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Meet the Interns: Summer 2019

ACCE Staff on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

 

Stephanie Reed - sreed@acce.org

Introduce yourself!

Hi, I am Stephanie! I am in my fourth year at the University of Georgia studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. After graduation I plan to attend law school.

What is your ideal career and why is that something you strive for?

My dream career is to work in intellectual property law, potentially working my way into a judgeship. With intellectual law is at the core of international discussions and ethical debates, intellectual property, with a focus in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, seem like the perfect blend of my varied interests.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy rock climbing and kiteboarding. I am also on the UGA Sailing Team and a member of Sigma Delta Tau.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would have to be something Italian! After studying abroad in Verona, Italy, I fell in love with the culture and the food.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

A few summers back I climbed the Grand Teton in Wyoming. It was a challenging climb that taught me more about perseverance.

How would you define a Chamber of Commerce?

Chambers of commerce are organizations that aim to advance the interests of business that encourage economic and local growth. 

 

Haley Wadsworth - hwadsworth@acce.org

Introduce yourself!

Hi, I am Haley! I currently attend school at William Jewell College, studying political science, american history and economics with a pre-law emphasis. After reading To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I knew I wanted to seek to change legal policy.

What is your ideal career and why is that something you strive for?

My ideal career is to be a judge for the US Court of Appeals. A judge holds much greater power to enact a positive change in judicial reform, and I believe that I can enact proper change to uphold the Constitution in a way that is just.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy reading, watching the news or listening to politically focused podcasts. When I am not in class or studying you can typically catch me watching or reading any variety of news outlets.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

BBQ, hands down. Growing up in Texas, BBQ is one of our main food groups.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

In 2016 I interned for the Conservation Corps in Colorado. I was able to be part of a project at Long's Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park, where we reconstructed and build a hiking trail from the base of the mountain to its peak. It was astonishing to see the impact that a small group of people can make when they work together.

How would you define a Chamber of Commerce?

A chamber of commerce is a local, state or national organization that seeks to further the interest of big business, but also seeks to better the life and welfare of their community.

 

Tags: #ACCE19, D.C., Internships, talent, Washington

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"Why I love Long Beach"

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce team is excited to welcome you to their hometown next month for #ACCE19. Read their reasons for loving Long Beach and how you, too, will fall in love with Southern California's urban waterfront playground. It's not too late! Register today and join us in Long Beach!

 

"When I arrived in 1994, I quickly grew to love this seaside city. A city full of passionate business leaders who are not afraid to give back to their community. A city consisting of its own airport, seaport, health, gas and water departments. A city that our famous Mayor Beverly O’Neill referred as the three T’s: Trade; Technology; and Tourism. We are a first class visitor destination with top quality accommodations, award winning restaurants, unique shopping venues and must see attractions such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, world famous Queen Mary, and the largest road race in America, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. What is not to love about this wonderful city?"
              — Randy Gordon, President & CEO

Marilynn Singer

"What stands out most to me about Long Beach is its beautiful diversity. Whether it’s the people who reside in it, the array of culture we possess or the number of food options we have. Long Beach is a one of a kind community that I am blessed to be part of."
              —Marilynn Singer, Membership Coordinator

Ajmaa Heggie

"With great schools, outstanding parks and unmatched nature centers, Long Beach is the perfect place to raise a family. I love Long Beach because my family is never short on activities or ways to get involved within the community. From concerts in the park to attending a sporting event at California State University, everything you need is in Long Beach!" #GoBeach!
              —Ajmaa Heggie, Controller

Jeremy Harris

"The uniqueness that is Long Beach is found in our community-supported small businesses while still embracing a large corporate presence. A big city with a small town feel due to our diverse neighborhoods and business corridors – offering craft breweries, a robust local art scene, entertainment venues, and iconic views. I love Long Beach for all of these things and what’s yet to come!"
              — Jeremy Harris, Senior Vice President

Judy Nelson

"Long Beach is often overlooked by people visiting the Los Angeles area…overlooked until they decide to go to the beach, attend an event at the Convention Center or visit the Queen Mary. In the past few years Long Beach has completely transformed itself into a beautiful place to live, play, shop and work. It has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, welcoming people from all walks of life."
              — Judy Nelson, Vice President of Business Councils

"From festivals to farmer's markets, breweries to boutiques, museums and much more, Long Beach has activities for everyone to enjoy. It's a beautiful city with gorgeous views and a tight-knit community that's always looking to grow and develop. I'm proud to call Long Beach home!"
              — Amanda Donahue, Special Events Manager; Executive Assistant to the President/CEO

"Long Beach is truly an incredible place made up of many distinct individuals, as a result, the city offers something for everyone. Our community grows every day, not only stronger, but more diverse and exciting. For those just visiting, there is never a dull moment. For those who choose to live here, our people are warm and welcoming, with new opportunities available every day."
              — Christine Bos, Government Affairs Manager

"I have loved being a part of Long Beach's development over the past few years. We have a forward-thinking city that is ripe for new opportunities. The residents and business owners of the city are extremely diverse, unlike any other city I've ever seen. Also, you simply cannot beat this weather."
              — Tyler Habeck, Membership Manager

Tags: #ACCE19, Annual Convention, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

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Why ACCE's Convention is an Easy “Yes” For Me

Candace Boothby, CCE, APR, President & CEO, Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce (Georgia) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

We all know chamber work is about deadlines and meetings. And, of course, one is always getting in the way of the other. So, I’ve made it a priority to only spend my time on things that positively contribute to my chamber’s success. 

Happily, the annual ACCE convention is an easy “yes” for me because I always take away great ideas, enthusiasm, and a warm feeling that I’ve spent my time well. I would say that if ACCE doesn’t produce a perfect annual convention, it’s pretty darn close every year. From the really cool convention app, to the amazing array of exhibitors, to the fabulous before, during and after parties, ACCE Convention delivers!

I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming #ACCE19 in Long Beach like a 10 year-old looks forward to Christmas! The ACCE team knows how to fill my professional head with exciting ideas in interesting and enjoyable formats. The presentations are clever, informative, and valuable to my chamber’s success. I learn a ton and am entertained doing it!

I especially look forward to the celebration of the annual winners – Chambers of the Year, Excellence in Communications and All-Star Sales.  I’ll never forget the magical moment our chamber was announced as a Chamber of the Year. Talk about surreal. It was in Montreal, and we had with us a large group of staff and volunteers. We celebrated like there’s no tomorrow! I love seeing the glowing faces of all the winners each year, which makes me think fondly of our moment in the sun.  

It’s hard to place a value on the opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new ones in a terrific venue like Long Beach.  We can’t help but talk shop, and I mean that in the most positive way. Successful chambers thrive on the exchange of experiences and methodologies that take place in communities throughout the country. There’s no better way to get your batteries recharged than spending time with other experts in the wonderful world of chambers!

So don’t make the mistake of thinking you could be doing something better by staying home. ACCE knows chambers and chamber execs and how to throw a great annual convention. You will leave Long Beach thankful for the productive use of your time and, who knows, you’ll probably get an idea for your next best program!  Looking forward to #ACCE19 and hope you are, too!

Tags: #ACCE19, Annual Convention

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