• Chamber Staff

    Executive Director: Wendy J. Laros, M.Ed.

    Communications and Marketing Coordinator: Suzi Patterson

    Administrative Assistant and Membership Services: Lydia Hoeppner

  • Executive Director: Wendy J. Laros, M.Ed.

    Wendy Laros connected to the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce more than a decade ago as a member participating in the Chamber's numerous events, luncheons, business expos, and educational seminars. In 2012, she attended the first Economic Summit, a Chamber sponsored event designed to inspire business owners, policy makers, and community leaders to explore possibilities and initiate strategies to improve the island's economy. After the Summit, Chamber members were invited to a newly formed education working group tasked with analyzing data captured at one the event's breakout sessions. Laros joined the group which evolved to the Education and Workforce Development Committee. She chaired the committee from 2014-2016 as the group conducted the West Hawai‘i Workforce Needs Assessment, a study published by the Chamber. In 2016, Laros joined the staff at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and, in 2017, was chosen as the next Executive Director. 

    "I'm very honored to be in this position. The Chamber brings the community together to work on issues that concern us all. It's a viable venue to build professional networks while finding solutions for the greater good."

  • Born and raised in Northern California, Laros moved to Hawai‘i in 1986. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Hawai‘i Hilo where she graduated with highest honors and a M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology from UH Manoa. Prior to working at the Chamber, she was the Director of Outreach and Education and head of Marketing at Jack's Diving Locker, a locally owned business in the ocean tourism industry with a focus on environmental stewardship and community service. Laros was part of the Jack's team from 1991-2016. In 2002, she and husband, Keller Laros, cofounded Manta Pacific Research Foundation. The couple have three children who were all born and raised in the Kona and Kohala regions on the Island of Hawai‘i.

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  • Communications and Marketing Coordinator: Suzi Patterson

  • Administrative Assistant and Membership Services: Lydia Hoeppner

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