Georgia Certified Chamber Executive

In 1993, GACCE (then GCCEA) began looking at ways to enhance public awareness and credibility of the Chamber profession.  One of the items selected to accomplish this was the establishment of a designation which exemplifies excellence and professionalism of Georgia's Chamber Executives.  This designation would be based upon experience, service to GACCE, training/continuing education and personal achievement.  It was never the intention of this program to replace any other professional designation.  The Georgia Certified Chamber Executive (GCCE) program was started to strengthen career development, provide an opportunity for personal recognition, and measure individual progress.  The process and criteria has since been revised in 2005, 2014, and 2015.

Designation Process

Any Georgia Chamber Executive with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in Chamber management is eligible to apply for the designation.  Executives relocating from other states must have been employed by a Chamber in Georgia for a minimum of 24 months before submitting a GCCE application.

If you have already achieved the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation, and you have met the minimum of five years of experience as a Chief Paid Executive and have been employed by a Chamber in Georgia for a minimum of 24 months, you may apply and recieve the GCCE designation by paying the application fee.

The program is a 4-part process:

  1. Application - applicant must complete the program application and supply supporting documentation for each question that applies. 
  2. Essay - applicant must prepart a 250-word or more essay describing your views on your performance as a Chamber Executive.
  3. Recommendations - applicant must provide letters of recommendation from each of the following:
    • Current Chamber Board Chairman
    • A Past Chamber Chair
    • Three (3) GACCE Peers
  4. Interview - applicant must be available for a conference call with the GCCE committee.

The applicant must provide three (3) copies of the above information in a 3-ring binder.  The material must be sent along with a $100.00 processing fee to the Executive Director of GACCE.  The Certification Committee may request additional information from the applicant to clarify specific criteria.  Upon approval by the Committee, the applicant will be awarded the GCCE designation at the 2018 Executive Leadership Conference.

We are now accepting applications for this program.  Click the link below for program information:

2018 Georgia Certified Chamber Executive Application

Documentation should be submitted to the GACCE office by Friday, June 15, 2018.  Please send applications to:

1622 Tarklin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN  37920

Should you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Fulmer Ott at or (404) 312-0524.

Current GCCE's

The following executives have achieved the Georgia Certified Chamber Executive (GCCE) status:

Brian Anderson, Greater Columbus Chamber

Roddie Anne Blackwell, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber

Kali Boatright, Greater North Fulton Chamber

Candace Boothby, Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Fred Boscarino, Conyers-Rockdale Chamber

Pam Carnes, Cherokee County Chamber

Page Estes, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber

Christie Haynes, Dawson County Chamber

Daniel Jackson, Carroll County Chamber

Tommy Jennings, Barrow County Chamber

Sue Parr, Augusta Metro Chamber

Tammy Shepherd, Columbia County Chamber

Monica Simmons, Cordele-Crisp Chamber

Teri Smiley, Walton County Chamber

Lori Showalter Smith, Thomaston-Upson County Chamber

Ralph Staffins, III, Covington-Newton County Chamber

Cindy Williams, Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber

Yvonne Williams, Greater Macon Chamber