BRANDON — Financial services practice owner Rick Lewis has assumed the role of president and CEO of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber chairman Tad Denham made the announcement Tuesday at the chamber's monthly luncheon. Lewis, a longtime chamber member, received a rousing round of applause. He quickly took to the podium, promising to put members first.
"I am pumped," Lewis said. "I'm so proud to be your new president and CEO. I'd like to think the board enjoyed, respected my background. I think I'm here because for another couple of minutes, I'm a member. I think like a member, I know the needs of members.
"They wanted someone who could deliver on our promise to you as members."
Lewis is well-known in the Brandon community, having served on the board of seven local nonprofits and participating as an active member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Leadership Brandon chairman.
Lewis came to Brandon in 2005 from Boynton Beach, where he worked for Wachovia. While at Wachovia, Rick was a division manager and vice president with responsibilities for the Florida West Coast Division.
Among the many community positions he's held, Lewis has served as board chair for the Campo Family YMCA and chairman of Boy Scout of America Troop 89. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Diocesan Catholic Committee for Scouting.
He also has experience leading Chambers, having served as the Chairman of the Board for the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2000.
"Supporting my community and the businesses that serve that community has always been at the core of everything I do," said Lewis. "I will bring that commitment to my work in the Chamber and together with our members, I know we can do anything we set our minds to."
Denham said the chamber couldn't have chosen a better person to replace former CEO Christine Michaels, who resigned in March.
"He has been an integral member of the business community and the Chamber, but more than that, he brings a passion for Brandon and a commitment to community service that we should all look for in a leader," Denham said.
Lewis set a tone at the luncheon by freely giving out his phone number to luncheon attendees.
"Call early and call me often," said Lewis, touting the chamber's on-going work on a strategic plan. "Let's finish the strategic plan and let's get to work."