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


Nancy Lindholm, ACE, Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
    •  Chambers of the Future...Using the ACCE Horizons study as a guide, assemble a task force to develop specific action steps to help chambers thrive in the challenging times ahead. 


Pat Patrick, Lodi (CA) District Chamber of Commerce

    •  Chair the Nominating Committee for association directors & officers
    •  Coordinate goal setting session in October in Santa Fe to outline the association's program priorities for 2017

Vice Chair

Tallia Hart, ACE, Irvine (CA) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Chair the Program Committee for the February 2017 annual conference at the LAX Marriott.

Vice Chair

Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Coordinate the Executive Leaders Roundtable in Redondo Beach on May 12

Vice Chair

Jeremy Harris, Long Beach Area (CA) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Coordinate the selection of topics and presenters for the association's 2016 fall webinar series

Vice Chair

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

    •  Coordinate a Political Action Boot Camp to be held on June 24 in Denver, CO

Immediate Past Chair

Mike Varney, Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

    •  Coordinate a sales training workshop to possibly be held in conjunction with the annual conference in February 2017

Other Services & Benefits

    •  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 associations including (but not limited to) volunteer leaders training
    •  Monthly newsletter – Insider – electronic and print versions  
    •  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 membership retention survey
    •  Extensive awards and recognition programs
    •  Monthly “Career Opportunity Bulletin”  
    •  Salary & benefits survey for key staff positions
    •  Assist chambers and executives with programs including executive search, retreat facilitators, "fast start" & mentoring


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