Mark Wilson serves as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Wilson leads the substantial political, lobbying, grassroots, and economic research operations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber focuses on making Florida more competitive by creating a business climate that generates prosperity and high-paying jobs.
Through his focus on unifying the business community, Wilson created the Florida Business Agenda and the Florida Chamber Grassroots Network, which mobilizes Florida’s business community on key jobs issues ranging from taxes and talent, to lawsuit abuse and regulatory. Wilson was also the first president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a Florida Chamber partner organization focused on reducing frivolous lawsuits.
In addition to his legislative successes, Wilson is also the architect of groundbreaking statewide political campaigns that safeguarded our economy through significant constitutional amendment reforms, as well as numerous legislative and issue campaigns. In addition to statewide political campaigns, the Chamber’s political efforts are making sure the right people are elected and unelected in the Florida legislature.
Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Enterprise Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, a regular participant in the Florida Council of 100, serves as the National Chair of the Council of State Chambers, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100.
A native of Illinois, Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and has earned the national designation of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). Prior to joining the Florida Chamber, Wilson served as vice president of the Chicagoland Chamber and previously served with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Alan Holland directs the overall financial plans and accounting practices of the Chamber as well as all subsidiaries and affiliates (currently four not-for-profit corporations, one for-profit corporation, nine political committees, and one 527 organization). Holland also provides review and guidance on all contract and personnel issues.
Holland brings a wealth of experience in financial planning and managing. He was in private practice as a Certified Public Accountant for 10 years, was the Corporate Finance and Tax Manager for Homes & Land Publishing Corporation for six years, and has been with the Florida Chamber of Commerce for 22 years. Holland graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Accounting. He is currently a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Society of Association Executives, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, and the National Society of Tax Professionals.
Holland currently resides in Tallahassee with his wife, with whom they have five grown children.
Katie R. Yeutter
Katie’s history of leadership features a dual-focus perspective in promoting member education and spearheading action to impactfully achieve enterprise results. She is a true safety services program champion. As President of the Wisconsin Safety Council, she led the chapter in earning five national awards for excellence in service execution, training, and revenue generation.
Prior to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Katie served as CFO and COO of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, as well as President of their Insurance and Safety Services Units. In this capacity she transformed a faltering insurance operation into one of the organization’s most valuable member programs, secured funding needed for the Safety Council, and strengthened operational and program efficiencies. Prior to this, she held the Managing Director of Finance and Operations position at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Katie’s drive to envision and actualize new possibilities to fuel organizational growth and continuous improvement has remained a constant throughout her career.
Katie’s current focus at the Florida Chamber is on integrating initiatives from the six-year Strategic Plan into existing priorities, programs, and entities to ensure seamless execution, while maintaining brand integrity. This includes launching of a state-wide Safety Council, with elements such as a comprehensive study of Florida’s current safety status, private and public organizational safety training programs, a state-wide annual safety conference, expansion of The Institute for a Safer Florida, and development of a Safety Advisory Board.
Katie earned her MBA and MS in Accountancy at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her MBA included a concentration in Corporate Management. Katie’s earlier employment background includes positions in financial advising, financial management, and business management.
She has always been highly active in regional and national affiliations, as well as in community activities. This includes membership on the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Emerging Leadership Board, Dane County YMCA Board, and in the Doyenne Group. Katie was a charter-founding member of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Southcentral, Inc. She’s also a member of the National Safety Council and Council of State Chambers. Katie enjoys public speaking and has led presentations at the Wisconsin Safety Council Conference and Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference.
Katie’s spare-time activities have included exciting and adventurous physical challenges, such as summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, finishing four times in the Ironman competition, and completing the Dopey Challenge during Disney Marathon Week multiple times. She also enjoys spending time with her children on the family farm and cooking.
David Hart serves as Executive Vice President of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Hart manages the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations.
David was born in Tampa and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He spent five years in Washington, D.C. serving first as a Legislative Officer at the United States Department of Transportation and later as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the United States Peace Corps.
In 1993, David returned to Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs with Summit Consulting, Inc. in Polk County. From 1996 to 1997 David served in the legislative office of then-Commissioner of Education, Frank Brogan. He left that post to become the Political Director for Jeb Bush’s successful 1998 campaign for Governor. David served on Governor Bush’s Transition Team and as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
After spending six years as the Vice President of Government Relations at WCI Communities, David accepted the role of Vice President of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Florida Home Builders Association in 2007. As of July 1, 2010, David has joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce in the newly created position of Executive Vice President to manage the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations.
David has served on the Board of Directors for Florida Tax Watch, the Bonita Springs Affordable Housing Development Corporation, the Southwest Florida Transportation Initiative and the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Collier Economic Development Council and Finance Chairman for the Lee County Republican Party.
He is a graduate of Leadership Florida and is also a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Directors for the Florida Fellows program. David and his wife have two children, Savannah and Hayden.
Ivette Faulkner, APR
Ivette Faulkner serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Communication and Marketing. In this inaugural role, Ivette oversees marketing and communication efforts enterprise wide including The Florida Chamber Foundation, The Prosperity Initiative, The Florida Chamber Safety Council and the Florida Chamber Litigation & Regulatory Reform Center to name a few.
