Strong Chambers for the Future

2016 Fall Conference • Quality Inn & Suites  
201 S. 3rd Street • Quincy, IL 62301 • ​(217) 222-2666

New this year:  THINK TANK!

​Introducing Think Tank 

We will have a dedicated conference room (Conference Room 411) where one or two seasoned Chamber Executives and occasionally one of our speakers who will be available for attendees to come in and ask questions, discuss personal situations or discuss topics not covered in this year's conference.

If you've already registered, we look forward to seeing you soon, and if you've not registered yet, we hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

6:00 - 9:00 am  Breakfast for all guests in the Breakfast Nook ​​

7:30 a.m.​  Registration opens

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Complementary Pre-Conference Sessions
  • 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. ChamberMaster (Bayview Ballroom) presented by Michelle Schave, Training Coordinator, ChamberMaster
    • ​8:00 - 9:30 a.m.:  Complete Integrated Billing training, including export/import of information to QuickBooks with troubleshooting training. THIS IS NOT INTENDED FOR THOSE USING CQI (if you are unsure please contact ChamberMaster Support at 800-825-9171, option 4)
    • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.:  Q&A Session to go over any individual questions.
  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Introduction Into Leading Your Chamber (Executive Conference Center)  presented by Joseph Henning, IOM, ACE, CAE, President & CEO, Aurora Regional Chamber and Monica Bristow, IOM, ACE, President & CEO, Riverbend Growth Association 
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Power of the Inbox: ​Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing (Conference Room 411)  What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing:
    • What it really is (and isn’t)
    • What it can do for your business
    • And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
      • Grow a healthy list
      • Create great content
      • Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
      • How to get your emails opened
      • Tracking your results
From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing.
For the last 30 minutes of the session, we will take a live look at the new Constant Contact editor.  See how easy it is to use and some of the cool new features that will help to supercharge your email marketing!:

11:30 a.m.​ Opening remarks/lunch (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)
Lunch sponsored by ChamberMaster

12:15-2:30 p.m.  Road to Relevance (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballrooms)​
Presented by Mary Byers, CAE.  Mary helps associations remain relevant in an increasingly competitive environment. The author of Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations, she’s worked with a wide variety of associations (both individual membership and trade groups) and helps volunteer leaders and staff alike create a viable and sustainable future.​  Introduction by John Beintema - ActOnEnergy

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. ​ Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  ​Concurrent Sessions
  • ​Helping your Members Embrace New Technology (Bayview Ballroom)  Presented by Eric Thomas              In this session, Eric will discuss technology and how to help your membership gain knowledge and share information. He’ll discuss creation and enhancement of a technology committee for your chamber.  The session will include ideas on topics, organization, and involvement of your chamber members. Eric will also discuss how the committee can help your chamber, your IT needs, and how to get some free and excellent advice!
  • How to Develop the Leaders Around You  (Breakfast Nook) Presented by Lisa Steelman & Jeffrey Flack, John Maxwell Certified Trainers, Quincy IL
  • Story-telling through Data  (Executive Conference Center) Presented by Rudy Flores, Executive Director, Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   Get off Your Butts ~ How to Make Progress instead of Excuses 
(Bluffs & Dogwood Ballrooms)​ 
Presented by Tammy Cook, Professional Coach/Renaissance Minds, Chicago IL

5:00 p.m.   IACCE Board Meeting (Executive Conference Center)

6:00 p.m.   Reception - Oakley Lindsay Center 
7:00 p.m.   Dinner - Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom
8:00 p.m.   Dueling Pianos Show - Atrium by Fun Pianos 
Sponsored by TrackBill


Thursday, November 3, 2016

6:00 - 9:00 a.m. ​ Breakfast for all guests in the Breakfast Nook 

7:15 - 7:45 a.m. 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes - Membership and Retention (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)
Moderated by Kerry Smith, Membership Director, Edwardsville|Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.​ Illinois Chamber/US Chamber Update (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.​ Building Strong  Communities - Panel Discussion (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)  
  • Vic Narussis – Deputy Director, Office of Business Development, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
  • Kim Kuchenbrod – Workforce Development Consultant, Vermillion Advantage,
  • Laurrie Minor – Chamber Administrator, Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development
  • Mike Baker/Manager – Strategic Planning & Innovation, Office of Employment & Training, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
  • Sean Noble – Director, ReadyNation Illinois
  • Jon Furr – Executive Director, Education Systems Center
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.​ Break 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.​ Concurrent Sessions
  • Relevant Value Proposition - Find more success with your recruitment and retention efforts by providing the needed ROI for your members (Bayview Ballroom)  Presented by Shari Pash, Strategic Solutions for Growth
  • Beginning discussions: Inclusion Strategies for Chamber Success (Executive Conference Center) Presented by Jeff Griffin 
  • Beginning Advocacy - Join Kyle and learn how to start a Government Affairs program which focuses on business-related issues and how to work with locally elected officials. (Breakfast Nook)  Presented by Kyle Anderson, Illinois Association of REALTORS®
11:30 a.m. Lunch (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)
Sponsored by Citslinc

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. ​ Horizons Initiative/Strong Chambers for the Future (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom)
Presented by Bob Thomas, Senior Director of Operations; Executive Director, Michigan Chamber Foundation.     Introduction by Steve Marciniak - TrackBill

