The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that a Pasadena resident, GOP staffer and former radio show host has taken the helm of the SBA region that covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.
As Region IX Administrator, Michael Vallante oversees SBA programs, offices and operations in the five-state area.
A former small business owner, Vallante “has extensive experience in communications and public relations,” according to SBA officials, who said his company “provided consulting and strategic communications services for small businesses and nonprofits around the country.”
Vallante most recently served as chief of staff to the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was chief operating officer of the California Republican Party from 2003 to 2007 and chief of staff for the nonprofit Minneapolis-St. Paul Host Committee, which organized the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
Vallante previously hosted a radio drive-time show in his native Rhode Island, “where he interviewed newsmakers from around the world and engaged listeners in a call-in talk show format,” according to the SBA.
“Mike is an experienced leader, skilled communicator, and as a former entrepreneur, understands the challenge of starting and scaling a company,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “He will be a strong voice for small business owners, and I look forward to working with him to help more entrepreneurs in Region IX.”
The Providence College graduate moved to Southern California in 1999. He lives in Pasadena with his wife Julie and their four rescue dogs.
—City News Service
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