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Barbara Thomason Earns Elite Certification

Jul 28, 2017 - by

Barbara Thomason Earns Elite Certification


Alexandria, Va.—Barbara Thomason, President of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce 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.”


“This certification is intended to position our Chamber among the leading Chambers of the region. Our members can be confident that we serve can as good stewards of their investments in the Chamber and in the community,” commented Thomason.


Thomason is one of nine chamber professionals to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2017 and the only recipient from Texas. The other recipients represent chambers of commerce in five states, including Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 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 ACCE’s annual Awards Show, hosted this year in Nashville, Tennessee.


Learn more about ACCE’s CCE program by visiting




The Houston Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation. The Chamber is an organization of member businesses investing time, talent and resources in economic and community development programs, and working together to improve the economic, civic and cultural fortitude of the region. To learn more about the Chamber and benefits of membership, visit and

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting





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