Chambers of Commerce have been international icons of business for over a hundred years. Some business leaders receive value from Chamber memberships and some don’t. What services do the Chambers provide? What are the various ways a business leader can engage with a Chamber? What value should you expect from a Chamber membership. Learn the answer to these questions from an executive from an award wining Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Gallen is the Vice President of Public Policy & Small Business at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

The Public Policy & Small Business division has three major focus areas: government affairs, small business and tourism development, in addition to the following committees/councils: legislative, natural resources, downtown redevelopment, transportation, infill development, and small business council.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA degree in Political Science. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University College of Law in 2002. Michael served as a Manatee County Commissioner and Manatee Port Authority Member from 2010 – 2014.

His prior position included teaching American Government at IMG Academy and Lakewood Ranch High School, serving as a staff attorney for the Florida House of Representatives, a legal assistant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, a legal intern with the Center for Environmental Rights and Natural Resources in San Jose, Costa Rica.

He is a native and lifelong resident of Manatee County who was born in Bradenton. Michael and his wife Alexandra have three children.

Michael’s contact info:
email: info@manateechamber.com
website: www.manateechamber.com
twitter.com/ManateeChamber
facebook: www.facebook.com/manateechamber
phone: (941) 748-3411