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ACCEs awardwinning journal for and about chambers of commerce Late Summer 2017 ONWARD A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO RETIRING CEO MICK FLEMING PLUS 201617 YEARINREVIEW 6 WINNERS TAKE THE STAGE 8 WORKPLACE

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ACCEs awardwinning journal for and about chambers of commerce Late Summer 2017 Contents Late Summer 2017 ONWARD A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO RETIRING CEO MICK FLEMING PLUS 201617 YEARINREVIEW 6 WINNERS

FROM THE CHAIRMAN his years annual convention in Nashville was the largest that ACCE has ever hosted, which is a symbolic and fitting tribute to retiring CEO Mick Fleming. Thanks to everyone who joine

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BECOME A NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMPION Horizontal Date In 2016, over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions signed up to rally their communities for Small Business Saturday. Help make this Nov 25 one of the biggest da

ACCE NEWS Sheree Anne Kelly joins ACCE as president and CEO Effective September 5, Sheree Anne Kelly is the new president and CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Sheree Anne come

201617 YEARINREVIEW A LOOK BACK By Jay Chesshir and Mick Fleming AND A LOOK AHEAD G ratifying might be the most fitting word to use when describing the wildly diverse months since we gathered in S

157 New members welcomed 2000 Total attendance at convention, special events, meetings and other inperson gatherings TOP 5 States with the most members Texas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and New York

CHAMBER OF THE YEAR WINNERS TAKE THE STAGE N early 1,000 chamber leaders gathered at Music City Center in the heart of downtown Nashville in midJuly to celebrate awardwinning chambers of commerce an

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Failing to plan is planning to fail. Alan Lakein GET INSPIRED The board of directors for the Billings Chamber of Commerce Mont. adopted a PresidentCEO Succession Policy Plan in February 2016. The 1

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to 500 annually in budgeted professional development funds for every staff member. And partnerships with other nonprofits and community organizations have allowed us to leverage professional developme

Business owners take Success depends on it Some risks carry heavy consequences. HRrelated government compliance. HR infrastructure. Recruiting top talent. Let us lighten the load for your members. I

Wonderful Workplaces At the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce in Texas, team members enjoy a flexible schedule that allows for time out of the office to attend important events, like their childs school p

ONWARD A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO RETIRING CEO MICK FLEMING Ben Wills, editorinchief of Chamber Executive, sat down with Mick Fleming, ACCEs president from 2001 to 2017, to capture a few recollections, obs

For starters, how did it feel in July, at the convention, with all the fanfare surrounding your departure It was fun, of course, but I also felt like I did during other times in my life wedding, deliv

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What other turning points stand out during your time at ACCE The moment during the 2006 strategic planning session when the board consciously moved to expand our portfolio to include public policy and

Who taught you to write Many people, but there were three big influences. My dad taught Check your passport Always. And then there was my boss me that the words matter. and make plans to attend ACCEs

THINK TRAVEL THINK CENTRAL HOLIDAYS WEST Chamber Executives Join us on our Splendors of Portugal Familiarization trip December 1017, 2017 8 Days, 6 Nights, Including Hotel, Meals, Day Trips, Chamber M

Meet the newest Certified Chamber Executives N ine chamber of commerce leaders from six states have recently joined an elite roster of professionals who have earned the Certified Chamber Executive C

Megan Lucas Joyce W. Waugh Mark Owens Jeff Rea Brad Dean Cheryl Millsaps Barbara Thomason Lucia Cape Michael D. Ward Chamber Executive Late Summer 2017 23

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CELEBRATING COMMUNICATIONS EXCELLENCE I n late May, six marketing and communications leaders from Arkansas, Louisiana, Manitoba, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin gathered at ACCEs office in Alexandria,

IS YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN BASED ON WHAT YOUVE DONE IN THE PAST...OR WHATS COMING NEXT The Futures Lab is a one or twoday experience where leaders and stakeholders Debate and discuss 2030 local and region

Chamber leaders accepted to Fellowship L eaders from 21 chambers of commerce, representing communities throughout the United States, have been selected to participate in the fourth cohort of ACCEs F

Jonathan Davis Director of Workforce Initiatives Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Augusta, Ga. Melanie DEvelyn Manager, Education Attainment Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation Detroit, Mich. Dexter

Barbara Stapleton Vice President of Workforce Education GO Topeka Topeka, Kan. Sherry Taylor President CEO Mason Deerfield Chamber Mason, Ohio Emily Ward Vice President, Foundation Supports Grant M

FACES AND PLACES The Red Deer District Chamber of Commerce Alberta announced that Robin Bobocel is the organizations new CEO. Bobocels previous work experience includes serving as chief of staff to t

The Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Conn. has named Brian Griffin as its new president and CEO. Griffin, who had served as the chambers vice president, fills the position following the retirement

EVERYTHING Onward. ygmfalladv2.pdf 1 91916 839 AM Come see our booth at the ACCE Conference in Savannah Your Chambers Total Resource Campaign Increase Grassroots Marketing Enhance Program Deve

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