Jacksonville State Rep. Daniel Davis was selected to serve as the next president and CEO of the JAX Chamber of Commerce and will begin on July 1.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Davis has yet to decide if he will remain in the Legislature, to which he was first elected in 2010 replacing Jennifer Carroll when she became Gov. Rick Scott’s gubernatorial running mate.
Davis has been the executive director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association since 2006, and served on the Jacksonville City Council from 2003 to 2010. Davis chairs the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee which co-sponsored and played a large role in the passage of major legislation in 2013 including the popular texting while driving ban.
In his new role, which he calls “the fulfillment of the dream of a lifetime”, Davis will focus on increasing the value of the chamber to its membership with particular attention to small businesses.
“Northeast Florida is a great place to get a job, a great place to grow your business,” Davis said. “We’re going to roll out the red carpet for CEOs.”
In deciding whether to remain in state elected office, JAX Chamber Chairman Greg Smith said the conversation is still open and that a plan will be set in the next few weeks.
“We’ll collectively sit down and make the best decision for the community, for Daniel and the Chamber,” Smith said.
Davis was selected for the position through a national search and rose to the top through his experience leading membership organizations and his passion for the region. He replaces Wally Lee who retired after leading the organization for 23 years.