• Local Leadership Recognized at Western Regional Chamber Conference

    As a Catalyst for business growth, the Chamber understands the importance in keeping up with professional development and learning from industry partners to remain a champion for the local business community.

    One of the programs the Santa Maria Valley Chamber is involved in is the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E). The Chamber is excited to announce to recent accomplishments for staff attending W.A.C.E.

    Chamber Executive Graduates from Professional Development Program
    Terri Oneschuck, the VP of Operations at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, was among the 28 chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).

    Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s chamber executives and staff professionals. 

    “We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development,” said W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby. 

    During the three-year Academy program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and must successfully complete additional independent study outside of the classroom. 

    "WACE Academy was a valuable experience to both learn more about the Chamber industry and network with my peers," Oneschuck said.

    Morris Elected Chair of Chamber Executives Association
    Glenn Morris, the President & CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber, has been elected 2020-2021 Chairman of the Board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).

    “I am excited to serve in a leadership position for an organization that has benefitted me tremendously in my Chamber career,” Morris said. “I look forward to continue working with my peers and helping us all form stronger communities through the work we do advocating for our business communities.”

    W.A.C.E. is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with approximately 870 members in 19 Western states and Canada. The association is designed to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives and is the largest state or regional chamber of commerce executives association in the United States.