The San Diego Military Advisory Council named retired Navy Cpt. Randy Bogle as the nonprofit's newest executive director, relieving retired Navy Cpt. Larry Blumberg, who will step down at the end of this year.
The announcement comes after a nation-wide search to replace Blumberg, its founding executive director of 10 years.
"We knew it was going to be very difficult to find someone to replace Larry. He has been a strong and long-standing leader in our defense and military communities — everyone knows him," said Jamie Moraga, immediate past president of the organization and chair of the committee charged with finding Blumberg's replacement. "Randy is more than qualified and well-positioned to begin where Larry will leave his legacy — and continue to grow SDMAC."
The transition period will begin immediately, with Bogle expected to fully take the reins in mid-December.
Earlier this month, SDMAC's board of directors voted on next year's slate of officers: Ward Wilson of Boeing, 2016 president; retired Cpt. Dennis DuBard, USN, of General Dynamics NASSCO, vice president/2017 president-elect; retired Rear Adm. Mark Balmert, USN, of BAE Systems, secretary; and Dan Adams of Wells Fargo, treasurer.
SDMAC was founded in 2004 to facilitate and advance the partnership between the military, elected officials, civic leaders, and the business community in order to enhance the understanding of the military's many contributions to the San Diego region. Annually, SDMAC commissions an economic impact study showing the considerable benefits from defense-related spending and presence of the military in San Diego. In 2015, San Diego benefitted from more than $24.8 billion in direct defense spending and was supported by more than 328,000 jobs by the military sector.
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Sept. 26, 2013 -- George Chamberlin and Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist for Point Loma Nazarene University at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, talk about the San Diego Military Advisory Council's recent report on the military's economic impact on the San Diego region.
Sept. 26, 2013 -- George Chamberlin speaks with Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard Jr., commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West, MCB Camp Pendleton, about the economic impact the military has on the San Diego region.
Sept. 26, 2013 -- George Chamberlin and Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, discuss the military's economic impact on the San Diego region as outlined in the San Diego Military Advisory Council's latest report.