Outgoing Message from Steve Van Dorn, President and CEO


After 13 years of being in charge of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention – Visitors Bureau, I have made a very difficult decision and decided to move on to a new opportunity effective March 31, 2015.  I have been fortunate to experience so many positive changes in my almost 20 years in Santa Clara, working with the Chamber of Commerce and Convention – Visitors Bureau and the Santa Clara Convention Center.

I was fortunate enough to play a visible role in supporting Levi’s Stadium, appearing in TV commercials for Measure J and conducting a joint economic benefit study of the stadium with Team San Jose. I have also had the pleasure of serving on the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

My career started out in the hospitality industry so it was a great honor to be awarded the Hospitality Achievement Award in 2012 by the Silicon Valley Concierge Association.  I was also very happy to give back to the chamber industry as the Chair of the Western Association of Chamber Executives this last year.

I was also fortunate to oversee the construction of Santa Clara Convention Center’s Mission City Ballroom expansion and to be part of numerous accolades such as being named Best Event Venue from the Silicon Valley Concierge Association and receiving top meeting planner awards.

Most importantly, I will miss working with all of our stakeholders and staff in making Santa Clara a better place to work, live and play.  Thank you for all of your support over these many years and my best wishes to your continued success.


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