Alliance Executive Vice President EARNS ELITE CERTIFICATION

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July 30, 2018
Alexandria, Va. (July 26, 2018) — Christine Kennedy, IOM, CPC, ELI-MP, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance COO and Executive Vice President, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Alexandria, Virginia-based ACCE is an association of more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

“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.”
Kennedy is one of 11 chamber professionals to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2018.

The 11 leaders represent chambers of commerce in eight states, including Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. “Christine is a valuable asset to not only the Alliance but the entire profession. We couldn’t be more thrilled for her to clear this monumental professional hurdle,” according to Megan Lucas, Alliance CEO, who went on to say, “investing in our team is an important core value for the Alliance, the strength of the team directly correlates to the strength of the organization.”

Kennedy has been employed with the Alliance for 19 years , currently serving as the COO and Executive Vice President as well as directing the nationally award winning Leadership Lynchburg programs.   In 2015, she co-led the Chamber into a successful merger with their regional economic development organization eliminating competition and creation regional collaboration that had been non-existent for years. 

During her tenure at the Alliance, Kennedy has launched several initiatives and regional business programs and she oversees the organization’s strategy development as well as operations.   She also is a certified leadership & life coach helping leaders from across the US excel in their personal and professional lives.

Since the first CCE designation was conferred more than 40 years ago, about 500 professionals have become certified. CCE is recognized by many as the highest, and most elite, professional designation in the chamber of commerce profession. It’s the only globally-recognized certification program exclusive to the chamber of commerce industry.

Certified Chamber Executives were recognized on stage July 18 at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Learn more about ACCE’s CCE program by visiting www.ACCE.org/CCE.