By Denise DuBois
East Alabama Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Beson recently graduated from the 96-hour program for nonprofit management by the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
“The IOM Certification is important to me because it is focused training specifically in the chamber industry,” Beson said. The course covered 96 hours of both core classes and electives designed to help me grow as a Chamber of Commerce leader.”
Beson attended classes in Athens, Ga. for one week per year for four years. He got to meet and build relationships with others who were doing the same thing.
Throughout his program, Beson studied courses like best practices for developing a board of directors, building better budgets, marketing and promotion, financial lessons for foundations, working with municipalities, economic development, and more.
“I have learned a great deal and become a much more confident, knowledgeable Chamber of Commerce President because of my time at the Institute for Organization Management,” he said. “The credential is well recognized in the Chamber Industry and is another piece for our chamber showing to date with things that are happening across the country.”
Nearly 1,000 people attend the Institute annually.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”