CEO Bill Diggs leaves Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce

Eight-year leader takes over as head of Mourning Family Foundation

Miami Times staff report | 8/8/2013, 3:39 p.m.
Bill Diggs

Bill Diggs, the president and CEO of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, recently announced on his Facebook page that he was leaving the job he has held for the past eight years and has accepted an offer from his friend and business colleague, Alonzo Mourning. In his posting he said, “Many of you know that some 25 years ago, myself and some strong men created a mentoring program called the 100 Black Men of South Florida. Out of that organization, I created a life long friendship and business relationship with Alonzo and Tracy Mourning. I have now decided to deepen that relationship and take over as the president of The Mourning Family Foundation.

The Foundation is involved in various philanthropic activities and has expanded its reach to include affordable housing development.

Replacing Diggs is a former Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce board member and a business executive, Jesse Brooks, who will take over immediately as the interim CEO. According to a press release from the Chamber, Brooks will provide oversight for the next few months as the Board of Directors undertakes a search for a permanent CEO.

Neither Diggs nor Brooks were available for comment. However, we were able to ascertain from his own posting, that Brooks is a New Jersey native that graduated from American University with a master of science in organizational development. He previously worked with a company in Spain, Central Nuclear de Vandellos and is a consultant in strategic planning and organizational development.