As a former television producer and reporter, Ivette has a passion for storytelling and leveraging emotional connections to humanize brands. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ivette spent 15 years working for numerous Marketing and Public Relations agencies representing national consumer brands and developing strategic campaigns and initiatives aimed at driving earned media, buzz, awareness and most importantly business results. During her career, she has represented major brands including Firehouse Subs, Pilot Pen, Domino Sugar, CoStar Group, Apartments.com, Conn’s HomePlus, The Joint Chiropractic, Extended Stay America, Party City, Hunter Fan, Nature’s Own, Wonder bread, Tastykake and more.
As a first generation Cuban-American and native Floridian, Ivette is passionate about Free Enterprise and the role businesses and business leaders can play in making positive impacts in Florida and in local communities. Originally from Miami, Ivette moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, receiving a degree in Mass Media Studies with a French minor. She is also accredited in public relations, receiving her APR credentials from the Universal Accreditation Board. Ivette is an EMMY Award winner, Platinum ADRIAN award winner, has been recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association with several Image and Golden Image Awards and was named one of the “Top 25 Women You Need to Know” by the Tallahassee Democrat.
A lover of languages, Ivette is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks conversational French. Ivette resides in Tallahassee with her husband, two sons and their Boston Terrier Luclle Ball. She is a self-proclaimed fashionista, foodie, traveler and book worm.
Nick Catroppo serves as Vice President of Political Operations at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he manages the strategic political plan and leads the political operations team.
As a battle-tested political, legislative, and policy professional, Nick brings over a decade of Florida and Washington experience to the Chamber. He joined the Chamber after serving as the Chief of Staff, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the United States Department of Energy. While at Energy, he advised the Department on all matters pertaining to Congress, local and state elected officials, and external stakeholders.
Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Nick led Ashley Moody’s campaign for Attorney General, serving as Campaign Manager throughout the Primary and General Elections. With his leadership, the Moody campaign set historic records both in terms of fundraising and vote totals.
Previously, Nick served in leadership roles with two Members of Congress from Florida where he held the title of Deputy Chief of Staff, leading strategic communications and legislative efforts and worked with stakeholders to align coalition goals and priorities. He has also held senior leadership roles on congressional races and state legislative campaigns, successfully guiding some of the most expensive races in the country.
Nick is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was raised in Brooksville, Fla., and now resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Amanda.
Frank Walker serves as Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Frank manages the development and strategic implementation of the Chamber’s annual legislative agenda, the Florida Business Agenda, and leads the Chamber’s team of 20 lobbyists.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Frank spent nearly 11 years in Washington, D.C. serving two Members of Congress, two U.S. Senators, and a sitting Governor. Having most recently served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Daniel Webster, Walker also held key policy and leadership positions with former Senator George LeMieux, Representative Dave Reichert, and former Senator Mel Martinez.
Frank’s policy work included advising Members on energy and natural resources, environment, agriculture, and transportation. He also brings an understanding of congressional parliamentary procedure after serving as an Associate to the House Rules Committee.
Additionally, Frank has served on multiple successful congressional campaigns, including campaigns for Webster, Reichert, former Representative Steve Southerland, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
Frank was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where he went to Maclay School. He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, with a B.A. in History and a scratch handicap. After college he moved to Kanazawa, Japan to teach English through the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program before returning home and heading to our nation’s capital.
Frank and his wife reside in Tallahassee with their two daughters.
Marian Johnson is Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members.
Johnson, perhaps Florida’s most seasoned political advisor, has been involved in an impressive number of presidential, state and local campaigns. Her budding career started in 1964 when as a high school senior, she became fascinated with the “Barry Goldwater for President” campaign. Since then, she has gained experience in every facet of political operations, from campaigning to research and polling to administration.
Johnson has been involved with every presidential campaign from 1964 through 1984. Most notably, she served on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns. In 1984, she coordinated massive voter contact efforts in eight southern states for President Reagan’s re-election campaign. In addition to her work on national campaigns, Johnson has been involved in all aspects of many state senate and house campaigns, including candidate recruitment and campaign management. In fact, former Senator Vince Bruner credits Johnson with his “upset” victory over former Senator Dempsey Barron.
From 1985 to 1992, Johnson served as Executive Director of the Florida Lawyers Action Group. The November 1994 edition of Florida Trend credits Johnson with the success of the organization’s political mechanism and also traces its decline to her departure. While employed with this group, Johnson managed and directed a triumphant multi-million dollar statewide amendment campaign in 1988.
In December of 1993, Johnson created and managed Florida Business United, a research organization and the political arm of Associated Industries of Florida. She also served as Senior Vice President of Associated Industries of Florida Service Corporation, where she developed and implemented a one-of-a-kind tracking mechanism consisting of a six-week polling program for statewide offices. Results were featured statewide and nationally on political broadcasts of CNN and C-Span.
After a short “retirement” during the summer of 2003 to spend time with her grandkids, Johnson was recruited to join the Florida Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as the executive director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Johnson is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics, Prominent People in Florida Government, and Outstanding Young Women of America. She was appointed by U. S. Senator Mel Martinez to serve on the Military Selection Board.