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Letter from:

Steve Rosansky

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce turns 110

Steve Rosanky

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky

Yesterday, Sunday, March 12, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding in 1907 as the first business membership organized in the fledgling City of Newport Beach. At the time, the City was incorporated just one year earlier. The founding members were 16 local businessmen, who called themselves the “Harbor Boosters,” – each contributed five dollars for the initial expenses of the Chamber.

In the early years, the Chamber was a driver in the creation of Newport Harbor and its surrounding industry. In 1927, the Newport Chamber and the Balboa Chamber merged into one chamber called the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce. After several subsequent name changes, the organization is now known as the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Although 110 years old, the Chamber has remained a vibrant and ever-evolving group of businesses dedicated to its mission of promoting economic opportunity through business and community leadership and to enhance the social and civic environment of Newport Beach. Today, the Chamber has grown from the original 16 to 650 diverse business organizations representing thousands of employees and the whole spectrum of the Newport business community.

The Chamber fulfills its mission through events and programming directly related to its four core competencies: Connection, Education, Community and Advocacy. The Chamber hosts a number of monthly events including the popular WAKE UP! Newport series at the Main Library, featuring prominent speakers in an approachable environment. Our Chamber mixers are legendary and occur at the hottest restaurants and venues all over Newport Beach. We also educate our members at monthly business luncheons designed to give business people the tools they need to succeed in today’s challenging environment.

Perhaps the thing the Chamber is best known for is the high quality Civic events that we host every year. Preeminent is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights celebrating its 109th year, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the City to see this on-the-water spectacular, not to mention a $6 million+ impact on city revenues. In addition, events like the Police Appreciation Breakfast (this month on March 29th), the Scholarship and Athletic Awards Dinners, Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner, Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, Newport Beach Economic Forecast and the Citizen of the Year Gala have been connecting the business community with Newport Beach residents and Newport Beach Civil Service Employees for decades.

Not to rest on our laurels, the Chamber in the last year has beefed up its offering to include a young professionals group known as Navigate-Modern Professionals; a women’s focused group called In.Spire – Women in Business and networking and referral groups we call the Referral Roundtables.

In summary, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is the go-to organization in town dedicated solely to the continued success of the Newport Beach business community.

For more information on all of our programs and events, as well as membership, you can visit us at www.newportbeach.com

Steve Rosansky is President & CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce


Letter from:

Gary Sherwin

Tourism Matters: Newport Beach “Springs” Forward

Gary Sherwin

Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin

This winter is one for the record books. No, not for tourism in Newport Beach which had more rainy days than it has in probably six years. Tourism and rain usually aren’t a great combination unless you are marketing a rainforest. But the upside is that our medians around town are finally green, and the hillsides rival that of Ireland with their emerald sheen.

Aside from the weather, our industry is facing some challenges heading into the rest of the year. The much publicized “travel ban” from Washington has already caused a slowdown in international arrivals according to the U.S. Travel Association, and as national economic policy is clarified and a proposed tax plan is presented and approved, the economy is a bit uncertain although most people have seen their retirement plans soar thanks to a vibrant Wall Street. It seems many people, including meeting planners, are taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach before making meeting and vacation plans. Here at Newport Beach and Company, we are watching developments closely and adjusting our plans where appropriate.

Here in town, we bid farewell to the Fairmont Newport Beach (and its excellent General Manager Karl Kruger) as it temporarily becomes the Duke Hotel and eventually the Renaissance Newport Beach after an upgrade and renovation. Our newest gem, the Lido House Hotel, is rising from the ground on the peninsula with an expected opening in March 2018. Local resident and developer Bob Olsen has put his heart and soul into this project and when finished, it will solidly reflect our unique and special Newport Beach culture. Both properties will be very welcome additions to our community.

Spring is almost here, and it is about time to get out and enjoy our wonderful community again. And if you see one of our visitors out there, please thank them for choosing our wonderful community to relax in.

 Gary Sherwin is President & CEO of Newport Beach & Co.


Letter to the Editor

As a native of Newport Beach, I now live near the northern end of Jamboree in Orange.

The Balboa Peninsula Point, the Wedge, Newport (El) Grammar School, Horace Ensign and Newport Elementary are the framework of my life.

Back to the days of the Independent Daily Pilot to recent years and repeated requests to the now Pilot owners, the LA Times, I found no avenue for receipt of news from and about Newport Beach. (I found the inability for the paper to be mailed to me, ludicrous in that I subscribe to printed newspapers as far reaching as Montecito, CA to East Hampton, NY).

I have known Duncan Forgey since 1st grade. He introduced me to your ‘newspaper’ and I am so happy that he did! I have enjoyed his writings, especially as our histories are so meshed.

City business and news across the board has reignited my NB connections and I give my NB friends a break from my inquiries about what’s happening at ‘home’.

 Thank you for your online publication! Looking forward to keeping in touch.

Chris (Spencer Gentosi) Hooker

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