Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce President Bobbie Martin receives her diploma from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management in Washington, D.C.

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Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce President Bobbie Martin receives her diploma from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management in Washington, D.C.

Chamber president earns management diploma

By COREY DAVIS

Staff Writer

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Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce President Bobbie Martin had more than one reason to celebrate over the July Fourth weekend.

Martin recently graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management in Washington, D.C.

She received a diploma for Institute Organization Management. The recognition is awarded to all graduates of the four-year institute program. The distinction recognizes the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

The Institute for Organization Management is a program designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, recognize association, Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofit professionals, who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website. Since 1921, the program has educated numerous association, chamber and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, improve their service to their members and become strong business endorsers.

Raymond Towle, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management, said the curriculum comprising four week-long sessions were taught by college professors, industry experts and leading gurus in the Chamber and association industries. With courses about topics such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, media training, finance and membership, the institute educated participants on various phases of operating a nonprofit organization, Towle said.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” he said. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Martin, who moved to Tarboro in 1999, has been the president of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce since 2010. Martin worked as a communication assistant and webmaster with the Edgecombe County Public Schools before her current position. Martin’s other past work experience includes administrative assistant duties at East Carolina University, communication relations director at the Foundations at the Albemarle and sales assistant at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.