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The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2018 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Finalists for the award – of which there are three in the Metro Chamber category – will be celebrated at a special event on Wednesday, July 18, at ACCE’s National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the leadership role chambers have in their 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.
“Receiving this acknowledgment is a true testament to the work of our talented staff, volunteer leadership and committed membership,” said Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “We are truly honored to be recognized alongside Louisville and Tulsa as a finalist for this prestigious award. Thank you to each one of our members for your continued investment into the Chamber and the Charleston region.”
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process and chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey.
This year’s competition drew numerous 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.
Mark Lattanzio, 2018 Chairman of the Board, Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO of the Chamber [center] and Chamber staff celebrate Chamber of the Year Finalist nomination