution runoff to our Harbor and Beaches.
Before retiring Steve directed the sales and marketing of a leading environmental coatings manufacturing company that took a leadership role in developing Read more...
Patti MacJennett | Board Member
Marvin Martinez | Board Member
Marvin Martinez began his tenure as President of Los Angeles Harbor College in August 2010. In his role as college President, he is responsible for managing a community college with an enrollment of 10,500 students per semester and a total of 513 employees. He also manages the college budget of $29 million and the college's $464 million bond construction program which is 62% completed.
He was named as the first Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development (E&WD) for the Los Read more...
Dr. Lanny Nelms | Board Member
Dr. Lanny Nelms has served with the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 44 years and has been a Teacher, Counselor, Athletic Director and an Assistant Principal for Operations. For the past 25 years he has been a Principal, assigned to the Division of Adult and Continuing Education in both academic and vocational programs.
Lanny's undergraduate studies were conducted at Los Angeles Harbor College and California State University at Long Beach, where he was awarded his B.A. Read more...
Andrew Silber | Board Member
Josh Stecker | Board Member
Elise Swanson | Chair, Business/Education/Arts Committee
David Thornburg | Board Member
David has devoted his time to various boards and committees both in the city of Long Beach and San Pedro. Presently he sits on several boards assisting in the development of policy for both chambers of commerce, sitting on the LB Chamber's Board of Directors Leadership Council.
Additionally, other boards include former President of the International Businesses Association (IBA), Co-chair of the San Pedro Chamber Economic Policy Committee, Board of Trustees for the Port of Los Read more...
Marta Valladolid | Board Member
Marta Valladolid was born and raised in San Pedro and is the owner of Bringelson Jewelers, which has been serving the community since 1923. The establishment has a long-standing reputation for integrity, loyalty and commitment to its customers. She joined the San Pedro Chamber in the early 1980's. Marta is also an active member in various Merchant Business Organizations.
Soroptimist International of Los Angeles Harbor
Marta has served various positions within the organization as Read more...
David E. Wright | Board Member
David E. Wright,Vice-President of Plains All-American Pipeline L.P., was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where he earned a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Except for a short stay in the U.S. Army, he has spent his 40-year career involved in various aspects of the petroleum transportation industry with focus on both products and crude oil transportation. He has extensive experience with both cross country Read more...