“The applicants who are designated CCEs rightfully earn this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chambers to achieve their missions. We applaud this year’s recipients and are proud to have them join a long tradition of professional excellence,” says John MacMartin, CCE, president and CEO of Minot Area (ND) Chamber and CCE Commission chairman.
Chris Wallace was one of 12 chamber executives in the nation who earned the CCE designation this year. The CCE program is designed to assess and test the applicant’s knowledge of the core chamber management areas: management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations. Candidates are required to submit an application outlining their professional achievements and activities, prepare a written presentation, complete an intensive interview by a panel of CCEs, and pass a comprehensive four-hour examination. Since the program was initiated more than 40 years ago, only about 520 individuals have earned this highest designation in the profession.
About Chris Wallace:
Chris E. Wallace, IOM is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, the fourth largest Chamber in North Texas and the first national Five-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. He also manages the Irving Economic Development Partnership. Wallace serves on the prestigious U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and as a Trustee of the Institute for Organization Management as well as a Regent of Northeast Institute at Villanova University. Wallace is the immediate past chairman of the North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and serves on the boards of the North Texas Commission, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Texas Prosperity Project as Chairman.
Prior to being named Chamber President, Wallace served as the Vice President of Administration for the Las Colinas Association where he successfully developed and implemented a corporate communications and marketing program for the 12,000-acre Las Colinas development. Before returning to North Texas, Wallace was the Business Development Director for Reese Technology Center, a 4,000-acre business park developed from the former Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.
Wallace is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and serves as a member of the Texas Tech Chancellor’s Council as well as the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Mass Communications where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2008.
Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association serving the professional development needs of individuals managing chambers of commerce throughout the United States and Canada. Representing more than 7,000 chamber professionals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executives and their staffs through education, trend analysis, benchmarking, and best practices. ACCE promotes the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity within the chamber profession.