Our Ambassadors are the public relations arm of the Chamber membership. They make members feel welcome, give the Chamber recognition at public gatherings, greet new businesses into the community, promote the Chamber’s interests and goals, and get people involved in Chamber functions. In short, they do those things which may come under the general heading of “Public Relations”.
We are proud to introduce you to your 2019 Ambassadors!
Dr. Alexa Chilian 2019 Ambassador Chair
The Specific Chiropractic
Bill White 2019 Past-Ambassador Chair
William W. White Insurance Agency
My name is Bill White. I am the co-owner, along with my wife Teresa, of the William W. White Insurance Agency, located in Historic Downtown Danville. We opened our Agency in 1977 and have always focused on Customer Education. When we talk to someone or give advice to our clients, we strive to make sure that they know exactly what they are covered for, so there is no panic or anxiety if something were to happen. At William W. White Insurance Agency our goal is simple, get what you need and have someone take care of you. We are here to show what “Personal Service” can mean to you!
We love our Community and have been involved with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce for many years and in different capacities, serving on the Board of Directors since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board in 2015 and again in 2019. I am also active in the Chamber’s many community events, including their annual festivals, Art & Wine Strolls as well as, The Alamo and Danville Tree Lightings.
If you need to talk to someone about your Insurance needs or what’s going on in Danville, give us a call!
Lara George 2019 Ambassador Hospitality Chair
Lara George Photography
My name is Lara George and I am a photographer serving the Bay Area and Northern California.
My passion lies in bringing out the best in people; to make their personalities show, while capturing their moments! This passion has helped my photographs receive attention on the covers of several local & national magazines. I have experience which spans across domestic & international waters; photographing large corporate events, private parties, various well known CEO’s and, most recently, the Oakland Raiders own, Derek Carr and NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I love living in Danville and am a very active member within the community, as well as, an ambassador for the Danville Chamber. I enjoy working with other businesses and helping them connect with the right people; whether that is with a business resource, complimentary business or potential client. If there is anything I can help you with or specific people I can connect you to, it would be my pleasure to do so, so please reach out. To connect with Lara please visit her Business Profile page here.
Gil Rodrigues 2019 Ambassador Member Outreach Chair
Liz Hodges 2019 Board of Directors Member and Ambassador
Patrice Sandstrom Real Estate Group- Keller Williams
My name is Liz Hodges, and I am the Team Coordinator for the Patrice Sandstrom Real Estate Group with Keller Williams in Danville. I am an active Board Member and Ambassador of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and I feel blessed to be involved in the growth of my hometown community.
In 2017, our team was named the #1 Top Producing Team and the #1 Top Listing Team. For seven consecutive years Diablo Magazine has designated Patrice with the “San Francisco East Bay Five Star Real Estate Agents.” This is based on providing exceptional service and overall client satisfaction- less than 2% of agents in our area receive this prestigious award.
Please feel free to visit our website at www.SandstromGroup.com for more information. We would love to help!
I am also available to help connect our members and help them with marketing their business. I love meeting and getting to know new people in our Danville Area Community! Let’s chat! To connect with Liz please visit her Business Profile page here.
Glenn Bittner 2019 Board of Directors Member, Ambassador and Small Business Council President
MassMutual Northern California
Tess Owen 2019 Ambassador and Small Business Council Vice President
Omni Social Media
Kira Feick 2019 Board of Directors Member, Ambassador and Small Business Council Secretary
Ignite HR Solutions
My name is Kira Feick, and I am the Founder and Principal Consultant at Ignite HR Solutions. We provide small business owners with outsourced human resources services, including legal compliance, payroll, investigations, strategic vision, and, of course, employee support. We pride ourselves in helping small business owners understand how effective HR can effectively increase their company’s bottom line while building a strong and positive company culture.
I joined the Danville Area Chamber when I founded Ignite HR Solutions as a business and marketing strategy. I soon learned that the Chamber was more than a business decision! The sense of community and family that I have felt through my membership have been incredible. I love being an active member of this community, raising my family here, and helping small business owners along the way! To connect with Kira please visit her Business Profile page here.
Ed Sanders 2019 Ambassador
Edward F Sanders- Financial Tax Strategies
Hello, I’m Edward Sanders and have lived in Danville for 38 years. My extensive business travel kept me away from Danville for over 25 years and joining the Danville Chamber became an opportunity to give back to the community.
My “why” became very clear in 2001 and again in 2008/2009 when I lost my 30 years of retirement savings due to the stock market decline. Thus, my mantra has been “what happened to me should never never ever happen to anyone else”.
For the last 14 years I have been helping businesses and individuals keep more of their money without the risk of investment losses, therefore, I am not an investment advisor.
Our expertise is helping those who are concerned about a) suffering losses due to stock market downturns, b) paying too much in taxes and/or c) having control of their money.
Check out my website and learn about strategies to pay for college without using your savings, home equity or retirement money, pay major business expenses without using the business cash flow and other strategies which keep your money working for you without investment risk….All the best, Edward
Bob Landy 2019 Ambassador
I am Bob Landy and own RNL Enterprises which provides organic nutritional supplements to maintain and improve your health.
I have been an Ambassador with the chamber since 2002 and have enjoyed all the benefits of membership by being active. As an Ambassador I make myself available to all businesses for advice or help regarding the chamber. I hope to meet you at the next business mixer or ribbon cutting. To connect with Bob please visit his Business Profile page here.
Scott Bigelow 2019 Ambassador
Boisset Wine Collection
My name is Scott Bigelow and I am a Wine Ambassador with the Boisset Wine Collection. I’ve been a member of the Chamber for 10 years and an Ambassador for 9, as well as serving on the Board of Directors, and I love being involved in my local community and helping others do the same while also assisting them whenever possible in growing their business.
