Chamber Staff

Linda Parenti (staff), Arlene Dozier (staff) and Liza Normandy (CEO)
Jim McGuire
President
Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel
Jim is the General Manager of the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel since 2008 and serves as Chair for the Best Western District VI Co-op, which is responsible for establishing and implementing marketing and advertising initiatives for 300 hotels in California, Nevada and Hawaii.   Jim also serves on the South San Francisco Conference Center’s Authority Board.
Jeanne Ramirez
Vice President
Simply Floors
A native of South San Francisco and business owner of Simply Floors SSF, Jeanne is always in touch with the city through various community involvements i.e. Vice President of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the South San Francisco Kiwanis Club, Member of South San Francisco Women's Club and South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
Paul Formosa
Treasurer
SSF Scavenger
Resident and business owner in South San Francisco for over 30 years. CFO of South San Francisco Scavenger Co, and Treasurer of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco. Also serving on the South San Francisco Conference Center Authority Board.
Dean Grubl
Past President
South San Francisco Conference Center
Dean is the Executive Director of the South San Francisco Conference Center and is the Past President of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Bill Benavides
Director
BLT Construction
Bill was born and raised in South San Francisco and still lives in the house he grew up in. A self-employed contractor for 30 years, Bill now devotes his time and efforts to the great city of South San Francisco helping with such groups as Community Emergency Response Team, Improving Public Places, Italian-American Club, Sister Cities, Young Men’s Institute, Kiwanis, Boys & Girls Club, Rebuilding Together and Morelos.
Mia Garcia
Director
Madame's Boutique
In 1998, Mia Garcia moved to South San Francisco from Carson City, Nevada. She started a manufacturing company named, Destino International that provides service and products worldwide; she continues to run it successfully. In 2010, she opened Madame’s Boutique, a South San Francisco downtown accessories storefront. In the same year, she partnered with South City Notary & Tax Service, as a Tax Preparer and Notary Public. She later became a Minister and has performed several wedding ceremonies throughout California.
Mike Futrell
Director
Ex-Officio, City Manager
City Manager for the City of South San Francisco, leading a city work-force of over 900 employees providing a full range of services to businesses, residents and visitors. Previously Mike was Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Baton Rouge, a senior staff member in the United States Senate, Executive Vice President for a publicly traded utility company, an elected member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a practicing corporate attorney. Mike has a law degree from Louisiana State University, an MBA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and completed continuing studies at Harvard University and Stanford University Graduate School of Business in organizational leadership and innovation.
Gus Shihadeh
Director
Amoura
Co-owner of the School House Grocery Liquor and Deli and Amoura Restaurant. Lifelong resident of South San Francisco. Fortunate to operate Businesses at San Francisco International Airport.
Jim Metz
Director
Advanced Business Forms
So. San Francisco’s Conference Center Authority Board, Trustee for the San Mateo County Vector Control District, So. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Taste of South San Francisco, Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, Downtown Rehabilitation Committee, member of the North County Health Center Citizens Advisory Committee,
Karen Sumner
Director
Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
Karen Sumner has been with Commute.org for 17 years and has held the position of Outreach Manager for the past 7 years. A local girl, she grew up in South San Francisco and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from College of Notre Dame (currently known as Notre Dame de Namur University) in Belmont. Having grown up on the Peninsula and now raising a family here, Karen has a vested interest in the future of South San Francisco and the rest of the Peninsula.
Nicholas Cheng
Director
State Farm Insurance
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Nicholas started his State Farm Insurance Agency in December 2010 in South San Francisco and has loved South San Francisco ever since. He is passionate about finance and insurance and believes everyone should have the benefit of good financial protection.
Sheila Fusaro
Director
Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente has been Sheila’s employer for 39 years. She holds a Bachelors and Master's degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Sheila has assumed varying operational roles over the years most recently as an Assistant Medical Group Administrator overseeing numerous medical, surgical, and operational departments to provide quality care and service to our members. As a participant of the Chamber Education Committee, she supports creating learning opportunities for our high school students so we can retain talented individuals and create a productive workforce for the local business community.
Sylvia Chu
Director
Aegis of San Francisco
Sylvia has been the General Manager at Aegis Assisted Living and Memory Care since 2009. Prior to joining Aegis Living, Sylvia’s career was in the hospitality industry, having worked for Hyatt and Hilton Hotels in the Bay Area, and the illustrious Peninsula Hong Kong. Her passions in life outside of work include her family, friends and making a difference in the community through volunteering.
Tony Clifford
Director
FNBNORCAL
Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer First National Bank of Northern California. South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Current Board Member (Past President); Daly City - Colma Chamber of Commerce Past Board Member and President; San Mateo County Event Center - Past Board member and President; San Bruno Community Foundation Investment Committee - Current Member; South San Francisco Public Library Foundation - Current Member.
Debra Watkins
Director
Liberty Bank
Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager, Liberty Bank. Debra has been employed by Liberty Bank for over 20 years. Her current position is with the Marketing Department.
David Gallagher
Director
Madison Street Press
SSF Resident since 1985, SSF Baseball coach 13 years, Past President El Camino Sports Boosters, 6 years as a Park & Rec Commissioner, CERT Member, Current SSF PAL Booster President & Production Manager at Madison Street Press in Oakland.
Bruce Wright
Director
Good & Fowler
Bruce Wright, CPA - Partner in Good & Fowler, LLP (certified public accountants). Member of South San Francisco Rotary Club. Board chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County. Lives in Pacifica with his wife and two children.
Zachary Brown
Director
IHOP Restaurant
Lives in San Mateo, married for 5 years has 2 dogs. Zach is a huge Denver Broncos fan and loves going to the movies.