Chamber Executives in the News

The Palo Alto (CA) Chamber has appointed Charlie Weidanz as CEO. He joins Judy Kleinberg, who will continue in the role of president. Weidanz brings to the chamber more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience.

Chris Alvarez has been hired as the new executive director of the Redlands (CA) Chamber. Alvarez previously worked as the associate director of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of Redlands.

The Big Bear (CA) Chamber has announced that Ellen Clarke is its new executive director. Clarke previously served the chamber as the marketing, events and communications director.

Tim Smith is the new executive director of the Ridgecrest (CA) Chamber. Smith previously served as a pastor of the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene.

The Longview (TX) Chamber has been named “Chamber of the Year” by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

The following people received their CCE designation at the ACCE Annual Conference: Paul Farmer, CCE, Salinas Valley (CA) Chamber; Sherry Menor-McNamara, CCE, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; and Heidi Walker, CCE, Salt Lake (UT) Chamber.

Allison Walden, Tulsa (OK) Chamber, and Jessica Welch, IOM, Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber, were named to the ACCE “40 Under 40” group.