JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The JAX Chamber Board of Directors selected John Peyton as the 2018 Chamber chairman on Friday morning.

The former Jacksonville mayor and current Gate Petroleum president currently sits on the board of directors, but will assume the position of chair-elect in January 2017.

In his role as chair-elect, Peyton will be responsible for presiding over the JAX Chamber's Board of Governors for the following year. The board is comprised of a large group of Jacksonville business leaders, who help implement policies and prerogatives that are set by the board of directors.

The current chair-elect, Darnell Smith, will become the board chairman at the beginning of 2017, replacing Audrey Moran. In addition to his responsibilities with the JAX Chamber, Smith is the North Florida Market President for Florida Blue.

"Our community is fortunate to have passionate leaders like John Peyton who have dedicated their time and energy to serving our city and who continue to answer the call," said Smith. "John knows what it takes to help build a great city and is an excellent choice to lead our Chamber."

Peyton, 52, served as mayor of Jacksonville from 2003 to 2011. His father, Herb Peyton, is the founder and owner of Gate Petroleum, one of the largest privately held corporations in the State of Florida.

Prior to Peyton’s tenure as mayor, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Peyton, a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, was born and raised in Jacksonville.

“With business-friendly governments, low tax burden, a great quality of life and top-notch transportation infrastructure, Jacksonville continues to be a prime location for companies to relocate [to] and grow,” said Peyton. “I look forward to being a part of the continued economic growth in our city and working with businesses to expand and invest in Jacksonville.”