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Tom Mullen has been named LATCB’S Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all operating functions including finance, human resources, member and visitor relations, as well as responsibility for new business development.
A seasoned travel and retail executive, Mullen joined LATCB in June, 2013, as Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. in a variety of positions including Vice President, Sales and Account Development, Merchant Services America, where he managed more than 1,600 merchant relationships throughout Los Angeles, Northern California and Hawaii; General Manager, Travel Services, Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia; Director, Merchant Services, Hawaii; Manager, Business Development and Strategic Planning; Manager, Finance & Administration; and Financial Analyst.
Mullen has also been very involved with the Los Angeles travel industry, serving two terms as Chairman of LATCB’s Board of Directors from 2009-2013.
In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.
Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.
“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.