Are you open to receiving chamber wisdom from industry peers that have been there, done that?
Are you ready to hear from a chamber colleague that has experienced exceptional success?
Do you believe that it is smart to learn from other’s successes and mistakes?
If you are ready to hear some specific chamber wisdom from an industry professional that has grown his chamber past the 2000 member mark (and gained national recognition multiple times), then you need to watch or listen to this episode of the Chamber Focus Show.
Our special guest this past week was Eddie McBride of the Lubbock Texas Chamber of Commerce.
His chamber has earned 5 star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber and has been awarded Chamber of the Year recognition TWICE from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
We had a broad chamber discussion with Eddie and the panel of chamber professionals.
- Eddie’s philosophy concerning staff development. Multiple members of his staff are recognized as among the best in the industry.
- The importance of professional development and continuing education for chamber professionals.
- Peer learning, Institute for Organization Management (IOM), and the necessity of working with your state chamber association.
- Getting the right staff people and volunteers on the bus.
- Chamber staff turnover issues and what we can do about them.
- Eddie’s approach to strategic planning, that it must be flexible and thoughtful.
- What happens if a chamber fails to plan. Hat tip Ali Crain on what they teach about this through KCCE.
- The “Self licking ice cream cone”.
- Being the spear catcher.
- Balancing the role of the board versus the role of staff.
- The importance of chamber taking a stand politically when appropriate. Eddie shared his thoughts concerning having “a seat at the table versus being on the menu“.
Access this episode and the other episodes of the Chamber Focus Show in the Chamber Professionals Education (CPEd) resource
About: Eddie McBride has served as the President and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce since 1999.
Under Eddie’s direction, the Chamber received numerous awards and recognitions. The Chamber was awarded the prestigious 5-Star accreditation recognition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of only 78 chambers in the nation; won the 2008 and 2012 Chamber of the Year Award, the best Chamber in the nation in its dues category awarded by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives; Chamber membership has grown to over 2,100 members; and Eddie was instrumental in creating a small business employer health care plan as an added value benefit to Chamber members which enrolls almost 8,000 lives. He also received the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
A retired Air Force officer, Eddie grew up in Grand Prairie, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Public Administration degree from Troy State University, Alabama.
Eddie moved to Lubbock in 1996 and served as the first Executive Director of the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority where he was responsible for leading the initial redevelopment efforts of the closed Reese Air Force Base.
He earned his Institute of Organizational Management certificate or I.O.M., currently serves on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Texas Association of Business, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, and is a past President of the Greater Southwest Lubbock Rotary club. He has also served on the boards of numerous local organizations.
Eddie is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Debbie Leahy also from Grand Prairie and they have two children, Chelsea Powers and Patrick, both Texas A&M University graduates.