Florida Chamber Names General Electric Executive Regional Chair

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Trey Paris of General Electric
Reappointed for 2015-2016 Term

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (May 15, 2015) – The Florida Chamber today announced Trey Paris, U.S. Manager of State Government Relations with General Electric, has been reappointed to a 1-year term as the Florida Chamber’s Atlanta Regional Chair.

“I am honored to be re-appointed as the Florida Chamber’s Atlanta Regional Chair- a great opportunity to support and share the pro-businesses initiatives of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said Trey Paris, U.S. Manager of State Government Relations with General Electric. “General Electric is committed to investing the time, resources and energy necessary to support economic development and jobs in our state, and we strongly support the Florida Chamber’s goal of making Florida a great place to live, work and do business. I encourage leaders in our region who have businesses in Florida to join with us in our efforts to improve Florida’s economic quality of life.”

Paris was re-appointed by Steve Knopik, President and CEO of Bealls, Inc. and Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and will work directly to convene Atlanta-area business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment for businesses to thrive. Paris is also chair of the Florida Chamber’s Florida Caucus- a group that leads Free Enterprise initiatives for Georgia headquartered businesses that have business interests throughout Florida.

“Trey Paris is a highly experienced business leader that fully understands the important role Atlanta Headquartered businesses play in the overall health of Florida’s economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “By continuing his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Chair, Trey will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to champion free enterprise principles and solutions toward securing Florida’s future.”

Paris is one of twelve regional chairs that are a part of the Florida Chamber’s Regional Chair Program.



The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Atlanta Leader Explains, “Why Florida?”

From taxes, population growth and job projections to weather and quality of life- businesses have many different factors to consider when making expansion or growth decisions. For those businesses headquartered out of the state, Florida presents a unique opportunity for competitive growth.

Consider these Florida facts:

  • Florida has added more than 840,000 private-sector jobs since 2010,
  • Florida Chamber-backed education reforms have helped 4th grade readers rank number 1 in the nation, African American student achievement gains are the highest in the nation, Hispanic graduation rates are the highest in the nation, and high school graduation rates are at an 11 year high,
  • Florida’s business tax climate ranks 5th best in the nation according to Tax Foundation,
  • In 2014 Florida’s quality of life ranked number one according to Chief Executive Magazine,
  • Florida is ranked second in the nation for best business climate according to Chief Executive Magazine, and
  • Florida workers are not subject to personal income tax.

As a leader with a General Electric business headquartered in Atlanta, it’s hard to ignore the welcome mat that Florida has worked hard to create. I watched as Florida’s economy, along with the nation, plummeted during the recession. I also watched unemployment rates skyrocket to more than 11 percent. But I have also watched Florida businesses bounce back, and stronger than ever before. Florida has truly become a model for economic growth and recovery and the state as a whole, is better for that. The Florida Chamber united the businesses community under free enterprise principles that fueled the growth of today and more importantly, continued growth. When we consider business expansion projects, we always have options among several states. But as we decided to grow our GE Oil and Gas business, adding almost 500 jobs, the question was no longer “why Florida” but instead, “why not Florida?”


Written by Trey Paris, U.S. Manager of State Government Relations with the General Electric Company, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Florida Caucus.


Get Involved:

The Florida Chamber’s Florida Caucus is designed for leaders who live out of state but have principle responsibilities in Florida. Interested in how you can engage? Contact Katie Richardson at KRichardson@flchamber.com.