COMPANY: Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida
YEARS IN AREA: 7
YEARS AT COMPANY: 6 months
Robert Agrusa, a Florida native and leading advocate for the Central Florida business community, was named the new president of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce in September 2017. Since then, Agrusa has been charged to lead the premiere business organization for one of the fastest-growing communities in Central Florida, both in business commerce and residential development. With Apopka now the second largest city in Orange County after Orlando, Agrusa is focused on implementing the Chamber’s new mission, which includes serving the economic development, prosperity and sustainability of our community and the northwest region through connectivity, leadership, education and support.
Agrusa came to the Chamber from BusinessForce, the political action arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership (formerly the Central Florida Partnership), where he had served as executive director for the previous two years. In that role, Agrusa represented thousands of businesses and their tens of thousands of employees and was directly responsible for advancing the business community’s agenda through public policy advocacy and supporting business-friendly candidates for Florida’s largest regional PAC.
Prior to his position at BusinessForce, Agrusa moved to Central Florida in 2011 to serve as the chief political liaison between Sen. Andy Gardiner’s legislative office and his responsibilities as Florida Senate President Designate.
“Apopka is a wonderful place to grow your business,” said Agrusa. “Every day I’m excited about the opportunity to meet the expanding business needs of this rapidly growing community.”
Agrusa is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class 91, and the 2013 Central Florida Political Leadership Institute. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, the Orlando Economic Partnership, the Rotary Club of Apopka and the Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council.