MACCE names its executive of the year

The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) has announced that Nicole Christian, IOM, CCE, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year.

“Nicole was selected as MACCE’s 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year because of her many notable accomplishments on behalf of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce,” said Paul Frey, MACCE president. “Nicole’s nomination submission emphasized her ‘… dedication to the advancement of business opportunities to the more than 600 members as well as Garrett County businesses.’”

Among Christian’s accomplishments, she has helped grow tourism in Garrett County by about 20 percent in the last five years. She has created the HR Roundtable and launched the Deep Creek Experience, a county-wide, visitor-focused program. She has also created the Business & Industry appreciation program, promoting growth and development, and secured nearly $1 million in state and federal grants for Heritage Area projects.

In addition, Christian has been an active participant in chamber industry professional development at both the state and local level, serving on the boards of the national Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE); several state level associations, including the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE); and the U.S. Chamber’s Midwest Institute Board of Regents. She received her Institute for Organization Management (IOM) certification in 2000, and her Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation in 2004.

Each year MACCE presents an award to the chamber executive who has demonstrated outstanding success in leading his/her chamber of commerce. Criteria include employment at the current chamber for at least three years as well as documentation of proven success in overcoming challenges, in fiscal management, and in achieving the chamber’s program of work.

The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is a membership organization consisting of Chamber of Commerce executives, and their counterparts from similar organizations, from throughout the state of Maryland. MACCE supports the continued professional development, training, and education of its members and provides valuable networking opportunities. For more information, visit

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a member of MACCE.





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