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Exec. Director Leaves Chamber


Last updated 1/23/2020 at 2:31pm

The Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce has announced that Valeen Szabo is no longer the executive director, as of Jan. 10.

President of the Board Clint Brandin said it was a difficult decision to make, but thanks her for the work she has done for the Chamber, wishing her the best in future endeavors.

At this time, they are doing a “personal search” for individuals to fill the position, but are in no rush to find a replacement, Brandin said.

Secretary of the Board Debbie Woollet and Sandra Mikovich will serve as acting directors, splitting up the duties.

Woollet will handle the day-to-day responsibilities of running the Chamber, while Mikovich will handle the Farmers Market and volunteers.

Despite the loss of an executive director, the Chamber continues to thrive in the direction they are headed, and have added three new members to the board – Harry Turner, General Manager and COO of Rams Hill; Erica Atmaca, General Manager of the Borrego Springs Resort; and Ramien Shalizi, General Manager of de Anza Country Club.

The three new members replace seats on the board once held by Patrick Sampson, Jim Seley and Adil Dara.

Brandin said he is looking forward to the new year, and hopes for more members, individuals and businesses to join the Chamber.

“We’re excited about promoting business and tourism in the valley, maintaining the economic vitality of our community, and the upcoming events that are scheduled,” Brandin said.

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