Winter Conference

   

 


An All-American Road Trip . . . . ICEA Style
     
2014 Winter Conference 
& Awards Luncheon
February 11-13, 2014
 

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Location: Downtown Indianapolis - Indiana Chamber Conference Center /
Embassy Suites
:  hotel rate is $129 per night - The group block is sold out but the hotel may be able to fulfill individual requests for rooms. Contact shelli@iceaonline.com if you still need hotel space. 

February 11, 2014 

The afternoon of February 11th is a BONUS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT for your chamber's key volunteers / staff and this is FREE for Board members to attend if your chamber's exec is registered for the full conference. Facilitator Keith Woods will lead your board volunteers through an informative afternoon on what board members need to know to lead a chamber, trends in the industry and best practices.   


   Keith Woods
1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. - SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES: HOW GREAT CHAMBERS GOT THAT WAY - Of the 5000+ chambers of commerce in America, some stand out above the rest regardless of their size. Even in tough economic times, they manage to stabilize and even grow membership, increase their strength in governmental affairs, stage successful events, create fiercely loyal members, and remain respected as the leading business organization in their community. How did they get to the top and how do they stay there? Long-time Chamber Exec Keith Woods will share what he has learned by studying and working with great chambers across the country and he will offer some practical advice with tips to help Board volunteers & staff reach - and maintain - similar success.

 Speaker Bio: Keith Woods is the Chief Executive Officer of the North Coast Builders Exchange, headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA. In addition, he has served as Senior Advisor on Chamber Trends for the California Chamber of Commerce for the past 12 years. His professional experience includes 38 years of organizational management work, including staff and executive positions at the San Francisco, San Jose, and San Antonio Chambers of Commerce. He also served as President & CEO of the Santa Rosa, CA Chamber of Commerce for 13 years. He has spoken to more than 900 audiences in 48 states, focusing on Chamber of Commerce development, organizational management, and customer service. In 1999, at the request of the U.S. State Department, he traveled to Moscow to conduct management training for new Russian business and Chamber executives.  Keith is the father of 27-year-old twins, Kevin (an I.U. grad!) and Kelly. In addition, he says he's just an all-around good guy who loves Indiana.

February 12, 2014 

8:00 a.m.—NETWORKING BREAKFAST - At the Embassy Suites

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. EST—Opening Keynote:
MASTERS OR VICTIMS:  YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR CHAMBER & YOU
We all have a choice to make - will we take charge of our future or let your future take charge of us? Keith Woods developed a theory years ago that communities are destined to either work well together (Masters) or let divisiveness and political bickering be the rule (Victims). Keith learned this when he and a group of chamber members toured several other cities to explore what they were doing well, and not so well. He later realized that the Masters or Victims theory applies equally well to chambers of commerce and to chamber executives themselves. This program will inspire attendees to become "Masters".

Speaker Bio
Keith Woods is the Chief Executive Officer of the North Coast Builders Exchange, headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA. In addition, he has served as Senior Advisor on Chamber Trends for the California Chamber of Commerce for the past 12 years. His professional experience includes 38 years of organizational management work, including staff and executive positions at the San Francisco, San Jose, and San Antonio Chambers of Commerce. He also served as President & CEO of the Santa Rosa, CA Chamber of Commerce for 13 years. He has spoken to more than 900 audiences in 48 states, focusing on Chamber of Commerce development, organizational management, and customer service. In 1999, at the request of the U.S. State Department, he traveled to Moscow to conduct management training for new Russian business and Chamber executives.  Keith is the father of 27-year-old twins, Kevin (an I.U. grad!) and Kelly. In addition, he says he's just an all-around good guy who loves Indiana.


10:15 a.m.—11:30 a.m. EST - BREAKOUTS

Option A: 
BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Industry veterans will tell you that the key to succeeding in the chamber profession is directly linked to establishing a strong peer network.  This interactive breakout will take participants into small group discussions to meet new peers, share ideas and determine commonalities for working together. Speaker:  Kimberly PInkerton (Wabash County Chamber)

