New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Bracken was one of nine executives named to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, which advises the U.S. Chamber’s board of directors.
The state chamber announced Bracken’s appointment April 19.
The CCC100 Committee is also tasked with enhancing lobbying and coalition work, recommending programming, and strengthening outreach to the business and chamber communities that cover more than 3 million businesses nationwide.
“The CCC100 has a long-standing reputation as one of the most prestigious appointments in the chamber community,” said Sara Armstrong, vice president and managing director, political affairs and federation relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a prepared statement. “These new members reflect our continued dedication to naming diverse, high-profile leaders to serve on this important committee.”
Alongside Bracken are New Mexico Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Black, Alaska Chamber President and CEO Katie Capozzi, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jeremy Harris, Loudoun County Virginia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Howard, Dayton Area Ohio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Kershner, Oregon Business and Industry President Sandra McDonough, Bristol Tenn.-Va. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beth Rhinehart, and State Chamber of Oklahoma President and CEO Chad Warmington.
Bracken said he was “very pleased” to be asked to join, and that it was “a nice surprise.”
“The whole recovery aspect of the U.S. economy and how different states can benefit from that recovery and how we in New Jersey can benefit, that’s the primary goal of everybody right now. And then there are other things that are coming down the pike that we’ll all weigh in on, like the infrastructure bill coming through Congress,” Bracken said of what he’s looking forward to.
“The nice thing about this group is the board of the U.S. Chamber is group of very high level business people, and what we can provide as a council of 100 is a different perspective of what’s going on in different states. That gives them a lot of insight they wouldn’t normally have from running their own business,” Bracken said. “There’s a lot of potential here, and for us in New Jersey, my being represented on here will have a significant benefit to our state because we’ll benefit from not only providing information but getting information.”=