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KCHCC recognized as top Chamber in California by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


CEO/president Jay Tamsi stands with KCHCC board members to accept California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Chamber of the Year Award”

During its annual three-day convention, the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce announced that the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as its 2015 “Chamber of the Year.” The announcement was shared Friday evening, August 21, 2015, at the Sacramento conference. The award adds to the KCHCC’s growing list of accomplishments, including Executive of the Year awarded to Jay Tamsi from the state organization just last year. Additonally, KCHCC’s very own Blodgie Rodriguez, Chair women of the board, was recognized with the “Latina Trailblazer Award” by the CHCC for paving the way for other Latinas in her industry at Thursday’s opening Latina lunch at the state convention .


KCHCC President Jay Tamsi holds the “Chamber of the Year” award

“It is with great honor I accept the ‘Chamber of the Year’ award tonight on behalf of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC). I would like to thank our board members, foundation members, diplomats and distinguished chamber members that KCHCC was selected as the recipient of the year; what a great accomplishment for all of us,” exclaimed Jay Tamsi, CEO/President of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s recipient of the “Chamber of the Year” award was selected from among the 85 chambers and other Hispanic organizations affiliated with California Hispanic chamber. The award was presented to the KCHCC at the annual Convention and Business Awards Dinner Gala on Friday, August 21st. Additionally, Blodgie was selected from among many nominees statewide and was awarded the “Trailblazer Award” Thursday, August 20th, at the “Latina’s Inspire Luncheon.”

“It is also a privilege to announce, Blodgie Rodriguez, Chairwoman of the Board, received the ‘Trailblazer Award’ for paving the way for other Latinas. We are very honored to have Blodgie as a leader not only through KCHCC but our entire community,” added Tamsi.


KCHCC Executive Board Chairwomen Blodgie Rodriguez was the recipient of the “Trail Blazer” award for paving the way for other Latinas in her industry.

 KCHCC was awarded for its numerous successes including establishing a small business academy in partnership with Wells Fargo from which 112 entrepreneurs were graduated, increasing its membership 300 percent in 3 years, developing 12 business courses funded by JP Morgan Chase, partnering with local oil and energy corporations to implement the first energy academy which provides $500 scholarships to its 30 academy graduates, and other programs that benefit the business community here in Kern County.


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KCHCC Chairwoman, Blodgie Rodriguez, was appointed to Kern County Fair Board of Directors

BRodriguez-FPHappy New Year Members and Friends!

It is with great excitement we announce our 2015 Chairwoman of the Board and Bakersfield Realtor Blodgie Rodriguez, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the fair board,” stated Rodriguez. Blodgie’s love for the fair, originated when she was a part of the Casa Loma 4-H.

Rodriguez has been a local realtor since 2004. This year, she is beginning her second term as chairwoman of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Blodgie is a member of the Latina Leaders of Kern County Board of Directors and has worked at the Kern County Youth Mariachi Foundation and The Californian before getting into real estate.

We look forward to her leadership, Congratulations Blodgie! 

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors and Administration


CHCC honored JayTamsi as the Executive of the Year

JTamsi-FPJay Tamsi, President & CEO of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored at the CHCC Annual Convention as the Executive of the Year. The CHCC would like to congratulate Jay, his staff, and his Board of Directors on their  tremendous work within the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


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Chamber History

In 1985, a small group of dedicated Hispanic business leaders recognized both, the enormous potential of the Hispanic business community in Kern County, and the need for an organization to represent its interests in the public and private sector.

Since its incorporation 30 years ago, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has become the fastest growing civic organization in the Kern County area. With several hundred of members, the Chamber represents over 410,000 Hispanics, and is comprised of a cross-section of professionals and business people, who in turn represent corporations as well as large and small businesses.


The 2015 Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Officers


Back from left: Denise OrnalesPast-ChairCarlos Navarro, Chair-Elect; Blodgie Rodriguez, Chairwoman; Jay Tamsi, President/CEO 
Front, from left: Adam Alvidrez, Treasurer; Olivia Garcia, Secretary;  David AlanisVice-Chair



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