KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 30, 2017 – At its 92nd annual meeting held on Jan. 28, the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce installed Chris Gent, vice president of corporate communications for Kissimmee Utility Authority, as its 2017 chairman. Gent will serve until Dec. 31, 2017.
Gent succeeds Sharon Smoley, state director of government affairs for Charter Communications, who served as chairman in 2016.
The Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of approximately 900 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. It is the largest chamber of commerce in Central Florida.
Gent has served on the Chamber board since 2010. He also serves on the boards of the Chamber Foundation, Community Vision, Kissimmee Main Street, Florida Hospital Kissimmee Community Advisory Board, Florida Public Relations Association Counselors’ Network and the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation.
At the utility, Gent holds responsibility for internal and external corporate communications, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and organizational philanthropy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.