Winner to be Announced on July 18 at ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, IA

HONOLULU – The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii (COCH) has been named a finalist for the 2018 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive (ACCE). This is the first time COCH has been named a finalist for a national award.

The award is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by ACCE, an association of more than 8,000 professionals from 1,300 Chambers of Commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas.

The Chamber of the Year award recognizes the leadership role chambers have in their communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.

Chamber of the Year winners will be announced on July 18 at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Being selected as a finalist by our peers for this national recognition is truly an honor and a reflection of our team’s dedication to our mission of advocating for businesses in Hawaii and the support of our Board of Directors, partners and, most importantly, our members,” said Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara.

Chambers of Commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention and membership dollar retention.

Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.

This year’s competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the U.S and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population and other factors. The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is a finalist in the State/Province Chamber category.

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About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 8,000 professionals who lead chambers of commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Learn more about us by visiting

About the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
As the leading “Voice of Business” in Hawaii, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is the state’s largest organization advocating for businesses in Hawaii. Established in 1850, the Chamber works on behalf of its approximately 2,100 member companies and the business community, as a whole, to advance the state’s economic climate and help businesses succeed. The Chamber supports its members with training, business building and networking opportunities; coordinates advocacy activities for members’ involvement; and serves as a liaison between civilian and military communities in Hawaii. Visit

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