AWB Grassroots Alliance Meeeting


The AWB Grassroots Alliance meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2015 WCCE Chamber Leaders' Conference in the Tri-Cities.  To register, click here.

2015 WCCE Chair

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Lori Mattson is the President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Lori joined the Chamber 10 years ago as the Membership Director. In 2008 the Chamber underwent a major leadership change and Lori was promoted to President and CEO by the Board of Directors. Under Lori’s leadership the Chamber has experienced significant growth and is now the 5th largest Chamber in the State of Washington. During the past seven years, the Chamber has added numerous small business and entrepreneurial programs such as Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Meet the Buyer, Business Development University, Tri-Cities Business Builder, and the most recently announced Economic Gardening program.

Lori is a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management. She is the current Chair of the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives, a statewide professional development association for Chamber professionals. Lori is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Washington Business in Olympia, serves on the local boards of Visit Tri-Cities and the Benton Franklin Workforce Development Council.

“From creating professional relationships, to learning from experts in the Chamber world, to having access to information that helps me be better Chamber leader – I’ve benefited a great deal from my involvement with WCCE and I’m honored to give back and serve as Board Chair”.

"Driving Solutions - Accelerating Growth"


The Tri-Cities is preparing to host the Washington Chamber Executives for it's first annual statewide conference in three years.  For the last 3 years, WCCE and the Oregon Chamber Executives have hosted a joint conference in the Portland/Vancouver area.  The Three Rivers Convention Center and the SunnyHill Suites will be Chamber central as Chamber professionals from around the state will congregate to hear, share and experience the latest in the Chamber Leadership profession.

Cathi Hight is a Kaizen consultant and President of Hight Performance Group will be a feature presenter at this year's WCCE Chamber Leaders' Conference. Considered as the Membership Guru and the developer of The Member Retention Kit and A New Approach to Tiered Membership, she will provide realignment strategies that help chambers of all sizes manage constant change, deliver benefits that members value, leverage volunteer and staff resources efficiently, and effectively communicate the value of membership.

Other topics include "Economic Gardening", Innovative Chamber Social media strategies, Chamber 101 for the new CEO, Chamber Tourism, The Chamber Legislative game plan for 2016, "Ladder of Leadership Influence" and a number of breakout and workshop sessions. 

To register for the conference and book your accommodations, go to"Upcoming Events" above and click on event registration.  You will also be able to register for the AWB Grassroots Alliance meeting being conducted on Wednesday morning, prior to the start of the conference.

Your Chamber's Event

If your Chamber has an upcoming event that have statewide appeal, contact the WCCE Offices to see about listing it on the site.  Great  way to get the word out to Chamber professionals and the public alike!

2015 WCCE Leaders' Conference

"Driving Solutions - Accelerating Growth"

Date: October 21 - 23, 2015
Location: Three Rivers Convention Center, Tri-Cities

To Register, click here

Chamber Update

WCCE Career Bulletin

Greater Spokane Incorporated
Position: Public Policy Directore
Salary: D.OQ.
Job Announcement

Contact the WCCE Offices to list your Chamber management position openings.

WCCE Webinars


Guy Occhiogrosso joins WCCE Board

Guy OcchiogrossoGuy Occhiogrosso, the CEO for the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recently been appointed to the WCCE Board of Directors, replacing Kathleen Schreiber who left the West Plains Chamber to accept a position with a local credit union in Cheney, WA. 

Guy Occhiogrosso graduated from Western Washington University with a Masters of Business Administration along with a certificate in Web Design and Development.  He also graduated from McNeese State University in Louisiana Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management and an Associates of Science in Computer Informational Technology.

Originally from Louisiana, Occhiogrosso relocated to Whatcom County in 2004. In addition to his service with the Ferndale Chamber, he has been involved in Bellingham Whatcom Chamber’s Young Professionals group, Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism and the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative.

US Chamber Enhanced Graduate Program

US Chamber is excited to unveil a new program that is specifically targeted toward the association/chamber professional who has graduated from our US Chamber Institute Program and has attained the status of IOM.  The “Graduate Elective Program”  (GEP)  is designed to build upon what we learned and the relationships that we each created to further the career of the Chamber or Association Professional.  This new course offering will supply participants with many opportunities to learn and forge new relationships with professionals who are living in the business of non-profit management.  Also, this is an opportunity to bring former classmates back together to build upon your career knowledge together.

The first year of our new GEP will be held at the Southeast Institute.  Each year the program will rotate between all of our Institute sites.  For more information, click on the following links:

2015 Enhanced Graduate Elective Program (GEP)

2015 GEP Talking Points



Upcoming Events

US Chamber Western Institute

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

July 12-16, 2015

Registration Information

2015 WCCE Annual Conference

Three Rivers Convention Center

Tri-Cities, WA

Oct. 21 - 23, 2015

Registration Information

2015 AWB Policy Summit

Suncadia Resort

Cle Elum, WA

Sept. 15 - Sept. 17, 2015

Registration Information

US Chamber Regional Government Affairs Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2015

Registration Information

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