The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) (www.acce.org) has designated Pamela L. Christopher, President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals.
“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas—management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” says Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. and CCE commission chairman. “Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs have rightfully earned this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chamber to achieve the chamber’s goals. We are proud to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence.”
Anderson Area Chamber Board Chairman Beverly McAdams, Vice President for Presidential Affairs at Anderson University, says, “We are so proud of Pam’s accomplishment! This certification places her in a very elite category of chamber executives. We are fortunate to have someone with her drive and passion leading our Anderson Chamber. She is an asset not only to our Chamber, but to the entire Anderson community.”
Christopher was one of seven chamber executives in the nation who earned the CCE designation which was awarded August 10 during ACCE’s Convention in Savannah, Georgia. Since the program was initiated more than 40 years ago, only about 500 individuals have earned this highest designation in the industry.
Pamela L. Christopher, CCE, IOM has served as President & CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce since 2014. Pam is the past President of the Board of Directors (2001) of ACCRA (American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association), now C2ER (The Council for Community and Economic Research). Pam formerly served on the GACCE (Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) Board of Directors, she was the GEDA (Georgia Economic Development Association) Chair of Education and Workforce Development, and subsequently the Chair of Technology Task Force. Pam currently serves on the following board of directors: Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance, Anderson County Economic Development Advisory Board, Anderson Sister Cities Association, CACCE (the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives), Imagine Anderson, Innovate Anderson, Ten at the Top, and the United Way of Anderson County. Pam is a 2004 graduate of Economic Development Institute - University of Oklahoma and a 2005 graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Georgia. Pam currently volunteers her time for Meals on Wheels of Anderson County, and the Anderson Free Clinic.
Established in 1914, ACCE is an association of 7,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas. The combined membership of ACCE chambers exceeds 1.2 million businesses. Chamber leaders look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas that will help them advance the interests of their communities. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies, and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise. For more information, visit www.acce.org.