Chamber Executives in the News

The Pleasanton (CA) Chamber has announced that James Cooper will take over as their new president/CEO. Cooper has led chambers in Novato, American Canyon, and most recently Vallejo. Cooper will replace Steve Van Dorn, IOM, who is retiring after 30 years in hospitality, sales and chamber management. Jackie Arnold, chair of the Vallejo Chamber Board of Directors, will step in as interim executive director.

Sherry Menor-McNamara will be taking a sabbatical from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii to run for Lieutenant Governor for the State of Hawaii. While she is out, Keala Peters, executive vice president, will be taking the lead.

After 20 years with the Truckee (CA) Chamber, President/CEO Lynn Saunders has notified the Board of Directors of her intent to retire at the end of 2022. A search for her replacement is currently underway.

Tillamook (OR) Chamber’s Justin Aufdermauer was named Oregon’s Chamber Executive of the Year by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.

The Torrance Area (CA) Chamber was chosen by the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) as Business Nonprofit of the Year for Supervisor District 4 at their inaugural Business Makes LA County Work Awards (Bizzis).

The Gardner (KS) Chamber has hired Jason Leib as their new president/CEO. Leib most recently served as an operations executive in information technology and has held a number of community leadership positions.