Alexandria, Virginia– (August 5, 2013) – The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has designated Bob Rohrlack, president & CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals. The announcement was made July 24 at ACCE’s annual convention in Oklahoma City.
“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. We applaud this year’s recipients and are proud to have them join a long tradition of professional excellence,” says Raymond Burns, CCE, president and CEO of Rogers – Lowell Area (Ark.) Chamber of Commerce and CCE Commission Chairman.
Rohrlack was one of 21 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, write two essays, make a formal 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, approximately 530 individuals have earned this highest designation in the profession. Today there are about 270 active CCEs
Rohrlack has over 27 years of experience in the Chamber of Commerce/economic development profession having worked at the local and state level. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2009, he was the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Florida (“EFI”), the state’s public-private partnership for economic development. While at EFI, he led the team to win “Deal of the Year” in 2007 from CoreNet, the international corporate real estate organization.
Established in 1914, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (www.acce.org) is the only national association serving the professional development needs of chamber professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Representing more than 7,000 individuals, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executives and their staff through education, benefits programs, trend analysis, benchmarking, and network development. ACCE supports and develops chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities.