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  • Enterprising Chambers:

    How to create organizational excellence in the new chamber world

    May 2-4, 2018 – Sioux Falls, SD

     

    This unique three-day conference will give chamber professionals solutions to build value in your chamber organization. You will learn how building that value will justify a business not only becoming a lifetime member, but also an advocate for the chamber.

     

     

  • EVENT LOCATION EVENT LOCATION

    Hilton Garden Inn

    201 E 8th Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103

    Date/Time Information
    Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 4, 2018

    605-444-4704
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    Hotel Registration
    $139 Special until April 10!

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  • SPEAKERS SPEAKERS

    Kyle Sexton, SpeakerKyle Sexton

    Remembership

     

    Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry.
    He is the chamber industry's foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. His research and methods have been featured in industry publications, as well as national conventions and regional conferences. 
    Kyle's innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership - New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations. 


    Kyle's presentation will be based on his book, Remembership. Kyle says, "In the five years since first publishing Remembership, I've been working with chambers and associations across North America, implementing effective new tools and strategies that help boards and executives make better decisions about their future. The ideas in this book are important for membership organizations, membership development professionals, and their board members. The tools I've added in this edition are critical to the strategic direction of your team."

     


     

    Erin Bemis, Speaker

    Erin Bemis

    Look Great in the Inbox: The 7 don'ts of Email Design

     

    Erin is an Engagement Marketing and Strategic Partnership Expert with Constant Contact. She is also a National Speaker and Trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online Program. Her business focus is to educate and inspire small business success in all things related to digital marketing. She promises that you will leave today with simple, easy tips to immediately make your marketing better.

     

    On her journey to today, she was an award winning CEO for a Chamber of Commerce and top of the team in the indirect sales channel of a major corporation. With 20 years experience working for and with small businesses, non profits, and associations, she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the unmentionables too. She holds degrees in Marketing and Business Administration, along with a minor in French that she has never used.

     

    What you really want to know is that she is a Northern Michigan native, is one of 13 children, has three sons, a husband and a mortgage. Her four main addictions in life are travelling, music, boating and bubbles. Boy- I can’t wait to see what she has to say!

     

    Erin's presentation will be about what NOT to do regarding emails. First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact. You’ll learn:

     

    • Branding beyond the logo – how placement, pictures, even colors can reinforce recognition & engagement
    • Readability – including fonts, white space and single-column design
    • Images – including sizing, placement, links and more

     

    Join us for this fast, info-packed seminar packed with tips, techniques and tools to help you navigate the dos and the don’ts for your own email marketing.


    Jay Byers, Speaker Jay Byers

    2018 ACCE Conference

     

    Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and a network of more than 6100 regional members.

    Byers is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), graduate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management (IOM), graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and graduate of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship.

    Byers currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, ACCE Executive Board, Board of Directors and Community Growth Education Foundation, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is active with the Professional Developers of Iowa, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and International Economic Development Council. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, The Homestead and Drake University’s International Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

    Byers was named to the ACCE 2009 “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of the Chamber World,” Des Moines Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2006, and Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” Alum of the Year in 2012. He received the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Community Champion Award in 2014 and the Simpson College Alumni Achievement Award in 2015.

    Prior to his current role, Byers served as The Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy. Before joining The Partnership, he worked as District Director for Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell and as a corporate attorney at the Ice Miller Law Firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Byers is a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.


    John Kirchner, SpeakerJohn Kirchner

    Advocacy Importance

     

    John Kirchner, Executive Director for the US Chamber’s Midwest Region, will be discussing the importance of advocacy for local chambers and providing useful tools for how chambers can engage in advocacy more effectively. In addition, John will be providing a federal policy briefing on key issues that are important to the business community across the region and country. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    David Bush, Speaker

     

    David Bush

    Executive Development

     

    David Bush is the CEO and Founder of Extraordinary Health Coaching. He coaches a large number of entrepreneurs and executives to gain more focus, balance, and direction in their life and career through improved health and wellness. He is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and coach to business owners, corporate executives, and sales professionals across the nation. 

