Robert Feist, RavensWork Studio owner, has been installed as president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
Other executive board officers installed last week include:
– David Buchanan of Marina Media Group, president-elect;
– David Moring of David Moring Law, secretary and government affairs director;
– Alan Flowers of Venice Flowers, first vice president;
– Mary Richert of the Venice Family Clinic, treasurer;
– Carolyn Ward of Feibusch Communications, events director; and
– Alex Rosales of Control Printing, communications director.
Venice Chamber board members include:
– Celeste Alleyne, Nike;
– Tim Anderson, King Cut Editorial;
– Sibyl Buchanan, Playa Vista;
– Aldis Brown;
– Sheelagh Cullen, HCH, Inc.;
– Suzy Frank;
– Paul Levine, attorney at law;
– Jill Prestup, Up to Speed;
– Jean Pritchard;
– Jeffrey Solomon, Tri Marketing;
– Carol Tantau, Just Tantau; and
– Dan Valenzuela.
Advisory board members include:
– Derek Barton, Gold’s Gym;
– Lucille Cappas, Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library;
– JR Dzubak, Boys & Girls Club of Venice;
– Greg Fitchitt, Westfield Development;
– Ceci Grakal, Venice High School;
– Jim Hubbard, Venice Arts;
– Richard Karno, Groundwork;
– Nadine Rosales, Control Printing;
– Denise Ruttman, Solace; and
– Mark Sokul, Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites.
Feist thanked his fellow chamber members for selecting him president.
“I joined the Venice business community almost ten years ago with the opening of ‘RavensWork,’ a video post-production studio specializing in audio services for commercials, documentaries and videos,” Feist said. “Being located in Venice among the other film and video production and postproduction businesses has been a great asset for RavensWork and we have grown four-fold.
“As a sole proprietor, I have navigated the ups and downs of the modern business landscape and will bring this experience to the chamber.
“The artistic reputation of the Abbot Kinney area and support of other local postproduction businesses has contributed to the success of RavensWork.
“Bringing recognition to this business group is one of the chamber’s ongoing projects this year. Last year, we began branding the area the ‘Venice Media District’ and that effort will continue with the creation of the VMD Committee, which will organize networking opportunities for these businesses and work for official designation with the city.
“With the promotion of this business group, we will continue to grow this community asset by attracting more film and commercial entrepreneurs.
“One of the most exciting things being planned for the coming year is the creation of a ‘Business Improvement District’ for the Abbot Kinney Corridor, spearheaded by Carol Tantau.
“This project has been discussed for years and will put financial resources behind our dreams and desired for Abbot Kinney Boulevard.”
The new chamber president said one of the projects planned during the chamber year is a “fully redesigned Web site.”
“This project is currently in the works and will provide, among other improvements, expanded services for tourism-oriented businesses,” he said. “Included is a new integrated design for member services packages and chamber promotion.”