President, Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC)
Ray Durazo is president of the Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a non-profit organization formed 50 years ago to advocate on behalf of the state's boating community before local, state and federal legislative and regulatory entities.
Mr. Durazo has extensive experience in government relations and public policy. Since 1970 he has worked In that capacity for trade associations, as a senior vice president for a major international consulting firm in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, and as owner and operator of Durazo Communications, a public relations firm headquartered in Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
He is an accomplished blue-water sailor, having sailed in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, in the United States and in Mexico. He has served as Commodore of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club in Northern California and has been active in the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA). In addition, he is currently serving on the Boat U.S. National Advisory Council.
Mr. Durazo resides with his wife in Half Moon Bay, California.
Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura County
3900 Pelican Way
Oxnard, CA 93035
Mark is currently the Harbor Director for the Ventura County Channel Islands Harbor. His responsibilities include ensuring that the Channel Islands Harbor continues to improve as a destination for visitors and residents. This entails identifying development and re-development opportunities for new Harbor related, visitor serving businesses, ensuring that the current business owners in and around the Harbor are supported by the County to enhance their success, and promoting the Harbor to attract visitors to this wonderful year-round destination.
Mark was formerly the General Manager of the Monterey Lakes Recreation Company, a Division of The California Parks Company, where his responsibilities included the general management of the Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio recreation properties, located in wine country in the central Californian coastal area.
Mark also spent over two decades with the City of Long Beach, where he managed the City's marina and waterfront operation for eighteen years. His degrees are from Long Beach State, and he enjoys everything outdoors in his spare time.
Gladfelty, Bret D.
The Apex Group
1201 K Street, Suite 750
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.444.3116 fax 916.444.7841
Bret Gladfelty is an associate of The Apex Group as a governmental advocate specializing in technology, finance and tax related issues.
Bret started his advocacy role in 2012 working as an innovation analyst and advocate for Innovation State. He published several white papers promoting the benefits of doubling California's research and development tax credit (RDC) and streamlining Federal compliance for RDC sunset dates. This idea was first introduced into the California State Legislature in 2013. AB 653 (Perez) introduced the concept of doubling the R&D tax credit along with several other concepts for promoting innovation policy as a single package entitled the "California Innovation Jobs Act."
In 2016, Bret drafted legislation to create the implementation of a state operated digital identity program for California residents. This was introduced as AB 1296 (Quirk-Silva), which would require the Secretary of Government Operations to appoint 10 people to serve as the members of the task force. The bill would require the task force to study the development of an electronic-identity program within California, and to report its findings to the Legislature.
Prior to joining The Apex Group in 2017, Bret co-founded "Consens.io," a public benefit corporation, focused on creating the first "Issues and Solutions" civic tech platform to help local leaders identify issues through community voting and create a dialog regarding possible solutions to community driven issues.
Bret is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and a Minor in Philosophy and Economics in 2011.
State Capitol, Room 6005
916.319.2002 - fax 916.319.2102
I was elected in 2014 and am proud to serve the people in California's 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
Northern California has been my home since 1987, when I opened my family dental practice in Cloverdale. I began my public service when I was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006, serving two terms as mayor. My goals, in that position, were to make local government more effective and efficient through reorganizing city departments, balancing the budget, working on environmental and health issues, and streamlining the building permit process. During my time as mayor, we were able to pass a local ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 21.
I decided to run for the Assembly in 2013 to expand my public service beyond my hometown to affect public policy at the state level. Once elected to the Assembly, my priorities were environmental protection, economic development and health care. I have been chair of the Assembly Health Committee since early 2016.
In my first three years in the Assembly, I have been successful in passing legislation to protect and expand access to medical, dental and mental health care in rural areas, make progress in reducing the costs of prescription drugs by curbing the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies and increasing public transparency in how they set prices; protect residents of nursing homes from closures and ensure that owners of nursing homes disclose their related businesses; prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills, increase the age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco products and begin the process of identifying how California can provide health care to all.
I also passed legislation to protect the environment including funding for managing our working lands and forests, protecting our watershed from abuse, and obtained funding to clean up environmental damage from illegal cannabis grows. Cannabis continues to be a significant part of Northern California's economy and I was, and continue to be, involved in the development of medical cannabis regulations to protect small farmers and ensure that rules and licensing processes are accessible to small businesses.
