NORMAN -- The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) this week named John Woods, president & CEO of the Norman Chamber, as this year’s New Executive of the Year.
Woods received this award at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 7-9 in Norman. The New Executive of the Year award recognizes leadership in an executive role in a chamber profession employed for three years or less. The recipient must exemplify leadership qualities and be working to make their chamber and community better.
This award is one of several that OCCE presents every year to highlight accomplishments and encourage the highest professional standards for the chamber executives.
“John is a remarkable person with boundless energy who skillfully balances the roles of chamber president, civic leader and father,” said Robin Allen, senior vice president of operations, Norman Chamber of Commerce. “John is a listener and bridge builder, always striving to build coalitions and to set past differences aside. He is one of the most positive people I know.”
During the nomination process for this award, Woods also received recommendations from many of Norman’s business leaders.
“John came aboard in March 2011 and has been a spectacular success,” said Sean Paul Rieger, Attorney at Law & Archictect, S.P. Rieger PLLC, and Norman Chamber member. “John brings leadership and guidance to the Norman Chamber and has elevated us to heights we had not experienced before.”
The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) is a statewide organization for chamber professionals (CEO’s and staff) dedicated to the professional development of its members and to the chamber of commerce profession throughout Oklahoma. For more information about joining the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, contact Sara Sciara, Coalition Partners Manager at 235-3669 or visit the OCCE website at www.occe.com.