• 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board

    Mike Varney, (left) receives a ceremonial plaque from incoming Chairman of the Board Nancy Lindholm, of the Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce, at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California in recognition of his service as chair.

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  • 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference

    General session of the 2016 event at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. 2015 Hammer Memorial Award

    Dan Rodriguez (left), presents the 2015 Hammer Memorial Award to Mark Turner, President/CEO of the Gilroy (CA) Chamber.

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  • W.A.C.E. 2016 Conference Keynote Speaker

    Rebecca Ryan encourages 2016 W.A.C.E. Conference attendees to "Think Around the Corner to What's Next."

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  • W.A.C.E. 2015 Core Competency Awards

    From left to right: Brandon Matson, Torrance Area (CA) Chamber, Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber, Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber, Zoe Taylor, The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region (CA), Jill Lammers, Vail Valley (CO) Partnership and Mike Varney, Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber, accept their Core Competency Program Awards.

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  • W.A.C.E. Academy Graduation

    Chelsea Harrison of the Harney County (OR) Chamber and the graduating class of 2015 present a $500 donation to the W.A.C.E. Educational Foundation for scholarship to Academy 

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  • 2016 Conference Super Bowl Celebration Party

    Attendees enjoy the Super Bowl theme of the Thursday night Celebration Party in Burlingame, California. The event featured a Live and Silent Auction raising money for the W.A.C.E. Educational Foundation.

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  • 2016-2017 W.A.C.E. Program Priorities

    Nancy Lindholm, President/CEO of the Oxnard (CA) Chamber, reveals her 2016-2017 program priorities at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Website Award

    Robert Medler (far left), from the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber & Jill Lammers (far right), from the Vail Valley (CO) Partnership present the 2015 Chamber Website awards to Danielle Borja, Director of Marketing & Events for the Greater Conejo Valley (CA) Chamber, Ann Hutchison, Executive Vice President for the Fort Collins Area (CO) Chamber, and Molly Kern, Director of Communications & Business Education for the San Luis Obispo (CA) Chamber, at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • Keynote Speaker

    George Dom of the Blue Angels spoke about "The Power of Trust" at the 2016 Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Executive of the Year Award

    David May, CCE, CAE, President/CEO of Fort Collins Area (CO) Chamber, accepts the Exective of the Year award from last year’s recipient Ken Oplinger, President/CEO of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region (CA), at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Video Contest

    Jeni Coke (far left) and Nick Adcock (far right) present the Video Contest Awards to Bridget Dixson from the Santa Fe (NM) Chamber of Commerce, Taryn Palumbo from the San Francisco (CA) Chamber of Commerce and Jeremy Harris from the Long Beach Area (CA) Chamber of Commerce at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Gerald W. Hathaway Award

    Laura Nagore, VP, Finance & Operations for the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber, presents the 2015 Staff Person of the Year award to Gary Brackett, of the Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber, at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) Reaccreditation

    Janet Steele (left), President of the Albany Area (OR) Chamber of Commerce, Lorraine Clarno, President/CEO of the Beaverton Area (OR) Chamber of Commerce, Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO of the El Dorado County (CA) Chamber of Commerce, and Lisa Krueger, President/CEO of the Lake Havasu Area (AZ) Chamber of Commerce receive their ACE reaccreditation at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California which was presented by Nancy Lindholm (right), President/CEO of the Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce and the 2016-2017 W.A.C.E. Board Chair.

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  • W.A.C.E. Service Awards

    Mike Varney (center) presents 35 Year Service Awards to Pat Clark-Villanueva from the Los Angeles Area (CA) Chamber and Marcie Hochhauser from the Walnut Creek (CA) Chamber.

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  • W.A.C.E. Keynote Speaker

    Greg McKeown offered a slice of advice from his popular book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. E-Newsletter Award

    James O'Callaghan & Jessica Welch (Right), present the awards for Chamber E-Newletters to Carissa Fairbanks (left), Director of Communications for the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber, Sean Karafin, Executive Director of Policy & Economic Research for the San Diego (CA) Regional Chamber and Brandin Matson, Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Torrance Area (CA) Chamber, at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. - Keynote Speaker

    Pollster Mike Baselice presented "The Mood of the Nation: What's on America's Political Horizon".

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  • W.A.C.E. Newsletter/Magazine Award

    Taryn Palumbo (far left) and Adam Haverstock (far right) presented the awards for Chamber Newsletter/Magazine to Nick Adcock, Vice President, Governmental Affairs Manager for the Greater Riverside (CA) Chambers, Marlene Panoyan, Communications Director for the Hollywood (CA) Chamber and Jessica Chambers, Communications Director for the Salem Area (OR) Chamber, at the 2016 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Academy 2016

    Over 120 chamber professionals from 9 states participated in the 2016 Academy Program.

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