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

Paula Wick, the longest tenured staff member of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, has retired following 17 years of dedicated service to the organization and its members.

My sincere apologies to my loyal readers – at least the countless many kind enough to tell me they’re reading my column when they actually aren’t — but our tireless work at the Napa Chamber of Commerce has literally not allowed me the time to be a consistent Register column contributor.

Summer has arrived, and typically that means things would slow down a bit here at the Napa Chamber of Commerce, as vacation plans and summer activities take center stage.

It’s no secret that Napa is a very special place to live, work and play and I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to raise a family here.

Ayesha Curry and her sister-in-law, Sydel Curry, visited Napa this past weekend, enjoying an overnight stay at the Archer Hotel and dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak Napa.

Kudos to Managing Partner Ken Tesler and team at the Blue Note Napa as they firmly establish themselves as the best nightly live music venue in the Valley, and have become a huge hit among jazz aficionados throughout the Bay Area.

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The message on the winery website reads, “We are passionate people. We have extended ourselves at times — physically, emotionally, financially. But the hard work and dedication has been worth it. We are raising our daughter and son on the land that we’ve so carefully, diligently—and yes, pas…

It drives me just a little crazy that once a year American Express has chosen to invest so much in a nationwide marketing platform that encourages local support of small neighborhood entrepreneurship, for exactly one day out of the calendar year with the Small Business Saturday campaign.

The Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC) is giving the local community a little extra time to nominated and vote for your favorite new/old existing business; favorite owner, manager, employee, server or concierge, etc.; or favorite NCC member.

One of the highlights of my three-year stint as President/CEO of the Napa Chamber, has been the opportunity to get to know — and develop a friendship with — Mike DeSimoni, Sr., a highly respected, but very low-key local developer.

While thousands of individuals, families and communities continue to deal with the reality left behind by Hurricane Harvey, I remain overcome with feelings of despair and helplessness as the reports, videos and pictures of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters events remain vividly …

Wikipedia describes urban planning as “a technical and political process concerned with 1) the welfare of people, 2) control of the use of land, 3) design of the urban environment including transportation and communication networks and 4) protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

I’m not certain of the early operation methods of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 1887. But I think it’s safe to say that without a foundation similar to the 20 NCC Hall of Fame business members I’m about to mention, this organization may not exist today.

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 Napa Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have a core group of members – new and renewed – as we continue to evolve during our almost three-year organizational transition – or transformation as many refer to it.

Please join the Napa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 11 at the Napa Valley Marriott for Coffee and a Q&A with Napa Chief of Police Steve Potter.

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