OCCE Members & Staff  – Early-Bird Registration (ends October 1, 2018 ) = $200

OCCE Members & Staff  (after October 1, 2018) = $225

Non-Member = $325

Sponsor additional attendee = $175

2018 CMI Attendee = $175 (code required)

Thursday only = $175

Friday only = $75

Banquet (guest or spouse) = $50


Holiday Inn Ardmore I35

  2207 North Rockford Road / Ardmore, OK 73401

Room Rate = $79.00 / night 

Room Rate is for Standard King & Standard Two Queen

Phone Reservations – (580) 226-3333

CLICK HERE for Online Reservations

Group Code = OCCE

Group Room Block expires Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Rate is good for one-day prior and one-day post depending on availability 

Hotel is a full service hotel with a restaurant and bar.   A full hot breakfast is offered to those staying at the hotel.  

(Please note:  OCCE will not provide breakfast as part of your conference registration on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd.  A brunch will be served mid-morning on Friday, November 2nd). 

The hotel is attached to the Ardmore Convention Center


Nominations due Friday, August 31, 2018


New this year, there will be a silent auction starting at the beginning of the conference and concluding on Friday.

Bid early…bid often.  All funds raised will be put in a restricted fund to be used for scholarships for YOU…our member.

Donate a community basket, gift, wine, adult beverages, jewelry…you know what you would buy!



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Steve Swafford, IOM

Steve Swafford, IOM

Balance Warrior + CEO, Leadership Outfitters

Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM, Balance Warrior + CEO, has worked more than 30 years for and with non-profit and education-focused organizations in areas of strategy, leadership development, communication, membership and executive management. He brings a practical knowledge of strategy and executive leadership with past organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) where he most recently served as the executive director. 

He is active in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute of Organization Management; California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) leadership serving on the Board of Directors; past Membership Committee Chair; past Professional Development Committee Chair (aka Purple Cow Posse); Southern California Regional Council; University leadership advisor; and volunteer staff pastor. Steve is also a 15-year faculty member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Management teaching at the Winter, West, and Southeast Institutes.

He also serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A native of Kansas, Steve has a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University; a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s School of Education & Psychology focusing on Strategic Organizational Change. Steve has received the IOM (Institute for Organization Management) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is Practitioner Faculty for Pepperdine University’s Executive, Global, and Full-Time MBA Programs.

Steve is a co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, LLC.

David Lewis

David Lewis

Vice President of Franchising, Express Employment Professionals

Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the North American Staffing Industry” by Staffing Industry Analysts, David Lewis broke into the staffing and recruiting business in college, followed by a season on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

In his role as Vice President of Franchising for Express Employment Professionals, Lewis is responsible for domestic and international expansion, and has helped grow Express’ vast network of franchise locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Lewis received an Express Meritorious Award, recognizing his contributions to further the growth of the company.

Well-versed in leadership topics and small business, Lewis’ speaking engagements include events and sessions for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, Kansas State Society for Human Resource Management, Council of Petroleum Accounts Societies, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, State Workforce Partners Conference, and Columbia Business School.

Lewis has a passion for service. He has been appointed by both Democrat and Republican governors to serve as an advisor on workforce and economic development. A past candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, he is also a multi-year “40 Under 40” winner and an Amazon best-selling author of “The Emerging Leader: Eight Lessons for Life in Leadership.” Additionally, Lewis serves as a board member for the Redbud Marathon, Junior League of Oklahoma City, and the Francis Tuttle Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Lewis also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School. He’s been called a “high achiever” by Money Magazine and has been cited as an expert on franchising, the labor market, and public policy by several high-profile publications. Lewis is also a member of MENSA, the high I.Q. society, and has been profiled in two documentary films.

Karen Wicker



Kristin Brighton

Kristin Brighton

Principal & Founder, New Boston Creative Group, LLC

Kristin Brighton is one of the principals and founders of New Boston Creative Group LLC, an integrated marketing communications firm based in Manhattan.  

As a consultant, she partners with businesses and nonprofits to build or revamp their brands using a complete spectrum of tools, from video production to digital marketing. She believes clients need to fully understand their audience for best results, and often conducts market research studies for clients to help identify the best messages and tactics for their marketing efforts. 

 Ms. Brighton is the past chair of the board for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and has been a leader in her local business community since joining her chamber’s board of directors in 2009.  In 2017, she conducted a national research study exploring how chambers need to evolve to better meet the needs of today’s workforce.

Ellie Braxton

Ellie Braxton

President & CEO, EB Best Practices

Ellie Braxton began her career in the Chamber of Commerce industry in 1005.  Her first position was as a Retention Specialist in Modesto, CA Chamber of Commerce.  From there she grew to the Director of Membership and Marketing for one of the largest Chambers of Commerce and Technology Business Councils in Texas.  She spent 10 years as the Vice President of the largest, most successful Chamber membership development company in the world.  

Today, Ellie serves as an information consultant and training resource for Chambers of Commerce, as well as other non-profit organizational staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.  Best Practices is based on her accumulation of knowledge over the past 24 years from over 300 Chambers of Commerce, plus Pharmacy Assocations, Technology Councils, Economic Development Associations, the YMCA, University Development and Alumni Associations, and other non-profit organizations.  This personal, habnds on experience is applied in training organizations how to recruit new members, build relationships with and retain current members, and develop additional revenue and support.