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Greater Fort Myers Chamber announces departure of President and CEO Brian Hamman

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has announced Brian Hamman, president and CEO, has stepped down from his role, effective immediately, in order to focus on his family as his father navigates a serious health condition. Hamman will continue to fulfill his responsibilities as Lee County Commissioner for District 4.

“This has been a difficult decision as I’ve valued the relationships that have been built with our members, our supportive board of directors and our hardworking Chamber team,” Hamman said. “Serving as the president and CEO of the Chamber has been a blessing in my life, and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished in the past year. I know that the Chamber will continue to thrive under the leadership of the board and staff during this transition.”

Board Chair Jay Johnson, together with the support of the Chamber executive committee, board of directors and member partners, will fulfill the responsibilities of the president and CEO position while the board seeks a permanent replacement. In the interim, Hamman will serve in an advisory capacity to support the Chamber and ensure a smooth transition.

“Brian has been a true champion for the Chamber, rising to the occasion to provide much-needed leadership amidst the challenges of 2022 and guiding our Chamber and membership through hurricane recovery. Our board of directors is incredibly grateful for his significant impact in growing and strengthening the Chamber while providing enhanced opportunities to empower, connect and unite our members and business community,” said Johnson. “We are in a position to thrive as we enter this new chapter, and we are committed to bringing in a new leader that will continue this upward momentum for the Chamber and our region’s business community. We thank Brian for his efforts and wish him the best as he prioritizes his family during this difficult time.”

In the coming weeks, board Vice Chair Jen Whyte will assemble and oversee a committee of business-savvy leaders in the national search for the Chamber’s next president and CEO.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
 Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization that provides solutions and serves as a catalyst for growing the economy. The Chamber represents nearly 750 professionals and businesses throughout Southwest Florida, empowering, connecting and uniting members through meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events, please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc.

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