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Allen Smith, IOM, of the Greater Greer Chamber Appointed to Board of Regents of U.S. Chamber's Institute for Organization Management

October 18, 2010

Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has appointed Allen C. Smith, IOM, President and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce to the Southeast Board of Regents.  As a member of this Board, Allen will continue to implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees, leading the Southeast Institute site and directing site recruitment.

“A strong Board of Regents is essential to Institute’s success,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management.  “Experienced leadership like Allen’s is vital for Institute’s continued success, as he will provide recommendations for program improvement and serve as an on-site resource for Institute participants."

Since 1921, associations and chambers have used the U.S. Chamber’s Institute as a training platform for the professional development of their future leaders.  Participants receive training in leadership, organization management competencies, as well as targeted curriculum in membership, technology, and financial management. 

Institute’s five Boards of Regents serve on behalf of the National Board of Trustees.  Each Board of Regents is responsible for implementing all policies and directives from the National Board of Trustees at its individual Institute site.  Each regent is an Institute graduate nominated by their peers, and will serve for a designated term of up to two years.
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Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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