Fred Boscarino, president of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, was named the Chamber Executive of the Year in the state this past Thursday.
Boscarino was presented with the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive's top award at the 2012 GACCE Annual Conference held at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Boscarino has been with the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce for about nine years and has been in the chamber profession for over 30 years. He has led two chambers in Georgia and he worked in the membership field for four chambers in Florida. He has been involved with the National Association of Membership Development (NAMD), the Florida Association of Membership Development, and the US Chamber’s Institute program. He has attained the designation of Georgia Certified Chamber Executive (GCCE) from GACCE, and is currently serving on its Board.
In his current role, he has led his chamber through the “Entrepreneur Friendly Community” accreditation process, initiated a successful economic development program entitled “O.P.E.N. – Opportunities for Promoting Entrepreneurship and Networking.” He initiated the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast with the Rockdale NAACP, achieved status of a State certified Chamber (one of only 25 in Georgia) and has brought financial stability to the financially struggling Chamber, getting it on sound footing with an accumulative reserve.
Former Coneyrs Mayor Charles Walker said in his letter of recommendation, “I have not seen a more innovative Chamber Executive here or elsewhere.” He continued, “I have observed the creativity and innovative manner in which he pursues chamber objectives, and it has brought a virtual renaissance in the chamber.”
Glenn Sears from the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council added, “Over the years he has introduced a myriad of successful programs, which keep the membership enthused and involved, and has consistently been seen as a godsend for the chamber.”
The Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has presented the Executive of the Year Award for more than 20 years to recognize those members who give of their time and talents for the betterment of the organization, for the assistance and support of their colleagues for the improvement of Chambers of Commerce, and for the advancement of the profession. The award is named in honor of Kent Lawrence who gave of himself to build the Chamber profession and to assist Chamber professionals.
ACCE is the professional society of chamber of commerce executives and staff in the state of Georgia.