This week, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced University of Florida graduate Tim Giuliani as its new president and chief executive.
Giuliani was voted in unanimously by the Board of Directors and will replace interim president Sonia Douglas, who stepped in after the resignation of Brent Christensen, who held the position for 10 years.
Giuliani plans to start in mid-August, and will lead the Chamber, the Council for Economic Outreach, the Chamber economic development arm and Innovation Gainesville.
The family man is already quite familiar with Gainesville: He served as the Chamber Director of Membership from 2006 to 2008 and brought 200 new members to the organization.
“My wife and I consider Gainesville home,” Giuliani says. “We are looking forward to being very involved in the Gainesville community.”
After leaving Gainesville, Giuliani served as vice president of Corporate Outreach and Engagement for the Florida Chamber of Commerce in Tallahassee. He is very active in the small business community and served as the first director of the Florida Chamber Small Business Council.
Giuliani graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in economics and communication. He then earned his M.B.A. from the UF Warrington College of Business Administration.
He and his wife, Sarah, are parents to Tyler, 6, John Parker, 2, and Analeigh, 4 months.
On stepping into this new role now, he says, “There’s nowhere I’d rather be in this position than in Gainesville.”
We talked to Giuliani about living and working in Gainesville and the new job facing him next month.