(El Centro Chamber holds its annual dinner.)….It was the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau’s 108th annual dinner.
It was held Thursday evening at the Barcelona Event Center in El Centro. The event recaps the Chamber’s past accomplishments and presents future goals. It also serves to say good-bye to the current Chamber President and welcome the next one. Jaime Honold passed the gavel over to Les Smith, General Manager of the Desert RV Park. Smith said his goals include strengthening agriculture, grow tourism bureaus and develop further relationships with Mexicali. Honold, owner of Burgers and Beer, was instrumental in attracting SCORE international to the Valley. He also headed the local effort to Home Base the F35C Joint Strike Force Fighter Squadron at Naval Air Facility, El Centro. The later effort is continuing. Smith takes over as Chamber President on July 1st.