“20th Year Supporting Our Military Heroes and Families”
The 20th annual Military Appreciation Dinner will be held on September 29. The Chamber’s Military Committee is busy working with all branches of the service to gather awardees’ names and biographies.
The honorees are selected by their commanding officers not only for their military service, but also for their service in the local community. "There are some very impressive awardees," said Sharen Strong, Chamber staff liaison for the event. "These are not only our country's heroes, but they are community heroes and volunteers as well."
This year, the event will feature keynote speaker CAPT Chris Janke, who assumed his duty as commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County in March of 2015.
Prior to arriving at Naval Base Ventura County Janke completed deployments to Iceland, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Italy and participated in Operation Sharp Guard. He was then selected for duty as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/Task Force 67 in Naples, Italy, responsible for all installations and maritime patrol forces in the U.S. 6th Fleet. In June 1998 he continued his duties in Annapolis, MD upon the Admiral’s reassignment as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
Janke returned to sea duty aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation Southern Watch in which he led the ship’s largest division (V-2) in the Air Department.
Upon completion of his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Operations Directorate (J-3). Serving in the J-39 Reconnaissance Operations Division, he was responsible for the coordination of SecDef approval for deployment orders for DoD reconnaissance assets and charged with preparation of Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations mission packages for Presidential approval.
In July 2008, Janke was selected for command of Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1 onboard NAS Patuxent River, MD. Most notably VXS-1 conducted Colombia survey operations, POW/MIA recovery operations in Iraq and Counter-IED technology development in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
In May of 2012, Janke assumed duties as Chief Staff Officer for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 in Jacksonville, FL, where he directed a staff of 350 personnel conducting Man, Train and Equip tasks for eight P-3, P-8 and MQ-4C squadrons encompassing 2,700 personnel. His efforts were instrumental to the successful transition to the P-8A Poseidon and introduction of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and various operational awards.
The Military Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard on Friday evening, September 29. Advance registrations are required and can be made via the Chamber's website or by calling the office at 805-983-6118. Sponsorships are also available.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce values its relationship with our local military installations. "We sincerely appreciate the military's defense of our free enterprise system and recognize the positive impact the local installations have on our economy," added Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm.
Learn how to get the most out of your listing on our website. See what complimentary promotional opportunities are available to both new and veteran members. Can participation on a Chamber committee help your business?
It's all available at the August 8 New Member Mingle. "Seasoned" members are also welcome.
The Chamber's Director of Communications, Janet Pozos, will be on hand to demonstrate how easy it is to link your social media accounts to your Chamber web listing. Members can also offer discounts or coupons to fellow Chamber members or the general public.
Meet some Chamber Board members, the Chamber staff, and your fellow newbies!
The New Member Mingle is free to attend. It will be in the Chamber office (400 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 302) on August 8 from 4:30 to 6 PM. Refreshments, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
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2018 Leadership opens registration
Oxnard Leadership's 2018 program is accepting applications from those who desire to enhance their leadership potential, increase their knowledge of the community and are willing to commit their individual talents for future years toward the betterment of the community of Oxnard. A successful candidate should possess a passion for self-improvement with the goal of assisting others.
This interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life while developing and refining individual skills to better serve in leadership roles within their organization or in our community.
Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Oxnard area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. Sessions move to various locations throughout the Oxnard area and provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region by way of tours, panels, and speakers. Class speakers address not only the facts, but also perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in highly interactive sessions. Oxnard Leadership extends an invitation to interested individuals who are committed to a better tomorrow and who are motivated to assume leadership roles in Oxnard today.
"I highly recommend anyone who lives and or works in our community to seriously consider going through this program. You will undoubtedly learn things about our community that you did not know before, and you will make new connections that otherwise would not have been possible."
Craig Classen, JaniTek Cleaning Solutions
2016 Oxnard Leadership Graduate
The benefits of Oxnard Leadership are multifaceted. Your participation in the program allows you, employers, and the community as a whole to reap rewards. Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for years, this course can open new doors of opportunity. Benefits from the program include the following just to name a few:
"I highly recommend the Oxnard Leadership program, especially to younger professionals working and networking throughout Oxnard and Ventura County. Having the opportunity to sit down and speak with Representative Irwin, our Ventura County Supervisor, Ventura County CEO, Oxnard City Managers, Police & Fire Chiefs, and local business leaders was invaluable."
Thomas Buenger, Buenger Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
2016 Oxnard Leadership Graduate
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Chair-Elect Michael Wynn Song, Ed Gibbs, and City Manager Greg Nyhoff take a tour of Gibbs Truck Center
The Oxnard Chamber has successfully continued a Business Visits program it launched three years ago. "Getting the City Manager Greg Nyhoff into a variety of different enterprises helps him understand what makes the business community successful," remarked Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm. "It reminds him where his tax revenue comes from."
Past visits have included agriculture, manufacturing, research, media, healthcare, nonprofit, and hospitality entities.
Visits normally take between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the facility and the history or background of the business. The visits are normally attended by the City Manager, the Chair or Chair-Elect of the Chamber, and the Chamber President/CEO.
"We recently visited Cloudburst Misting Systems in south Oxnard," said Lindholm. "They are doing a huge job in Dubai. Who would have guessed?"
If you would like to host a business visit, please contact Nancy Lindholm.
The Chamber's Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Board of Directors. "We have a number of openings for 2018 since quite a few of our current Board members are termed out," said Nancy Lindholm, Chamber President and CEO.
The term for Directors is three years. Directors can serve two consecutive terms before they must leave the Board for at least one year. The commitment is to attend ten Board meetings each year, participate in an annual planning session, represent the Chamber as appropriate, and contribute to the betterment of the organization.
Any member in good standing interested in serving on the Board should contact Nancy Lindholm.