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  • 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS

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  • “Year after year, MACE is always the best professional development conference I attend!! Excellent educational sessions, incredible information, spectacular speakers and hands down the most valuable networking experience for a Chamber pro. For the small cost of the conference you will take home an amazing amount of resources! Register today! You’ll thank me later!”

     

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    Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

     

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  • Event Location Event Location

    Hilton Garden Inn

    201 E 8th Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103

    Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3, 2019

    605-444-4704
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    Group Name: MACE 2019

  • AWARD NOMINATION - OPEN UNTIL MARCH 22, 2019 AWARD NOMINATION - OPEN UNTIL MARCH 22, 2019

    MACE strives to recognize its chamber members who go above and beyond the call of duty to promote their city with new and inventive ideas. These awards are given by the MACE committee as an example of the highest examples of hard work, passion and effort displayed by chamber members across the region.

     

    If you know a chamber within the MACE region that is deserving of recognition for the exceptional work they have done over the past year, let them know it. CLICK HERE to nominate the best-of-the-best in five different categories.

  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    2019 Annual Conference Scholarships - Applications accepted until noon on Friday, March 29th

     

    MACE has approved a scholarship opportunity for attendees of the 2018 MACE Annual Conference. The MACE board believes the professional development of chamber executives is of utmost importance for our members.

     

    There is only a limited number of scholarships available.

     

    The deadline for registering for the available scholarships is Friday, March 30th at noon. Applicants will be notified by email of the MACE Boards about two weeks before the conference. You need to be registered for the conference to be eligible.This means you should still register for the conference without knowing if you have won a scholarship.

     

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  • SPEAKERS SPEAKERS

    Malcom Chapman, SpeakerMalcom Chapman

    The Five Powers

     

    Malcom “Chap” Chapman is president and founder of the Chapman Group, an organizational communications-consulting firm that offers retreat facilitation, strategic planning, coaching, seminars, and keynote addresses to organizations and businesses.

     

    He is a former U.S. Marine Corp Officer and he served three terms as Councilman for the City of Rapid City. Chap has worked in professional sales and as a consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington D.C.

     

    He is an active National League of Cities advocate, participant, and presenter. Chap holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration and was awarded the 2008 South Dakota Municipal League Excellence in Municipal Government Award. He was recently selected as a 2015-2017 Bush Fellow, around his work in community leadership and capacity building. 

     

    People are hungry for exciting and meaningful work. As employment expectations evolve, the work experience will change from “me” to “we.” In the future, individuals at all levels of public and private organizations will take risks and make decisions. Teamwork and imagination will be the rule, not the exception. Diverse teams will learn to adapt, embrace, and move forward from change. More importantly, teams will realize that to true growth is found in the art of thinking.

     

    This speech is about building community through authentic relationships within a diverse workplace. This is the hard work of being an excellent organization. When it clicks, the result is a seamless experience for internal and external customers. The future is now and the benefits can be realized today.


     

    Tracey Jones, SpeakerTracey Jones

    Risk, Reward, and Resiliency: How Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone Builds Excellence

     

    Author, speaker, veteran, and in-demand international leadership expert, Tracey C. Jones is the President of Tremendous Leadership. She is passionate about lifelong learning, and her career spans top positions in four major industries from the military to high tech to defense contracting and publishing. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a decorated veteran who served in the First Gulf War and Bosnian War, earned an MBA in Global Management, and is completing her doctoral dissertation in leadership.

     

    Tracey is also a faculty member of the prestigious Institute for Organization Management (IOM), was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary Ph.D.) from Central Penn College, the Business Achievement Award by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) Award celebrating women in philanthropy.

     


     

    Bill Blazer, SpeakerBill Blazar

    Immigration

     

    Bill Blazar spent nearly 27 years at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, retiring in September 2018 as senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber. In that capacity, he most recently directed the Minnesota Chamber Foundation and its Center for Workforce Solutions. He also lead the Chamber’s work on immigration reform.

     

    Blazar represented the Minnesota business community on several task forces and study groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Relations Policy Committee. He is a past member and chair of the board of the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council. Blazar has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesota’s P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, the Citizens League, Metropolitan Economic Development Association and the Lake Calhoun Sailing School. He is immediate past-president of the Loppet Foundation Board of Directors.

     

    Prior to joining the Chamber, he was manager of government affairs for Target Corporation from 1987-1992. Before working for Target, Blazar was a freelance public policy analyst, specializing in state and local fiscal policy, economic development and telecommunications. Blazar has a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University and an M.A. in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

     

    Bill's presentation will deal with Immigration issues. What is driving increased immigration to the upper Midwest? What role do immigrants and refugees play in our economy. Why are they important to development and growth? How can we be part of the immigration fix? Learn about facts and solutions that will help de-escalate rhetoric and advance policies that work for our communities.

     


     

    Dave Minor, SpeakerDave Minor

    Welcome & Introduction

     

    David Minor is the president and CEO of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a Wisconsin native, has been the chief staff member at the Superior-Douglas County chamber since 1996, previously served on the board of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (the statewide chamber), and is the past board chairman of both the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Mid-America Chamber Executives.

