A former Calgary police officer and travel agency owner will soon take over as the new executive director of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association.
Carl DeSantis will join the organization later this month, taking over for Gay Pooler, the outgoing general manager, who held the position for the last 14 years.
DeSantis spent the majority of his career with the Calgary Police Service, where during his 30 years of employment he served in roles as diverse as general patrol, hostage negotiations, covert operations, air services, and more.
Following his stint with the force, DeSantis took a job as Justice Studies Program Coordinator at Calgary’s Bow Valley College, where he’s spent the last seven years.
For 10 years, from 2001 to 2011, DeSantis was also a co-owner, vice president and executive team member of international travel agency franchise operations.
In a press release announcing his new position DeSantis says he is “both excited and honoured to have been chosen to lead the KCBIA,” and that he’s “anxious to get to work and have constructive conversations with our stakeholders.”
“We have been working towards a smooth transition for the past year, and are confident that we can maintain our forward momentum. Carl is keen to tackle the challenges of this ultimately rewarding career,” Pooler says.
Pooler says she will now be “embarking upon a new path in my journey through life,” as she rejoins the private sector.
“I am honoured to have been a part of the evolution of Downtown Kamloops and happy and grateful for the journey,” she says.
KCBIA board of directors president Mike O’Reilly says DeSantis will “build on the foundation” the KCIBA has created.
“Carl will be a fantastic addition to the downtown community,” he says, adding that he is confident DeSantis will “lead our strategic direction to fulfill the organization mandate.”
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