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By Allison Jarrell

The San Juan Chamber of Commerce installed its new board and president Thursday, July 9 at El Adobe de Capistrano, while also highlighting exceptional businesses and members of the community.

Former chairman-elect Larry Thomas from Independence Bank was named the chamber’s new board chair, taking over for travel agent and tour manager Ann Ronan.

The chamber’s new board consists of Thomas, Ronan, John Gillotti from Mission Grill, Carolyn Franks of Zoomars Petting Zoo, Joshua Jacobsen from Computer Tech Express, David Malt of David Malt & Associates Insurance, Ann Dahlem from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Lorinda Sloss from Sloss Insurance Services and Debra Wells from The Capistrano Dispatch.

American Horse Products, owned by Jim and Diane Carter, was recognized as the 2015 Business of the Year “for outstanding service to the business community,” following in the footsteps of previous winners such as San Diego Gas & Electric in 2013 and Mission Grill and Fluidmaster in 2014.

Former mayor and current city councilman Sam Allevato was named Man of the Year, and former councilwoman Laura Freese, of the Heritage Tourism Association, was selected as Woman of the Year.

Sona Kamberg, one of the chamber’s “longest tenured ambassadors,” was named the 2014-15 Ambassador of the Year. Jennifer Wolf, Marbella Country Club event director, was recognized as the chamber’s best new volunteer for her enthusiasm and dedication.

For more information, visit or follow San Juan Chamber on Facebook.

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