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• June 3rd First
West Los Angeles Chamber of
• June 11th
Seminar - Super
Charge Your
Commerce Hires Executive Director
The West Los membership by 45 percent, and numerous volunteers.
Angeles Chamber of organized and oversaw a We exceeded all of our
• June 15th Commerce has hired Tinalyn merger and created a five- goals in membership
Firestone as our Executive year action plan for the growth, event revenues,
Director. She will be organization. Quote from budgets and financial
• June 18th After responsible for boosting their Past Chairman, strengths. Tinalyn always
Hours Mixer membership, sponsor “Tinalyn has extensive responded quickly to board
• June 30th WWN services, e v e nt s and experience with Chambers of and member requests and
Networking expanding the Chamber’s Commerce. She managed a was well liked throughout
Mixer outreach. staff of two other employees our community”.
Tinalyn brings more P r e v i o u s l y ,
Inside this
than 20 years of Chamber of Firestone was Chief
issue: Commerce experience with Executive of the 530-
her to our Chamber after member Malibu Chamber of
Lead Story 2 successfully operating and Commerce, where she
growing the influence and increased membership by
membership for several 30 percent. Quote from
Meet Your 2 Chambers. Past Chairman, Malibu
Ambassador Chamber, “As a past
Firestone was
president of the Malibu
Executive Director of the
President’s 3 Chamber of Commerce I
700-member Woodland Hills
have had the pleasure to
-Tarzana Chamber of
work closely with Tina in an
Commerce, where she
Around the 4 executive capacity. She is a
boosted that Chamber’s
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3013 So. Beverly Drive Phone: 310.280.0364
Los Angeles, CA 90034 Fax: 310.280.0374
West Los Angeles Chamber of Meet Your
Commerce Hires Executive Director Ambassador
(Continued from page 1) with agencies committed to providing
programs and services to help local
very enthusiastic and committed businesses thrive. Ms. Firestone’s
professional. In her position in Malibu success is also in part due to her
she proved adept at governmental upbeat personality, sense of humor,
and community relationship building networking skills, and ability to attain
and membership development. Tina the goals that she sets for herself. I
was active and quickly became believe that she will be an asset to
viewed as a community leader.” your organization.
Tinalyn was also successful in the
operational aspects including budgets, Market Your Business to
financial, communications, staff
d e velo pm e nt a n d p ro f es sio n al Every Chamber Member Birute Sinkeviciute
involvement with other outside Birute is privileged to
organizations. Insert Your Flyer into bring you over 20 years of her
entrepreneurship experience
Firestone was also the this Newsletter in the Westside LA
Executive Director of the 300- community. By engaging
member Azusa Chamber. Quote from SPECIAL PROMOTION WLACC as an Ambassador,
she is thrilled to be among the
Azusa Past Chairman, “under her 3 months for $500 most creative and responsible
leadership, the Azusa Chamber of professionals around.
Commerce increased the number of Your Flyers Must be Received at
Birute’s web site
business services that were provided The Chamber Office by is an
to our members including special June 15th for July Placement independent marketing site of
events, mixers, educational the Send Out Cards (SOC)
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Board of Directors
President’s Message Ronald Adams
Jack Berlin
“Happenings at the Chamber” David Bortman
Dear Members and Friends, Robert Chun
The Board of Directors is most pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elise Cohen
Tinalyn Firestone as Executive Director of the WLACC. Tinalyn brings over twenty years of
Michael Eveloff
Chamber experience to our membership. We hope you will take the opportunity to meet
and discuss your ideas about enhanced business opportunities, sponsorships, and member Steve Hadland
value. You can e mail her at the chamber. For more information about Tinalyn please note Seth Horowitz
her bio in this newsletter.
Jimmy Israel
It is indeed an exciting time at the Chamber. We are making progress in
elevating our profile through events and more efficient communication. Very shortly you Mike Karpel
will be offered an opportunity to leverage your membership cost by utilizing our newly Tom McCullough
designed website to advertise your business. As well, you may know we now have a new
Maura O'Flynn
travel component managed by Judith Wilson offering a nine day visit to China at an
unusually competitive price with top tier accommodations. Buzz Park
In the planning stage are opportunities to meet and hear from our elected officials Paul Reznik
on issues that concern us, wine tasting events, dinner dances, a dynamic new Chamber Renato Romano
Directory and marketing program called “Shop West L.A.”, as well as a celebration of the
Chamber’s 65th Anniversary. These are only a few of the ways in which your management David Salson
is working for you. As a mostly volunteer organization we cannot however do it all. We Carole Schiffer
need your participation. Attend our events and take responsibility for your Chamber by
joining a committee of interest to you. After all, “Giving is Living”. David Sciuk
Jean Shigematsu
Marilyn Weinger
All the Best,
Judith Wilson
Paul Reznik

