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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives name Deanna Herrmann 2020 Executive of the Year


The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) announced the 2020 KCCE Annual Excellence Awards on Thursday. These awards pay tribute to local chambers of commerce in areas of operational excellence that include membership growth and retention, website, social media, special publication and newsletter communications, and special events.

This year two additional awards were added: excellence in innovation and excellence in advocacy.

The awards event culminates with the presentation of the KCCE Chamber Professional of the Year, which is awarded to an individual that shows outstanding dedication and achievement in chamber leadership and service to the community. The 2020 Chamber Executive of the Year is Deanna Herrmann, executive director of the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce.

Deanna Herrmann

Herrmann has served the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. Her accomplishments include graduating from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) Program offered through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Kentucky in 2019. Herrmann served as chair of the KCCE board between 2018 and 2019 and continues to serve the organization as a board member.

“Thank you so much to KCCE and the Kentucky Chamber for mentoring me for the past 10 years, and many thanks to the London-Laurel County Chamber Board for believing in our shared vision,” Herrmann said. “I am overwhelmed with this award. I am beyond words to know I was selected from several wonderful deserving candidates.”

Another individual award, Volunteer of the Year, was presented to John Rennels of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.

“I was totally caught off guard and humbled by our Chamber staff and by longtime board member Gabe Uebel and current board chairman Mackenzie Morris taking the time to write in support,” said Rennels. “It is easy to serve when we are able to follow the lead of our exemplary staff and board.”

Awards were given in five categories: annual dues income less than $75,000 (Group I); annual dues between $75,001 and $150,000 (Group II); annual dues income between $150,001 and $250,000 (Group III); annual dues between $250,001 and $650,000 (Group IV); and annual dues income more than $650,001 (Group V). The winners are:

Membership Growth

Group I: Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Group II: Anderson County Chamber of Commerce
Group III: Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Group IV: The Chamber of St. Matthews
Group V: Christian County Chamber of Commerce

Membership Retention

Group I: Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
Group III Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
Group IV: The Chamber of St. Matthews
Group V: Christian County Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding E-News Communication

Group I: Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
Group III: Marion County Chamber of Commerce
Group IV: Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Group V: Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Website

Group I: Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
Group III: London – Laurel County Chamber of Commerce
Group IV: Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce
Group V: Greater Louisville Inc. – Crisis Support Hub website

Outstanding Social Media

Group I: Cynthiana- Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
Group II: Anderson County Chamber of Commerce
Group III: London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce
Group IV: The Chamber of St. Matthews
Group V: Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Special Publication

Group I: Maysville – Mason County Chamber of Commerce: MaysvilleOpoly Game
Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce: Community Profile Magazine
Group III: Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce: Member Spotlight & Directory
Group IV: Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce: 2019 Viewbook
Group V: Greater Louisville Inc.: 2019 Federal Agenda

Excellence in Innovation

Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Chat Weekly Radio Show
Group III: Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce: Shepherds Watch
Group IV: The Chamber of St. Matthews: The Happily Ever After Wedding Show
Group V: Greater Louisville Inc.: Caffeine & Quarantine

Excellence in Advocacy

Group III Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce: 2019 Legislative Agenda
Group V Christian County Chamber of Commerce: Policy Advisory Committee

Special Event

Group I: Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce: 2019 Bourbon Chase Community Host
Group II: Mercer County Chamber of Commerce: Shop Small Saturday
Group III: Mayfield – Graves County Chamber: Farm to Table Agriculture Dinner
Group IV: Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce: Women in Business Luncheon
Group V: Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce: EmpowerHer Conference

“Hosting the awards was extra special this year because of what our local chambers have been through over the past several months,” said KCCE Executive Director Amy Cloud. “It was important to take time to celebrate all the wonderful things they have done and the growth they have achieved.”

From Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives

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