Hope Kennedy assumed the role of President/CEO in July 2013, and is a Florida Certified Chamber
Professional. Since this time, she has led the organization through two chamber acquisitions, a name
and brand change and a stringent certification process. In 2019 The North Tampa Bay Chamber was
recognized as Chamber of the Year, by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.
Kennedy’s work to support businesses of all sizes spans her entire career. Before joining the Wesley Chapel Chamber in 2012, she served Pensacola Chamber members as the organization’s Vice President of Membership. During her tenure, Kennedy was instrumental in the recovery efforts, post hurricane Ivan, and the BP Oil Spill. In this role, Kennedy also successfully designed and implemented strategies resulting in the engagement of more than 200 of Pensacola’s business leaders in a campaign to attract Southwest Airlines. Kennedy has also led membership and business development for United Way of The Capital Area as well as the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, both in Jackson, MS.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently recognized her as one of Tampa Bay’s most 100 influential business people for 2017. Kennedy currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, and is active with the Florida Chamber, and American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2005, the Mississippi Business Journal recognized Hope as a “Top 40 under 40” for the State of Mississippi. The American Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2008 awarded her for “Outstanding Membership”, and in 2010 the Independent News in Pensacola named Hope a “Rising Star”.
Hope graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and resides in North Tampa with her 14 year old daughter.