     

    After a career in professional football David pursued his dream to become successful in the marketplace. On his way to becoming a Vice President of Sales, co-owner of a regional mortgage company and then became a successful motivational speaker and peak performance business coach he sacrificed his mental and physical health. In 2007 David received two back surgeries and took that has a wake up call to lose weight, get healthy, and live a more balanced and active life. After losing 100 lbs David began to focus his efforts on motivating and coaching others to live healthy, successful, and significant lives.

     

    David is now a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach and leader in the health and wellness industry. He coaches an elite team of personal coaching clients, health professionals and Certified Health Coaches to achieve Extraordinary Health and nor speaks to organizations and associations across the country.

     

    David’s presentation will be about how to become an extraordinary leader. Despite what’s popular in today’s marketplace, leadership success is not a secret.  It’s about consistent implementation of timeless leadership principles. During this session, David guides the audience through his Six Steps to Becoming an Extraordinary Team Leader as he shares real life, take-away strategies inside funny stories to help participants succeed in any leadership situation (regardless of their position or title).   


    Jean H. Bender, Speaker

     

    Jean H. Bender

    Sexual Harassment 

     

    Jean is extremely active assisting clients with employee benefits issues and all areas of employment law. Jean counsels clients on issues involving sexual harassment, race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Jean proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, and company handbooks. Jean also drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, and settlement agreements and releases.


    Jean also consults with clients on ERISA and other legal compliance issues for employee benefit plans ranging from qualified retirement plans to flexible benefit plans. Jean has assisted a number of clients in correcting plan errors through IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs such as EPCRS and DFVCP. She also negotiates service contracts with third party providers.


    Jean has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law—Management and has also been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of Labor & Employment Law.


    Jean is active in a number of community organizations. She currently serves on the Minnehaha County Board of Commissioners. She is past president of the Brandon Valley School Board and the Brandon Valley Booster Club. She is also the former president of the board of directors for Volunteers of America, Dakotas. Jean also served on the CASA Board of Directors. She is a frequent volunteer for Junior Achievement and active in her church.


    Mary Lawyer, Speaker

     

    Mary Lawyer

    Healthy Hometown

     

    Mary joined Wellmark in October of 2015 after leading the implementation of the Iowa Blue Zones Project for Healthways. As Wellmark’s Director of Community Health Improvement she leads the Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark initiative. The Healthy Hometown initiative partners with Iowa and South Dakota communities wanting to implement permanent changes to environment, policy, social networks and programs that drive well-being improvement and make the healthy choice the easy choice for citizens. Mary’s work is an outgrowth of Wellmark’s sustainability goal of health care cost trend being no greater than the consumer price index.

     

    Prior to her community health improvement work Mary was involved in economic development. She worked at the Iowa Department of Economic Development for sixteen years serving in many capacities including Director. She was also President of the Des Moines Partnership’s Downtown Community Alliance. 

     

    Mary is an Iowa native and currently serves as Iowa’s Honorary Consul for Canada. She holds a BBA in Business Administration from Iowa State University and has an MBA from the University of Iowa.


    Mary Lawyer, Speaker

    Scott Davis

    See Something, Say Something

     

    Scott Davis is a Protective Security Advisor with the US Department of Homeland Security assigned to the Office of Infrastructure Protection Region VIII.  Prior to working for DHS, Scott was Active Duty Army and a Security Manager with the US Department of Interior working throughout the Midwest at various National Monument and Icons sites and their supporting critical infrastructure.

     

    The purpose of his presentation is to offer some protective measures that can make your public gathering more secure and to help you figure out which ones are most suitable for your location, whether it be a special event or a fixed gathering area.  We will discuss the connect, plan, train, and report model for securing these areas. We will discuss Emergency Action plans and training to those plans as well as other training opportunities.


    Larry Dowell, Speaker

     

    Larry Dowell

    Compensation Survey

     

    Larry’s career spans over 30 years in organizational management within the chamber of commerce industry in the upper Midwest, with an emphasis on coalition development, local and state public policy, economic development and political action. Throughout his career, Larry has served as a manager, executive director, executive vice president, and president for Chambers in Rugby, North Dakota, as well as Alexandria, Montevideo, South Saint Paul and Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and the Twin West Chamber of Commerce. Prior to retiring as president/CEO from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Larry spent ten years building the organization into the largest local and regional chamber of commerce in the state of Minnesota, representing nearly 2,200 business members. An active board member of several community organizations, Larry also provides ongoing leadership within the chamber of commerce industry. He is a member and past president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives and serves on several community boards.

     

    Larry will be presenting on the results of the 2018 Compensation and Benefits Survey.


    Robin Anderson, Speaker

     

    Robin Anderson

    Mace Chair

     

    Robin has served as President & CEO of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce since 2001.  A native of Sioux Falls, SD, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a master degree in Servant Leadership.  Prior to assuming her role with the chamber, she spent 20 years in the banking industry, serving as both a local bank president and as a Regional Executive overseeing operations for Bank of America’s 21 Iowa locations.  She earned professional designations from the US Chamber (IOM) and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (CCE).  Robin serves as president of the Mid American Chamber of Commerce Executives and is past chairperson of the Iowa Chamber Alliance and the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives.  She was selected as a fellow with the ACCE Educational Attainment Division and is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Robin has served gubernatorial appointments to the Iowa Values Fund Loan & Credit Guarantee Board, the Iowa Great Places board, and the Regional STEM Advisory Council.


    Melissa Frame, Chambermaster Training

     

    Melissa Frame
    Customer Success / Trainer

    Chambermaster Training

     

    Melissa (Missy) Frame has been serving customers with her expertise Association Management Software for over 10 years. As a Customer Success/Trainer at GrowthZone, she is passionate about helping customers understand and incorporate technology that will help them succeed. In her 10 years with ChamberMaster she has assisted in many departments and has a great understanding of our customers needs.

     

    Those who work with Missy admire her ability to solve problems for customers and co-workers with thorough and timely responses. She appreciates quiet time at home with her family and pets or enjoys a long ride on her motorcycle.

     


    Susan Williams, Chambermaster Training

     

    Susan Williams

    Chambermaster Training

     

    Susan Williams has been serving customers with her expertise in teaching and training for over 25byears. As a Technical Trainer at GrowthZone, she is passionate about helping individuals and organizations embrace technology that will help them grow and connect with customers. With a Master’s Degree in Education, Susan is proficient in several different types of software and training development tools. In addition, Susan was a Professional Development Specialist at Atomic Learning for 6 years.

     

    Those who work with Susan admire her genuine interest in helping others succeed and her infectious laugh. She appreciates family and sunshine, and enjoys knitting, camping, and laughing, not necessarily in that order!

     

     


    Paul J. Long, Speaker

     

    Paul J. Long

    Connecting the Workplace and Life through F.U.N.

     

    Paul’s philosophy of Fundamism is a deliberate approach to happiness in the workplace, can be applied by anyone and is certain to move your team in the direction you desire. Based on the core principle of F.U.N., this presentation will allow your team to explore their Foundation, Understanding of Others and help identify Next Steps in maximizing their overall effectiveness at work and in life. Laugh, learn and actively engage with your team while Paul coaches you through principles that help improve employee engagement, maximize productivity, provide memorable customer experiences and create a more F.U.N. work environment! This experience will provoke thought while leaving audiences with a strong understanding of specific actions to help improve their personal work environment.  

