Last week Chamber President & CEO, Brad Hicks CCE, passed the gavel to Todd Sanders, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, but only after leading the association to the record conference attendance, as well as an all-time high in membership numbers and advancing the organization’s efforts to create a brand strategy for chambers of commerce around the Western United States. The Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.)is the premier organization for education and professional development of chamber executives and staff. W.A.C.E. now represents over 850 chamber professionals in over 20 Western states and two Canadian provinces. Hicks said from the podium at the Disneyland Resort, “ To have been given the confidence to lead, from you my peers, is one of the great honors of my career. I have to thank the W.A.C.E. staff for making me look good, I want to thank my beautiful wife for putting up with me and for putting up with what this industry can do to those of us in it, my own team for keeping the home fires burning while I am engaged in organizations such as this. And, finally, I must thank my own Chamber Board for supporting our professional development and always giving me the opportunity to participate in things like ACCE, the US Chamber and W.A.C.E. I am truly grateful.” Looking forward to his year to come, new Chairman, Todd Sanders, chided Hicks by joking he would be a tough act to follow while praising Hicks by saying, “you’ve set the bar very high.” Hicks was also recognized for over 25 years of service to The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County and to the Chamber industry having served in leadership positions at nearly every level. Hicks was President of the Oregon Chamber Executives in 2003 as well as its Executive of the Year in 2006, served on the Board of Directors for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Western Association of Chamber Executives Board of Directors as a Vice Chair and Chair as well as its Executive of the Year in 2008 and still serves on the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Chamber Board member, Mike Donnelly of Carestream, Inc., said, “The fact that Brad was leading this organization made up of chambers from over 20 states around the West, including major US cities says a lot about his character and reputation for results. Great job!” Chamber industry peers are not letting Hicks ride off into the sunset. Hicks will serve as the Annual Conference Chair in 2020. For Oregonians, you could say one of his other accomplishments was to steer the Annual Conference to Portland, Oregon for the first time in the association’s history. “I guess you could say no good deed goes unpunished. After pushing to bring the conference to Oregon for the first time ever, my fellow Board members response was to say you must be volunteering to be Conference Chair!” Hicks added, “I am excited to give my colleagues, many of whom have never visited the Great State of Oregon, a true Oregon experience.”
First Chairman from Oregon grows Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) membership to all-time high, advances branding efforts
Brad Hicks Concludes Successful Year At Helm of Multi-State Association
ANAHEIM, CA | february 8, 2019
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