"I am very proud and honored to take over as President of the Pearl Chamber Board," stated DeSalvo. "It's hard to believe that it has now been 14 years since the Braves and I came to Pearl. This community is thriving with old and new businesses, and the people here are as hospitable as it gets. I am humbled by this opportunity to serve. I can only hope that I can do as good a job as my predecessors, and do my small part to help this great community continue to move forward and grow."
The Pearl Chamber is celebrating its 40th year in 2018 and represents a community that has consistently been one of the fastest growing in Mississippi.
"With all the advances (in Pearl), nothing in my humble opinion has improved our image and put Pearl on the map more than when the Mississippi Braves came to town (in 2005)," said outgoing Chamber President Ron Morgan during his introduction of DeSalvo. "What a tremendous asset (the Braves) are for the city. They provide a great family oriented and wholesome entertainment and jobs, both full and part-time."
Along with now being President of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, DeSalvo currently sits on several other community boards including The Salvation Army, Pearl Kiwanis Club and will be serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for March of Dimes in Mississippi for 2018.
The 1997 winner of the Southern League's Outstanding Community Service Award and three-time Southern League Executive of the Year, DeSalvo served as Chairman for the American Red Cross Ride for the Red and as Chairman of the Leukemia Society's Light the Night Walk (2006). He has also served as Corporate Walk Chair for the MS Walk (2014), the ALS Walk (2014) and the MS March of Dimes' March for Babies (2016). In 2016, DeSalvo was named March of Dimes Volunteer of the Year.
DeSalvo is in his 32nd season with the Braves' Double-A franchise and his 38th season in professional baseball, 36 of them as a Minor League General Manager. In November of 2017, the Atlanta Braves promoted DeSalvo to Vice President/General Manager for the M-Braves. DeSalvo also serves as Vice President of the Southern League (2000-present).