Brewster Bevis was named president and future CEO of the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) on Wednesday.
During its annual meeting today in Orlando, the Board of Directors of the AIF unanimously selected Bevis to lead the association. Known as the “Voice of Florida Business,” AIF advocates for principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government. Bevis is set to succeed Tom Feeney, who has served as AIF’s president and CEO since 2011, helping to lead the organization through growth of its membership as well as success on major issues in the Capitol.
“It has been an honor to lead AIF for the last 10 years, and I am proud of all we have accomplished during that time to promote free enterprise and prosperity in our state,” said Feeney. “Brewster has been an integral part of all our successes, and I have long viewed him as a leader in this organization. I have no doubt that AIF will continue to see great success under his direction. I look forward to my new endeavors that are on my horizon in the future.”
Bevis joined AIF in 2011 as vice president of external affairs and was subsequently promoted to senior vice president of state and federal affairs in 2013. Prior to joining AIF, Bevis served as senior director of legislative affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors national office. He also worked in Congress for several years and is a former presidential appointee in the Bush administration. Bevis attended Florida State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs.
“I am humbled by the board’s unanimous vote today, and I am grateful for the confidence they have in me to lead this organization forward,” said Bevis. “It has been a privilege to work so closely with AIF’s members over the last 10 years and to advocate on their behalf for policies that will help create more jobs and prosperity for Floridians. I look forward to continuing to do so in this new role.”
The appointment drew praise from several officials, including GOP leaders in the House and Senate.
“Over the last decade, Brewster has established himself as a well-known voice in the Capitol consistently advocating for Florida’s business community,” said Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson. “I want to congratulate him on this well-deserved appointment and wish him success as he assumes this new leadership role at AIF.”
“Congratulations to Brewster on being named the new president of AIF,” added Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls. “He has represented the organization well over the last decade and is a smart choice to lead AIF moving forward.”
Bevis will transition into his new roles starting Jan. 1, 2022.