Wendy J. Laros, President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Laros advocates for a successful business environment on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. This was amplified during the pandemic as Laros voiced her members’ concerns in virtual venues serving on the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness and testifying at several hearings during the 2021 State of Hawaiʻi legislative session.
For Laros, virtually connecting to conduct meaningful work is very familiar having earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa in a program that focused on technology and online learning. In her role as the Chamber’s CEO, she combines these transferrable skills with decades of experience in Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry and small business involvement.
Motivated by the collective force of the Kona-Kohala Chamber, Laros continually strives to strengthen the local economy and enhance the quality of life for her community – a place where she has lived, worked and raised a family for over 30 years.
- Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi Board of Directors
- Island of Hawaiʻi Chamber Hui
- Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau Board of Directors
- Hawaiʻi Community College Advisory Council
- Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority Hawaiʻi Island Destination Management Action Plan Steering Committee
- State of Hawaiʻi House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness
- U.S. Army Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) Advisory Council
Professional Chamber Associations:
- Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.)
- Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Lydia Hoeppner, Accounts & Membership Services Manager
Lydia Hoeppner joined the Chamber staff in 2017 with a friendly smile and welcoming nature. As our Accounts and Membership Services Manager, Lydia is in the perfect position to help our members get the most from their membership.
Naturally gifted with ‘attention to detail’, Lydia applies her skills in managing the Chamber's nearly 500 membership accounts. Her past experience with information systems, tracking parts, and assisting engineers in engine development at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) translates well to her current Chamber administrative details. Look to Lydia to update your member profile, pay dues or register for events.
As Membership Services Manager, rely on Lydia to help you with KKCC services such as Member Marketplace, Member Spotlight and advertising in The Source - the Chamber's annual business magazine and member directory.
What does Lydia like most about the Kona-Kohala Chamber? She states, “I like the diversity of the membership and the events that we do. I’m really enjoying getting to know our members better everyday.”
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.