Christian Named 2016 Maryland Chamber Executive of the Year

Last Updated on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:38pm | Garrett County Economic Development

The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) has announced that Nicole Christian, IOM, CCE, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year.
“Nicole was selected as MACCE’s 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year because of her many notable accomplishments on behalf of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce,” said Paul Frey, MACCE President. Frey also noted, “Nicole’s nomination submission emphasized her dedication to the advancement of business opportunities to the more than 600 members, as well as Garrett County businesses.’”
Particular accomplishments noted in Nicole’s nomination included:
   • Growing tourism in Garrett County by approximately 20% since 2012;
   • Creating the HR Roundtable;
   • Launching and implementing The Deep Creek Experience countywide brand; 
   • Creating the annual Business & Industry Appreciation program promoting growth and development in Garrett County; and
   • Securing more than $800,000 in state and federal grant funds for Heritage Area projects.
In addition, Nicole has been an active participant in chamber industry professional development at both the state and local level, serving on the boards of the National Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), several state level associations, including the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE), and the U.S. Chamber’s Midwest Institute Board of Regents. She received her Institute for Organization Management (IOM) in 2000 and her Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation in 2004.
Each year MACCE presents an award to the chamber executive who has demonstrated outstanding success in leading his/her chamber of commerce. Criteria include employment at the current chamber for at least three years, as well as documentation of proven success in overcoming challenges, fiscal management, and achieving the chamber’s program of work. 
The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is a membership organization consisting of Chamber of Commerce executives and their counterparts from similar organizations,from throughout the state of Maryland. MACCE supports the continued professional development, training, and education of its members and provides valuable networking opportunities
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