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Bob Rohrlack, CCE

President and CEO

Bob Rohrlack, CCE, serves as the President and CEO of The Tampa Bay Chamber, the voice of business for the Tampa Bay area. He leads the Chamber’s mission to “Serve our members and enhance the community by building business success.”


He has over 30 years’ experience in the Chamber of Commerce/economic development profession having worked at the local, regional and state level. He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), and past chairman of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. He was named the 2017 FACP Executive of the Year.


Since joining the Tampa Bay Chamber, they became the first Chamber nation-wide to be invited to the White House for an Economic Briefing discussing Healthcare, Transportation and relations with Cuba, all strong positions within-the Chamber.  The Tampa Bay Chamber is the first and, to date, only Chamber in the U.S. to achieve the 3-Star “Chamber of Valor” Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their work with the military community.

He was appointed by the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Dean Cannon to the Government Efficiency Task Force. Their goal is to recommend $3 billion in savings over four years. He chairs the subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

He is an Honorary Commander at MacDill AirForce Base, a board member of Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Downtown Partnership, University of Tampa Trustee and the Westshore Alliance. He is a past board member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Association of the Chamber of Commerce Executives.


Mr. Rohrlack is a graduate of Troy University majoring in Journalism and The University of Southern Mississippi with a master's degree in Economic Development. He graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Institute for Organizational Management, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia.

He grew up in Florida after being born in Maryland, is married to Sue (Backhaus) and they have three sons.  He enjoys running and travel.


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