Ari Jolly named 2024 JAX Chamber chair-elect

Mark Bennett will continue to serve as chair in 2024; Jolly will become chair in 2025.

Ari Jolly is 2024 chair-elect for the JAX Chamber.
Ari Jolly is 2024 chair-elect for the JAX Chamber.
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Attorney Ari Jolly, expert counsel for Florida Blue, will serve as 2024 chair-elect for the JAX Chamber.

Jolly serves on the chamber’s executive committee as general counsel.

The chamber announced Dec. 4 it selected Jolly as chair-elect. 

It traditionally selects its chair more than a year in advance, the news release said. In the role of chair-elect, Jolly will lead the 2024 Leadership Trip and become chair in 2025. 

Mark Bennett

Chamber Chair Mark Bennett will continue to serve as chair in 2024.

“Our city is booming right now and it’s important that the business community leads in ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to succeed and thrive as we continue to grow,” Jolly said in the release.

“I’m honored to serve in this role, to be part of Mark’s team and to have the opportunity to lead the Chamber in 2025.”

“Ari is an outstanding leader who cares deeply about Jacksonville and will be an outstanding Chamber Chair,” said Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber president and CEO, in the release. 

“She understands the business community, has led major boards and her corporate expertise will be invaluable in leading the Chamber in 2025.”

Misty Skipper

The chamber also announced Misty Skipper, vice president of merchandising, marketing and external affairs for Gate Petroleum, will serve as chair of JAXUSA Partnership for 2024. 

JAXUSA is the chamber’s economic development arm that covers the seven-county Northeast Florida region.

Skipper succeeds Cindy Stover, TD Bank North Florida Market president. 

The remainder of the board of directors will be announced in early 2024.

Jolly is a member of The Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar Association. She served as chairman on several boards, including the board of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and the Veterans Network at Florida Blue. She is the immediate past board of directors’ chair of both the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Jolly currently serves on the boards of Fleet Landing, the American Public Transportation Association and the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute.

At Florida Blue, Jolly provides legal support for investment and corporate development operations as well as board governance support to affiliated companies, the release said.

Before joining Florida Blue, she served in the U.S. Navy for almost a decade and received a Navy Achievement Medal in 1987.

Jolly is an honors graduate from the Naval Legal Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned degrees from Jacksonville University and Florida State University College of Law.



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