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Irvine Company’s Jeff Davis Announced as Chair of Greater Irvine Chamber Economic Vitality Council; Members Recognized

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Jeff Davis of the Irvine Company has been named as the 2017-18 chair of the Greater Irvine Chamber Economic Vitality Council (EVC).

“I was very honored when Jim McDonald, Board chair for the Greater Irvine Chamber, asked me to be a participant here,” Davis said during the group’s semi-annual meeting on July 18. “We’re surrounded here by entrepreneurial, results- and goal-oriented people who have a legacy of success in providing a very vital role to the Chamber and our community.”

Staying with the “Forward Focus” theme for the meeting, EVC members discussed ways the Chamber can further promote Irvine as an ideal place to do business, and Chamber initiatives focused on helping businesses grow their customer base and increase their market share.

Linda DiMario, vice president of Economic Development and Tourism, recognized outgoing chair Dan Han for his contributions, including his visionary work that helped to realize the Chamber’s Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum, exceeding expectations for attendance and stature.

Han provided meeting attendees with an overview of accomplishments made by the Business Attraction & Retention, Economic & Workforce Development, and International Development committees over the past year, including Business Outreach Rally, Start-up “Sandwich Summit,” the Chamber’s very first trade mission to the United Kingdom, and programs offering students real-world skills, such as Career Edge and Financial Forum.

These accomplishments were executed with the help of more than 500 members, and business and education leaders who contributed their time, resources, and intellectual capital to the work of EVC.

Committee co-chairs were presented a certificate of appreciation:

  • Business Attraction & Retention Committee
    • Brian Andersen, First Class Connection Corp
    • Brian Montes, KEB Business Consultants
  • Economic & Workforce Development Committee
    • Brian Dozer, Webster University
    • John Kurth, Syntactics Sales Scripting
  • International Development Committee
    • Marv Sepe, CTC Global
    • Rima Nashashibi, Nashashibi International Consultants

Task force leaders were presented certificates of appreciation for their leadership in spearheading projects in a 30-60-90-day cycle of completion:

  • Business Development - Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Task Force
    • Bill Cunningham, Foundation for Community Preparedness BERT Foundation
  • Business Development – Commercial Real Estate Task Force
    • David Girty, Aspect Real Estate Partners
    • Gary Abraham, Aspect Real Estate Partners
  • Business Outreach Task Force
    • Brenda Callen, Infosoft
  • Start-up Ecosystem Task Force
    • Brian Montes, KEB Business Consultants
    • Melinda Kim, PeopleSpace
  • Career Edge Task Force
    • Dr. A. Cathleen Greiner, Irvine Valley College
    • John Kurth, Syntactics Sales Scripting
  • Advanced Technology & Education Park
    • Corine Doughty, Irvine Valley College
  • Education & Career Readiness Career Opportunities
    • Wes Rowlands, National Youth Mentor Association
    • Kevin Quinlan, National Youth Mentor Association
  • Foreign Direct Investment Task Force
    • Lynn Stewart, Orange County Center for International Trade Development
  • Global Resources Task Force
    • Jim Mayfield, U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce
  • Small & Medium Company Assistance Task Force
    • Karen Scuncio, Orange County Small Business Development Center
  • World Trade Wek Form Task Force
    • Rima Nashashibi, Nashashibi International Consultants

Business Attraction & Retention and Economic & Workforce Development committees have been combined into the Business & Workforce Development Committee, which will meet Tuesday, August 15 at 4 p.m. at the Greater Irvine Chamber, and every 3rd Tuesday of the month thereafter. 

International Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, August 22 at 12 p.m. to hear the group’s findings and resultant actionable items.

To learn more about the Economic Vitality Council, contact Pepper Russell.

Category: Chamber News

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