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W.A.C.E. Recognizes Brea Chamber Staff, Crystal Sayphraraj, at the 2019 Conference

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February 14, 2019
W.A.C.E. Recognizes Brea Chamber Staff, Crystal Sayphraraj, at the 2019 Conference
Crystal Sayphraraj has been appointed to W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Council

ANAHEIM, CA - The Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) announced the newest members of its Emerging Leaders Council last week at its annual conference in Anaheim, CA. Crystal Sayphraraj, from the Brea Chamber, has been one of the commendable young professionals to join the W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Council.

“I am thrilled to be appointed on the Emerging Leaders Council. I have learned the value of teamwork in a result driven environment and I understand now that my success hinges on the success on those around me. I have proven strong leadership but have not had the opportunity to exercise leadership on an industry-wide level. I am excited for the accomplishments to be made in the next two-year term,” said Crystal Sayphraraj, Executive Assistant at the Brea Chamber of Commerce.  

The Council was formed to identify & recognize future leaders (all under 40) in W.A.C.E. and the chamber of commerce industry.

“Crystal is a dedicated individual who has taken her personal and professional growth to heart,” said Heidi Gallegos, president and CEO of the Brea Chamber of Commerce. “She represents a bright future for the chamber industry and demonstrates what organizations can achieve by nurturing and supporting younger professionals.”

Members of the Council will be asked to provide program feedback and ideas for the good of W.A.C.E. and will serve as advisors to the association’s Board and President.
The 9 chamber CEOs and staff professionals named to the W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Council are:
  • Angie Anderson – Glenwood Springs (CO) Chamber Resort Association
  • Stephanie Armstrong – The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region (CA)
  • Candace Carnahan – Grand Junction Area (CO) Chamber
  • Colin Diaz – Culver City (CA) Chamber
  • Eli Matthews, IOM – The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR)
  • Amanda Nelson – San Diego (CA) Regional Chamber
  • Crystal Sayphraraj – Brea (CA) Chamber
  • Stephanie Shapiro – Corona (CA) Chamber
  • Jessica Welch, IOM – Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber

W.A.C.E. is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 18 Western states and Canada designed to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives. With approximately 850 members, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.

About Crystal Sayphraraj:
Crystal is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, majoring in Communications, Public Relations. Crystal offers strong research and writing skills to the Brea Chamber of Commerce team, as well as knowledge of persuasive communications and professional PR practices. She has been working at the Brea Chamber of Commerce since November 2016.
A few roles Crystal has include:
§ Assisting all communications, marketing, social media, PR, branding, web content creation, email marketing, incorporating redesign and expansion
§ Writing and editing press releases, annual reports, magazine articles, web content, and marketing collateral for distribution through both traditional and digital channels to drive brand recognition and enhancement
§ Demonstrating outstanding communication, organizational, and leadership skills while thriving in deadline-driven, fast-paced environments

About the Brea Chamber:
The Brea Chamber of Commerce exists to be
The Catalyst for business growth: 
  • We ensure common sense decisions are made for growth and expansion in Brea. 
The Convener of leaders and influencers to get things done:
  • We bring in local business and policymakers to discuss issues in order to make better decisions for all of Brea.
The Champion for a thriving community: 
  • We ensure our residents and businesses are educated and well-informed for a sustainable Brea. 
For more information, please call the Chamber office at (714) 529-3660 or visit
Heidi Gallegos, IOM, President/CEO, (714) 529-3660

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