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MWVCC's Melody Nester is now a Certified Destination Mgmt Exec.

News from Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce – August 11, 2014

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


North Conway, NH - Twenty-eight industry professionals from throughout the U.S. and Canada have recently earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry.  Melody Nester, Director of Membership for the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce was among this year’s graduates from this, the highest educational achievement for destination management in the country. Nester was recognized for her CDME certification during the Destination Association Marketing International (DAMI) 2014 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 23, 2014.

The CDME program is designed to better prepare senior destination marketing organization (DMO) executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.  To date, nearly 275 destination marketing professionals have achieved the CDME designation.

“The CDME program is recognized as the highest educational achievement for destination management professionals.  By earning this designation, these graduates join an elite group of professionals who seek to elevate the industry and its standards,” said Kristin McGrath, CDME, Chair of Destination Marketing Association International's (DMAI) Education Committee.  

Nester joins Janice Crawford, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, who has received the Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) graduate recognition from the United States Chamber of Commerce. Involving nearly 100 hours of course training in areas of advocacy, leadership, membership development, finances and more for non-profits, the IOM training educates participants on all facets of running a nonprofit organization.   

“Between the two degrees in non-profit leadership which Melody and I hold, combined with nearly 25 years of service to the chamber, we are confident that the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is poised to lead the Valley’s business community into many years of success in the future,” commented Janice Crawford when asked about the two degree’s meanings.

For more information on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s programs and visitor resources, visit  To talk with Janice Crawford or Melody Nester, please call 603-356-5701.

About Destination Association Marketing International (DMAI)

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) protects and advances the success of destination marketing worldwide. DMAI's influential membership includes nearly 600 destination marketing organizations (DMOs), from 16 countries, which command US $2.5+ billion in annual budgets. As the world's largest and most reliable resource for DMOs, DMAI provides nearly 4,000 individual members - professionals, industry partners, educators and students - the most innovative and relevant educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing intelligence worldwide. Learn more at

About Institute for Organization Management

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Institute was designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management. - See more at:

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Photo of Janice Crawford and Melody Nester at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

Photo by Marti Mayne.