Over 100 years ago, the Highland Chamber of Commerce was founded upon the leading economic industry of the time, agriculture.
Agriculture brings mankind and planet earth into a relationship requiring stewardship, care, planning, effort, a little bit of luck, and perseverance.
As business cycles changed and American ingenuity affected process, the Highland business landscape slowly moved away from mostly agriculture and toward what we now recognize as service industries.
Although the leading industry has changed, the same amount of stewardship, care, planning, effort, a little bit of luck, and perseverance are still necessary to succeed.
Today we recognize how these qualities are connected to the people we need to succeed. Our network (employees, customers, elected leaders, neighbors, peers) requires our stewardship, care, planning, effort, and perseverance, along with a bit of luck.
One aim of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce is to assist our members in building their network by introducing members to new customers, elected leaders, and fellow business owners to share common bonds and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.
With 100 years of experience, the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce works to support the membership and promote the City of Highland.
The mission of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote a positive economic and community climate and to facilitate business growth opportunities for our members.
It is the Chamber’s goal to remain constantly vigilant in allocating our resources towards activities and projects that strictly adhere to our Mission Statement and Core Values. This way, we ensure that the Chamber is consistent in meeting the needs of our members and the Highland community.
Board of Directors
Chris Marin, President
Jan Forrester, Vice President
Redlands Community Hospital Foundation
Chris Nielsen, CFO
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group (PRMG)
Debbie Christiansen, Secretary
Briana Bigham Dasaro, Director
Cloud Payroll Pros
Cristina Puraci, Director
Redlands Unified School District
Dr. Gerard Sabate, Director
Highland Dental Arts
Gail Shelton, Director
Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters
Ryan Vollkommer, Director
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
Vacant - Director
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Vacant - Director
Immanuel Baptist Church
Andrea De Leon, MBA
Core Values & Chamber Services
The Highland Area Chamber of Commerce is built on five core values:
The Chamber is formed with the specific purpose of establishing and maintaining an association of businesses, organizations, and persons interested in:
1) promoting the commercial, industrial, and civic welfare for all people of the Highland area;
2) creating a positive business climate;
3) sponsoring and encouraging the production/distribution of goods/services and the creation of jobs in the Highland area;
4) advancing the economic, educational, cultural, and civic vitality of the Highland area;
5) promoting and providing programs relevant to the members needs;
6) supporting a high quality of life in the community; and
7) representing members on city, county, state, and national legislative and political affairs.