Dennis Rickard has been named the new El Presidente for Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
Last year, Rickard was a Vice President.
Rickard was chosen to the prestigious post in a meeting by the Old Spanish Days Board of Directors last night.
His family has deep roots in Santa Barbara history dating back to Jose de la Guerra. Rickard’s grandfather, John was El Presidente in 1949. Recently the airport terminal building was named after John Rickard who was also a former Santa Barbara Mayor.
The official appointments announced by Old Spanish Days are:
El Presidente – Dennis Rickard
Primer Vice Presidente – Cas Stimson
Segundo Presidente – JC Gordon
Vice Presidenta Secretaria – Barbara Carroll
Vice Presidenta Tesorera – Rhonda Henderson
Division Chief, External Relations – Stephanie Petlow
Division Chief, Dance & Entertainment – Denise Sanford
Division Chief, Mercados – Joe Fonte Division Chief,
Celebrations – Angela Miller-Bevan
Division Chief, Pageantry – Marc Martinez