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Top Island Hotel Newport Beach Executive To Serve As Board Chairman Of Newport Beach Chamber Of Commerce

Island Hotel Newport Beach General Manager Donald Stamets has been named Chairman of the Board for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.  Stamets, who succeeds Tim Brown, begins serving his one-year term this month, September 2013. Island Hotel Newport Beach is owned and operated by Irvine Company.

“The Newport Beach Chamber has so much to offer our local business community. I’m honored to have been chosen by my peers to be the Chamber’s next chair,” said Donald Stamets.  “I’m looking forward to helping members stay connected and informed about the issues that can help them as they grow their businesses in today’s competitive market.”

Donald Stamets is a 25-year hospitality and tourism professional that began his career at the age of 16 before earning his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.  His career has included senior management leadership roles for iconic brands including Island Hotel Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Westin Hotels and Resorts, and Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Stamets’ expertise includes luxury hotel operations, convention and conference services management, and private event catering.

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosansky said, “Donald Stamets has proven himself to be a dynamic and innovative leader in our business community, and we are fortunate to have him as Chamber Board President.”

Deeply committed to community service in Orange County, Stamets is also an active board member for Visit Newport Beach Inc. and for the Aids Service Foundation Orange County.  He is also a Big Brother with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Orange County.  Prior to accepting the position of Chairman of the Board for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Stamets served as an elected Commodore for the organization where he volunteered for the Taste of Newport and as a parade marshal for the annual Newport Beach Boat Parade and gala dinner.

About Island Hotel Newport Beach
Situated in Newport Center, the heart of Newport Beach and coastal Orange County, the Island Hotel Newport Beach is a luxury coastal hotel offering breathtaking city and harbor views. Island Hotel features 295 guestrooms and suites, more than 21,000 square feet of event space, the largest ballroom in the city, a spa, fitness center, resort-style pool and the award-winning Palm Terrace Restaurant & Lounge. Located just steps away from Fashion Island, the area’s premier outdoor regional shopping and restaurant center, the Island Hotel is the social center of Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable beach cities located about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.

About Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management.  The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California.  As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.