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Business Community Coalition Announces Dean Cheshire as 2016-2017 Chair

Business Community Coalition Announces Dean Cheshire as 2016-2017 Chair

dean cheshireThe Business Community Coalition (BCC) is pleased to announce Dean Cheshire as its 2016-2017 Chair to lead the BCC as it works to advance public policy that facilitates an environment suitable for business and economic development.

“Dean Cheshire’s strong business acumen, public policy expertise and commitment to business climate improvement in Greater Gainesville will make him a strong leader for the BCC,” said Kamal I. Latham, Vice President for Public Policy for the Gainesville Area Chamber and Liaison to the BCC. “Under Dean’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to advance initiatives that will make Greater Gainesville a global hub for talent, innovation, and opportunity.”

Dean Cheshire has an extensive career in commercial real estate – he is a partner at Cheshire Companies and owner/manager at DRC Properties, LLC. A Gainesville native and graduate of Santa Fe College, the University of Florida, and the University of Florida’s MBA program, Cheshire serves on the board of directors for both the Builders Association of North Central Florida and the Alachua County Farm Bureau, currently serves as the Treasurer of the Alachua County Farm Bureau, and has held important positions with the Chamber as a member of the Public Policy Committee and Chair of the Energy Study Group’s Governance Sub-Group.

His wife is a public school teacher at Fort Clarke Middle School and his volunteer work involves the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Business Community Coalition as it aims in 2016 to make even greater strides in strengthening our business community and regional economy,” Cheshire said. “I think 2016 will be a big year for business climate advancement in this community and I look forward to working with leaders from the Gainesville Area Chamber, BANCF (Builders Association of North Central Florida) and GACAR (Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors) to guide our efforts to support sustainable prosperity and growth.”

Cheshire replaces outgoing BCC Chair John Roscow of Holden, Carpenter & Roscow, PL

The Business Community Coalition (BCC) is a partnership comprised of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors and the Builders Association of North Central Florida. The BCC identifies and educates professionals interested in public leadership through the Public Leadership Institute and occasionally holds forums facilitating interaction between business leaders and candidates for elective office.

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