06 Feb Learn about this year’s Board of Director candidates!
Michael Dammeyer is an Architect working for the firm Steven Puglisi Architects, Inc located at 569 Higuera St. He has been a San Luis Obispo resident for 10 years. He and his wife have enjoyed living in San Luis Obispo, witnessing the positive changes to the downtown corridor. He is passionate about smart development and architectural precedence within the City. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati DAAP program and a Master of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University.
James Fucillo is a California native. Born in the central valley, he found “home” at Cal Poly & San Luis Obispo. After an early career in the Bay Area, James returned home to start multiple downtown businesses and raise his family. You can typically find him at Office Hours, a clothing store in the Mission Mall that’s focused on highlighting California-based clothing brands and delivering a high level of communication and service, both in-store and online. His diverse background in Retail, Sales, & Real Estate gives him a unique perspective that hopefully can provide useful to the Downtown SLO Board of Directors.
Catherine Goodison, CPA is CFO and director of Cormant Inc., a global technology company in downtown San Luis Obispo. Her career has spanned the public practice and private sector spaces for 30 years in the US and internationally. Having watched downtown SLO grow and recognizing the support our community has provided her business for almost 10 years, she looks forward to the opportunity of giving back to our local community with her global citizen approach.
Maryalice is the owner and founder of Blackwater, previously named H & G Boutique, which has been located in the downtown area for over 15 years. She has seen the array of changes that have happened to Downtown San Luis Obispo and wants to make sure that the interests of the small businesses are seen and heard to create a thriving Downtown.
Guaranteed Rate Mortgage, Downtown Resident
I’ve been in the Mortgage Business in San Luis Obispo for 25+ years and continue to love what I do. I am especially fortunate to live and work in Downtown San Luis Obispo and LOVE this community! I’ve also enjoyed volunteering in a variety of capacities including having served on the SLO Chamber Board of Directors, as well as having served as Past President of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Additionally I am the incoming Chair of the Board for the SLO Food Bank. My husband Kevin and I have had the pleasure of raising 3 amazing young women who have all fled San Luis Obispo and we hope will one day return. It would be my honor to serve the Downtown Association to help shape the future of San Luis Obispo’s crown jewel, encouraging an environment that balances the interest of the business community with the needs of its residents.
Hotel San Luis Obispo
Working with Piazza Hospitality, David helped develop and open their newest hotel project, Hotel San Luis Obispo, located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. With plans to remain in San Luis Obispo, David will continue to work with Piazza Hospitality on future projects throughout California’s prestigious wine regions. Hotel San Luis Obispo features 78 guest rooms and suites, Full-Service Spa, two signature restaurants, three bars with lounge space and conference and banquet facilities, all providing casual elegance wrapped in modern luxury facilities. David’s expertise includes management, guest experience enhancement, and monitoring, daily operations, auditing, financial analysis, and project development. David has established a track record of operational excellence.
Central Coast Surfboards
Scott Smith has lived in San Luis Obispo since 1991 and owned Art’s Cyclery for 16 years prior to the company being purchased by Sports Warehouse in 2017. A former professional triathlete, Scott is passionate about retail, sports, and enjoying the incredible outdoor activities that San Luis Obispo has to offer. Scott took the helm of Central Coast Surfboards, itself an iconic storefront housed in a hundred-year old building on Marsh Street, in August of 2017. Though the gear itself has changed- switching from cycling equipment to a surf shop- Scott maintains that “retail is retail”, but perhaps the greatest challenge has been the move from a destination shop housed in a warehouse to the flux and fluidity of Downtown storefront retail. In this sense, Scott feels his greatest contribution to the Board of Downtown SLO is his retail-heavy background. Scott is interested in working on parking initiatives and advocating for sustainable rents, as well as recruiting the local community that may perceive Downtown as too complicated and too touristy to visit.