FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:Aug. 8, 2012
Contact: Shaun Epperson
Chamber President and CEO earns prestigious honor from national economic development organization
(TULSA, Okla.) — Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal is being honored as an Honorary Life Member of the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America.
To be eligible for Honorary Life Member status, candidates must exhibit dedication and accomplishments that reach far beyond the scope of their daily duties. In addition, they must meet several other strict guidelines for consideration, including past or present membership in SEDC and multiple years of service to the organization. Candidates must have at least ten years of service in SEDC as a professional economic, industrial or community developer.
Neal stated: “It is truly a great honor for me to be given Honorary Life Member status by this outstanding organization that does so much to elevate the profession of economic development to new levels. The positive impact SEDC has on a national scale is very impressive, and I am proud to be a part of such a great organization.”
With members in 17 states in the American South, SEDC provides useful information and dynamic leadership to economic development practitioners. An awards ceremony took place Aug. 7 during the SEDC annual conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.*
Jim Fram, senior vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Metro Chamber, said: “This recognition from the Southern Economic Development Council is a noteworthy achievement. Mike Neal is a consistent force in advancing our region’s economic development efforts and is well-deserving of this tremendous honor.”
*Tulsa will host the SEDC annual conference next year.
Established in 1903, the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s mission is to serve as the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity. The Chamber represents 3,000 member organizations, approximately 175,000 area employees and utilizes 3,400 volunteers to accomplish its programs and services.