 Kim Pinkerton

Option B:  SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CHAMBERS 

Option C: 
COALITION BUILDING:  THE PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
Coalition building is the process of bringing together a diverse collective of stakeholder organizations to solve complex community challenges.  The Coalition Building workshop takes the invisible process of community collaboration and makes it visible by creating a common language and a set of shared practices for community leaders.
Speaker Bio
Jack Hess graduated cum laude from Ball State University with a degree in the award-winning Entrepreneurship and Small Business Administration Program. Mr. Hess is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Coalition Building. The Institute helps communities across the country build coalitions to solve “tri-sector” problems—grand challenges that sit at the intersection of the public, private, and social sectors. Led by a team of pragmatic practitioners, the Institute teaches and shares the practices of community collaboration, creating a common language and a shared set of tools and frameworks that form the underlying foundation of the practice of stakeholder leadership. Prior to his work with the Institute, he was the President of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce where he set in place an aggressive strategy of building on the power of place, increasing member engagement, and promoting the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation. Within two years of implementing its new strategic plan, the Columbus Chamber was named the Indiana Chamber of the Year in 2008. One year later, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) presented the Columbus Chamber with the National Chamber of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.  While at the Chamber, he helped to champion a number of collaborative projects including the state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, the formation of a regional learning system through Economic Opportunities 2015, an online training academy for entrepreneurs called SmallBizU, the Indiana University Center for Art+Design, and the formation of the downtown Columbus Arts District.

          Jack Hess

11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. EST—NETWORKING LUNCHEON - Indiana Chamber Conference Center


1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. EST - BREAKOUTS
Option A: 
CHAMBER 101: WHAT EVERY STAFFER NEEDS TO KNOW
This course is designed for chamber professionals that have been on the job for two or less years and want greater insight and answers to questions related to chamber operations. This fast-paced program will feature the basic elements of managing a successful chamber in the 21st century. Topics will cover the key essentials for a successful chamber operation (including working with volunteers, board briefing and retreats), plus excellent data on the chamber industry that will help participants determine how their respective chambers measure up.
Speaker:  Rex Richards, CCE, IOM, AE - President of the Valpo Chamber

    
Rex Richards, CCE, IOM, AE

Option B:  WINNING TEAMS ARE BUILT
It takes more than talent to create a successful team in athletics and in business. Participants in this workshop will learn why trust is such an important ingredient in all successful organizations. Each person will also complete an exercise that will expose them to their person learning style and the learning styles of those they work with. This will be the foundation for developing a better appreciation for team members with various skills and abilities and why it is important to maximize the strengths of everyone on the team including staff members, volunteers, board members, etc. Most Chambers have stress on personnel budgets meaning it is absolutely vital to get everyone inside the organization and out, working in the same direction.Speaker Bio:  Richard Crist was named Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Executive Director in March 2009. In this role he works closely with the organization’s board of directors to fulfill the mission of the organization. He is responsible for creating vision, connecting with stakeholders, administering program offerings and leading the organization in meaningful ways. 


       Richard Crist

 Option C:  CREATING A HEALTHY WORKFORCE - THE CHAMBER'S ROLE
Speaker bios: Mike Ripley joined the Indiana Chamber in November 2008. He's a former state legislator who served the 79th district and the citizens of Adams, Allen and Wells counties from 1996-2008. His professional career also includes work with an engineering firm and seven years as the Adams County economic development director. In addition, he previously had his own Allstate Insurance Agency, marketing property and casualty, and life and health insurance products. Mike has over a decade worth of experience in the insurance industry, plus he's been heavily involved in the health care arena while in the Legislature, including serving as the chairman of the House Insurance Committee. A graduate of Ball State University, Mike was the Insurance Institute of Indiana's Legislator of the Year in 2005 and 2008. Additionally, in 1999, the Indiana Chamber tapped him as a Small Business Champion for his legislative work on behalf of the small business community.

Ken Brengle,
CCE is a 38 year veteran of the nonprofit management field.  Served as Chief Executive Officer for eight (8) chamber organizations and on staff for three other organizations.  During his tenure in this profession he has developed successful memberships and fund raising campaigns.  Ken has created effective and influential local and state legislative advocacy programs.  He has led consolidation of numerous organizations into effective entities.  Ken is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management, having served on the West Institute's Board of Regents. Ken first received his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation in 1999 and has recertified twice.  He is the Past President of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives (CCCE); Past President Wyoming Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE); Past President of the Mountain States Association; served on Executive Committee of California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA); Past President of the Southeast Wyoming Tourism Council (SEWTC); and served Co-Chair of the Wyoming Tourism Policy Council.

