Chair, 2013 VICA Board of Directors
It is both an honor and a privilege to assume the role as Chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) for 2012. VICA is a political powerhouse, serving as the voice of the business community at all levels of government.
VICA maintains its reputation for effective business advocacy with monthly advocacy trips to Sacramento and regular appearances at L.A. City Hall. A considerable number of our members also travel across the country to Capitol Hill. Our staff and board members are well-known among local, state and national opinion leaders.
While VICA’s tradition of aggressive advocacy is documented, our membership is my personal passion. I believe that VICA’s true strength lies in its membership. At a time when organizations similar to ours are experiencing membership contraction, it is no surprise to me that we continue to grow.
Nevertheless, I understand that we cannot take the support of our members for granted. This is why I am dedicated to ensuring membership value, increasing leadership opportunities for our members and expanding our membership into new industries and geographic areas.
Our advocacy prowess is rooted in the caliber and engagement of our membership. This is why your endorsement of our work to create jobs, ease regulation, lower business taxes and ensure the San Fernando Valley receives adequate representation is so important.
Your investment in VICA ensures that our advocacy efforts continue. And, the more businesses that invest in VICA, the stronger our voice will be. I encourage you to share your policy concerns and business needs with VICA, so that we can continue to carry your message to politicians, public officials and the media.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Jill Banks Barad
Greg Lippe* **
Don St. Clair
*Denotes executive committee members
**Denotes past board chairs
*Denotes executive committee members.
**Denotes past board chairs.
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