Florida Chamber Board of Directors Elect Agriculture Industry Leader Tracy Duda Chapman as 2015-2016 Chair

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CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
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TALLAHASSEE (November 12, 2015) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces that Tracy Duda Chapman, Senior Vice President/General Counsel of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., has been elected as the 2015-2016 Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“Tracy Duda Chapman’s longtime leadership in agriculture, the backbone of Florida’s economy, makes her a forward thinking leader who can keep Florida moving in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Tracy’s commitment to free enterprise will help ensure Florida’s diverse communities can unite under an integrated business agenda.”

Duda Chapman replaces outgoing Florida Chamber Board of Director Chair Steve Knopik, CEO of Beall’s Inc., whose term expired October 31, 2015.

“The Florida Chamber has an outstanding program to make Florida more competitive, and I look forward to continuing to drive the business agenda and playing a part in leading Florida forward,” said Tracy Duda Chapman.

Duda Chapman joined A. Duda & Sons, Inc. in 1992. She has held several positions including Associate Counsel, General Counsel, and Corporate Vice President of Corporate Services. She was appointed Senior Vice President in 2007. She holds a business degree from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, and serves on the boards of Shands Teaching Hospital & Clinics, Inc., the Brevard Zoo, the Central Florida Partnership, and the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. She has previously served on Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission and on the Board of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

Duda Chapman’s one-year term as Chair of the Florida Chamber Board began November 1, 2015.

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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.

Former House Speaker Will Weatherford Joins Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (January 21, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced that Managing Partner of Weatherford Partners and former Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, has joined the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“The Florida Chamber is pleased to welcome Will Weatherford to the Board of Directors,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “Speaker Weatherford and the Florida Chamber have a shared belief in securing Florida’s future by championing free enterprise solutions. As we continue on our mission to make Florida more competitive, the Florida Chamber is proud to have Will Weatherford and the team at Weatherford Partners help lead the way.”

Weatherford Partners works with high integrity owners and management teams to build great businesses through the provision of capital and strategic business advisory services. Weatherford Partners combines extensive investment, consulting, and political experience with a strong network of relationships and local market knowledge to work alongside their clients to achieve corporate objectives.

Prior to launching Weatherford Partners, Speaker Weatherford served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2012-2014. Throughout his four consecutive terms in office, Speaker Weatherford advocated for social upward mobility through free enterprise and education reform. He was a thought leader on other pro-growth solutions including lower taxes, pension reform and free market health care. Speaker Weatherford was named the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator in 2014, and consistently earned an ‘A’ on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

“When it comes to advocating on behalf of jobs and businesses in Florida, the Florida Chamber is second to none,” said Will Weatherford, Managing Partner of Weatherford Partners. “I’m excited to partner in the Florida Chamber’s efforts to advance economic opportunities through private-sector job creation, and look forward to working with Florida’s leading pro-jobs, pro-business organization.”

Businesses of all sizes, representing all sectors of Florida’s economy, comprise the Florida Chamber Board of Directors. Steve Knopik, CEO of Beall’s Inc., serves as Chairman of the Board.

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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.

2014-2015 Board of Directors Nominees

Pursuant to Florida Chamber bylaws, a slate of proposed nominated 2014-2015 Board of Directors is offered for your review. Florida Chamber membership will be asked to vote on the proposed nominees during the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Conference Center in Orlando during the Future of Florida Forum.