Photo: HDO 2017 Board of Directors. (Standing from left) Sheryl Thomas-Perkins, Monique Carter, Chris Ackerman, Cari Thomas, Gail Piper, and Roy Miller (Seated from left) Terry Saenz, Louis Bevilacqua, Gwen Bedics, Louisa Miller, and Eric Camarena.
High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert. The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County. For over 30 years, High Desert Opportunity continually attracts nearly 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.
Past keynote speakers at HDO have included Barbara Corcoran, Magic Johnson, Ben Stein, John Naber, Jack Canfield, Steve Forbes, Kyle Petty, Newt Gingrich, Terry Bradshaw, George Stephanopoulos and Tommy Lasorda. Previous conference sessions have included topics such as local real estate and development trends, and infrastructure and transportation plans. The expo features local businesses, commercial real estate associates, the local chambers of commerce, local and regional government representatives from the High Desert.
The event is organized by a volunteer group of approximately 30 local business and community leaders. If you are interested in more information about our organization, please contact us by clicking here or call (760) 245-7600.
2017 Board of Directors Executive Committee
President – Cari Thomas – Inland Empire United Way
1st Vice President – Terry Saenz – VVAPL Humane Society
2nd Vice President – Louise Bevilaqua – Desert Communities Bank
Secretary – Louisa Miller – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Treasurer – Gwen Bedics – Enterprise Funding
Past President – Eric Camarena – Victor Elementary School District
2017 Board of Directors
Monique Carter – County of San Bernardino
Sheryl Thomas-Perkins – Los Angeles World Airports
Chris Ackerman – Signify Designs
Gail Piper, Coldwell Banker Commercial