Shop, Stroll, Sip, Repeat
By Krista Lombardi, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District;
Lombardi Team at Scott & Quinn Real Estate
It is an exciting time of year for our BID with its annual election and neighborhood holiday events! A heartfelt “thank you” to our wonderful local shops and shoppers who participated in Small Business Saturday on November 26th and to all who continue to shop locally in support of our neighborhood and the ShopSmall movement, this holiday season and throughout the year.
At its Annual Meeting I was elected President of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District along with Chase Bank Mission Hills’ Patti Yap as Vice President; Patterson Engineering, Inc’s Audrey Patterson as Secretary; and One Mission Realty’s Troy Curnett as Treasurer. Trish Watlington of The Red Door and Bar by Red Door and I were re-elected to the board of directors, joined by Brad Sund from State Farm Insurance who was elected to his first term. I am pleased to be a part of this great team!
Having previously served as an active member on the BID’s board of directors and as its Treasurer and its Secretary, I accepted the torch pass from Troy Curnett, immediate past president of the BID and owner/broker of One Mission Realty. Troy’s tireless service as President to the BID and the community over the past year raised the bar for volunteer involvement. Thankfully he is continuing on the BID board as its Treasurer.
And, we bid farewell to longtime board member Tom Curl. Over his many years of service Tom has led the BID and will be “of counsel” to us. With the November 21st Mission Hills Hillcrest Library “Raise the Banner Celebration” watch for Tom’s leadership role in our new library. Thank you, Tom Curl!
Over the years I have met many of you and for those I have not met, I’d like to share a little about my journey and how I ended up choosing to locate my real estate business in Mission Hills. My hope is to show you there is a place of involvement in the BID for every business owner.
I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan surrounded by family. College days were spent at Michigan State where my father was a professor and where I studied psychology. I moved to Italy right after college and was an entrepreneur for seven years in Milan, procuring contracts with companies to teach English to managers.
About the time I was considering moving back to the States my father’s friend of 40+ years decided to sell his property in San Diego right off of Bandini Street. With family help, I was able to purchase it and I moved to San Diego sight unseen. I was so excited to move somewhere warm and sunny. I trusted that San Diego would be wonderful and it absolutely has been!
If you own a business in the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, I invite you to join in the important work and the informative fun at the BID committee meetings on the first Wednesday of each month and the BID board of directors meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Thanks to the generosity of Mission Hills United Methodist Church and our “Month of Meetings Sponsors,” BID meetings in 2017 will take place in the church parlor. Please visit the Meetings & Agendas page of our website to view past meeting agendas and minutes and gain a flavor for all we do in support of Mission Hills businesses. The vibrancy of our neighborhood involves all of us!
Holiday blessing to you and your family and best wishes for a prosperous 2017!