Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.
In the DL today are David Christian and Brad Swanson, formerly two of the top players at the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Christian, previously the Vice President of Government Affairs, has accepted a position with Florida Hospital.
After serving seven years with the Chamber as VP of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships, Swanson has departed his marketing position. It’s rumored that Swanson is being considered for key openings based in Tallahassee.
Meanwhile, the Chamber is welcoming three new team members, according to a statement from the organization.
Melissa Roberts has accepted the position of Director of Communications for the Chamber Foundation, and Kassandra (Kassie) Elekes has accepted the Caucus Engagement position for the Chamber Foundation.
Roberts comes to the Chamber Foundation from Enterprise Florida where she served as Communications Manager, and Elekes comes to the Chamber Foundation from the Florida Department of Education where she served as Digital Media Director. The two new hires will work under the direction of Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal and in coordination with the Chamber’s Vice President of Public Affairs Edie Ousley.
Additionally, Grace Hemphill has accepted the position of Political Administrative Coordinator for the Florida Chamber’s Political Department and will work closely with Marian Johnson and the Chamber’s growing political program. Hemphill formerly worked for Meredith O’Rourke and the Executive Office of the Governor, Office of Policy and Budget.