As an Independent Wine Ambassador with the Boisset Collection™ I bring award-winning tasting rooms from historic California and French wineries directly to you and your clients through one-of-a-kind tasting experiences – transforming living rooms and Board rooms into Tasting Rooms. Our mission is to change the way people taste, experience, and buy wine. I can also help with corporate events & customer appreciation parties, and gifts like custom label wines and etched bottles while sharing an ongoing passion for wine and the wine lifestyle.
Feel free to visit my web site, www.scottswinetaste.com to learn more about the wineries I represent and how you can experience them.
I’d be happy to meet with you and learn about your business and see if I can help you make some connections in our community and beyond that will benefit your business. Cheers!
Jayne Bunce 2019 Ambassador
Jayne Bunce Interiors
Hello there! I am Jayne, a residential interior designer and owner of Jayne Bunce Interiors, practicing in the Danville community for over 15 years. Whether designing a highly functional kitchen, creating gorgeous window treatments or selecting the perfect color palette (my favorite part!), I always have my clients’ interests and desires at heart. After all it is the home of your life, not mine! I have been practicing design for over 25 years, am a Certified Interior Designer, have the Diamond Certification, and share my passion for design with my students at UC Berkeley as a part-time instructor.
Why do I love the Chamber? Because it has been the most influential factor in the growth of my business. My participation in networking events, small business seminars, one-on-on collaborations, and community outreach has provided me with a powerful referral network of business professionals, mentorship from a variety of viewpoints, new business growth, and, most important to me, encouragement and support . Oh and don’t let me forget fun and friendship!
Why am I an Ambassador? I love people and particularly love helping people connect both professionally and socially. Serving as an Ambassador allows me to help you leverage the Chamber’s tools for business development and get you connected with our community. I can particularly help with introductions in the construction, finance and health industries that are represented here.
I am approachable and enthusiastic and would love to show you how the Chamber can help you as it has and continues to help me. Call me and let’s go to the next mixer together so I can introduce you to our fabulous membership! To connect with Jayne please visit her Business Profile page here.
Natalia Castro 2019 Ambassador
Stone Cold Luxe
Hello! I am Natalia, founder and owner of Stone Cold Luxe, a women’s boutique located in the heart of Downtown Danville. Curated and named for the woman that lives a dynamic and balanced lifestyle, Stone Cold Luxe offers collections ranging from everyday contemporary outfits to special occasion dresses, and accessories to compliment each. Our store philosophy encourages every woman to become her best-self, while discovering her personal style that best fits her lifestyle.
It’s been such an honor to serve as an Ambassador for the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. As a new small business owner, becoming an active member of the Chamber has introduced me to great business resources, mentor-ships and a community of encouraging and experienced business owners. As I continue to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship, having a strong support system to learn from within the Chamber and local community has been priceless.
If you have any questions about the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce or the resources that we have, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to welcome and connect with you.
Steve Mick 2019 Ambassador
Alamo Business and Community Foundation
Hello. I’m Steve Mick and I’m the secretary for the Alamo Business and Community Foundation. The foundation participates in a number of activities including the organization of the annual Tree Lighting Festival in Andrew H. Young Park.
I’m also a member of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council that meets under the authority of the County Board of Supervisors.
As a member of the Facilities Oversight Advisory Committee for the San Ramon Valley USD, I participate in decisions regarding school construction and financing.
I enjoy serving on a number of additional organizations, most especially the Danville Area Chamber. Please visit my website at www.alamore.org or connect with Steve by visiting his Business Profile page here.
Tonya Tecca 2019 Ambassador
Coldwell Banker Danville
I’m Tonya Tecca, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Danville. I am a proud Chamber Ambassador, and an active member, board member and supporter of chambers for more than 20 years.
I have been in the real estate industry for 18 years, and have owned a mortgage company and private investment firm. In the two years since I relocated to the Bay Area from China, I have been named a Coldwell Banker Rookie of the Year and Diamond Society Member, been awarded membership in Top Agent Network (representing the top 10% of agents in our area), achieved Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Status and received the 2018 Five Star Professional Rising Star Award. I love what I do, and I’d love to help you buy or sell your next home!
I am available to help you with any questions you may have about living in our amazing community, or all of the benefits our fantastic Danville Chamber has to offer you. Thanks for reaching out! To connect with Tonya please visit her Business Profile page here.
Melonie Pederson 2019 Ambassador
Mel’s Place and myPersonalAssistant
My name is Melonie Pederson, and I am the owner of two Danville Businesses, Mel’s Place and myPersonalAssistant. I am very active in the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and am a 15 year resident of Danville. I am lucky to live, work and raise my family in such a supportive community.
Mel’s Place is a custom rustic décor company specializing in unique handmade and personalized items. Need that perfect piece for your house or a one of a kind gift? “We make what you want!” Please visit www.melsplace.biz
myPersonalAssistant works to match businesses, individuals, and families with the short or long term assistance they require. Maybe it’s helping to organize your home office, someone to run errands, or an extra hand to help out in your office. Or maybe you are the person to provide these services. Contact us with your needs as a client or your qualifications if you would like to be one of our Assistants. “We make you more productive!” Please visit www.mypersonalassistantservices.net. To connect with Mel please visit her Business Profile page here.
Janice Dalton 2019 Ambassador
Chamber Ambassadors represent and communicate the Chamber’s mission and provide networking opportunities for business people. If you would like to join this prestigious, energetic group – please call Zae Perrin, President/CEO at (925) 837-4400 or drop him an email at email@example.com