Florida Chamber Names President & CEO of Orlando Health David Strong as 2017-2018 Central Florida Regional Board Chair

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 17, 2017)— The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces David Strong, President & CEO of Orlando Health, has been appointed to a one-year term as the Florida Chambers’ Central Florida Regional Board Chair.

“Serving as the Florida Chambers’ Central Florida Regional Board Chair is an exciting opportunity” said David Strong. “I am eager to unite Central Florida’s area business leaders behind the Florida Chambers’ pro-business initiatives.”

Strong was appointed by Bob Grammig, Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and partner with Holland & Knight, LLP. He will represent the Florida Chamber in the Central Florida business community and connect area business leaders with resources to help make the Central area—and Florida—more competitive.

“David Strong is a highly experienced business leader that fully understands what it takes to lead Florida to a new and sustainable economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, Strong will help lead the Florida Chamber’s mission to secure Florida’s future.”

Strong is one of the 12 regional chairs that are a part of the Florida Chamber’s Regional Board Chair Program.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, 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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

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Florida Chamber Regional Chair Michael Minton Talks Opportunity

“Free enterprise to me means that you have the opportunity to realize the American dream and do it in a way that you don’t have government creating roadblocks in your way to be able to do that.”

– Michael Minton, Immediate past president of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer
Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, Palm Beach/Treasure Coast


As Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, Michael Minton has a unique look at the issues his region faces.

Issues like water:

Water issues relate to the ability to meet the needs of our community and meet the needs of other parts of the community as far as having adequate water supply. For our region, it’s the impact that discharges of fresh water to the lagoon [and] effects on the s-drain environment of the Indian River Lagoon and the St Lucie Rivers. One of the aspect we’ve been closely involved within the water issues in finding ways to keep that water from being discharged and maintain it in the system so it’s available to provide water supply elsewhere in the state.

Diversifying our state’s economy, both with agriculture:

Hand in hand with the water issues, as we try to attract a more diverse work force and a diverse investment community are the opportunities for diversified value added business for our agribusiness industry…. The difficulties that are being experienced out in California with the water shortage creates huge opportunities for agriculture in our state to diversify its production and the potential for value added product for processing fruits and vegetables other than just citrus is a great opportunity for our state, so we see that a as a real growth potential.

And with a high-wage tech sector:

The effort that was undertaken to diversify our economy into the biotech sector we believe, still stands to pay significant dividends to our state we just need to stay the course and make sure we do what we can as a community to support the efforts that were undertaken to bring in that vital industry because it creates so many other opportunities. You look at what’s going on in central Florida with the prospect of being able to develop a whole corridor of smart sensor production down in Osceola County…The future of that development project is tremendous to our state.

 

And for Minton, attracting businesses goes hand in hand with opportunities and free-enterprise principles.

Florida has a very pro-business environment and we have an upward ascending growth pattern so there is a lot of opportunity in Florida… There is still so much land in Florida that is available for other uses and activities so it’s a very inviting state for businesses and people to travel to and to relocate their business activities.

Free enterprise to me means that you have the opportunity to realize the American dream and do it in a way that you don’t have government creating roadblocks in your way to be able to do that. We have the most wonderful country in the world and the greatest opportunities in the world but we keep finding ways to stifle that entrepreneurial spirit. I think the Florida Chamber has done a great job of taking the lead of finding where those roadblock are and knocking those roadblocks out of the way of the entrepreneur and creating the opportunity so that they can achieve and realize their dream.

 

We are Proud to Call Florida Home

“Choosing Florida means choosing opportunity and economic growth.”

– QUINTIN KENDALL
Vice President of State Government and Community Affairs, CSX Transportation
Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair

Quintin Kendall, Vice President of State Government and Community Affairs at CSX Transportation, Florida Chamber Board member and one of twelve Florida Chamber Regional Board Chairs, shares his opinions on why business should choose Florida, what his time as a Florida Regional Board Chair means to him and on CSX’s crucial relationship to Florida ports.

 

We are proud to call Jacksonville, Florida home. Florida is a great state to do business and at CSX we have found that it is a state that welcomes innovation. Florida’s trade and logistics efforts are leading the country and that’s part of the reason we invested nearly $250 million in our Florida network last year. Research from the Florida Chamber Foundation’s most recent Trade and Logistics study shows that Florida is growing at a rapid pace and industries like manufacturing and trade are growing with it. Choosing Florida means choosing opportunity and economic growth.

 

On Florida  Ports:

In Florida alone we operate more than 28,000 miles of tracks and we serve 12 ports across the state, including JAXPORT here regionally… When ports have a reliable mode of transportation to receive and deliver goods, especially an environmentally friendly mode such as freight rails, customers are able to get good and products in a time efficient manner. I would also add that our investment in the new CSX intermodal center at Winter Haven has a potential to really add tremendous value to an already thriving port system here in Florida.

 

On Jacksonville’s Diverse Businesses:

Investments in infrastructure is what comes to mind immediate. At CSX we help connect the state and connect the state to the rest of the country and it’s that partnership that helps out state be successful, especially with international trade and distribution and manufacturing. The Jacksonville region is very diverse, we have many companies that benefit from transportation and infrastructure, from small businesses to larger companies like ours. In order to meet the needs of these companies, a big focus will be education and developing the talent for tomorrow’s workforce. The education needs in the regional vary widely so I hope to have some good discussions on how we can help empower our students. But also in Northeast Florida, military, veteran and defense are also large industries here in this region. At CSX we are [named a] national leader in employing veterans so I hope to build on that in my role at the Florida Chamber to champion the creation of valuable jobs and help Florida’s economy grow.

 

I’ve seen firsthand the impact that businesses who work together can have on the future of our state. I look forward to helping implement the research found by the Florida Chamber Foundation going forward so that we can help to close some of the gaps and secure our state’s future.

 

On Free Enterprise:

Free enterprise means having the ability to align the needs of our stakeholders and employees, with the needs of our state. At CSX it means having the freedom to follow our core values and build a company that not only drives our economic growth, but that allows us to help make communities and people who thrive there more competitive.

Florida Chamber Names Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer Executive Regional Board Chair

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

 

Michael Minton Appointed for 2014-2015
Term in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Region

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 10 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber today announced Michael Minton, Shareholder and Chair of the Agribusiness Industry Team of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer, has been appointed to a one year term as the Florida Chamber’s Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Regional Board Chair.

“Serving as the Florida Chamber’s Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Regional Board Chair is an exciting opportunity,” said Minton. “I am eager to unite fellow Palm Beach/Treasure Coast business leaders behind the Florida Chamber’s pro-business initiatives.”

Minton was 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 rally Palm Beach/Treasure Coast business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment.

“Michael Minton is a highly experienced business leader that fully understands what it takes to lead Florida to a new and sustainable economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, Michael will champion the Florida Chamber’s mission to secure Florida’s future.”

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

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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.

Florida Chamber Names Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. Executive Regional Board Chair

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

 

Lee Sandler Appointed for 2014-2015
Term in Miami-Dade/Monroe County

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 5 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced Lee Sandler, Founding Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and Chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council, has been appointed to a one-year term as the Florida Chamber’s Miami Dade/Monroe County Regional Board Chair.

“As Chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council, I know firsthand the importance of the Florida Chamber’s free enterprise and pro-business efforts,” said Lee Sandler, Founding Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. “As the Regional Chair of Miami Dade/Monroe County, I’m proud to have an opportunity to help unite business leaders so that we can continue to keep Florida moving in the right direction. I encourage all of my fellow business leaders to join us in the arena to secure Florida’s future.”

Sandler was appointed by Steve Knopik, President and CEO of Bealls, Inc. and Chair of the Florida Chamber Board of Directors, and will work directly to rally Miami Dade/Monroe County-area business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment for businesses to thrive.

“Lee Sandler has been vital to the success of the Florida Chamber’s international efforts and is a highly experienced business leader, who fully understands the important role Miami Dade/Monroe County play in Florida’s economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Chair, Lee will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to advocate for solutions that help make Florida more competitive.”

Sandler is one of 12 regional chairs that are a part of the Florida Chamber’s Regional Chair Program.

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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.

Florida Chamber Names First Commerce Credit Union Executive Regional Board Chair

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

 

John Medina Appointed for
2014-2015 Term in Southwest Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 4 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber today announced John Medina, President, Investments and Insurance of First Commerce Credit Union, has been appointed to a 1-year term as the Florida Chamber’s Tallahassee Regional Board Chair.

“Being the Florida Chamber’s Tallahassee Regional Board Chair is an exciting opportunity to bring together small and large businesses over the Florida Chamber’s pro-business initiatives,” said John Medina, President, Investments and Insurance of First Commerce Credit Union. “Tallahassee is the center of all legislative decisions that keep Florida moving in the right direction and First Commerce Credit Union is proud to support the Florida Chamber in their efforts to keep moving Florida forward.”

Medina was 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 rally Tallahassee business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment.

“John Medina is a prime example of how small businesses are the source of 2 out of 3 jobs in Florida, and why fighting for free enterprise is so important,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, John will champion the Florida Chamber’s mission to secure Florida’s future.”

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

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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.

Florida Chamber Names Kitson & Partners Executive Regional Board Chair

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

 

Sydney Kitson of Kitson & Partners
Appointed for 2014-2015 Term

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 2 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber today announced Sydney Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners been appointed to a 1-year term as the Florida Chamber’s Southwest Florida Regional Board Chair.

“As an active business leader in the Southwest Florida region, I am excited to serve as the Florida Chamber’s Regional Board Chair and have the opportunity to get fellow business leaders involved in the mission of securing Florida’s future,” said Sydney Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “Southwest Florida is rich with unique natural and human resources that truly depicts the foundation Florida has thrived on.”

Kitson was 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 unite Southwest Florida business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment for businesses to thrive.

“Syd Kitson has a long history of being a team player and has proven leadership skills, which is vital when keeping Florida competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Board Chair, Syd will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s fight for free enterprise.”

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

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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.

Florida is a Tremendous Place to Do Business

 

The Florida Chamber believes that welcoming diverse businesses from around the state takes advantage of Florida’s business friendly climate and helps Florida remain competitive. Businesses look at many factors when choosing where to expand of grow, which Gulf Power Company understands firsthand.

“Florida is a tremendous place to do business. As you noted, Gulf Power Company has had a long history in Northwest Florida- some 90 years here in the panhandle- and there’s a reason for that… we just simply found Florida to be a place where you can build and grow a company that puts customers first and cares for communities.”

Gulf Power’s investments in the panhandle, particularly in its electric grid modernization work, benefit not only Florida’s economy, but the communities in Northwest Florida. By targeted investments and by leveraging local and statewide partnerships, Gulf Power is helping a diverse region address the issues that matter most.

“Certainly, Gulf Power sees that as an economic development benefit. There’s certainly jobs and a tax base that is created when we invest in the community. We are here for the long run so we work with  local agencies, economic development organizations, local chambers and we of course have a great partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce that helps us to help make our community a better place to live, work and play. We work with the Chamber Foundation, Bentina Terry our Vice President of Customer Service and Sales is a past chair and that Foundation has helped us focus on looking at gaps in our communities and what can we do to close those gaps and solve the challenges that businesses face in our region.”

And although Florida’s Panhandle is home to some of the most diverse counties in the state, uniting under a common goal will be key to addressing gaps and challenges.

“As a Florida Chamber Regional Chair, I look forward to working with all the business leaders across this region and join together to speak as one voice for business. I think that’s the important element here is that we speak as one voice.  By working with the other regional chairs across the state, I hope that we can be that voice for this region. I think the [Florida] Chamber’s success comes in part from uniting those diverse business interests and diverse economic drivers under one common goal- and that’s to make Florida simply more competitive. I hope to continue to play a large part in that goal.”

To Stan and Gulf Power Company, free enterprise is a long-term commitment.

“To me, free enterprise means being able to grow and to thrive- as a company, individually and as families. The Florida Chamber’s fight for free enterprise has been a key to helping our state move in the right direction and I do believe we are heading in the right direction. I’m proud to say Gulf Power has been a part of that history for some 90 years and we look forward to being a part of that free enterprise future for a long time to come.”

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Florida Chamber Names General Electric Executive Regional Chair

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

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.

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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.