     

     


  • ROUND TABLE LEADERS ROUND TABLE LEADERS

    Mike Hofman, SpeakerMike Hofman

    Table Topic: Membership Retention

     

    Mike Hofman, IOM, is the Executive Director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce. He joined the chamber in November of 2008 and for the past 9 years has worked to make Orange City, IA a welcoming place to work, live and play. Working in the restaurant industry for the previous 20 years has given Hofman a unique perspective and ability to work with small business owners and relate with them about the day to day operations of their businesses.

     

    In addition to leading the Chamber, he serves on numerous boards and committees, including the US Chamber Foundation’s Board of Regents for Winter Institute, Orange City Development Corporation, Tulip Festival Executive Committee, Community Betterment Board, and the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors of which he is the current Chair.

     

    As a transplant to Orange City, IA, Hofman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Northwestern College in Orange City. He is also a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management after attending Winter Institute.

     


    Brad Gruhot, SpeakerBrad Gruhot

    Table Topic: Dues vs. Investment

     

    Brad started his Chamber career as the Membership Director for the newly formed SouthWest Metro Chamber in 2009.  From there, he worked for the Bloomington Chamber in Membership from 2011-2014 before deciding to move his family back to his home town of Marshall to be closer to his mom who was having health issues.   Brad was the Membership Director from July, 2014 until and then was named the Chamber director of the Marshall Area Chamber in January of 2016 .  Prior to Chamber work, Brad worked for the Southdale YMCA in Edina for 11 years.

     

    Brad is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Marshall Area YMCA, Holy Redeemer Church, MACE & MCCE and also sits on various committees at Southwest Minnesota State University.

     

    Brad has been married to Karen for 17 years and has two children, Jonathan-12 and Alayna-8.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, visiting friends and even through all of the heartbreak, he is an avid MN sports fan.  


    Tara Lea, SpeakerTara Lea

    Table Topic: Volunteer Recruitment

     

    Tara Lea is the Executive Director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce in beautiful Fremont, Nebraska, a town of 25,000 people and a Chamber with nearly 600 members. Tara began her career in the Chamber industry in 2012 as the President of the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce, a smaller Chamber in Nebraska with 275 members. Tara’s experience with both a small and medium sized Chamber has given her the opportunity to experience the highs and lows (of course many more highs than lows) that a number of her colleagues may deal with on a daily bases. 

     

    Tara is a people person and a curious learner who happily takes on new challenges including ways to get volunteers excited to donate their time to Chamber efforts. Since taking on her current role almost two years ago she has increased the volunteerism in her Chamber from around 30 people to now over 3,000! Okay, that is a lie but sounded really awesome and probably makes you want to join in on her session! In all honesty time is money and a precious treasure to so many of our members. Join Tara for a round table discussion as we brainstorm best practices to encourage our members to each give us just a little more of their beloved time to help take all of our Chambers to the next level!!

     


    Scott Rogers, SpeakerScott Rogers

    Table Topic: Advocacy vs. Lobbying

     

    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, SpeakerKim Cerwick

    Table Topic: New & Emerging Program Ideas 

     

    Kim Cerwick has served as President/CEO of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce since 2008. A native of Brandon, SD, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of South Dakota as well as her Master’s in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management receiving her IOM designation in 2013. In addition to leading the Chamber, she serves on numerous boards and committees, including the MACE Board of Directors, Brandon Development Foundation, Brandon Community Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Issues Management Council, Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Council, and Brandon Valley Optimist Club.

     


    David Minor, SpeakerDavid Minor

    Board Development Orientation

     

    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.


  • PANELISTS PANELISTS

    Nate Welch, PanelistNate Welch

     

    Nate Welch is the President and CEO of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) in Vermillion, SD. Since joining the chamber he has helped direct the Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Tourism industries in Vermillion. He has seen record growth in Chamber Memberships, event participation and economic growth in the area.

     

    In addition to leading the chamber Nate has also served on many other boards and community organizations throughout his life. Most recently he has served on the Washington Pavilion Board of Trustees, the USD Law School Relocation Task Force, and is currently the Treasurer of the National Music Museum and holds a spot on the Presidential Search Committee for the University of South Dakota.

