By Nick Nunn staff writer

Bob Hughes, president and economic development director for the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, has accepted the invitation to serve on the board of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE). He will start on July 1 of this year. “I am always honored to be selected to serve on a board. I look forward to making sure Madison and Morgan county is part of the mix,” said Hughes.

The Board of Commissioners (BOC) congratulated Hughes at this month’s meeting. “It’s an honor that you were asked to serve and I cannot think of a better man for the job,” said Andy Ainslie, chair of the BOC. The mission of the GACCE is to be “engaging, educating, and empowering chamber professionals.” According to Candace Boothby, board chair of the GACCE, “GACCE might be your best friend in navigating the often turbulent waters of our challenging industry.

Our professional association is the go-to source for information, education, professional development and peer experience that can help you be the best chamber executive you can be. The best and the brightest in the chamber business are our members, and you can’t find a better source of professional support to help you.” Last year, the GACCE granted Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce five-year certification as a GACCE-recognized chamber. According to Hughes, it is a real honor to be certified by the GACCE, noting that the GACCE only certified 47 Georgia chambers, but there are over 160 chambers across the state.