Member Referrals

We would like recognize and acknowledge member referrals for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. Every month we will publish new members who have joined and were referred by an existing member.   When a member has referred a total of three new members, they will also receive a complimentary flyer insertion for the newsletter or 4 weeks of advertising on our eblast ($100 value). Want to see your name in the next newsletter? Be sure to refer potential new members to one of our Chamber staff and we will do the rest!

The following new members were referred by an existing member of the Chamber and we would like to recognize and thank them for their support!

Josie Paolozzi, with Primerica Financial Services referred Danni Burton of Danni Burton & Company.   If you need a communications trainer or mentor, contact Danni at (408) 377-8680 to learn more.

Josie Paolozzi, with Primerica Financial Services also referred Chinee Goh with PromotoMarketing.  If you need any printing or promotional products give Chinee a call at (408) 792-7566 and she will help you to promote your business!   For all of your financial planning needs, contact Josie at (408) 836-0929 to schedule a consultation.  Thank you, Josie for referring two new members!

Lidia Blair, with Pizza Party, referred Kate Johnston with eCosway Valley Fair.  This is a new store carrying organic, natural and eco-friendly products. So stop in to visit Kate at the Valley Fair Mall, second floor, near Macy’s Men’s Store or contact her at (415) 250-4566 to learn more!   For healthy and delicious pizza, including gluten-free, contact Lidia at (408) 248-5680.

Hotels Average Soars Above 80% in May

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The eight Santa Clara Tourism Improvement District (TID) hotels surrounding the Santa Clara Convention Center and California’s Great America theme park averaged 81% in May, 2012, an eight percent increase over previous year (May, 2011). 

Revenue was also up versus the previous year. In May, 2012 the Santa Clara hotels average daily rate (ADR) was $146.00, up $6.00 over the 2011 average of $140.00. Year-to-date for the 2012 calendar year, average occupancy is 76% and ADR $147.00. 

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau President and CEO Steve Van Dorn says “Santa Clara’s hotel and convention business has been strong this year. The message is getting out that Santa Clara is an ideal place for conventions, meetings, and leisure visitors.”  

The averages compiled by the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau include the Avatar Hotel, Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Embassy Suites, Hilton Santa Clara, Hyatt house,  Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Marriott Santa Clara, and the Plaza Suites.

2011-12 Year in Review

I hope you had the opportunity to attend our Pyramid Awards Dinner on June 14.  If not, we had over 200 people in attendance that enjoyed great networking, great food and great silent auction items. We also acknowledged three chamber members that contributed immensely to our Chamber last year, presented two $2,500 scholarships to well deserving Santa Clara Unified School District high school seniors, acknowledged our outgoing Board Members and welcomed in-coming Board Members.

Our Chair, Doron Noyman presented his vision for the upcoming year, and I reviewed our accomplishments over the past year.  Since some of you reading this column were unable to attend the Pyramid Awards Dinner, I have listed below just a few of our major accomplishments for the 2011-12 year.

Membership and Programs:    
• New membership revenue has exceeded goal by over 15%
• Renewal revenue is up 20% over last year
• Pyramid of Leaders increased by 25% to a total of 11
• Launched Member of the Month videos

Government Relations:
• Successful in helping pass Measure A (Santa Clara Unified School District Parcel Tax)
• Successful in helping pass Measure C (West Valley-Mission College Bond Measure)
• Reviewed and acted upon over 75 bills

Convention and Visitors Bureau:
• Short term bookings up 23%
• Holiday need period bookings up 9%
• Formed Santa Clara Sports Group
• Received $250,000 in free publicity through media releases

Convention Center:  
• Received 8th consecutive WRAP Award for our recycling efforts
• Total revenue projected to be $750,000 over budget

Even though an improving economy is uncertain, we remain optimistic with the positive signs we are seeing and know that working together with our members, elected officials, City staff and community we will continue our work together making Santa Clara a great place to work, play and raise a family.

Thank you for your continued support of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau.

2012 Pyramid Awards recap

The Santa Clara Convention Center was the setting for the June 14, 2012 Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau’s Annual Pyramid Awards Dinner.  Over 200 people enjoyed the elegant evening as Chamber leaders were recognized for their hard work at this celebratory occurrence.

The year was prosperous as it marked the first in several years that the Convention Center turned a profit. The gala honored the outstanding contributions to the Chamber and community by its members.

The evening celebration started with no-host cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a stylish dinner, awards presentations, review of the year’s accomplishments and installation of new 2012/2013 Officers and Directors for the Board of the Chamber.

Special awards went to John Waller (The On Hold Experience), Chamber Ambassador of the Year; Lidia Blair (Pizza Party), Individual Member of the Year; and to Mission College (represented by Dr. Laurel Jones, President), Business Member of the Year.

In addition, retiring City Manager Jennifer Sparacino was recognized with a special Outstanding Business Supporter award, with the plaque noting, “for your remarkable vision, dedicated support of the business community and commitment to excellence for the City of Santa Clara.”

Outgoing Chair Chris Citti (Citti’s Florist) passed the gavel to incoming Chair Doron Noyman (Keypoint Credit Union). Other incoming officers are: Chair Elect, Dr. Laurel Jones (Mission College), Treasurer Gary Nobile (Better Homes & Garden Real Estate), Vice Chair, Industrial, Commercial & Economic Development Elizabeth Mason (Intel), Vice Chair, Convention & Visitors Bureau Barbara Ratcliffe (Biltmore Hotel & Suites), Vice Chair, Government Relations David D. Tobkin, CPA (David D. Tobkin, CPA/Professional Accountant) and Vice Chair, Membership Services Paul Dines (Edward Jones).

Other Chamber Board of Directors are: Brendan Harrington (Lexus of Stevens Creek), Chris Boyd (Kaiser Permanente), Edward Costa, Jr. (Neto’s Sausage Company), Elizabeth Williams (The Tech Museum), Kimberly Nichols (Institute for Business & Technology), Joe Sweeney (Arcadia Graphix), John Elwood (Swinerton Builders), Lou Mariani, Jr. (Mariani’s Inn & Restaurant), Miles Barber (Santa Clara Weekly), Phil Lindecker (Ecclectica Exposition Services), Richard M. Johnston (Graphic Packaging), Robert Gunsalus (Santa Clara University), Steve Weakland (San Francisco 49ers), Thomas Irpan (Marvell), and Wil Lacro (United Way).

The keynote speaker was Larry Gerston, PhD, Professor of Political Science at San Jose State, who discussed the 2012 election cycle and the results of the recent primary. Gerston has served as a political analyst for local TV and radio stations for over 30 years. Gerston also discussed his recently released book, “Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California.”

Silent auction items were available for bidding throughout the evening, starting during the cocktail reception. Winners were announced at the conclusion of the event.

Celebrate Santa Clara

ImageGood friends, great music and assorted beverages are planned for “Celebrate Santa Clara” on July 13.  This Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau hosted event will also be a great place for Chamber members to meet new customers. Table top displays are available for purchase. Details on how to purchase your table top display are provided on this link.

“Celebrate Santa Clara” is a community event that features a local group of singers from Mission College called “Koruscant Weekend” and also THE SPAZMATICS as our headline band.  The Spazmatics are the ultimate eighties experience.  The band lends its geeky charm to performing 80’s hits complete with “nerdology” and “spaztic” movements.

Don’t miss this great community event in the heart of Franklin Square. Food from local restaurants and non-profit organizations will be available, as well as from the many fine dining restaurants in the immediate area.