     

    Nate has a double major in Management and Entrepreneurial studies from the University of Sioux Falls, which fuels Nate’s passion for fair and ethical business practices. While attending University he spent time as a journalist and reporter.

     


    Nate Welch, PanelistCarmen Schramm

     

    Carmen Schramm is the Executive Director of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, leading the chamber since 2009. Having lived in Yankton for 35 years she has formed a strong relationship with the community. That relationship has helped her further the chamber in its mission, which involves leading the community, developing community partnerships, creating new community programs and enhancing the overall quality of life within Yankton. Having initiated the Big Idea Contest with an area banker and District 18 legislator, Schramm, a group of local volunteers and graduates of the 2015 Leadership Yankton class created the non-profit, Onward Yankton, and is currently implementing the winning idea of revitalizing Downtown Yankton and mentoring entrepreneurs in the co-working space.

     

    Along with directing the Yankton Chamber Carmen also serves on the following boards; Onward Yankton, Yankton Area Community Foundation, Yankton Area Progressive Growth, Governors Tourism Advisory Board, and is a former MACE board member. Carmen is married with a very spoiled black lab named Tessie.


  • CONFERENCE AGENDA CONFERENCE AGENDA

    Wednesday, May 2

     

    8:15 – 12:00 pm: Specialty Training: Chamber Master Training – Susan Williams & Melissa Frame

                           

    10:00 – 12:00 pm: Bonus Session: Government Affairs, Advocacy Training – John Kirchner US Chamber of Commerce

     

    11:30 – 1:30 pm: Conference Registration

     

    12:00 – 1:15 pm: MACE Board Meeting – Robin Anderson Presiding

     

    1:30 – 1:45 pm: Opening & Welcome: Robin Anderson, Mason City Chamber, Chair Mid America Chamber Executives

     

    1:45 – 2:45 pm: Kyle Sexton (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation) -Remembership
    "In the five years since first publishing Remembership, I've been working with chambers and associations across North America, implementing effective new tools and strategies that help boards and executives make better decisions about their future. The ideas in this book are important for membership organizations, membership development professionals, and their board members. The tools I've added in this edition are critical to the strategic direction of your team."

     

    2:45 – 3:30 pm: Panel Reaction to Sexton Presentation on Remembership + Growth

    Nate Welch Vermillion Chamber

    Carmen Schramm – Yankton Area Chamber

     

    3:30 – 3:45 pm: BREAK

     

    3:45 – 4:45 pm: Mary Lawyer, Wellmark “Healthy Hometown" presentation, focusing on Worksite Wellness programs

    As Wellmark's Director of Community Health Improvement Mary leads the Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark initiative. The Healthy Hometown initiative partners with Iowa and South Dakota communities wanting to implement permanent changes to environment, policy, social networks and programs that drive well-being improvement and make the health choice the easy choice for citizens. Mary's work is an outgrowth of Wellmark's sustainability goal of health care cost trend being no greater than the consumer price index.

     

    5:30 – 6:15 pm : Reception & Silent Auction

     

    6:15 – 7:30 pm: Live Auction & Dinner

     

    7:30 pm: C. Willi Myles “America’s Everyday Comedian”

     


     

    Thursday, May 3

     

    7:45 – 9:00 am: State Breakfasts

     

    9:15 – 10:15 am: David Bush, Executive Development 

    Despite what's popular in today's marketplace, leadership success is not a secret. It's about consistent implementation of timeless leadership principles. During this sessions David guides the audience through the Six Steps to Extraordinary Leadership Success. He shares real life, take-away strategies and tactics to succeed in any leadership situation. 

     

    10:15 – 10:30 am: BREAK

     

    10:30 – 11:30 am: Jean H Bender, Davenport, Evans LLP – Sexual Harassment  

    Jean counsels clients on issues involving sexual harassment, race, sex, ages, national origin and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Jean proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, and company handbooks.

     

    11:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch, Annual Meeting and MACE Awards Presentation – Robin Anderson Presiding & Blake Fry Presenting, Brad Gruhot Presenting Awards

     

    1:30 – 2:30 pm: Scott Davis, Protective Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security –  Event/Soft Target Security–See Something/Say Something

    Scott’s presentation will offer protective measures that can make your public gathering more secure and to help you figure out which ones are most suitable for your location, whether it be a special event or a fixed gathering area. We will discuss the plan, train and report model for securing these areas. We will discuss Emergency Action plans and training to accompany those plans as well as other training opportunities.

     

    2:30 – 2:45 pm: BREAK

     

    2:45 – 4:30 pm: Roundtable Discussions

                            Advocacy vs Lobbying – Scott Rogers

                            Dues vs Investments – Brad Gruhot

                            Board Orientation – Dave Minor

                            Volunteers – Tara Lea

                            Retention – Mike Hofman

                            New & Emerging Program Ideas – Kim Cerwick

     

    5:30 pm: Remedy Brewery Night Social, Includes "State Feud" game 

    The most famous feud of all time comes to Sioux Falls it’s State Feud….the Chamber’s take on the popular Family Feud gameshow! An evening that will bring states together to battle for amazing prizes and of course pride! Teams will be determined at the State Breakfast on Thursday morning! We’ve asked 100 Chamber Professionals “What is the coolest activity to do at the MACE Conference?” and the number one answer was “State Feud”!  See you there!


     

    Friday, May 4

     

    7:00 – 8:00 am: Breakfast

     

    8:00 – 9:00 am: Erin Bemis (ConstantContact) – Look Great in the Inbox: the 7 don’ts of Email Marketing

     

    9:00 – 9:30 am: Jay Byers (Des Moines Partnership) – 2018 ACCE Conference

     

    9:30 – 10:00 am: Compensation Survey – Presented by Larry Dowell, Executive Director, MACE

    The Compensation Survey helps associations determine the most competitive level for each position within an organization, allows bench-marking against peers, and provides support for salary structure recommendations. A compensation analysis can also tell interesting stories into hiring priorities, salary increases, changes in leadership, what jobs are growing, what jobs are receding. This presentation will analyze the data from our 2018 Mid-America Chamber of Commerce executives compensation study.

     

    10:00 – 10:15 am: BREAK

     

    10:15 – 11:30 am: Paul J. Long – Connecting the Workplace and Life through F.U.N.

    Paul’s philosophy of Fundamism is a deliberate approach to happiness in the workplace, can be applied by anyone and is certain to move your team in the direction you desire. Based on the core principle of F.U.N., this presentation will allow your team to explore their Foundation, Understanding of Others and help identify Next Steps in maximizing their overall effectiveness at work and in life. Laugh, learn and actively engage with your team while Paul coaches you through principles that help improve employee engagement, maximize productivity, provide memorable customer experiences and create a more F.U.N. work environment! This experience will provoke thought while leaving audiences with a strong understanding of specific actions to help improve their personal work environment.

     

    11:30 am: Closing Remarks

     

    11:45 am: Adjourn
     

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    CHAMBERMASTER TRAINING JUST ANNOUNCED!
     

    Bring your laptop for this great ChamberMaster focused training designed for the members of MACE.

     

    ChamberMaster will be taking the most requested support topics and breaking them down in depth. They will train you on the best practices and solutions that help your chamber run smoothly.

     

    Topics Include: Billing Module batches and reports, Importing to QuickBooks, Events Module pricing/discounts/refunds, Communication Module creating templates and saving groups.

     

    SPECIAL PREVIEW of the new platform!
     

     

    Wednesday May 2: 8:15 - Noon
    Registration - $50

    REGISTER HERE

     

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