2016 Annual Convention

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Wednesday, August 10

Inclusive Growth: Policy, Programs, and Progress | Presentation
J. Mac Holladay, CCE, PCED, LM, HLM, CEO, Market Street Services; Panelists: Bob Morgan, CCE, President & CEO, Charlotte Chamber; Courtney Ross, Chief Economic Development Officer, Nashville Area Chamber

Workplace Legislation Landscape | Handout
Lauren Doroghazi, Senior Policy Associate, MultiState Associates Inc.; Tom Pierson, President & CEO, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Investing in the Higher Education of Incumbent Employees | Presentation
Alisha Benson, CCE, IOM, Vice President, Education & Workforce, Greater Spokane Incorporated (Wash.); Alison van Dam, IOM, Vice President, Metro South Chamber of Commerce (Mass.)

Keeping a Strong and Relevant Membership Pipeline | Presentation
Shari Pash, Owner, Strategic Solutions for Growth

Retention Jeopardy! | Jeopardy! game
Henry Florsheim, President & CEO, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce (Texas); Liz Horton, Executive Director, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (S.C.); Sara Ray, Director of Communications & Community Affairs, Douglas County Chamber (Ga.); Shannon Viera, President/CEO, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce (N.C.)

Networking Makeover
Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott, Co-founders & CEOs, TALLsmall Productions

HERO and Bizologie: Librarians at Your Service! | Presentation | ACCE Fast Facts | HERO Tip Guide | Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking Tip Guide
April Kessler, Partner & Chief Research Analyst, Bizologie; Sarah Melby, Director of Information and Research, ACCE; Holly South, Director of Information and Research, ACCE; Lindsey Schell, Partner & Chief of Business Development, Bizologie

Beyond the Logo: Mundane to Monumental | PowerPoint Presentation
Rick Kern, Managing Director, MixIt Marketing; Wendy Watkins, Principal, Wendy Watkins Speaks

Retirement Countdown Workshop: Laying the Groundwork
Stacey Breslin, Executive Director of Fringe Benefits, Inc. & Vice President, ACCE Benefits Services; Cheryl Jones, Vice President & Senior Account Executive, AGIA; Marsha Mathis, CEBS, Senior Relationship Manager & Advisor Representative, PrincipalSM

Mobilizing the Mighty Middle Market
Thomas A. Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market

Workforce Development: Closing the Skills Gap | Presentation | AWB Internship Toolkit | About Ford Next Generation Learning
Amy Anderson, Director, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business; Betsy Dexter, Executive Director, Business & Education Network, Commerce Lexington Inc. (Ky.); Alma Salazar, Ed.D., Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

CCE Workshop | Presentation | 2017 Intent to Apply Form
Robert L. Quick, CCE, President & CEO, Commerce Lexington Inc. (Ky.); Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce (S.D.)

Chamber Membership Database Face-off
Scott Juranek, CEO/CTO, MicroNet, provider of ChamberMaster; DJ Muller, Founder, President & CEO, WebLink International

The Events Chopping Block | PowerPoint Presentation
David Brown, President & CEO; Anne Branigan, Senior Vice President, Innovative Services; Diane Poots, Director, Member Services; Greater Omaha Chamber (Neb.)

Tulsa Mosaic: How One Chamber Transformed Its Minority Business Council | Handout
Michael S. Neal, CCE, CCD, President & CEO; Denise Reid, Executive Director Mosaic & Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.)

Tapping the Global Marketplace | Presentation
Pennie Bingham, IOM, Executive Director, World Trade Center Charleston; Bryan Derreberry, President & CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (S.C.)

After the Election: Rebuilding Relationships with Electeds
Daniel Davis, President & CEO, JAX Chamber (Fla.); Mark D. Fisher, MPA, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Development, Indy Chamber; Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (Mich.)

Communicating Policy Priorities | Southwest Indiana Chamber PowerPoint Presentation | Southwest Indiana Chamber Legislative Survey
Kate Catlin Payne, Vice President of Communications, North Carolina Chamber; Justin Groenert, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Southwest Indiana Chamber (Ind.)

