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Chamber Leaders Selected for ACCE Economic Recovery Fellowship

Amy Shields on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:00:00 pm 


ACCE is pleased to announce that 42 chamber of commerce professionals, representing urban and rural communities from 24 states, have been selected by ACCE to participate in its Fellowship for Economic Recovery.

Throughout this year-long, immersive executive development program, fellows will address different aspects of economic recovery— from education and talent to economic development and entrepreneurship. The curriculum will focus on strategies for building more equitable economic outcomes and creating economies that work for everyone. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Ann Kelly. “The Fellowship is the latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in shaping recovery efforts, building resilient local economies and creating opportunities for everyone in the community to thrive.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Economic Recovery is designed to help chambers refine their economic recovery goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes. The program will begin with its first virtual session in September.

 

2020 Education and Talent Development Fellows

Lucia Cape
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Ala.)

Kim Casko 
President & CEO
Iowa City Area Business Partnership (Iowa)

Tori Colarusso
Director of Communications and Leadership Development
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (Vt.)

Krystal Crockett
President/CEO
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce (Okla.)

Regina Duncan
President
Nassau County (Florida) Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Tiffany Esposito, CCE 
President & CEO
SWFL Inc. (Fla.)

Julie Forsythe
Senior Vice President, Business & Economic Growth
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)

Michael Gallops
President/CEO
Rowlett Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Cheryl Garrison
Director of Talent and Workforce Development
Greenville Chamber (S.C.)

Claire Greenwood
Vice President and Executive Director, CEO Council for Growth
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (Pa.)

Michael Haley
Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development; Senior Vice President, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)

Kaylie Hogan-Schnittker
Director of Talent Strategy
Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (Neb.)

Miles Huff
Senior Director of Talent Initiatives
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce (Tenn.)

Jeffrey Hunt, CCE
President & CEO
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (N.Y.)

Ann Hutchison
Executive Vice President
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce (Colo.)

Katerina Klawes
Program Manager
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Clint Knight
Director of Workforce Development
Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development (Ohio)

Jessica Linder Gallo
President/CEO
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Kelle Marsalis, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Plano Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Freddy Mawyin
Senior Economic Advisor
Topeka Chamber - Greater Topeka Partnership (Kan.)

Debbi Moore
President/CEO
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce (N.M.)

Glenn Morris
President & CEO
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (Calif.)

Saul Newton
Executive Director
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce (Wis.)

Gabriela Ortigoni
President & CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (Fla.)

Jim Page
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Scott Pedowitz
Government Affairs Manager
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (Va.)

Tanya Perea Doose
CEO & Director
Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce | aka | Rifle Area Chamber (Colo.)

Douglas Peters
President & CEO
Abilene Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Theresa Pinto
Executive Director
Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Gary Plummer
President & CEO
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce (Kan.)

Breann Preston
Director of Market Intelligence
Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC (Colo.)

Caitlin Pusateri
Vice President, Leadership Development
Rockford Chamber of Commerce (Ill.)

Rue Ramsey
Vice President Workforce & Talent Strategies, Economic Development
Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.)

James Reddish
Executive Vice President
Little Rock Regional Chamber (Ark.)

Laura Stewart
Vice President of Community Engagement
Forsyth County Chamber (Ga.)

Sara Swisher
Vice President of Talent & Workforce
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (Ohio)

Christi Taylor
Director, Programs and Employer Partnerships
Detroit Regional Chamber (Mich.)

Patty VanderWal
President
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce (Ala.)

Corine Waldau
Economic Development Director
Boulder Chamber (Colo.)

Cindy Williams
CEO
Cartersville-Bartow Chamber (Ga.)

Erik Williams
Director of Community Development
Vail Valley Partnership (Colo.)

Rebecca Wood
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Investor Development
Greater Louisville Inc. (Ky.)

Tags: Economic Development, Economic Recovery, Economic Recovery Fellowship, Entrepreneurship, workforce

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Meet the Newest Certified Chamber Executives

Tania Kohut on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

Six chamber of commerce leaders have recently joined an elite roster of professionals who have earned the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation.

The first CCE designation was conferred more than 40 years ago. CCE is recognized as the highest professional designation in the chamber of commerce profession. It’s the only globally-recognized certification program exclusive to the chamber of commerce industry.

“We are thrilled to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence,” said Matt McCormick, CCE, IOM, president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Mo.) and CCE commission chairman. “Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs have earned this recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to the chamber industry and leadership of their chamber to achieve the organization’s goals.”

Congratulations, from your friends at ACCE!

