In Peter Tateishi, the Sacramento Metro Chamber believes it has found a new CEO with the perfect mix of public- and private-sector expertise, paired with a youthful presence.
On Monday, the chamber announced the appointment of the 34-year-old Tateishi as its new president and chief executive officer. He will take over his new duties Jan. 17. Chamber officials declined to disclose Tateishi’s annual salary.
Tateishi, currently CEO of the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, replaces Roger Niello, who previously announced that he would step down at the end of this year.
Christi Black-Davis, a vice president with Edelman Public Relations Worldwide who will become the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s board chairwoman in January, said the board found Tateishi’s combination of business, management and political expertise “to be really, really attractive … We value the energy that young professionals bring in this region, and I think that putting a young professional in charge makes a pretty strong statement.”
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Over the past two years, Tateishi oversaw extensive organizational changes at the Builders Exchange, which calls itself the region’s largest and oldest construction industry trade association.
In a phone interview, Tateishi said he will take a slow, steady approach in collaborating with regional organizations, public officials and business leaders toward his goal of “working on behalf of businesses, to help them sustain and grow … We want to retain businesses (and) help those businesses that do want to move to Sacramento.”
Tateishi favors a cooperative, “inclusive process” to boost the region’s fortunes. “I don’t want to see the chamber become an island unto itself,” he said.
Asked if last week’s local elections will help further the chamber’s goals, Tateishi said, “From my experience, I think there’s definitely a spirit of cooperation that exists, working toward priorities in a bipartisan environment. I think we have a commitment from our electeds here to willingly put our region first and politics second.”
Tateishi has some political experience himself. He served as a chief of staff to former Rep. Dan Lungren, a Sacramento-area Republican. In 2012, Tateishi lost a close race to Democrat Ken Cooley in the 8th Assembly District, which stretches from Citrus Heights to south of Wilton.
“Peter brings to the chamber a valuable blend of business and management expertise, with public policy acumen,” current chamber board Chairman James Beckwith said in a statement. “This is an exciting time in the Sacramento region, and with Peter’s leadership, the chamber is poised to accomplish great things that help grow our economy.”
Tateishi previously served on the Carmichael Recreation and Park District board of directors and the Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board. The Sacramento State graduate earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California in 2004.
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