Beth Sherman, executive director of the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce, recently received recognition as the Chamber Executive of the Year by her statewide peer network.
The Indiana Chamber Executives Association selected Sherman as this year’s honoree based on her proven community leadership, successes in membership growth, and innovation with programming.
“Beth is a great executive director to be honored with this award,” said Shelli Williams, president of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. “She has developed so many innovative ideas that peers around that state have replicated when it comes to member retention and programming.”
Sherman was nominated for this award by Sandy Ringler, ice president of the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce. In the nomination, Ringler wrote, “having Beth Sherman as our executive director is the reason the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce is as successful as it is. Beth’s dynamic personality and professionalism are second to none.”
Sherman began her tenure with the chamber in 2006. When she was hired, the chamber had 146 members. Under Sherman’s leadership, the chamber membership has grown to 384.
During the statewide conference held recently in Indianapolis, the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce was also a finalist for the 2013 Statewide Chamber of Commerce of the Year. That award was presented to the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
The Indiana Chamber Executives Association is the statewide association focusing on professional development of staff members leading local chambers of commerce in Indiana. Founded in 1915, the ICEA membership is comprised of more than 260 professional staff members representing nearly ninety local chambers of commerce around the state.