• Board Member Profile: Rick Rust, Aera Energy

    The Santa Maria Chamber begins their new fiscal year July 1, 2019. With it, new Chamber Board members are welcomed in to replace those who have served their term limits. We'll be profiling some of those new board members, who can serve up to two 3-year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors. 

    Your name and title: Rick Rust, Public Affairs Project Manager for Aera Energy

    What made you want to join the Santa Maria Chamber Board of Directors? The position on the Chamber Board of Directors offers an opportunity to keep business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.

    What do you hope to accomplish while on the board? While serving on the board, I hope to inspire collaboration between business segment in order to build effective strategies to build a better community. 

    Why do you feel it’s important for business leaders to get involved in the local community? Working with the chamber provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development.

    Any additional thoughts you have? I like the fact that the Chamber helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly. I also like that the Chamber takes on the tough issues, regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses.