Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Letter from new President Zach Brandon

Dear Chamber Members:

As an entrepreneur, small business owner and the father of three, I understand firsthand the need for a robust economy. So let me take this first communication to you – the members who make this organization possible – as an opportunity to tell you that this Chamber, your Chamber, will be aggressive in forging a climate that recruits, retains and grows employers and the jobs they create.

Fourteen years ago, as I looked for a city in which to locate a new business, Madison stood out for all the reasons we know and love. I soon recognized, however, that the great potential I saw was not being realized. I have made enhancing Greater Madison’s business climate my mission ever since – as a Madison alder, as deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and as an active link in early stage investing for Wisconsin entrepreneurs.

Our region, its businesses and its workers are second to none. This Chamber will be relentless in telling our region’s story domestically and internationally. We will proactively fill the economic development policy vacuum to ensure our story only gets better.

None of this could be possible if it weren’t for the hard and intelligent work of all of you and my predecessor, Jennifer Alexander. The Chinese have a saying: “While drinking the water, remember who dug the well.” Jennifer has built the strong foundation from which we will launch this intrepid effort.

Our potential is great. Our challenge is clear. Our time is now.

The opportunity to be your voice, your advocate and your friend energizes me. I am excited by what we can achieve together. I look forward to meeting all of you. Please make plans to join me on Dec. 5 for a Welcome Reception.

With high regard,

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce