Former Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest named new chairman of Chairmen’s RoundTable


The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to businesses, has elected former Del May Mayor Richard Earnest as its chairman.

Earnest succeeds Steven Mendell, who will remain on the board as chairman emeritus.

“Richard is a founding member of the CRT and has selflessly dedicated his time as a CRT mentor for over 16 years,” said Mendell. “I have no doubt our organization will thrive as he guides us with the same wealth of knowledge and experience that he has shared with CRT clients over the years. Richard is also a proven leader, having served as the mayor of Del Mar as well as the CEO of small and large companies. I feel fortunate to be leaving the chairmanship in such capable hands.”

Earnest is a former mayor and councilman, a successful businessman, and a decorated Vietnam-era fighter pilot. He has served as the CEO of two publicly-traded software companies and founded two high-tech companies. Earnest serves on multiple boards and brings expertise in the areas of packaged software, technology sales and executive team building, and leadership in building small profitable companies.

The CRT also announced the balance of its 2014 board of directors appointments: Mac Clarke

vice chair, quality assurance; Esther Rodriguez

vice chair, client acquisition; Paul Thiel

vice chair, program development; Steve McCracken

vice chair, partner relations; Kevin O’Neill

chief financial officer; Cory Grant

vice chair, sponsor development; and David Kramer

vice chair, marketing.

Vern Yates and David Oates depart the board after tirelessly serving the organization and its mission to strengthen San Diego one company at a time.

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