Board of Directors:

The Guadalupe Business Association Board of Directors is currently made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

President

Garret Matsuura
Owner, Arclight Media
Part-Time Faculty, Allan Hancock College

Hailing from Huntington Beach, California, Garret has been a Central Coast resident since 1994.  He has a BA in Social Ecology from UC Irvine with a concentration in Criminology, Law and Society.  While an MBA student at Cal Poly, he started working with a large sporting goods company who enjoyed an exclusive relationship with America Online.  Cutting his teeth in the web, e-commerce, and online marketing while web browsers were in their infancy, he founded his company Arclight Media and has served the Central Coast with web design and technology consulting services ever since.  He’s actively involved with non-profit and philanthropic organizations like Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, Cruzin’ for Life, the Central Coast Writers Conference and the Central Coast Masonic Lodge #237.  He joined the faculty of Allan Hancock College as a part-time teacher in the Fine Arts department in 2018.  He is a resident of Guadalupe with his wife Jennifer, and sons Gabe and Sam.

Vice President

Lupe Alvarez
Manager, Lupe’s Company

Lupe Alvarez has deep roots in Guadalupe, his grandparents, father, aunts, and uncles arrived in 1957 to Guadalupe. Lupe lives in Guadalupe with his wife Olivia and their son Joseph.  Mr. Alvarez believes strongly in giving back to his hometown, and he volunteers where there is a need. But he specifically enjoys volunteering his time with the Guadalupe Food Bank. Lupe is a manager at the family business Lupe’s Company, a local construction and property management company. Previously, Lupe served on the Guadalupe City Council for two years, and then was elected Mayor for four-two-year terms, for a total of eight years. He also served on Marian Hospital Community Board for ten years. And currently, for the last four years he serves on the Board of Directors for Community Bank of Santa Maria, a publicly traded bank stock company. 
 

Treasurer

Belinda Popovich
Realtor

Belinda Popovich as a Realtor has over 10 years of experience working within residential, commercial, and new construction sales. Additionally, she has spent over 9 years working as a Compliance Auditor for a firm in Northern California. She established their internal checks and balances that meet and exceed state standards with 1,200 and counting transactions; as well as transitioned them onto a fully digital platform. Locally as a new home sales agent with the Pasadera community she seeks not only to help Guadalupe grow; but also helps organize community participation and outreach events.

Prior to her career change she had been a Pastry Chef specializing in Wedding Cakes and Sculpted Cakes; working in Santa Barbara, Napa, and Sacramento. She excelled within this career field due to her love and passion for the culinary arts. Unfortunately, she had to walk away from this career path due to a car accident.

Being a 3rd generation Guadalupe native, she is continuing a long-standing tradition of convening the community together so we can all help each other grow.

Secretary

Mira Beyeler
Real Estate Transaction Specialist

Mira Beyeler is a current Real Estate Transaction Specialist with a passion for social justice and community development. After studying Cultural Anthropology at Sonoma State University, Mira spent a year in India and Israel working for two non-profits focused on Child Marriage and Sports development – both of whom had the shared goal of lifting up society’s young and vulnerable populations. Since then, she has actively interned and worked for a variety of organizations in the US including the American Projects Fellowship at DigDeep, a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to every American. Being raised in the Bay Area, Mira witnessed firsthand how drastic social inequalities are responsible for much of the current issues our communities face today – housing, food security, education and more. Having recently moved to the Central Coast with her husband and two-year old daughter, Mira is committed to contributing to her new community.