|By Marketwire .||
|March 20, 2012 11:51 AM EDT||
WALNUT CREEK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/12 -- Angela De La Housaye, business attorney and founder of the Walnut Creek law firm De La Housaye & Associates, has been named as the 2012 Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (Chamber), beginning in April. In this position, Ms. De La Housaye will lead the organization as it takes on long-term Walnut Creek city and business issues affecting the Chamber and its members. The official installation ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 3.
One of Ms. De La Housaye's key goals in this position will be to look for avenues to reach new demographics and larger business members in the community. Ms. De La Housaye will also be working with the City and other organizations to further the positive relationship between and among the City, Downtown Business Association, the Diablo Regional Arts Association and other organizations in Walnut Creek, while examining how to integrate such options as tiered memberships for large companies and a young professionals group at the Chamber.
"I am very interested in working in tandem with the City and the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association. I want to help with the ongoing economic development of Walnut Creek and see how we can collaboratively improve commerce and the relationships between the various groups while strongly supporting our members' businesses so that they thrive and grow," said Ms. De La Housaye.
Last year, while on the Board as Chair-Elect, she focused her efforts on the well-known Walnut Creek Ice Rink, serving as Co-Chair with Neil Gerstner of the Ice Rink Committee. The Committee oversaw all aspects of Walnut Creek On Ice as it produced one of its most successful seasons ever with a new and improved rink as well as new sponsors. Ms. De La Housaye also Chaired the sold out and first ever ice rink's Annual Winter Gala event in January 2012.
"The Ice Rink was such a labor of love; I enjoyed working on every aspect of it. It adds so much to our community and our City. To see it evolve over time and grow to be a beautiful community focal and entertainment destination was thrilling. It was such a wonderful success on all levels last year, mainly because our community embraced it," stated Ms. De La Housaye.
"There are so many collaborative opportunities in this City," commented Ms. De La Housaye. "The Amgen Race is another example of where the WC Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor's Bureau can work together to promote and develop significant business opportunities."
As Co-chair of the Contra Costa Council's Small Business Task Force, Ms. De La Housaye also took on the relationship of business and city issues, specifically when she worked with Chamber executives from Contra Costa County cities, engaging them in the Council's efforts to advocate for small business. Also as part of that initiative, she included representatives from state and national legislators who have a stake in Contra Costa County in the process and was awarded the Council's Task Force Chair Award.
Other City and County boards that Ms. De La Housaye has been involved with include: Board of Directors, Contra Costa Council and Co-Chair Small Business and Entrepreneurial Task Force, Contra Costa County; Board of Director, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau; and Board of Directors, Women's Initiative for Contra Costa County. Ms. De La Housaye is a graduate of Walnut Creek's "Leadership Contra Costa(SM)." In 2008, she won a Pacesetter Award from the Women's Initiative and in 2010 she was awarded the Contra Costa Council's Outstanding Task Force Award for her leadership in the Council's Small Business Task Force.
About De La Housaye & Associates
De La Housaye & Associates is a business transactional and civil litigation firm with offices in Walnut Creek, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The firm provides its clients personalized attention with large-firm expertise. The attorneys use their experience and knowledge of their client's businesses to guide them in successful litigation strategy and a strong business-legal alliance to sustain long-term success for their clients' companies. For more information, visit De La Housaye & Associates at www.delahousayelaw.com or call 925-944-3300.
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