Board of Directors Bios

Richard Perino (President) retired as Director of Vendor Relations from Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) after 30 years with the company. His responsibilities included knowledge of all legal documents necessary to do business with OSH. He brings to MRBA strong skills in managing new projects. Richard was a Gilroy Garlic Festival volunteer for 20 years, a former board member of the Gilroy Presbyterian Church, past President of Gilroy High Boosters Club and a former board member of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark, CA.

Gary Walton (Vice President) is President and sole shareholder of Custom One, Inc., a real estate development company in Gilroy, CA. Gary is past Vice President and former part owner of Overland Enterprises, Inc., past Vice President of the Real Estate Loan Department of San Jose National Bank and former owner of Lizzaran Spanish Restaurant in Gilroy, CA. Gary is the current Chairman of the Gilroy Downtown Business Association. He is a former board member for both the Gilroy Dispatch Editorial Board and the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation and past President of the Downtown Morgan Hill Property Based Improvement District (PBID) and the Morgan Hill Downtown Association. Gary received the 2016 Good Egg Award from the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and is a past recipient of the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year award. Gary received the Governors’ Historic Preservation Award in 2003 for the relocation and restoration of the Morgan Hill Grammar School.

Gloria Caliri (Treasurer) is a Bookkeeper working with several private clients including a local bicycle shop. She worked for a CPA firm and was integral in starting a family business with her husband. It was the first television and stereo sales and repair business in Gilroy. They created another business in 1965, Gilroy Cable TV, which was the first cable television business in Gilroy. Gloria volunteered for the Gilroy Garlic Festival for 12 years, working closely with one of the founders of the festival.

Patti Perino (Publicist) is the retired Assistant to the President of KlinEra Global Services, a clinical research company. She has held several positions in her working life, in which she found success through attention to detail and the drive to problem solve. Patti was an Advertising Sales Representative for 10 years with The Gilroy Dispatch newspaper. Patti’s experience includes retail Store Manager, General Merchandise Manager for an ecommerce retailer. Patti was the Promotion Chairman for the Gilroy Garlic Festival as a volunteer for 8 years.