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Tony Howard Earns Elite Chamber Certification


Loudoun Chamber leader part of latest Certified Chamber Executive class

Lansdowne, VA (August 28, 2018) — Tony Howard, President and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

ACCE is an Alexandria, Va.-based membership association that represents nearly 10,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant’s knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” says Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. and CCE commission chairman. “Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs have rightfully earned this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chamber to achieve the chamber’s goals. We are proud to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence.”

Howard is one of only 11 chamber professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2018. The 11 leaders represent chambers of commerce in eight states, including Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“On behalf of the Loudoun Chamber’s Board of Directors, I am proud to congratulate Tony for having earned this prestigious national certification. His commitment to the highest standards of professionalism is reflective of our organization’s devotion to providing the finest programs and services to serve our members while advocating for a world-class economic climate and quality of life here in Loudoun,” said 2019 Chairman of the Board, Mitch Sproul of the Toth Financial Advisory Corporation.

Since the first CCE designation was conferred more than 40 years ago, about 500 professionals have become certified. CCE is recognized by many as the highest, and most elite, professional designation in the chamber of commerce profession. It’s the only globally-recognized certification program exclusive to the chamber of commerce industry.

Certified Chamber Executives were recognized on stage July 18 at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Learn more about ACCE’s CCE program by visiting


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