BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2013-2014 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 over 28 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. Malaga Bank is the largest locally owned bank headquartered in the South Bay and in May 2013 was recognized by American Banker magazine as the #1 Read more...
Elise Swanson | Vice-chair
Irene Mendoza | Secretary
Irene Mendoza is a vice-president of Svorinich Government Affairs. She is responsible for community outreach and public relations. Prior to joining Svorinich Government Affairs, she was Deputy Councilwoman to Councilman Svorinich from 1993 to 2001 and Director of Constituent Services for Councilwoman Janice Hahn from 2001 to 2005.
Prior to her public service, she was administrative assistant at Councilman Svorinich's small business for almost 30 years. She has served as President of Read more...
David Thornburg | Treasurer
David Thornburg, Director of Public Affairs for SA Recycling, 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 economic development and policy for the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, and is a former member of the LB Chamber Board of Directors Leadership Council.
Additionally, other boards include former President of the International Businesses Association (IBA), Co-chair of the San Read more...
James Preston Allen | Board Member
James Preston Allen is the publisher of Random Lengths News, now in its 34th year of publishing. Under the leadership of Mr. Allen, it has become the standard bearer of independent journalism, the newspaper of record for the San Pedro region and has become one of the few remaining independent and progressive publications left in the Greater Los Angeles Harbor Area.
Mr. Allen was born in Los Angeles at the Queen of Angeles Hospital (1950) and was raised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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
Linda Grimes | Board Member
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...
Alan Johnson | Board Member
Alan C. Johnson, is President of Jerico Development, a San Pedro based real estate development and property management company that specializes in the restoration and management of historic properties and is one half of the Los Angeles Waterfront Alliance which was recently tasked with the re-development of Ports O'Call and San Pedro's waterfront.
He served as president of the original Business Improvement District and led the group that founded First Thursday, a popular art walk that Read more...
Patti MacJennett | Board Member
Patti MacJennett is senior vice president, business affairs, for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. In her role, MacJennett develops and implements the organization's community engagement strategy with local, state and federal organizations and serves as liaison with key policy makers.
MacJennett began her career in hotel sales and trade show management before joining the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau as head of their tourism division. She later became a Read more...
Karen Marvin | Board Member
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...
John Resich | Board Member
Andrew Silber | Board Member
Andrew Silber is the owner of the Whale & Ale Restaurant in Downtown San Pedro,moved to Southern California in April of 1985, after leaving a position as Banquet Manager at the Cafe Royal on Regent Street, London.
An honors graduate from the Westminster Hotel School in Vincent Square, Westminster, London where he studied hotel management full-time, majoring in French, Economics and Tourism, when he arrived in Los Angeles, he worked in front of house at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Read more...
Josh Stecker | Board Member
Cheryl Thomas | Board Member
Cheryl Thomas has served as Director of Major Gifts, Foundations & Corporations for Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation for the past thirteen years.
Her duties include foundation and corporate relations, writing and reporting for all grant proposals and staff liaison to Board Development, where she has helped to recruit and orient more than 40 new trustees. Her leadership to proposal development has resulted in more than $10 million in grant support for Providence Little Read more...
Jonathan Williams | Board Member
Jonathan Williams is the President & COO of Pacific Battleship Center, where he oversees the day to day operations of the Battleship IOWA museum at the L.A. Waterfront. Mr. Williams is a career entrepreneur serving in executive roles that include start-up, finance, marketing, and operations most recently as President & CEO of Diacon, Inc.
Jonathan has been involved in the saving and restoration of the Battleship IOWA since 2000 in numerous capacities.
Evan Yankovich | Board Member