Friday, October 4, 2019

Charles Hardin named Chamber Executive of the Year for the Carolinas!

Myrtle Beach, SC – The Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) recognized the 2019 North Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year at their Annual Management Conference held today at the Embassy Suites Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Charles Hardin with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce was honored as the recipient of the prestigious award.

The CACCE Executive of the Year Award recognizes long-term executives who have excelled over a period of years in leading and innovatively building their chamber. The award is based on the demonstration of excellence in areas of chamber leadership, organizational management, service to the profession, community reputation / involvement, and personal attributes.

Here's an excerpt from the essay regarding Charles:
Often times, the most powerful Chamber leaders tend to be peacocks. The bright stars in the room, the lead singers in the band who love to see and be seen, much like the Mayor.  When the Blowing Rock Chamber Board of Directors selected Charles Hardin as President, many people in our town said, “he’ll never make it! He’s way too introverted”.  But that’s exactly why Charles has been the best Chamber leader Blowing Rock has ever seen.   Charles is not the obnoxious lead singer in the band, but he’s a symphony conductor. He recognizes the beauty and importance of each individual instrument (voice) and is able to bring them all together harmoniously to create all sorts of different songs (projects, outcomes).  This style of leadership is essential to our Chamber’s success. 

CACCE is the professional development organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for chamber of commerce executives and staff members in North Carolina and South Carolina. CACCE equips chamber of commerce professionals with leadership skills and tools to build innovative chambers. The organization was formed in 1994 when the North Carolina and South Carolina state chamber associations merged. For more information on CACCE, or any of CACCE’s conferences or programs, contact Tiffany Fulmer Ott at (404) 312-0524.

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