Press Release

Local Leader Elected to National Industry Board

Orlando Economic Partnership Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, Sharon Smoley, was elected to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors.

Orlando, Fla. — Sharon Smoley, vice president of advocacy and public policy for the Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership), has been elected to serve on the board of directors for ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Members of ACCE’s board of directors represent more than 50 organizations, including many of the world’s largest and most influential regional chambers of commerce.

ACCE is an Alexandria, Va.-based association of over 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,600 chambers of commerce.

“We are pleased to welcome Sharon Smoley to the ACCE Board of Directors,” said Sheree Anne Kelly, president & CEO of ACCE. “She joins the organization’s volunteer leadership at a time when the role of chambers of commerce has never been more critical.”

“As our members’ communities and regions emerge from the pandemic and focus on economic recovery, Sharon Smoley’s expertise and leadership will contribute to achieving meaningful change, continued economic recovery and more equitable prosperity.”

Sheree Anne Kelly, president & CEO of ACCE

In her role at the Partnership, Sharon is responsible for creating policy on behalf of Central Florida’s business community within the seven-county region while also leading advocacy efforts and strategy on a local, state and federal level.

“I’m honored to have been elected to the ACCE Board of Directors,” said Smoley. “As Orlando’s economy, and the economies of cities and counties across the nation, recover from the impacts of the pandemic, how regional chambers engage and collaborate with local public and elected officials on behalf of the business community is more important than ever. It will take collective action by stakeholders across both the public and private sectors to ensure recovery benefits all, and not just a few, and I look forward to sharing my expertise to help guide broad-based progress.”

The mission of ACCE is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. ACCE identifies and analyzes trends affecting communities, shares best practices, and develops benchmarking studies, in addition to providing other tools to help chamber leaders manage and improve operations at their organization to achieve the highest impact in their communities.

For more information, contact Tania Kohut, ACCE manager of marketing & communications, at 703-998-3532 or

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About ACCE
Established in 1914, ACCE is an association of over 9,000 chamber professionals from 1,600 chambers of commerce throughout the United States, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas and a host of international markets. The combined membership of ACCE chambers is close to one million businesses. Chamber leaders look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas that will help them advance the interests of their communities. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies, and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise. For more information, visit