The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will host its 94th Annual Installation Dinner with the induction of new board members, a presentation of awards, and a showcase of local businesses at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on June 12, at 5:30 p.m. The Installation theme is “Cultivating Business in Santa Monica” and will feature a networking cocktail hour for local businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as a silent auction featuring items from dozens of local businesses. The Dinner will also signal the installation of the new 2019 – 2020 Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Board, hosted by the incoming Board Chair Laura McIver, General Manager of Shutters on the Beach.

“I’m honored to join an incredible lineup of Board of Directors and local leaders,” Mclver  “I look forward to working closely with our talented group with a varied range of experience to continue to provide our Santa Monica businesses with the support required for success and continued growth. I am also looking forward to working with President/CEO Laurel Rosen and her team to support the mission of the chamber to foster economic success for our members”

McIver has served on numerous boards including the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and Visit Santa Barbara. She has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, specifically in Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and other premier travel destinations.

The evening’s theme highlights the Chamber’s commitment to sustaining growth for all businesses and is the foremost opportunity to gather with hundreds of local business leaders and visionaries who come together as a vibrant community.

Awards will be presented honoring exemplary businesses and exceptional individuals for their contributions to the Chamber and the business community. The “Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award” will be given to Fred Deni, owner of Back on the Beach Café & Back on Broadway Café. Santa Monica Air Center/Barker Hangar will receive the “Bob Gabriel Community Service Business Award.” The Chairman’s Awards recognize select volunteers for their efforts throughout the year.

The event’s lead sponsors are, SM Travel & Tourism, Shutters on the Beach, Hotel Casa del Mar, Optimum Seismic, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and Downtown Santa Monica. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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Submitted by Kathy Shepard, Public Relations Consultant

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