The U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Its History and Accomplishments

New Mexico resident Rance Miles serves as the chief operations officer and chief financial officer of Quality Milk Sales. Having held the position for more than a decade, Rance Miles understands the importance of preserving jobs and companies stateside. For this reason, he joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as a board member and as regional vice chairman for the southwest region.

The world’s largest business organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents more than three million companies ranging from local mom-and-pop retailers to large enterprises that conduct business globally. The organization, established in 1912, was initiated by President William Taft, who wanted to protect the welfare of American businesses. Former director of the Union Trust Company Harry A. Wheeler became the first president of the Chamber following a unanimous vote by business, association, and chamber members.

Today, the organization is comprised of lobbyists and advocates who strive to create jobs within communities and tackle regulatory reform. As of September 2014, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has successfully implemented 51 voter education campaigns; launched the Partnership for a Better Energy Future program; helped pass a bill to restore the 40-hour workweek definition; and worked alongside the White House to improve trade facilitation and complete the International Trade Data System.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.uschamber.com.

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Sporting Clays Explained

Rance Miles leads Quality Milk Sales as the Artesia, New Mexico-based company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer. In his free time, Rance Miles enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and sporting clays.

Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun,” sporting clays is a shooting sport designed to simulate situations a hunter would encounter in the field. While each course is unique, a typical sporting clays course offers shooters 10 stations at which clay targets are launched in a way that mimics the unpredictable movement of birds and other small game.

To complete the course, shooters move from one station to the next and attempt to hit as many targets as they can. Every station offers shooters a different challenge, as each sees different-sized targets launched at varying speeds and trajectories.

Although many people enjoy this shooting activity as a casual hobby, sporting clays has gained recognition as a competitive sporting event that is featured in competitions throughout the United States and abroad. Each year, the most skilled sporting clays competitors can be found at the National Sporting Clays Championship and the US Open Sporting Clays Championship.

CASA Volunteers

New Mexico resident Rance Miles is an operations and financial executive serving a group of companies in the dairy industry. In his spare time, Rance Miles participates in various community organizations, including CASA.

Also known as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, CASA is a nationwide program that works with abused and neglected children within the court system to ensure their well-being until they are placed in safe and permanent homes. The organization relies heavily on volunteers to support its initiative. In 2013 alone, 238,000 children nationwide received care and assistance from some 75,000 court-appointed CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers.

CASA volunteers are comprised of caring individuals who wish to help children in need. Experience in law or social work is not required to become a volunteer. Each person contributing to the cause receives training and support from the organization before and throughout their service. A background check, commitment to serve for the duration of a case, and 30 hours of pre-service training are mandatory for all volunteers.

To learn more about CASA volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.casaforchildren.org.