Washington D.C.—Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce that William T. Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently completed his first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Fleming was also the
recipient of a Sam’s Club scholarship. Awarded to 20 first-year attendees from across
the U.S., the Sam’s Club scholarships recognize individuals that exhibit
excellent nonprofit management practices in several areas, including
involvement in professional industry organizations, community involvement and
“The U.S. Chamber is proud
to partner with Sam’s Club to provide dedicated professionals like Bill Fleming
the opportunity to attend Institute and educate them on how to better represent
their members and expand their organizations’ influence,” said Raymond P.
Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are
pleased to help these talented individuals advance their careers and
organizations, and we appreciate the commitment from Sam’s Club to the business
“Institute participants are
recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said. Towle.
“These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve
professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber
Since its commencement in
1921, the Institute program has educated 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 offered 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
Graduates of Institute
receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course
instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit
hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association
Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute
Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional
development program for nonprofit professionals, fostering individual growth
through interactive learning and networking opportunities.
The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests
of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well
as state and local chambers and industry associations.