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Members of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Staff Complete Another Year at Institute for Organization Management

July 7, 2011

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dana Martin, Membership Director, and Mark Owens, Director of Programs and Events, of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, have both recently completed their third and second year, respectively, at Institute for Organization Management (Institute), an intensive week-long nonprofit leadership training program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, held June 26–30, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Allen Smith, IOM, the Greater Greer Chamber’s President/CEO, is a graduate of the program and was appointed to the Institute’s Board of Regents. As a member of the Board of Regents, Smith helped implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees, leading the Southeast Institute and directing site recruitment.

“Institute participants are recognized across the country as talented leaders in their organizations and communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management.  “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since 1921, chambers of commerce and associations have used the U.S. Chamber’s Institute program as a training platform for the professional development of their top talent.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four, weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country.  Each week, participants receive training in leadership, advocacy, finance, membership, emerging technologies, and many other organization management competencies.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

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.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 600 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit

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