Second in charge at the chamber

Real estate attorney Paul Jonna takes over as COO of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce

By Stephen Jones

Paul Jonna is a former real estate attorney.

Paul Jonna is a former real estate attorney.

The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) and its non-profit arm, the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), added the posi­tion of Chief Operating Officer to its leadership team. Paul Jonna will step into the role where he will be responsible for managing operations and staff.

The CACC is an organization dedicated to maintaining the eco­nomic vitality of the Chaldean American business community, and the area’s leading ethnic chamber comprised of more than 950 mem­bers that represent more than 3,500 businesses. The CCF is a commu­nity-based human services agency that provides social, educational and family development services to more than 30,000 clients annually, who are mostly refugees and recently ar­rived immigrants. The president of the CACC/CCF is Martin Manna.

“It is an honor to join Martin and team on a full-time basis and help contribute to the long-term goals of each organization,” said Jonna. “The Chamber and CCF continue to grow at an unprecedented rate and next year is no different with the ground-breaking of a 130-unit low income apartment complex and 18,000 square-foot expansion of the CCF building that will include a primary care unit and expanded behavioral health services.”

Jonna worked as a staff attorney for The Taubman Company, which owns, manages and develops super-regional shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. In this role, Jonna advised on legal matters relating to lease compliance, litigation and specialty leasing. He also recently served on a work life culture committee at Taub­man, where he collaborated with a team on improving efficiencies and communication in the workplace.

Prior to his tenure with Taub­man, Jonna operated a private law practice, offering a wide range of real estate legal services as well as practi­cal business advice. Jonna also served as president of The Chaldean Ameri­can Bar Association. Jonna is looking forward to bringing the dynamic skill set he’s developed through previous experiences to the CACC and CCF.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me to utilize my expertise as a lawyer, former board member, com­mercial landlord and small business owner to help implement the strategic initiatives of the Chaldean Chamber and the CCF that will benefit future generations,” he explained.

Jonna currently resides in Bloom­field Hills, Michigan with his wife and three kids ages two, four and six. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Oakland University before earning his J.D. with honors from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Jonna is a high school graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

“There are so many amazing peo­ple invested in these organizations, from business members to those who rely on the CCF,” Jonna said. “I’m excited to join an amazing staff that works tirelessly to advance the mis­sions of both the Chaldean Chamber and the CCF. Our community and our dedicated staff work together to make the Chaldean Chamber and the CCF what it is today.”