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Chamber leader earns statewide certification
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Past GACCE Board Chairman Monica Simmons of Cordele-Crisp County Chamber (middle) is flanked by new GCCE recipients Dinah Rowe of Chatsworth-Murray County Chamber and Kenny Smiley of the Liberty County Chamber. They received their cerifications in July - photo by Photo provided.
The Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has announced that Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kenny Smiley has met the criteria to be named a Georgia certified chamber Eeecutive.
Smiley is one of 13 certified in the state.
In 1993, GACCE began looking at ways to enhance public awareness and credibility of the Chamber. One of the items selected to accomplish this was the establishment of a designation that shows chamber executives have taken training. This designation would be based upon experience, service to GACCE, training/continuing education and personal achievement.
The Georgia certification was created to strengthen career development, provide an opportunity for personal recognition, and measure individual progress.
The process for those chamber executives to achieve this designation includes accumulating enough “points” to qualify for the designation by completing Chamber Institute. The candidates then complete applications and provide supporting documentation, write essays describing their views on their jobs, and provide letters of recommendation from past and current board leaders and GACCE peers.
“I am very honored to receive this designation”, Smiley said.  “Not only do I love what I do, but I have had some great volunteers over the past seven years who have lended much guidance and support.”
Current Chamber board chairman Danny Creasy said, “The Chamber board is extremely proud of Kenny for achieving the GCCE designation and is really pleased with the direction our chamber is moving under his leadership.”
The new GCCEs were announced at the 2009 GACCE Annual Conference July 21-24 on Jekyll Island.
The association has a membership of 143 chambers of commerce in the state of Georgia.
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