2022 Conference Planned for Glendale, AZ

John Brewer

Plans are well underway for the association’s annual conference to be in-person in Glendale, AZ on February 2–4.

“Are you ready for what’s next?” asked Conference Chair John Brewer, president/CEO of the Billings (MT) Chamber. “I’m ready to recharge, reconnect and reimagine. How about you?

“As chamber leaders you are problem solvers; and, oh boy, have we all tackled our share of problems recently: aging infrastructure, COVID-19 business support, civil unrest, political divisions, membership retention, staff motivation, public safety, homelessness, travel restrictions, economic stability, talent attraction and retention…WOW! And I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg for many of you.

“It’s my sincere hope that you will join hundreds of your peers in Glendale, Arizona in February as we sharpen our tools in our journey as catalysts for change, conveners of leaders and influencers and community champions.

“You may not walk away from the conference knowing for certain what’s coming next, but you will walk away armed and empowered to lead your team, your board and your community through it.”

Conference Program

Brewer and the W.A.C.E. conference committee have outlined a program that is scheduled to include 20 breakout sessions, several general session speakers, whitewater roundtables, a talk show, exhibitors at the trade show, Academy graduation and “The Future of Chambers” talks that were so popular during the 2020 conference in Portland, OR.

Interspersed throughout the conference will be the association’s “Best in the West” awards, such as outstanding program awards, communications awards and individual honors, including, among others, the Executive and Staff Persons of the Year.


Save the date — February 2–4 in Glendale, AZ. Registration information will be available in mid-November.

Conference Scholarship and Award Applications Available on
WACE Website