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
Former Part-Time Faculty, Allan Hancock College

Originally 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 local sporting goods company in partnership 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 other non-profit and philanthropic organizations like Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast Masonic Lodge #237, Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, the Rage Youth Hockey Program, and the Guadalupe Visual and Performing Arts Center.  He was part-time faculty with Allan Hancock College in the Fine Arts department from 2018-2022 and is a resident of Guadalupe with his wife Jennifer, and sons Gabe and Sam.

Vice President

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.

Vice President – Sponsorships

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

Judy Wilson
Small Business Owner

 

Secretary

Melanie Backer
Writer/Producer