     

    He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Organizational Management. Some of his skills include coordinating organizational activities, including public affairs, strategic planning, economic development, programs, membership and financial management..

     


     

    Ken Warner, SpeakerKen Warner

    First-Time Attendee Orientation

     

    Ken Warner was named President of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on October 6, 1997. The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber has 575+ members doing business in Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has established itself as a significant leader in regional and State affairs.

     

    Prior to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce position, Ken was the Chief Executive of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce for two years; the Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce for eight years; and the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce for three years. October of 2014 was the start of Warner’s 25th year of serving the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce as its President.

     

    Ken has been active in the Chamber profession serving as President of MCCE (Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives) in 1993; serving two (2) three terms on the Board of Directors for MCCE; serving a term on the Board of Regents for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management and serving as the Chair in 2001.

     

    An active board member in several community organizations, Ken also provides ongoing leadership within the Willmar Lakes Area community. Ken and his wife, Janine, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

     


     

  • ROUNDTABLE LEADERS ROUNDTABLE LEADERS

     

    Deb McMillan, SpeakerDeb McMillan

    Table Topic: Public Policy/Advocacy

     

    Deb McMillan has worked in the Chamber industry since May of 2000. She began her Chamber career serving as President of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce for more than seven years. She was hired to lead the Chaska Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and subsequently led a task force to merge the Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria Chambers of Commerce, forming the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, which opened for business in January 2009. She served as President of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce until July of 2013 when she accepted a position as the Director of Government Affairs for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. Deb currently serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.

     

    Deb is a 2004 graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management and a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Minnesota program. She has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives (MCCE), the Metropolitan Coalition of Chambers of Commerce (MCCC) and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. She served as chair of the board for MCCE in 2007 and chair of the board for MCCC in 2005 and again in 2016-2017. Deb currently serves on the board of the Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE) association. She is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Minnesota class and a 2018 fellow of Minnesota Excellence in Public Service. Deb is a member of the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council and a registered lobbyist.

     


     

    Ryan Parsons, SpeakerRyan Parsons

    Table Topic: Membership

     

    Ryan Parsons is Vice President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, a 1,250 member organization committed to advocating on behalf of businesses. Since joining the organization in 2008, Ryan has held roles in membership, communications, advocacy and leadership.

     

    As Vice President, Ryan coaches and collaborates with the talented Chamber team to provide relevant programming, communications and resources to Chamber members. Ryan is also responsible for the organization’s ongoing advocacy efforts, including the Government Affairs Committee and Local Issues Committee.

     

     

     

     


     

    John Hales, SpeakerJohn Hales

    Table Topic: Events & Non-Dues Revenue

     

    Born and raised in Iowa. Married for 42yrs. with 3 sons. 35 yrs. In the grocery business, 10 yrs in the Office Supply business and now 6 yrs in the North Platte Area Chamber & Development as VP. In my spare time I do a lot of Volunteer work and spend time traveling the country umpiring Men’s Softball of which I was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2015 as an Umpire.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Linda Rabe, SpeakerLinda Rabe

    Table Topic: Governance, Board Development, Staff Development

     

    Linda is the President and CEO of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce which is 5-Star Accredited through the US Chamber.  Prior to that she served as the Chamber’s Vice President for 12 years, and was the Convention Sales Director for the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau, a division of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, for 5 years.

     

    Linda has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from National American University.  She is the only Certified Chamber Executive in South Dakota, a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute Program and is a graduate of Leadership Rapid City Class of 1993.  Linda was honored by National American University with the 2002 Alumni Distinguished Service Award, 2008 Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction, 2009 Cosmopolitan Distinguished Service Award, 2015’s MACE (Mid-America Chamber Executives) Executive of the Year and was one of 130 civilians nationwide selected to attend the Air Force War College in 2005.

     

    She is the Past President of the SD Chamber and Economic Development Council  as well as serving on the, Destination Rapid City, tthe University Center Advisory Council as well as several non-profit boards throughout the community including Partnership Rapid City and Black Hills Business Council.  She also is serving as the Chair of the Certified Chamber Commissioners that administers the national testing for the Certified Chamber Executive designation. She served on the American Chamber of Commerce Executives national board for 7 years.

     


  • BREAKOUT SESSION LEADERS BREAKOUT SESSION LEADERS

     

    Scott Rogers, SpeakerScott Rogers

    Breakout Session: Government Affairs & Workforce 

     

    Scott Rogers has been the Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director for the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce since 2013. Before joining the staff, Scott was an active business member of the Chamber for more than a decade, serving on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee and was Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

     

    At the Chamber, he is responsible for working with the Governmental Affairs Committee and coordinates the Chamber’s public affairs activities, including its monthly Eggs & Issues breakfasts and the regional Chippewa Valley Rally legislative day in Madison.

     

    Scott has been interested in and involved in politics and public policy since growing up in rural northwestern Illinois. He lived in Iowa for 14 years, where he was a precinct committeeman and twice chaired his local Caucus during a Presidential election year.

     


     

    Scott Rogers, SpeakerTracey Powell

    Breakout Session: Event Management

     

    Tracy Powell is the Director of Events & Programs at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, an organization of more than 2,100 public, private and nonprofit entities throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and beyond.

