New Board of Directors, Executive Committee Installed at Downtown Long Beach Alliance


The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA), formerly the Downtown Long Beach Associates, has installed its new Board of Directors, in addition to voting in its new Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to the DLBA.

“When it comes to Downtown Long Beach, I am proud and optimistic of its future and look forward to the role this organization will play to help lead development and growth,” said Toliver Morris, chair of the DLBA Board of Directors, in a statement. “My motivation to serve as [chair] of the DLBA Board came from the sense of optimism that I’ve gained through the incredible things this organization does and how the Downtown revolves around truly great people—that includes the leaders that represent this Board.”

Ryan Altoon of Anderson Pacific was among the Executive Committee members elected. As chair-elect, Altoon is also charged with serving as the chair of the Board Development Committee, which involves recruiting new committee and board members for the year, according to the DLBA.

“The DLBA continues to provide a great value to the residents, businesses and stakeholders of Downtown; extending well beyond traditional services, while engaging with a growing and thriving urban community—a trend evidenced in Downtowns throughout the country,” stated Altoon. “Its focus on sustainability, walkability, economic development, public safety and special events – all meaningful impacts at the pedestrian level—are all reasons why I continue to proudly serve on this Board.”

The DLBA reached out to the downtown community in June, soliciting nominations for the board positions. The candidates were approved by the board of directors earlier this year and were ratified by thousands of stakeholders, according to the organization.

On the third Wednesday of even-numbered months the board of directors meets, while the Executive Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month. All DLBA board and committee meetings are open to the public, in compliance with the Brown Act, according to the DLBA.

The 2016-17 Executive Committee, including its officers:

Executive Committee:
Chair: Toliver Morris, John Hancock
Chair-elect: Ryan Altoon, Anderson Pacific
Past Chair: Michelle Molina, Millworks
Secretary: Justin Hectus, Keasal, Young and Logan
Treasurer: Derek Burnham, Gilro
City Representative: Linda Tatum, City of Long Beach
EC Member: Tony Shooshani, City Place

Complete roster for the 2016-17 Board of Directors:

Property Based Improvement District (PBID) Representatives
Premium: Derek Burnham, Gilro
Standard: Justin Hectus, Keasal, Young and Logan
Premium: Ken McDonald, Long Beach Transit
Standard: Michelle Molina, Millworks
Standard: Ryan Altoon, Anderson Pacific
Standard: Silvano Merlo, Courtyard Marriott
Standard: Justin Hectus, Keasal Young & Logan

Downtown Parking Improvement Area (DPIA) Representatives
East Village: Rand Foster, Fingerprints
North Pine: Giovanna Ferraro, Groundwork Fitness
Pine Avenue: Christopher Krajacic, Pier 76
Waterfront: Xavier Canale, Raindance
West Gateway: DJ Jones, Premiere Business Centers

Downtown Residential Representative
Melissa Infusino, Downtown Resident from First Council District
Lauren Haverlock, Downtown Resident from Second Council District

Appointed Directors At-Large
Allison Kripp, Den Salon
Alan Pullman, Studio One Eleven
Tony Shooshani, City Place

Advisors (non-voting appointment)
Joshua Cool, IDA Experience
Gabriel Estrada, The Urban Farm Agency LLC
Debra Fixen, Shoreline Village
James Kuhne, James Kuhne Law
Griselda Suarez, Arts Council of Long Beach
Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, 2nd Council District
Lou Anne Bynum, LBCC
Mary Stephens, CSULB
Councilmember Lena Gonzalez, 1st Council District

Honorary (non-voting appointments)
Diane Arnold, Arnold Barber and Beauty Supply
Don Darnauer, Downtown Resident
Nick Edwards, Queen Beach Printers

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.