Press Release

Monday, August 15

AWB named Chamber of Year

Association of Washington Business is first state chamber of commerce to win top award from Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has been named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in the state/province category, becoming the first state chamber of commerce to win the award.

Finalists for the award are evaluated throughout a multi-phase application process that examines key performance areas, including net revenue and membership retention. Once a chamber is deemed qualified, the organization is assigned a category of similarly-sized competitors.

AWB won in the newly established state/province category. Other finalists included the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

AWB’s contest entry highlighted the organization’s work establishing the AWB-Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance, which is strengthening ties between AWB and more than 60 local chambers of commerce throughout Washington, as well as its contribution to the successful campaign that sought congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

The judges also took note of the organization’s new strategic plan, its strong advocacy work in the state Legislature, and its engagement with literally thousands of members through various statewide outreach tours.

“It is a privilege to receive this award on behalf of AWB staff and our members, which include nearly 8,000 private-sector employers in a broad range of industries throughout Washington,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “It’s gratifying to know that our efforts to serve as a convener — to bring together businesses of all sizes and from all parts of the state to make Washington a place where everyone can succeed and prosper — resonated with the judges.

“The new Grassroots Alliance is just one example of how we are working to bring together people and employers and find solutions to our state’s challenges,” said Mike Schwenk, AWB’s board chair. “We have also worked hard building new coalitions to address some of the major policy issues facing the state, including transportation, climate policy and international trade. This recognition not only affirms that we are moving in the right direction, but also reenergizes our efforts.”

AWB President Kris Johnson and Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director, accepted the Chamber of the Year award last week on behalf of AWB in Savannah, Ga. at ACCE’s annual convention.

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves approximately 7,000 chamber of commerce professionals representing 1,300 organization’s located worldwide, including 93 of the top 100 metro areas in the United States. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. For more about ACCE, visit

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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