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 30, 2017 the following members were elected: Spencer Brown of Brown Benefits, Kari Harding of Rock Star Distriction Ltd., and Nick Ibuki of Summerland Varieties Corp. The new directors join President, Erick Thompson of ET2media, Past President, Kelly Marshall of Summerland Credit Union and the following directors serving the remaining year of their 2-year terms: Marion Christian of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Colin Powell of IGA Summerland, and Julian Scholefield of Okanagan Crush Pad.
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.
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.
Spencer Brown - Brown Benefits
Spencer joined Brown Benefits in the fall of 2014. Brown Benefits exclusively administers the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in the Summerland area, and has been regularly recognized for national marketing excellence. Over 30,000 businesses have chosen the Chambers Plan, making it the number one small business benefit plan in Canada. In addition to benefit plans, Brown Benefits assists with personal insurance and financial services.
Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Education from UBC Okanagan. He spent a year teaching in London, England prior to joining Brown Benefits. Spencer is an avid golfer and enjoys playing soccer, hockey & volleyball. During his time at UBC-O, Spencer was the only student-athlete to represent two varsity teams, playing for both the Men's Soccer & Volleyball squads.
Kari Harding - Rock Star Distribution Ltd.
Kari grew up in Summerland and began a career with Western Financial Group as a licensed insurance broker specializing in a program for small business day cares. Her hobby business grew and led her to full-time entrepreneurship in 2014. Her company Rock Star Distribution Ltd. operates Rock Star District Premium Apparel & Accessories on Main Street for men women and kids, as well as Better. Clean. Canada., an eCommerce store specializing in all natural household products.
Kari enjoys volunteering with the Okanagan Walk to Remember events and Tiny Hands of Hope Society, which raises awareness and coordinates events for families affected by pregnancy and infant loss. Kari received the 2016 Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award from the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Nick Ibuki - Summerland Varieties Corp.
Nick Ibuki has worked for Summerland Varieties Corp., as a Horticulturalist for the last 13 years. He is the current Operations Manager specializing in tree fruit and berry variety development, intellectual property protection, tech transfer with growers and researchers and manages a team of horticulturalists.
Born and raised in the Okanagan Nick has spent much of his life in the orchards during the week and in the hills on the weekends. Nick and his wife Marsha also foster parent as a way of giving back to the community with the hope of children gaining better opportunities to move forward successfully in their lives.
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.