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Around the Chamber
April After Hours Mixer
Wells Fargo Bank, Palms Blvd. at Sepulveda
Photographer Steven J. Koeppe

Aggie Jeffrey (center-white coat), VP Wells Fargo Palms Jeff Cooper, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant
Branch and her staff. and Chamber President Paul Reznik, Consortium Real

Gene Fisher, Yorkie Specialties and Jessica Meehan, Molly Smulian, Gary Loeb, Chezgal Merchandising
Vanessa Williams Companies Creations & Aggie Jeffrey VP Wells Fargo Palms Branch

Get Ready for the Biggest, Best Ever... DO

West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce SHU ’T BE
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ss to 12th Annual Health Fair IS
Busine DA
On San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood ~ Barrington to Gorham
over 1
mers! To be Held in Conjunction with the
consu 22nd Annual Brentwood Art Fair

Sunday, September 13, 2009 10am-


(For Chamber Members Only)

Save $50 on Exhibit Space Spon
for M rship
Your Registration and Payment must be received axim
Expo um
no later than June 30th in order to qualify for this discount
for Deta
Exhibit Space $350 before June 30th, $400 after June 30th
(An additional charge of $50 is required if electricity is needed)

Call John at (310) 481-0600 to Reserve Your Space

Welcome New Members

FRONT (L-R): Jessica Meehan, Vanessa; Cristy Sadoughi, Brilliant Laser Smile; Andor Shawn Gyulai, Andor Asset Management; Tracie
Jerome Washington & Mary Davis-Craig, Gentle Care; Chamber VP Regional Government Ron Adams, California Credit Union; Molly Smulian,
Chamber membership Sales; BACK (L-R): Lorenda Phillips, The Essential Entrepreneur; Elizabeth Laird & Leslie Major, Inconen; Trarina
Jerome, Gentle Care; John Slowick, Chamber Director of Membership.

Aegis Technology Group Inc. Dr. Iris Maybruck KRB Construction

Mr. Dan Stynchula BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS Mr. Karl Brook
Amir Ghazinoor DDS Ms. Holly McKay
Dr. Amir H. Ghazinoor DDS HEALTH & FITNESS One Source Facilities Group
HYGENIST/TMG DISORDERS Gayle Canning Ms. Lora Anthony
Ms. Carolyn Kanaat
JEWELRY Gentle Care Ms. Susan Tafreshi
Ms. Tracie Jerome Washington INDIVIDUAL
Psychological Corporation Vanessa Summers
Dr. Cathie Gum Go Junk Free America Companies
PSYCHOLOGIST Mr. Evan Berger Ms. Jessica Meehan
CHIROPRACTIC Holiday Inn Express West
Los Angeles/DKN Hotels
Ms. Ruby Florence

Membership Reinvestments
Thank You for Your Continued Support

401 (K) Advisors Belasco Jacobs & Townsley LLP Culver City Observer Inc.
Baja Fresh - G & D Management Cal Select Properties Jaipur
Batool Jafri MD - California Credit Union The Deduction Finder Inc.
Clinical Faculty UCLA Chin Chin's

Visit for complete contact information.

We s t L A C h a m b e r E ve n t s — Ju n e 2 0 0 9
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4 5 6
Board of Director’s Big Green First Wednesday Government Affairs
Meeting 5:45 Committee Meeting Breakfast Committee Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm 6:45-9:00 pm 7:45-9:00 am

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Ambassadors' SEMINAR
Committee Meeting Super Charge Your
Business Success and Your
7:30am Relationship with Money
6:00-7:30 pm

14 FLAG DAY 15 16 17 18 19 20
Marketing After Hours Mixer
Networking Clinic Committee Meeting Chin Chin’s
6:00-8:00 pm 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30-7:30 pm

21 FATHER’S DAY 22 23 24 25 26 27
Regional Gov Affairs
Meeting 7:30 am

28 29 30
Women’s Network
5:30-7:30 pm
Chamber Announcements
First Wednesday Breakfast
Join your fellow members on June 3rd for the monthly
Chamber Breakfast at the Olympic Collection. This month’s
Sponsor is Jason Kelberman, Sports Medical Center Inc.

