Richard Acosta, an insurance agent with Smith-Kandal Insurance, has been elected as president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. Acosta will take over for John Anderson during the chamber's annual dinner July 2 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort.
Acosta joined the chamber's board of directors in 1999 and has served as special events chair, vice president and president elect. Prior to joining the board of directors Acosta was actively involved with Los Vigilantes and that group's ramrod from 1987-1988.
A native of the Imperial Valley, Acosta grew up in Holtville and graduated from Holtville High School. Acosta has worked in the insurance industry throughout his career. He worked for Pan American Underwriters for 17 and a half years prior to joining Smith-Kandal Insurance more than eight years ago.
Acosta said, "It's an honor to be elected to the chamber's board and represent over 800 businesses in El Centro and Imperial Valley. We have a wonderful group of directors who will work with me on the board and represent our membership well in serving the interests of the business community."