Many of us think of our local Chambers' of Commerce as faceless entities that speak for businesses within the community. They are not faceless and they do achieve so much more. The Chamber in San Mateo represents over 900 businesses that employ more than 20,000 workers. That isn't just a voice, it's a chorus. And the conductor for the last twelve years has been Linda Asbury.
When I began to write this piece about Linda retiring from the Chamber, I listed all the facts a typical bio would have. But listing her accomplishments doesn't begin to cover it. So think of this as a thank you note instead.
Thank you for sharing your sense of humor, your smile, and your warmth so generously with all you have worked with this last 12 years. You have made a huge impact on not just the businesses here in San Mateo but on so many individuals like myself. There has been nothing random about your daily acts of kindness.
I congratulate you on your retirement. A new chapter of life with new opportunities for fun and fulfillment await you. I know you will enjoy some extra time to share with your daughters and and two grandsons. Your career has been a model to follow. May you retire knowing that you have made a remarkable contribution to our community. Thank you again.
The San Mateo Chamber of Commerce is our political voice for local companies. It is a business resource for the community. It facilitates interaction with city, county, and various legislative groups for our local business.
Linda is a California native. She has had a 27 year career in the Chamber of Commerce industry that has blended her passion for making a difference in the community with a job. But her commitment to community improvement hasn't stopped at the end of the work day. She has served on the Board of the San Mateo Police Activities League, Second Harvest Food Bank, HEART (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust), Workforce Investment Board, Past President of the San Mateo Rotary, as well as serving on various city and county task forces on health care, housing, and more.
The beliefs that we all can make it happen in our community but that no one does it alone have made Ms. Asbury a role model to be emulated. Although her work will live on, she will be missed in San Mateo.