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ABOVE: Board Meeting, Rich Firato, Board Chairperson (inset photo below) LEFT: Chamber Staff Brittany Sherman Member and Community Relations Director Pat Catanzaro,Finance Manager Mellea McLaughlin is Director of Publications John Horner, President/CEO O Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Written By Robin Shepherd ne of the busiest offices in downtown Morgan Hill is that of the city’s chamber of commerce. The Chamber’s roots date back to 1958 but it was incorporated in the early 1960s. Today, its more than 530 members are served by a three-person staff of community-minded folks under the leadership of President and CEO John Horner. 26 Horner’s background makes him well-suited for his role. He earned an engineering degree and forged a high tech career before moving to Morgan Hill and venturing into retail as the owner of Thinker Toys. He’s passionate about edu- cation and job creation, and he’s known around town as a good-natured guy. According to Horner, “When I came on board in 2013, the City of Morgan GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN APRIL/MAY 2018 Hill was providing us with funds to serve as a tourism and visitor’s service. Local merchants and community service groups thought the Chamber should be independent and self-funded, and so that’s what we did.” A Collaborative Spirit “We exist to be the eyes, ears and voice of our business community, and we