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Early Life

Son of immigrant parents. Father came to this country to seek a better life for himself and his family. Worked in the California produce industry for over 45 years from the Coachella Valley to the Salinas Valley.  Mother was a Nurse in Mexico.  Both of them taught their children the value of hard work, family, the importance of an education and being honest and doing what is right.
Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border provides a unique experience and a unique perspective as to the issues surrounding the border. The cross cultural ties, the familial ties and the economic engine it provides to this Region.
The ability to understand the intricacies of border communities and the global impact our products and resources have is a unique attribute to those of us living here.
But given the economic importance of California on the global scale, our families are still suffering. Parts of our District have one of the nation’s highest unemployment levels, high percentage of homelessness, a large Military and Veteran population that aren’t being treated as they should.
This environment has shaped Louis and his desire to help improve the quality of life for everyone in District 51.

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Education

Went to Jefferson Elementary School in Calexico.
De Anza Jr. High
Calexico High School Class of ’93
University of California Berkeley
Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute.
California Licensed HVAC Contractor
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Values

Family Values are at the core of any happy, successful and fulfilling life.

I believe that we all wake up each day with a motivation to provide for our family, our kids especially and to live a better life.

Honesty, humility, being always conscious of others and helping others in any way you can is a moral obligation.

My father taught me that my word is the only thing that stays with you. You do what you say your going to do.  You look people in the eye and do what is right.

Our kids and our future is so fragile, that strong values are the only thing that will ensure a better future for the next generations.

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Career

Louis Fuentes is President of Air Conditioning Guys, Inc, an international air conditioning company and a leader in the air conditioning industry in the Southern California and Baja California Region and Director of Marketing for B Air Ductless Mini Splits.  Elected to the Board of Directors of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in 2016.

First President & CEO of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation.  He developed the marketing plan that led to the designation of an Enterprise Zone in Brawley-Imperial County in 2004-2005.

 

Louis has been called upon to represent the California Economic Development perspective and rural communities at State Congressional Hearings testifying to the State Assembly’s Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy.  He has received statewide media coverage in the LA Times, San Diego Union, CSPAN, Univision and numerous Southern California Business Journals as well as national media coverage in Mexico.

Lead project manager for a Cargo Airport concept in Imperial Valley, leading the consulting teams in the analysis of a cargo market from Baja California, availability of airspace use and site-selection process. He co-authored the agreement of the “Tri-Valley Alliance”, between Imperial Valley, Palm Springs, CA and Mexicali, Baja California Mexico. He was nominated as “New Economic Development Professional of the Year” in 2004 by California’s incoming Chairman of CALED Paul Saldaña and the incoming Chairman of the International Economic Development Council Ronnie Bryant.

 

Calexico City Council in 2006
City of Calexico’s Centenial Mayor 2008-2009.
A former member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC),
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)
Former California Technology Trade & Commerce-Team California Marketing Co-Chair
Imperial Irrigation District Energy Consumer Advisory Committee
County of Imperial-Airport Exploratory Committee
Past-Chairman Local Transportation Agency (LTA) Administrative Board Imperial County.
Chairman of the Imperial Valley Association of Governments (IVAG).

 

In April 2009, and under invitation from the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Louis Co-hosted a White House Health Care Forum along with San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, sharing the California perspective to White House Director of Domestic Policy.

 

One of only 4 U.S. Mayors asked to give the perspective of cities along the U.S. Mexico Border by the Border Trade Alliance to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Nepolitano and key Congressional leaders in 2009.

 

Appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat 2009
Elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors 2010 – 2011
Elected President of the US-Mexico Border Counties Coalition in 2010.
Elected to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Board of Directors in 2016-2019

 

In 2005, he was given special recognition by Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy for his contribution to Economic Development and Job Creation initiates along the border.

 

Louis was born in the California border region of Calexico-Mexicali. He currently resides in Chula Vista, Ca. He holds a black belt in Aikido Karate and Jujitsu and has three young children that drive his motivation to improve the quality of life in the region in which he lives.

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