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Nan Drake Installed as Ventura Chamber Board Chair
Ventura Chamber's Breakfast Helps Businesses Connect
Museum of Ventura County Reopens in Grand Style
Harrisons Congratulate New and Re-Elected County Supervisors
Carpinteria Chamber Holds Successful 'Meet & Greet'
Camarillo Chamber's Business Expo Spotlights Local Companies
Agromin Donates Soil for Garden at Transitional Living Center in Ventura
'A Night in Paris' Auction to Benefit Santa Clara Valley's Kids
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Nan Drake Installed as Ventura Chamber Board Chair
Photos from the Ventura Chamber's Annual Meeting and Installation event.

What a wonderful evening it was for me to be installed as board chair on Jan. 19 of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.

I would like to thank all who attended this festive event, held at the Pierpont Inn, that celebrates the Ventura business community. I also want to thank Monique Limon, our new 37th District State Assemblywoman, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of me and my fellow board members. Limon replaced Das Williams, who was termed-out in the State Assembly and is now Santa Barbara County's First District Supervisor representing Carpinteria.

And thanks to Ventura Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell, who even designated the "Drake-tini," - stir, don't shake - as the official libation of the evening.

It's an honor to serve, and I have to tell you, outgoing President James Perero is going to be a hard act to follow. He's a charismatic leader who achieved many things during his year-long tenure.

I'm ready to get down to business. As I told the audience, it's all about jobs. We must do everything in our power to create a strong business environment in Ventura. That means being advocates for all local entrepreneurs - whether they are just starting out or are running longtime established businesses - and fostering productive working relationships with local city officials and lawmakers.

Sounds like pretty serious stuff, but as I often say, I don't do anything unless it's fun.

So here's to a prosperous 2017 for all Ventura Chamber members!
Ventura Chamber's Breakfast Helps Businesses Connect
I enjoyed attending the January Connection Breakfast and saying a few words about Harrison Industries to fellow Ventura Chamber members.
It was fun attending the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Connection Breakfast at the Poinsettia Pavilion on Jan.6. Over 100 members of the Ventura business community attended this monthly get-together, giving them the opportunity to network and expose their companies to others.

Attendees were given 20 seconds to introduce their businesses at the microphone. I spoke for Harrison Industries, telling the crowd that we were celebrating our 85th year collecting trash and that our business is always picking up. Luckily, my line got a good laugh.

The Ventura Chamber's next Connection Breakfast is Friday, Feb. 3, at the Poinsettia Pavilion, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Don't forget to bring your business cards and materials for the networking table. To register, visit

Museum of Ventura County Reopens in Grand Style
Gold Coast Recycling GM George Harrison, left, and his wife Danielle enjoyed the "Splendors of the Museum" gala with Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny.
The Museum of Ventura County celebrated its grand reopening on Jan. 8 with close to 2,000 visitors enjoying the event that featured local community leaders and families, with entertainment by local students. Costumed historic interpreters strolled through the museum and tours of the new gallery spaces were provided throughout the day.

The previous evening, Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison, his wife Jenny, Vice President Jim Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling General Manager George Harrison, his wife Danielle and I had the pleasure of attending the museum's "Splendors of the Museum" gala. The annual fundraiser for the museum included wine and a gourmet dinner and was a lot of fun.

Earlier, Jim Harrison and I went on a private tour of the museum that includes the E.J. Harrison Family Courtyard.

Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison poses in front of the E.J. Harrison Family Courtyard sign.
The museum, which closed last September for renovations, has two new exhibits: "Masterworks of the Museum," which features historical artifacts as well as works of fine art from the museum's 104-year-old collection, and "Really Awful People," a fun exhibit told with the George Stuart Historical Figures showing notorious villains throughout history. There are also several new interactive and unique features and installations throughout the public areas.

A new mural designed and installed by Ryan Carr decorates the courtyard. Based on the idea of "history through the trees," Carr mixed images of different tree species with people and motifs that represent moments in the county's history. Lemon and orange trees exemplify the citrus industry, the mission era is denoted with olive trees, and so on. The mural concludes with Chumash people collecting acorns from coast live oaks.

