"Leading the Way" Award



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"Leading the Way" Award


Presented to Betty Nokes Capestany,
President & CEO, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

November 6, 2014
I believe one of our greatest challenges is to retain leaders; and I think part of that effort needs to include recognition, encouragement, and acknowledgement along the way– not just words spoken at the time of retirement.  So at this time, I’d like to recognize someone who has helped so many of us in our professional development over the years; she is well known locally, regionally, and nationally.

Betty Nokes Capestany - President & CEO of the Bellevue Chamber

Betty has served as CEO of the Bellevue Chamber for the last 13 years and has over 25+ years of experience growing businesses of all sizes and across all industries.

She has worked in non-profits; city government and the private sector so she certainly understands important aspects for business success.  Areas of focus include: trends and opportunities, marketing, business relevance and operations and relationship building.

Betty is the immediate past chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE); serves on the US Chamber’s Committee of 100; she is a past board member of Western Association of Chamber Executives WACE; has been an instructor for WACE Academy teaching “Building a Strong Local Economy.”  Along the way, Betty has received numerous industry recognitions from Best Programs to Executive of the Year.

For so many of us, she has modeled the way as a leader and as a mentor, facilitator, and guardian -  she is always watchful and attentive of those of us in the chamber world.

Personally, I will be forever grateful for her confidence in me and for her encouragement.  Betty, I’d like to present you with this year’s WCCE Leading the Way Award.

Sue VanRuff
Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce
Chair, WCCE



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