The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce welcomes Michael Ricks
From Kamala Kirk
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosted their 96th annual installation ceremony virtually to introduce the board for 2021-2022.
The chamber also awarded awards and appointed the new chairman, Michael Ricks.
Ricks was named chief executive of Providence St. John’s Health Center in September 2019. With more than 23 years of leadership experience in the healthcare sector, Ricks is a respected executive within Providence, having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the past four years as an officer for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterians.
Before joining Hoag, Ricks held a variety of management positions including Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations / Business Development and Service Line Administrator for nationally recognized organizations such as Sentara Healthcare and Dignity Health.
“The business community has faced unprecedented hardship in the past 15 months and this Board of Directors stands ready to lead us into a year of rest and relaxation with Michael by our side,” said Laurel Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.
“I can hardly imagine anyone better equipped to guide us through these times than the head of a hospital in a global pandemic. Together with one of the most versatile bards we’ve ever had and the collaboration of our city partners, we’re going to bring Santa Monica back. “
Exemplary companies and exceptional personalities were honored for their services to the Chamber and the economy.
The Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jeff Klocke, Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier, and Santa Monica Travel and Tourism / Misti Kerns received the Bob Gabriel Community Service Award.
The Chair’s Awards recognize selected volunteers for their commitment throughout the year and were presented to the Chamber Board in 2020-2021 by Colby Goff, Len Lanzi, Damien Hirsch, Julia Ladd, Greg Morena, Ellis O’Connor, David Rand and Peter Trinh. City Partner Awards were presented to Jennifer Taylor and Hunter Hall.
Event sponsors included Providence St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, GoodRx, Commercial Bank of California, Santa Monica Place, UCLA Health, HLKK, LLP, and Iao Katagiri.
“In the past year we have seen unprecedented circumstances that have almost closed our city, which thrives on tourism, a bustling restaurant scene and a diverse range of art and culture,” said Ricks.
“At the beginning of the chamber year 2021-2022 we will get ‘Back to the Future’ and concentrate on reconnecting our business world with the residents and with each other. We will work with our city guides to enable the full reopening and define the future together. I look forward to moving forward and realizing a lively and sustainable vision of success for the companies in our city. “