Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1/19 Charise McHugh, Kara DioGuardi

Charise McHugh - Half Moon Bay California Chamber President visits with Mike and Paul!
If you have not been to the Half Moon Bay Coastside recently, you have not been! They have it all: fresh air, scenic country roads, ocean panoramic views, 36 holes of championship golf and a driving range, deep sea fishing, horseback riding on the beach, fields of glorious flowers, vegetables, pumpkins, and Christmas trees, marvelous restaurants, superb hotels and inns, and the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Travel to the Coast in a luxury limousine, relax in a day spa, and enjoy small theater at its best. The historical sites and natural beauty of the different flora and fauna activities that await you will fill your days with learning and adventure. You will be back again and again.

Before coming to Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau in 1996, Charise owned an advertising business, Promotions With Pizzazz, in San Francisco. She has been instrumental in increasing membership at the Chamber from 330 to 700 members and tripling its budget. Charise was a founder of the Coastside Family Medical Center, and founded a Hotel Business Improvement District (BID) in 2004.

Charise has also founded the first broad-based ecotourism program in the state of California and is spearheading state recognition of ecotourism as a tourism destination. And, currently she is facilitating a non-profit component to the Disaster Preparedness Plan for the San Mateo County Coast.

Charise earned Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) status by the Western Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (W.A.C.E.) in February 2007 and was the William E. Hammond Award Winner in 2008.

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi stops by to tell Mike & Paul about her new gig as judge for Folgers "Best Part of Wakin' Up" contest!


Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (pronounced /ˈkærə diːɵˈɡwɑrdi/; born December 9, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, composer and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the light pop-rock, dance, and R&B genres. DioGuardi has worked with many popular artists and is credited on over 120 album releases.

DioGuardi served as a judge on American Idol for its eighth and ninth seasons. In 2008 she was appointed to the position of executive vice president of talent development at Warner Bros. Records, and has signed Jason Derülo and Iyaz.

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