Certification Commission


The Certification Commission oversees the administration of the certification program. It is the commission's responsibility to recommend certification to the ACCE board chairman for final review before granting of the designation to those individuals who have successfully completed all program components.

The Body of Knowledge for Chamber Executives serves as the foundation for ACCE's educational programs. Developed in 1997 by ACCE's Certification Commission, this working document establishes benchmarks for the chamber profession in four core areas: leadership, planning, development, and finance and administration. The document outlines general job responsibilities and will be updated, as necessary, to reflect current chamber management practices. By reviewing the Body of Knowledge and working towards comprehending and implementing these general practices, chamber professionals will be empowered with the basic skills necessary to be successful in the profession.


CHAIR: Certification Commission
Bob Quick, CCE
President and CEO
Commerce Lexington Inc. (Ky.)

CHAIR ELECT: Certification Commission
Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM
President and CEO
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce (S.D.)

PAST CHAIR: Certification Commission
Frank (Ben) Haskew, Jr., CCE 
President and CEO (retired)
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce (S.C.)

Doris Carson Williams, CCE
President and CEO
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

Kelly Hall, CCE, IOM
President and CEO
Longview Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Troy McClellan, CCE
President and CEO
Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce (Fla.)

Elaine Spalding, CCE
Rowan County  Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)

Matt McCormick, CCE
Columbia  Chamber of Commerce (Mo.)

Brad Hicks, CCE
President and CEO
Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (Ore.)

Tammy J. Carnrike, CCE
Chief Operating Officer
Detroit Regional Chamber

Norma Ritz Johnson, CCE, IOM
Executive Vice President
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Joe Unterreiner, CCE
President and CEO
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce (Mont.)

Todd L. Shimkus, CCE
Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce (N.Y.)

Vern Squier, CCE, PaCCE
President and CEO
Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (Pa.)

Staff Liaison: Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) Program
Susan McGuire
Manager, Professional Development and Programs
Association Chamber of Commerce Executives