Miami-Dade minority chamber continues to seek new leader

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce continues to conduct business as usual as its search for a paid leader stretches into its seventh month.

“Although more time has lapsed than initially anticipated, do know that we are working diligently and aggressively to secure the best possible candidate for this position,” members of the chamber’s executive committee said in a statement. “But even in the midst of the CEO search, the chamber’s daily affairs and activities are well underway and continue to engage the local business community.”

The chamber, which provides support to minority-owned businesses and business leaders, appointed Jesse Brooks as its interim president and CEO in August. He took over for Bill Diggs, who left the group’s top position after seven years to lead the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Foundation.

Earlier reports this month indicated that G. Eric Knowles, a past chairman of the chamber’s board and former senior director of government affairs for the Miami Dolphins, had been selected as president and CEO. Knowles deferred comment to current chairman Ricardo Forbes.

The Miami-Dade Chamber will host its annual Business Leaders Luncheon on March 14 at the downtown Hyatt.

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