It’s election time at the Chamber of Commerce, with 10 candidates vying for eight positions on the 2008 board of directors.
The elections will run online until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. The online system has security measures in place to ensure votes remain confidential and will be monitored by Race & Co.
Two of the candidates, Dave Davenport and Tom Horler, currently serve on the board and are up for re-election this year.
Davenport is currently chairman of the chamber’s board of directors and chairs the Executive Committee and the Human Resources Committee, as well as representing the chamber on Tourism Whistler’s board. He has also owned three retail businesses and a small manufacturing company in Whistler, including his current business “Skitch”.
Horler sits on the executive board, where he has co-founded and co-chaired the chamber’s Shoestring Project and H.O.M.E. initiative. He is also president of the real estate firm Horler Holding Ltd., and owner and operator of McDonald’s franchises in Whistler and Pemberton.
Also on the ballot is Scott Carrell, a partner, owner-operator of seven businesses throughout Whistler. With 31 years of experience in tourism business, Carrell has articulated support for developing a 2020 resort business plan, building a private tourism university adjacent to the athletes’ village, and constructing apartments for seasonal workers.
Kimberley Hughes is the general manager of Delta Village Suites and has 16 years of experience working with hotels in Whistler. She is also one of the founders of the Respect Whistler Committee, which has worked with the RCMP, RMOW, local businesses and nightclubs to reduce night-time noise in the village.
Pat Kelly is the owner of The Whistler Real Estate Co. He also runs full service brokerages and other businesses in both Squamish and Pemberton. Kelly has participated in many local groups, including the Whistler Fire Department and One Whistler.
Kendra Mazzei owns two Whistler start-ups, including Pasta Lupino Gourmet and Burnt Stew Computer Solutions. She also has extensive computer knowledge, working as a facilitator and IT teacher for the RMOW, Capilano College, and L’il Wat Nation.
Kennedy Raine owns and operates The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop, as well as co-owns Blackcomb Corridor Coin Op., a local laundry and vending business. She is a two-time Olympian as a freestyle skier, and has been involved with coaching local gymnastic and freestyle programs as well as yoga instruction.
Beth Shaw owns S2S Marketing Inc., a logowear and promotional products company based in Whistler. She has also been involved with Women of Whistler, the marketing committee for the Community Foundation of Whistler, and Spring Creek Community School PAC.
Caroline Smalley owns and operates Whistler Snow Masters Ltd., and is also the founder and creative director of the recently launched www.thecitizensmedia.com . She is also a creative writer and has worked with many different sectors.
Finally, Jim Watts owns and operates fastPark, a local equipment supply and parking operations company. Raised in Whistler, Watts opened Whistler’s first bed and breakfast in 1982, and currently is involved in many local groups, including serving as director of the Whistler Rotary Club.
The newly elected board members will be announced during the Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on Dec. 19 and sworn in at the first board meeting in 2008.
Under the new bylaws, directors can only be on the board for a maximum of eight consecutive years.
More detailed nominee profiles are available at the Chamber website at www.whisterchamber.com .