Grand marshal

Glen Beard has been named grand marshal of Gustine’s upcoming July 4 celebration.

GUSTINE - A love of Gustine kept Glen Beard in his hometown.

Through the years, the local businessman and leader has served his community and the local Chamber of Commerce in a number of roles.....always willing to step in and lend a hand as needed.

In recognition of his many contributions, the Gustine Chamber of Commerce has selected Beard as grand marshal of the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

Vanessa Rogers, the chamber’s executive director, said Beard is a valued member of both the chamber and the community as a whole.

“Whenever we need help, he is there,” she told Mattos Newspapers.

Beard was born and raised locally.

The 1975 Gustine High graduate went on to a career as a hair stylist....but never let his career take him far from home.

After working at four or five salons around the area, he opened Glen’s Hair Station in downtown Gustine in 1984 and has operated the business ever since.

“I always liked Gustine, and wanted to stay here and raise my family. I just like the small community,” he explained.

Beard has been actively involved in his home town.

He served on the volunteer fire department, continues to serve as a member of the Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School board and was active in the OLM Parents Club, to name a few. Beard is also a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, belongs to the local Knights of Columbus and is a director with the OLM Celebration Society.

He also organized a fashion show that the local beauty salons sponsored for Gustine’s Diamond Jubilee.

About 15 years ago, Beard became actively involved in the chamber.

He chaired or helped organize a number of traditional chamber events, served as president for three years and remains on the board of directors, and is in charge of vendor booths at the Old-Fashioned Christmas at Home.

The chamber, Beard reflected, serves an important role not only as an advocate for the business community but as an ambassador for the community as a whole.

“I enjoy being involved,” he commented. “Gustine has a lot of special attributes. Gustine is a unique town.”

He and his wife of 39 years, Janet, raised their daughter Krista in Gustine and now have three grandchildren.

Beard said he was deeply honored to be named grand marshal.

He joins the ranks of distinguished community leaders who have earned that distinction.

“I do things because I want to. I feel that there are many people who have done a lot more,” Beard told Mattos Newspapers. “There are people other than me who are more worthy.”