ISMA Nominees for Board of Directors Announced

ISMA members in good standing will be receiving their online ballots to vote in our Board of Directors election for 2012. The ballot must be filled out by FEBRUARY 28th in order to have your vote counted. So that you know a bit about each candidate who is running, we have provided you here a brief biography, provided by the candidates.

2012-2013 ISMA Board of Directors Nominee Statements
David Zimmerman
Blackthorn Bar
David was born and raised in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco and has owned and operated businesses in the city for the last 10years. He currently owns the Blackthorn bar on Irving St. in the Inner Sunset and Icon Lounge in the SOMA area. David is honored and excited about the opportunity to continue the hard work done by the previous board in their goal to expand and strengthen ISMA. David’s goals include forming a stronger bond with the Inner Sunset Park Neighbors as they work towards like-minded goals including the Inner Sunset Fair and the planned Gateway to the Sunset program.
Dane Morton
Sterling Bank and Trust
Dane joined the Inner Sunset neighborhood in April of 2011 as manager with Sterling Bank & Trust. Dane has been in banking for 8 years and is married with a one year old son. In the past year, Dane served as the VP of the Taraval Parkside Merchants Association and during his term they held a Street Fair, Senior Citizen Dance, Community Wide Rummage Sale, and won a financial award for façade improvements.
Brandi Chalker and Briana Bers
Urban Bazaar
Brandi Chalker and Briana Bers, co-owners of Urban Bazaar, seek your vote to share the position of Secretary on the ISMA Board of Directors. Brandi & Briana currently hold the positions of VP Communications and Events Coordinator on the Board, and are looking forward to continuing to serve our merchant community. We value inclusiveness, creativity, and a long-term outlook in ISMA’s agenda for 2012, and would like to see the Board focus on: creating an Inner Sunset Guide so that locals and tourists are more drawn to support our local businesses; creating greater collective marketing opportunities for ISMA members; working more closely with the Inner Sunset Park Neighbors on long-term beautification and improvement plans for our neighborhood; and fostering a more inclusive organization that responds to the needs of all of its merchants.
Brendan Wolf
First Republic Bank
Brendan is an entrepreneurial-minded banker that brings a fresh approach to personal and business finance. He has held various positions in banking since 2003 including Teller, Personal Banker, Business Specialist, and Assistant Manager. He holds two BA degrees from UC Santa Barbara and spent his final year studying abroad at the Universita’ di Bologna in Italy to gain a more global perspective through cultural immersion. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, he’s determined to use his experience within the financial sector to help people by providing objective financial advice. Having recently started working in the Inner Sunset, he’d like to meet more of the local community and gain more professional experiences. The opportunity to become Treasurer for the ISMA would aid in developing deeper relationships with local business owners as well as provide a unique opportunity to gain professional experience while he’s preparing for MBA applications.