Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce
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2015 Carmel Valley Board of Directors

Meet your Board 

 

Christina Gray, Bernardus Winery - President & Co-Events Director                                                                                            
Christina, a graduate of Oregon State University, moved here from Oregon in 2003 with her husband Eric Gray. Although her husband’s job brought her to the peninsula (he is one of the assistant golf professionals at Pebble Beach) she found herself diving head first into the hospitality industry that drives this area’s economy. For the past 8 years, Christina has been an integral part of the Bernardus Winery team. She has implemented and continues to manage the Bernardus Wine Club, and coordinate all member events. In addition, she heads up all email marketing and social media campaigns for the winery. From 2007-2009 she volunteered as the Community Captain for the Monterey Bay Chapter of Team of Training. She looks forward to helping the CVCC with the promotion of this gorgeous place we all live in.

Randi & Jeffrey Andrews, Avant Garden & Home - Co-Marketing Directors & Shop Local Committee
Randi and Jeffrey Andrews opened Avant Garden and Home in Carmel Valley Village in 2003. For several years we  moved the shop into Carmel by-the-sea, only to return in 2014 to our old location. "Got a do-over" how many times does that happen?? While in Carmel Valley, both Randi and Jeffrey were active members on the CVCC Board. Randi is a past president. Jeffrey and Hudson (the famous canine) wear several hats... when not in Avant Garden, he can be found in his other business, Driving Sounds or at Cima Collina tasting Room.


Nick Elliott, Holman Ranch - Co-Membership & Community Development Director
Nick was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Monterey County in 2005 with his wife Hunter Lowder. He graduated from Philadelphia's Creative and Performing Arts School and did a summer program at the CIA in NY. Nick has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, including management positions with several entertainment companies both here in Monterey County and on the east coast. In 2006, his family purchased and refurbished the historic Holman Ranch where they plan to continue and preserve the rich history of Carmel Valley. Most recently Nick has been working with Paradise Catering, Carmel Valley's most established caterer and long time member of the Chamber as their Director of Operations. Since 2005 Nick has held a seat on MCCVB's membership committee and represented the committee on their board in 2006. Nick also volunteers for MCHA, MCCVB, the Junior League of Monterey County and the SPCA when he is not spending time with his wife and son Max.

Nora Jones, Valley Hills Deli & BBQ - Co-Events Director
Currently Nora works at Valley Hills Deli & BBQ as the chef/operations manager. She opened the store for Fermin Sanchez the business owner whose family owns Bruno’s Market in Carmel.  The Deli specializes in BBQ and deli sandwiches. They also offer catering, monthly wine tasting and quarterly events like the Cowboy BBQ, Summer Sausage Fest and Fall Pig Roast.

Prior to coming to Valley Hills Nora earned a diploma in Medical Administration from Cambridge College and a certificate from a medical lecture Series at UC Davis in regard to Advanced Aging Medical Science. She worked at Amen Clinic in Fairfield transferring medical records for the Neuro Science practice.

Ms. Jones spent many years working for Fairs and Festivals Catering, LLC as the lead supervisor for events and catering. Building field kitchens around Monterey and the Bay area to facilitate multiply cuisine offerings. Events included the San Francisco Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and the Celebration of the opening of the Academy of Science in San Francisco where she coordinated field operations that included three line cooks that supported eight food booths.

Nora has broad experience in marketing, PR and advertising where she spent the majority of her career. Most recently in 2007 she was the Retail Manager at the Monterey Herald. She also owned a PR firm from 2001-2007. Marketing and promoting many events around the Monterey Peninsula including the 2003Monterey County Fair, Monterey Museum of Art, and P.G. Auto Rally.



Ron Haas, CVAC & Refuge - Co-Membership & Community Development Director
Ron has over 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning both the hotel (Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt), private club (Desert Mountain, Lake Las Vegas, Santa Lucia Preserve) industries and now recently he has joined the Health & Fitness industry as the General Manager of Carmel Valley Athletic Club & Refuge. His last 24 years have been in management level positions. Ron’s foundational success has been in establishing relationships and in team building to focus on people, service, presentation and accountability. His unique and successful hands-on training has ensured consistency and high quality standards for spa & fitness, recreation & golf, lodging, food & beverage, maintenance, housekeeping, equestrian, youth programs and many other amenities.  Ron’s outgoing personality and professional approach has been a welcome addition to CVAC & Refuge.


Nora Jones, Valley Hills Deli & BBQ - Co-Event Director
Currently Nora works at Valley Hills Deli & BBQ as the chef/operations manager. She opened the store for Fermin Sanchez the business owner whose family owns Bruno’s Market in Carmel. The Deli specializes in BBQ and deli sandwiches. They also offer catering, monthly wine tasting and quarterly events like the Cowboy BBQ, Summer Sausage Fest and Fall Pig Roast.

Prior to coming to Valley Hills Nora earned a diploma in Medical Administration from Cambridge College and a certificate from a medical lecture Series at UC Davis in regard to Advanced Aging Medical Science. She worked at Amen Clinic in Fairfield transferring medical records for the Neuro Science practice.

Ms. Jones spent many years working for Fairs and Festivals Catering, LLC as the lead supervisor for events and catering. Building field kitchens around Monterey and the Bay area to facilitate multiply cuisine offerings. Events included the San Francisco Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and the Celebration of the opening of the Academy of Science in San Francisco where she coordinated field operations that included three line cooks that supported eight food booths.

Nora has broad experience in marketing, PR and advertising where she spent the majority of her career. Most recently in 2007 she was the Retail Manager at the Monterey Herald. She also owned a PR firm from 2001-2007. Marketing and promoting many events around the Monterey Peninsula including the 2003Monterey County Fair, Monterey Museum of Art, and P.G. Auto Rally.

Jennifer Smith, Carmel Valley Branch Library - Co-Membership & Community Development Director

Jennifer has managed the Carmel Valley Branch Library since 2007. She is a life-long Californian, born and raised in Los Altos and Cupertino. She moved to Monterey in 2001 and now lives in Marina with her husband. She has over 15 years experience in libraries and archives, with a special focus on developing public programs.

Her first experience of Carmel Valley was in 2002 when she drove the Reading Safari bookmobile, taking early literacy services to children throughout the County, including Cachagua. Jennifer has a B.A. in International Development from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has been an an Adult Services Librarian at the Stockton-San Joaquin County Library, Youth Services Coordinator at the Monterey County Free Libraries, and Read to Me Project Leader and Outreach Librarian at Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Before working in public libraries, she served for two and half years as Curator and Research Assistant at the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. In 1990, Jennifer taught English and travelled in Spain for a year, practicing her Spanish skills. She loves to converse in Spanish. She has been an avid Internet user since 1991, before the creation of the Web, and she enjoys working and helping library patrons with technology.

Jennifer believes that libraries can be a partner in creating and maintaining vibrant and healthy communities. She is active in many library and community organizations.

Barry Toepke, SCRAMP - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Barry Toepke is vice president of communications and historic racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In his position, he has primary responsibility for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held each August. With 25 years in the public relations and marketing fields, Toepke has worked with such companies as the LA Auto Show, Automobili Lamborghini, Bonhams, Ferrari North America, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Toyota Motor Sales of North America and American Cancer Society, among many others.  Prior to joining Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2009, Toepke was the executive vice president of RWB, a marketing agency based in Los Angeles. He also had his own consulting agency for 10 years with offices in Sacramento and Fountain Valley.


Sygale Lomas, Monterey County Herald - Co-Events Director and Vice President

Dr. Bettye Saxon, AT & T - Co-Events Director

Max Schroeder, Quail Lodge & Golf Club - Co-Marketing Director

 


Managing Director
Elizabeth Vitarisi Suro
Email: elizabeth@carmelvalleychamber.com

Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 288
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Tel: (831) 659-4000

info@carmelvalleychamber.com

The mission of the Carmel Valley Chamber of commerce is to promote and support the economic well being of its members, and to provide maximum business networking opportunities. Our association of businesses was created to build a strong local economy by advocating a sound government and maintaining an informed membership and community.

 

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