Chief Executive Officer, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Tim Herman was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, and is a graduate of Luke M. Powers High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Ferris State University.
In 1994, Mr. Herman was elected to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and represented the county’s Third District serving the East Flint area and most of the City of Burton until 2000.
Concurrently, Mr. Herman worked as a Senior Investment Associate with Merrill Lynch Stock Brokerage in Flint from 1992-2000.
In July 2000, he became President and CEO of the Genesee Area Focus Council, a business leadership group. Along with his duties as head of the Focus Council, Mr. Herman was elected President of the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) in November, 2001. The URC was developed as a partnership between the Genesee Area Focus Council and the Flint Downtown Development Authority. The organization’s mission is to carry out the financial and legal requirements of downtown building acquisitions and their transfer to private developers.
In August 2005, Mr. Herman was appointed CEO to lead the process of consolidating four existing agencies: Flint Area Chamber of Commerce, Flint-Genesee Economic Growth Alliance, Genesee Area Focus Council and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, into a new organization named Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. The consolidation process was completed in January 2006.
Mr. Herman is an avid volunteer. Currently, he is a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Governance for the City of Flint. The committee is charged with developing a recommendation for a 21st Century city governance model and an implementation plan for the recommendations. In addition, he volunteers for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and he was a founding member of Operation Brush-Up, an important community cause, serving in many capacities from 1990-1996.
Mr. Herman and his wife, JoAnne, live in Flint and have four children.