Meet the President and Vice Presidents

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Jacki Dezelski Jacki Dezelski, IOM, President and CEO
Jacki leads the Manatee Chamber as its chief executive. She received her MBA and BFA degrees from the University of Florida and has been with the Chamber since 1996. Jacki was named the 2015 Florida Chamber Professional of the Year by FACP and earned her IOM credential from the US Chamber of Commerce. Born a ’valley girl’ in California, Jacki has called Manatee County home since 1980 and hails from a long line of farmers who helped settle a little piece of the Michigan ’pinkie’ near Traverse City. Her dream professional sports moment would be to play at Wimbledon.

Kim Dalglish Kim Dalglish, Vice President, Membership Development & Services
Kim is responsible for the recruitment and retention of Chamber members. She oversees the Chamber's numerous networking functions, golf tournament, business expos and special events. In addition, Kim is the supervisor of the Chamber's Better Business Council (BBC) and leads the Chamber Friends ambassador program. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kim moved to Bradenton in 1999 during her 18-year career in the newspaper business, but still remains a fiercely-loyal Dallas Cowboys fan. Kim earned her BBA from Texas Tech University and MBA from Texas Christian University.

Michael Gallen Michael Gallen Vice President, Public Policy & Small Business
Michael joined the Chamber in 2015. His division has three major focus areas: government affairs, small business and tourism development. Natural resources, downtown redevelopment, sustainable/green initiative, transportation, infill development and STARTUPS (a two-county transportation group) are current committees. Born and raised in Bradenton, Michael joined the Georgia Bulldog Nation while earning a Political Science Degree at the University of Georgia, and he received a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. He especially enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and watching the Dawgs on game day.


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