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Linda DiMario Named Executive Vice President of Greater Irvine Chamber

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Following more than four years in senior leadership roles at the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, first as senior director then vice president of Economic Development and Tourism, Linda DiMario has been named executive vice president of the Chamber.

Her new role reflects her contributions to the growing reputation of the Chamber and its role in Irvine by effective organizational decision making and expansion of local, regional, and global business development initiatives.

“I’m honored to have the  confidence of our Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr and the team of this Chamber.” DiMario said. “I look forward to working with our CEO, our talented Chamber team and our Board of Directors to grow Irvine’s influence locally and globally and drive economic opportunities in the greater Irvine area.”

Along with Starr, DiMario will oversee all aspects of the Chamber including economic development, tourism, and hotel and sports marketing.

During her time at the Chamber, DiMario, who is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council, has led successful foreign direct investment delegations, including a mission to the U.K., resulting in attracting foreign companies to explore business and export opportunities in Irvine. She has also partnered with MAPLE Canadian—U.S. Business Council® to assemble a delegation to travel to Toronto, Ontario, and was part of a delegation visiting Mexico earlier this year. Most recently, DiMario was instrumental in securing Protempo U.S. Limited, a New Zealand technology company, to establish its U.S. headquarters in Irvine.

Addressing an increasingly global marketplace, in 2015 DiMario launched the annual Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum. Since then, the event has grown exponentially, this year attracting more than 450 leading export and trade organization executives and managers, International-American chambers, and business associations, as well as respected speakers and panelists.

Other successful programs under DiMario’s direction include Business Outreach Rally, which over seven rallies in three years Chamber volunteers have introduced more than 1,800 Irvine businesses to business resources available to them through the Chamber; Financial Forum, which over the last six years has helped more than 1,500 Irvine middle school students to learn the value of financial investments; and Career Edge workshops, which, since the program began as a pilot program in 2015, has taught soft skills to more than 200 students enrolled in colleges and universities in Irvine. DiMario also re-tooled the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council, International Development Committee and Business and Workforce Development Committee encouraging effective member and community engagement to deliver tangible results.

Before joining the Greater Irvine Chamber team, DiMario owned an economic development and tourism consulting practice working with over 100 cities, counties and organizations across the country; served as president and CEO of Arlington, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she created and launched the first destination brand for Arlington: FUN CENTRAL and was part of the City of Arlington/Dallas Cowboys team that worked to fund and build the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Previously, she served as president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, opening an expanded Convention Center, new Aquarium of the Pacific, managing the Downtown Long Beach Association achieving approval to change the BID to PBID and helped transform The Pike waterfront project. DiMario has also held leadership roles in the marketing of cities, including Tucson, Arizona and Oakland, California.

DiMario serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and is frequently dispatched to assist economically distressed regions or recovery including the Gulf Oil spill, Hurricane Ike, Katina and Sandy economic recovery missions. She holds a Bachelor’s in political science from Central Washington University, which in 2017 honored her as the College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Category: Chamber News, Economic Development, Advocacy News

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