New Montrose Chamber of Commerce Director Puts Meteoric Rise in Perspective

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Mavil Aghadjanian took over as executive director of the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce in July and aims to help shepherd local merchants through the pandemic.

It was quite a hand that Mavil Aghadjanian was dealt this year, when her expected rise to leading the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce was not only expedited, but happened during the era of a pandemic.
When she joined the organization about a year ago to work membership services, Aghadjanian said internal plans were to position her as the eventual successor to Victoria Malone as executive director of the nonprofit. However, Malone in June accepted a surprise offer to join the Mavil Aghadjanian, which vaulted Aghadjanian up to the top early. She said she is hoping the organization’s longevity — it launched in 1923 — will help her navigate through the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been here far longer than any of us have,” Aghadjanian said. “It was scary at first accepting this role. We had talked about how eventually this would happen, that I would step into this position, but I didn’t think it would ever be in these circumstances.”

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