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.
Dean Grubl
Vice 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.
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.
Jeanne Ramirez
Director
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.
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,
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.
Jeff MacDonald
Director
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Jeff is the General Manager at La Quinta Inn and Suites in South San Francisco. Jeff has been with La Quinta for 11 years and relocated to The Bay Area in 2015.
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.
Christina Ng
Director
Grand Palace Restaurant
Clara Tang
Director
Oyster Point Development
Clara Tang is the Executive Vice President of Oyster Point Development, LLC. After spending over 17 years working in audit and M&A consulting in Shanghai, Singapore, Irvine and Los Angeles, Clara joined Greenland USA taking the lead on development efforts. She opened Greenland’s Bay Area office in 2016 and has been enjoying all the wonderful things South San Francisco has to offer. Trained as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), Clara also holds a MBA degree from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is fluent in Chinese Mandarin, Shanghainese and English.
Kevin Worth
Director
Area Quality Leader: Kaiser Permanente
Kevin has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2003 and is the Area Quality Leader for the South San Francisco hospital. Kevin joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003 as the Quality and Compliance Director for the Oakland and Richmond medical centers, from UCSF Medical Center where he held a similar position. Kevin holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco, where he was a Regents Scholar. Kevin has also studied at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Patient Safety and Quality Executive programs as well as Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program. Kevin is on the Board of the Friendship House Association of American Indians, a substance abuse recovery program in San Francisco. Kevin is a past Commissioner on Aging for San Mateo County, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo Police Athletic League.

Kathy Hoffman
Director
California Water Service
Kathy is the Customer Service Manager for California Water Service in the Bayshore District, serving the cities of South San Francisco, Colma, Daly City, San Mateo and San Carlos. She has been with Cal Water for 28 years. Kathy was raised in South San Francisco and still spends a lot of time here. She is also a member of the South San Francisco Women’s Club and has served on their Board as Second Vice-President/Membership Secretary and currently serves as First Vice-President.