McKinney Chamber of Commerce President part of latest Certified Chamber Executive class

Lisa Hermes, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

ACCE is an Alexandria, Va.-based membership association that represents nearly 10,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.

“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant's knowledge of core chamber management areas —management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” says Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. and CCE commission chairman. “Chamber professionals who are designated CCEs have rightfully earned this outstanding recognition through hard work, countless hours of dedication to their field, and leadership of their chamber to achieve the chamber’s goals. We are proud to have this year’s class join a long tradition of professional excellence.”

Hermes is one of 11 chamber professionals to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2018. The 11 leaders represent chambers of commerce in eight states, including Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Since the first CCE designation was conferred more than 40 years ago, about 500 professionals have become certified. CCE is recognized by many as the highest, and most elite, professional designation in the chamber of commerce profession. It’s the only globally-recognized certification program exclusive to the chamber of commerce industry.

Hermes is the president of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce since October 2014. Lisa has extensive work with Chambers beginning in 2006 at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce as their Communications and Public Policy Director. She later served as President of the Rowlett Chamber and later Vice President of the Lewisville Chamber and President of the Metrocrest Chamber which serves the Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch area. Her background is in journalism where she began her professional career at the Star Group of Newspapers in Burleson. Before venturing into the Chamber industry, she was the managing editor of Inside Collin County Business. She also graduated from the Institute of Organizational Management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Certified Chamber Executives were recognized on stage July 18 at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

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About ACCE

ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, was founded in 1914 and today represents a membership of nearly 10,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world. ACCE’s members represent the largest metropolitan regions in the United States and Canada, in addition to major metropolitan regions abroad. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting