Tom Larmore, of the law firm Harding, Larmore, Mullen, Jakle, Kutcher & Kozal, is the newly installed chairman of the board for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, where he will lead the nonprofit chamber dedicated to strengthening the local economy and making Santa Monica a better place to live and work.

Larmore, a local resident and active community member, was installed as the new chairman at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on Thursday, June 7th.

He officially takes office on July 1st and succeeds John Bohn of Bohn Bros-Moultrie Inc. and Equity Associates, Inc.

“The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is very fortunate to experience such excellent continuity in leadership from such dedicated and capable leaders as John Bohn and Tom Larmore,” said Jim Lynch, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the chamber.

Larmore and his wife, Karon, have lived in Santa Monica for over 33 years and have a substantial attachment to the city.

Their children, Lisa and Wes, attended Roosevelt Elementary School and graduated from Santa Monica High School. Lisa subsequently taught at the Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse for several years.

Along the way, Larmore and his wife have been active in a variety of community organizations such as the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club (where Larmore is currently an officer and member of the executive committee), the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica United Methodist Church.

Larmore has also served on the City’s Planning Commission and on its Charter Review Commission.

A 1968 graduate of UCLA Law School, Larmore worked in downtown Los Angeles law firms specializing in real estate transactions for almost 30 years.

In 1999, he joined the Santa Monica real estate practice of friends Chris Harding, Ken Kutcher and Kevin Kozal.

The firm expanded in 2005 to include the litigation practice of Dennis Mullen and the estate planning and trust administration practice of John Jakle.

Larmore has received chairman’s awards from five different chamber chairs over the years, most of them in connection with his work on behalf of the Chamber related to the “living wage” ordinance, an effort for which he also received a “Small Business Advocate of the Year” award in 2003 from the California Chamber of Commerce.

He has served on the chamber’s board since 2000 and on the Executive Committee since 2002.