Affiliate Chamber Council Leadership Team Announces New Regional Co-Chairs
| By Sarah Jester
We are pleased to announce the new and returning regional co-chairs of the Affiliate Chamber Council (ACC) Leadership Team.
In close collaboration with Jason Rae, NGLCC Vice President of Affiliate Relations, these NGLCC Affiliate Chamber leaders will help support the growth of our outstanding network of 50+ affiliates in the US. In addition, we give our sincerest thanks to Rebecca Waggoner and Harry Young for their many years of dedicated service to the ACC and NGLCC affiliates nationwide.
Local membership is the key to promoting LGBT businesses where you are. At NGLCC, we recognize that a growing business not only needs a strong local network where business owners live and work but also business certification and access to all the strategic growth opportunities offered by our national organization. And don't forget that LGBT Business Enterprise certification fees are waived when you join your local affiliate chamber. Find and join your nearest NGLCC Affiliate Chamber here.
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Steven Adkins, President/CEO, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
In 1999, Steve moved from his native San Diego, California to South Florida and immediately became interested in promoting Miami as a year-round, LGBT and LGBT-friendly tourist destination. Serving as President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, he is proud of the organization’s contributions to creating significant local LGBT community visibility. MDGLCC has created a commerce platform around LGBT purchasing power and economic contribution. As a powerful economic engine, MDGLCC has secured a place at every table for our community that did not exist before the chamber’s existence.
Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder & Board Chair, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Tammi is a Co-Founder & Board Chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She is the Founder & Principal Consultant of EnFocus Group, one of the first Certified LGBTBE® company in Houston. Her long-time work in the LGBTQ community and experience as a business owner created a unique intersection leading her to co-found the Chamber in 2016.
Dawn Ackerman, Former President, Golden Gate Business Association
Dawn Ackerman is the CEO of OutSmart Office Solutions, an office interior design firm in San Francisco and Seattle, and Certified LGBTBE® since 2007. Dawn has been an active volunteer with the NGLCC, its Affiliate Chambers and the LGBT Business Equality Movement since 2002.
She has served on the NGLCC Procurement Council and Affiliate Chamber Council and is a past Board Member and President of both the Los Angeles LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Gate Business Association. Dawn is the recipient of the NGLCC 2012 Supplier of the Year and the 2017 Legacy Awards.
Marquita Thomas, Executive Director, Los Angeles LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
Last year marked Marquita's 10th year with the LAGLCC.
She attributes the Chamber's success to its partnership with the NGLCC as well as its partnership with sister chambers. She is excited to be a resource to both - strong LGBTQ businesses are an integral part of the conversation towards LGBTQ equality.\
Zach Wilcha, Executive Director, Independence Business Alliance (Greater Philadelphia's LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce)
After a career that spanned corporate law to grassroots fundraising, Zach Wilcha became the IBA's first Executive Director in 2015. Under his leadership, the IBA Board and membership have grown in both numbers and diversity, and the chamber has added award-winning programming about racial equity and trans-inclusivity.
Zach believes that our LGBT Chambers are a network that gets stronger and gives our entire community more leverage when we're all successful, and he appreciates that ACC leadership will give him the chance to work with others and make our chambers the best they can be.
Jerome' Holston, Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
Jerome' is currently celebrating more than two years as Director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, and is excited to work with affiliate peers to ensure that there is an ecosystem of thriving chambers supporting LGBTQ+ business owners across the country.