Groups and Committees

The Greater Miami Chamber in Action

Greater Miami Chamber members activate their Chamber involvement by participating in committees that allow them to make a difference – in the community, their businesses, and the South Florida marketplace. Greater Miami Chamber members participate in committees that directly relate to their business or pursue goals of personal interest. Committee involvement is rewarding for established and young professional alike.

The Chamber’s committees and council are organized in eight areas: Governmental Affairs, Industry Growth, International Business, Leadership Group, Marketing & Membership, Military Affairs Council, Sports Council, Urban/Community Growth. Committees meet throughout the year to achieve the Goals set annually by the membership and unveiled at the annual meeting.

To download a copy of the Chamber's 2018-2019 Goals click here.

Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Group is charged with government relations and promotion of the public policy positions of our local, state and federal branches of government.

It also cultivates and strengthens relationships between the Chamber’s membership and elected and appointed officials across all levels of government -- this includes the hosting of various initiatives and programs in Miami, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. In addition, the Governmental Affairs Group works in conjunction with the Chamber’s substantive committees for the development of its Legislative Package.

Chair

Glenn M. Cooper

Glenn M. Cooper

President, Cooper Legal Consulting, P.A.

Committees

Industry Growth

The Chamber’s Industry Growth Group features committees designed to support the findings of One Community One Goal. The Group provides programming, education and issues management to support business development and job growth in Greater Miami.

By engaging in one or more of this Group’s committees, Greater Miami Chamber members gain a deeper understanding of pressing economic and business issues facing our community’s most critical industries. Additionally, those participating can contribute to the public dialogue to help the Chamber develop programming that fosters enhanced business and industry development.

Chair

Saif Ishoof

Saif Ishoof

Vice President for Engagement, Florida International University

Committees

International Business

The International Business Committee serves as the resource center to identify, examine and foster the range of global business issues and opportunities that are of interest to the community, local businesses, business organizations and higher education institutions. To achieve these objectives, our aim is to strengthen relationships with multinational businesses, local international organizations, Consular Corps and Trade representatives, bi-national chambers and visiting dignitaries and businesses as well as providing Chamber members with the international pulse and up-to-date market opportunities. By working with local, state, federal and international officials and economic development agencies, the Committee will be able to identify and seek solutions to global business issues that affect Florida.

Chair

Miami Chamber Olga Ramudo

Olga M. Ramudo

President & CEO, Express Travel

Committees

Leadership Group

The Committees under the Leadership Programs Group of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce include HYPE Miami®, Leadership Miami® , and Senior Executive Orientation®. Each committee is responsible for reviewing its program benchmarks, and initiating and implementing new and innovative ideas and current trends.

The programs serviced by these committees provide today’s leaders with a forum to discuss the issues our community faces and affords businesses the opportunity to cultivate the community’s future leaders and professional workforce.

Chair

Patrick G. Morris

Patrick G. Morris

Vice President, Community Affairs Officer, South Florida, Wells Fargo

Committees

Marketing & Membership Growth

The Marketing and Membership Committee focuses on the sustainable growth of the organization. The area works to strengthen the bonds with its members by providing corresponding levels of engagement opportunities and member benefits for the different types and levels of memberships; geared toward their specific business needs. It works to increase its reach, brand awareness and business development opportunities for its members providing a value add while deepening the bonds within South Florida’s first and largest business association.

Chair

Danette Gossett

Danette Gossett

President, Gossett Marketing

Committees

Military Affairs Council

The Military Affairs Council is led by appointed leadership that is well connected to and has a good understanding of the military community in the South Florida region.  The council may include a larger group of selected individuals which only meet when critical matters arise for the Miami Chamber to vet or take a position on.  In such cases, the selected individuals come together to react, consult or deliberate. Past issues the Chamber has taken leadership on include advocating for reduction of service-member upfront rent, toll costs and HOA background check waiting period. Council leadership is a member of the Board of Directors and will have the same transitioning process as that of committee leadership. Council leadership and selected participants have discretion to administrate meetings.  The Board of Directors must approve issue undertaking and action plans before the council can move forward on them. Opinions and findings of the council are reported back to the Board of Directors and the corresponding Miami Chamber council manager. 

Chair

Francisco “Frank” Cantero

Francisco “Frank” Cantero

Energy Industry Professional, Florida Power & Light Company

Committees

Sports Council

The Sports Council is led by appointed leadership connected to the sports industry in the South Florida community and includes a larger group of selected influential individuals. Council members only meet when critical matters arise for the Miami Chamber to vet or take a position on. In such cases, the selected individuals come together to react, consult or deliberate. Past issues the Chamber has taken leadership on include securing the Miami Heat franchise, securing the Florida Marlins franchise and creation of The Orange Bowl Committee. Council leadership is a member of the Board of Directors and will have the same transitioning process as that of committee leadership. Council leadership and selected participants have discretion to administrate meetings. The Board of Directors must approve issue undertaking and action plans before the council can move forward on them. Opinions and findings of the council are reported back to the Board of Directors and the corresponding Miami Chamber council manager. 

Chair

Miami Chamber Bob Fitzsimmons

Bob Fitzsimmons

Partner, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell P.A.

Committees

Urban/Community Growth

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Urban/Community Growth Group addresses broad-based businesses issues that enhance the region, including complex urban issues, matters of civic pride and professional business development. Participants experience personal and professional growth by developing a deeper understanding of complex community issues and an appreciation for the difference direct involvement can make in their resolution.

Chair

Humberto P. Alonso, Jr.

Humberto P. Alonso, Jr.

Vice President, Business Development Director, Atkins

Committees

Top Investors

Baptist Health South Florida
Bank of America
CareerSource South Florida
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
UHealth
Wells Fargo