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The Napa Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors unanimously voted to prioritize a renewed focus of the organization’s advocacy outreach efforts with the formation of the Government Affairs and Policies Committee (GAP).

The purpose of GAP remains to identify, study and analyze legislative and public policy issues concerning the business community, as well as matters affecting the future social and economic progress of the city and county.

The GAP Committee replaces the former NCC Legislative Action Committee.

Jim Krider, former longtime Napa City Council member and Planning Commissioner, will serve as committee chair, and NCC Board members John Evans (Silverado Resort and Spa), Paul Hicks (Payroll Masters), Mike Murray (Napa Recycling and Waste), Kevin Teague (Holman Teague Roche Anglin) and Greg Cole will all participate as committee members and advisers.

Local business leaders were nominated for committee spots after being nominated by their industry peers.

A total of 16 NCC members were then selected, vetted and approved by the Board.

A big ‘thank you’ to NCC members Greg Brun and Scott Goldie (Brooks Street/NV Wine Train), Dr. Andrea Clarke (Kaiser Permanente), Michael Collins (GM, Archer hotel), Alonso Corona (President, Greene’s Cleaners), Debra Dommen (Vice President Government and Industry Affairs, Treasury Wine Estates), Adam Ghisletta (Berkshire Hathaway), Dave Graham (Co-Founder/CEO Latitude 38 Entertainment), Elizabeth Healy (Assistant Vice President, Government/Community Relations, The Doctors Company), Ron Kraft (President, Napa Valley College), Holly Krassner-Dawson (Founder/CEO, NapaValleyKid.com), Tom LeMasters (President, Bank of Napa), Michael Holcomb (Strong & Hayden), Judy James (Director of Government Affairs, Comcast); John Salmon (Upstream Investments), Rex Stults (Director, Industry Relations, Napa Valley Vintners) and Mark Van Gorder (Public Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric).

The group held its first introductory meeting two weeks ago and will gather monthly.

NCC Member News:

Congratulations to Dr. David Suttie, our randomly chosen winner of two NCC VIP Suite tickets to see Maroon 5 at BottleRock.

Dr. Suttie – a local pediatric dentist for more than 35 years – was selected from among 22 new and renewing members during a seven-day period last month. Thank you to all who showed their support of the Chamber by participating.

Another lucky NCC member will be selected to join my wife and me for a night out to see Bruno Mars on Thursday, July 20 at the SAP Center in San Jose, with dinner and transportation provided.

Simply go to napachamber.com for details and a chance to win.

Upcoming NCC Events:

The Napa and Yountville Chambers will co-host Business After Hours at Pine Ridge Vineyards on Thursday, June 15.

This sold-out event will be a special treat for members of both organizations as Pine Ridge has an outstanding and generous reputation as host of these types of community events. Thank you, Jeff Butler, and the team at Pine Ridge.

Ribbon Cuttings (public always invited): Wednesday, June 14 at the The Boost Café (Silverado Resort and Spa); Tuesday, June 27 at Napa Valley Velo (napavalleyvelo.com).

Thank you for your continued support of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. To engage, connect and collaborate with us, or to simply join or renew, go to napachamber.com.

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Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit NapaChamber.com.

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