MICHAEL SKELTON: President & CEO Business & Industry Association of NH

Michael Skelton is the President and CEO of the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire, has been appointed to the New Hampshire Advisory Council of the New England Legal Foundation (NELF, www.newenglandlegal.org), the leading non-profit public interest law firm in the region dedicated to addressing policy and constitutional concerns related to free enterprise.

The BIA is the state’s leading business advocate and statewide chamber of commerce. Before joining the BIA, Mr. Skelton served as President and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber, the state’s largest regional Chamber of Commerce. In total, he has more than 12 years of leadership experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry and a background in public relations, media relations, economic development, and government affairs.

“Michael’s long experience in promoting the Granite State’s business affairs, his great appreciation of the societal role of commerce, and his extensive personal network,” NELF President Dan Winslow said, “will further strengthen our already impressive New Hampshire Advisory Council.”

The Business and Industry Association is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, we shape business-friendly public policy and provide counterbalance to legislation and regulations that threaten the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire businesses.

The BIA is New Hampshire’s only broadbased, business advocacy organization. We monitor and respond to many issues that arise each year that directly impact businesses of all industries and sizes, providing them a direct connection to the legislative process.

The BIA represents more than 400 members in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, high technology, professional services, financial services, health care, hospitality and tourism, public utilities, higher education, and insurance. Member firms employ 89,000 people throughout the state, which represents one in seven jobs, and contribute $4.5 billion annually to the state’s economy.