The Banning, San Gorgonio Pass Chamber of Commerce hired a new office manager, which allowed the chamber’s volunteer interim executive director to step down.
Roman Canchola, a 17-year resident of Banning and an alumnus of the Milo P. Johnson Learning Center, started last week on a part-time basis.
Canchola studied business administration at California State University, San Bernardino, and seemed thrilled to put his expertise to work.
“I’m just glad to get my foot in the door,” he says.
And, having the chance to work close to home is a bonus.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work locally in the community, knowing that what I’m doing helps” the commercial efforts of Banning.
He has had stints working retail previously.
He is receiving help from board members and outgoing interim executive director Charles Varga, who has accepted more responsibilities as a consultant, and made himself available to guide Canchola as the chamber prepared for the Wednesday morning county supervisors candidates forum at The Farm’s House and the State of the City function the following day.
The chamber has been evolving since adding several new members to its board and reverting to its current name after having called itself the Banning Chamber of Commerce for years.
Varga came along to provide some continuity, and with the help of chamber Vice President Laura Leindecker, helped the chamber host a couple of televised city council candidates forums last month.
The chamber of commerce is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.