DOWNEY – The Downey Chamber of Commerce held its 114th Installation of Officers and Directors Lunch on Wednesday, officially ushering in a new president in Joanna Peterson.
The luncheon was held at the Embassy Suites, and was attended by representatives of several of Downey’s businesses, organizations, and city government.
Three new incoming directors – Mike Murray of Grocery Outlet, Sue Robison of Security Land Escrow, and Mariana Pacheco of Pacheco Realty and Associates – were sworn in.
The event also served as an opportunity to honor outgoing president Laurie Tyler, who addressed the room with a few brief words.
“It truly has been an honor to have served as your chamber president this past year,” said Tyler. “Due to the creativity of the chamber board and staff, we have had a lot of firsts… this would not have been possible without the support of the executive board, the board of directors, the ambassadors and the chamber staff.”
She also gave a few words of encouragement to her successor.
“Joanna, I can’t wait to serve with you as you take over the helm of this great ship. You are in for a wonderful amazing adventure. Know that you have an army of people behind you that are here to support you,” said Tyler.
After being sworn in by Mayor Fernando Vasquez, Peterson also addressed the room.
“I will continue on to serve the city and the chamber,” said Peterson. “At a time where other chambers are losing members, we have raised our numbers. What does that say about us? Downey is a vibrant city rich in history and community. It is quickly growing and expanding its horizons…”