Professional Services

MARK WILSON

PRESIDENT & CEO, FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, TALLAHASSEE

As the COVID-19 pandemic began its assault on Florida earlier this year Wilson found himself in the middle of the debate over when and how to restart the state’s $1-trillion economy.

Walking the line between science and commerce, Wilson worked closely with more than 150 local chambers to chart a reasonably safe path for getting the state’s workforce back on its feet.

“Restarting the world’s 17th-largest economy can’t be a PR effort or some sort of state level show of force,” Wilson says. “There are economic models that show the wrong restart approach, combined with too much relaxing of testing, could prolong our economic recovery into 2022 and, yes, even 2023.”

On another front, Wilson collaborates with many of the state’s business leaders to address a host of problematic social and financial issues that face various demographic groups and rural communities.

In that effort, Wilson says the private sector has stepped up to the plate.

“It’s been my experience,” says Wilson, “that 100% of the time, when business leaders are exposed to the data, they come forward and say, ‘I didn’t know that. Now that I do, what can we do about it?’ ”

Wilson joined the chamber in 1998 and has held his current position since 2003.

Philip Anson

STS Aviation Group

Brian Ballard

Ballard Partners

Christine Barney

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Rodney Barreto

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Sarah Bascom

Bascom Communications & Consulting

Hilarie Bass

Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion

LARRY BERRYMAN

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Brett Beveridge

Revenue Optimization Companies

Ronald Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Paul Bradshaw

Southern Group

Brian Butler

Vistra Communications

Kelly Cohen

Southern Group

Brendan Courtney

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions

DANIEL DAVIS

JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

John Delaney

FIORENTINO GROUP

Brett Doster

Front Line Strategies

Chris Dudley

Southern Group

Tom Feeney

Associated Industries of Florida

Michael Finney

Beacon Council

Marty Fiorentino

Fiorentino Group

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Tim Giuliani

Orlando Economic Partnership

Adam Goodman

Ballard Partners

Barry Gould

Eisneramper

Blain Heckaman

Kaufman Rossin

Bill Herrle

National Federation of Independent Business

Rick Homans

Tampa Bay Partnership

John Jennings

Waste Pro USA

Drew Levine

G4S Secure Solutions USA

Suneera Madhani

FattMerchant

Tina McCain Matte

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold

MICHAEL MUNZ

DALTON AGENCY

Bennett Napier

Partners in Association Management

Luis H. Navas

Global Governance Advisors

PEGGY NORDEEN

STARMARK INTERNATIONAL

Carey O’Donnell

O’Donnell Agency

Mark Perlberg

Oasis Outsourcing

George Platt

LSN Partners

Phil Purcell

Marine Industries Association

Craig Richard

Tampa Bay EDC

Steve Riggs

Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Tadd Schwartz

Schwartz Media Strategies

Kelly Smallridge

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

John Sowinski

Consensus Communications

JAY STARKMAN

ENGAGE PEO

Bob Swindell

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Gray Swoope

VisionFirst Advisors

Julie Talenfeld

BoardroomPR

Cory Tilley

CoreMessage

Rick Walsh

Knob Hill Group

Lynda Weatherman

Space Coast EDC

Mark Wilson

Florida Chamber of Commerce

SAM ZIETZ

TOUCHSUITE

George Zoley

Geo Group