2013 was an amazing year for Oakland. And the anticipation for 2014 is undeniable. The Oakland Chamber has been a major part of the city's success and hundreds came out to the Oakland Chamber's Annual Holiday Mixer in support. CFO and Board Member of the Prescott Joseph Center, Chadwick Spell, former Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, Aurice Guyton of Aurice Guyton Events were all in attendance for the grand affair that attracts 250+ members of the Oakland business community.
The event was held at the fabulous Claremont Resort this past Thursday evening. Ivette Torres and Nikki Mendez, the Chamber's Marketing and Membership Director respectively, worked tirelessly to put together a spectacular event and graciously hosted each and every guest who attended.
The yearly event is always the biggest and best After 5 Reception for Oakland's business community, but this year was even more special as it was also a Retirement Celebration for the Chamber's CEO, Joseph J. Haraburda. After serving 17 years with the Chamber, Mr. Haraburda announced that he will be pursuing other passions beginning in 2014. The poignant speech shared with the crowd exemplified his love for Oakland and the hugely positive impact he has had upon the community.
Once the toast and speeches had concluded, the spirit that is oh so true to Oakland sparkled! The music was turned up, the dance floor opened, the photo booth was brought out and people began to gather and exchange ideas, goals and dreams. Shannon Predder, Oakland Board Director and CEO of Brand Creative , Tara Johnson, CEO of DIVAS with SOL, and Rene Sanchez, principal of Ellenberger Sanchez Architects all shared their respective company's focus for 2014 and their excitement for Oakland's future.
Then the delectable desserts came out and another round of bubbly was served. Dale Marie Golden MacDonald, the fabulous Vice President of Torrey Pines Bank, promptly hit the dance floor with her husband, the lovely ladies of Visit Oakland posed for photos and people lined up to take goofy pics at the photo booth.
Because that's what we do in Oakland. We eat. We play. We work. Together.
Miss Danetha is an Oakland Socialite and the Director of Publicity for the Oakland Chamber's Young Professionals Committee. She is the founder of EmeryCloud, a global financial management consultancy based in Oakland and committed to seeing Oakland's businesses succeed.
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