These six leaders represent chambers of commerce in six states, including Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

Jane Clark, CCE, IOM
Jane Clark has served as president of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce since 2012. Jane currently serves as vice chair of the ACCE Foundation Board of Directors, is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and is a former member of the ACCE Board of Directors. In 2019, she was recognized with the MACP Michigan Chamber Professional Award and in 2020 was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. Jane focused her CCE presentation on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a transformative leadership and management tool she has implemented with the West Coast Chamber and has shared with chamber professionals nationwide.

 

Brian E. Hall, CCE
Brian has served as senior vice president and executive director of equity and inclusion of the Greater Cleveland Partnership since 2014. He has served on the board of directors of University Hospital Health Systems, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He has been honored as Distinguished Alumnus by Baldwin Wallace University, Bridge Builder by the American Jewish Committee and Man of the Year by Cleveland Public Theater. Brian focused his CCE presentation on the process to launch CommitCLE, a focused cohort of major corporations agreeing to expand opportunities and growth for MBE firms.

 

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, CCE, MPA, IOM
Sarah has served as president & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) since January 2020. She has been with GLI since 2014, rising from leading GLI’s government affairs activities as vice president of government affairs to now president & CEO. Sarah serves on several community boards, including Evolve 502, Louisville Fund for the Arts, Leadership Louisville, Louisville Downtown Development Board, KentuckianaWorks and Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership. Sarah is the recipient of several notable awards including 2020 Business First’s National Influencers to Watch, 2020 Louisville Business First’s Enterprising Woman and 2019 ACCE 40 under 40. Sarah focused her CCE presentation around the comprehensive sales and revenue growth initiatives she led at GLI, which also led it to be named a 2019 ACCE Chamber of the Year. 

 

Jim Johnson, CCE, IOM
Jim has served as president & CEO of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce since 2018. Prior to joining the Chamber, Jim was president & CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and served as the vice president of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. Jim is a board member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives and the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives. He currently serves on the faculty for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Jim focused his CCE presentation on a campaign that engaged the community to relaunch businesses forced to evacuate and close operations following a gas leak that spread throughout Georgetown’s unique soil. 

 

Tiffany Tauscheck, CCE, IOM, CDME
Tiffany has served as chief strategy officer of the Greater Des Moines Partnership since 2017, serving as chief communications officer for the two years prior. Prior to joining the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Tiffany was vice president of marketing and development at Catch Des Moines. Tiffany is chair of ACCE’s Marketing and Communications Advisory Board and has been named as a national Forty Under 40 honoree by USAE and Development Counsellors International. Tiffany focused her CCE presentation on The Partnership’s 5-year Investor Campaign.

 

Allison B. Walden, CCE, CFRE, IOM
Allison joined the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2010 and serves as senior vice president of resource development. During her tenure, Walden has overseen campaigns garnering more than $60 million toward the chamber’s mission. She sits on the Southeast Board of Regents for the Institute for Organization Management with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and serves as a sales mentor and advisory board member for ACCE’s Membership Development Division. Walden also sits on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Quality Foundation and YWCA Tulsa. Previous honors include 40 Under 40 recognitions from ACCE in 2019 and in 2016 by Oklahoma Magazine. Allison focused her CCE presentation on member/customer segmentation and non-dues revenue cultivation strategy. 

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ACCE Recognizes Chamber Sales Professionals

Tania Kohut on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

ACCE is pleased to announce the winners of the Dana Ketterling Lifetime Sales Achievement Award and the Sales Contest. The awards are presented by the ACCE Membership Development Division Circle of Champions program, which connects chamber sales professionals and inspires and recognizes excellence in membership sales performance.

Dana Ketterling Lifetime Sales Achievement Award
The Dana Ketterling Lifetime Sales Achievement Award recognizes career sales achievement, with awards based on the total number or total dollar amount of chamber membership sales. The award is presented in memory of Dana Ketterling, ACCE’s resource development officer, who was a gifted membership professional and champion of chambers of commerce and the communities they serve.

DIAMOND
Individuals who have achieved $1.5 million in sales in chamber memberships throughout their careers.

Karri Clark
Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce  

PLATINUM
Individuals who have achieved $750,000 in sales in chamber memberships throughout their careers.

Art Goldberg
Vegas Chamber

Nancy McCoy Duncan
Union County Chamber

Renee Shafer
Williamson Inc.

Rachel Wonder
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
 

GOLD
Individuals who have achieved 1,000 sales or $500,000 in sales in chamber memberships throughout their careers.

Randy Newell
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Kailey Northcutt
Dallas Regional Chamber             

Shannon Spiess
Greater Kansas City Chamber    

SILVER
Individuals who have achieved 750 sales or $300,000 in sales in chamber memberships throughout their careers.       

