The Albany-area Chamber of Commerce's President and CEO Chris Hardy has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
"The applicants who designated CCE's rightfully earn this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their Chambers. We applaud this year's recipients and are proud to have them join a long tradition of professional excellence," says Raymond Burns, CCE, President & CEO of Rogers â" Lowell (Ark.) Chamber of Commerce and CCE Commission Chairman.
Hardy is one of 21 Chamber Executives in the nation to earn the designation this year and only one of two active in the state of Georgia.
"It is an honor and privilege to receive this certification. It was a long and grueling process but extremely fulfilling at the same time. I want to thank my staff and Board of Directors for their encouragement and support during the entire process. This is a special time in my career and one that I will use to not only better our Chamber of Commerce but also our community. The knowledge and the relationships I have developed during this 7 month process will go a long way in making our Chamber the best it can be," says Hardy.
The CCE program is designed to assess and test the applicant's knowledge of the core Chamber management areas: management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations. Candidates are required to submit an application outlining their professional achievements and activities, write two essays, make a formal presentation, complete an intensive interview by a panel of CCE's and pass a comprehensive four-hour examination.