Honoring Carlsbad’s Outstanding Professionals

As Chair of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Board, it is both an honor and a privilege to spotlight the exceptional talents and achievements of our community members. This year, we are proud to celebrate two remarkable individuals who embody the spirit of innovation, dedication, and community service that define Carlsbad: Samantha Richter, our Young Professional of the Year, and Crystal Lynn Privett, our Business Professional of the Year.

Samantha Richter:
Young Professional of the Year

Samantha Richter, Chief Operating Officer of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, has demonstrated a level of professionalism and commitment that sets her apart as a leader among her peers. At a young age, Samantha has already made significant contributions to environmental conservation and education, showcasing a blend of strategic thinking and operational excellence that has propelled her career forward.

Under Samantha’s leadership, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation has seen substantial growth in both its environmental programs and community outreach initiatives. Her innovative approach and ability to navigate complex challenges have earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and community members alike. Beyond her professional achievements, Samantha is also deeply committed to educational outreach. She has been instrumental in developing programs that educate local youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Her leadership extends beyond her job description, making her a role model for young professionals throughout Carlsbad. Samantha’s ability to inspire and lead with integrity and vision is why she is being honored as this year’s Young Professional of the Year. Her dedication not only to her work but also to mentoring young minds has created a ripple effect, encouraging the next generation to engage in and care for their natural surroundings. Samantha’s influence in the community is a testament to the power of young professionals in driving positive change.


Crystal  Lynn Privett: Business Professional of the Year

Crystal Lynn Privett exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding business professional. As the owner of Ms. Mindset, Crystal has built a reputation for excellence, integrity, and community involvement. Ms. Mindset focuses on empowering individuals through personal development and coaching, helping clients achieve their fullest potential both personally and professionally.

Crystal’s business acumen is matched only by her commitment to giving back to the community. She has been actively involved in numerous charitable organizations, providing leadership and resources to initiatives that address mental health and support economic development. Her efforts have helped create sustainable solutions that benefit both individuals and the broader community.

Moreover, Crystal’s mentorship and support for other business professionals, particularly women in business, have had a lasting impact. She has been a driving force in fostering a collaborative and inclusive business environment in Carlsbad, one that encourages growth and innovation. Her approach to business, which integrates holistic well-being with professional success, has transformed the lives of many, proving that a balanced mindset is crucial for achieving greatness.

Crystal Lynn Privett’s dedication to her profession and her community makes her a deserving recipient of the Business Professional of the Year award. Her vision, leadership, and commitment to excellence serve as an inspiration to us all. By championing mental health and professional development, Crystal has not only advanced her field but has also contributed to the overall well-being and success of the Carlsbad community.


A Community of Excellence

At the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, we believe that our community thrives when we recognize and celebrate the achievements of its members. Samantha Richter and Crystal Lynn Privett are shining examples of the talent, dedication, and community spirit that make Carlsbad such a special place to live and work. Their contributions not only elevate their respective fields but also inspire those around them to strive for excellence.

As we honor these two remarkable women, we also acknowledge the collective efforts of all our members who work tirelessly to make Carlsbad a better place. It is through the hard work, vision, and dedication of professionals like Samantha and Crystal that we continue to build a vibrant, prosperous, and inclusive community.

Congratulations to Samantha Richter and Crystal Lynn Privett on their well-deserved awards. We look forward to witnessing their continued success and the positive impact they will undoubtedly have on our community in the years to come. Their stories are a reminder of what can be achieved when passion, purpose, and perseverance come together. As we celebrate their accomplishments, we are also inspired to contribute to the thriving future of Carlsbad.