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  • Board Member Profile: Erika Weber, VTC Enterprises

    Board Member Profile: Erika Weber, VTC Enterprises

    What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company?
    My current position is Development Associate, meaning I am responsible for marketing and fundraising for the organization. I have been with VTC Enterprises (VTC) since 1999 when I started as a Sales and Marketing Associate to develop and secure contracts and work places for the individuals we serve.
    Why did you choose this profession?
    I began my career at VTC quite by accident. I was selling pagers for a nationwide corporate company and vented to a friend who worked for a staffing agency that I was about at the end of my rope with “corporate America” and its demands. The following week I received a phone call from this friend asking if I would be interested in interviewing with a local non-profit business.  They needed a sales person, and she thought I would be a good fit.  I said yes, and the rest is history.
    What do you like most about your job?
    There are many things I love about my job. First are the people I work with. Both the staff and individuals we serve make coming to work every day a joy. Second, I love the participation and interaction I get to have with the community on behalf of VTC. I have met and come to know of the most fantastic men and women who care about the community in which we live and work. And above all, I believe in the services we provide every day for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. I am proud to represent an organization that has given back to the Santa Maria and Lompoc Valleys since 1962. I am proud of the strength and integrity of the organization as it has weathered some tough times over the years.
    What has Chamber Membership meant for your business?
    Soon after joining VTC, I began to attend Chamber events so as to meet like-minded members of the community. One of the Chamber staff at the time strongly encouraged me to get “all in” with the Chamber, and it was the best advice I could have received. Within a few short months, I had met so many local business owners, people in City government and leaders in the community. I was able to learn about their businesses and contributions and tell them about VTC’s. Building relationships was the greatest first step in joining the Chamber. I soon learned of all the other benefits of Chamber membership and began to take advantage of them to market VTC to the community.
    Why did you want to serve on the Chamber Board?
    I served on the Chamber Board because I believed in the Chamber’s commitment to the Santa Maria Valley and its local businesses and non-profits.
    The best thing about the Santa Maria Valley is…
    The generous spirit, the hometown feel and no matter how big it gets, it still feels like a small town where people care about one another.

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