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A chat with Wes Seastrom

January 24, 2012|By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com
  • Wes Seastrom is the new New Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board in La Canada. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
Wes Seastrom is the new New Chamber of Commerce Chairman…

Wes Seastrom, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce’s newly-installed chairman of the board, knows plenty about the community, having lived in the city for all but three short years of his life, when he resided in a frat house at USC. After college Seastrom moved back into his hometown.

In 1989 he began building a career in real estate here. He started out by partnering with longtime friend Rick Mueller at Richard Keilholtz Realtors. In 2008 Keilholtz merged with Podley Properties, where Seastrom and Mueller both work today. As a long standing-member of the local business community, Seastrom has been a member of the chamber’s board of directors since 2003, and this year is stepping to the forefront. He sat down to discuss his plans for his tenure as chairman at the La Cañada Valley Sun offices last Friday.

Valley Sun: How’d you end up becoming chairman of the board?

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It’s an honor to be the chair of this association, with all the great things they’ve done and all the wonderful people that have been chair in the past. I joined the board in 2003 and for the past nine years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and just felt like it was my time to step up to do another role. I was asked, it’s not necessarily something I pursued, but it’s something I like giving back to the community as I’ve done in the past. This opportunity came up and I’m happy to serve.


What have you learned in your business career that you hope to apply to your work as chairman?

This position is a little different in that we’re serving other businesses instead of end-user customers — or in the case of a real estate broker, people who are buying and selling homes. Here our customers are really our business members as well as the community at large, because we are not only a chamber of commerce…we’re unique in that we’re also a community association.

So our mission is basically to support, to enhance, to promote and encourage a healthy business climate in La Cañada Flintridge, so that all businesses, large and small, and of all types can flourish in La Cañada.

In addition, the community association aspect of it is that we want to help enrich the unparalleled quality of life we have here in La Cañada Flintridge.

 
How have you seen the role of the chamber change, and how would you like to see it evolve in the future?

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