The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 27 celebrated its 134th annual Inaugural Dinner, highlighting the leadership and optimism for the region. The theme was “Resilience. Growth. Transformation.”
Kaiser Permanente received the Corporate Leadership Award, which is given annually to an organization that demonstrates leadership in the long-term economic growth and prosperity of the Los Angeles region. Kaiser Permanente received the honor for keeping communities healthy and employed during the pandemic, saving lives and livelihoods, all while continuing in its commitment to support the small business community.
MLK Community Health Foundation founder and vice chair Linda Griego received the Civic Medal of Honor, which is presented in recognition of continuous, extraordinary non-elective service.
The chamber gave Kroenke Sports and Entertainment owner E. Stanley Kroenke the Distinguished Business Leader Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates extraordinary success in business and a commitment to the greater community. Kroenke received the award for his work in making Los Angeles a global sports and entertainment destination.
“We are ready to move beyond the pandemic and continue our work to ensure that economic recovery can restore hope and be within reach for all in our community,” L.A. Area Chamber President and CEO Maria Salinas said. “With an equitable economic recovery, the region can celebrate success. … We know, through collaboration between business, government and community, there is hope for a brighter future.”
The event also highlighted the passing of the gavel from 2021 board chair Raul A. Anaya to the 2022 board chair, Mark Louchheim, chairman and CEO of Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Louchheim is currently serving on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He also serves on the executive committee of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
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