Dadigan Elected to Lead Chamber in 2018-2019

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March 14, 2018
Donelle Dadigan, the President & Founder of the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, has been elected to lead the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, beginning in April. She will be installed as Chair of the Board, along with other Chamber officers and directors at the Chamber’s 97th annual Installation & Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, on Thursday, April 12th.

In addition, renowned actress Vanessa Williams will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hollywood Chamber.

The day will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, followed by the luncheon at noon. Admission is $75 for Chamber members. Reservations can be made at

As of press time, Variety and Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building are presenting the luncheon. Gold Level sponsor include Emerson College, FilmL.A., Inc. and Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. Silver Level sponsors include AT&T, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Meruelo Media, Occidentail Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Southern California Gas Company.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor should contact Kaylee Kiecker at the Chamber.

Dadigan is President and Founder of two not-for-profit organizations. The Hollywood Museum is dedicated to the history and heritage of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The José Iturbi Foundation, inspired by Dadigan’s godfather pianist and conductor, José Iturbi, is dedicated to sharing and popularizing the wonders of classical arts and music.

Earlier this year, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Chair of the Senate Rules Committee appointed Dadigan to the California Film Commission.Dadigan is also co-chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust and she sits on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Police Activities League. Additionally, she has served on the boards of many service organizations in the Hollywood community, including the Hollywood Entertainment BID, the LACER after school-program, and PATH among others.

Dadigan’s impact on the Hollywood community has been recognized by numerous awards. She was recognized as one of the Women of Distinction in 2003, and received the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant at the Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon in 2017.

Joining Dadigan as Chamber officers for the 2018 to 2019 year will be: Bill Roschen of Roschen Van Cleve Architects, Senior Vice Chair; Nicole Mihalka of JLL, Vice Chair; Michelle Sobrino-Stearns of Variety, Vice Chair; Brandon Mason of Avison Young, Vice Chair; Dwayne Gathers of Gathers Strategies, Treasurer; and Mark Edwards of JVS SoCal, Secretary.

Jeff Zarrinnam, Owner of Hollywood Hotel, will be honored as the outgoing chair of the board.

In addition, several new board members will be sworn in for the first time, including: Christine Derenthal, Manager, Government & Community Relations at Paramount Pictures; Ashley Gochnauer, General Manager, Kimpton Everly Hotel; Sofia Gresen, Senior Vice President, City National Bank; Michael Hilty, Market Manager, A.F. Gilmore Co.; Ed Murphy, General Manager, Hollywood & Highland; Otto Padron, President & CEO, Meruelo Media; Brook Purcell, Property Manager, Sunset & Vine Apartments; and Sarah Zurell, Chief Brand Officer, Pavemint.

Six directors who will be stepping down from the board will also be honored. They include Sholeh Assil, U.S. Bank; Fabio Conti, Conti Santi Properties; Howard Green, Walt Disney Studios; Catherine Farrell; Beth Marlis, Musicians Institute; and Jeff Zarrinnam, Hollywood Hotel.

About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit

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