A top priority for 2019 will be helping to facilitate the rebuilding of homes and businesses following the fires that have devastated California communities in the past two years, creating opportunities for homeowners to harden their homes and improving vegetation management by providing incentives to homeowners and better managing public spaces. This year I will continue efforts to improve health care, address the need for cost containment, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and make progress on providing health coverage for all Californians. I will continue to work on protecting the environment, improving our emergency response notification systems, expanding broadband infrastructure in rural areas, addressing the housing shortage and confronting one of our country's most serious health issues -- opioids.
In addition to my work in the state Legislature, I am proud to serve as a forensic dentistry expert consultant for five Northern California counties. I established a mass disaster identification team in California and helped pass state legislation to standardize county identification procedures, a model now adopted by other states. I am called regularly to support efforts in several Northern California counties and had the honor to assist in many disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Valley Fire in Lake County and the tragic wildfires in northern California in hopes that my service provides some closure to family and loved ones.
Needless to say, there is much to be done. Please follow my work during the 2019-2020 legislative session at: https://a02.asmdc.org/legislation
President, River City Communications
Executive Director, California Sportfishing League
1835 Iron Point Road, Suite 180
Folsom, CA 95630
Marko Mlikotin is president of River City Communications (RCC), a public affairs and government relations firm based in the Capital city area, which represents a broad spectrum of business and political interests, including commercial and retail development, and non-profit organizations. Mlikotin has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and public policy.
As a member of Governor Pete Wilson's Administration and deputy appointments secretary, Mlikotin was responsible for advising the Governor on political appointments to state agencies, boards and commissions. Mlikotin also served as deputy political director of Governor Wilson's 1994 reelection campaign.
Mlikotin later served as chief of staff for Congressman Doug Ose, who served on the House Agriculture, Finance and Government Reform Committees. In this capacity, Mlikotin was responsible for developing and managing policy, appropriation, political and communications plans for the Chairman's personal office and Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs.
During the 2003 recall election, Mlikotin served as Deputy Political Director of Californians for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Later, he served on the Governor-Elect's transition team to form the new Administration.
Mlikotin served as an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger on the Cal-Expo and State Fair Board of Directors, and is an active member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Region Builders and Folsom Chamber of Commerce.
Mlikotin received a bachelor of science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Senior Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards & Membership
National Marine Manufacturers Association
231 S LaSalle St, Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60604
Robert Newsome is the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards & Membership for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), responsible the development and implementation of organizational strategies to support the recreational marine industry, overall membership activities, the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program, and product certification (NMMA Certified) programs for boats, yachts, PWC and boat trailers.
Robert serves on the Board of Directors of the National Safe Boating Council and the Technical Board of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), and represents the marine industry in standards development and technical issues through numerous technical committees of ABYC, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO),
Robert has authored and presented on numerous industry, safety and technical topics prevalent to today's recreational marine industry and boater safety, and additionally serves as a spokesperson for the Discover Boating program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Robert is an avid power boater, fisherman and a life-long sailor on Lake Michigan and the lakes of the Midwest.
Chief of External Affairs and Legislative Liaison
Baker Botts LLP
101 California, Suite 3600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Mr. Dhillon's practice at Baker Botts LLP focuses on complex civil disputes involving environmental and natural resource matters. He has successfully defended numerous lawsuits with an aggregate value in controversy of more than $1 billion. In 2017, Law360 recognized Mr. Dhillon as a "Rising Star," an honor given to only three environmental lawyers under 40 in the United States.
Mr. Dhillon is a go-to lawyer in California for disputes involving all levels of government. He has defended and prosecuted cases involving various municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies.
DCC Engineering Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 183
Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Gilbert Labrie, a long time Delta resident, can bring to the table a broad management and experience quotient that easily compliments a multi-disciplined project team assembled to address a water-related project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin-Bay Delta. Mr. Labrie, a CalPoly graduate with two degrees, is a licensed Architect who has operated out of his Delta office since 1976. He has over 50 years of broad-based experience in architecture, engineering, planning, programming and budget management, permit processing, and construction project management within both the private and public sector. He has been involved in a wide variety of project types, ranging from private and public recreation with waterway components, to levee maintenance, rehabilitation and dredging. Projects have involved commercial, industrial and residential structures, as well as pumping plants and marine equipment for in-Delta work.
Since 1991, Mr. Labrie has managed DCC Engineering Co., Inc., a Delta-based, multi-disciplinary design and permitting firm. During the ensuing period DCC Engineering, with a current staff of four, has been an integral part of the process of providing some of the services required for the diversified portfolio that reflects Mr. Labrie's professional career. This association, along with DCC's unique professional capabilities and experiences have created opportunities and demands to meet the regional needs of both public and private sector clients.
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