• 2015-2016 Chairman of the Board

    Steve Van Dorn, (left) of the Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and CVB, passes the ceremonial gavel to incoming Chairman of the Board Michael Varney, of the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber of Commerce, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference

    Conference Chair Pat Patrick opens the 2015 event at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. 2014 Hammer Memorial Award

    Dan Rodriguez (left), President/CEO of West Chamber Serving Jefferson County (CO), accepts the 2014 Hammer Memorial Award from last year’s recipient Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces (NM) Chamber.

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  • W.A.C.E. 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker

    Seth Mattison pushes 2015 W.A.C.E. Conference attendees to evolve with the modern business landscape.

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  • W.A.C.E. 2014 Core Competency Awards

    From left to right: Pat Patrick, Lodi (CA) District Chamber, Kristin McMillan, Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber, B Gorman, Lake Tahoe South Shore (CA/NV) Chamber, and Tallia Hart, Irvine (CA) Chamber of Commerce, accept their Core Competency Program Awards. Chairman of the Board Steve Van Dorn accepts on behalf of the Tracy (CA) Chamber.

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  • W.A.C.E. Academy

    W.A.C.E. Academy graduates receive their certificates at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • 2014 Pettit Award

    Betty Nokes Capestany (right), President/CEO of the Bellevue (WA) Chamber, accepts the 2014 Pettit Award from last year’s recipient Ken Oplinger, President/CEO of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • 2015-2016 W.A.C.E. Program Priorities

    Michael Varney, President/CEO of the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber, reveals his 2015-2016 program priorities at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Website Award

    Tallia Hart (center), President/CEO of the Irvine (CA) Chamber of Commerce, accepts the first place award for Chamber Website from Mackenzie Tolson (left), Projects Coordinator for the Simi Valley (CA) Chamber, and Taryn Taddeo (right), Manager, Public Policy & Small Business for the San Francisco (CA) Chamber, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Life Member

    Former Catalina Island (CA) Chamber & VB President/CEO Wayne Griffin, ACE, is honored with a W.A.C.E. Life Membership at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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

    Ken Oplinger, President/CEO of The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region (CA), accepts the Exective of the Year award from last year’s recipient Tom Pierson, President/CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Advisory Council

    Members of the W.A.C.E. Emerging Leaders Advisory Council gather at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Gerald W. Hathaway Award

    Laura Nagore, VP, Finance & Operations for the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber, accepts the 2014 Staff Person of the Year award from the immediate past winner John Osborn, VP, Marketing & Events for the Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) Designation

    Jerry Wheeler (left), President/CEO of the Huntington Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce, Jeni Coke (right), Director of Membership and Event Manager of the Lake Havasu Area (AZ) Chamber of Commerce, receive their ACE designation at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. Service Awards

    Steve Van Dorn (left) presents 25 Year Service Awards to Janet Steele from the Albany (OR) Chamber, Teresa Ramondo from the Sebastopol (CA) Chamber, Barbara deBoom from the Palm Desert Area (CA) Chamber and Debbie Newman from the Laguna Niguel (CA) Chamber.

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  • W.A.C.E. Keynote Speaker

    Maria Ross offered a slice of advice from her popular book “Branding Basics for Small Businesses” at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. E-Newsletter Award

    Shannon Earley (center), Communications Coordinator for the Lake Tahoe South Shore (CA/NV) Chamber, accepts the first place award for Chamber E-Newletters from Jeremy Harris (left), Senior Vice President for the Long Beach Area (CA) Chamber, and Jessica Welch, Director, Programs and Executive Assistant for the Irvine (CA) Chamber, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. - Keynote Speaker

    Leveraging the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference theme “Think Differently”, Bruce Kimbrell from Disney Institute leads attendees on an exercise in creativity and innovation.

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

    John Osborn, VP, Marketing & Events for the Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber, accepts the first place award for Chamber Newsletter/Magazine from Jeni Coke, Director of Membership and Event Manager for the Lake Havasu Area (AZ) Chamber, and Julie Sabbagh, Director, Operations for the Vacaville (CA) Chamber, at the 2015 W.A.C.E. Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

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  • W.A.C.E. ACADEMY 2014

    Over 100 chamber professionals from 8 states, participated in the 2014 Academy program.

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