                  
      Mike Ripley                        Ken Brengle, CCE, IOM


2:45 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST BREAKOUTS
Option A:  SO, YOU SAY YOU'RE THE VOICE OF BUSINESS?
This session will be interactive. Participants will share and derive tricks from the group on how to take their government affairs program to the next level.  What you'll learn: 1.)  Why advocacy is crucial to your most important members and prospects; 2.)  How to build and grow a strong government affairs program; and
3)  Tips and tools to help you and your members make your voices heard in the halls of government and the courts of public opinion.
Speaker BioBen Taylor, IOM is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber's Great Lakes Regional Office. He cultivates and maintains legislative, political, media and grassroots resources throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ben leads the U.S. Chamber's efforts to strengthen its relationships with Members of Congress through member businesses, associations, and local and state chambers of commerce across the region.  

      Ben Taylor

Option B:  WINNING TEAMS ARE BUILT
It takes more than talent to create a successful team in athletics and in business. Participants in this workshop will learn why trust is such an important ingredient in all successful organizations. Each person will also complete an exercise that will expose them to their person learning style and the learning styles of those they work with. This will be the foundation for developing a better appreciation for team members with various skills and abilities and why it is important to maximize the strengths of everyone on the team including staff members, volunteers, board members, etc. Most Chambers have stress on personnel budgets meaning it is absolutely vital to get everyone inside the organization and out, working in the same direction.Speaker Bio:  Richard Crist was named Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Executive Director in March 2009. In this role he works closely with the organization’s board of directors to fulfill the mission of the organization. He is responsible for creating vision, connecting with stakeholders, administering program  
offerings and leading the organization in meaningful ways.
 

       Richard Crist

 Option C:  Creating Member Loyalty: Strategies to Increase Retention
Speaker:  Kristi Spehler, Membership Development Manager - Carmel Chamber
Speaker Bio: 
Kristi Spehler is the Membership Development Manager for the Carmel Chamber.  Prior to joining the Carmel Chamber, Kristi was Membership Development Representative at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.  In both membership development roles, she has been responsible for generating new memberships, as well as, retaining existing members.  She has a Marketing and Sales background and is Purdue University graduate.  Before starting her Chamber career in Cincinnati, she lived in central Indiana where she worked with area businesses in advertising and marketing sales roles, including five years at the Indianapolis Star. 

  Kristi Spehler

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - HAPPY HOUR AT THE EMBASSY SUITES

6:30 p.m. -
NETWORKING DINNERS

February 13, 2014 

8:00 a.m.—NETWORKING BREAKFAST AT THE EMBASSY SUITES

9:00 a.m.— Opening Keynote: General Assembly 2014:  What Local Chamber Executives Need To Know
Kevin Brinegar, President - Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Speaker Bio: Kevin Brinegar, President & CEO of the Indiana Chamber - Kevin joined the Indiana Chamber's lobbying team in November 1992, became the chief lobbyist and senior vice president of government affairs in 1997 and president and CEO in 2002.  Previously, Kevin served nine years as a financial analyst for the Finance Committee of the Indiana Senate and three years as a management analyst for the Legislative Services Agency.   Kevin is recognized as an expert in the areas of business taxation, property taxation, local government, state budget and school finance.  Kevin received his bachelor’s of science degree from Indiana University. He holds a master's degree in public administration, with majors in public financial administration and labor relations, as well as a master's degree in business administration (with a major in corporate finance), both from Indiana University. 

     Kevin Brinegar
                                                  
10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. - Breakouts
Option A:  CHAMBER LAW:  HOW NOT TO GET YOUR CHAMBER NAMED IN A LAWSUIT

Option B:  INSIGHT FROM THE TRENCHES - In order to attend the session, you must provide in advance at least three issues you want to tee up for discussion.  What is your biggest challenge this year? What will you be doing differently this year? What problem or concern were you able to resolve in the past year or so? We will consolidate the list and start our time together by prioritizing the topics to cover as much ground that is as useful to as many people as possible. 

Option C:
 INDIANA FEDERATION OF CHAMBERS MEETING
Facilitator Bio: Bill Waltz joined the Chamber in September 2004. Immediately prior, he spent more than two years as a commissioner for the Indiana Board of Tax Review. Previously, he worked for four years as the general counsel and executive secretary to the State Board of Tax Commissioners. Bill also served as counsel to the Legislative Services Agency, where he drafted legislation and researched legal issues related to business commerce, finance and tax.  Bill holds a law degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s of science from Ball State University, where he graduated cum laude. 
He is a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the state’s highest public service honor, which was awarded by Gov. Joe Kernan.

        Bill Waltz

Noon.—AWARDS LUNCHEON - Gain new ideas from some of the best stars in the state as we highlight annual award recipients and their chambers. Location:  Embassy Suites

2:00 p.m.—ADJOURN

Questions?  Please call the ICEA office at 812-265-9488 or e-mail info@iceaonline.com.

 

 

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