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Think Together’s — “PEOPLE ON THE MOVE”

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Think Together, California’s leading nonprofit provider of expanded learning, afterschool programs, and school improvement announced the appointment of three new executive general managers to its top leadership ranks: Adriana Garcia-Kingston, M. Ed.; Johanna Lizarraga; and Stacy Galdamez.

Adriana Garcia-Kingston, M. Ed. will oversee Think Together’s Riverside, Orange County and Early Learning programs, which currently reach over 9,000 students in 16 school districts and one charter management organization. Garcia-Kingston has been with the organization since 2006 and has more than 20 years of education experience.

Johanna Lizarraga will head the organization’s operations in San Bernardino, Palm Springs and the Santa Fe Springs regions serving an estimated 12,300 students across 14 school districts. Lizarraga has worked with Think Together since 2008.

Stacy Galdamez will lead the South East Los Angeles, LA Metro, San Gabriel Valley and Bay Area regions, serving up to 16,500 students across 11 school districts and 24 charter management organizations. Galdamez has been working in expanded learning programs for the past 16 years. Stacy joined Think Together in 2011 as a Site Coordinator for Santa Ana Unified in Orange County.

Think Together partners with schools and communities to pursue educational equity and excellence for all kids. The announcement comes as Think Together prepares for a transformational moment in education. Bolstered by increases in state and federal funding, the expanded learning provider is projected to hire nearly 800 more program staffers this school year to increase student access to afterschool and early learning programs.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Daniel D’Arrigo Named Chief Financial Officer for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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Former long-time Fortune 500 executive will lead Tribe’s growth and development strategy

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) announced today Daniel (Dan) D’Arrigo will become Chief Financial Officer for the San Manuel enterprise. Dan comes to San Manuel with more than 25 years’ experience in senior finance and capital markets roles in the gaming, leisure and hospitality industry at some of the industry’s biggest and most successful companies.

“As Chief Financial Officer, Dan will play a critical role in leading the Tribe’s fiscal strategy, growth and development,” said Laurens Vosloo, Chief Executive Officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “One of Dan’s greatest strengths is his credibility with the investment community and capital markets. We are very pleased that Dan is joining our team at a time when the Tribe is experiencing tremendous growth and has such great potential for new opportunities.”

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be joining the San Manuel enterprise,” said D’Arrigo. “The Tribe has achieved much success while also assembling a top-notch leadership team under Laurens’ direction. I look forward to working alongside such experienced colleagues and further positioning the enterprise for long term sustainable growth.”

Dan previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MGM Resorts International (MGM) in Las Vegas, where he oversaw the company’s domestic and international financial functions, including corporate finance, treasury, shared services, internal audit, and investor relations. During his tenure with MGM, Dan was instrumental in structuring the acquisition and financial strategies to acquire Mirage Resorts and Mandalay Resort Group.  He also played a key role in expanding the company’s portfolio internationally, as well as the creation of the company’s real-estate investment trust.

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People On The Move: John Pierce, Vice President of Sales at LâMO Footwear

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LâMO Footwear recently announced John Pierce as the company’s new Vice President of Sales. Pierce brings 30 years of industry sales and business management experience to his new role. He joins LâMO as the company gained momentum with record sales last year and has had a strong start to 2022.

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People On The Move: Nicole Sanchez

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C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder, hired Nicole Sanchez as director of project development serving Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. With more than 10 years of experience, Sanchez will strategically lead business development efforts for Driver’s Special Projects Group by being a champion of the firm’s services.

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