Florida Chamber appoints Quintin Kendall as NE Florida regional board chair

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On Monday, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced its appointment of CSX executive Quintin Kendall to a one-year term as Northeast Florida Regional Board chair.

“I am honored to serve as the Florida Chamber’s Regional Board chair for Northeast Florida,” said Kendall in a statement. “CSX has long viewed the Florida Chamber as a highly effective partner in promoting a pro-business agenda.  I look forward to engaging First Coast business leaders in our ongoing effort to secure Florida’s future.”

CSX has long been one of the leading businesses in Northeast Florida, growing with the region in ways that are obvious to those who know the region.

“Quintin Kendall is an accomplished leader who fully understands how essential Northeast Florida is to the continuous growth of Florida as a whole,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Board chair, Quintin will volunteer his talent and resources in support of the Florida Chamber’s mission to secure Florida’s future.

There are 12 regional board chairs total.

Kendall brings to his role a unique combination of experience dealing with legislatures, both on the state and federal levels.

While based in Virginia, Kendall served as a member of the Transportation working group on Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s transition team, including drafting the final report of the Rail and Transit subgroup. He then served on a variety of executive-level committees.

“Prior to joining CSX,” according to his Florida Chamber biography, “Kendall served in the office of the secretary of the United States Department of Transportation from 2002 to 2009, most recently as chief of staff to Secretary Mary E. Peters. While at USDOT, Kendall focused on efforts to reform federal highway and transit policy, improving transportation safety and maritime issues. In 2006, he served as the first executive director of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission under U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.