Everything you Wanted to Ask About LGBT Business
Tony Vedda, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce; Jason Rae, Executive Director, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Measuring Your Success | Presentation | Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking Tip Guide
Jodie A. Perry, IOM, President, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce (Ohio); Joe Unterreiner, President, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitor Bureau (Montana); Marianne Virgili, President & CEO, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (Colorado); Matt McCormick, President, Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Missouri)

Anatomy of a Winning Campaign | Presentation
Scott Crockatt, Director of Marketing & Communications, Calgary Chamber (Alberta)

Promoting Business Growth with the Census Business Builder
Andrew W. Hait, Program Planning & Data User Outreach Liaison, Economy-Wide Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Innovative Non-Dues Revenue Strategies
Jamie Gates, CCE, Senior Vice President, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce (Ark.); Stephen Cartwright, CEO, NSW Business Chamber; Adrina Patterson, President, Affinity Management Group

Evolution of Site Selection
Lori Becklenberg, Director, Business Recruitment, St. Louis Regional Chamber
Brett Bayduss, Site Selection Group; Robert Boehringer, KPMG; Monty Turner, Global Location Strategies; Alexandra Segers, SSOE Group

K-12 Education: State Accountability + Innovation | Presentation | ESSA Primer: Accountability
Monica R. Almond, Ph.D., Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education; Andrew Davis, Legislative Director, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Corporate Expansion Explained
Ryan Mooney, CEcD, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Del Boyette, Boyette Strategic Advisors; Sarah Raehl, Deloitte Consulting

Special Session: Principles & Priorities: An Interactive Federal Budget Workshop | Handout 1, Handout 2
Sara Imhof, Ph.D., Director: Education and Grassroots Advocacy, The Concord Coalition

Thursday, Aug. 11

Capital Campaigns
Tom DiFiore, President, National Community Development Services, Inc.; Sean Mikula, Chief Executive Officer, POWER 10 Fundraising, Inc.; Tom Mucks, President, Funding Solutions; Rob Radcliff, Principal, Resource Development Group

Higher Education Ecosystems | Presentation
Lindsay Haymes, Vice President, Workforce Development, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (Mo.); Greg Laposa, Vice President, Education Strategies, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Gilbert Zavala, Vice President, Education and Talent Development, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (Texas)

Special Session: Employer ROI – Talent Investment Pays Off | ROI Whitepaper: Cigna
Haley Glover, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

A Winning Membership Transformation | Presentation
Danna Markland, President & CEO, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce (Va.)

Is Board Engagement Driving Your Organization's Success? | Presentation
Linda Stinson, Business Coach/Facilitator/Speaker

MarCom Metrics | PowerPoint Presentation
Nick Mattar, Director of Marketing, Detroit Regional Chamber

Happiness is Job One
Sandy Weaver Carman, CEO, Voicework On Demand, Inc.

Special Session: The CEO as Urban Statesman | Website
Sam A. Williams, Founder, Business City Partnerships, retired President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Three Rs for Staff Success
Alysia A. Cook, IOM, PCED, Opportunity Strategies LLC

Incorporating Inclusion in Small Business Programs | Knoxville Video, JAX Graphic
Moderator: Nika White, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director, Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce; Doug Minter, Business Development Manager, Knoxville Chamber (Tenn.); Carlton Robinson, VP of Entrepreneurial Growth, JAX Chamber (Fla.)

Campus and Community | Handout, Survey Data
Beth Bagwell, MPA, Executive Director, International Town Gown Association

Today’s Advocacy Toolbox | Presentation
Janice M Ryan, Esq., Venable LLP

Creating a Culture of Health Within Your Community | Presentation | Frameworks for Chambers | Traverse City 5toOne Project
Christy Huston, CCE, IOM, Executive Director, Indiana Chamber Foundation, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Mary Manner, Great Start Coordinator, Venture North Funding, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (Mich.); Meg Schneider, IOM, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa)

Emotional Intelligence for Chamber Success
Bill Marklein, Community Relations Director, Sheboygan County Chamber (Wis.)

