Chamber Executive Vice President Andrew Hoan Named Next President and CEO
Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura has accepted a new position as President and CEO of the New York Building Congress. Effective December 19, Andrew Hoan, the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, will succeed Scissura as President and CEO.
Scissura has been President and CEO of the Chamber since September 2012. During his tenure, membership grew by roughly 200 percent to a total of over 2,100 members, the Chamber launched innovative new programs including Chamber on the Go, Explore Brooklyn and Brooklyn-Made, and the organization’s role as an advocate for Brooklyn and its business community expanded substantially.
Hoan has served as Chief of Staff since 2013. As the Chamber’s second-in-command, he has had a crucial role in the organization’s renaissance. Hoan first worked with Scissura in the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura said, “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. While I depart with a heavy heart, I am comforted by all the wonderful work we accomplished together – from helping thousands of small businesses across Brooklyn and growing membership to record levels, to launching innovative programs like Chamber on the Go, Brooklyn-Made and Explore Brooklyn, creating new programming in Washington, D.C., and being one of the primary advocates for this incredible borough I call home. I will always look back fondly on the time I spent at the Chamber and treasure the memories and incredible relationships created here. Andrew Hoan is the perfect candidate to now lead the Chamber, and I look forward to working with him in my new role as President and CEO of the New York Building Congress. I have the utmost confidence that, through Andrew’s direction, the Chamber will continue to be one of the largest and most successful business organizations in the state. My deepest thanks to my dear friend, Board Chair Denise Arbesu, the entire Board of Directors and all the staff that has worked with me throughout my tenure.”
Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu said, “Words cannot express the debt of gratitude that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce owes to Carlo Scissura. As President and CEO, he has surpassed any and all expectations, molding the organization into the largest and fastest-growing chamber of commerce in New York State. I will miss him deeply as a colleague, but as a friend, I am proud of him and wish him the best of luck on his new role. Succession Planning is part of our Strategic Plan, and as Carlo’s Chief of Staff and second in command, the Executive Committee and Board have the utmost confidence in Andrew Hoan taking the reins. Along with Carlo, Andrew has been a driving force behind the resurgence of the organization. I can think of no candidate with more experience or expertise, and the Executive Committee and our Board were absolutely confident that the ideal next President was already right here within our ranks. I have no doubt that his appointment will be equally well received by the countless Chamber Members he has already done so much to help over the years.”
Brooklyn Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Andrew Hoan said, “This is truly a bitter-sweet moment for me. While I am honored to lead the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as its new President and CEO, I am saddened by the departure of an incredible boss, mentor and friend in Carlo Scissura. During the last four years, Carlo spearheaded a renaissance at the Chamber that resulted in a tremendous growth in membership, the creation of numerous innovative programs and services, and the success of countless businesses throughout Brooklyn. There is no question that Carlo’s are big shoes to fill, but I am buoyed by his and the Board’s confidence in me and grateful for all of the lessons he has taught me over the years. I wish Carlo the best of luck in his new endeavor and look forward to continuing to work with him to make Brooklyn a better place to live, work and own a business.”