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The Roast of Mary Ann Leffel!

Please join the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) in roasting founding member and long-serving President Mary Ann Leffel on Friday, October 14, 2016.  We ask all our private and public sector partners to help us celebrate Mary Ann’s tireless efforts to improve our regional economic prosperity by attending the evening’s festivities at InterContinental the Clement Monterey from 6 to 10 pm.

The evening will begin with a 6 pm reception on the patio overlooking the Monterey Bay, followed by a gourmet 3-course dinner and Roast from 7 to 9 pm, and culminate in a dessert reception with live music from 9 to 10 pm.  We expect a full capacity event at which our Roasters will share funny, and often embarrassing, stories about Mary Ann as these are the folks who know her well enough to deliver the goods!  MCBC Executive Committee member Rob Weakley will serve as Roastmaster/Master of Ceremonies and oversee the food and beverage choices for the evening – so you know we will all be pleased. Attire will be cocktail and valet parking will be complimentary. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.

The evening is a benefit for MCBC and we are offering a two-tier sponsorship opportunity.   Those wishing to roast Mary Ann may purchase a table of ten (10) for $5,000.   One member from each such “roasting table” may designate one member from that table to serve as a Roaster of Mary Ann.  Those wishing to share in the fun with preferred seating may purchase a table of ten (10) for $2500. We will recognize our sponsors in all relevant marketing materials and at the Roast.  We are also offering individual tickets for $275.

For more information, please contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess at or (831) 216-3000.

This evening should be one we will all be talking about for a long time to come – don’t miss it!

MCBC Roast of Mary Ann Leffel

Friday, October 14
Intercontinental The Clement, Monterey

Reception 6 pm – 7 pm Cash Bar
Dinner and Roast  7pm –  9 pm Wine included
Dessert Reception 9pm  – 10 pm Cash Bar

Cocktail Attire

Complimentary Valet Parking


A few words about Mary Ann:

Mary-Ann-Leffel-1Mary Ann Leffel enjoyed a 45-year career in the banking industry, working for large and small banks, all over the world. In 2008/09, she served as Director of Business and Industry Relations for the California Homeland Security Consortium.  She currently serves as Chair or President of the board for the Monterey County Business Council, Chartwell School, Monterey County Regional Taxi Authority and Monterey County Special Districts.  She is Vice President of Monterey County’s Workforce Development Board and serves on the board of First Night Monterey, the coordinating council of the Central Coast Broadband Council, and as the regional representative for Team California, the state’s business attraction and retention organization.

Leffel also serves as an elected official, serving for the past six years on the Monterey Peninsula Airport District board. She co-founded the county Competitive Cluster initiative and the regional economic development group, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP).

She has membership in various other community and economic development groups and stays involved in local, regional, state and national efforts that contribute to workforce, jobs and a healthy economy. She served as Chair of Natividad Hospital Board of Trustees, Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Center and Leadership Monterey Peninsula.

In 2001, she was awarded the Small Business Advocate of the Year by the California Chamber of Commerce and Monterey Peninsula Citizen of the Year in 2014 by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 she was honored by the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women as one of its 2016 Outstanding Women of Monterey County.


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Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.


October 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
750 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940