It is my sincere pleasure to serve as your incoming president/chair this year. It goes without saying I have some extraordinarily big shoes to fill. The leadership of our past presidents has propelled the chamber into a position to do what matters most – serve and empower our business community. We recently were named by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s Reader’s Choice Awards as the BEST chamber in the region. This is a direct reflection of the leadership of Robert Hufnagel, our team led by Flora Dugbartey, our dynamic board of directors and the incredible efforts of our Ambassadors. Congratulations to the leadership team for helping the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce earn this tremendous honor.
Many thanks to our Chairman’s Circle sponsors who commit their funding and time to build resources available to our business community. We are incredibly fortunate the City of Rancho Cucamonga continues to be the chamber’s title sponsor, providing an incredible level of support to the many businesses in our All-America city. Please thank Mayor Dennis Michael and our incredible city leaders the next time you see them at a chamber event – which is often.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate and thank Robert Hufnagel for sharing his time and talents with our business community. As chamber president, he brought a unique lens to the position, helping to focus the chamber’s efforts on legislative affairs. I am pleased to share that Robert will continue to provide his expertise in this arena. Staying engaged with our elected officials and educating ourselves about pending legislation is crucial to protecting the interests of our members, and all business owners in the state. I would also like to thank Liliana Andriani for her leadership as our chamber president during what was arguably one of the most difficult periods in US history for business owners. True to her nature she led with grace and enthusiasm on behalf of our members.
Please join us this month at the variety of events we have planned in support of the business community. We have the pleasure of hosting District Attorney Jason Anderson on July 14th at Fleming’s for our BCN luncheon. On July 18th join us for a groundbreaking ceremony for Sanctity hotel, a boutique hotel that will feature a rooftop bar! The following day July 19th, join us as we celebrate LUV Bridal at their ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30pm. Showing our support to members at ribbon cuttings is one of the best ways to network and lift up our business community.
We will also be hosting our Installation Dinner and Shop RC Awards on July 8th. Please be sure to register as soon as possible – this event is nearly sold out. I look forward to introducing our board of directors for the 2022-2023 year at the installation dinner. I am sure you will agree our chamber is being represented by some of the best and brightest business leaders in the region.
Thank you for the honor of serving as your chamber president/chair this year. I promise to serve with humility and great enthusiasm for our businesses and community at large. I hope you all had a safe and fun July 4th holiday, as we celebrated this great nation and the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] if I may be of service. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we work together as a business community.
Heather L. Parsons
Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce