Chamber Committees

Committee: Annual Awards
FY2017 Chair: Stacy Morris
Staff Lead: Sue Summers
Event Month: June
Meeting Dates: March - June (3-4 Meetings)

The Annual Awards Committee plans and implements the Annual Awards Celebration for Business of the Year and Man & Woman of the Year. Sub-committees include the selection teams for the Man/Woman/Emerging Leaders awards and the Business/Non-Profit awards.

Committee: Oktoberfest
FY2017 Chair: Jeff Gooding
Staff Lead: Scott Smith
Event Month: October
Meeting Dates: Monthly, May - October

The Oktoberfest Committee plans and implements the set up and running of the event.

Committee: Christmas Tree Auction
FY2017 Chair: 
Barbara Mayeda
Staff Lead: Sue Summers
Event Month: December
Meeting Dates: Monthly, June - December

The Christmas Tree Auction Committee plans and implements the set up and running of the event.

Committee: Government Affairs Committee (GAC)
FY2017 Chair: William Martin
Staff Lead: Gail Zurek
Event Month: 
Meeting Dates: 2nd Tuesday - 7:15 AM

The Government Affairs Committee advises the board on legislative issues. Based on the Board's adopted policy document, GAC develops responses and/or public positions for the Chamber.

Committee: Leadership Visalia Steering Committee
FY2017 Chair: Matt Seals
Staff Lead: Sue Summers
Event Month: Monthly
Meeting Dates: 4th Tuesday - 7:30 AM

The Leadership Visalia Steering Committee oversees the Leadership Visalia (LV) program, including scholarship awards, review of the program's curriculum and project, and ensuring that program objectives are met. The Committee also oversees the annual Golf Tournament and LV Graduation events.

Committee: Executive & Finance Committee
FY2017 Chair: Stacy Morris
Staff Lead: Gail Zurek
Event Month: 
Meeting Dates: 2nd Thursday - 7:30 AM

The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the board between official meetings, serves as the primary advisers to the President/CEO, conducts the President/CEO's evaluation, and serves as the Board for the Vision Visalia Foundation. The Finance Committee's responsibility is to provide detailed oversight of the Chamber's financial management activities, including recommending an annual budget, reviewing regular activity reports, and ensuring proper procedures are followed. At times, these committees have operated separately, but with lots of common members; currently, they operate as a joint committee.

Committee: Yea! Program Steering Committee
Staff Lead: Nicola Wissler
Event Month: Monthly
Meeting Dates: 1st Wednesday - 7:30 AM

The YEA Program Committee provides oversight and gives support to the Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Committee: Young Professionals Network (YPN) Steering Committee
FY2017 Chair: Dante Rosh & Igor Ferriera
Staff Lead: Nicola Wissler
Event Month: Monthly
Meeting Dates: 2nd Wednesday - 7:30 AM

The YPN Steering Committee provides leadership for this Chamber program. They are responsible for developing programming and promoting involvement.

Committee: Ambassadors Committee
FY2017 Chair: Matt Case
Staff Lead: Scott Smith
Event Month: Monthly
Meeting Dates: 4th Thursday - 8:00 AM

Ambassadors serve as the "face" of the Chamber at public events such as Ribbon Cuttings and Business After Hours. They also provide marketing and membership support to the Chamber.