Central Coast Economic Forecast selects new officers

Bruce Ray, publisher of The Tribune.
Bruce Ray, publisher of The Tribune.

The Central Coast Economic Forecast has elected new officers for 2014.

Bruce G. Ray, publisher and president of The Tribune and, is chairman of the board, and Anthony Palazzo, of PMSM Architects, is vice chairman, according to a news release. Matt Turrentine, a partner at Grapevine Capital Partners, is secretary, and Rabobank Regional President Steven Harding remains treasurer.

The officers lead an all-volunteer board of directors whose members oversee production of the annual San Luis Obispo Economic Forecast event held each November, as well as the mid-year update, according to the release.

The board for 2014 also consists of immediate past chair James Anderson, maintenance superintendent for Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery; Bradford Anderson, associate dean of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business; Chris Connors, general manager at Zurn Industries; Maggie Cox, president and CEO at Barnett Cox & Associates; Tom Jones, director of corporate affairs at PG&E; Michael Manchak, president and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County; Candace “Candy” Markwith, retired CEO of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center; Steve McCarty, owner of Stafford-McCarty Commercial Real Estate; Vivian Robertson, CEO of the Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center; Anita Robinson, president and CEO of Coast National Bank; and Dick Willhoit, president and CEO of Estrella Associates Inc.

Farm Supply Company President and CEO Jim Brabeck and Rabobank retired executive Carrol Pruett serve as directors emeritus.