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Hear from regional business leaders on how involvement in our Chamber has transformed their business and civic engagement. Their stories will inspire you to do business differently and inform you of the endless possibilities we offer the greater business community!
We are pleased to welcome Chris Mead, Author of Magicians of Main Street: America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768- 1945 and former Senior Vice President of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He will share the history of chambers of commerce, how they shaped key times in history and why they are so relevant and important today.
For more than 35 years, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce has offered innovative opportunities for for every stage of your business: business development, marketing, community engagement, advocacy, networking and business education. We invite you to learn about one of the largest chambers in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
About our Keynote Speaker:
Chris Mead is author of Magicians of Main Street: America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768- 1945Previously Chris Mead was senior vice president of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), an organization representing 1,200 local, state, and regional chambers of commerce. During his 16 years at ACCE, he helped start its economic development division, its certificate of origin work, the revamped ACCE foundation, and the Schapiro Study on the value of chamber membership. He helped raise ACCE’s sponsorship and exhibit revenue more than 500 percent, while membership revenue, aided by crack salespeople, rose by nearly 100 percent. His previous experience includes economic development and other consulting, publishing newsletters on international trade, and serving as vice president of the Council for Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council). Chris holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a BA degree in English from Oberlin College. Chris is married to Laura Lewis Mead and has two daughters and a son. They live in Oakton, Virginia – by happy coincidence, not very far from Chris’s friend and former boss, the one and only Mick Fleming.