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State Chamber elects new chair

 

Allan Bense, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and a partner with GAC Contractors of Panama City, was elected Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors this week during the 2010 Annual Meeting and Future of Florida Forum. More than 400 members of the Florida Chamber participated in the three-day meeting at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando, focusing on Florida’s economic future.

Currently, Bense is a partner with GAC Contractors in Panama City. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 – 2006 representing House District 6. From 2004 – 2006, Bense served as Speaker of the House. In addition to his service with the Florida Chamber, Bense is actively involved with the Florida Council of 100 and Enterprise Florida.

Past Chairs of the Florida Chamber of Commerce were also on hand during the election in Orlando, including: Steve Halverson, president and CEO of the Haskell Company; Marshall M. Criser, III, President of AT&T Florida; Susan Story, President and CEO of Gulf Power.


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