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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce names president

A vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been chosen for the top spot at the Minnesota chamber. Douglas B. Loon will resign his position with the national chamber -- as vice president for regional affairs and advocacy for the Midwest ...

A vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been chosen for the top spot at the Minnesota chamber.
Douglas B. Loon will resign his position with the national chamber - as vice president for regional affairs and advocacy for the Midwest region - to take on his new job as Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president on Sept. 8.
He replaces former president David Olson, who died a year ago. Bill Blazer, who served as interim president, will help with the transition as he returns to his previous job as senior vice president of public affairs and business development. He did not seek the top post.
The choice of Loon was the result of a nationwide search. He has worked for the U.S. chamber since 1995 and currently manages the U.S chamber’s Midwest region, including Minnesota.
The Minnesota chamber is the largest business advocacy organization in the state, representing more than 2,300 companies.
Loon is eager to put his passion for pro-business advocacy to work at the state level, according to a chamber news release.
Like the U.S. chamber, the Minnesota chamber stands at a crossroads, according to Loon.
“It is the one organization that can bring together the various interests of the business community behind a common agenda aimed at the development and growth of Minnesota’s economy,” he said in a statement.
Chamber member Bill Bennett of LHB Inc. in Duluth welcomed the choice of Loon.
“The Minnesota chamber understands the need for a vibrant, statewide economy,” he said in a statement. “They are a valuable partner in ensuring that our concerns are heard and addressed at the Capitol. Doug brings a similar perspective and record of success from his work with the U.S. chamber. Our partnership will grow under his leadership.”
Loon is married to state Rep. Jenifer Loon and lives in Eden Prairie, Minn.

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