Provo's downtown Association of Involved Merchants has elected Jim Ferguson, Provo Excelsior Hotel manager, and Wayne Hill, owner of Hill Heating Aid Service, as president-elect and treasurer, respectively.

The board of directors also approved Robert Schneck, owner of Little Pasta Inn, as a new member.Additional board members are Steven Densley, Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce; Will Feller, Goldsmith Jewelry; Margaret Firmage, Womne's Division/Chamber; Trieste Goodwill, Joe Vera's Mexican Fiestaurant; Thone Heppler, Zion's Bank and president of AIM; Cherie Lyon, consumer representative; Ron Madsen, Provo Economic Develpment; Chuck O'Brien, Sears; Ted Schofield, Heindselman's; and Raylene Ireland, Provo City.

AIM's goals are to promote better retail strategies, enhance the downtown image, improve downtown development and redevelopment, improve merchant communication and to serve as an ombudsman for problem-solving, Linda P. Walton, executive director, said.

AIM was started in 1985 through a grant from Community Development Block Grant monies. AIM is sponsored by Provo City and the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce.