The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will host its 96th Annual Installation Ceremony virtually with the installation of new 2021-2022 Board of Directors and presentation of awards on June 23, at 5:30 p.m.
“During the last year we saw unprecedented circumstances nearly shut down our city, one that thrives on tourism, a bustling restaurant scene and a diverse offering of arts and culture. As we embark on the 2021-2022 chamber year, we will get “Back to the Future,” focusing on re-connecting our business community with local residents and each other. We will partner with our city leaders to fully re-open and work together to define the future. I’m excited to move forward and realize a vibrant and sustainable vision of success for the businesses in our city,”said Michael Ricks, Chief Executive for Providence St. John’s Health Center.

“The business community has faced unprecedented hardship over the past 15 months, and this board, with Michael at the helm, is poised to lead us into a year of rebound and recovery. I can hardly think of anyone better equipped to lead us through these times than the head of a hospital in a global pandemic. Together, with one of the most diverse boards we’ve ever had, and the collaboration of our city partners, we will bring Santa Monica back,” said Chamber President and CEO Laurel Rosen.

Michael Ricks was appointed chief executive for Providence Saint John’s Health Center in September 2019. With more than 23 years of healthcare leadership experience, Michael is a well-respected leader within Providence having served the past four years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Prior to joining Hoag, Michael served in a variety of leadership positions including: Hospital President and CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations/Business Development and Service Line Administrator for nationally recognized organizations such as Sentara Healthcare and Dignity Health. A native of Laguna Beach, he enjoys an active lifestyle having completed Ironman triathlons, marathons and countless cycling events.

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 Jeff Klocke, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Travel and Tourism/Misti Kerns will receive the Bob Gabriel Community Service Award. The Chair’s Awards recognize select volunteers for their efforts throughout the year and will be awarded to the 2020-2021 Chamber Executive Committee comprised of Colby Goff, Len Lanzi, Damien Hirsch, Julia Ladd, Greg Morena, Ellis O’Connor, David Rand and Peter Trinh. City Partner Awards will be given to Jennifer Taylor and Hunter Hall.

The event’s sponsors are Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, GoodRx, Commercial Bank of California, Santa Monica Place, UCLA Health, HLKK, LLP and Iao Katagiri. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For tickets to the event and more information, visit www.smchamber.com/installationdinner or email events@smchamber.com.

Submitted by Kathy Shepard