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Faces and Places

Winter 2015

 

ACCE Life Member Richard D. Upton, CCE, president and CEO of the American Lighting Association (ALA), was recently inducted into the Lighting Hall of Fame at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Nashville. Upton has served as the association’s president and CEO since 1994 and retires in January, concluding a 55-year career in organizational management. Prior to his work with ALA, Upton was chamber president in Dubuque, Iowa; Wichita, Kan.; Minneapolis, and Dallas. In 2008, he received the Life Member Award from ACCE. He served on the ACCE board twice, and served on boards for the Institute of Organizational Management.

Galveston, Texas, Regional Chamber of Commerce President Gina Spagnola, received a “Lemi” Award at the National Lemonade Day Conference. Spagnola was one of three Lemonade Day City Directors across the nation who were presented with this inaugural award.

Ron Bunch, CecD, president and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, was named the 2014 James J. Coleman Community Economic Professional of the Year at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development’s annual conference. The award recognizes practitioners who have made significant and/or innovative contributions to the field and their service area in the past year.

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Robert Thomas, IOM, CAE, CMP, to the National Board of Trustees as chair elect. Thomas is senior director of operations, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and executive director, Michigan Chamber Foundation.

 

Darrell Helton is the new executive vice president and CEO of the Jefferson County, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce. Helton will continue to serve as the county finance director until he begins his new role at the chamber in January.

Howard County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce selected Leonardo McClarty as its next president. McClarty most recently served as director of economic and community development for the city of York, Pa. Before coming to York, McClarty was president and CEO of the DeKalb, Ga., Chamber of Commerce.

Marc Jordan, CCE, IOM, CCEC, president and CEO of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, was named the 2014 South Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Betty Nokes Capestany, president and CEO of the Bellevue (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce and immediate past chair of ACCE, recently received the “Leading the Way” Award from the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives for being a model “as a leader and as a mentor, facilitator, and guardian.”

Roy M. Nascimento, IOM, will succeed David McKeehan, CCE, as president and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. McKeehan, who is retiring, led the chamber for 30 years. Before accepting the position, Nascimento was president and CEO of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Debra Stohlman was named president/ CEO of the Culpeper, Va., Chamber of Commerce. Stohlman began her tenure at the chamber as operations manager in 2009.

 

Five-Star Chambers

In November, the following ACCE member chambers received 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

Lakeland Area (FL) Chamber of Commerce

Orlando (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce

Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce

Bowling Green Area (KY) Chamber of Commerce

Battle Creek Area (MI) Chamber of Commerce

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

Greenville-Pitt County (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce

North Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce

Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County (TN) Chamber of Commerce

Fort Bend (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Irving Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Lufkin/Angelina (TX) Chamber of Commerce

Oshkosh (WI) Chamber of Commerce Lauver Westergard

Dennis Lauver, CCE, president/CEO of the Salina (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce, announced his resignation to become a partner in a real estate firm in Clinton, Iowa, where he previously served as president of the chamber. Lauver completed 25 years in the chamber industry, having worked in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Don Weiser, senior vice president at the chamber, will serve as interim CEO until a replacement is hired.

Peter Tateishi has been named the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s new president and CEO. He had been CEO of the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.

The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau hired Carrie Westergard as its new executive director. Westergard was the community relations director for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce before pursuing her new position with the Boise CVB.

 

In Memoriam

Bob Lamb, who as the longtime head of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce played a pivotal role in hundreds of economic development projects throughout the state, died Oct. 25. He was 82. During his 25 years at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, he was a strong and effective voice for business interests at the State Capitol, led several successful efforts to keep Arkansas a rightto- work state, and organized and led hundreds of industrial job recruitment trips around the nation.

Melissa Bonney Ratcliff, vice president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, died Oct. 7 after being struck by a vehicle while she was unloading her car on a busy street in La Jolla, Calif. According to the chamber’s website, Ratcliff oversaw the chamber’s strategic direction related to marketing, communications and events and was integral to the organization’s new direction.

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