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Meet the newest Certified Chamber Executives

By Multiple Authors

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

Since the first CCE designation was conferred some 40 years ago, more than 500 chamber professionals have become certified. More than 250 people have an active certification today.

ACCE celebrated this year’s Certified Chamber Executives — Lucia Cape, Brad Dean. Megan Lucas, Cheryl Millsaps, Mark Owens, Jeff Rea, Barbara Thomason, Michael Ward and Joyce Waugh — in the heart of downtown Nashville at the ACCE Awards Show Tuesday, July 18.

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicants' knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” says Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. 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.”

Becoming a Certified Chamber Executive is no easy task. Interested chamber professionals must have 175 or more professional development “points” accrued at the time of application submission.

CCE-eligible points can be earned through education, professional development, professional contributions, leadership and awards or certifications. For example, a chamber professional can earn up to 15 points authoring stories for Chamber Executive or ACCE’s blog, and can earn up to an additional 15 points for presenting workshops at ACCE conventions or gatherings.

Learn the ins and outs of the CCE application process, and discover what other CCEs have learned along the way, by joining us for an educational webinar October 11. Learn more and register for the free webinar at www.ACCE.org/CCEwebinar.

Applications for the next CCE class are due January 8, 2018. More information about ACCE’s Certified Chamber Executive designation, including the application form, can be found by visiting www.ACCE.org/CCE.

Lucia Cape, CCE
Senior Vice President, Economic Development,
Industry Relations & Workforce
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Huntsville, Ala.

Brad Dean, CCE, IOM
President/CEO
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Megan Lucas, CCE, IOM, CEcD
CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
Lynchburg, Va.

Cheryl Millsaps, CCE, IOM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mark Owens, CCE, IOM
President/CEO
Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce
Greer, S.C.

Jeff Rea, CCE
President and CEO
South Bend Regional Chamber
South Bend, Ind.

Barbara Thomason, CCE, IOM, PCED
President
Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
Houston, Texas

Michael D. Ward, CCE, IOM
Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Huntsville, Ala.

Joyce W. Waugh, CCE, IOM, CEcD
President & CEO
Roanoke Regional Chamber
Roanoke, Va.

 

Megan Lucas

Joyce W. Waugh

 

Mark Owens

Jeff Rea

 

Brad Dean

Cheryl Millsaps

Barbara Thomason

 

Lucia Cape

Michael D. Ward

 

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