WESTFIELD, NJ — Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship by the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Given to professionals across the country, Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service and professional background.

“I am very pleased to receive this scholarship from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which will assist in my attendance at the Institute of Management at Villanova this summer,” Jannotti said. “This will be my second year of a four year program working toward an Institute for Organizational Management Certification.”

Institute for Organization Management is 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, Jannotti explained.

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“Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in a press release. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Institute’s curriculum consists of four week-long sessions at five different university locations throughout the country.

Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance and membership, Institute participants have the opportunity to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively, the foundation said.

Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2015. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.