S.L. Chamber leader Lane Beattie surprised with Giant in Our City award

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, speaks at a press conference for the Our Schools Now campaign at Washington Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Lane Beattie got a big surprise when he was honored as the business organization’s “Giant in Our City” during its 130th anniversary celebration Friday night.

“I didn’t know they were going to do that. It was a very kind thing for all of them to do and a real, real pleasure,” Beattie said of the honor, presented at the gala by past chairmen of the chamber’s board of governors.

Beattie said he’d responded “absolutely not” when it has been suggested some time ago that he should receive the recognition bestowed on a long line of Utah leaders, including former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

So when Beattie, who has headed the chamber for 14 years, noticed the past chairmen attending the black-tie event at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater getting up from their seats, he wasn’t sure what was happening.

He was emotional when he took the stage with his wife, Joy, and accepted the award during an evening marking on…

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