Jenny Avis
Clear Lake Area Chamber

Ben Haag
Dallas Regional Chamber

Susan Moody, IOM
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Kristina O'Leary
Seminole County Chamber

Kishia Williamson Townsend
Greater Cleveland Partnership  

Michelle Weston
Vegas Chamber

Rebecca Wood
Greater Louisville Inc.    
           

BRONZE
Individuals who have achieved 500 sales or $175,000 in sales in chamber memberships throughout their careers.

D'Andre Allegra
McKinney Chamber of Commerce

Tina Blankenship
Huntsville Madison County Chamber      

Becky Brown
Effingham County Chamber

Ansley Jones
Gwinnett Chamber

Kelly Killeen-Haupt
Charleston Metro Chamber        

Kathy Marcum
Plano Chamber of Commerce

Christopher Slocombe
Greater Cleveland Partnership  

Laura Traxler
Grand Rapids Chamber 

Hunter Walsh
Hampton Roads Chamber

 

Sales Contest
Chamber sales professionals benchmark their sales success against like-sized organizations by submitting their quarterly sales figures to ACCE. The top sales professionals in each of three dues income categories are recognized based on total number of new member sales and on total dollar value of new member sales.

Under $500,000 

Number of New Personal Sales                                          

First Place: Vicki Keibler
Barrow County Chamber              

Second Place: Jenny Avis
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Third Place: Kim Niskey
Garner Chamber of Commerce 

Dollar Value of New Personal Sales

First Place: Vicki Keibler
Barrow County Chamber

Second Place: Kristina O'Leary
Seminole County Chamber          

Third Place: Jenny Avis
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

$500,000-$2 million

Number of New Personal Sales                                          

First Place: Gina Martens    
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce 

Second Place: D'Andre Allegra      
McKinney Chamber of Commerce 

Third Place: Kathy Marcum
Plano Chamber of Commerce

Dollar Value of New Personal Sales

First Place: Jeffrey Durbin          
Greater Phoenix Chamber

Second Place: Kathy Marcum
Plano Chamber of Commerce    

Third Place: D'Andre Allegra      
McKinney Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Over $2 million

Number of New Personal Sales                                          

First Place: Linda Ferguson
Greater Cleveland Partnership  

Second Place: Christopher Slocombe
Greater Cleveland Partnership  

Third Place: Kishia Williamson
Townsend Greater Cleveland Partnership  

Dollar Value of New Personal Sales

First Place: Linda Ferguson
Greater Cleveland Partnership 

Second Place: Tina DeRobertis
Dallas Regional Chamber    
       
Third Place: Christopher Slocombe
Greater Cleveland Partnership  

 

 

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ACCE Announces 2020 Chamber of the Year Finalists

Will Burns on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 
 

 

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives today announced the finalists for the 2020 Chamber of the Year competition, sponsored by MemberClicks.

“Congratulations to the Chamber of the Year finalists. These chambers are among the most impactful organizations within the industry,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “These chambers are community champions, providing the catalytic leadership needed to help address their region’s greatest challenges.” 

Finalists for 2020 Chamber of the Year are (sorted by category):

Category One:

Category Two:

Category Three:

Category Four:

In the final phase of the competition, a judging committee conducts interviews with leaders representing each finalist chamber. One winner from each category will be named later this year.

Learn more about Chamber of the Year here.

 

 

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Chairmanís Award Presented at #ACCE19

Tania Kohut on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

At the ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, Immediate Past Board Chair Nancy Keefer, CCE, presented the 2019 Chairman’s Award to Jay Chesshir, CCE, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award is given annually to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the chamber profession. In Keefer’s remarks, she commended Chesshir for “going beyond the call of duty, not only by leading the association in the very special role of Chairman for one year, but [he] took on a second year when our CEO transition occurred...”. 

Chesshir served two consecutive one-year terms as ACCE board chair from 2016-2018.

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Chamber Executives Earn Elite Designation

Tania Kohut on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

During ACCE's Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., last month, seven chamber executives were presented as Certified Chamber Executives (CCE). CCE is recognized as the highest, and most elite, professional designation in the chamber of commerce profession. It’s the only globally-recognized certification program exclusive to the chamber of commerce industry.

These seven leaders who were recognized during the #ACCEAwards Show on July 15, represent chambers of commerce in seven states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana and Utah:

Jeremy L. Arthur, CCE, IOM
Jeremy has served as president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) since 2012 and previously led the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce in Alabama. He is currently chair elect of the board of trustees for the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, chair of the Institute Curriculum Committee and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Jeremy’s CCE presentation focused on the creation and successful implementation of the Alabama Small Business of the Year Awards, a statewide platform to celebrate and recognize small business success through local chambers of commerce in Alabama.

