CC Chamber of Commerce President Diaz Receives Accreditation

Culver City Chamber of Commerce executive Colin Diaz, IOM was recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Association of Chamber Executives. The designation is awarded to only those chamber executives and staff professionals who meet stringent criteria set by the association’s board of directors.

Diaz commented “I am extremely honored to join the less than 2% of our Industry that are active Accredited Chamber Executives (ACE). I have always been a proponent of continued education and thank my various Chambers for supporting my endeavors in that arena.  This designation also means that I have an ongoing obligation to encourage and support my staff to continue their education and training, as well as use the tools received through this process to increase the economic vitality of the communities I serve.”

Diaz was awarded accreditation this year at the association’s annual conference in Glendale, AZ. The accreditation program was first awarded in 1993 to encourage chamber executives to upgrade and expand their skills through continuing education and training programs in the chamber management and business fields. There are currently a total of 22 ACE recipients active in chambers of commerce in the West.

From Monica Alvarez, Communications Coordinator for the Culver city Chamber of Commerce, “There are 777 members in the Western Association of Chamber Executives.  There are only 22 with the Accredited Chamber Executive Designation (ACE).  In order to receive this designation, Chamber Executives needs to complete WACE’s Academy (3-year Training Program for a new era of Chamber Management), graduate from the U.S. Chambers Institute for Organizational Management (a multi-year course of study consisting of 48 hours of nonprofit instruction focusing on professional growth and development) earning an IOM designation, complete several Industry Trainings, Webinars and Conferences, as well as pass a test related to industry practices.”

W.A.C.E. is an association of approximately 795 chamber executives and staff professionals with members in twenty-one Western states and Canada. The association’s mission is to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives. W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.

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