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Port of San Diego Commissioner Robert “Dukie” Valderrama Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the National City Chamber of Commerce

Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, who has represented the City of National City on the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners since 2005, has received the National City Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the National City Business Community.

The award was presented to Commissioner Valderrama at the National City Chamber’s 109th Annual Installation Dinner held on January 25, 2019 at the Jacobs Center in San Diego.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the National City Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Commissioner Valderrama. “I was born and raised in this city and my mother comes from the largest family here. I’ve always had a passion for giving back to the community and for working hard for what’s best for our citizens. I’m truly grateful for the opportunities National City has brought to me and my family.”

Commissioner Valderrama served as Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners in 2010 and 2017. He was instrumental in the development of the National City Balanced Plan, a project that will add additional park space and commercial development space to the National City bayfront. He is also a staunch supporter of Port environmental initiatives to reduce air pollution around the Port’s cargo terminals.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Commissioner Valderrama,” said Randa Coniglio, President & CEO of the Port of San Diego. “His leadership skills, fierce commitment to the community and dedication to public service have led the Port through some challenging times and resulted in many successes.”

In addition to his service on the Board of Port Commissioners, Commissioner Valderrama has served on the Board of Directors of the National City Chamber of Commerce since 2010, on which he has held every executive position, including Chairman.

“Dukie represents community pride, integrity, and business grit,” said Jaqueline Reynoso, President/CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce. “He is a widely respected leader in our region and has championed National City in every civic affair, gifting his passion and professional experience to uplift our community and empower the future generation of business leaders. We are grateful for Dukie’s lifetime of service to community and economic development.”

Other boards and commissions that Commissioner Valderrama has served on include the San Diego County Water Authority, National City Planning Commission, National City Parks and Recreation Commission, and the National City Environmental Professional Committee.

He currently serves on the Holiday Bowl Board of Directors, Southwestern College Foundation Board, South County Economic Development Board, and the California Construction Council Health Insurance Council.

Commissioner Valderrama retired from the construction industry in 2012. He was the owner and President of A-D&D Drywall, Inc. and the owner and Vice-President of West Coast Scaffold, Inc.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.