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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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