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July 24th, 2009
Hernandez completes third year of IOM

Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Hernandez is front and center among trainees at the Institute for Organizational Management.

STAFF REPORT

KYLE – Ray Hernandez, Executive Director, of the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed his third year at Institute for Organization Management (IOM), a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, the United States Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since 1921, the institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites. During the four years, most Institute participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site, building valuable relationships with others in the industry.

“I am honored to have attended IOM because of partial scholarship I received from the United States Chamber of Commerce based on a variety of factors, such as recommendations from various leaders in the Kyle, Texas, community,” Hernandez said.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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