June After-Hours Mixer

Our June Mixer is scheduled to take place at Chin Chin’s, MEMBER FDIC
located at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood on May 21st.
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and mixing at one of the most
popular Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles.

Business Leaders Trip to China

Is a Proud
The West Los Angeles Chamber and Citslinc International
are sponsoring a 9 day Business Leaders Trip to China
beginning on October 18th. You will experience Beijing,
Suzhou, Hangzhou & Shanghai and all the wonders they
have to offer. Learn more at the June 15th information Of The

12th Annual Health Fair

SPONSORSHIPS. Get ready for the biggest, best ever
West Los Angeles Chamber Health Fair being held in
conjunction with the 22nd Annual Brentwood Fall Art
Festival on Sunday, September 13th on San Vicente Blvd.
in Brentwood. Showcase your business to over 10,000
consumers. Opportunities are limited so reserve your
exhibit space and/or sponsorship today.
to register or learn more about these and other
Chamber events visit

Committee Highlights
Westside Women’s Network Committee
Co-Chair: Maura O'Flynn
Co-Chair: Elise Cohen
Networking Meeting: Last Tuesday of the month
If you’re a woman in business on the Westside
this is the place for you! The Westside Women’s
Networking Group is THE hottest committee in our
chamber and not just because of the great women
who attend it.
Once a month we meet for inspiration,
information and of course Food & Drink to mingle with
smart professional women who face the same
Questions, Challenges and Wins in business that you
Where else can you talk about balancing
business & family or designing the right website or
newsletter while sipping wine on a Tuesday evening?
So if you are a businesswoman looking for
support and/or Networking opportunities please join
us on the last Tuesday of the month.
Our next Event will be 5:30pm, June 30th at
the Champagne French Bakery @ Barrington &
National. Check the Chamber website for details or to
2009 BACKLOT FILM FESTIVAL to honor West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
MICKEY ROONEY with Thomas Ince Award 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 300A
The 2009 Backlot In addition, the Backlot Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Film Festival is with the cooperation and support of
pleased to Steve Saltzman, grandson of the Phone: 310-481-0600
announce that legendary film producer Arthur Freed and
legendary actor President of Arthur Freed Productions, Serving You, Your Business and the Westside Since 1945
Mickey Rooney has established the “Arthur Freed Award”
has accepted the to the best student film submitted to our
honor of receiving festival. Moreover, its sponsorships with
the Festival's Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner
prestigious Brothers Distribution have to date
" T h o m a s attracted such industry supporters as
Ince Award." The award is named for the actors Ben Stiller, Rob Reiner and John
pioneer producer of early filmmaking who Kerr, film historian and critic Leonard
introduced production procedures and quality Maltin, Los Angeles Times Arts Editor
of standards that set the model and helped Emeritus Charles Champlin, and film
mold the distinct image of Hollywood films to historian/archivists Marvin Paige of the
this day, and who built two movie studios that Marvin Paige Motion Picture and Marc
still stand in Culver City today – the current Wanamaker of Bison Archives, among
Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Culver others.
The festival is open to fiction
Mr. Rooney joins a stellar group of features and documentaries, fiction
previous winners: Daniel Selznick, Budd shorts and documentaries, music videos
Schulberg and Carl Reiner. His acceptance and student films. Deadline for entries is
serves to continue the mission and goals of August 15, 2009. Submissions should be
the Backlot Film Festival: to cultivate an mailed to: Backlot Film Festival, 4244 ADDRESS of RECIPIENT
appreciation of the rich heritage of the motion Revere Place, Culver City, CA 90232.
picture industry and to bring greater
understanding of the debt current filmmakers The 2009 Backlot Film Festival
owe to the earlier pioneers. will run from October 7-10, 2009 at the
historic Veterans Memorial Building
The Tribute and Gala Awards Auditorium, located at 4117 Overland
Ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, Avenue in Culver City, CA 90230. For
October 10, 2009, at the historic Veterans additional information on the Backlot Film
Memorial Building Auditorium in Culver City. Festival, the Thomas Ince Award and
A program of Rooney’s classic films will past recipients, and the Festival’s goals,
highlight the festival, and special guests are please visit the BFF website: http://
sure to attend this tribute., or call 310-