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Anna Hovey, director of business development and special events for the Auburn Chamber, recently graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, receiving the recognition of IOM. The IOM designation is awarded after the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. Nearly 1,000 individuals across the country attend Institute annually.

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

“Anna joined the Auburn Chamber team only three years ago, but has shown special dedication to her professional development by completing the four-year IOM program in just two years. Along with her role managing the growing calendar of chamber events, she has been instrumental in the launch and management of the successful Auburn Young Professionals program,” said Lolly Steiner, president of the Auburn Chamber. “She’s a valuable part of our team, and we’re proud of all she’s accomplished in such a short time.”

Hovey began her tenure at the Auburn Chamber in 2015, serving as both a volunteer and board member before joining the staff. She has served on the boards of Leadership Lee County, East Alabama Mental Health, the Women’s Philanthropy Board and as chair of the Auburn Preservation League Christmas Tour of Homes.


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