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Jun 25

Welcome aboard - Mira, Lucia, and Kevin!

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Welcome aboard - Mira, Lucia, and Kevin!

Congratulations to Mira Hoke (YarrowBay); Lucia Pearson (BECU) and Kevin Kalberg (Claffey's Painting and Mold Solutions NW) who were recently elected to fill three board positions on the chamber's nine member board of directories.  Board members serve three-year terms; every year one third of the directors retire off the board or stand for re-election for a second term.  Retiring from the board this year are Kelley Hutchison (Junior Junction Day School); Jennifer Karol (Cedar River Law) and Cindy Broome (Scooter's Custom Catering). 

I want to personally thank Kelley, Jennifer, and Cindy for their years of time and commitment to the chamber.  Each one of them brought unique talents and perspectives to the board and has contributed greatly to this organization's ongoing strength and growth.  I so very much appreciate their support of the chamber, their investment of time and energy, and their personal support of me as the CEO.  I am ecstatic that they have all pledged their continued involvement in the activities of the chamber.

I look forward to working more closely with Mira, Lucia, and Kevin and know that they will bring their own unique skills to the board as we continue to fulfill our mission to Grow Business, Build Community in the greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond market area.

Ballot Statements:

mira-r93.jpg Mira Hoke, YarrowBay Community Relations

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and community activists, and in my own way, am carrying on with that tradition.  As business owners and managers, we have a great deal at stake in developing a business-friendly community that embraces a balanced, thoughtful approach to future trade and industry in our area.

Black Diamond has recently lagged behind Maple Valley in development and encouraging business growth, but those days are changing and we are on the cusp of tremendous opportunity. As an employee of a large developer, I am both personally and professionally passionate in bringing talent, skills and opportunity to our doorsteps and would like to offer my help to deliver this.

My position as Community Relations for YarrowBay in Black Diamond has brought numerous challenges and great rewards. Among my present activities, I’ll include: Initiation and management of the Black Diamond Farmers Market, now in the third year; member of Kiwanis, PTA, Black Diamond Labor Days, The Historical Society, Black Diamond Miner’s Day and a fledgling new Artist’s group in Black Diamond. I’m part of a ministry in my church that builds scenes and settings to help communicate current lessons of the day. I work with numerous civic groups in Black Diamond and do my best to introduce opportunities to build the community through mutual cooperation.

luciapearson-r93.jpgLucia Pearson, BECU Maple Valley Branch Manager

I appreciate the board’s nomination for the Chamber. I look forward to continuing and growing a close working relationship between the Chamber and the greater Maple Valley and Black Diamond communities.  I’ve lived in the Northwest since 1990 having moved here from Minnesota. Kent has been home for seven years and I have five adult children and am a grandmother of nine.

For the past 18 years I have worked for BECU and have been the Maple Valley Branch manager for the last eight years. I was a member of the Rotary for five years and still actively participate in Rotary events. I previously served on the Greater Maple Valley Community Center Board for five years. I have sponsored MV FD registration for the last eight years. I love working in this community and I’m “Hooked On Fishing!”

k2-copy-r93.jpgKevin Kalberg, Claffey’s Painting

Growing up in a rural part of Renton, Kevin developed a passion for the atmosphere of small towns with rural character. When searching for a home Maple Valley was a natural choice. From day one it just felt like he was home.

His formal education led him to Central Washington University where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in small business management. During college Kevin moved through the ranks with a moving and storage company until he reached the position of controller. In early 2000, he left the moving and storage business to join the management team of Claffey's Painting. At the time Claffey’s had 50 employees and modest sales. Today their sales have more than doubled and currently have 100 employees and operate in 10 counties across the state. Kevin also brought to Claffey’s a belief that involvement and community service should be part of the culture in every business.

Kevin has served on many boards and commissions including North Bend’s Economic Development Commission, the East King County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coalition, his HOA board of directors, the executive board of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, and as board chair of this chamber in 2010.  Claffey’s also partners with and gives time and resources to a number of charities and service organizations with a belief “to whom much is given much is expected”.

Kevin is currently the chair of Vine Maple Place a local organization aimed at ending homelessness. He believes that a strong business environment is the anchor for a healthy, active and successful community. Kevin lives in Elk Run with his wife and 3 kids. He is excited for what the new future holds and the direction the Chamber is heading and looks forward to helping guide the chamber through the upcoming transition in any way he can.