Board of Directors 2014
Left to right:
Pyam Sanai, April Goldade, Brian Highley, Linda Buhler, Myers Bennett, Holly Plante, Jim King, Petra Veintimilla, Dr. Chris Scheuren
Myers Bennett, President
Valley First Insurance Service Ltd.
Myers has a long career with the Chamber of Commerce, Past President of our Chamber and director on the Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Penticton, Vernon, and Kitimat Chambers. He has also served 2 terms as a Vanderhoof town council, and has also a long career with the Rotary Club. He is currently the Manager of Commercial Insurance for Valley First Credit Union.
Raised in Vanderhoof B.C., Myers went to Oregon on a track scholarship, returning home to play senior hockey. He has been very involved with sports including Ironman participant, Ironman Club founder, and Head Official of Ironman Canada. He has coach triathlon at the BC Summer Games and hockey at the BC Winter Games.
Myers along with his wife Judy enjoys sports, sailing and cards. They have four children and five grand children.
Brian Highley, Vice President
Okanagan Sun Magazine
After obtaining an English degree from the University of Western Ontario, Brian Highley moved West to run international campaigns with Adbusters Media Foundation, as well as work with Employment Assistance providers. He first moved to the South Okanagan in 2005, where he publishes success stories from our area in Okanagan Sun Magazine. He is glad to be asked to participate on this board, and proud to join such a dynamic team.
April Goldade, Secretary
Terrafina at Hester Creek
Embarking on a new business venture as Restaurateur brought April to Oliver from Kelowna 1 year ago.
During her 12 years in Kelowna April worked for two of the top Marketing and Advertising Agencies in the Valley as an Account Manager working with a variety of National, local and Not-for-profit clients. Gaining knowledge in the fast paced world of marketing & advertising April recognized her strengths in project management and client relations. With a true passion for food and wine it was an opportunity to not be passed to partner with the Executive Chef of the newest winery restaurant in Wine Country and immerse herself into the business world of the South Okanagan.
Jim King, Treasurer
CLR & Associates
CLR & Associates is owned and operated by Jim & Cheryle. Jim & Cheryle moved to Osoyoos five years ago, and instantly got involved with the South Okanagan Chamber. Jim has been on the board for the past 4 years as treasurer. Jim is also director of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen and Rotarian.
Jim’s speciality: Recognized as a community leader with more than twelve years’ experience in Not-For-Profit world. With a proven record of accomplishments in operations management, marketing, strategic-planning, business development, human resources and building relationships with various levels of government.
Project Supervisor for Desert Park Exhibition Society, where Jim was responsible for work activities, scheduling, and time sheet along with payroll. Communicating with contractors, organizations and government, city inspectors and other external sources.
Jim's professional and business experience is varied and extensive. He has been self-employed in the amusement industry, owned and operated a 10,000 square foot indoor play centre and has been a consultant who has conducted studies on Tourism in the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. He was President of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce (2003-04), Director of the Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association, of the Friends of the Museum and Archives and of the Senior Games in Surrey. He has also been a founding and past director of Surrey Tourism and Convention Association, and the Surrey-Delta Multi-Cultural Coordinating Committee.
In 2002, Jim was a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for making a significant contribution to Canada, to his community and to fellow Canadians. This award characterizes Jim's dedication to community service. Other awards for service bestowed upon him include Community Leader Award for being top mentor, and the Award of Excellence from the Governor General of Canada, and the Cultural Diversity Award for Business for the Youth Mural Project.
Holly Plante, Past President
Osoyoos is home to Holly and her husband Michael and daughter Hope. Holly is currently the President of the SOCC and has been a Board Member for 3 years. She is also on the Festival of the Grape Committee, a Rotarian, and a member of the Osoyoos Economic Development Advisory Committee. In 2010 Holly and Mike also started Unveil Shuttles offering transportation and tours for groups throughout the South Okanagan. She has a Bachelor of Management (Marketing Major) from the University of Lethbridge. She owned an Agency back in Edmonton for 7 years before selling in 2010 when she had her daughter Hope. Holly continues to work on marketing contracts in the South Okanagan supporting businesses with their overall strategy, branding, print and web design. In her spare time Holly plays soccer, loves the outdoors, and is slowly but surely learning how to golf and curl.
Steve Ceron, Director
Osoyoos Times/Oliver Chronicle
Linda Buhler, Director
Colour Me Healthy
250-485-7116 or 250-498-5141
Petra Veintimilla, Director
Alberto's Decorating Centre
Petra has been fortunate to call Oliver home for most of her life. After a brief period away traveling and working abroad, as well as studying International Relations and Languages at UBCO in Kelowna, Petra returned to Oliver in 2007 to join the family Interior Decorating business. She enjoys being a full time Window Covering Specialist with Alberto’s Decorating Centre (a business started by her grandfather in 1974 and purchased by her parents in 1983) and was very happy to serve on the SOCC Board of Directors in 2010, gaining much invaluable experience for her future endeavors.
Petra is excited to be a part of the Oliver Business Association, and eagerly awaits her second term on the SOCC Board of Directors. Together with her husband of 2 years, Petra looks forward to the many wonderful experiences, opportunities, and challenges that lie ahead in 2011!
Payam Sanai, Director
Osoyoos Pizza Factory & Lounge
Payam Sanai has been living in the South Okaanagan for the better part of two decades and calls it home for raising his young family. Payam has a wealth of business experience beginning with training in business administration and years of sales experience. He is an entrepreneur at heart, having owned businesses at the coast and in the communities of Osoyoos and Oliver.
Linda Sheehy-Brownstein, Director at Large
High Chaparral Guest House
Linda and her husband moved from Vancouver to Oliver in 2007 and opened High Chaparral Guest House in 2009.
Prior to the move she worked as a production coordinator/unit manager in the film industry for 27 years.
Dr. Chris Scheuren, Director at Large
Dr. Christopher Scheuren graduated from Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, Oregon in 1994, practiced in Virgina, and Alberta prior to Osoyoos, BC.
Dr. Scheuren is married with two children: Kai and Madison. Sports and health is a big part of their family's life, enjoying biking, skiing and sailing.
His wife Barbara is a financial planner with Investors Group, and together they have owned and operated several small retail and professional companies.