The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) is the professional organization for the chamber of commerce executives and staff in Oklahoma. OCCE operates with the primary goal of serving its membership and encouraging the highest professional standards for the men and women in chamber of commerce management. OCCE began in 1922 as the Oklahoma Association of Commercial Organization Secretaries (OACOS), officially changing to the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives in 1949. With more than 100 members, OCCE is the only organization in the state dedicated to the development of chamber professionals. Not only does OCCE develop programs for continuing education, we offer multiple scholarships each year for executive training to Chamber Management Institute (CMI), the OCCE Annual Conference, MAKO, the Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence (CCCE), and the Institute for Organization Management.
Membership Information and Application
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OCCE Committees and Programs
- Annual Conference Committee: Serves as the planning body for the Annual Conference.
- Scholarship Committee: Reviews and decides which applicants will receive scholarship funds; makes decisions on who will receive awards at the Annual Conference.
- Membership Committee: Engages with local chambers statewide on the benefits of membership and recruits new chambers into the organization.
- Bylaws Committee: Reviews and amends the OCCE Bylaws to make sure the organization is in compliance.
- CMI Committee: Selects materials and speakers for the Chamber Management Institute.
- Finance/Audit Committee: Responsible for the financial review and end of year financials procedures for the organization.
- Chamber Management Institute: This program is held one day a month for four consecutive months once a year in the fall and is geared toward giving employees new to the chamber profession insight into the roles and responsibilities of being a part of a successful chamber of commerce. In addition to the formal classroom instruction, attendees are able to network with each other, thereby increasing their learning potential. Graduates of the program are encouraged to implement new ideas, and programs strategies learned to improve their own chamber programs, activities and events. Course graduates are recognized at the Annual Conference held in the fall. Class dates for 2016 are August 2, September 13, October 4 and November 2.
Outstanding Chamber Staff of the Year
|2018 - Jamie Green, Ada|
|2017 - Kim Brown, Moore|
|2016 - April Sailsbury, Broken Arrow|
|2015 - Sherry Jordan, Edmond|
|2014 - Sarah Jane Johnson, Ada|
|2013 - Kathy Gillette, Moore|
|2012 – Mita Bates, Ardmore|