He’s Kings County’s new king of commerce!
A new chief executive will take the reins at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on Monday, after the organization’s previous president departed it in May.
Hector Batista — who started his career working for former Borough President Howard Golden, and most recently completed an eight-year stint as the head honcho of community-service group Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City — will be the 100-year-old Chamber’s first Hispanic leader, and his diverse resumé will help him lead the organization into its next era, according to its co-chairperson.
“Hector is in tune with the needs of the private and public sectors, and will be a great advocate for the business community in Brooklyn,” said Gil Cygler.
Batista will run the Chamber itself along with its do-good arm, the Brooklyn Alliance, and its lending subsidiary, Brooklyn Alliance Capital Inc., which in part grants loans to mom and pops around the borough.
The new president and chief-executive officer is taking over months after the Chamber rang in its century of service with a swanky gala in America’s Downtown.
His predecessor, Andrew Hoan, left the Chamber after 17 months atop it to run a similar business-boosting group in Portland, Ore.