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We join all Americans in mourning the loss of life at the rally in Pennsylvania today, and in gratitude that former President Trump survived the shooting. 

As Americans, we settle our differences with ballots, not bullets. Political violence is never acceptable. 

It strengthens our nation when we stand together on basic American principles, there is much more that unites us than divides us. 

 

Let’s come together.

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REPRESENTING ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS, AND CREATORS 

AMerican
Free Enterprise
CHAMBER of 
COMMERCE

FIGHTING FOR FREE, FAIR, OPEN MARKETS

Our 2024 Priorities

Some of the key legislative issues we're fighting for on behalf of our members.

Reform Energy Permitting to Drive Economic Growth

Fixing the nation’s broken permitting process must be an urgent priority. After all, if you can’t build things, productivity stops, jobs are lost, and people suffer. (Learn More)

About

Meet the Leadership Team

Capitalism matters and we need a stronger voice for small business.

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Ambassador Terry Branstad, Honorary Chairman

Ambassador Terry Branstad is America’s longest serving governor, having served as Iowa governor from 1983-1999 and 2011-2017. He served as the 12th United States Ambassador to China from 2017-2020.

 

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William Canfield
General Counsel

Canfield is a nationally recognized expert in federal and state campaign finance issues and six-time presidential campaign general counsel. Canfield was twice chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Election Law and has extensive experience in tax-exempt 501c3, 501c4 and 501c6 committees.

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Somsak Chivavibul
Governance and Accountability Committee Chairman

Chivavibul is a seasoned financial executive, having served as Chief Decision Management Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Navient, and as Senior VP for Financial Planning and Analysis at Sallie Mae.  Chivavibul chairs AmFree Chamber’s Governance and Accountability Committee.

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Gentry Collins
Chief Executive Officer

Collins has run large-scale advocacy and brand management efforts across multiple industries.  He is the former National Political Director at both the Republican Governors Association and the Republican National Committee.

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Jim Kurtenbach
Treasurer

Kurtenbach has extensive public and private sector experience, working with start-up and public companies.  Kurtenbach holds a Ph.D. in accounting and has served in various leadership capacities for government and private entities.  Kurtenbach is a former member of the Iowa Legislature.

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Rob Engstrom
President

Engstrom served as Chief Political Strategist at the American Bankers Association (2017-2022) and remains as a senior advisor. He served at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2002-2022), as a Sr. advisor, Sr. VP, Sr. VP of Political and State Affairs for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, national political director, and the chief liaison to over 2,000 state and local chambers and trade associations. Earlier, he worked as Director of Political Education at the Republican National Committee and on Speaker Gingrich's campaign.

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Jill Rulli
Board Member

Rulli is an entrepreneur, small businesswoman, and founder of The Thought.  She sits on the Board of Visitors at the University of Georgia.  Rulli formerly served in leadership roles on multiple presidential, senatorial, and independent expenditure campaigns around the country.

Free, fair, open markets have created more progress and prosperity than all other economic systems combined.

The American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce is built to nurture and grow these ideas.

 

We represent hard working entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators.  We fight for jobs, growth, and freedom.  We fight for equal economic opportunity for every American.  We fight against burdensome regulations, job-killing tax policies, and the corporate cronyism and backroom DC deal making that threaten our economic future. 

 

And we fight to ensure global competitors like China are held accountable for anti-free market behavior and theft of intellectual property that deny a level playing field to businesses of all sizes.

 

The American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce is policy and research focused, and will use these products to drive the economic growth debate in American public discourse. 

 

We will hold elected officials in both parties accountable.  The American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce provides access to a national grassroots network of business owners, operators and allies.

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BEcome A member

Members of the American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce will receive a variety of benefits.  These benefits include:

  • Reliable, principled advocacy for American free enterprise, free markets, and limited government.

  • Tools for American businesses to maintain access to the marketplace.

  • Access to key polling, market research, and insights about the political, policy, and regulatory landscape in America.

  • Participation in and access to quarterly State of American Free Enterprise surveys.

  • Access to a robust grassroots advocacy network to make member voices heard in Washington, D.C. and state capitols on issues affecting business.

  • Quarterly policy briefings, status reports, and action plans.

  • Member networking opportunities.

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