Mark Panatier, VP of Marketing & Development at the A.F. Gilmore Company, owners and operators of the Original Farmers Market, was honored by his peers at the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce last week.
“Mark is a central and contributing figure of our Greater Miracle Mile and we are so glad to have the opportunity to acknowledge his contribution to our community at our Annual “Trailblazer” Luncheon,” noted Meg McComb, GMMC Executive Director.
Local elected leaders CD4 Councilmember David Ryu and City Attorney Mike Feurer joined a full house of chamber members and guests to honor Panatier’s service to the community. Staff representing Congressman Ted Lieu, Supervisor Shelia Kuehl, Assemblymember Richard Bloom and Senator Ben Allen presented Panatier with commendations from their respective offices.
Panatier graciously accepted the commendations and tokens of appreciation from his peers. He told the audience how fortunate he was to work for the Gilmore family, who were trail blazers of early Los Angeles. He thanked his staff on the marketing and development team for “listening to me and sometimes not listening to me.” Panatier said he was also proud to be part of the effort to blaze the Miracle Mile trail and the work of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber in revitalizing the Mile.
Panatier became a bit emotional when he spoke of his close friends and family. He thanked his wife Gail, whom he’s known for almost 50 years and been married to for the last 47 years, and his two daughters.
In closing, Panatier invited his audience to “keep blazing trails, well worn trails and new trails.”
Below are photos of the festivities, by Greater Miracle Mile Chamber photographer Chris Devlin.