Rancho’s current Board of Directors consists of a multi-talented group of individuals who are dedicated to our mission of Inspiration. They have guided the non-profit through its first two years of operation with valuable insight and real-world experience. Last month, we added two additional members, each of whom will contribute their own perspective and expertise to the future of Rancho Obi-Wan.
Rich Smolen has been an avid collector and online retailer of Star Wars trading cards for more than a decade. He is currently Director of Marketing at a media company focused on the intersection of education and technology, and has more than 18 years of web marketing and e-commerce experience at technology and entertainment companies. Rich holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson. He has served as director of development for Rancho Obi-Wan since late 2013, and lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife Temple and their daughter. Rich is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Star Wars merchandising, and to supporting the creativity and passion that connects us all as a community of fans and collectors.
Pete Vilmur is Director of Public Relations for Fine Art—Sculpture at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he reports to department director Lawrence Noble, sculptor of Lucasfilm’s iconic Yoda statue. Star Wars fans know him best for his nine years working for Lucas Digital Media, where as senior editor he created content for Lucasfilm’s websites, blogs and social networks. Pete co-authored two books with Steve Sansweet – The Star Wars Poster Book and The Star Wars Vault – and a third with Ryder Windham, The Complete Vader. He has long collected Star Wars posters and ephemera. Pete lives in Petaluma with his wife Terri and their two children.