Board of Directors

The Encinitas Board of Directors has been selected by the board committee and each member serves 2-year terms. If you’re interested in joining the board or would like to get involved in the chamber committees, please contact Sherry Yardley.

Chamber Board Members

Alex Meade
Chairman of the Board

I moved to Encinitas in 2009 and Co-Founder my marketing agency, Beacons Point, on the patio of Coffee Coffee. Today, I am the VP of Sales & Marketing at Beacons Point and I have spent my career finding unique ways to tell a story and grow tech & software brands. I am an avid sports fan, coffee drinker, and craft beer lover, so Encinitas is the perfect place.

Community is very important to me. I knew right away I needed to join a community to help my business and myself grow. I found the Encinitas Chamber and connected right away with the commitment to helping businesses in their community. Today, we have expanded our ability to support and help the community come together and grow.

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Melaini Peet

After retiring from the banking industry after 26 years, I chose to invest in myself by obtaining a Certificate in Fiduciary Management through Cal State Fullerton.  In hope that I could be able to support my family by also serving those in need of an advocate to help guide and support them in the area of financial services and medical care.  I am able to serve in the area of Trust and Estate Administration, Conservatorships and Guardianships and hold financial and medical power of attorneys.

I started with the Chamber back in 2007 with the hope of being able to support the business community that my bank branch was located in with the thought that it would introduce me to so many more people within the community.  It has done more than that, it has introduced me to other members that have now become like family.  While also providing community support of the business in the community to help them succeed.

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Walter Bowser II
Vice Chair

For over 13 years, I have been dedicated to helping a select number of families realize their financial goals.  I have extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of wealth strategy and have achieved high level designations with Edward Jones. My clients, ranging across high net-worth individuals, professional athletes, families, or businesses, trust me because I am transparent within all aspects of my practice and deliver the highest level of financial services.

I am passionate about the Chamber and Encinitas specifically because this is home and would like to help the local businesses here flourish.  I am grateful to be working in this wonderful town, with a great group of people, all with the same common goal.

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Gabriel Rebelo
Board Member

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Jon Kochik

Jon Kochik has been with San Diego Gas & Electric for 9 years working to advance various initiatives including clean energy, local government partnerships, operational efficiencies, safety culture and leadership development.  Prior to that, Jon worked for AMN Healthcare in Del Mar leading sales operations and leadership development programs after earning degrees from Penn State and San Diego State in organizational psychology.  Jon’s work life began with delivering newspapers on his bike and working in the warehouse of local department store and serving food at a retirement home.  And, Jon had lots of interesting jobs in between. Jon has lived in Cardiff for 15 years, and in the broader SD area for a total of 22 years after growing up Pennsylvania as a kid through college.  His first visit to friends in the SD area brought him to Encinitas and he moved out here three weeks later.  He had never felt more at home than he does in this town.  Jon and his wife feel so fortunate to have raised both of their kids through the Cardiff Schools, frolicking on these amazing beaches, joining the Cardiff Mustangs, the San Dieguito Swim Team, Junior Guards, and now Oak Crest Middle School.  It doesn’t take long to figure out that how much everyone here wants to make a positive contribution to the broader community.  Jon learned about the great work the Chamber does and wanted to contribute to those endeavors – to support businesses here in Encinitas, create a community network, and partner with the City and others to grow in ways that maintain what is truly special about this town.

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Jim Benedetti
Board Member & Past Chairman of the Board

Jim originally joined the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce to build his company’s client base, but as he has discovered over time, it has become so much more. Jim has found that being on the Chamber Board of Directors has taught him that his contribution is mainly about giving back to the community that he lives in and helping to develop and increase our local business community’s opportunities to grow and thrive.

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David DaCosta
Board Member

…. A member of the San Diego real estate community, since 2001 and a Senior Real Estate Specialist, David DaCosta prides himself on being involved in the local community. He was the former owner of Jamroc 101, formerly a Caribbean Encinitas Restaurant. David is currently serving his second term on the board for the Encinitas Chamber and heads up the Nominating committee as well as being an Ambassador for 18 years.

Living and working in San Diego for over 35 years has given him a great network of connections throughout the county, which helps him put his clients in contact with just the right people, no matter what their need. His entire career of business development has been built around his three core concepts: service, connections, and trust. David does his utmost to get his clients results, while remaining service-oriented, ethical, and a person they can trust, over and over again.

“I joined the Chamber originally to promote my family restaurant, now let’s have a chat about joining us on the Board!”

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Scott McClatchey
Board Member

Scott McClatchey is a financial planner helping local individuals and families achieve their life goals while reducing their financial stress.  He has always been active in the community, currently serving on 4 boards, including the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce for which he heads up the Education and Networking committee.  “I joined the Encinitas Chamber to help serve the business community and grow the Chamber’s influence.  Encinitas is such a great place to live, work, and play.  I’m humbled to have the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community.”

After a career in satellite communications, Scott has focused his financial planning business on serving individuals and families in need of investment advice and retirement planning.  He believes in doing business the right way, treating all clients with respect and earning their trust while providing exceptional customer service.  The company he works for, WWM Financial, is a small independent financial services firm providing wealth management and financial planning services while helping to educate their clients and the community at large.  All WWM Financial advisors are fiduciaries, meaning they put their client’s interests first and eliminate conflicts of interest, where possible.

Scott has been married for 37 years and has 2 adult children.  He loves jogging on the beach and enjoys sampling San Diego county’s many craft beer creations.

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Eric Nicoll
Board Member

My name is Eric Nicoll, and I am the President & CEO of The Mandala Group, based here in Encinitas, CA.  I currently serve as a Board Member at Large as well as Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee for the Chamber.  My company, The Mandala Group provides the marketing and advertising for a US based billion-dollar private label manufacturer of over 500 exclusive wellness products.  We help consumers in over 19 countries save time and money while accessing high quality products at a wholesale price online, delivered directly to their door.  Our mission is to enhance the lives of those we touch by helping them reach their all their wellness goals.  Prior to launching TMG, I spent 20+ years as a global meeting & event planner launching & promoting some of the most recognizable consumer brands and products as an event & meeting planner.  I left the coast in 2015 and spent 4 years in Palm Springs but after several unbearable summers, I happily returned in January 2020 and settled here in Encinitas. While in Palm Springs I served on the Board and Executive Committee for both the Desert Business Association as well as the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as an Ambassador for the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber.  Basing my business in Encinitas was an easy call as it checked all the boxes that I was looking for during this next chapter in my personal and professional life.  When I was approached to become a member, it was a no brainer and quickly knew I wanted to be a part of the governing body that had come together to help our local businesses succeed.  We have a wonderfully unique city with some of the most amazing small businesses around.  I am passionate about bringing awareness to these businesses, protecting our breathtaking coastline as well as make Encinitas THE place to visit / live while in San Diego.

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Rock Swanson
Board Member

I am a Board Member on the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  I have been a resident of Olivenhain since 1977.  I founded and built my business, Rockwell Electric, Inc. starting in 1970 and sold it in 1999.  REI was an electrical contractor for the Public Works entities throughout San Diego County and greater Southern California.  I specialized in process control and data management technologies for the Water/Wastewater facilities. I have been involved with my wife’s business, Business Blossoms, a floral enterprise, since its founding in 2004. I have also been a volunteer for the Chamber for many years, including the bartender at our Mix & Mingles.  I joined the board last year to bring my business experience and passion to the wonderful City of Encinitas.