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The Board of Directors of the Rodeo Drive Committee has elected a diverse leadership team to continue the committee’s legacy established in the 1970s to enable Rodeo Drive to thrive and advance as a leading, international luxury and fashion destination.
The RDC executive committee is led by President Kathy Gohari, whose appointment was announced earlier this year, with Maor Batito, Kiersten Dunn and Kay Stovall serving as vice presidents and Mark Tronstein serving as treasurer.
“My goal is to mentor and prepare new and dynamic leaders that will guide the street forward creatively, providing businesses with opportunities to network, share resources and explore innovative ways to expand in a safe, healthy and responsible way,” Gohari said. “Maor, Kiersten, Kay and Mark bring a wealth of retail, hospitality and business acumen to respond to changes in retail, shape exciting new experiences and propel Rodeo Drive into the future.”
The Rodeo Drive Committee was founded in 1977 by the “Godfather of Rodeo Drive” Fred Hayman, who at the time of the committee’s founding was chairman of the association and president of Giorgio, the legendary Rodeo Drive boutique and fragrance.
Gohari has served as the committee’s president previously in 2017-2018. She is a respected luxury expert and is president of KG Relations, a luxury advisory firm. She serves as liaison to the city of Beverly Hills and is a member of the board of the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau.
A business leader in the luxury jewelry field, Batito is the market manager for Los Angeles for the American jewelry brand, David Yurman, and oversees the brand’s Rodeo Drive flagship as its boutique director.
Dunn is the director of public relations and communications at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. She has worked at Beverly Wilshire collectively for seven years and with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for 10 years.
Stovall, of Auto Vault Storage in Beverly Hills, has refined the company’s legacy of customer satisfaction through her professionalism and dedication to each individual client for nearly 10 years. A luxury automotive management company, Auto Vault has operated on Rodeo Drive for the last 40 years.
Tronstein is a managing director of Andell Inc., a Los Angeles-based private investment firm and family office with global business and investment interests, where he sits on the investment committee, leads the real estate team and is responsible for all real estate investments and transactions.
One of the committee’s original goals was “to promote Rodeo Drive as America’s answer to the glamour of Rome’s Via Condotti, London’s New Bond Street and Paris’s Faubourg St-Honoré,” and organized a major campaign to attract national and international attention to Rodeo Drive.
As the holidays approach and with international travel restrictions lifting next month, occupancy rates are already on the rise on Rodeo Drive, according to the committee. The holiday shopping season will kick off officially on Nov. 18 with the annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting celebration and an evening of variety performances for all along the length of the street.
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