Jason Paguio is a nonprofit executive, small business owner, educator, and Policy Advisor to Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Miesen.
As the President and CEO of the nonprofit organization Parade Band Foundation, Inc, Jason helped to create Chula Vista’s largest parade band review and community festival (ChulaVistaParade.org) -- without taxpayer dollars. The Foundation is an all-volunteer organization which helps to support the arts by annually awarding thousands of dollars in grants, scholarships, travel assistance, awards, incentives, while providing educational opportunities to schools. Through creative partnership with the Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, and South Bay Family YMCA, the event has connected both the community and local businesses in a synergetic atmosphere that had not been achieved before. As the largest event of its kind in San Diego and top five largest in Southern California, the event draws thousands of participants from throughout San Diego and as far as Burbank, Diamond Bar, Lancaster, Rowland Heights, Placentia, El Monte, Downey, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Palm Desert, South El Monte, Lakewood, Elsinore, La Habra, Yorba Linda, and Calexico -- all to Chula Vista. Held every Veteran’s Day Weekend, the event honors our national heroes as “A Salute to Our Veterans.”
As a small business owner, Jason keeps to his principals of supporting the local economy, with nearly 100% of his company's products being produced and assembled in the USA. Regimental Mace Company LLC, is one of three companies of its kind worldwide that produce items for scholastic, college, police, fire, and military musical organizations. With distribution and partnership on almost every continent, the company has sold to over a dozen countries, including with the US Navy, US Marines, US Army, US Border Patrol, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Army of Oman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Scottish Regiment.
A business leader, Jason is a winner of the San Diego Business Journal “Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20s.” He is twice the recipient of the "Pacesetter of the Year" Award by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce; the "President's Award" by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce; and the “Rising Star” Award by the Philippine American Business Improvement & Development. Jason was one of 25 selected countywide to be a member of the San Diego Public Leadership Institute, in affiliation with the San Diego Business Leadership Alliance.
As an educator, Jason has been a strong proponent of investing in our youth and teaching leadership to our future's leaders. Through his educational nonprofit organization, in partnership with San Diego State University, he helped to create one of San Diego's fastest growing student leadership camps, which has taught hundreds of students. During his tenure of instructing the marching band and concert bands at Eastlake High School, the music program has represented Chula Vista on a national level, performing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Center, and earned the Gold Medal as a competitive marching band. Students regularly achieve placements in State and Local Honor Groups, such as California All-State Honor Bands and Orchestras and SUHSD Honor Bands and Jazz Bands. Locally, the band has performed for civic events, community celebrations, and the openings of local businesses. With drastic cuts to elementary music across the state, a creative public/private partnership was formed with the Eastlake High School music program and Bertrand’s Music to create the South Bay Young Musicians, which provides free music instruction to local elementary school students by a credentialed music teacher.
A product of South Bay and Chula Vista performing arts schools, Jason is still an actively competitive drum major and is the current and five time World Champion Drum Major. He is the first American in over 100 years to win the World Championships in Scotland and has performed and taught in South Africa, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and throughout the United States.
Jason's civic commitments include: Public Policy Committee for the South County Economic Development Council, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce International Business Committee, Grants Selection Committee Member for the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, Board of the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Board of the South Bay Alliance for Arts Education, San Diego Bowl Games Association Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl RedShirt Committees, and previously served Vice-Chair of Cultural Arts Commission for the City of Chula Vista and the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Chula Vista Public Library Strategic Vision Plan.