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Letter from The President - Emily Aguilar
Daisy Brand
2019 DDBC President

While I only discovered the DDBC in 2011, this industry group has been connecting retailers, brokers and vendors for nearly 60 years! Fifty-nine years of dinner meetings, golf tournaments, seminars, guest speakers, casino nights, dinner dances, committee meetings, board meetings, and more… What makes all these events memorable are the people that attend. To me, each one of us falls into one of three groups. The first group that comes to mind are the “legends.” They have invested long careers in the industry and know the value of nurturing relationships. Some are DDBC Hall of Fame or Lifetime Achievement Award winners. There are the “newcomers:” people who are looking to meet new people and build relationships as they grow into the executive they wish to become. Then there are those who fall in between – executives who enjoy seeing old friends at DDBC events and continue to build and nurture new relationships. The DDBC is the glue that brings us all together and that makes our group feel like family. I am honored to serve as president this year. And, I promise to do my best to have a fun and successful year. I promise to support new ideas that will keep the DDBC relevant and exciting. What’s new in 2019? We are bringing back a program from years ago, cocktail hour sampling. For a reasonable fee, vendors can display delicious samples from 5-6 p.m. before our dinner meetings. Please inquire with me or the DDBC office if you are interested in participating.

Our four big SAVE THE DATE events this year (aside from our dinner meetings) include the Spring Golf Tournament at Tijeras Creek (April 4); followed by our annual Casino Night at the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove (July/August date pending). In the fall, we will host our 51st annual Seminar at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point (Oct. 25-27). Thank you to Laura Taketomo of Food 4 Less for taking on the role of Seminar Chairperson again this year. The weekend will be jam-packed with guest speakers, food, socializing and fun.

Please stay tuned for details on our fourth big event, the dinner dance (December/January date pending). Please join us for one or all of these events. We’d love to see you there! I’d like to close out my message with a big THANK YOU to the 2018 Board of Directors, our Executive Director Sue Steele, our DDBC News editor Dave Daniel, our
historian Jim Veregge, our Seminar Chairpersons Irene Graves and Sue Bargsten, and our president Robert Burke for all of their hard work. We have an enthusiastic 2019 Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to working
together to make this a great year.

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