This edition of the Business Journal includes a 14-page section saluting Randy Gordon, who is celebrating 25 years as president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Gordon took the helm of the business organization on April 4, 1994, at a time the chamber was dealing with financial challenges and the city was grappling with the pending loss of the U.S. Navy. Business Journal Editor Samantha Mehlinger sat down with Gordon to discuss his pre-chamber life growing up in Texas, how he got involved in chamber work and how he ended up in Long Beach. They examined political and business issues he has dealt with, his community involvement and “role models, mentors and family.” We also received “insider information” on Gordon from those who served as chair of the chamber board. Finally, we surprised Gordon with a “congrats” from an “Angel.”

Click here to download the Business Journal’s Salute to Randy Gordon.

(Photograph by the Business Journal’s Brandon Richardson)