June 15 marked the start of the next chapter in the PA Chamber’s history, with Luke Bernstein beginning his leadership of the organization as President and CEO. Luke’s leadership will coincide with a transition to the retirement of the PA Chamber’s former President and CEO, Gene Barr, who will retire at the end of the month and serve as an advisor to the organization.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve and lead this tremendous organization, which has throughout its history been an incredible catalyst for increasing opportunity and growth in the state through advocacy, engagement and commitment to civility,” said Bernstein. “That is in no small part thanks to the dedication of the organization’s staff, the support of its members, and the leadership of its board. And I want to thank Gene for the leadership he demonstrated throughout his tenure, helping navigate our members and this state through the pandemic and positioning us for long-term success.”
Barr, who announced his retirement last November, has more than 45 years of experience in various facets of government, political and public affairs activity, and business operations. He joined the PA Chamber in February 2003 and served for more than eight years as vice president of government and public affairs before being elected president and CEO in October 2011.
“I am confident that with the continued support and dedication of the Chamber’s team and its members, combined with Luke’s leadership, the PA Chamber will continue to succeed and put this state in an even better position for economic growth and greater opportunity for its citizens and their families,” Barr said. “I am proud of the tremendous work this organization has accomplished during my time here, and I am honored to have served the organization, our members and this state.”