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Incoming Chamber CEO Dominik Knoll. Photo via Twitter

Redondo Chamber names new CEO

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced Dominik Knoll will be its new President and CEO. Knoll replaces recently-retired leader Marine Smeltzer, who led the organization for 32 years.

“I am honored to work with the Redondo Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s work is vital to the business community and I look forward to working with stakeholders, the Chamber’s board, volunteers and staff to grow the organization and to promote the interests and ensure the livelihood of local businesses,” Knoll said in a statement released by the Chamber.

Previously, Knoll, 35, was CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, an organization dedicated to promoting international business in trade in Louisiana. Knoll was named that organization’s chief officer in 2010, at 26 years old.

“On behalf of the Hiring Committee, we are very excited to have Dominik on board as the President/CEO of the Chamber,” Ann Garten, chair of RBCC’s succession committee, said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge and experience in leading non-profit business organizations made him the clear choice to help move the Redondo Chamber forward to even greater success in the coming years.” Knoll’s first day is July 16.

Harbor Commission to discuss Sportfishing Pier

The Redondo Beach Harbor Commission will hold a third public forum to discuss the future of the Redondo Sportfishing Pier during its regular meeting on July 9. The forum will include discussions of potential features and amenities for the pier, possible special event or dock space, and sportfishing use.

The planned concrete pier would replace the existing timber pier, which has been closed due to structural failure since last winter.

Outreach is scheduled to take place until August, in time for the California Coastal Commission to hear the project, alongside the city’s boat ramp application.

The meeting will take place on July 9, beginning at 7 p.m., at City Council Chambers,  415 Diamond St.


In “RBUSD picking Apples for student/table program,” (June 28) Easy Reader erroneously stated the grades levels at which Chromebooks are distributed for individual students and mistitled Derek Kinsey. Chromebooks are issued to second-grade classrooms, and to individual students in grades three and up. Kinsey is RBUSD’s Chief Technology Director.

We regret the errors.


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