Gables Chamber Tabs Parking Authority Official As Ceo
Written by Charlotte Libov on June 29, 2006
By Charlotte Libov
Following the resignation of Lettie Bien, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce commissioned an executive search firm to find a replacement, but it didn’t go far. Mark A. Trowbridge, the Miami Parking Authority’s deputy executive director for business development, will become president and CEO of the chamber on Aug. 7.
"We decided we did want someone local," said Carolina Rendeiro, the chamber’s vice chairman. "When you are bringing in a president of a chamber, it’s important that they know the people. It facilitates the transition for everyone. Mark was one of the finalists we had, and he made it all the way to the top."
Gayle A. Bainbridge, the chamber’s chairman, said the organization is "delighted to have Mark’s experience and energy coming. He will bring forth the greatness that the chamber has to offer. We haven’t been able to announce this publicly until now, so we are delighted to be able to talk about it. Mark has great enthusiasm, and his track record speaks for itself."
Mr. Trowbridge joined the parking authority in 2002 and was named to his current position last year. Although he officially begins his work at the chamber in August, he plans to attend the goals conference July 14-15 at the Sonesta Resort in Key Biscayne, Ms. Bainbridge said.
"The vision of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce fits my skills and vision of success. With the input of all of these folks, I think we’ll be very successful," said Mr. Trowbridge. "My first priority will be energizing the membership and helping spread the word that the chamber is a tremendous asset to the business community."
Mr. Trowbridge has served on the board of directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce since 2001 and on the organization’s executive committee of leadership since 1997.
His community activities include involvement with the South Florida Super Bowl XXXIII Host Committee, the University of Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Historical Museum of South Florida and the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
In addition, he is regional vice president and a board member of the University of Florida National Alumni Association and chairman of the board of directors of the Academy of Finance at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School. He also is a member of the Teach for America board.