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JAX Chamber announces Jerry Mallot as Interim CEO

The JAX Chamber announced today that Jerry M. Mallot will become interim CEO on January 1, 2013 as current Chamber CEO, Walter (Wally) M. Lee, III, transitions into retirement.

Mallot is executive vice president of the JAX Chamber and president of JAXUSA Partnership. Mallot currently directs a staff of 12 in the areas of Business Development, International, Workforce and Research.  As interim CEO, his leadership will expand to include more than 50 employees and the areas of Public Policy, Entrepreneurial Growth, Operations, Human Resources and Finance, Member Relations, and Communications. Mallot has many years of Chamber experience including four years as President and CEO of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Jerry helped create a seven-county economic development program to expand high-wage jobs in Northeast Florida,” said Tom Van Berkel, 2012 Chamber Chair. “During his tenure, the region has attracted tens of thousands of jobs, new corporate headquarters and dozens of financial services, logistics and manufacturing companies.”

In July 2011, Lee offered to have Mallot serve as Mayor Alvin Brown’s unpaid economic development adviser. Mallot was tasked with helping to develop and implement new city government economic development structures and policies.

“Economic development has always been a significant priority for the Chamber,” said Greg Smith, 2013 Chamber Chair. “Jerry is among the best economic development professionals in the country.   He is certainly ready to step in as interim CEO of the region’s leading business organization.”

Mallot is immediate-past volunteer president of Leadership Jacksonville and past president of the Florida Economic Development Council as well as the World Trade Center Association of Florida.  Mallot served on the Board of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Enterprise Florida, Visit Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council.  He has been named the Economic Development Professional of the Year in both Florida and Kansas.

“One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring Jerry to lead what is now JAXUSA Partnership,” said Wally Lee, retiring Chamber CEO. “His remarkable ability to recruit businesses, never-ending optimism and commitment to our community has made a tremendously positive impact on our region.”

Prior to becoming president of the Chamber’s economic development division in January of 1994, Mallot was senior vice president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the first executive director of the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Mallot, with his wife Janet, are from Wichita, Kansas where he led economic development for 17 years and served as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce for four years.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in business and a Master’s Degree in economics from Wichita State University.  Mallot earned the Certified Economic Developer and Certified Chamber Executive designations, the top professional certifications in these fields.


About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to work, live and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.


About JAXUSA Partnership

JAXUSA Partnership is the regional economic development organization comprised of almost 200 top private sector investors in Northeast Florida, including the JEDC, JEA, JAXPORT, JAA, JTA, WorkSource and the regional county partners – Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. A division of the JAX Chamber, its purpose is to facilitate the creation and retention of quality jobs and significant capital investment, resulting in a higher standard of living and better quality of life in Northeast Florida.

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