Long Beach, CA
The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce will be undergoing future changes as Jeremy Harris, the Chamber’s current Senior Vice President recently signed onto a contract with unanimous board approval to take on the roll as President and CEO in 2020.
The Chamber according to its mission statement is a “platform for business to provide leadership, education and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century.” On their website they list their core competencies as Economic Development, Public Policy, Community Development, Membership Services, and Political Action.
The Chamber of Commerce took a large political hit with its endorsement of Damon Dunn for Mayor in 2014 against current Mayor Robert Garcia. Since then, they have had a mixed record of getting pro business candidates into office, winning some races but losing out on others to big labor unions with sophisticated political organizational skills and tactics.
Each year the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts various events and socials to build the business community in Long Beach such as Networking Breakfasts, Police & Fire Appreciation Luncheons, LB Young Professionals Socials, and their Annual Gala.
Randy Gordon, the chamber’s CEO since 1994 congratulated his successor online: “Congrats to the Chamber’s Senior VP Jeremy Harris on getting a written contract and board approval to replace me as the President/CEO on July 1, 2020.
At that time his seven years at our chamber and his past experience in the chamber industry will ensure a smooth transition and will prepare him for success as our new leader. I’m very happy for him and I’m looking forward to working closely with him the next three years.”
Jeremy Harris went to Cal State Long Beach and served as former CEO of the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce before taking on a role at the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. His term as President and CEO will begin in 2020.