About the MSJ Chamber of Commerce

The Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of creating, enhancing and promoting business activity, fostering civic advancement, and to preserve and perpetuate Fremont’s historic district of old Mission San Jose.

The Chamber was organized in 1909. Early projects included establishing a free library, rehabilitating the fire department, securing 20 street lights for the town, sponsoring clean-up days, and working to restore the mission.

Today, the Chamber of Commerce welcomes business members, as well as individual members of the community. Our focus is on bringing together everyone in the community to celebrate our history as well as our diversity and contribution to the community.

We hope you will join us for events including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Board of Directors

  • Don Kaefer – President
  • Gael Stewart, Mission Coffee – Vice President
  • Esther Gonzalez – Treasurer
  • Dolores Ferenz, Old Mission San Jose – Secretary
  • Anithah Pillai, Menlo Asset Management
  • Gary Dorighi
  • Robert “Bob” Tavares, Tavares Realty
  • Hilda Furtado, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
  • William Flaherty
  • Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, Dominican Sisters’ Representative


Our Board of Directors and members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at Better Homes & Gardens Realty, 43430 Mission Blvd., Suite #100, Fremont.

  • The first 30 minutes of the Board meeting will be social time with snacks and beverages
  • Members and guests may be present until 7:15 pm at which time Board business begins

Additional committee and event planning meetings will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

MSJ’s own Ken Ariathurai being sworn in as 2017 Chair of Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Swearing in of 2017 Fremont Chamber Board of Officers and Director, including MSJ Chamber Board Member, Nina Moore

Photos courtesy of Gary Dorighi