Ian Scott, longtime staff leader at ACCE has accepted a position at the Charleston Chamber in South Carolina. We are very happy for Ian as he begins the next phase of his professional and personal life; taking on the role of senior vice president of business advocacy for one of ACCE’s founding members. He will be greatly missed. His work as vice president of communications, networks and policy for ACCE touched every member – from readers of the magazine, to economic development professionals, to CEOs of the largest chambers in North America. He has been friend, counselor and mentor to scores of ACCE members as he tirelessly served the organization over nearly ten years. He has also been an inspiration and invaluable resource for every member of the staff team. Contributions to the growth, health and future of ACCE are far too numerous to list.
We are fortunate to have groomed a few staff players who are ready to step up to larger responsibilities. Will Burns, who has served as director of community advancement, has been promoted to the VP slot Ian has held. Michelle Vegliante is moving up to become senior manager of community advancement. Ben Wills, our communications director, will increase his autonomy and authority in marketing and information, a transition we were developing before Ian’s announcement. And, of course, we will hire additional junior staff as required.
Ian and Rebecca are excited to be moving closer to “home” and their Carolina roots. It is a dream they have both harbored in recent years. Ian is also excited to return to working at a regional chamber, which was where he started his career as a staffer in the Shanghai Am-Cham. With all that he learned, along with the as the skills he honed at ACCE, he is bound to make the already impressive Charleston Chamber shine like never before.
ACCE’s Board, staff and CEO thank Ian Scott for his unparalleled energy, commitment, talents and leadership that have made the chamber movement, individual members and this association better than he found us. And, we are extremely glad that the chamber world has provided a new path for one of its brightest young stars.