Long Beach Chamber California Visionaries Luncheon Series To Host Candidate for Governor Meg Whitman

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meg-whitmanRyan Choura, one of the youngest members of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and CEO of Long Beach based Choura Venue Services, will be the keynote sponsor and introduce the distinguished guest speaker Meg Whitman, 2010 candidate for governor, at the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce’s “California Visionaries Luncheon Series” on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Hyatt in Downtown Long Beach at 11:30am.

The luncheon registration begins at 11:00am and the luncheon begins promptly at 11:30am. For ticket information please call Sarah Nguyen at (562) 432-7830 or via email her at snguyen@lbchamber.com.

Whitman, 52, is one of the world’s most respected business leaders. She led eBay from 1998 to 2008 helping the company grow from 30 employees and a little over $4 million in revenue to more than 15,000 employees, nearly $8 billion in revenue, and a network of 12 million users in California alone. Under Meg’s leadership, eBay expanded globally and developed a culture and infrastructure that turned eBay into an unparalleled business success story.

“Our award-winning California Visionaries Luncheon Series attracts some of the top leaders to Long Beach each year to speak with our business community on important issues impacting our local economy,” stated Randy Gordon, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We are excited to host Meg Whitman because of her extensive experience as an entrepreneur and her commitment to public service,” Gordon continued.

Prior to her tenure at eBay, Whitman distinguished herself in various leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, Bain & Company, Disney, Stride Rite Corporation, FTD, and Hasbro. Meg is only one of seven women to be consistently ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.

Randy Gordon chose the young Long Beach executive Ryan Choura to introduce Whitman because, “Choura is the most dynamic young entrepreneur I’ve encountered here in the Southland, and he’s a truly engaging and talented public speaker.”

As head of Long Beach’s only full service event company, Ryan is working to transform the local event industry, championing a bold, fun, stylish vision to raise the bar and expectations on what Long Beach can offer. He is a committed advocate for putting Long Beach on the world map as a premiere business and tourism destination. Choura Venue Services has grown under Ryan’s leadership to now encompass eight service divisions, employing more than 225 local event professionals, participating in more than 8,000 events per year, and offering the ability to handle events from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

About the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

The largest membership chamber of commerce in Los Angeles County, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is the platform for business to provide leadership, education and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century, www.lbchamber.com.

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