FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 6, 2015
Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112
CCAA Names 9 Local Chamber Professionals as Accredited Alabama Chamber Executives
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that nine Alabama chamber professionals have received the Accredited Alabama Chamber Executive distinction (AACE).
Those receiving the AACE were: Morri Yancy, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce; Harold L. Boone, Sr., Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce; Donna Watts, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce; Jim M. Page and Donald L. Jones, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Kirk R. Mancer, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer M. Palmer, Albertville Chamber of Commerce; Rick Roden, Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce; and, Linda Lewis, Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.
The announcement was made at the CCAA’s summer convention in Orange Beach.
The CCAA established the Accredited Alabama Chamber Executive Program (AACE) to recognize the professional competence of chamber of commerce executives in the State of Alabama. The AACE designation is based on the experience, service to CCAA, training, continuing education, and professional achievement of CCAA members. The AACE award is intended to strengthen the career development objectives of CCAA and provide personal recognition to chamber professionals in Alabama.
“All of the individuals receiving their accredited chamber professional designation are to be commended for receiving this prestigious distinction,” said Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the CCAA’s 2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors. “They most certainly represent the highest standards in our profession.”
Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO of the CCAA, said the nine local chamber leaders are true testament to the chamber profession.
“The accreditation process is very rigorous and highlights that each recipient is truly the ‘best of the best’ across our state,” Arthur said. “The commitment shown by each person that receives the Alabama Accredited Chamber Executive distinction shows their continued commitment to professional development and the overall success of their local chamber of commerce and our collective state association.”
Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama has remained dedicated to advancing the goal that chambers of commerce are the premier local business advocate in the State of Alabama. In conjunction with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), a non-partisan organization, the two groups, through the BCA/CCAA Partnership represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every day.