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Jeff Zarrinnam Elected to Lead Chamber in 2017-2018

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March 08, 2017
Jeff Zarrinnam, the President & CEO of the Hollywood Hotel, has been elected to lead the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, beginning in April. He will be installed as Chair of the Board, along with other Chamber officers and directors at the Chamber’s 96th annual Installation & Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, on Friday, March 31st.

In addition, actor Paul Sorvino will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chamber.

The day will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m. at the Universal Hilton Hotel, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, followed by the luncheon at noon. Admission is $75 for Chamber members, with reserved tables of 10 at $800. Reservations can be made by going to Chamber Events at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events.

As of press time, Variety will be presenting the luncheon. Gold Level Sponsors include As of press time, Variety will be presenting the luncheon. Gold Level Sponsors include FilmL.A., Inc., Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, and MBS Equipment Company. Silver Level sponsors include AT&T, Belmont Village Senior Living, Hollywood Heights, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Liner LLP, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, and Southern California Gas Company.

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

​Zarrannam has a long association with Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce, since he first purchased a hotel on Vermont Avenue. For many years, he chaired the Chamber’s East Hollywood Committee. He was also the founder of the East Hollywood Business Improvement District. Asked by Councilmember Jackie Goldberg to form the BID to maintain public improvements installed by Metro as part of their subway project, it took six years to make the BID a reality. He is currently leading the charge to create two additional BIDs in the Hollywood-Western area and a “Route 66” BID along Santa Monica Blvd. between Vermont Ave. and Vine Street.

​Zarrinnam has been a Chamber Board member since 2012. In addition to chairing the East Hollywood Committee, he has served as Chamber Treasurer and is raising the funds for a state-of-the art board room table.

​Sorvino joins a stellar list of past Chamber lifetime achievement honorees, which has included: Steve Allen, Ralph Edwards, Art Linkletter, Debbie Reynolds, Rhonda Fleming, Melissa Gilbert, Tab Hunter, Bob Barker, Esther Williams, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Eden, Sally Kellerman, Joe Montegna, June Lockhart and Mary Lou Henner.

​Sorvino often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and as Sergeant Phil Cerrata on the popular television series Law & Order.

Joining Zarrinnam as Chamber officers for the 2017 to 2018 year will be:Donelle Dadigan of the Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building, senior vice chair; Bill Roschen of Roschen Van Cleve Architects, vice chair; Nicole Mihalka of JLL, vice chair; Michelle Sobrino of Variety, vice chair; Carole Sarian of The CrisCom Company, secretary; and Dwayne Gathers of Gathers Strategies, treasurer.

Dr. Fariba Kalantari, DDS, of Famous Hollywood Dental Care, 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: Andrea Ceragioli of Paramount Pictures, Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo of AT&T, Mark Edwards, a public affairs specialist, Matt Fritch of Andrews International, and Jerry Neuman of Liner LLP.

Three directors who will be stepping down from the board will also be honored. They include Michael Gargano of Argent Ventures, Dr. Fariba Kalantari, and Stan Savage of A.F. Gilmore Co.
Contact:
Hollywood Chamber
info@hollywoodchamber.net, (323) 469-8311

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