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    September 27, 2016
    By Pam Rumer
    San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
    September 27, 2016

    Recently, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce was chosen for a cover story and 6-page feature spotlight in the September | October 2016 edition of ZCode Media's family-owned 92078 Magazine, which is published by owner-operator Derrick Breaux
    The backstory leading to the phenomenal feature opportunity began more than 2 years earlier in July 2014, when Tim Williams, Retail Service Manager for Travis Markstein's 4th generation family-owned beer distribution company, Markstein Beverage Company in San Marcos, worked with the Chamber's Executive Board of Directors to hire Pam Rumer as the Chamber's new President/CEO. It was Tim's 2nd three year term of service with the San Marcos Chamber Board. In 2014 he'd earned the top leadership spot as the Chamber's Chairperson, and he strongly believed a new direction was needed.
    While Tim stepped down from the Board at the end of 2015 after serving six consecutive years, the 92078 Magazine cover and feature story details the new directions and substantial changes Tim initiated during his term as the Chamber's Chairperson, which are continue to move forward under the momentum of the current Board of Directors.
    As wonderful and fabulous as this story was for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber's Board of Directors (click the foregoing link to see the Board featured on 92078 Magazine's Facebook cover profile), the following is the part of the story you didn't see. 

    Tiffany Guevara, Joy Buckels, Melanie Jamil, Pam Rumer

    The Chamber’s team (staff) includes longtime professional and highly-skilled media publishing team members. Each are expert in one or more areas such as outreach, customer service, sales, event planning, marketing, promotion and/or analysis.

    Tiffany Guevara, a 32-year resident of North San Diego County is the Chamber’s Office Manager. Tiffany joined the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce after leaving a 17-year career in the newspaper industry where she’d held positions in the circulation, advertising and accounting departments. As an Advertising Financial Analyst for both the North County Times & The Californian, and later the San Diego Union Tribune when they purchased  the North County Times, Tiffany managed multi-department, multi-million dollar budgets, monthly financial corporate reporting, auditing responsibilities, and annual $1.5 million revenue projects.

    In the Chamber office she is generally the first face you see. She is positive, happy, upbeat, and has a can-do attitude about everything.  She is adept at number crunching and can streamline just about any procedure, spreadsheet or task to save time and expenses.

    Melanie Jamil, worked with the North County Times & The Californian, and then the San Diego Union Tribune for 28-years. Melanie is the Chamber’s Director of Events. She is an accomplished and effective sales leader with extensive experience in sales, marketing, account management, operations, customer service, team leadership, budget control,  and project/business development including events. Most recently Melanie was the Inside Sales Manager for the SMB Division, where she oversaw $13 million in sales revenue through digital verticals and print in the areas of new business development, commercial, private party, recruitment, legal and obituary advertising. 

    Working all aspects of event coordination, fundraising, and production including working with vendors, Melanie oversees all revenue and expenses for the Chamber’s annual, quarterly and monthly events. She is currently working on the Chamber’s Grand Fall Harvest Festival & Street Fair, which is returning this year on Sunday, October 9, 2016, after a 4-year hiatus. At the same time, she is helping to coordinate the Chamber’s Quarterly Business Award which will be awarded to Urgent Care San Marcos by Mayor Jim Desmond at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 6 PM; working on the October After Hours Mixer which will be held at Hooter’s; coordinating efforts for a breakfast featuring Homeland Security Expert, Kelly Wilson on Tuesday, October 11, 7:15 AM at the Broken Yolk Café featuring detailing need to know information about  Active Shooters and Violence in the Workplace; working on the details for the February 2017 State of the City and Chamber Board Member Installation & Awards Luncheon and the April 2017 Grand Spring Festival & Street Fair.

    Joy Buckels, brings over 20-years of experience in direct sales, with another 10-years in sales management to her position as the Chamber’s Director of Sales. Joy started her sales career in door-to-door sales with Kirby Vacuum Cleaners, where she won the top salesperson in her first month. If you are meeting Joy it is quickly evident that she loves people and welcomes opportunities for regular outreach in the community. Joy managed $10 million in revenue and a staff of 23 sales and support people in her North County Times sales role. After a career in media, Joy started her own small business where she enjoys the opportunity to directly sell her photography art via direct contact with the public through events and shows.

    Joy’s work at the Chamber includes contacting businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies to learn about their business, sharing the many benefits a business receives by joining the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and meeting with new members. Joy’s outreach includes building relationships with Chamber business members, and encouraging members to take full advantage of their benefits. Recently, Joy started a monthly coffee which has been popular on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Chamber office. Called “Chamber Coffee Connections” the event is available free to Chamber members and at a cost to nonmembers. Joy helps to inform Chamber’s member about opportunities to earn rewards by referring prospective members. When prospects join the Chamber, both the new member and the member referring currently earn valuable advertising in the Chamber’s weekly e-Newsletter and on the Chamber’s website.

    Each of the above individuals has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, as well as a fresh perspective and a can-do attitude. For whatever time the Chamber has the good fortune to enjoy their talents, I've been grateful for the opportunity.


    Pam Rumer