Dr. Masane Akamatsu
Dr. Akamatsu , a general practitioner in Tokyo, is a member of the Tokyo Yacht Club. In addition to sailing in Tokyo Bay, his yachting team, VEGA, has participated in the Illumination Boat Parade & Contest organized by his yacht club since its start in 2000. He and his teammate won last year’s contest and were invited to be judges in this year’s Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. This will be his first trip to Marina del Rey. Sailing his 40-foot yacht, built by the Okazaki Boat Yard, Dr. Akamatsu’s goal is to win the monthly Tokyo Yacht Club races. The boat sails fast in good wind but there are few windy days in the Bay.
Dr. Akamatsu’s practice is in Chiba Prefecture, which is famous for its baseball team. Under manager Bobby Valentine, who once headed the New York Mets, the team won this year’s baseball title.
She is an active boating enthusiast and also finds time to serve on various committees of the California Yacht Club, where she is currently jr. staff executive officer for the Women’s Association board.
In 1999 the MdR Holiday Boat Parade was rejuvenated when Norma took the helm and created the “Tournament of Lights Holiday Boat Parade.” Norma was named LA County Volunteer of the Year in 1999 and 2005 by the LA County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors.
Her ongoing love of the community has brought her to serve as LA County Beach Commissioner for Marina del Rey for the past four years.
Mr. Sasaki owns his own company and is a proud grandfather. He has a real love of outdoor sports, especially sailing, which started when he was young sharing a dinghy with his friend. In addition to sailing, he enjoys golf, climbing, diving, paragliding and has an instructor’s license to teach skiing. Because of his age, most of these had to be given up but sailing still offers him the chance to do an outdoor sport.
Shunji feels lucky to have a second opportunity to visit Marina del Rey. After winning the 2001 Illuminated Boat Parade & Contest, he judged the 2002 Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and has fond memories of his warm welcome by the officers, board, committee and members of the community. Mr. Sasaki has made use of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade in preparation for the Illuminated Boat Parade & Contest.
Michele Blackmon specializes in architectural homes all over the world.
She has been seen on MTV “Cribs” and VH1’s “The Fabulous Life” and has penned the Brentwood Magazine Real Estate Section.
Blackmon has been involved in the development and restoration of hotels and landmark estate properties in the Midwest and new construction in Southern California. She points out that her background, along with her service-oriented philosophy, innovative marketing concepts, worldwide links and use of cutting edge technology, have led to her reputation from Beverly Hills to Malibu and internationally.
She is recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, which represents agents and firms around the world.
She is also an active member of the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Architecture.
Jack and Sharon Holland were both born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jack has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has been in the computer industry throughout his career.
When they arrived in Florida in 1978, they entered their Columbia 34 in the Fort Lauderdale/Winterfest boat parade and other local parades where they have been a tradition-this year will be their 28th consecutive year.
Over the years they have participated in 79 parades. In 2004 they won the Mariners’ Award which includes being judges at the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.
An employee with Cort for over 18 years, Cedric is currently a senior residential account executive. He has also served the company in a variety of roles ranging from retail and commercial sales to corporate training. His background exemplifies the fact that he is a man of diversity. He has been a radio DJ, performed stand up comedy, owned and operated a concert promotion company and has been a tour director for major rock music acts.
He was the Lions Club Man of the Year, LAPD 2002 Booster of the Year, and winner of the Westchester/
LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce 2003 Jim Bunch Spirit Award. The following year he won the Chamber’s Helmsman Leadership award and Community Service award. In 2003 Cedric not only served on the Organizing Committee for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraiser, which earned over $150,000, but also starred as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. He presently serves the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce as President. As compensation for his long hours in service to others, Cedric seeks only the smiles of the community’s youth and the comradeship of his peers. He has determined that the joy in life is in the giving. As with everything else he does, he performs the task with gusto!
Renee Baldwin is a Southern California native and grew up in Malibu. Travel has always been a key component in Renee’s life, and she is a nature lover and sports enthusiast. Renee enjoys traveling, sailing, boating, hiking, golfing, scuba diving and also runs marathons for charity.
Renee has been a display advertising representative for The Argonaut since 1991. Her knowledge of the Westside and her gregarious nature make her a natural in communicating with her advertising customers.
Having lived in Playa del Rey since 1977, Renee moved to Marina del Rey two years ago, where she and fiancé Brad Barnett live with their rescue dog Barney.
David Snooks is an American Indian of Washoe descent. After completing high school in Sutter Creek, he attended Sacramento State College. He worked as a steward for Pan American Airways before returning to the Jackson area to pursue archaeological work and subsequently became an interpreter for the Park Service at the State Indian Museum in Sacramento and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
David began creating hand-painted and beaded gourds in 1991. He eventually decided to focus primarily on his artist endeavors. David’s family heritage is represented in the interpretative designs he creates. His work has been exhibited in many museums and has an international clientele. His gourd “Native Gold” was displayed in the Best of Show pavilion at the 2005 California State Fair. Currently, David joins his partner Lance Lipscomb, owner of Travelodge Hotel LAX, in commuting between their business in Los Angeles and their home in Pine Grove, California.
Patricia Moore is the vice president of the Homeowners Association of the Marina City Club and president of the Marina City Club restaurant. Fashion is really her passion. She was born in North Carolina but lived mostly in New York working in the cosmetic industry first for Revlon and then as a senior executive with Estee Lauder.
Since living here she represents a fine line of ladies clothing for business women. Patricia is also a member of the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum, supports several charities, and loves living in our community in Marina del Rey.
Since 2000, Barbara Yamamoto has served as community relations director for Los Angeles Inter-national Airport. She is responsible for developing and implementing cohesive, department-wide community relations programs designed to enhance communications with neighbors about the airport’s extensive efforts in managing and mitigating the impacts airport operations have on neighboring communities.
She has represented Los Angeles World Airports as liaison to many community organizations. Most recently, she was selected as honorary mayor for the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning in December, Yamamoto will serve as the interim ethics officer to head Los Angeles World Airports first Office of Ethics and Business Conduct.