     

    Powell began her career at The Forum newspaper in the advertising department. She then joined the Chamber in 1995, where her roles included membership coordinator, followed by events coordinator. After a brief stint at the Fargo Moorhead Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, she returned to The Chamber in her current role in 2008.

     

    She oversees and plans for six signature events, six Business After Hour gatherings, five programs with monthly sessions, as well as unplanned and unscheduled events as occur.

    The Chamber has nearly 20,000 attendees at their events and programs annually.

     


     

     

  •  CONFERENCE AGENDA CONFERENCE AGENDA

    Wednesday, May 1

     

    8:15 – 12:00 pm: Bonus Session: 

     

    10:00 – 12:00 pm: Bonus Session: Advocacy Training – John Kirchner, US Chamber

     

    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Registration

     

    12:00 – 1:15 p.m.                   MACE Board Meeting

     

    1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                     First-time attendee orientation – Ken Warner, President, Willmar Area Chamber

     

    1:30 – 1:45 p.m.                     Opening & Welcome

                                                    Dave Minor, Chair, Mid-America Chamber Executives

                                                    President, Eau Claire Chamber

     

    1:45 – 3:00 p.m.                     Tracey Jones, Tremendous Leadership, US Chamber Sponsored Keynote – Risk, Reward, and Resiliency: How Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone Builds Excellence

     

    3:00 – 3:15 .p.m.                    Break

     

    3:15 – 4:15 .p.m.                    State Chamber Leadership Panel

    David Owens, President, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry

                                                    Arik Spencer, President, Greater North Dakota Chamber

                                                    Doug Loon, President, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

                                                    Bryan Slone, President, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

     

    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                     On-Site Reception

     

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.                     Scholarship Auction – Terry Brick, Auctioneer

     

    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.                     Dinner, G.L. Berg Entertainment

     

     

    Thursday, May 2

     

    7:30 a.m.                                 Breakfast

     

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                     State Breakfasts:

                                                    Iowa

                                                    Minnesota

                                                    Nebraska

                                                    North Dakota

                                                    South Dakota

                                                    Wisconsin

     

    9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                     BREAK

     

    9:15 – 10:15 a.m.         Breakout Session 1:

    #1: Advocacy – Lynn Kendal, VP, Rapid City Chamber

    #2: Workforce – Scott Rogers, Gov. Affairs & Workforce Director, Eau Claire Area Chamber

    #3: Membership Recruitment –

    #4: Event Management – Tracey Powell, Director of Events &  Programs, Fargo Moorehead West Fargo Chamber

     

    10:30 – 11:30 a.m.       Breakout Session 2:

    #1: Advocacy – Lynn Kendal, VP, Rapid City Chamber

    #2: Workforce – Scott Rogers, Gov. Affairs & Workforce Director, Eau Claire Area Chamber

    #3: Membership Recruitment –

    #4: Event Management –Tracey Powell, Director of Events &  Programs, Fargo Moorehead West Fargo Chamber

     

    11:30 – 12:45 p.m.                 Lunch (Annual Meeting of MACE) & MACE Awards

    – Dave Minor, MACE Chair, President, Eau Claire Area Chamber

    – Tara Lea, MACE Vice Chair,

       Executive Director, Fremont Area Chamber

     

     

    12:45 – 1:00 p.m.                   BREAK

     

    1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                     Presentation

     

    1:30 – 1:45 p.m.                     Operations Survey

                                                    Best Practices for Roundtable discussion

     

    1:45 – 4:00 p.m.                     Roundtables

                                                    6 tables, three 45-minute rotations

                                                    Public Policy/Advocacy – Deb McMillian, TwinWest Chamber

                                                    Strategic Planning & Financial Success – Vicki Markussen, La Crosse Area Chamber

                                                    Events/Non-Dues Revenue – John Hales, North Platte Area Chamber & Development

                                                    Communications – 

                                                    Membership – Ryan Parsons, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber

                                                    Governance, Board Development, Staff Development – Linda Rabe, Rapid City Area Chamber

     

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                     BREAK

     

    5:00 – 9:00 p.m.                     Offsite Dinner, Dueling Duo (Dueling Pianos)

     

     

     

    Friday, May 3

     

    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.                     Breakfast

     

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                      Michael Johnson, Senior Fellow, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota – Cyber Security

     

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                    Bill Blazer, Former VP of Minnesota Chamber – Immigration

                                        What is driving increased immigration to the upper Midwest? What role do immigrants and refugees play in our economy. Why are they important to development and growth? How can we be part of 

                                         the immigration fix? Learn about facts and solutions that will help de-escalate rhetoric and advance policies that work for our communities.

     

    10:00 – 10:15 a.m.                  BREAK

     

    10:15 – 11:45 a.m.                 Presentation: Malcolm Chapman – The Five Powers

    This speech is about building community through authentic relationships within a diverse workplace. This is the hard work of being an excellent organization. When it clicks, the result is a seamless experience for internal and external customers. The future is now, and the benefits can be realized today.

     

    11:30 a.m.                               Closing remarks