East End board of directors to elect new president
East End Main Street could have a new leader today after its board of directors meets to elect new officers.
Local businessman Dickinson Gould has been nominated as the new president.
If approved, Gould would take over the position left vacant when Andy Milovich, former executive vice president of West Virginia Baseball, took over as general manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class-A advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Milovich's resignation from the board took effect Jan. 7.
Gould does not plan to change the board's direction if his nomination is confirmed during today's meeting.
"I have always admired the way the organization has been run," he said. "And I want to carry on with what they've been doing for the past 11 years."
Gould has been a member of the East End Main Street board for about three years, said Ric Cavender, executive director of the organization.
Cavender expects no opposition to Gould's nomination.
"My personal feeling is that he's a perfect fit, and the board members feel the same way," Cavender said. "I don't foresee any issues at all."
Gould is president and owner of Buzz Food Service.
He was closely involved with the organization of the East End's Open Air Market and Bazaar's pilot season, which ended this fall. He has also been instrumental in promoting economic development in the East End, Cavender said.
Gould said he was very pleased with the bazaar's pilot season and is looking forward to helping promote the full season, which will begin this spring.
"We're committed to continuing to improve that space," he said. The bazaar is at the intersection of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.
"The bazaar will continue to be a hub of activity in the district," he added. "This season is going to be very exciting."
Gould, 35, returned to Charleston about seven years ago. The Charleston Catholic High School graduate has lived in the East End since his return.
"The East End was really the only place my wife and I considered when we moved back," he said.
Gould is not the only officer who will be considered during today's meeting.
Charleston Councilman Marc Weintraub, an attorney with the law firm Bailey & Glasser, has been nominated as the new vice president.
Mary Beth Hoover, lead interior designer at Contemporary Galleries, has been nominated to serve as treasurer, and Amy McLaughlin, director of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, as secretary.
Kristin Call, director of marketing for the West Virginia Power minor league baseball team, and Kallie Cart, anchor and reporter for WCHS-VVAH TV, have been nominated to fill vacancies on the board.
Directors also will be asked to form a separate board of advisers to lead an effort to form a nonprofit business association.
Keeley Steele, owner of the Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish and Frutcake, has been nominated to serve as president of the new board.
This would be another tool in the East End Main Street arsenal aimed at improving the business climate in the district, Cavender said.
The meeting will be in the second-floor conference room at the Charleston Woman's Club at 1600 Virginia St. E.