W.A.C.E. Conference

John Brewer (left) 2022 Conference Committee Chair and President/CEO of the Billings (MT) Chamber joins Jeremy Harris, ACE, IOM (right) President/CEO of the Long Beach Area (CA) Chamber and 2022-2023 W.A.C.E. Board Chair to conclude the conference.
The members of the Emerging Leaders Council met during the Annual Conference to discuss strategy and planning for the upcoming year.
Lee Rubin opens the Annual Conference by providing the 5 C’s for “Building an Extraordinary Team.”
Susan Wan-Ross, IOM (left), CEO of the Yorba Linda (CA) Chamber, presents the Hammer Award to Zeb Welborn (right), President of the Chino Valley (CA) Chamber.
Libby Spears provides an entertaining and inspiring presentation during her “Meet Me Around the Campfire” session.
Six chamber executives are awarded their Accredited Chamber Executive designation for the first time.
Tom Pierson, ACE (left) and Brad Hicks (right) receive Lifetime Membership in recognition of their years of service to the association and chamber industry.
Dave Kilby (left) discusses the current state of business and what lies ahead with Suzanne Clark, President/CEO of the U.S. Chamber.
Todd Sanders (left), President/CEO of the Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber, presents Chris Romer, ACE (right), President/CEO of the Vail Valley (CO) Partnership, with the Pettit Award.
Patrick Ellis, ACE (left), President/CEO of the Murrieta/Wildomar (CA) Chamber, receives the first ever Steve Rose Memorial Scholarship Award from Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, ACE (right), President/CEO of the Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber.
First-time attendees at the conference enjoy an opportunity to meet other new members and learn more about the organization at the Chairman’s New Member & First-Time Attendee Reception.
May Peitzsch, Susan Wan-Ross, Heidi Gallegos, and Leah Skinner pose for a group photo while enjoying our in-person Annual Conference in Glendale, AZ.
Allison Walden (left), Senior Vice President of Resource Development for the Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber, presents the Hathaway Award to Erik Williams (right), Director of Community Development for the Vail Valley (CO) Partnership.
Attendees enjoy a night of networking at the Wednesday evening opening reception where the W.A.C.E. Foundation sold fun nametag ribbons as a fundraiser.
Attendees enjoy a night of networking at the Wednesday evening opening reception.