Blogs by Blogging Bloggers | PowerPoint Presentation
Michelle West, President, Chamber Speak; Laurel Egan Kenny, Founder and President, Turningpoint Communications

Think Tank: InterCity Visit Organizers Roundtable
Ian D. Scott, VP Communications & Networks, ACCE

Sponsorship Strategy: Organizing for Success
Jason Ebey, IOM, President and CEO, YGM Total Resource Campaigns; Dale Steenbergen, President, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce (Wyo.); Loren Traylor, Vice President, Investor Relations, Birmingham Business Alliance (Ala.)

Membership Development: Peer Mindshare | MDD Leadership and ACCE membership resources summary
Chad Hamman, Senior Director, Membership Development and Service, Greater Cleveland Partnership (Chair, ACCE Membership Development Division); Ruth Littlefield, Vice President of Membership Development & Relations, Tulsa Regional Chamber (Chair-Elect, ACCE Membership Development Division)

Think Tank: Workforce Development Is Economic Development – Framing Your Strategy | Presentation | Clark County It's All About Me Handout
Horton Hobbs, The Chamber of Greater Springfield (Ohio)

Video: Worth a Million | PowerPoint Presentation: Bowling Green | Notes on video from Visit Savannah | PowerPoint Presentation: Savannah
Jeremy Harvey, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce (Ga.); Kim Phelps, Vice President, Communications and Public Policy, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce (Ky.)

Attracting and Keeping Millennial Talent | Presentation 
Matthew Tarleton, Vice President, Market Street Services Panelists: Kate Atwood, Vice President, Marketing, Metro Atlanta Chamber; Shannon Full, President and CEO, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce; Shannon Hoeg, President, JSS Communications

Tackling Community Needs: Strategies from the Field | Presentation 
Janeen Tucker, Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Workforce Solutions, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Ward, Director, Work Force Development, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce (Ga.); Melissa Worthington, Vice President, Fond Du Lac Area Association of Commerce (Wis.)

Membership Marketing Essentials | Presentation
Texas Association of Business: Aaron Cox, VP of Member Engagement and Chamber Relations, Chris Wallace, President

Accelerated Strategic Planning for Chambers | Presentation | Tip Sheet 1 | Tip Sheet 2
Dr. Peggy M. Jackson, DPA, CPCU, Principal, Peg Jackson & Associates

Social Media for Chamber Events | Social Media Must Haves | PowerPoint Presentation
Tiffany Tauscheck, CDME, Chief Communications Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa)

Friday, August 14

Special Session: Attitude of a Champion Chamber
Aaron Davis, President, Aaron Davis Presentations

Special Session: Beyond the Horizon
Mick Fleming, President, ACCE; Rebecca Ryan, Resident Futurist, Alliance for Innovation and Senior Fellow, CEOs for Cities

Reframing Your Pitch for Diverse Audiences | Presentation
Nepherterra Estrada, Agency Partner & Director of Public Relations, Mosaic Communications, Inc.; Keva Walton, Senior Vice President, Member Engagement, Charlotte Chamber (N.C.)

Leading Outside Your Comfort Zone: Clean Energy and Environmental Policy
Ryan Evans, Vice President of Business & Community Relations, Salt Lake Chamber (Utah); Marc Jordan, IOM, CCE, President & CEO, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce & CVB (S.C.)

Thriving Together: Supporting Success for Underserved Populations | Presentation
Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development & Advocacy, Orange County Business Council (Calif.); Jay Byers, CCE, IOM, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa); Mary Stagaman, Senior Inclusion Advisor, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

60 Membership Ideas in 60 Minutes

The Six Biggest Mistakes in Economic Development Marketing
Dariel Curren, Senior Vice President, Development Counsellors International

2017 Nashville Promotion Video

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