Big change at Bklyn Chamber! Biz group appoints first Hispanic president

In chage: Hector Batista, who started his career in Borough Hall under former beep Howard Golden, is the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s new president and chief-executive officer.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

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.

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