With the pass of a gavel the Lakewood Chamber welcomes their new Board Chair


The evening began as the sun set, with a beautiful view overlooking the city lights of the Greater Lakewood area. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s recent Installation Event was held at the Holiday Inn’s fully renovated rooftop Vue Restaurant and Bar. Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Joy Janes, passed the gavel to incoming Board Chair, Ariel Pe.

In a lively ceremony of music, laughter and cheers, L.A County Supervisor Janice Hahn took her position behind the podium and conducted the official swearing in of the officers. Supervisor Jan- ice Hahn serves 26 cities and over 2 million constituents and communities, stretching from Marina Del Rey to Diamond Bar. As a former member of congress, Supervisor Hahn understands the impact of government on local business owners. She appreciates the benefits of a strong local economy, and graciously balances the demands of her diverse constituency on a daily basis. Joshua Castellanos, President & CEO of the Lakewood Chamber says, “Janice Hahn came to the event as a Supervisor, but left as a friend.” He added, “She takes the time to recognize people and she has the amazing ability to make everyone feel important to her.”

The Lakewood Chamber may have a small town feel, but that’s the secret to its success. Every Chamber Members business is important, and the opportunity to recognize some of the faces behind the business names was what made the evening so exciting.

Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Piazza McDonalds and Weingart-Lakewood YMCA were all honored for their contributions that have been pivotal to the growth and support of the Chamber. The coveted Woody Smith Award was given to Mick Woodwards of Lakewood Rent-All for their donations and hands on help with various events. Many volunteers and ambassadors were also honored.

Michael Farmer, of Lakewood’s Michael Farmer Photography, showed his skill and keen eye for just the right shot. It makes those who were unable to attend feel as if they were there. Check out the photos at www.lakewoodchamber.com.

At the end of the day, The Chamber is all about people helping people. That may sound cliché, but behind each business is a person that’s reaching out with a product or service to another person in need of that product or service. It’s really as simple as that. The Chamber just helps facilitate that partnership. With their time, energy and professionalism, the Chamber does the hard work of bringing people together. With a handshake and the pass of a business card; relationships are formed. That’s the Lakewood Chamber’s sweet spot. If you’re interested in checking out how you can get involved, take a look at www.lakewoodchamber.com or give them a call at (562) 531-9733.