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


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