Irvine Chamber of Commerce Addresses Community During The 2012 Business Breakfast With The Mayor

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Nearly 350 Attended Annual Event At Hyatt Regency Hotel In Irvine

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce addressed nearly 350 business professionals and community leaders at the annual Business Breakfast with the Mayor & State of the Chamber on Friday, May 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. The morning event featured a salute from the Irvine Police Honor Guard, a musical medley performed by the Irvine School of Music Children’s Choir and updates from members of the Irvine Chamber.

The University of La Verne’s Irvine campus served as the presenting sponsor for the 2012 Business Breakfast with the Mayor & State of the Chamber. The university’s President, Dr. Devorah Lieberman, was honored to welcome attendees and open the program.

Following Lieberman’s address, Chamber members Bob King and Ed Benoe presented three Lt. Col. Thomas U. Wall scholarship awards to students and veterans, Enrique Campo, Andriy Nikitin and Rubin Molinar. President and CEO, Tallia Hart recognized Steve Churm, CEO of Churm Media as the Member of the Year for demonstrating high values and dedication to the Irvine Chamber. Mayor Sukhee Kang proudly announced Edwards Lifesciences as the 2011 Business of the Year.

President and CEO of the Irvine Chamber, Tallia Hart, shared the “State of the Chamber” with attendees and highlighted the accomplishments and exceptional growth in the local community before introducing Mayor Kang for his Business Address. In this year’s address, Kang focused on the collaborative efforts to ensure a prosperous local business environment, the City’s continued support for Irvine companies large and small, and the advantages of an Irvine location.

Tallia Hart noted, “The annual event provides the chamber the opportunity to recognize and thank our partners. It is an honor to be able to present the ‘State of the Chamber” alongside Mayor Kang.”

In addition to the presenting sponsor, the University of La Verne, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the additional sponsors that made this event possible:

Corporate Sponsors
Flex Energy
Edwards Lifesciences
The GDR Group

Affiliate Sponsors
Irvine Company
Kaiser Permanente

Table Sponsors
Churm Media
Cox Business
FivePoint Communities
Island Hotel Newport Beach
Orange County Association of Realtors
The Printery
Tierra Verde Industries
United Dental Group
University of California, Irvine

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential Chambers in Orange County representing hundreds of local businesses. The ICC’s mission is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of local businesses while offering members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. The ICC is one of only 250 Chambers in the U.S. who meet the requirements for accreditation by the U.S. Chamber. For more information, please call (949) 660-9112 or visit

Churm Media is a leading regional, full-service media company based in Newport Beach, California. The privately held company publishes 4 niche consumer magazines (OC METRO, OC Family, OC Menus, and Southland Golf) and 5 interactive Websites serving readers and advertisers in five Southern California counties — Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino. The company prints and distributes more than 300,000 magazines per month with a total audience — print, online and events — of more than 1 million readers/viewers per month. RipeOrange, a full-service marketing, design, events and communications firm is also owned and operated under Churm Media. For more information visit

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring that enable them to save and enhance lives. Additional company information can be found at

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Anna Romiti
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
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