Brown Elected to Lead International Board
David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, has been named chair of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors during the organization’s annual meeting July 15.
“David has been an instrumental part of ACCE’s success over the last 15 years, particularly in the development of our Horizon Initiative, providing groundbreaking research on the future of chambers,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “As we look to the future and implement our new strategic plan, we are fortunate to benefit from the caliber of proven industry experience David provides. I am confident that David’s leadership will accelerate our efforts as we work to elevate the capabilities of chambers of commerce around the world.”
ACCE is a professional development organization serving the women and men who lead local, regional and statewide chambers of commerce and similar private sector-led economic development organizations around the world. The Alexandria, Va.-based association represents nearly 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce.
ACCE board chairs serve one-year terms, and Brown’s term will span July 2019 through July 2020. In this role, he will oversee activities of a 70-member board of directors that provides leadership and strategic direction to the association’s 30-person staff.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with this role during such a thrilling time for our industry. Our organizational climate is changing, and chambers are striving to become the place where community building initiatives begin and endure,” said Brown. “The chamber industry has a bright future, and ACCE plays a major role. I look forward to leveraging our unified strength, exceptional talent and breadth of services to lead the industry as we look to the future and solve some of our communities most pressing challenges.”
David Brown is president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, one of the largest, most highly accredited chambers in the nation and ACCE’s 2015 Chamber of the Year. Under David’s steady leadership, the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership has successfully landed more than 760 projects, representing 37,090 jobs and more than $8.6 billion in capital investment since 2004.
David is a graduate of Dartmouth College with academic specialties in industrial location and environmental studies and has completed courses at the National Development Council, the American Management Association, Bell Leadership Academy and Gallup University.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, David contributes his time and expertise to numerous community service organizations including the Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust, Boys Scouts of America, College World Series of Omaha, Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, University of Nebraska at Omaha Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the U.S. Strategic Command Consultation Committee. Nationally, David serves on the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Board and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.
2019 Chamber of Year Winners Announced
Last week at the annual #ACCEAwards Show, nearly one thousand chamber professionals and friends of the industry gathered at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in downtown Long Beach, California, to celebrate winners of many special awards, including Chamber of the Year.
Chamber of the Year, sponsored by MemberClicks, is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce. This year's winners (sorted by category) are:
Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce
Longview Chamber of Commerce
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Asheville, North Carolina
Greater Louisville Inc.
Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
Celebrating Communications Excellence
On July 15, at the #ACCEAwards Show in Long Beach, California, three organizations — Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce (Ga.), Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce (Ark.) and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (Ind.) — were recognized as this year’s Best in Show winners in ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence competition.
They represent the finest entries in each of the three total annual budget categories: under $1 million, $1 to $3 million and above $3 million.
ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fifth year.
“Those involved in marketing and communications for chamber organizations must develop materials that can compete with Fortune 500 companies, with half the staff and budget,” says ACCE President and CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “These annual awards provide a way to recognize the innovative work that chambers across the world are creating. It is not every day that a company’s communications work not only benefits the organization but is creates materials that advance the community or region that they support.
A panel of communications and marketing executives from six North American chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications.