Chamber Staff

Linda Parenti (staff), Arlene Dozier (staff) and Liza Normandy (CEO)


Jim McGuire
Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel
Jim is the General Manager of the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel since 2008 and serves as Governor for Best Western International. Jim serves as Governor for 14 hotels in the Bay Area. He is also Past 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.
Jeff MacDonald
Vice President
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.
Paul Formosa
South San Francisco Scavenger Co., Inc
Paul is both a resident and business owner in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He is currently CFO of the South San Francisco Scavenger Co, and volunteer Treasurer of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce as well as the Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco. Paul has also served as Vice President and as President of the Chamber of Commerce.
Kathy Hoffman
California Water Service
Kathy started her career in the water utility industry 30 years ago when she became employed by Cal Water. Raised in South San Francisco, Kathy still spends the majority of her time here. She joined the South San Francisco Women’s Club in 2009. Since then, she has held the positions of Second Vice-President/Membership Secretary, First Vice-President, and currently serves as the Club’s Travel Chair.
Tony Clifford
San Mateo County
Tony has 36 years of banking experience. He worked 35 years for First National Bank of Northern California which was headquartered is South San Francisco. In 2018, FNBNC was acquired by Tri Counties Bank which Tony served as a Regional President. Tony currently is working for San Mateo County. Tony has chaired the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Scholarships for Higher Education Committee since inception.
Dean Grubl
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
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.
Christina Ng
Grand Palace Restaurant
Christina Ng is the co-owner of Grand Palace Restaurant on Grand Avenue, South San Francisco. She has managed this popular Dim Sum Restaurant and banquet hall since 1998 and has been part of the exciting changes in our city for the past two decades.
David Gallagher
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.
Gig Codiga
Gig E. Codiga, MCR.h, SLR an Associate Director of Real Estate at Roche / Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, for the past 12 years. Gig was formerly Director of Workplace Strategies a Blue Shield of California and Director of Corporate Real Estate at McKesson HBOC Corporation, along with various consulting engagements. Genentech, Inc., is a leading biotechnology operation, using human genetic information to discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize bio-therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS degree in Business Management, and from the University of California, Berkeley with a MBA in Real Estate Finance.
Matthew Butler
Tri Counties Bank
Vice President/Regional Manager of Tri Counties Bank, Bay Area Region. Matt has 30 years of banking experience in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties including 18 with First National Bank of Northern California and Tri Counties Bank here in South San Francisco. Matt is a graduate of St Mary’s College of California and Pacific Coast Banking School/ University of Washington.
Mia Garcia
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.
Jim Metz
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.
Kevin Worth
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.
Mike Futrell
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.
Debra Watkins
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.
Gus Shihadeh
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.
Natalia Morales
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Currently oversees a 1.3M square foot office and life science portfolio in San Francisco and South San Francisco. Natalia has 20 years of commercial real estate experience overseeing multiple product types throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and formally worked for Equity Office and Hudson Pacific Properties. Natalia received her Bachelor of Science focused in Human Services, General from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and holds a California Real Estate License. Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust, is one of the West Coast’s premier landlords. The company has over 70 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing office and mixed-use real estate assets. The company provides physical works environments that foster creativity and productivity and serves a broad roster of dynamic, innovation driven tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies.