• Director of Membership Graduates from Professional Development Program

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    February 13, 2019
    Leslie Espinoza, the Director of Membership at the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, was among the 30 chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the WesternAssociation of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).
    Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today's chamber executives and staff professionals. 

    "We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development," said W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby. 

    During the three-year Academy program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and must successfully complete additional independent study outside of the classroom. 

    "The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce membership has benefited from Leslie's leadership and development skills obtained by the W.A.C.E.," says Charmaine Weis, Vice-Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. "We are incredibly grateful to have Leslie on our team. She has tremendous insight, vision, powerful tenacity, and deep love for our business community. She is also skilled at bringing people and companies together to achieve great success."

    W.A.C.E is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals designed to promote and enhance professional development. With approximately 850 members from eighteen Western states and Canada, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.

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    About the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce 
    Founded in 1955, the Chamber has been at the center of the Brighton community, fostering an environment for business and member success since its inception. Today, the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce is still an integral part of the heart of the Greater Brighton area, both physically with offices housed in Historic City Hall, and functionally, serving as the primary voice for the local business community. In addition to Brighton, the Greater Brighton Chamber supports businesses in Commerce City, Reunion, Thornton, Henderson, Hudson, Lochbuie, and Denver. The Greater Brighton Chamber is a one-stop shop comprised of business networking, marketing opportunities, leadership development, business advocacy, fun events, and more. Membership not only helps build your own business, but the community as a whole. www.brightonchamber.com
    About W.A.C.E.
    Incorporated in 1924, the association has played a significant role in the growth and development of chamber of commerce professionals, including management assistance for new chamber executives and other staff. Over the years, membership has become synonymous with access to a network of experienced chamber executives and exposure to emerging trends and usable ideas on every facet of chamber of commerce management. In 1995 the association dropped its California boundary and became the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).
    About Brighton, Colorado
    Founded in 1887, Brighton, Colorado is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver and is home to a diverse population of approximately 39,000 residents. To learn more about Brighton, visit www.brightonco.gov.
    Dave Kilby, President/CEO of W.A.C.E.
    (916) 930-1202
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