40 New Members and a Mixer for the Chamber!

South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Members and Ten Year Members

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | 10-year Chamber members: Alex Boekelheide with PCC, Michele Downing, Partners Trust Real Estate, Jamie Khuu Inzunza, Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza, Jon Primuth, Primuth & Driskell, LLP and South Pasadena Unified School District

There was a party going down at Communal Tuesday evening as chamber members gathered to celebrate the tremendous growth we’re seeing in South Pasadena this year. Chamber President, the indefatigable Laurie Wheeler, told the enthusiastic crowd that the Chamber gained 40 new members last fiscal year bringing the current total to 262 members.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Newly (Re)Elected Board members: John Vandercook, Reimagine Your Home, Michele Downing, Partners Trust Real Estate, Steve Dahl, Dahl Architects, Sam Hernandez, Paradise General Contractors, Laurie Wheeler, Chamber President, Kris Morrish, The Kutzer Company, Tom Field, Thomas R. Field American Antiques, Jason Mak, Golden Oaks Senior Apartments, and Elda Marquez, Lowell & Vanderbilt Realtors
PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Chamber Ambassadors Kevin Nakanishi and Camille Levee

The Chamber coordinated and held more than 15 ribbon cuttings, some for new businesses and others were to celebrate new ownership and milestone celebrations. Noteworthy among those was the celebration for Priority One Credit Union who commemorated 90 years in business! Revelers enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, deviled eggs, bruschetta, wine and cheese in the airy, festive patio ambiance of Communal and lively conversation flowed for hours. Also being recognized at the event were ten Chamber members who made the ten year mark including Alex Boekelheide with PCC, Michele Downing, Partners Trust Real Estate, Jamie Khuu Inzunza, Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza, Jon Primuth, Primuth & Driskell, LLP and South Pasadena Unified School District.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Sam Hernandez, Michele Downing, Bob Joe, Jamie Khuu Inzunza, Gary Pia, Jason Mak

Earlier in the week, the newest members of the chamber were welcomed at a wine and cheese happy hour at the chamber where Wheeler and other chamber members let the new members know that not only was the Chamber there to support them but that South Pasadena is truly a community that is growing together. The newest members include Dr. David Chen, DC, South Pasadena Homes, New Vision Dental, Partini, Retreat, Law Offices of Dean Serwin, KSHIFT, and 210EastSound.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Sam Hernandez – Chamber Board of Directors, Dr. David Chen, DC – new member, Violet Villasenaz – new member: New Vision Dental, Derek Vaughan – new member: South Pasadena Homes, Michele Downing – Chamber Board of Directors, Angelo Luchi – new member: Partini, Diane Staples – new member: Retreat Lifestyle Gifts, Dean Serwin – new member: Law Office of Dean Serwin, Kat O’Sullivan – new member: KSHIFT, Tom Field – Chamber Board of Directors, Anne Bagasao – new member: Partini, Celinda Grande – Chamber Ambassador, Monica Hong – Chamber Ambassador, Camille Levee – Chamber Ambassador, Adrian Camp – new member: 210eastsound, Kevin Nakanishi –
Chamber Ambassador

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall Arts Crawl, Saturday October 21st from 5pm-9pm and stay tuned for all the details on what the various galleries, coffeehouses, shops and restaurants have in store along with a festive addition of an Oktoberfest to be held on the Historic Museum Grounds in conjunction with Arts Crawl.

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Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.

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