SUMMERLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Summerland Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit society registered under the federal Board of Trade Act. The Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of business license holders in Summerland.
The Summerland Chamber Board is comprised of members who are active in the community and subscribe to positive growth and change that will strengthen the economic health of Summerland and the business community. The Board is responsible to set goals and direction, to ensure the financial health of the organization and to develop policies and procedures to guide the Chamber’s work.
A director of the Summerland Chamber Board is a volunteer who commits 8 - 12 hours per month to meetings, programs, and duties of the Chamber. Each director is elected for a two year term with one half of the Directors retiring each year.
At the Annual General Meeting held on March 15, 2016 the following members were elected: Marion Christian of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Colin Powell of IGA Summerland, and Julian Scholefield of Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. The new directors join Past President, Kelly Marshall of Summerland Credit Union and the following directors serving the remaining year of their 2-year terms: Robert Hacking of Bad Robot Computers & Electronics, Michael Hughes of Ripley Stainless, Erick Thompson of ET2media, and Kelsey Van Alphen of Alder Street Autobody.
Erick Thompson – ET2media firstname.lastname@example.org
Erick has lived in Summerland since 2011, and is the co-owner of ET2media, a communications company specializing in video production. Prior to co-founding ET2media, Erick spent more than 20 years in television and radio. As a former reporter, anchor and talk show host, he brings a journalistic approach to all his projects. Erick is a founding member of the Trout Creek Community Association, chair of the Summerland Skate Park Committee, and is a volunteer MC with various groups including Neighbourlink Summerland and the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Hughes – Ripley Stainless
Michael is a Controller for Ripley Stainless, one of Summerland’s largest private employers. He received his business degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1998, and has lived in Summerland since 2003. Since joining Ripley Stainless, Michael has implemented new procedures to streamline the company’s production process as they continue to grow into new markets. Since moving to Summerland, Michael and wife Lara, who also works for Ripley Stainless, have been foster parents to 17 children. Michael is also a mini soccer coach and is an active volunteer for the Pinnacles Football Club.
Kelly Marshall - Summerland and District Credit Union
Kelly has been part of the Western Canadian Credit Union System for the past 24 years and CEO of Summerland & District Credit Union for the past 8 years. As a leader Kelly has been actively involved with and volunteered for numerous local, provincial and national organizations and in addition to financial and operational oversight, provides a strong understanding of corporate governance and strategic planning. Kelly holds an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada with Honours and a Specialty in Lending Studies and has a Certified Chief Executive Designation from the Credit Union Executives Society.
Marion Christian - Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
Marion moved to the Okanagan in 2009 and has a strong background in tourism and destination marketing. She lived in Norfolk Island (an Australian external territory) in the South Pacific for 30 years where she established an inbound tour company. She served on the N.I. Tourism Board as President for a term, engaging in a new airline to the Island and was instrumental in procuring a World Heritage Listing for a historical convict heritage site. Upon moving to Perth, Western Australia, she was the coordination manager for Australia's largest travel wholesale division. At present, Marion is Visitor Experience Manager at Sumac Ridge and a member of the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association. She has a passion for wine and is delighted to find the opportunity to be a part of the fast paced and burgeoning industry in Summerland.
Colin Powell - IGA Summerland
Colin moved to the Okanagan from the Lower Mainland with his family in 2006 as Store Manager at the Peachland IGA. An employee of the Overwaitea Food Group for over 17 years, Colin purchased his first IGA in Penticton in 2007, followed by one in Summerland in 2012 and Okanagan Falls in 2015. Colin's experience in all areas of business, including planning, aesthetics and merchandising, have enabled him to build his customer base and win several awards. These include the H.Y. Louie award for 2012 Retailer of the Year, and the Summerland Chamber Business & Excellence Awards for 2012 Business of the Year and 2014 Retail Excellence. As a local business owner Colin supports a number of non-profit groups and events, including Action Fest, the Festival of Lights, and the Summerland Steam, and is a Board Member of the Summerland Food Bank & Resource Centre. He is proud to be able to own a viable business in our beautiful community of Summerland.
Julian Scholefield - Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Julian moved his young family to Summerland in 2012 to assume the role of operations manager at Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. In this role, he oversees winery operations, client relations, inventory management, and all onsite hospitality, events, and wine sales. Julian excels at site planning, budgeting, and devoting the kind of attention that ensures all the details are looked after; skills that serve him well in the bustling environment of Okanagan Crush Pad. Perhaps Julian's best assets are his easy going personality and ability to stay relaxed when unexpected circumstances require level thinking. Since arriving in the Okanagan, Julian has served on a number of community committees including the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association and the Okanagan Wine Festival Society Board.
Kelsey Van Alphen – Alder Street Auto Body
Kelsey was raised in Summerland and is a graduate of Summerland Secondary. His father started Alder Street Autobody in 1991, and Kelsey and his wife Katrina took over the business in 2005. Having “grown up in the shop,” and been in the auto trade much of his life, Kelsey has been a ticketed journeyman since 2000. He and Katrina have three children attending school in Summerland, and Kelsey has spent 10 years as a member of the local Kinsmen.