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Barry E. Johnson has been active in leadership in the south Florida community for over 30 years. In addition to the Deering Estate Foundation board, he is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, chairing the Press Conference and Media Day events, a trustee of HistoryMiami, and a lifetime member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.

Previous leadership roles include chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County and co-chairman with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County of the community’s original long-term economic development plan, One Community, One Goal.

He is the immediate past president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and the longest sustaining business organization and one of the largest chambers in the southeastern U.S.

Barry joined the chamber following 25 years in corporate communications leadership at AT&T. As vice president-corporate affairs for AT&T’s Florida operations he established national benchmarks for local branding, public relations, media relations and community engagement initiatives. Today, Barry is principal of the consulting firm, Engage South Florida.

Among honors and recognition, Barry is the recipient of the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League, Outstanding Alumni Award from Missouri State University, Royal Palm Award from the Miami Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Heart of Haiti Award from the Haitian Parliament.

Barry and his wife, Cathy, have two children and five grandchildren in Cutler Bay and Holly Springs, North Carolina.