Florida Chamber picks Gulf Power CEO as Panhandle regional chair

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On Tuesday, the Florida Chamber of Commerce picked Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power Co., as Central Panhandle Regional Chairman.

Appointed by Chamber Chairman Steve Knopik, president and CEO of Bealls Inc., Connally will serve the 2014-2015 term as one of the 12 individuals making up the Regional Chair Program.

Connally, who has led Gulf Power since July 2012, previously was senior vice president and senior production officer of generation for Georgia Power.

“Gulf Power Co. is dedicated to investing the resources and time necessary to support the Florida Chamber’s pro-business initiatives that create jobs in our state,” Connally said, adding that the position is “an exciting opportunity to help shape Florida’s future.”

Connally’s role is to work directly with Central Panhandle-area business and legislative leaders to promote a competitive business environment.

“Stan Connally is a highly experienced business leader that fully understands the important role his region’s businesses play in the overall building blocks of Florida’s economy,” Chamber CEO Mark Wilson said. “Stan will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to champion solutions that make Florida a great place to live, work and do business.”

Since 1916, the Florida Chamber developed into the state’s premier business advocacy organization, and the largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations. Among the group’s ventures include a political operations section and the Florida Chamber Foundation.

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