February 4th marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of Allan Zaremberg. As I paused to remember and honor his legacy, I couldn’t help but be grateful for all that Allan accomplished during his time with CalChamber. His wisdom and political acumen were truly remarkable.

Last year, after Allan’s passing, tributes poured in and several articles were written profiling his life. One of the best pieces, written by Taryn Luna of the LA Times, referred to Allan as the “dean of the California business community.” This title is fitting, as it reflects the immense influence and respect that Allan held within the Capitol Community.

However, as time has passed, it has become clear that Allan was equally, if not more, known and appreciated for his kindness and decency. While he may have been a boss to many, he was at his best as an ally, encourager, mentor, and friend.

As we reflect on the sad anniversary of Allan’s passing, it is important to also remember what we gained through knowing him. Not only was he a champion for the cause of business in California, but he was also a champion for others. I am grateful to have had Allan as a role model and an example of exceptional leadership.

Today, as we honor Allan’s memory, let us also strive to embody his kindness, decency, and dedication to making a positive impact in our communities. Though he may no longer be with us, his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us. 

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