After an extensive national search, Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM has been appointed the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce of East Central Florida. He will replace Chuck Galy, who has been serving as the Interim President since October. Galy will resume his post as Executive Vice President upon Malesic’s arrival in mid-August.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice,” said Glen Chaney, 2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. “Our extensive national search process involved the review and screening of more than 100 applicants, with over a dozen interviews, four follow up interviews, and eventually the selection of two candidates, who were invited to make final presentations to the chamber’s search committee. Christian was clearly the front runner, possessing the education and experience in organizational management necessary to lead our chamber forward.”

Malesic is an accomplished leader, bringing extensive experience in community outreach, public service, political leadership, business and membership development, as well as marketing expertise to the chamber.

While serving as Executive Officer at the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) in the Reading, PA area, Malesic was recognized as a trend-setting and dynamic leader earning the Best-in-Nation New Executive Officer award in 2013 from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

During his tenure with the HBA, not only did Malesic lead the organization to a balanced budget, the HBA was recognized with four Best-in-Nation Awards for: Best-in-Nation Publication for At Home in Berks magazine, Best-in-Nation Community Service Project for HBA Restoring Hope Extreme Home Makeover, Best-in-Nation Social Media for innovative use of the HBA’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Pinterest, and Best-in-Nation Web 2.0 for incorporating social media with new web site technology & site design.

Malesic has considerable personnel management experience gained from almost six years as a United States Air Force Officer, where he managed InterContinental Ballistics Missiles (ICBMs) at Minot AFB, ND and controlled Air Support Operations Maintenance with over 350 technicians reporting to him at Shaw AFB, SC. During his military service, in which he achieved the rank of Captain, Malesic was hand-selected for a Participation With Industry program where he served as an engineering liaison to Northrop-Grumman Corporation to design and build the Joint STARS aircraft at the Melbourne International Airport.

Malesic earned his Master of Business Administration with distinguished honors from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and three Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from Lehigh University and Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Elizabethtown College. He is also a graduate of the prestigious four-year Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), the most highly respected program nationwide for non-profit chamber & association management – hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber looks forward to welcoming the arrival of Christian, his wife Valerie and their three children to Brevard this summer.