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SDMAC Executive Director Retires

LEADERSHIP: Search for Replacement Underway

SAN DIEGO – Mark Balmert has retired as CEO of the nonprofit San Diego Military Advisory Council after more than six years in the job.

Mark Balmert
Former Executive Director

In a recent interview, Balmert said has retired to focus on health challenges.
Balmert served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a rear admiral in 2008. He took the CEO’s job in 2018, succeeding Randy Bogle.

“Mark’s vision, passion and commitment have been instrumental in shaping SDMAC into the influential force it is today,” wrote Victor Ramsauer, chairman of the SDMAC board for 2024.

The SDMAC board has named Paul Pearigen interim president and CEO until the selection and hiring of the next leader is complete.

SDMAC’s monthly breakfast meetings have been described as part Rotary Club and part military conference. By drawing hundreds of defense contracting executives, political figures and military officers, the meetings offer a unique networking experience.

Support for Military Community, Spouses

Balmert said he was particularly happy with SDMAC’s recent work to support military spouses, who face difficulty finding work when their spouses go to new duty stations. The difficulty stems from the fact that military spouses often work in occupations such as nursing or teaching. These are state licensed positions, so a move to a new state requires the time and expense of getting a new license.

Balmert said he was also happy with SDMAC’s economic impact reports, its increased standing in the community and the growth in its membership.

Every year, SDMAC takes a measure of how the U.S. Department of Defense supports the San Diego County economy. Its 2023 report estimated that the Pentagon is responsible for $36.1 billion in direct spending, and responsible for 354,439 jobs, making up 22.9% of the regional economy.


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