Your Board- and Most Important Tool

Nikki Brevig
Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce



I will be stepping into the President's role for ICCE in April. As I prepare to take over this role, I can't help but think of what these transitions mean in our own chambers of commerce.


We have been told at countless conferences and seminars that the board is the most important tool a chamber of commerce executive has. It is vital to pick your participants well and even more important to ensure they are fully prepared for their job. Take the time to work with them so they understand what the chamber does as each of them will come with their own opinions on that role.  It is important to understand what they think the chamber does prior to asking them to be on the board. It's good to have differing points of view. However, if your basic philosophy of who the chamber is and what they we are on polar opposites, you're going to find your job just got a lot more complicated.


Ensure every board member has a job description and a clear outline of expectations. ICCE even has these for our board members if you would like an example. Provide orientation and strategic planning so everyone knows the direction you are headed. Understand the importance of picking good Vice Presidents because one day they will be sitting in the leadership chair. Finally, understand the personalities you are working with and meet them on their level. Hands on, hands off, hands held; whatever approach your president needs, be sure to work with them. Keep your lines of communication wide open and even provide them warnings if necessary. My presidents typically get a short list of members who will probably call for my job before their tenure is done (only 3 of the past 11 years have I been wrong). It's important they know the background and how best to respond.  Your president can be your biggest ally or your worst enemy. Keep yourself involved in the selection process and do all you can to keep them as a partner. You and your organization will be better for it.


I am looking forward to serving as the new president of ICCE. Our mission to serve Iowa chambers is very important to me. I appreciate the work Tiffany and all of our previous presidents have done to build a better ICCE. I look forward to serving all of you in the upcoming year.




One Day Conference featuring Annette Medlin

ICCE is proud to announce Annette Medlin will be the keynote speaker for the April 2 One Day Conference. She has been in non-profit management for over 25 years, with eights years as a chamber executive. Prior to starting her own business in January, Annette co-founded Membership180 in 2012. 

The Altoona Chamber of Commerce will host the ICCE One Day Conference at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. In addition to Annette Medlin, the One Day Conference will also feature the ICCE Annual Meeting where new board members will be announced as well as recognizing scholarship recipients. Rooms cost $111 and are available by calling 515-957-3000. Reservations must be made by March 10. Conference attendance is $50.


What: ICCE One Day Conference
When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Where: Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA 50009
Cost: $50


Hosting ICCE Conferences
Would your chamber be interested in hosting either the One Day Conference or Fall Conference in 2016? Find out more about what conference hosting entails by reviewing the following two documents:

Affiliate Members
ICCE is now offering affiliate membership to organizations interested in working with the chamber industry in Iowa. Do you know of an organization or company who would be interesting in affiliate membership? Click here to view affiliate membership levels. 
Welcome New Executives
ICCE would like to welcome new chamber executives Rachael Kinnick, Grinnell, and Kris Patrick, Chariton acting director. If you know of a new chamber executive, please email with details so they can be welcomed by ICCE. 
Have you received your ICCE invoice?
ICCE invoices were sent February 13. Thanks to all who have already paid their dues for the year; early payments help ICCE pay bills and plan for future programming knowing resources are available.The new dues schedule is based on chamber budget rather than population. To review the new dues structure, click here.  If you have not received your invoice, please email 

Regional Meetings

Have you been to a regional meeting lately? Check out the ICCE events calendar for upcoming regional meetings. If you have a regional meeting coming up, submit information to ICCE.

Click here to see the ICCE Events Calendar, which also includes all ICCE board meetings.

Is your professional credential information up to date?


Have you gained any professional credentials in the past few years? Every year at the ICCE Annual Meeting chamber executives with IOM status are displayed in the program. Please make sure you are up to date with ICCE, and include your photo as well. Not sure if you're up to date? Contact Shar Pardubsky at

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