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SUMMERLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCEThe Summerland Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit corporation registered under the federal Board of Trade Act.The Chamber, comprised of business license holders in Summerland, is governed by a Board of Directors.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 operates under a governance structure and is responsible to set the goals and directions, to ensure financial sustainability, and to develop policies and procedures to guide the Chamber’s work.
Board of DirectorsPresident - Ron Kubek, Lightning Rock Wineryron@lightningrockwinery.com 250 488-6055After a successful career in real estate building a national franchise, Ron is now the proud owner of Lightning Rock Winery. Joining him in this family-owned business is his winemaker daughter and her husband. The winery’s goal is to produce delicious, high-quality wines, representing Summerland as a unique regional wine-producing area. Growing up in Victoria, Ron knows the importance of hard work balanced with a spirit of giving back. He has a long history of working with local and international non-profit organizations both as a volunteer and consultant. Ron was an award-winning commercial and residential realtor and founder of Keller Williams Realty Canada. He also served as a city councillor for the Town of Sidney and then for the District of Central Saanich. Ron plans on bringing his successful knowledge of running businesses and his experience on city councils and other chambers of commerce to his role as President of the Summerland Chamber.Vice President - VACANTTreasurer - Len Colman, BA, CFP, CLUSenior Investment Advisor, Manulife Securities IncorporatedInsurance Representative, Manulife Securities Insurance AgencyLen has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. He owns a successful practice based in Summerland and works with clients on all aspects of their financial planning, estate planning, investment and insurance needs.Len brings a wealth of various past board experience to the Summerland Chamber of Commerce including:Advocis – The Financial Advisors Association of CanadaNational Board Member, Finance Committee, Chapter Advisory Council, Board Liaison,Governance Task Force, Chair Audit Committee, Chair Hearing PanelCanadian Association of Financial PlannersNational Board Member, Co-Chair MembershipOntario Association of Financial Planners – Board PresidentCentral Ontario Chapter – Past President, President, Professional Development DirectorKidney Foundation of Ontario – Board Member & TreasurerRotary Club of Don Mills - Board Member & TreasurerWhite Rock Tennis Club - Board Member & PresidentIn his spare time, he enjoys planning tennis, squash, curling, fishing, biking, gardening & skiing.DirectorsLuke Johnson - Open Skies Medialuke@openskiesmedia.ca 250 488-3865Luke Johnson is born and raised in Canada. Originally a prairie boy from Saskatoon, SK he has lived in 4 of the provinces. The oldest of three boys, Luke has learned the value of family. Having his wife to come beside him further makes him a better person and compliments many of his shortfalls. With the addition of two daughters into his life, Luke has come to cherish the small things much more. Throughout his career, Luke has gained many valuable experiences. Luke currently runs and operates Open Skies Media - a digital marketing and web design agency. Being a part of a vibrant, exciting board means a lot to Luke. He wants to get involved and get things done for Summerland!Jayne Graydon - Saxon Estate Wineryjayne@saxonwinery.com250 460 1654Jayne is the co-owner of Saxon Winery since January 2012 with her husband Paul. At Saxon they make wine from their own vineyard and locally grown organic grapes. She emigrated from England in August 2003 and settled in Calgary for 9 years with her 3 grown up children. Jayne is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Peachland and enjoys working with her fellow Rotarians raising funds for good causes. Jayne is looking forward to working with the other Directors to make a difference in her town where she loves to live, work and play. She enjoys her time with family, friends and especially loves to be with her young grandson.Erin Hayman - GPH MechanicalDetails and Photo Coming Soon
Ken Sewell - Summerland TIMBER MARTkensewell@yahoo.comKen has lived in Summerland since 1974. He married my wife Lana in 1985 and started a family in 1990. Ken has owned and operated a retail/wholesale hardware store and commodity distribution centre since 1991. He has served on a selection of boards over the last 25 years including:Summerland Chamber of Commerce director 1990’s & 2020South Okanagan Canadian Home Builders (executive committee)Kettle Valley Steam Railway (treasurer)Seeds Publications International, a non-profit parachurch organization active in over 27 countries. (executive committee)Ken has post-secondary education in the areas of accounting, marketing, economics, business law and human behavioral studies. He is also a certified technician for multiple software design platforms in the residential construction industry.“My strengths are primarily in the business field and the dissemination of financial information. However, operating my own business for over 20 years has caused me to focus on teambuilding, advertising, budgeting and other business strategies.”