A familiar face returns to the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce as Rianna Kendrick takes point for the organization.
Kendrick’s history as both a part-time and full-time assistant at the Chamber reduces the learning curve necessary to kick-start a busy fall season of public activities including the Mountain View Music and Motorcycles set for August 20-21.
Kendrick takes the Chamber role following the resignation of Joanie Howell, who held the position for five months.
“I was a candidate for the position then, and ultimately I made the decision to remain a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and when the vacancy occurred the leadership reached out to me about it. So it’s really what I was wanting all along,” she said.
Kendrick, a Mountain View native, said she believes she has a fresh perspective for work at the Chamber.
“Being a little younger I’d like to see the town become a bit more progressive. We do need to think about a lot of things. I want to see the county thrive and not dwindle,” Kendrick said. “And I really want to help the Chamber membership to help them make their businesses more beautiful and make them more successful.”
She added, “I think one of the most important things I can do is keep an open mind and make sure everyone knows that I’ll listen to everyone who has an opinion.”
With a tourist season on the horizon that features several major public events in Mountain View, and the local area designated as one of the nation’s hot spots in the ongoing pandemic, Kendrick said the Chamber will concentrate on adaptability. Events scheduled for the Mountains Music and Motorcycle event, however, are in place and the event will continue.
In one business-related issue now a part of public discussion, Kendrick said she favors accommodating mobile food vendors in Mountain View.
“I say we bring them in. I think a little competition is good for everyone, and I think people here are looking for something different.”