Roy Williams, CCE, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, has been named the Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for 2012 - 2013. He officially began his year-long tenure at the ACCE Annual Convention on Aug. 2 in Louisville, Ky. He succeeds Tim Sheehy, CCE, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
"Oklahoma City's incredible growth and transformation over the past decade, from downtown development to business climate, is a testament to Roy Williams' vision and his team at the Oklahoma City Chamber," said ACCE President Mick Fleming. "Roy embodies leadership in this profession, and his ability to size up and solve big challenges is a huge asset to this association. I look forward to advancing our work together during his tenure as chairman."
ACCE was established in 1914, and is the only national association serving the professional development needs of individuals leading and managing chambers of commerce throughout the U.S. and Canada. Representing more than 1,200 business organizations and 7,000 professionals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills and management effectiveness of chamber executives through education, trend analysis, benchmarking and best practices.
"ACCE serves the needs of Chamber management nationwide, and I am honored to be a part of it," said Williams. "Chamber executives need unique support as they lead their businesses and their communities. I am dedicated to helping this organization build strong chamber leaders."
Williams is a founding member and served as the first chairman of ACCE's Economic and Community Development Division. He was chair of ACCE Metro Cities from 2009 – 2010. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Chairman's Award, the most prestigious award given by ACCE. He has served on the faculty for the U. S. Chamber's Institute for Organization Management and the International Economic Development Council's Economic Development Institute.