Chamber of the Year
The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce has been named a 2015 Chamber of the Year finalist, the most prestigious and competitive annual award presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
Shawnee Chamber President Linda Leeper, along with Senior Vice President Mary Taylor and Membership Representative Elli Bowen were recognized on Aug. 12 at ACCE’s Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist for Chamber of the Year,” said Shawnee Chamber President Linda Leeper. “This level of recognition would not be possible without the support and leadership from our Board of Directors, the Shawnee Chamber members and our dedicated staff.”
The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce was also recognized with Membership Achievement Awards for overall membership retention and for new member retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.