Dan West has been the president/CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce since November 2006.
In his tenure at the chamber, he has led initiatives that promoted the Livonia community, advanced student interests in the skilled and technical trades, encouraged regional collaboration around Western Wayne County, and promoted ideas to attract more foreign investment in and around Livonia.
Raised in Detroit and Livonia, he is a graduate of Livonia Franklin High School, holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, and earned Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) certification from a nonprofit executive program coordinated by the United States Chamber of Commerce.
He serves on the Livonia Community Foundation Board, the Healthy Livonia Committee, as a high school sports public address announcer, and coaches a travel, fast-pitch softball team. Along with his wife of 16 years, Amy, they have two daughters: Janie, 14, and Natalie, 10. The West family belongs to St. Aidan Catholic Church in Livonia.
His hobbies include sports, current events, music, and activities with his family.
Debbie Ferensic has served as the Livonia Chamber's office manager since 2003. In that role, she handles the financial transactions for the Livonia Chamber. She previously held other administrative and event planning roles since joining the chamber staff in May 1996. The Livonia Franklin High School graduate earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College.
The Livonia native is a member of the Livonia Prayer Breakfast committee.
Debbie is involved with Livonia’s Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church. She has a grown daughter, Kelli, and two grandchildren, Courtney and Kaitlin.
Dawnne (Toppa) Smith has served as Chief Connections Officer/Vice President of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce since September 2010. The Westland native has worked for the Livonia Chamber since 2008, previously worked as the Director of Public Affairs. The Livonia Franklin High School graduate has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. She completed the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) nonprofit management program coordinated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In her time at the Livonia Chamber, she has helped increase the membership by 15 percent and enhanced membership services.
Dawnne is a past Livonia Jaycees president. She is a Notary Public.
Laura Tahmouch is the director of marketing and events. She has worked with the Livonia Chamber since January 2011. The Allen Park native graduated from Cabrini High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Madonna University.
Since joining the Livonia Chamber staff, Laura has revamped the Chamber's social media platforms and website. She is the primary coordinator of the 30-40 events each year. She completed the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) nonprofit management program coordinated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
She serves on the Healthy Livonia marketing committee. Laura, along with her husband Tony and son, resides in Livonia.
Rachel Fetter, marketing assistant, began at the Chamber as a marketing intern in January 2016 through the Livonia Public School's career intern program. She graduated from Stevenson High School in May 2016 and is currently attending Schoolcraft College.
Rachel assists with the chamber's social media platforms along with various marketing projects for membership and events throughout the year.