Candace Boothby chair of state association

by Clay Neely

Candace Boothby, president and CEO of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, has been named Board Chair of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) for 2013-14.

Boothby officially began her year-long tenure at the GACCE Annual Conference on July 16. She succeeds Kali Boatright, president and CEO of the Douglas County Chamber.

"With more than 26 years of non-profit management experience, Candace has worked to apply cutting-edge business trends to the Newnan-Coweta Chamber," said Chamber Chair Dean Jackson. "Our recent achievement of a 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber, putting the Newnan-Coweta Chamber in the top one percent of chambers across the nation, certainly proves her capabilities and strong leadership."

"It is my privilege and honor to serve as chairman of GACCE,” said Boothby. “The organization has tremendous momentum, and I look forward to continuing the energy as we help advance the value that business brings to growing strong communities across the state."

As president and CEO of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Boothby leads an organization representing 700-plus member businesses. And while chamber work is Boothby’s passion (she has worked for three chambers of commerce), she has also led a public school foundation, and managed communications for a state technical school and a not-for-profit hospital.

Her innovative ideas have brought increased value to members through a variety of new programs and benefits such as Vision 2020, Entrepreneurs Thrive in Coweta, Prosperity Happens Here, the Inspire & Thrive Series, Discover Coweta, Network from Sunup to Sundown and most recently Prosperity’s Front Door. Her passion for community and commitment to excellence has positioned the Newnan-Coweta Chamber as one of the most sought out, vibrant and innovative chambers across the country.

Boothby has served in numerous community leadership roles since joining the Newnan-Coweta Chamber. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Regional Business Coalition, as the Treasurer and Board Member for the West Central Technical College Foundation, as a Board Member for the Coweta Community Foundation and the Central Educational Center, and as a Board Member & Chair of Metro South, Inc.

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