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ACCE Names Anissa Starnes VP & Announces 3 Promotions

Will Burns on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12:00:00 am

ACCE named Anissa Starnes, IOM vice president of member engagement. In this role, Starnes will oversee the member knowledge center, professional development programming and membership recruitment and retention.

A 25-year veteran of the chamber industry, Starnes founded the consultancy, Swingbridge Partners, in 2016. Her work focused on executive searches, strategic planning, board development and public speaking for groups of all sizes. She began her career at the Charlotte Chamber, now known as the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. After her tenure in Charlotte, she served as president & CEO at three other chambers in the Carolinas.

“Anissa is passionate about supporting chambers and chamber professionals to make a greater impact on the communities they serve,” said Sheree Anne Kelly, ACCE’s president & CEO. “Her knowledge of the chamber industry and strengths in professional development and strategic planning make her a perfect fit for this role.”

ACCE also announced the promotion of three other staff members.

Amy Shields was named executive director of the ACCE foundation. Shields joined the ACCE team in 2018 as senior manager of community advancement. Under her guidance, ACCE has improved its professional development programming in areas of education and talent development, diversity equity and inclusion and economic and community development. In 2020, she revamped ACCE’s annual year-long talent fellowship program to focus on helping chambers ensure a more equitable economic recovery as they helped their communities through the COVID pandemic.

Susan McGuire was named senior director of professional development. McGuire has been with ACCE since 2014, serving in various roles overseeing professional development programming, the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) program, the Membership Development Division and the association’s regional training conferences. She played a leading role in ACCE’s efforts to provide additional online training opportunities during 2020.

Emily Counts was named program associate. Counts joined ACCE in 2018, working on ACCE’s community impact programs, including the healthy communities programming. In recent months, her role has expanded to support all of ACCE’s professional development programming. She spearheaded the growth of the Events Division and supported the association’s work to provide more online training programs throughout 2020.

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