September05

KCCE Presents Annual Excellence Awards

KCCE Annual Awards Presented

 

At the 52nd Annual Celebration of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) last week, Shawna Burton of Greater Louisville, Inc. was named the 2017 Executive of the Year. Kent Oyler commented in his letter of recommendation that Shawna “is a very important part of our team. She leads by example.” Shawna has served on the KCCE Board of Directors for the past six years. She has been a mentor to many across the state with her knowledge of the chamber industry and her infectious personality. Shawna is a true professional and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our organization.

KCCE was proud to add two more awards to honor chamber personnel – Staff Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The 2017 Staff Member of the Year was awarded to Katie Lopez of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. Her dedicated work with military affairs and compassion for community growth and synergy were defining qualities of her application. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Steve Rinehart with the Danville – Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. His tireless work with workforce, the Teacher’s Academy and service on the chamber board highlighted his extensive application. We are honored to showcase these individuals with the understanding that no chamber executive is successful without a wonderful staff and no chamber staff is successful without dedicated volunteers.

Also at the awards dinner, KCCE designated one chamber in the state as a Kentucky Certified Chamber. This new designation is a blind, peer-reviewed best practices certification awarded to chambers who meet nationally benchmarked criteria on internal organization, processes, financial controls and service to members. The chamber that was honored with this designation was Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Madisonville, KY   The Kentucky Certified Chamber program is only the third of its kind outside of the U.S. Chamber Accreditation. It helps chambers analyze the policies and procedures they have in place as well as best practices in multiple areas. It also gives executives an additional tool to examine the inner workings of their organization and involve the board with this process.

 

KCCE also presented the following awards:

Outstanding e-Newsletter

(winners chosen based on layout, appeal & good mix of content)

Group I                    Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                   Danville - Boyle County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                  Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                    Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce

Group V                   Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

 

Outstanding Website

(winners chosen based on design, layout and ease of navigation)

Group I                       Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                   Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                  Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                 Hardin County Chamber of Commerce

Group V                  Greater Louisville, Inc.

 

Outstanding Publication

Group II                      Woodford County Chamber of Commerce (Woodford Living Magazine)

Group III                     Bardstown – Nelson County Chamber of Commerce (Membership Directory)

Group IV                    Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber Viewbook)

Group V                     Greater Louisville, Inc. (Legislative Agenda Booklet)

 

Outstanding Special Event

Group I                       Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce (Walking Dead Festival)

Group II                      Logan County Chamber of Commerce (Tobacco & Heritage Festival)

Group III                     Marion County Chamber of Commerce (Country Ham Days)

Group IV                    Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce (Annual Dinner)

Group IV                    Christian County Chamber of Commerce (Annual Dinner)

Group V                   Commerce Lexington (Emerge)

Group V                   Bowling Green Area Chamber (SCK Launch)

 

 Outstanding Member Retention

Group I                     Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce (99.3%)

Group II                      Logan County Chamber of Commerce (96%)

Group III                  Marion County Chamber of Commerce (94%)

Group IV                  Somerset – Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce (94.6%)

Group V                     Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce (88%)

Group V                     Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (88%)

 

Outstanding Membership Growth

Group I                       Greater Breckinridge Chamber of Commerce (12%)

Group II                      Woodford County Chamber of Commerce (9,6%)

Group III                     Marion County Chamber of Commerce (8.2%)

Group IV                    Somerset – Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce (8.4%)

Group V                     Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (4%)

 

Outstanding Social Media

Group I                       Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                      Logan County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                    The Chamber at St. Matthews

Group V                     Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce