To enhance and promote the professional growth and competence of chamber of commerce executives


Pat Patrick, Lodi District (CA) Chamber of Commerce
    •  Work with Past Chair Nancy Lindholm to coordinate next steps to communicate key messages from the Chamber Brand Project


Brad Hicks, CCE, IOM, The Chamber of Commerce of Medford/Jackson County (OR)

    •  Chair the Nominating Committee for association directors & officers
    •  Coordinate goal setting session in October in Sacramento to outline the association's program priorities for 2018
    •  Coordinate Political Boot Camp to be held in San Francisco in June 2017

Vice Chair

Anne Glasscock, ACE, Kaufman (TX) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Establish a Mentor Program for new chamber CEOs

Vice Chair

Tallia Hart, ACE, San Francisco (CA) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Coordinate the Executive Leaders Roundtable in Reno in May 2017

Vice Chair

Jill Lagan, ACE, Boulder City (NV) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Chair the Program Committee for the February 2018 annual conference at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV

Vice Chair

Glenn Morris, ACE, Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Coordinate the selection of topics and presenters for the association's 2017 fall webinar series

Immediate Past Chair

Nancy Lindholm, ACE, Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Work with Chairman Pat Patrick to coordinate next steps to communicate key messages from the Chamber Brand Project

Other Services & Benefits

    •  Expand content in the W.A.C.E. Video Library
    •  Continue to improve the Resource Library in the "member only" section of the association's website by reviewing, updating and expanding content
    •  Look for opportunities to partner with state  and regional associations including (but not limited to) volunteer leaders training
    •  Monthly Insider Newsletter
    •  Continue regular electronic polling of members on chamber issues and trends
    •  Chamber Survey Central – conduct “tool kit” e-surveys for W.A.C.E. members of chamber business members
    •  Annual CEO salary & benefits survey
    •  Annual salary & beneftis survey for key staff positions
    •  Annual membership retention survey
    •  Extensive awards and recognition programs
    •  Monthly “Career Opportunity Bulletin”  
    •  Assist chambers and executives with programs including executive search, retreat facilitators, "fast start" & mentoring

2017-2018 Program Priorities Brochure (PDF)


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