The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Economic Development Commission are led by a unified Board of Directors, made up of senior executives from member companies and partner organizations. The Board provides strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of our members and the Santa Maria Valley community.
New Board members were recently elected by Chamber membership to serve in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
“Many important issues will be addressed by the Board of Directors, and we greatly appreciate the willingness of our business community leaders to step forward and serve in a leadership role within our organization,” said Glenn Morris, President/CEO for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The term for the new Board of Directors beings July 1st. A full list of the current Chamber Board of Directors can be found on p. 2 (this list will be updated to reflect new board members in our July issue). We would like to give a special welcome to our new incoming Board Members:
Ron Cossa, Risk Adviser/Member, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC
Ron Cossa is a Risk Adviser and Member (partner) with Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC. With 25 years’ experience in the industry, Ron specializes in property & casualty and workers compensation insurance for the agriculture and construction industries. Ron holds a BS in Commerce & Marketing from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. His professional designations include Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associate in Claims (AIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). In the past Ron has served as a Board Member of the Santa Maria Valley Contractors Association (13 years), the First Tee Central Coast (8 years), the Marian Medical Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Maria Valley. As 5th generation in Santa Maria, Ron feels a deep connection to this community and wants to give back.
“[I want to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors because I want Santa Maria to have a strong viable business community,” Cossa said. He believes his experience facing challenges through different economic climates in his own business will make him an asset to the Board. “Over the years we have faced many challenges from crazy market conditions to the great recession to hobbling regulatory changes so I have been a part of many business cycles,” Cossa explained. “In addition to my own company’s experience, as trusted advisors to our clients in all different industries, I was part of their teams as we partnered to assist them through their own struggles.”
David LeRoy, General Manager, Toyota of Santa Maria
David LeRoy is a Santa Maria native. He graduated from Righetti High School and Allan Hancock College, and attended California State University Northridge where he received a Bachelor degree in Business Management. After college, David moved back to Santa Maria where he owned and operated International Mortgage Finance until 2008 when he entered the auto industry. In 2017 he had the opportunity to come back to Santa Maria as General Manager for Toyota of Santa Maria where he currently resides. David is a member of the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary and enjoys giving back to our community. He completed the Chamber's Leadership Santa Maria Valley leadership program in 2015.
Laurie Tamura, President and Principal Planner, Urban Planning Concepts, Inc.
Laurie Tamura has 38 years of land planning experience with 30 years as the owner of Urban Planning Concepts. Urban Planning Concepts has been involved in the development of over 5,000 homes, commercial, and industrial projects in Santa Barbara County. In giving back to the community, Laurie has served in many volunteer positions including the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Police Council, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, American Planning Assoc. and Home Builders Association. The Boy Scouts of America has been her family’s passion and she served on the district and council boards.
Laurie expressed her excitement for being able to contribute at a member of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “The Chamber serves the business community and being a Board member is a way to serve the Santa Maria Valley community,” she said. Tamura says that as a small business owner, she can provide insight on how businesses operate in Santa Maria and the challenges that may occur.”
Tim Williams, Founder/CEO, Digital West
Tim is a customer focused business leader with an entrepreneurial vision for tech growth. Having spent over 20-years connecting businesses to their customers through Internet connectivity, voice, and cloud services, he is always excited to help businesses navigate the continually growing technology landscape. Tim actively serves on many non-profit boards, and lives in both Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo with his wife Merrie and daughter Shelbie.
“Our community, the largest in the region, has the greatest business growth potential in a post-Diablo Canyon environment,” Williams said. “I’m excited to be among the thought leaders to help navigate the road ahead.”
Williams says his experience in the tech industry will bring a unique perspective to the Board. “Digital West’s expansion throughout the Tri-Counties has allowed me to help the growing technology sectors in Northern SB and SLO Counties,” he said. “I hope to bring an entrepreneurial view with a technology focus to the Board, as well as past experience on Chamber Boards. I’m looking forward to rolling my sleeves up with this Board!”