James “Chris” Clark, Jr., CCE, IOM
Chris is the president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Before assuming this leadership role in 2011, Chris was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and deputy commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. He is on the board of directors for the Council of State Chambers and serves as its secretary/treasurer. He also sits on the boards of the Georgia Allies, the U.S. Chamber, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Georgia College and State University’s board of trustees. Chris’ CCE presentation highlighted the chamber’s Georgia 2030 project and the resulting innovative programs and initiatives he spearheaded to address the opportunities and risks of the state’s rapidly changing economic and business landscape.

Tiffany Esposito, CCE, IOM, MBA, APR
Tiffany was named president and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (Fla.) in 2016. She is chair of ACCE’s Emerging Cities peer group and has served on the ACCE board of directors since 2017. Tiffany focused her CCE presentation on the creation of The Hub—a shared work space that positioned the chamber as the hub for progress by offering a physical space for members to connect, convene and collaborate.

Paul J. Farmer, CCE
Paul is CEO and chief member advocate of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce (Calif.). Prior to becoming the chamber’s leader in 2012, Paul served on his board’s executive committee and was co-founder and president of OfficeStar Computer Training Centers. He was the local and then state president of the California Junior Chamber (Jaycees). Paul’s CCE presentation on the “City Budget Crisis,” highlighted a series of research articles he wrote identifying the root causes and possible solutions to the City of Salinas’ structural budget deficit.

Sherry Menor-McNamara, CCE
In 2013, Sherry became the first female and youngest president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s 169-year history, after having served the organization in different capacities since 2006. In 2018, under Sherry’s leadership, the chamber won ACCE’s Chamber of the Year title in the state/province category. Sherry serves on the board of directors of ACCE, Council of State Chambers, Western Association of Chamber Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the US Chamber Committee of 100. In her CCE presentation, Sherry discussed her leadership role in the annual Hawaii on the Hill. This statewide initiative brings more than 150 people from Hawaii to D.C. to showcase the state’s products and industries to U.S. leaders.

Jennifer Reiser, CCE, IOM
Since 2011, Jennifer has served as the chief operating officer of the Billings Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the U.S. Chamber Foundation West Institute Board of Regents since 2017, is a graduate of the CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and holds a certificate in public health from the University of Montana. Jennifer focused her CCE presentation on Transforming Information into Action through the Trailhead Leadership Academy.

Heidi Walker, CCE
Heidi has served as chief operating officer of the Salt Lake Chamber since 2010. Previously, she held several high-level management positions at the chamber, including seven years as vice president. Heidi has served on several boards in her community including the United Way, Women's Leadership Institute and nationally on the ACCE board. She received the Woman of Distinction Award in 2017. Heidi’s CCE project highlighted her leadership of the Salt Lake Chamber’s year-long plan to monetize more of the chamber’s programs and events and to create a more engaged business community in celebration of the chamber’s 130th anniversary.

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” says Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, president and CEO of Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce (S.D.) and CCE commission chairman. “Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs have rightfully earned this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chamber to achieve the chamber’s goals. We are proud to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence.”

Since the first CCE designation was conferred more than 40 years ago, about 500 professionals have become certified. 

Learn more about ACCE’s CCE program by visiting www.ACCE.org/CCE.

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Brown Elected to Lead International Board

Bethany Orban on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

 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.

Tags: #VolunteerLeadership, #ACCE18, #ACCE19, #BoardofDirectors, #ChamberIndustry, #ChamberofCommerce, #DavidBrown, #Leadership, #Omaha

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2019 Chamber of Year Winners Announced

ACCE Staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

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. 

Category One:

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce 
Murray, Kentucky


Category Two:

Longview Chamber of Commerce
Longview, Texas

Category Three:

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Asheville, North Carolina 

Category Four:

Greater Louisville Inc. 
Louisville, Kentucky

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.

 

Tags: #ACCE19, #ACCEAwards, Awards, Chamber of the Year

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Celebrating Communications Excellence

ACCE Staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:00:00 am 

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.

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
Dalton, Georgia
"When You're in D-Town" 

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Bentonville, Arkansas
BecauseBentonville Campaign

Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Electric Works Campaign: Regional Video | Website | Advocacy Brief

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. 

 

Tags: #ACCE19, #ACCEAwards, Awards, Awards for Communications Excellence, Best in Show, Communications

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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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