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ​ Concurrent Sessions
  • How to Engage Young Professionals (Breakfast Nook)  Presented by the Young Professionals Quincy Organization: Breeana DeVerger, Past - President of YP Quincy/Social & Community Involvement Chair, Melissa Clopper-Lord, YP - Vice President/Communications Chair, LeeAnn Homberger, YP - Secretary/Member Meetings Chair
  • Maximize your Chamber LinkedIn Group and Individual LinkedIn Profiles for Recruitment & Retention (Bayview Ballroom) Presented by Shari Pash
  • Practical Tools for Marketing Your Chamber: Digital & Print Marketing Strategies (Executive Conference Center) Presented by Desirée Bennyhoff, President & CEO, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber, Steve Robinson, Director of National Organizations and Regional Director for Illinois and Rudy Flores, Executive Director, Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ​ Break 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ​ Concurrent Sessions 
  • Strength in Collaboration - Great Models of Chamber Partnerships Panel (Bayview Ballroom) featuring: Ken Grunke, Executive Director, West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dave Sabathné, IOM, President & CEO, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce,  Jane Bushong, Executive Director, Homer Township Chamber of Commerce
  • Ramping Up Your Government Affairs Program (Executive Conference Center) Presented by Ben Taylor, IOM, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, Great Lakes Region
  • Non-Dues Revenue through a Certificates of Origin Program (Breakfast Nook) Presented Jackie Lovejoy, President, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. ​ Managing Change (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom) 
Presented by Steve Grant, Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Northern Illinois

5:45 p.m.   Load buses for Reception
6:00 p.m.   Reception at Villa Kathrine, a Moorish Castle overlooking the Mississippi River
Sponsored by County Market
7:00 p.m.   Load buses for Awards Banquet
7:30 p.m.   Celebration Dinner at the State Room
Sponsored by Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Programs

Friday November 4, 2016

6:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast for all guests in the Breakfast Nook ​

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Past Chairs Breakfast (Executive Conference Center)

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. 30 ideas in 30 minutes - Non-Dues Revenue (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom) 
Moderated by Renna Hadsall, Events Manager, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Top 10 for Membership Growth (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom) Presented by Shari Pash

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Closing Keynote:  Catalytic Leadership (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom) 
Presented by Jim Krzeminski, President, BISSELL Homecare, Inc
Jim oversees corporate sales, marketing, product design, engineering and new business development for North America. He is also responsible for Australia and New Zealand. Jim is a proponent of open innovation fostering consumer-driven products, corporate transparency and authentic brand development.
Introduction by John Beintema - ActOnEnergy
11:30 a.m.​ 2017 Fall Conference Announcement (Bluffs & Dogwood Ballroom) 
Passport drawing
Closing remarks

Optional activities after conference for folks who will not catch Amtrak until 5:55 p.m.
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Tiramisu, authentic Italian cuisine, followed by shopping in The District
3:00 p.m. Tour of Quincy Museum, $3/person
5:00 PM Complimentary shuttle to Amtrak station for return trip to Chicago 

Hotel Information

​Conference hotel: 
Quality Inn & Suites
201 South 3rd Street

Phone number: 
(217) 222-2666

Discounted rate: $79 per night 
Ask for IACCE Conference Rate 

Travel Information

​​Amtrak is offering our attendees a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Quincy between October 30, 2016 – November 07, 2016.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.
Fares cannot be booked via the Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X57C-956 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

 Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and/or the Quality Inn will provide complimentary transportation from the station to the hotel—a 15-minute ride. The trains run:
  • Depart Union Station 5:55 p.m. arrive in Quincy 10:18 p.m. (for Tuesday night arrival)
  • Depart Union Station 7:35 a.m. arrive Quincy 11:58 a.m. (for Wednesday morning arrival)
  • Depart Quincy at 6:12 a.m. Friday morning arrive in Chicago Union Station at 10:35 a.m. 
  • Depart Quincy at 5:55 p.m. Friday afternoon arrive Union Station 9:35 p.m.

Registration Rates

Regular registration ends October 15 - register now!

Registration for IACCE Members $ 259.00 
Late Registration $309.00

Additional Attendee from the same chamber $ 209.00
Late Registration ~ Additional Attendee from the same chamber $239.00

Not an IACCE member?  Please add $100 to each category - or join now by emailing

Celebration Dinner Only ~ $50.00

Please consider applying for a scholarship.  Applications are due September 15, 2016 by close of business.  Email completed applications and supporting documentation to Lisa.

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Mary Byers

Jim Krzeminski

Shari Pash

Bob Thomas, IOM, CAE, CMP

Thank You
to our Conference Sponsors

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​The temperature is difficult to control in the conference rooms, so it is recommended to dress in layers
to remain comfortable throughout the day.

A huge thank you to the 2016 Fall Conference Committee:  

Conference Chair:
Amy Looten
Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce

Desirée Bennyhoff
Edwardsville|Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce

Ginny Fanning, Retired
Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Griffin
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

Kay Iftner
Pike County Chamber of Commerce

Angela McElwee
Monmouth Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Musch
Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Dale Perrin
LZ Area Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Waters
Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce