Al Aldrete, the 2015 president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, talks about change during a Friday night Installation Dinner.
came dressed in beach wear, replete with open sandals, shirt and cowboy hat.
Cowan was praised by Aldrete
and other chamber members for maintaining stability along with focusing the organization back to its traditional business-dominated roots.
Aldrete, a native of San Diego who was raised in Davis, graduated from Davis High School in 1996 and Sacramento State in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.
promised to keep the chamber focused on its primary mission of fostering and developing business opportunities.
has a long history in banking, insurance and marketing.
served in 2010 as executive director for the Winters Chamber of Commerce
, worked as general manager in 2012 as general manager of County Fair Fashion Mall, and presently is plant operations manager for the newly built senior living community, Carlton Plaza of Davis.
He has been a member of the Woodland Chamber since 2005 and has served as an ambassador, chairman of the Government Relations Committee, Public Policy Committee and others.
said the chamber under his
term would focus on economic development.
"Our mission is to foster an economic climate in which business, agriculture and industry flourish," he
told the roughly 350 business and community members at the dinner.
"Everything is coming together.
Over the past four or five years we have been working on different projects as a community and a chamber.
As such the downtown is starting to see life again with the First Friday (Art Walks) and Food Truck Mania."
said the chamber is strengthening its governmental-relations partnerships and will be more proactive when it comes to representing the needs of business by getting out into the community more, increasing membership and overall sponsorships in various events.
"The last piece of the economic puzzle is the education of our workforce," Aldrete
said, promising that the chamber would be attending more frequently meetings between representatives of local governments and schools, including Woodland Community College
and the Woodland Joint Unified School District
To demonstrate that, Aldrete
said that as of Thursday, the chamber would being supporting a student-engagement program being put forth at Woodland College
that allows high school students going into the ag industry to earn credits that are transferrable to colleges and universities.
In addition to Aldrete taking office, other 2015 officers are First Vice President is Phil Hogan of the USDA/National Resource; Mike Traum, second vice president, of Cache Creek Casino Resort; Treasurer Natasha Kohn of Landucci, Bick, Matter, Johnston & Martin LLC.