Rick Kidder was selected by a committee of his peers from five states to be awarded the “Chamber Executive of the Year” for New England, 2017.  Kidder has 17 years of experience in Chamber work.  Kidder worked at the Scottsdale Chamber in Arizona for 15 years before joining the SouthCoast Chamber and relocating to his home state of Massachusetts. He is on his third year as President & CEO of the SouthCoast Chamber and has led the organization through a successful re-brand, created new membership benefits and initiatives, strengthened the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and more. In order to receive the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Award, a candidate must show leadership in variety of areas including staff development, collaboration in the community and ability to overcome organization challenges.

Kidder was nominated for the award by the staff at the SouthCoast Chamber.  They wrote the nomination and secured a letter of support from Chair Elect, Kim Perry of Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home.

Kidder said, “The real honor was being nominated by my staff and Board, but to be recognized by one’s peers is extra special. The goal of any CEO of a Chamber is to serve the business community, become an integral part of the area he/she serves and elevate the profile of the Chamber to the benefit of all.”

Kidder was honored at a dinner during the annual NEACCE Conference in Windsor, CT on November 13, 2017.  Over 125 Chamber professionals from around New England were present.