Friday, December 8, 2006
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has a new president and CEO. Ruben Barrales comes directly from a job in the Bush administration. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Barrales’s job in Washington was as the President’s liaison to state and local elected officials. That’s one reason San Diego Chamber leaders chose him over a local man… they say he has extensive contacts in Washington and Sacramento that will serve San Diego’s business interests well.
Barrales’ personal background gives him a good perspective on the importance of bi- national business.
Barrales: My parents came here from Mexico. They immigrated as laborers and eventually started two small businesses, so our attention will be on small businesses making sure that we are advocating for the issues that are important to them.
The government of Mexico recognized Barrales last year for his commitment to improving the wellbeing of Hispanics in the United States. He’s also worked as a lobbyist for Silicon Valley companies -- experience that could benefit San Diego’s high tech community. Alison St John, KPBS News.