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  • The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of business

    dedicated to building and promoting a better business and community environment.

    310 W. Broadway • P.O. Box 797 Muskogee, OK 74402

    Phone: 918-682-2401 • FAX: 918-682-2403 www.visitmuskogee.com

    Program of

    Work

    2014

    THE ORIGINAL OKIE NATION. Muskogee is a burly, bootstrapping town that believes living right and being

    free is worth fighting for. A crossroads of everything, Muskogee brought

    together cowboys and Indians, outlaws and lawmen, slaves and freedmen, oil

    tycoons and roughnecks, even hippies and manly men. Okie Nation is a place

    where it’s hip to be real, whoever you are.

    w w w . v i s i t m u s k o g e e . c o m

    Tom Turner GMACC Chairman Tedford Insurance

    Daniel Miller GMACC Vice Chair Edward Jones

    Ann Ong Treasurer CCOM Medical Group

    David Jones Past Chair American Bank of Oklahoma

    Frank Cooper Arrowhead Mall

    Nita McClellan VA Medical Center

    Dr. Tim McElroy NSU Muskogee

    Mike Miller Bacone College

    Mike Morse Five Star Office Supply

    David White Citizens Security Bank

    Farrell Kaaihue Creek Nation Casino

    Marlon Coleman Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

    Ryan Blanton Connors State College

    Rodney Bond Georgia Pacific

    Joel Cousins Stifel

    Mike Leonard Firstar Bank

    Mike Ebert Walmart

    Leigh Ann Mathews McDonald’s of Muskogee

    Nick Thompson

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS:

    Daniel Miller Armstrong Bank

    Earnie Gilder Interstate Properties, Inc.

    Mike Gilpin Eastar Health System

    EX-OFFICIO NON-VOTING MEMBERS:

    Howard Brown City Manager City of Muskogee

    Treasure McKenzie President/CEO GMACC

    Bob Coburn Mayor City of Muskogee

    Scott Robinson Director Muskogee Port Authority

    Marie Synar (Acting) Muskogee Business Development

    2014 Board of Directors

    Treasure McKenzie President & CEO

    treasure@muskogeechamber.org

    Anita Bucciarelli Tourism Director

    anita@muskogeechamber.org

    Sherry Pilant Events Coordinator

    sherry@muskogeechamber.org

    Sharon Sharp Administrative Assistant

    sharon@muskogeechamber.org

    Alisha Tanksley Vice President, Chamber & Marketing

    alisha@muskogeechamber.org

    Meaghan McCawley Director of Communication & Membership

    meaghan@muskogeechamber.org

    Angela Wilson Program & Sales Director

    angela@muskogeechamber.org

    Amy Garner Office Manager

    amy@muskogeechamber.org

    Chamber Staff

  • Membership Services/Organizational Management WELCOME PACKETS Staff: Amy Garner Provide a comprehensive information packet about Muskogee which targets and reaches the most lucrative demographic of all time – the new resident, both new homeowners as well as renters. Perfect timing to establish a customer for life!

    PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES PROGAM Staff: Treasure McKenzie; Alisha Tanksley Provide a complete list of all sponsorship and partnership opportunities to the membership annually offering previous sponsors first right of refusal. This allows a business to select the best combination of events and activities to get maximum exposure to the membership.

    CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is the issuing body of Certificates of Origin for our area. We certify that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in the United States of America. A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document which states the origin of goods being exported. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

    To continue to improve the quality of service and knowledge of Chamber programs to our members through training and continuing education.

    CHAMBER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE CMI is a class of four days over a four month period at the State Chamber. In addition to the formal classroom instruction, attendees are able to network with each other which increases their learning potential. Graduates of the program are able to implement new ideas, programs and strategies to improve their own programs and events.

    OU’s CENTER FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXCELLENCE To succeed in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, chamber officials must keep up-to-date on management issues and chamber practices. At the University of Oklahoma, through a unique partnership, state and local chambers are provided with the training and resources needed to continue to develop a chamber. OU’s Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence has been established to provide the skills needed to enhance the value of a Chamber to the business community.

    EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS FOR TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS (ESTO) National forum where tourism destination professionals at the state, regional and local level get critical tools, tips and information to help them better market and grow their destinations. ESTO presents cutting-edge, progressive insights from industry and nationally-recognized thought-leaders and speakers on marketing, technology, trends, leadership and more.

    OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM Presented by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. Attendees of the Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Tourism are kept abreast of the latest trends, tactics and tools needed to maximize opportunity, energize marketing efforts and set the path to sustained growth.

    OKLAHOMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES (OCCE) OCCE is organized to encourage the highest professional standards for the men and women in Chamber of Commerce Management and to advance close unity among its members.

    AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES (ACCE) ACCE has dedicated its resources and energies to enhancing professional growth, career development and management effectiveness of chamber executives and professionals alike. Chamber executives and their staffs can capitalize on a wealth of information, leadership skills development, management techniques and innovative program offerings. ACCE also works diligently to upgrade the economic status and professional standing of those active in the chamber field.

    MISSOURI, ARKANSAS, KANSAS, AND OKLAHOMA CHAMBER CONFERENCE (MAKO) Four states, one vision. A conference for professionals from all areas of Chamber of Commerce service including tourism, economic development, membership development and policy.

    TRAVEL AND TOURISM COLLEGE One week on the campus of a Texas university for an intensive curriculum of tourism marketing and management courses. This is designed as a 3-year program, resulting in graduates earning the Certified Tourism Professiolan Title.

    Professional Development

    Business Development To provide educational support, recognition, and networking opportunities that will retain and

    grow established industries and businesses. AGRI-BUSINESS COMMITTEE Chair: Cheryl Leatherman, Staff Liaison: Angela Wilson Dedicated to promoting and supporting local businesses associated with this industry, including the Farmer’s Market. They also support the annual Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show, which gives 4-H and FFA students the opportunity to exhibit their livestock animals.

    MAGIC PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE Chair: Darrell Hamby, Staff Liaison: Angela Wilson Sponsor community-wide annual retail promotions including Muskogee’s Magic Holiday Giveaway, a back to school event, an Azalea Festival Promotion, and the Fall Festival of Fabulous Shopping.

    RETAIL DEVELOPMENT ALLOCATION COMMITTEE Chair: Tom Turner, Staff Liaison: Alisha Tanksley Through a contract with the City of Muskogee, promote economic retail development of the Muskogee area by promoting and funding various actions encompassing all aspects of commercial retail, office and professional service business development, promotions and attending the International Convention of Shopping Centers Events.

    SUCCESS EXPO Chair: Michael Torkelson, Staff Liaison: Angela Wilson Plan and implement a business-to-business marketing event designed to showcase member businesses and organizations, and provide an educational opportunity for employers & employees.

    “GOOD HEALTH IS GOOD BUSINESS” LUNCHEON Staff Liaison: Angela Wilson Provide a networking and educational opportunity for business owners, managers, and executives through a business-sponsored luncheon. Teaches healthy business practices to increase productivity and improve overall company health. Also teaches businesses how to become a “Certified Healthy Business”.

    LOCAL BUSINESS & INDUSTRY APPRECIATION Staff: Angela Wilson Co-Sponsor with The Port of Muskogee and Indian Capital Technology Center an annual awards banquet to recognize local industry accomplishments.

    SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Staff Provide small business and start up information. Coordinate seminars on topics of interest, some in partnership with the Muskogee Area Human Resource Association, the Muskogee Education Consortium, and the Eastern Workforce Investment Board.

    SHOP MUSKOGEE Staff: Alisha Tanksley Enhance the promotional campaign to market Muskogee shopping opportunities to outlying areas, focusing on keeping shopping dollars local.

    RETAIL RECRUITMENT Staff: Alisha Tanksley To increase investment in the City of Muskogee by commercial business entities. The Chamber and the City of Muskogee hired a consulting