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Paul Frey Named Chamber Executive of the Year

Published on 6/14/2018

Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives


Leonardo McClarty, IOM, CCE



410-730-4111, Ext. 107


MACCE Announces Chamber Executive of the Year



The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) has announced that Paul Frey, IOM, President & CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the 2018 Chamber Executive of the Year. “Paul was selected as MACCE’s 2018 Chamber Executive of the Year for his innovative programming at the Washington County Chamber, his success in positioning the organization for the future, and his dedication to professional development,” said Leonardo McClarty, 2018 MACCE President. “He has also been an active member of MACCE since his start in the industry, most recently serving nearly two terms as President.”


Particular accomplishments noted in Paul’s nomination included:


  • Establishing a young professional program, GenNext, now in its third year with over 100 active, dues paying members;
  • Hosting the OnTrack program, a Washington County workforce development, cradle-to-college/career initiative with nearly 40 business, education, and community partners;
  • Establishing, with the local public school system, the Aspiring Entrepreneur’s program, a Shark Tank-like competition for high school students fully funded by local businesses; and
  • Leading the Chamber board’s three-year initiative to relocate the Chamber’s office to a larger, more professional space with high member and community visibility and access.


In addition, Paul has been an active member of the community, serving on a number of nonprofit boards and committees, emceeing nonprofit annual dinners and fundraisers, and presenting at business-related and workforce development events at local high schools, college business classes and clubs, and state workforce development initiatives.


Paul received his Institute for Organization Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber Institute program in August 2015, and will be an instructor for that program for the first time in 2018. He regularly participates in MACCE, and is the Immediate Past President of MACCE after serving a nearly two-year term while the group was reorganizing its operations. He also participates in ACCE professional development programs several times a year.


The award will be presented at the Washington County Chamber’s Public Safety Awards, another program Paul was instrumental in creating, on June 28th by MACCE President Leonardo McClarty. A reception recognizing Paul’s achievement will be held the following day at the Chamber office.


About MACCE and This Award


Each year MACCE presents an award to the chamber executive who has demonstrated outstanding success in leading his/her chamber of commerce. Criteria include employment at the current chamber for at least three years as well as documentation of proven success in overcoming challenges, in fiscal management, and in achieving the chamber’s program of work.


The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is a membership organization consisting of Chamber of Commerce executives, and their counterparts from similar organizations, from throughout the state of Maryland. MACCE supports the continued professional development, training, and education of its members and provides valuable networking opportunities. For more information, visit