Fleming and Board Announce Plans for CEO Transition

Published Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alexandria, Va. – At the board of directors meeting yesterday in Annapolis, Maryland, ACCE President Mick Fleming announced plans to depart the organization as CEO by the end of 2017. Fleming has served as the organizations’ chief executive since 2001.

His letter to members, sent earlier this morning, follows below:

Dear ACCE Members,

With clear eyes and a grateful heart, I have asked the ACCE leadership to begin the transition to a new CEO, with hopes that the new leader can take the helm in late 2017.

Such news will spread quickly and I didn’t want you to hear about it from anyone but me. ACCE’s leaders, especially chairman Jay Chesshir, have been extremely supportive as I made the decision to redirect the latter stages of my career. We expect to work together over the coming months to find a successor who will take the association to greater heights.

If ACCE were not in such good shape, I could not have considered taking this step. Finances, staff strength, board engagement, member confidence, and key relationships have never been stronger—so good, in fact, that I’m confident I can let go.

These days, nobody stepping aside from a job before their 80th birthday admits to retirement and I’m no different. It’s time to change the pace and scope of my work, but I plan to continue assisting those who lead businesses and communities in whatever ways I can. Some of that work will undoubtedly intersect with ACCE and chambers, making it likely that our paths will continue to cross indefinitely. So, no good-byes, please!

For the next 9-12 months, I’ll remain in the corner office taking orders from everybody. My to-do list is long and my calendar for 2017 is filling up with speaking dates across North America. I look forward to all of them. Meanwhile, the transition process, led by former ACCE Chairman Roy Williams of Oklahoma City, will proceed at a deliberate pace. As General Eisenhower might say: “This is important, not urgent.”

Thanks again to Joe, Jay and Joe. With your continuing support for them and staff, the transition will be a positive process with a great outcome for ACCE.


Mick Fleming
ACCE President


Onward Chamber Soldier.
Mick, Well done and done Well. All the best.
Come up and see us in York, PA USA
Posted by Tom Donley on August 17, 2017 at 9:47 am
Mick, thank you for all you have done for ACCE and our profession! Retirement is great. Enjoy those grandkids and live! I so enjoyed working with you and wish you all the best
Posted by Kathy Snyder, CCE on January 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm
Big news for ACCE. I know your future will continue to be bright and your efforts to make community stronger will leave a strong legacy.
Posted by Cheryl Jones on October 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm
Congratulations Mick on a job well done. Enjoy retirement and new adventures.
Posted by Eldonna Shaw-Davis, MA, IOM, CCE on October 20, 2016 at 11:39 pm

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