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

July 2, 2010

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 second and first year, respectively, at Institute for Organization Management (Institute), a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Georgia in Athens. Allen Smith, IOM, the Greer Chamber’s new President/CEO, is a graduate of the program and served as a class advisor at Institute.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their 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 to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since 1921, Institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites. During the four years, most Institute participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site, building valuable relationships with others in the industry. Through a combination of required courses and electives, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

“Institute provides the most comprehensive professional development available in our profession,” said Russell C. Salzman, IOM, CAE, CEO and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Real Estate Management and chairman of the Institute Board of Trustees. “The program allows attendees to share today’s best practices in an ever changing economic environment.”

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.

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 590 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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