Bernard Bernstein is the newest addition to the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s board of directors. An Association member since 1997, the new title will take effect in November 2004. Director Fred Freehling will assume the title of director emeritus.
LACFA chairman of the board Stephen Morgan made the announcement. Dr. Morgan is the president of the University of La Verne, a position he has held since 1990. He has been the board chairman since 2002.
Morgan said, “We have worked on the Association for many years with Bernie and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the board of directors. His contributions and dedication to the community and to the Association are impressive and we look forward to working even more closely with him.”
Bernstein currently serves on the strategic planning committee for the LACFA and serves on the board of directors for the Fairplex/University of La Verne Child Development Center.
He is managing partner of Bernstein and Rathman Inc. The CPA firm will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its Pomona location in September. .
His community ties are linked to service on a number of non-profit organizations throughout the Inland Empire including Pomona Rotary Club, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and the Pomona chapter of the American Red Cross. He also serves as a trustee for Cal Poly Associates and Pomona Valley Hospital Foundation. He is the past president of Pomona Chamber of Commerce, California Jaycee Foundation and past chairman of the Pomona Valley Hospital Foundation. Bernstein was the recipient of the Pomona Community Service Award in 2001, Pomona Chamber’s President’s Award in 1994 and Small Business of the Year in 1996. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
Bernstein resides in Claremont with his wife, Barbara, and two sons.
Bernstein said, “After I got over the initial surprise, I am honored to have been asked to serve as a director on the board. I have been involved with the L.A. County Fair for 24 years, beginning in 1980 when I volunteered in a food booth for the Pomona Jaycees. I am very pleased to be a member of this team. I’m enthusiastic and looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the organization.”
The Los Angeles County Fair Association is a non-for-profit mutual
benefit organization. It is comprised of no more than 50 active members, including its 11-member board of directors. Directors are elected by and from the Association annually. Association members, including the board of directors, serve on a voluntary basis and are actively involved in the educational programs, development, the preservation of and future plans for the facility. rc=h