The chamber is the natural resource

By From page B3 | January 15, 2014

Mark LusterThe 90th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce focused on natural resources.

Not only is the chamber the natural resource for businesses in El Dorado County, the many natural resources in El Dorado County support local business and make a positive impact on everyone’s daily lives, El Dorado County businesses can be the natural resource for consumers.

Incoming president Mark Luster of Sierra Pacific Industries stressed the importance of a symbiotic relationship between nature’s bounty, business and the residents and invited everyone at the dinner to take an active part in El Dorado County’s future.

“The chamber will continue to advocate for business and do everything to help business succeed in the county,” Luster said.

Four special awards were presented during the evening at Wedgewood at Sequoia.

Kathleen Dodge, executive director of the Office of Film and Media, awarded Gold Country Health Center the Golden Slate Award. The annual award recognizes a business for working with the film industry. Gold Country Health Center was the location of a movie shoot and then held the red carpet screening for the film “King of Norway.” The movie took first place at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Richard Esposito, Mountain Democrat publisher, noted the many outstanding contributions made by Davey “Doc” Wiser to the keep the past a part of the present. Wiser was the recipient of the Historic Preservation Award for providing stage coach rides at many public events, taking part in the Pony Express Re-ride and bringing to life a page out of history.

The Achievement in Tourism went to Christa Campbell. It was presented by Jody Franklin, director of tourism. She noted that Campbell has been a strategic part of the tourism component of the chamber and is always ready to promote the county.

Kevin Brown, board member presented Mike Kobus of Koby Pest Control for his Outstanding Community Service. Kobus is always ready to help with any community project and recently was instrumental in bring the first public ice rink to El Dorado County during the Christmas season.

Joining Luster on the 2014 executive board are: Richard Esposito, Mountain Democrat, vice president; Christa Campbell, Rainbow Orchards, president-elect; and Brian Jensen, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, past president.

The 2014 board of directors is: Vicki Barber, Ed.D; Kirk Bone, Parker Development Company; Kevin Brown, Breaker Glass Co. Inc.; Susie Davies, MORE; Leonard Grado, Palos Verdes Properties; Mike Kobus, Koby Pest Control; Gregg McKenzie, Sierra Division, Government Relations PG&E; Susan VanDelinder, El Dorado Disposal; Dolly Wager, DSW and Associates; Barbara Winn, AT&T.

The 2014 area representatives are: Howard Penn, LB Commercial, Coloma; Shelly Winzeler, The Wine Smith, Placerville Downtown Association; Ken Calhoon, Golden West Real Estate, Divide; and Duane Wallace, South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, South Lake Tahoe Rep.

To learn more about the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce call 530-620-5885, e-mail [email protected] or

Mimi Escabar

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