ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has designated Tonia Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland Area Chamber of Commerce, a Certified Chamber Executive. The certification is the only national designation for chamber professionals.
“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant’s knowledge of core chamber management areas—management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” said Ben Haskew, Certified Chamber Executive, president and CEO of the Greenville, SC Chamber and Certified Chamber Executive commission chairman.
One of 11 chamber executives in the nation who earned the designation, Stephenson was awarded Aug. 13 during the association’s Centennial Convention in Cincinnati. Since the program was initiated more than 40 years ago, only about 500 individuals have earned this highest designation in the industry.
Stephenson has served as President of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce since 2012. She served as vice president at the High Point Chamber of Commerce for 11 years and was the Executive Director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point for six years. Stephenson serves on the Board of Directors for the Scotland County United Way and Scotland Development Board. She also has served in professional positions in High Point and as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Archdale/Trinity Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded the Business Woman of the Year in High Point and named a 40 Under 40 recipient from Triad Business Journal. She completed courses at the Institute for Organizational Management in 2013.