2021 Academy Super Star Faculty Announced

A top-notch list of instructors has once again been secured for W.A.C.E.’s Academy program, which will be held August 8–11 in Sacramento.

“The Steering Committee takes great pride in announcing our super star line-up of instructors for this year’s Academy program,” said Committee Chairman Tom Pierson, ACE. “The members of our faculty are ready to share organization management essentials, best practices and, most importantly, new practices needed to succeed in the chamber business.”

Faculty members and the courses that they will be teaching are as follows.

First Year

• Whitney Diver-McEvoy, Yountville (CA) Chamber, “Committee & Board Development.”

• Anne Gill, Tempe (AZ) Chamber, “Budget Preparation & Monitoring.”

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber, “Chamber Overview & Trends.”

• Kelly McCandless, Billings (MT) Chamber, “Marketing & Communications.”

• Tom Pierson, ACE, Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber, “Legal Basics.”

• Mike Varney, “Membership Sales & Recruitment.”

Second Year

• Cathi Hight, Hight Performance Group, “Membership Retention Essentials.”

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber, “Keeping Your Chamber Relevant.”

• Nick Ortiz, Greater Bakersfield (CA) Chamber, “Policy Development.”

• Chris Romer, ACE, Vail Valley Partnership, “Revenue Development.”

• Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber, “Representing the Interests of Business with Government.”

TBD, “Financial Policies & Procedures.”

Third Year

• B Gorman, B Great Leadership, “Strategic Planning.”

• Glenn Morris, ACE, Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber, “Everyday Ethics.”

• Pam Ridler, Castle Rock (CO) Chamber, “Intro to Economic Development.”

• Mary Beth Sewald, Vegas (NV) Chamber, “Dealing with the Media.”

• Mark Turner, Gilroy (CA) Chamber, “Personal Leadership Development.”

• Jessica Welch, ACE, Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber, “Staff Development & Management.”

Registration materials for Academy are available on the W.A.C.E. website, waceonline.com