Beall’s CEO Steve Knopik tapped as next chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce

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Beall’s CEO Steve Knopik has been elected as the new chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, according to a Chamber statement released today.

Knopik’s one-year term began November 1, and he replaces outgoing Chamber Chair Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power and Light Company.

“Steve Knopik is an experienced business leader who understands that the private-sector plays an important role in making Florida more competitive,” said Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson. “Steve will volunteer his time and talent to support our mission of uniting the business community and championing free enterprise principles and solutions to secure Florida’s future.”

“It’s an honor for me to Chair the Florida Chamber Board. I am committed to working hard with the Florida Chamber team to build upon the successes that we’ve achieved,” Knopik said. “I firmly believe that the Florida Chamber will continue to play a vital role in shaping a bright future for all Floridians.”

Knopik, who has been with Beall’s Inc. since 1984, became CEO of the Florida-based company in August 2006, after serving as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and President.

Knopik earned his business degree from the University of Florida, and currently serves on the boards of Publix Supermarkets, Inc. the National Retail Federation and the Florida Council of 100. He is also on the Southwest Florida Advisory Board for SunTrust Bank and is a Director Emeritus of the Palmetto Youth Center.

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