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Glenn Hamer has been president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006. He has overseen the organization's development into one of the most respected pro-business public policy entities in the state. In 2011 Hamer led the business community's successful advocacy for passage of a landmark economic competitiveness package, which was hailed as the most significant job creation legislation passed in the state in a generation.
Previously, Hamer was chief of staff for former Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), executive director of the Arizona Republican Party during a winning U.S. Senate race, and a legislative assistant to former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), where he worked on issues ranging from identity theft to violent crime to intellectual property reforms.
Hamer represents the Arizona Chamber on the U.S. Chamber's Public Affairs Committee. He is a member of the board for the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Council on Economic Education. He is vice chair of the Arizona Charter Schools Association and a member of the Arizona Ready Education Council. He co-chaired Gov. Jan Brewer's (R-AZ) Solar Energy Task Force. Hamer was named a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2013, and in both 2013 and 2014, he was named Best Powerbroker by the Arizona Capitol Times.
Hamer is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Arizona State University's College of Law. He and his wife have three daughters. He enjoys tennis and learning Hebrew from his bilingual daughters.
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