The Summerland Chamber team members work hard to meet the needs of businesses, our community and those visiting our area. We do this through marketing Summerland and serving our membership through education, promotion and advocacy.
In order to provide maximum value and service to our members and funders, the Summerland Chamber of Commerce is active in 3 key areas: tourism; member services; and business retention, expansion, and attraction.
For Tourism, our team manages the Summerland Visitor Centre year round, develop print and online marketing materials featuring striking images and creative content, and focus on making visitors feel like they are part of our Summerland story. In addition our membership is served by the delivery of member benefit programs, marketing and advocacy initiatives, and education workshops and webinars. All of which is combined in the premier Christmas event in the Okanagan, the Festival of Lights. Each year the Light Up event welcomes 10,000 visitors to Summerland’s downtown core.
The key element that ties all of our work together is our aim to attract, retain, and expand member businesses. This is done through actively exploring investment opportunities for Summerland, partnering with organizations that can provide you with specific expertise and/or funding, and working with the District of Summerland on economic development initiatives that promote Summerland as a place to live, work and invest.
Ron Kubek, President and Managing Director
After 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.Contact: email@example.com | cell 250-488-6055
Allison Markin, Managing Director of Tourism Development and Communications
Allison is known across Canada and, thanks to her successful efforts to bring the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton and the South Okanagan, in the international online world of wine and culinary tourism as an innovator in branding through digital and social media. She brings more than two decades of experience in communications, media relations, crisis management, and marketing to the table. She pursues wine education in her spare time and holds a WSET Level 3 certificate; her freelance writing largely focused on experiential tourism, food, and wine.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | cell 250-488-8274
LeeAnn MacNeil, Manager of Member ServicesLeeAnn moved to Summerland with her family in September 2012 from White Rock, BC.She has spent the last 30 years working in different finance roles: in White Rock she worked for a small accounting firm as a bookkeeper, and prior to that she worked as an Accounts Payable Accountant in the finance department for a large gold mining company. LeeAnn joined the Chamber in June of 2013 as the bookkeeper and in October 2018 she took on the roll of Office Manager. She has now accepted an elevated role from Office Manager to Manager of Member Services.LeeAnn and her family feel they couldn’t have chosen a more wonderful place to live.
Mike Hildebrand, Executive Advisor of Business DevelopmentMike moved to Summerland in 2015 with his wife Chris and their son Nolan. He comes from Univar Solutions where he spent 28 and a half years and the past ten in senior management as VP of human resources, and the past five as president. He has board experience with the Okanagan Hockey Foundation and the Edmonton Eskimo alumni.
Univar is a chemical distribution company that serves a wide variety of industries in agriculture, energy, food and beverage, pharma, personal care, as well as industrial and institutional cleaning. This wide scope gives him a unique perspective on many industries both big and small to help build a stronger business segment in Summerland.