BizFed Announces New Officers; Issues 2014 Call to Lawmakers and Governor
BizFed’s 2014 Officers
Chair: Don St. Clair, Immediate Past Chair, Valley Economic Development Center / Vice President for Enrollment Management, Woodbury University
M C Townsend, President/CEO, Regional Black Chamber San Fernando Valley.
Advocacy Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Christine Aghassi, Senior Vice President, The Dolphin Group
David Grannis, Partner, pointC, LLC
David Kissinger, Director of Government Affairs, South Bay Association of Realtors
Larry Kosmont, President/CEO, Kosmont Companies
Transportation Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Robb Korinke, Co-Founder GrassrootsLab / Public Affairs Specialist, DART Container
Hilary Norton, Executive Director,Fixing Angelenos Stuck In Traffic (FAST).
Energy & Environment Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Alex Pugh,Senior Project Manager, Policy & Project Management Team, Southern California Edison
Patty Senecal, Manager, Southern California Region and Infrastructure Issues,
Western States Petroleum Association.
David Foley, General Manager, Brookfield Properties
Sandy Sanchez, Director of Community Development, Newhall Land
Health Care Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Stacy Miller, Founder, Stacy Miller Public Affairs / LA Outdoor Advertising Coalition
Michael Tou, Director Government Relations, Providence Health & Services Southern California
International Trade Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Ken Duong, Chair, Vietnamese American Chamber / TDL International Law Firm
Scott Kurtz, Past President, Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce / Ninyo & Moore
Goods Movement Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty
Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific
Business Diversity Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Claudia Bodan-Acuna, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Bank of America
Mohammed Islam, Executive Director/Founder, South Asian Business Alliance Network
Polling & Research Committee Co-Vice Chairs:
Martha Cox-Nitikman, Vice President, Public Policy, Building Owners & Managers Association LA
Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Treasurers, Co-Vice Chairs:
Ron Adams, President/CEO, West LA Chamber of Commerce
Steve Bullock, Glendale Chamber / Chief Financial Officer, Cerrell Associates Inc.
Advisory Council Co-Chairs
Joe Ahn, Regional Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Northrop Grumman
Dianne F. Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge
Peter Villegas, Vice President/Director of Local Government Relations, JPMorgan Chase
Mike Lewis, Senior Vice President, Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition and Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality.
James W. Litz, Government Affairs Director, Beverly Hills/Greater LA Association of Realtors
Nominating Committee Vice Chair: Mark Wilbur, CEO, Employers Group
Secretary: Gilbert Ivey, Chief Administrative Officer, Metropolitan Water District Southern California
BizFed Statement of Principles for the 2014 Legislative Session
Ø Engage the business community as a partner. California’
Ø Make job creation and economic growth your top priority. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, one in four children in Los Angeles County lives in poverty. While effective, accountable, fiscally responsible public programs are necessary short-term solutions to this crisis, the long-term solution must focus on creating good-paying jobs for your constituents that grow and sustain the economic vitality of our region.
Ø Consider the cumulative effects of taxes, fees, and regulations on job creation and economic growth. For the past three years, our members have consistently identified new taxes, fees, and regulations as their top concerns. In isolation, individual new tax, fee, or regulatory proposals might seem reasonable. However, the cumulative costs have become a hindrance to California’s economic success. We urge you to consider how each proposal that crosses your desk will add to or reduce the cumulative burden on the businesses that employ and sustain quality of life for your constituents.
The Los Angeles County Business Federation is a grassroots alliance of over 120 existing business organizations with more than 260,000 businesses whose goal is to effectively mobilize the collective voice of the Los Angeles County business community. For more information please visit http://www.bizfed.org