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Tracy Duda Chapman to chair Florida Chamber

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Tracy Duda Chapman, a senior vice president of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons agricultural and land development company, has been elected the 2015-2016 chairwoman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, the organization said Thursday.

Her “longtime leadership in agriculture, the backbone of Florida’s economy, makes her a forward thinking leader who can keep Florida moving in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, the chamber’s president and CEO. “Tracy’s commitment to free enterprise will help ensure Florida’s diverse communities can unite under an integrated business agenda.”

Duda Chapman replaces outgoing chairman Steve Knopik, CEO of Beall’s Inc. Duda Chapman’s one-year term as chairwoman began Nov. 1.

“The Chamber has an outstanding program to make Florida more competitive, and I look forward to continuing to drive the business agenda and playing a part in leading Florida forward,” she said in a prepared statement.

Here’s more from the news release:

Duda Chapman joined A. Duda & Sons, Inc. in 1992. She has held several positions including Associate Counsel, General Counsel, and Corporate Vice President of Corporate Services.

She was appointed Senior Vice President in 2007. She holds a business degree from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of law and serves on the boards of Shands Teaching Hospital & Clinics, Inc., the Brevard Zoo, the Central Florida Partnership, and the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation.

She has previously served on Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission and on the Board of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

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