• Chamber Staff

  • Wendy J. Laros, President & CEO

  • As President and CEO, Wendy Laros is motivated by the mission of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawaiʻi.  With over three decades in Kona, Laros understands the issues and finds purpose voicing the business community’s views. 

    Prior to joining the chamber staff, Laros was an active Kona-Kohala chamber member and served as the chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo and a graduate degree in education from University of Hawaiʻi Manoa.

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  • Service and Associations

    • Western Association of Chamber Executives Board of Directors
    • Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi Board of Directors​ 
    • Island of Hawaiʻi Chamber Hui Founding Member 
    • UH Hilo Community Advisory Board
    • Hawaiʻi Community College Advisory Council
    • Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority Hawaiʻi Island Destination Management Action Plan Steering Committee
    • U.S. Army Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) Advisory Council
    • Hawaiʻi Island Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee 
    • Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Member
    • Hawaiʻi Economic Association Member
  • Lydia Hoeppner, Membership Manager

  • Lydia Hoeppner joined the Chamber staff in 2017 with a friendly smile and welcoming nature. As our Membership Manager, Lydia is in the perfect position to help our members get the most from their membership.

    Her past experience with information systems at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) translates well to her Chamber administrative details. Look to Lydia to update your member profile, pay dues, or register for events.

    Lydia is a strong advocate for dog rescue and volunteers with KARES – Kohala Animal Relocation Education Services – to foster and take dogs to adoption events.


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  • Shyla Victor - Events & Marketing Coordinator

  • Shyla Victor brings talent, expertise and energy to the Kona-Kohala Chamber as the Events & Marketing Coordinator.

    As the reigning Miss Kona Coffee 2023, Shyla's inspirational approach and commitment to community are impressive.

    Look to Shyla for member promotional services, sponsorships and events. 

    In her new role, Shyla will also be the Director of the Chamber's Ambassador Program and the liaison for the Young Professionals Committee. 


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