Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives recently hosted a four-day, sold-out annual conference in Temple, where Temple-Belton-Salado served as hosts.

Along with guest speakers, peer panels, and an exhibitors hall, TCCE also held a legislative affairs breakfast and media awards luncheon.

“I was astounded to place in each of the three categories I entered,” said Patsy Grider, Ennis Chamber of Commerce president. “This was my first year to attend the convention and my first year to participate in the marketing competition. I was just hoping to get an honorable mention or something like that in one of the categories to get the Ennis name out there.

“When they called out my name as second place winner for our community map, I was just tickled to death,” she said. “Then I had no sooner sat down and they called out ‘Ennis Chamber of Commerce’ again for second place in the newsletter/newspaper division. I was accepting congratulations from my table of chamber directors and couldn’t really hear the announcer, when someone said, ‘Hey, Ennis, you won again!’

“I went to the front again to pick up an unbelievable third win for placing third in the membership directory category,” she said.

“When I returned from convention, there was a message waiting on me from Amanda Miller, executive director of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, saying, ‘Congratulations on your media awards. You raked it in - way to go.’

“It’s nice when the other area chambers share your enthusiasm for the successes of Ennis,” Grider said.

The conference was a state wide gathering of chamber professionals, with the awards selected by a committee of peers from among 280 entries.

“I am so proud of our chamber,” she said. “These are definitely ‘shared’ awards. I feel a special gratitude to Village Profile for doing a good job on publishing our map, and to Sonya White and her team at Target Marketing for coordinating ad sales and printing our directory,” she said. “Also, I’m so glad Ennis Daily News agreed to partner up on the distribution of our newsletter. The chamber writes and photographs the content but Ben Brooks does the design and layout himself, and it is wonderful to be able to depend on his expertise.”

The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has won the bid for the 2008 TCCE annual conference. Lubbock will host in 2009.

TCCE is an organization of chamber executives from across the state, working together to improve the business climate in Texas, while developing ways to enhance the quality of life in the communities that they represent.

The mission at TCCE is simply “to enhance and promote the professional growth and competency of chamber of commerce professionals.”