Mission / Leadership
The Indiana Chamber works to “cultivate a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity for the people of Indiana and their enterprises.” We do that by partnering with 25,000 members and investors, on behalf of more than four million Hoosiers.
The Indiana Chamber, formed in 1922, is the largest, broad-based business advocacy group in the state, representing businesses of all types and sizes throughout Indiana. Our legislative action team is the voice for pro-jobs, pro-economy public policies at the Statehouse and in Congress.
We have full-time legislative experts in the areas of tax and public finance, education and congressional affairs, environment and energy, economic development, small business and technology, plus labor relations, civil justice, and health care and workplace safety.
Over the years, the Indiana Chamber has adapted and expanded its core member benefits to better aid Hoosier businesses. Our robust list of publications and conferences provide businesses with the vital information they need to operate. Attorneys and specialists are used as sources to help our customers understand the laws and regulatory environment, thus keeping them on top of their industries and free from litigation.
A statewide board of directors has guided Indiana Chamber efforts since the organization’s inception. Today, the board consists of more than 100 individuals who are presidents, CEOs and high-level executives from organizations across the state.
The board plays a crucial role in developing the framework for our business advocacy efforts. Members serve on various committees that research key topics and define public policy positions for adoption by the executive committee and entire board each fall. These positions are used by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team to initiate and evaluate legislation at the Indiana Statehouse and in Congress.
The current board chairman is Chuck Baldwin, who is managing director of the Ogletree Deakins law firm and based in Indianapolis. Baldwin has served on the Indiana Chamber’s executive committee, board and employment law policy committee for a number of years. Paul Thrift, president of Thompson Thrift in Terre Haute, is vice chairman of the board.
Kevin Brinegar is the current Indiana Chamber president and CEO. He has been with the organization for 25 years and in his current role since 2002.