Message from Leadership
By Tony Archuleta-Perkins
48 Years huh, What’s NEXT?
Over the last four years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), the nation’s first LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, founded in San Francisco in 1974. My journey, like most others, has been a roller coaster and one that I have learned from our beloved chamber members. I am beyond excited for my next role within the organization – the GGBA President!
As I transition from the Treasurer to the President role, I choose to reflect. I am amazed and thrilled to be surrounded by such a committed group of all-volunteer Board of Directors. This group of people spans the entire inclusion rainbow of talent, knowledge, savvy, charisma, passion, and primarily pure drive for the mission of the GGBA.
Have you had a moment to check your pulse for Your passion and drive to help further the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community, both locally and nationally? We are always looking for volunteer board members, committee members, and volunteers for events. Please reach out to me if we share this passion so we can get you involved.
The GGBA is once again at an inspiring time with its programming. Not only do we have the date set for Power Connect 2023, but we also have the date set for Power Connect 2024, which will dually celebrate our organization’s 50th anniversary. Our Golden Anniversary (50th) will be unlike anything we’ve ever done in our long inclusive rainbow of history. We hosted Power Connect 2022 at a unique creative space, SOMArts, and we heard nothing but rave reviews from our beloved chamber members. As the Board of Directors, we always put the needs of our members; by taking the time to listen to the survey feedback in order to gain insight into ways to improve the next event.
Over the last twelve months, we have achieved a net growth of 55% in our chamber membership count. We take this as a massive win for us, given we are coming out of a global pandemic. If we can achieve this kind of growth during such a trying time, can you imagine if we could achieve triple-digit growth and what that could do for our organization? How much further could we move the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community envelope? The possibilities are endless. This is why I call upon our beloved chamber members and readers at large, please join us in our membership drive, so we can work together to grow our historical and brightly inclusively colored rainbow organization.
We are taking the next two years to indeed provide sufficient planning of our resources to deliver a substantial, robust, and meaningful Golden Anniversary for you. I would highly recommend always being on the lookout for any updates we may release, as we plan on integrating our events between now to set a path that leads up to our Golden Anniversary. We are also looking for volunteers that want to serve on the Golden Anniversary Committee.
Tony Archuleta-Perkins is the President of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Business Association, as well as the Founder/Broker of Ide8 Real Estate. Tony, a second-generation California Real Estate Broker, is the founder and owner of Ide8 Real Estate. Tony has worked in finance for 23 years, eight specifically as a fractional CFO. Tony has two Master’s Degrees: an MBA and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate. Additionally, Tony is certified as a Real Negotiation Expert (RENE) and holds a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation. Ide8 Real Estate has been proudly LGBTBE Certified by the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. https://www.ide8realestate.com