Tara Bitzan

Photo: (L to R) Megan Lucas, CEO/Chief Economic Development Officer, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and IOM faculty member; Tara Bitzan, IOM graduate and Executive Director, Alexandria MN Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce; Angela Whitcomb, President, Shakopee MN Chamber of Commerce and IOM Board of Regents.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Tara Bitzan, IOM, Executive Director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications.

“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.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the program has been educating 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 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 organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.