It began as a board of trade in the 19th century, evolved into a local chamber of commerce in the early 20th century, and since 1981 has been the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.
Soon, however, it will be known as the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce with new management leadership from Nevada County native Keith Davies and his wife, Robin Galvan-Davies.
“We are thrilled that Keith and Robin will be assuming day-to-day management of the chamber,” said Patti Ingram-Spencer, chair of the chamber’s board of directors.
“They have the experience, professionalism, vision and knowledge of the area to help move the chamber into its next phase as the primary business and promotional organization for the community.”
Ingram-Spencer explained that the couple will serve as Co-CEOs of the new GGVCC, with Davies serving as executive director of the chamber of commerce and Galvan-Davies as executive director of the new visitors center, both entities will operate from the current chamber office at the Holbrooke Hotel.
Davies was born and raised in Nevada City and from 1980-87 was co-owner of Framastanyl’s — the town’s largest restaurant and nightclub.
Both his father and uncle were members of the Nevada City Council and longtime volunteer firemen, as was his grandfather, Frank Davies, who served on the council during construction of City Hall in 1937.
Galvan-Davies brings over 30 years of retail and promotional ownership experience to her position as executive director of the visitors center.
In addition, for 10 years Robin was a performing member of both the Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice skating shows, touring North America.
The couple met in the 1970s when Davies, a recently-returned Vietnam veteran, was assistant manager for sales and marketing for Ice Follies/Holiday on Ice, based in San Francisco, and Robin was still skating professionally.
After her skating career ended, Galvan-Davies owned and operated businesses in Florida, Texas and Nevada — including art galleries and an interior design company — and continues to organize and promote Holiday on Ice reunions. In addition, from 2003-07 she was president and co-owner of The Road Show Company, a Las Vegas-based business that develops and produces major art events.
Following six years with Holiday on Ice, Keith Davies became director of operations for the Forum in Inglewood, home in those years to the NBA Lakers and NHL Kings, followed by two years
as vice president of Curtis Lentz Productions, touring with The Rolling Stones, Eagles, Beach Boys and other rock groups.
More recently, Davies was director of operations for Signature Hospitality Group — a full-service meeting, destination management, catering and luxury yacht company in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was director of destination services for the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif.; vice president/general manager of Las Vegas Destination Services, responsible for
meeting planning and event management services; and director of hotel operations for Glacier Park, Inc., overseeing the daily operation of six hotels with over 700 rooms and eight restaurants serving over 5,000 meals a day.
“Being able to return home and have a meaningful role here helping bolster local businesses and promoting the area, is a wonderful opportunity,” Davies said.
“Robin and I look forward to helping the business community attain — and sustain — the most vibrant economy possible, while increasing tourism and ensuring that Grass Valley is a destination for travelers. Business growth and tourism are two key pillars for any chamber of commerce to build upon,” Davies noted, “but particularly so when we have such an amazing history to share with others.”
Keith Davies and Robin Galvan-Davies will assume management of the newly named Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1.