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Advocacy News Release

Mark Berson Appointed Region IV Advocate

Release Date: 
Monday, January 31, 2011
Release Number: 
11-09 ADV
Contact: 
Patrick Morris (202) 205-6941

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Mark Berson is the new Regional Advocate for the Office of Advocacy’s Region IV, covering the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He will be the Office of Advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations.

“Mark Berson understands small businesses and their importance to our economy. He has been a small business owner, and his previous leadership roles in both the Berkeley, California, and Alabama Gulf Coast Chambers of Commerce illustrate his commitment to small business,” said Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant. “Mark will make a fine addition to the Advocacy team and will serve region well as their new Advocate.”

“I have been privileged to work with the small business community throughout my career both in government and the private sector,” said Berson. “The Regional Advocate position allows me the opportunity to work on behalf of these remarkable individuals and to convey their concerns to Washington.”

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 “Best in Nation” by the Washington, DC-based 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.

For more information contact Michael Landweber, Senior Advisor and Director of Regional Affairs, directly at (202) 205-6945, or visit the Office of Advocacy website at www.sba.gov/advo.

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 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. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/advo, or call (202) 205-6533.