Hammer Memorial Award

Dan Rodriguez

(L-R) Dan Rodriguez receives the 2014 Hammer Memorial Award from Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces (NM) Chamber.

The Russell J. “Rusty” Hammer Memorial Scholarship Award has been established by the Western Association of Chamber Executives to annually recognize a chamber chief executive who best exemplifies excellence and professionalism and is deemed to have the potential to be a future chamber industry leader.
The award is given in recognition of Russell J. “Rusty” Hammer, who was named W.A.C.E. Executive of the Year in 2002 and served as Chairman of the Board of the association in 2003. Rusty, who served as CEO of the Sacramento Metro and Los Angeles Area Chambers of Commerce, sadly had his life and career cut short in 2008 after a several-year battle with leukemia.
Because of his interest in the Academy program and furthering the professionalism of chamber of commerce executives, W.A.C.E. has decided to link the Russell J. “Rusty” Hammer Award with the program by awarding the recipient a full-tuition 3rd year Academy scholarship.

Remarks from Bill Allen:

As last year’s Rusty Hammer Award winner, I have the honor of presenting the 2014 Rusty Hammer award.

This year’s winner exemplifies what we like to see in a chamber exec.

This individual has made numerous changes to his organization in the last 6  months in an effort to differentiate and drive value at his chamber.

This individual attributes recent successes to implementing tools and strategies taught at Academy.

This individual sees the need for innovation, but like we heard yesterday from Brian Kimbrell of the Disney Institute, also has left certain things as is, to maintain local history.

Ladies and gentleman, your Rusty Hammer winner from the West Chamber of Jefferson County in Colorado  - Dan Rodriguez

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