DOWNEY - Downey Nissan was named "Large Business of the Year" during an awards presentation July 22 hosted by the Downey Chamber of Commerce and held at the Rio Hondo Event Center.Downey Nissan president Tim Hutcherson accepted the award. The dealership has sponsored and donated to many chamber events, including its golf tournament and Downey Street Faire. They also actively support the DRMC Memorial Trust, Downey Police and Fire Golf Tournament, Soroptimist International of Downey, Calvary Chapel School, and the city's Fourth of July fireworks show. Downey Nissan also provides scholarships to students at Downey and Warren high schools. "Small Business of the Year" went to Diversified Risk Management. Owner Patricia Kotze, a strong supporter of the chamber and community, is an active member of Soroptimist International of Downey and serves on the chamber's board of directors. Kotze has chaired the chamber's City Affairs Committee and for two years has served as chairman of Business Watch. The chamber also honored attorney Steve Hoffman as Director of the Year. Hoffman is past president of the chamber and sits on its board of directors. He has chaired the Legislative Advocacy Committee for several years while putting in more than 16 years on the Street Faire Committee. Honored as Volunteer of the Year was past president Robert Zavala. As an ombudsman to the city, he assists local businesses in resolving disputes with local government agencies. Honored as Committee Persons of the Year were Jeannie Wood, Dr. Joel Bird, Lars Clutterham, Mark Keller, Steve Hoffman, Steve Roberson and Jan Scott.
********** Published: July 28, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 15