EVENTS - 2015

19 November

LauraHenkelsLaura Henkels,
Executive Directer,
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

Join Laura Henkels November 19th at the Laguna Beach Business Club meeting. Laura Henkels has been with The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for two years.  After a successful year as the Events & Marketing Manager, the Board appointed her as Executive Director.  Ms. Henkels sits on the GAC Committee, The Retail Task Force, The Marketing Committee and The City of Laguna Beach's Economic Development Committee.

Ms. Henkels holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees (Political Science and Philosophy) and a minor in political sociology from California State University. She has completed a number of professional programs that have certified her as a Series 7 licensed stock broker, a Certified Financial Planner and a Paralegal. She is currently in the final year of becoming an Accredited Chamber Executive with the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

Ms. Henkels brings a wealth of marketing, advocacy and events experience to the chamber and is tasked with creating new marketing channels, providing value to Chamber members, and advocating for all Laguna Beach businesses.   Prior to joining the chamber, Ms. Henkels served as an Executive for Citibank, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, Harte Hanks & Valassis.  Ms. Henkels has advised small business, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Clients have included Target, Merrill Lynch,  ACE Hardware and Taco Bell.  She has also worked with community and business leaders that include Michael Bloomberg, Magic Johnson, Howard Schultz, Charles Schwab and Sir John Templeton.

15 October EthanGrometEthan Gromet

Join Ethan Gromet October 15th at the Laguna Beach Business Club meeting where he will discuss Ethan his work with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering "Startup Garage", an early stage accelerator program which aims to help technology entrepreneurs turn their ideas and research into successful business ventures. Ethan is 23 years old and was the recipient of the LBBC Scholarship in 2010

Ethan Gromet has started and worked with dozens of startup ventures. His first was in Thurston Middle School! A USC college graduate, Ethan is currently the Director of Operations for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering "Startup Garage". Ethan is well-versed in product design, marketing, business development, and venture capital. While a senior at USC, he consulted and led an on-line crowdfunding project which raised over $100,000 and has since helped startups raise millions of dollars. At the intersection of business, engineering, design, and fundraising, Ethan continues to advance his multi-disciplinary expertise and ability to provide insightful advice and mentorship to tech entrepreneurs.

17 september

LauraFarinellaLaura Farinella, Laguna Beach Chief of Police

Laura Farinella was the former Deputy Chief of the Support Bureau in Long Beach and brings with her 25 years of public safety experience. Since starting her career in Long Beach in 1990, she has worked all Patrol Divisions in the department and held multiple high level command staff positions.

Chief Farinella holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Communications from Chapman University, and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from the California State University at Long Beach. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and has completed numerous post-graduate programs and leadership academies.

Laura lives with her spouse and two children in Rancho Santa Margarita.

16 july

Dr. Alex Kalmanovich D.D.S - Sleep Apnea

While 18 million adult Americans are diagnosed, obstructive sleep apnea continues to be an aggressive and undiagnosed killer.  Left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other conditions. Sleep apnea causes poor job performance, daytime sleepiness, decreased social function, and increases the risk for car accidents. When treated, people usually feel more energetic and alert during the day.  The good news is that there are several treatment options available.

Dr. Kalmanovich practices General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Laguna Beach. He utilizes the newest technologies to provide customized dental care and emphasizes preventative dentistry. Dr. Kalmanovich received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from UC, Irvine and his dental degree from University of the Pacific in San Francisco.

21 May HallieJonesHallie Jones, Executive Director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation

Ms. Jones will discuss Laguna Canyon Foundation’s current projects and the varied benefits that this beautiful open space brings to us all. Executive Director Hallie Jones was born and raised in Laguna Canyon. Her passion for environmental conservation began in childhood, and developed throughout a 15-year career in marine conservation. Moving into land conservation with the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Hallie has the opportunity to inspire a love of the land in the many people who call Orange County home

The Laguna Canyon Foundation is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing Southern California’s second largest coastal canyon wilderness. This 20,000-acre area includes marine preserves, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and adjoining open space in Irvine, Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods. 

16 April BillHoffmanBill Hoffman, Hoffy Tours, LLC

Bill Hoffman will discuss Hoffy Tours and the history behind it. Hoffy Tours, LLC, is an urban tour company whose primary goal is discovering the best in cities.  The focus is on appreciation of the built environment – hoffyToursgreat architecture, interesting urban design, fun restaurants, engaging museums. Hoffy Tours strives to find urban treasures that many people pass up in their daily lives.  It focuses primarily on southern California. Hoffy Tours is unique because its founder – Bill Hoffman, MA, Ph.D. – entertains and teaches as he gives a personalized view of the many places we visit.  Hoffy Tours was founded in 2012 although Bill has given tours for over 30 years.

19 MAR Yvonne KohselYvonne Kohsel

Yvonne Kohsel will share with you 12 changes to upgrade your health and body, along with the top nutrition trends of 2015. Yvonne is the owner of RyPT Fitness Boutique in Laguna Beach.  RyPT is a Rowing, Ryding, and Pilates Training Studio boasting the most innovative and responsible programming in the OC.With more than 24 years as a Nutritionist and Fitness Coach, Yvonne has been able to improve and transform the lives of hundreds of individuals ranging from athletes to C-Suite Executives.
19 FEB Pam Berkson

Pamela Berkson is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Currently, Berkson is a consultant and lecturer at the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County as well as the owner of PSB Consulting, a private case management business in southern California. Her empathetic and respectful approach to her patients, and their families, is revealed during her interactive lectures and consultations. With great insight and a sense of humor, Berkson shares her patients’ stories to help her educate and highlight important issues. 





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