Mark Berson – Region IV Advocate
Mark Berson is the regional advocate for region IV, covering the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Berson is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Berson was appointed to his post in January 2011.
Prior to his appointment, Berson served as the president and CEO of the Berkeley, California, Chamber of Commerce for 2010. From 2003 to 2009 he led the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. From 2000 to 2003 Berson was the executive director of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. Under his leadership, the state’s tourism marketing and advertising program was named the best in the nation by the Travel Industry Association of America in 2001. A small business owner from 1978 to 2000, Berson has a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Florida.
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed chief counsel for advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the chief counsel’s efforts. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.