COMMERCE: MB Chamber names David Archer as CEO

by Mark McDermott

David Archer, a veteran of Chamber of Commerces in Sausalito, Pismo Seashore, and La Quinta, has been named the brand new president and CEO of the Manhattan Seashore Chamber of Commerce. 

Archer took the helm on Monday. He replaces Kelly Stroman, a well-liked chamber head credited with steering native companies by means of the pandemic. Stroman left to grow to be the managing director of the brand new $40 million Friendship Campus in Redondo Seashore. 

Jill Dunn, the chair of the MB Chamber Board of Administrators, mentioned Archer’s {qualifications} have been uniquely fitted to the group. 

“We really feel so lucky to have discovered a candidate with in depth chamber management expertise,” Dunn mentioned. We sit up for David bringing his information of the inside workings of a chamber to Manhattan Seashore.” 

Archer, in an interview, mentioned his expertise with different chambers will after all be helpful, however that he arrives on the town with a eager consciousness that the MB Chamber is as distinctive because the neighborhood it serves. He famous that the combo of small companies and huge companies mixed with the world’s pure magnificence current uncommon alternatives. 

“From a chamber perspective, the opposite locations I’ve served have been actual tourist-centric. They didn’t have a whole lot of the big companies like Chevron, and Northrop close by,” Archer mentioned. “And in order that can be an actual alternative to stability the small companies with the big companies. The opposite factor, the opposite communities the place I labored have been tourist-centric, and I do know that residents are at all times hesitant about that. Manhattan Seashore is world-renowned and we wish to maintain it as pristine as we are able to for residents to get pleasure from.” 

“Within the chamber world, they are saying, ‘You’ve seen one chamber, you’ve seen one chamber.’ Every has its nuances, and what the stability is they should strike with the neighborhood, with guests, and with the native officers.” 

Archer has labored for 10 years in Chamber of Commerce management roles. Earlier to that, he labored within the banking and monetary administration sector, together with positions with Financial institution of America, PacificCare Dental and Imaginative and prescient, Edward Jones, Glendale Federal Financial institution, and Northrop Company. He holds a bachelor’s diploma in Enterprise Administration, with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Vanguard College, is a graduate of the “Academy” Management Program of the Western Affiliation of Chamber Executives (WACE), and is a previous president of the Rotary Membership of La Quinta. 

Archer praised his predecessor, and mentioned he hoped to construct on a whole lot of what has already been put in place. 

“I do know the Chamber’s achieved some actually nice issues up to now, they usually made good progress,” he mentioned. “I hear nothing however good about Kelly and all of the work she has achieved. However I feel popping out of this pandemic, there’s nonetheless some issues that may be achieved to enhance on what’s already in place, and possibly deliver some new concepts.” 

He mentioned he’ll preserve an open-door coverage and invitations anybody to cease by, Chamber members and non-members alike. He mentioned the way in which the neighborhood got here collectively in the course of the pandemic presents a terrific alternative transferring ahead. 

“I feel that is the primary time, and Kelly was instrumental on this, that a whole lot of the constituents and completely different organizations are working collectively,” Archer mentioned. “A variety of bridges are being gapped. And as I discuss to individuals, they’re telling me, we actually wish to maintain this going, the place everyone seems to be working collectively cooperatively, not simply in their very own little fiefdom. It’s an thrilling time, and I’m excited to be right here.”  ER


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