The Harrisons encourage everyone to come visit the Museum of Ventura County, a local treasure. It's located across the street from Old Mission San Buenaventura at 100 E. Main St. For more on the museum, check out its website at
Harrisons Congratulate New and Re-Elected County Supervisors
County Supervisors Steve Bennett, left, Kelly Long and John Zaragoza are sworn into office.
Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison, Vice President Jim Harrison, Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo and I attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 10.

Taking their oaths were incumbents Steve Bennett (First District) and John Zaragoza (Fifth District), who were re-elected in November, and newcomer Kelly Long, who replaces Kathy Long - no relation - as Fourth District supervisor. Kathy Long retired after admirably serving 20 years on the board.

Congratulations to all three. We look forward to continuing to provide your constituents with trash and recycling service that is second to none. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to serve.

Congratulations also to Kathy Long. May you have a long and happy retirement. You deserve it!
Carpinteria Chamber Holds Successful 'Meet & Greet'
I enjoyed catching up with Das Williams and his daughter Ya'Ash.
The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce held a "Meet & Greet" of the 2017 Chamber Leadership Team on Jan. 6 in the office of its Chairman of the Board, Roland Rotz of the Lifespan Development Center.

As a member of the board, I was happy to visit with local business owners and community leaders as well as members of the public. The event also served to welcome new Chamber board members Leo Fortunato of Rabobank and Doug Madey of Procore Technologies, a construction management software firm.

I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. It was also great to see Das Williams, a new member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors representing Carpinteria. As you may already know, Williams previously served as assemblyman in California's 37th District.

Carpinteria is a small city, but it sure has a dynamic Chamber of Commerce! Check the chamber out at
Camarillo Chamber's Business Expo Spotlights Local Companies
Recycling Coordinator Peter Gutierrez manned Harrison Industries' information booth.
Harrison Industries was a Silver Level sponsor and was one of about 35 companies with booths at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo on Jan. 17 at the Camarillo Library.

The expo's theme was "Grow Together. Your Business. Your Community." It allowed businesses to showcase their products and services to community members and to one another. Restaurants were featured, sampling items off their menus. This fun event also included prize drawings.

Harrison Recycling Coordinator Peter Gutierrez manned our booth, where he handed out informational brochures on Harrison and our strategic partners Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin to visitors. Peter reports the traffic was brisk, and we are grateful that old friends and fellow Chamber members as well as a large number of Harrison Industries customers stopped by our booth.
Agromin Donates Soil for Garden at Transitional Living Center in Ventura
Nursing students create a garden at The City Center family transitional housing center.
Local nursing students, with the help of Harrison Industries strategic partner Agromin, have created a garden at the city of Ventura's only family transitional housing center that does not receive government funding.

The organization, The City Center, truly offers a hand up, not just a handout for families in need. It provides extensive case management as well as mentoring programs for the residents. Its mission is to provide a transitional living center for homeless individuals and families in Ventura, equipping them to rebuild their lives through self-sufficiency.

A garden box was built by the nursing students that reflected the center's values. Through a "learn-by-doing" approach, the nursing students taught residents, both parents and children, about how to plant, grow and maintain a sustainable garden. Planted in the garden box are seedlings that will produce kale, leeks, carrots, rainbow chard, lettuce, strawberries, broccoli and more. Residents planted an herb garden that includes lemon verbena, mint, oregano and thyme. Agromin donated the garden soil for the project.

A simple garden and wonderful volunteers can make such a powerful impact!
'A Night in Paris' Auction to Benefit Santa Clara Valley's Kids
Every year, the Harrison family looks forward to attending the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's dinner and auction. It's always such a fun evening! This year's 13th annual fest will be held on Feb. 18 at the Saticoy Country Club.

Please join us! This year's theme is "Ooh La La! A Night in Paris," so expect attendees to be elegantly dressed for the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley's largest fundraiser which begins at 5 p.m. The event opens with a cocktail hour, followed by a silent auction, dinner and live auction featuring items ranging from dining and entertainment packages to luxurious stays in private vacation rentals.

Harrison Industries is also a sponsor of this event that benefits hundreds of boys and girls who are regulars at the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley's clubhouses in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru and who participate in the club's many after-school and summer programs.

Tickets are $110 per person and can be purchased by calling Pearl Galvan at 525-7910 or by visiting If you'd like to donate an auction item, please also give Pearl a call.
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