Our Team

Bert Brantley
President & CEO

Bert Brantley began his tenure as President & CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 1, 2023, after more than two decades of service in various state government leadership positions. Bert and the world-class team at the Chamber and Visit Savannah are dedicated to ensuring economic opportunity spreads through the business community as the Savannah region enters a new era of growth and prosperity.

He most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp. As a Senior Advisor, he managed the Communications, External Affairs, Legislative, Policy, and Constituent Services teams. Brantley also held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, appointed to that role by Governor Nathan Deal in 2017.

With more than 20 years of experience in state government, Brantley has held other roles in the Office of Governor Sonny Perdue, the Department of Driver Services, the State Road & Tollway Authority, and the Department of Transportation.

He currently serves on the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority, the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs Alumni Board, the Executive Oversight Committee of the Georgia High School Association, and the boards of Union Mission and SaMMI.

Bert is married to Tonya Brantley, a recently retired elementary physical education teacher. They have two daughters, Kendall and Carson, who are both students at the University of Georgia.

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