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Zach Brandon

Real Estate and Development | Economic Development
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce | Madison

Zach Brandon has been at the helm of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce for the past decade. Under Brandon’s leadership, the chamber acquired Accelerate Madison, incorporating the organization as a chamber program focused on highlighting the region’s tech sectors. Previously, Brandon was part of the leadership team of three startups and was director of the Wisconsin Angel Network, an early-stage investment organization. Brandon also served as the vice chair of public policy for the national Angel Capital Association. He served as deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under former Gov. Jim Doyle and as a Madison alderman from 2003-2008.

Education: Bachelor’s, Kent State University

Hobby/passion: “Bourbon/rye whiskey collecting.”

First car and how long did you have it for: “Chevy Monza Spyder – one year because my parents forced me to sell it due to speeding tickets.”

Career advice: “Alignment over hustle. Aligning your work and network is more important than the hustle.”

First job and what did you learn from it: “Automotive mechanic apprentice. Five things make an engine run: fuel, spark, air, compression, timing – the same that makes an economy work. Fuel is capital, spark is innovation, air is business climate, compression is sector density, timing is market timing.”