Plano Chamber Named 2018 Chamber of the Year
July 27, 2018
PLANO CHAMBER WINs prestigious Award
Plano, TX - July 26, 2018 - The Plano Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
ACCE is an Alexandria, Va.-based membership association that represents nearly 10,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.
Chamber of the Year, sponsored by MemberClicks, is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce. 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.
President/CEO Jamee Jolly and 2018 Board Chair Jeff Beckley accepted the award on July 18 at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
"A city of excellence like Plano deserves, and has, a Chamber of Commerce of excellence,” states 2018 Board Chair, Jeff Beckley. “In receiving this honor, the Plano Chamber has achieved recognition bestowed to only one other Texas Chamber previously. The Plano Chamber has taken immense strides toward serving our vibrant business community. The Plano Chamber has earned this award by focusing on the business community's most important issues, serving as a critical thought leader, and delivering meaningful results. Our Board of Directors couldn't be prouder of the Chamber staff, prior leadership, and the active membership that made this award possible."
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar 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.
This year's competition drew entries from chambers throughout the U.S. and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.
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About the Plano Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1946, the Plano Chamber represents over 1,200 businesses and community organizations in Plano and the surrounding area. Accredited as a 5-Star Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is committed to maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through advocacy, education, innovation, and collaboration.
Jamee Jolly, President/ CEO