Get to Know Jonathan Zachem

Secretary Jonathan Zachem has spent more than 6 years serving the great state of Florida. He most recently served as the Department’s Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation, where he oversaw the Divisions of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco; Hotels and Restaurants; Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes.

Zachem began his career at DBPR as the Chief Attorney for the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in 2014 before rapidly advancing to the role of Director of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in December of that same year. As Director, Zachem was the chief regulator of the pari-mutuel industry and coordinated rule development and agency action to ensure industry compliance.

As the Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation, he provided expert testimony before legislative committees and worked with the industries under the purview of business regulation.

Prior to his start at DBPR, Zachem served in the Prosecutions Service Unit (PSU) for the Florida Department of Health. During his time there, he worked with the Board of Medicine to ensure and protect the public health and safety of residents and visitors of Florida.

Zachem received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, his master’s degree from the University of South Florida and his law degree from the Barry University of Law.

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