MIAMI, FL -- The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has announced Gene Schaefer, Miami Market President for Bank of America, as its 2017-2018 Chamber Chairman. Schaefer officially takes the top volunteer post of the Greater Miami Chamber at the morning general session of the Goals Conference on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center. Schaefer succeeds Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, who will conclude his one-year term as Chamber chairman.
As Miami Market President for Bank of America, Schaefer connects businesses, families and individuals to the banking and investment teams that will help improve their financial lives. He also leads the work to deploy Bank of America’s resources across Miami to address social and economic concerns and build strong communities.
Schaefer is also a Southeast Regional Executive for Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, he leads a team of banking professionals who work to deliver integrated financial solutions to mid-sized companies in 10 Southeastern states, and Washington, D.C. Schaefer graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Finance. He joined Bank of America in 1989 and has subsequently held a number of positions within the bank. In 2006, he was named President for the Miami market. He is a FINRA Registered Principal with Series 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses.
In Miami, Schaefer is the Immediate Past Chair of the United Way of Miami-Dade and continues to serve on its Board. He also serves on the Board of Enterprise Florida, the Board of Trustees of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, and is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He has resided in Miami for more than 40 years.
Carlos Orta, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Carnival Corporation & PLC, moves up to the Chamber’s chairman-elect position; and Joe Atkinson, South Florida Regional President at Wells Fargo, assumes the role of first vice chairman, making him the next in line behind Orta to serve as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.