Meet Our Board of Directors

Dedicated to Improving Downtown El Cajon

Here is a little bit about us as the Board of Directors at Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. We are all committed to improving the downtown experience, as well as enhancing the value for businesses and patrons alike. Our organization is working hard to draw more businesses and investors into our downtown area, and we are always looking for innovative ways to involve investors, local business owners, and our community so everyone can enjoy. You can contact our local office to find out more about us, and how you can get involved in the Downtown El Cajon area, or to get more information about our events, including the Cajon Classic Cruise, Dinner and A Concert Series, America on Main, the Mother Goose Parade and more.

Daryl Priest

Daryl Priest

Board President

With more than 40 years in development, Daryl boasts his greatest achievement are in development of youth programs in the community. Daryl and his wife can regularly be found at a local high school football game or sponsoring aspiring students in agriculture.
Gabriel Marrujo

Gabriel Marrujo

Board Member

After the Marrujo family combined their efforts into creating the hugely successful Downtown Cafe and Por Favor restaurants, Gabe focused his efforts on helping other family run businesses thrive in the community. Gabe can regularly be found advocating the success of the up and coming small businesses in Downtown El Cajon.

Douglas Wilford

Douglas Wilford

El Cajon City Representative

Douglas is the City Manager for the City of El Cajon, the biggest employer within Downtown El Cajon. He brings over 35 years of expertise in local government and economic development to the Board. Douglas has been the City Manager for El Cajon since 2012.
Cathy Zeman

Cathy Zeman

Board Treasurer

Cathy is a founding member that turned the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners back on it’s feet. Cathy leads the team that puts on San Diego’s hottest summer concert event: The Dinner and A Concert series.

Mark Clifton

Mark Clifton

Board Member

After growing up in the car business, Mark represents the changing needs of the community. Mark regularly works as a member of the local Lion’s Club to champion the progress of both youth and senior programs.
Debbie Bailey

Debbie Bailey

San Diego County Representative

Debbie joins The Board as an expert in real estate and development within the county. Her years of local government improvements provide great insight to the growing needs of Downtown El Cajon.

Rick Sweeney

Rick Sweeney

Board Member

Rick Sweeney has owned and operated Omni Graphics since 1982 and brought his business to downtown El Cajon eight years ago. Rick is an alumnus of SDSU Graphic Communications Department and specializes in community graphic enhancements.
Lee Mench

Lee Mench

Board Member

Lee has been providing Downtown El Cajon businesses flexible office space solutions, revenue maximization and integrative networking techniques for more than 20 years.

Victor Zeman

Victor Zeman

Board Member

Victor has provided real estate lending to El Cajon’s developers and residents for more than 45 years. As a local oriented towards family success, Victor adds a particular fatherly figure to the efforts of Downtown El Cajon.
Alexis Frost

Alexis Frost

Events Coordinator

Once a vendor of the many events sponsored by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, Alexis understands the passion it takes to coordinate community involvement. Alexis can be found raising three kids in one hand and raising the bar for local events in the other. Contact Alexis, if you or your business associates are looking to gain exposure at any of the Downtown El Cajon events.