Barry E. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida's largest business development organization and among the largest chambers of commerce in the southeastern U.S. He directs a team of more than 30 Chamber professionals, supporting 400,000 employees of chamber member companies in South Florida.
Barry joined the Greater Miami Chamber following 25 years in corporate communications leadership at AT&T, wrapping up his career as vice president-corporate affairs for the company's Florida operations. Previous to joining AT&T, Barry anchored, reported and produced radio and television news for several ABC and Mutual Broadcasting affiliated stations.
He has been active on numerous boards of directors in the south Florida community for over 20 years. In addition to serving as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber during his AT&T career, he has been chairman of the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council (now the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County) and co-chairman with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County of the first One Community, One Goal initiative, the community's long-term economic development plan. Currently, he is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Miami Mayor's International Council and the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Advisory Board of the Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also an advisor to the School of Business at Miami-Dade College, a member of the Executive Committee of the South Florida Regional Business Alliance and the Executive Board of the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of Missouri State University, Barry has won numerous professional awards and is a recipient of the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League and the Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, he recently received the Heart of Haiti Award from the Haitian Government and the Haitian Parliament.
Barry and his wife, Catherine, have two children and three grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun