The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board appointed Brett Finley as its CEO and president, effective Nov. 28, capping a nearly yearlong search for a permanent chamber leader.

The background

According to an Oct. 25 news release, Finley holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in political science, both from Texas State University.

Finley most recently served as government affairs director at the San Antonio Board of Realtors, where he worked with elected officials, protected private property rights and helped shape real estate policies in the San Antonio region. Finley’s responsibilities included preparing advanced communications for high-level external audiences as well as managing a variety of organizational events and leadership programs, the release stated.

Finley replaces Cristina Aldrete, who resigned as chamber CEO and president in November 2022. Former chamber leader Duane Wilson served as interim CEO and president following Aldrete’s departure.

What they’re saying

Finley voiced excitement for his new role.

“I am honored to be selected to sustain and strengthen the North San Antonio Chamber’s influence in the San Antonio community and thank the board for its decision,” Finley said in a statement. “This chamber has a rich history of empowering businesses to succeed. My goal is to build on this legacy, and I am committed to working with our members and partners to create a unified front that champions the economic vitality of our region."

Chamber board chair Danny Zimmermann said Finley brings organizational leadership experience and skills to the chamber.

"His impressive background and dynamic leadership style will be invaluable as we continue to serve and support the local business community,” Zimmermann said in a statement.