Five more members join Del Mar Village Association board

By Claire Harlin

The Del Mar Village Association has welcomed five new board members in recent weeks, adding to the Association’s 15 veteran board members and more than 75 active volunteers.

Board members can either be residents or members of the Del Mar business community and serve for three years before the board revisits their terms, and there is no limit on how many times they can re-pursue their positions. On the board, members also serve on five different committees, depending on their skills and areas of interest. The board committees include history, events, design, marketing and economic improvement.

New members are as follows:

Richard Earnest

Name: Richard Earnest

Place of residence: Del Mar

Profession and/or affiliation with the business community: Business executive and former Mayor/Council Member for Del Mar.

No direct affiliation with the local business community.

What do you hope to accomplish as part of the DMVA board? As Chair of the Economic Improvement Committee for DMVA, I would like to contribute to enhancing and improving the business climate in our downtown. We are seeing an erosion in our businesses and our sales tax.  This continued erosion could have dire consequences for our community services and quality of life.

KC Vafiadis

Name: KC Vafiadis
Place of residence: Carmel Valley
Profession and/or affiliation with the business community: I am the president of Winners Circle Resorts International, Inc., a development company started by my father, Jim Watkins. I oversee the management of a dozen properties in San Diego County, including restaurants, retail, industrial and residential apartments.

What do you hope to accomplish as part of the DMVA board?
Our family has been very active in Del Mar for years. We have owned the iconic English tudor building on the main corner of town since 1970. I hope to share my father’s vision of Del Mar as a quaint, charming, seaside village. I believe we can recreate the historic downtown with welcoming sidewalk cafes and pedestrian-friendly shopping. By opening the lines of communication between the property owners, business owners and residents, I hope we can bring more vitality to our business district, which can benefit everyone.

Walker McBride

Name: Walker McBride
Place of residence: Bay Ho
Profession and/or affiliation with the business community: I have been employed by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the past six years and my title is the Director of Sponsorships and Digital Media.

What do you hope to accomplish as part of the DMVA board?
Since I began to serve on the DMVA I have listened to meaningful conversations about showcasing the rich history of Del Mar, learned about the needs of small business owners and felt the passion of our board to improve Del Mar by acting as a conduit between government, business owners, residents and tourists. Any accomplishment of mine will come from supporting Jen Grove and the board with whatever they ask of me.

Gary Wheeler

Name: Gary Wheeler
Place of residence: Del Mar
Profession and/or affiliation with the business community: Branch manager of Willis Allen Real Estate in Rancho Santa Fe.

What do you hope to accomplish as part of the DMVA board?
Increase and protect the business community in Del Mar.

Man Lai Tam

Name: Man Lai Tam
Place of residence: Mission Valley.
Profession and/or affiliation with the business community: I am the general manager for Hotel Indigo Del Mar. I am also a board member of Visit Del Mar, the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).

What do you hope to accomplish as part of the DMVA board?
I hope to help build Del Mar into the next San Diego destination and help drive and increase tourism spending for the city. By having the advantage of serving in both TBID and DMVA, I would love to merge the two associations and become one voice in selling and marketing Del Mar.

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  2. Visitor Center opening a milestone for Del Mar Village Association
  3. Governor releases three 22nd District Agricultural Association board members
  4. Torrey Hills board appoints new members
  5. Carmel Valley resident elected to lead San Diego County Bar Association board

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