New president for Melbourne chamber

Florida Today

by Wayne T. Price

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida has a new president and chief executive — Christian Malesic of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Malesic, the executive officer at the Home Builders Association of Berks County (Pennsylvania) replaces Chuck Galy, who has been serving as the interim president since October. Galy will resume his post as executive vice president upon Malesic’s arrival in mid-August.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice,” said Glen Chaney, 2015 chairman of the board of directors of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. “Our extensive national search process involved the review and screening of more than 100 applicants, with over a dozen interviews, four follow up interviews, and eventually the selection of two candidates, who were invited to make final presentations to the chamber’s search committee. Christian was clearly the front runner, possessing the education and experience in organizational management necessary to lead our chamber forward.”

While at the Home Builders Association of Berks County, Malesic was recognized as a trend-setting and dynamic leader earning the “Best-in-Nation New Executive Officer” award in 2013 from the National Association of Home Builders.

Malesic was a U.S Air Force officer for six years where he managed InterContinental Ballistics Missiles at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and controlled Air Support Operations Maintenance with more 350 technicians reporting to him at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.. During his military service, in which he achieved the rank of captain, Malesic was hand-selected for a Participation With Industry program where he served as an engineering liaison to Northrop-Grumman Corp. to design and build the Joint STARS aircraft at the Melbourne International Airport.

Malesic earned his master’s of business administration with distinguished honors from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and three bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and political science from Lehigh University and business administration with a concentration in marketing from Elizabethtown College. He is also a graduate of the prestigious four-year Institute for Organizational Management, the most highly respected program nationwide for non-profit chamber & association management - hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The search for a permanent chamber presidents began last September with the abrupt resignation of Christine Michaels.