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L.A. Area Chamber Announces New Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Public Policy

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today David Eads as chief operating officer and Samuel Garrison as vice president of public policy.

Eads, who has been with the L.A. Area Chamber since 2000 will take on the title of COO along with his position as senior vice president, where he currently oversees new member recruitment and retention, membership marketing, corporate sponsorships and the Chamber's signature events. Eads also manages finance, board and business plan development and contract negotiations. In 2004, when Rusty Hammer, the Chamber president and CEO took leave, Eads took on the responsibility of interim executive officer.

"David Eads continues to be essential to the daily operations of the Chamber," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "Through David's leadership as senior vice president, the Chamber has continued to grow and make a difference in our region."

Prior to joining the Chamber, Eads served as the executive vice president of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau in Wichita, Kansas. He is also involved in national trade organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

Since 2006, Samuel Garrison has been the director of public policy, overseeing government relations and advocacy for the Chamber and managing the Chamber's policy committees and political action committee.

Garrison currently represents the Chamber on a number of regional steering committees and policy planning groups. He previously worked on Capitol Hill as a personal aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a senior legislative aide for Rep. Adam Schiff, as well as press secretary and communications deputy for former L.A. City Councilmember Martin Ludlow.

"During his time at the Chamber, Sam Garrison has earned the respect of our members and elected officials," said Toebben. "His vast knowledge of public policy has made him an invaluable asset to the Chamber's public policy efforts."

Garrison is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit